Our Commitment to Safety



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Monday - Thursday: 6 am - 9 pm
Friday: 6 am - 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7 am - 6 pm


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The safety of our staff, members, and guests is what’s most important. Chicago Athletic Clubs has always been dedicated to delivering a clean facility for members and guests to confidently workout. Like all of you, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis. We know that every decision we make as a business can have a larger impact on the community and we are doing our best to make cautious and considerate decisions to go above and beyond CDC and local guidