East Bank Club

★★★★☆
Unparalleled in size, scope and range of services, East Bank Club is recognized as the country's premier fitness facility.
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312-527-5800

500 N Kingsbury St

Chicago, IL

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I had heard about it through Oprah and Obama and thought I had to pay it a visit even if just for a meal. Basically it is a great fitness center for downtowners and offers a great steak.Simon Meredith manager of the East Bank Club does a great job! I recommend this place to everyone!

5
★★★★★

I had heard about it through Oprah and Obama and thought I had to pay it a visit even if just for a meal. Basically it is a great fitness center for downtowners and offers a great steak.Simon Meredith manager of the East Bank Club does a great job! I recommend this place to everyone!

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Who doesn't know what the East Bank Club is? Only the swankiest fitness center in Chicago. I had heard about it through Oprah and Obama and thought I had to pay it a visit even if just for a meal and not a membership. Basically it is a great fitness center for downtowners and offers a great steak. A bit heavy for my lunchtime but good nevertheless

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★★★★☆

Who doesn't know what the East Bank Club is? Only the swankiest fitness center in Chicago. I had heard about it through Oprah and Obama and thought I had to pay it a visit even if just for a meal and not a membership. Basically it is a great fitness center for downtowners and offers a great steak. A bit heavy for my lunchtime but good nevertheless

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This place is just wonderful. The Program they have available is well priced, and it works. The overall environment of the office is really professional and caring. The girls who work there are amazing! They didn't just take my money and

6
★★★★★

This place is just wonderful. The Program they have available is well priced, and it works. The overall environment of the office is really professional and caring. The girls who work there are amazing! They didn't just take my money and

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Worst Management - Simon Meredith. I went to visit this club since I just moved into the area. I met with a guy named Eric. At first Eric seemed nice and courteous until he opened his mouth and started saying big lies. "Oh yes, Obama comes

6
★★★★★

Worst Management - Simon Meredith. I went to visit this club since I just moved into the area. I met with a guy named Eric. At first Eric seemed nice and courteous until he opened his mouth and started saying big lies. "Oh yes, Obama comes

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I was a member at the East Bank Club for some time. I recently canceled my membership and so did many of my friends. This place is nothing like it used to be. It's dirty, old equipment, No sun light, Locker rooms are filthy and old and the food at the restaurants is a shame. I do not recommend this place to anyone. Plus, they charge you a hefty sign up fee, a very high monthly fee from hundreds and up. If you choose to go here, plan to spend thousands of dollars and up to go to a filthy place that is not up to standards. EBC... this is not 1970 anymore. STAY FAR FAR AWAY.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I was a member at the East Bank Club for some time. I recently canceled my membership and so did many of my friends. This place is nothing like it used to be. It's dirty, old equipment, No sun light, Locker rooms are filthy and old and the food at the restaurants is a shame. I do not recommend this place to anyone. Plus, they charge you a hefty sign up fee, a very high monthly fee from hundreds and up. If you choose to go here, plan to spend thousands of dollars and up to go to a filthy place that is not up to standards. EBC... this is not 1970 anymore. STAY FAR FAR AWAY.

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Worst Place to Workout.... This place is a warehouse... not a health club.... $180 a month... No way... Not for a place like this.... This is a total Rip-off. I do not recommend this place to anyone.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Worst Place to Workout.... This place is a warehouse... not a health club.... $180 a month... No way... Not for a place like this.... This is a total Rip-off. I do not recommend this place to anyone.

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This place is not up to standards. Everything is overpriced... Will not recommend it.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place is not up to standards. Everything is overpriced... Will not recommend it.

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Love EBC- amazing.

Best teachers

Josh, Kimmy, Nancy, Kathy, Steve, Maria, Suzanne

5
★★★★★

Love EBC- amazing.

Best teachers

Josh, Kimmy, Nancy, Kathy, Steve, Maria, Suzanne

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Fitness is something nearly everyone is concerned about, and being fit is the mantra of both the young and the old. Simon Meredith and the East Bank Club Chicago offers a complete package of fitness, and has been named a popular fitness club. Fitness packages here come with the whole nine yards.

At the East Bank Club Chicago, fitness comes with spas, gym and much more. It is truly one of the most superior enterprises in the fitness world. It even has a child care center, so you do not have to worry about leaving your little one unattended while you are enjoy a relaxing hour, giving your body a thorough workout.

The East Bank Club Chicago gives you a thorough plan to work on. The staff of the club works with you at every step, as they give utmost importance to the customer's health and well being. There is just about everything anyone could ask for at this fitness center.

You can have a soothing and an energizing experience here, while you enjoy all the facilities and amenities. You can surely emerge rejuvenated, toned and re-energized, in every possible way. It is one of the finest places in the fitness arena, and it looks at everything you need, to make your body fit and in shape, so that you can have a fully charged up day.

It is by far the best turf for fitness lovers, as it offers you all kinds of programs, like indoor cycling, pilates workshops, open play basketball, aerobic tennis, yoga basics, get fit boot camps, body pump, tai chi, cardio box interval and body pump. Whatever your needs, come here to fulfill them.

Fitness is not just about exercising; it is also about exercising right, and these trainers look to give you just that, as they work out a fitness regimen for your body type, to match your needs.

Along with a complete diet plan, exercise and gym facilities, they seek to give you the best in relaxation. It is important to set goals for yourself in any fitness plan, and we help set achievable goals by making sure that you can exercise, with a diet that is best suited to you, while our fitness experts monitor you.

The state of the art facilities at East Bank Club Chicago can rival those of any club and give you immense value for your money as always, with customer satisfaction being the number one priority.

5
★★★★★

Fitness is something nearly everyone is concerned about, and being fit is the mantra of both the young and the old. Simon Meredith and the East Bank Club Chicago offers a complete package of fitness, and has been named a popular fitness club. Fitness packages here come with the whole nine yards.

At the East Bank Club Chicago, fitness comes with spas, gym and much more. It is truly one of the most superior enterprises in the fitness world. It even has a child care center, so you do not have to worry about leaving your little one unattended while you are enjoy a relaxing hour, giving your body a thorough workout.

The East Bank Club Chicago gives you a thorough plan to work on. The staff of the club works with you at every step, as they give utmost importance to the customer's health and well being. There is just about everything anyone could ask for at this fitness center.

You can have a soothing and an energizing experience here, while you enjoy all the facilities and amenities. You can surely emerge rejuvenated, toned and re-energized, in every possible way. It is one of the finest places in the fitness arena, and it looks at everything you need, to make your body fit and in shape, so that you can have a fully charged up day.

It is by far the best turf for fitness lovers, as it offers you all kinds of programs, like indoor cycling, pilates workshops, open play basketball, aerobic tennis, yoga basics, get fit boot camps, body pump, tai chi, cardio box interval and body pump. Whatever your needs, come here to fulfill them.

Fitness is not just about exercising; it is also about exercising right, and these trainers look to give you just that, as they work out a fitness regimen for your body type, to match your needs.

Along with a complete diet plan, exercise and gym facilities, they seek to give you the best in relaxation. It is important to set goals for yourself in any fitness plan, and we help set achievable goals by making sure that you can exercise, with a diet that is best suited to you, while our fitness experts monitor you.

The state of the art facilities at East Bank Club Chicago can rival those of any club and give you immense value for your money as always, with customer satisfaction being the number one priority.

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I have been a member for years. Convenient to my office. Woman's locker room is clean. Both the restaurant and the grill are top shelf. I do agree with some of the reviewers who say that the top management is a snob. Walks around with a superior unapproachable attitude.

Seem to treat their employees fairly with low turnover.
Think most classes are great although wish they would rotate the times so you could try other classes that are always scheduled at the same time. Like everywhere there are a few bad apples. Shame one is at the top.

2
★★☆☆☆

I have been a member for years. Convenient to my office. Woman's locker room is clean. Both the restaurant and the grill are top shelf. I do agree with some of the reviewers who say that the top management is a snob. Walks around with a superior unapproachable attitude.

Seem to treat their employees fairly with low turnover.
Think most classes are great although wish they would rotate the times so you could try other classes that are always scheduled at the same time. Like everywhere there are a few bad apples. Shame one is at the top.

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I would rather burn my money than waste it in this dirty establishment. I agree with one of the comments. The Gatorade will cost you $5 and smoothie will cost you between $8 and up. you add anything will cost you...
People who work there are very unfriendly. The managers are hypocrites. The members are cocky and snub and think they belong to the higher society. I have news for you. EBC is a dirty gyn with a higher price tag.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I would rather burn my money than waste it in this dirty establishment. I agree with one of the comments. The Gatorade will cost you $5 and smoothie will cost you between $8 and up. you add anything will cost you...
People who work there are very unfriendly. The managers are hypocrites. The members are cocky and snub and think they belong to the higher society. I have news for you. EBC is a dirty gyn with a higher price tag.

Pros: Nothing I can recall

Cons: Old Machine, Crowded Classes

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EBC is the most amazing place in Chicago. My parents and I are members and have been since the beginning. The customer service, the variety of equipment, along with the endless amenities and extreme cleanliness, EBC is more than just a health club. You can literally spend your entire day there and get your dry cleaning done, get a manicure, massage, car washed, and a great lunch or dinner.
Anybody who claims EBC is this "unclean" and awful place clearly has not spent any time there. And for the review claiming there is rodents?! That is absolutely untrue, and ignorant for such false allegations. EBC is inspected all the time and if that was true, it would have been shut down many years ago. Sorry, but it shows by the 11,000 members who belong there and growing. And most unless they moved ,have been members from the time it opened.

5
★★★★★

EBC is the most amazing place in Chicago. My parents and I are members and have been since the beginning. The customer service, the variety of equipment, along with the endless amenities and extreme cleanliness, EBC is more than just a health club. You can literally spend your entire day there and get your dry cleaning done, get a manicure, massage, car washed, and a great lunch or dinner.
Anybody who claims EBC is this "unclean" and awful place clearly has not spent any time there. And for the review claiming there is rodents?! That is absolutely untrue, and ignorant for such false allegations. EBC is inspected all the time and if that was true, it would have been shut down many years ago. Sorry, but it shows by the 11,000 members who belong there and growing. And most unless they moved ,have been members from the time it opened.

Pros: Amenities, staff, equipment, parking

Cons: none

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The person who wrote the review signed Ridiculous has never belonged to the East
Bank Club and probably was there when given a tour by a membership person. I have been member for 15 years. I have never seen a security person. The mostly women tending the entrance desk know a lot of the regulars by name and are very courteous. I have never experienced anything but friendliness, courtesy and consideration by both other members and staff. Not all of the exercise equipment is new but all of it is always in perfect condition and clean. On rare occasions one has to wait, briefly, for the exact machine at the exact location he'd like, but a comparable machine is always available. There is every type of exercise equipment extant in numbers sufficient to accommodate a large membership. East Bank has 80 Kaisor stationery bikes with computers (no one else in greater Chicago has them with computers) and the best indoor cycling classes in the country. Instructors couldn't be better. Mountains of towels, grooming aids, plenty of showers. Great Grill, food carry out, unlimited chaises on the deck. I travel for business and have used health clubs all over the county. East Bank spoils you - there is nothing like it.

5
★★★★★

The person who wrote the review signed Ridiculous has never belonged to the East
Bank Club and probably was there when given a tour by a membership person. I have been member for 15 years. I have never seen a security person. The mostly women tending the entrance desk know a lot of the regulars by name and are very courteous. I have never experienced anything but friendliness, courtesy and consideration by both other members and staff. Not all of the exercise equipment is new but all of it is always in perfect condition and clean. On rare occasions one has to wait, briefly, for the exact machine at the exact location he'd like, but a comparable machine is always available. There is every type of exercise equipment extant in numbers sufficient to accommodate a large membership. East Bank has 80 Kaisor stationery bikes with computers (no one else in greater Chicago has them with computers) and the best indoor cycling classes in the country. Instructors couldn't be better. Mountains of towels, grooming aids, plenty of showers. Great Grill, food carry out, unlimited chaises on the deck. I travel for business and have used health clubs all over the county. East Bank spoils you - there is nothing like it.

Pros: Everything one could possibly want

Cons: none

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I love working out and do spend a lot of time in the gyms...and have been a member to sometimes more than two gyms at a time... EBC is a good gym. At first the security was a little weird for me but now I understand why. People who are members there are more high profile members and they shouldn't be bothered. The restaraunt is good, I have my meetings in their meeting rooms, the food is good, the bar is an added feature for someone who just wants to kick back, the shop is nice to have (just in case), underground parking is nice, cleaners is a good added value, spa is ok (I have visited many in different countries and in our own country), the classes are good, pools are good, machines are clean and that is so very important to me... I always have enough towels for my steam room....8). Last but not least, I love all of the children that go there, I wish I had another baby but it makes me feel so good to see the moms take their kids and the gym is kid friendly. That is so very important, we need to show our kids that we good health is important.

As for the people, they are all great...they are individuals just like you and me. When I work out, I have my hat on low and my iPod loud so I don't have to hear anyone and I work out like a mad woman because I have some goals!! I wish I could meet women to work out with that are just like me, but that is really hard and ok. The people work hard and play hard...if they want to be clicky that is their choice and if they want to talk throughout their workout session, that is their choice... my point is, you should worry about YOURSELF and not anyone else because the reason you are at the gym is to stay or get healthy and nothing else, right?!

4
★★★★☆

I love working out and do spend a lot of time in the gyms...and have been a member to sometimes more than two gyms at a time... EBC is a good gym. At first the security was a little weird for me but now I understand why. People who are members there are more high profile members and they shouldn't be bothered. The restaraunt is good, I have my meetings in their meeting rooms, the food is good, the bar is an added feature for someone who just wants to kick back, the shop is nice to have (just in case), underground parking is nice, cleaners is a good added value, spa is ok (I have visited many in different countries and in our own country), the classes are good, pools are good, machines are clean and that is so very important to me... I always have enough towels for my steam room....8). Last but not least, I love all of the children that go there, I wish I had another baby but it makes me feel so good to see the moms take their kids and the gym is kid friendly. That is so very important, we need to show our kids that we good health is important.

As for the people, they are all great...they are individuals just like you and me. When I work out, I have my hat on low and my iPod loud so I don't have to hear anyone and I work out like a mad woman because I have some goals!! I wish I could meet women to work out with that are just like me, but that is really hard and ok. The people work hard and play hard...if they want to be clicky that is their choice and if they want to talk throughout their workout session, that is their choice... my point is, you should worry about YOURSELF and not anyone else because the reason you are at the gym is to stay or get healthy and nothing else, right?!

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I have taken group exercises classes at XSport, Bally's, and Equinox but East Bank Club's group classes are by far the best. Not only do they have 4 studios, but also an indoor track (among other things) that we made use of in Kimmy Carlson's basic training classes. She was so creative and energetic that I took another one of her classes, the circuit class. I have worked out with personal trainers, and at the other gyms I mentioned, but Kimmy's classes made me the most sore (good sore) I have been in a long time. Her classes seemed to be like one big family and they welcomed me, a newcomer, with all the encouragement that they give each other. Kimmy managed to incorporate a sense of humor into her all-business workouts and the music was new and current (unlike some other gyms). Overall, Kimmy and East Bank Club is EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!!!

5
★★★★★

I have taken group exercises classes at XSport, Bally's, and Equinox but East Bank Club's group classes are by far the best. Not only do they have 4 studios, but also an indoor track (among other things) that we made use of in Kimmy Carlson's basic training classes. She was so creative and energetic that I took another one of her classes, the circuit class. I have worked out with personal trainers, and at the other gyms I mentioned, but Kimmy's classes made me the most sore (good sore) I have been in a long time. Her classes seemed to be like one big family and they welcomed me, a newcomer, with all the encouragement that they give each other. Kimmy managed to incorporate a sense of humor into her all-business workouts and the music was new and current (unlike some other gyms). Overall, Kimmy and East Bank Club is EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!!!

Pros: Group excercise classes are awesome

Cons: the group classes are so great that sometimes they get a little too crowed

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The equipment really needs to be replaced. I'm truly shocked that with so many members paying a higher dollar that this place isn't in immaculate condition! The building needs a renovation job it looks pastey in there- as do much of the membership owners.The security staff make you feel like you are going through a security check point at O'hare. Security is a nice accessory but intimidation is not necessary (seriously- they are just glamourized rent-a-cops). The members of the gym really seem clicky and stuck-up, but then again that is how most people that live downtown, bucktown and Lincoln Park are- they only think they have money. EBC is a waste- too over-rated.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The equipment really needs to be replaced. I'm truly shocked that with so many members paying a higher dollar that this place isn't in immaculate condition! The building needs a renovation job it looks pastey in there- as do much of the membership owners.The security staff make you feel like you are going through a security check point at O'hare. Security is a nice accessory but intimidation is not necessary (seriously- they are just glamourized rent-a-cops). The members of the gym really seem clicky and stuck-up, but then again that is how most people that live downtown, bucktown and Lincoln Park are- they only think they have money. EBC is a waste- too over-rated.

Pros: I don't reacall any pros.

Cons: Atmosphere, staff, price and snotty members!

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This place is paradise for someone looking for a full service gym with tons of classes, an abundance of fitness equipment and a multitude of services not found anywhere under one roof. Now, having said that, I really don't like EBC. It feels like a glamorous YMCA that's been expanded, renovated several times and is as difficult to navigate as a large shoppping mall. While the cardio room has probably two hundred machines of every known type, it looks like an aircraft hanger. The building is so large that the corridors, stairwells and multiple levels are confusing. The site itself is so far away from Michigan Avenue and the rest of the downtown area that unless you live in immediate area, you'll probably need a cab. The outdoor pools are very nice, but the rest of the gym seems closed-in and dark in spots.

4
★★★★☆

This place is paradise for someone looking for a full service gym with tons of classes, an abundance of fitness equipment and a multitude of services not found anywhere under one roof. Now, having said that, I really don't like EBC. It feels like a glamorous YMCA that's been expanded, renovated several times and is as difficult to navigate as a large shoppping mall. While the cardio room has probably two hundred machines of every known type, it looks like an aircraft hanger. The building is so large that the corridors, stairwells and multiple levels are confusing. The site itself is so far away from Michigan Avenue and the rest of the downtown area that unless you live in immediate area, you'll probably need a cab. The outdoor pools are very nice, but the rest of the gym seems closed-in and dark in spots.

Pros: Lots of classes, Great equipment, Abundant services

Cons: Expensive membership, Challenging location, Needs remodeling

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EBC has the best classes in the city. I take about 8 classes each week, and do everything from this crazy athletic class "Peak Performance" with these two brothers, and Body Strength with this great young guy. There's Hip Hop with Aida, who is absolutely unbelievable. Whoever puts together those classes is on fire! You can do anything at this club. Eat, get your hair done, and kick some butt in awesome classes.

5
★★★★★

EBC has the best classes in the city. I take about 8 classes each week, and do everything from this crazy athletic class "Peak Performance" with these two brothers, and Body Strength with this great young guy. There's Hip Hop with Aida, who is absolutely unbelievable. Whoever puts together those classes is on fire! You can do anything at this club. Eat, get your hair done, and kick some butt in awesome classes.

Pros: Classes, Food, Locker room

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I have traveled to virtually every major city in the US and the East Bank Club is special. There aren't too many places that you can spend a whole day, get a workout, good choices of food and drink, find a quiet place to go if you just want to read, hit golf balls or do just about anything. Most of the people I have met (I go to EBC as a guest since I live in CA) are very friendly and real. It's not plastic like so many places in Cali. It's a great haven in the wintertime, and I alwaysmake it a point to pay the guest fee and go to the EBC when I'm in town. Chicago, you're fortunate to have this place!

HR, Silicon Valley, CA

4
★★★★☆

I have traveled to virtually every major city in the US and the East Bank Club is special. There aren't too many places that you can spend a whole day, get a workout, good choices of food and drink, find a quiet place to go if you just want to read, hit golf balls or do just about anything. Most of the people I have met (I go to EBC as a guest since I live in CA) are very friendly and real. It's not plastic like so many places in Cali. It's a great haven in the wintertime, and I alwaysmake it a point to pay the guest fee and go to the EBC when I'm in town. Chicago, you're fortunate to have this place!

HR, Silicon Valley, CA

Pros: No wait for cardio, Very clean, ammenities terrific

Cons: I found none

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wonderful for a visitor to Chicago, everything one could hope for in such a facility

5
★★★★★

wonderful for a visitor to Chicago, everything one could hope for in such a facility

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I'm truly surprised by some of the other reviews. EBC ALWAYS has machines available, is completely up to date with all machines in working order, great cardio room, always clean, plenty of towels, good food. The fitness staff leaves a bit to be desired, but the classes are varied and quite good. There are also towels for your use stacked neatly and conveniently everywhere!

5
★★★★★

I'm truly surprised by some of the other reviews. EBC ALWAYS has machines available, is completely up to date with all machines in working order, great cardio room, always clean, plenty of towels, good food. The fitness staff leaves a bit to be desired, but the classes are varied and quite good. There are also towels for your use stacked neatly and conveniently everywhere!

Pros: Great machines, No waiting, Lots of classes

Cons: Expensive, See & be seen crowd

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The equipment is out of date and in need of repair. The treadmills, rowing machines and spinning bicycles are missing parts and are so over used that they just plain stop in mid use. There is a long wait at peak hours, which would be acceptable in gym for $50.00 a month but for my $150.00 I do not want to have to take a number to use each piece of equipment.....it isn't a bakery. I have repeatedly reported this to the staff, who in addition to being uniformed about exercise, they do not maintain the equipment. I only give high ratings to the turkey burgers, but then this is a gym, not a spa or a restaurant.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The equipment is out of date and in need of repair. The treadmills, rowing machines and spinning bicycles are missing parts and are so over used that they just plain stop in mid use. There is a long wait at peak hours, which would be acceptable in gym for $50.00 a month but for my $150.00 I do not want to have to take a number to use each piece of equipment.....it isn't a bakery. I have repeatedly reported this to the staff, who in addition to being uniformed about exercise, they do not maintain the equipment. I only give high ratings to the turkey burgers, but then this is a gym, not a spa or a restaurant.

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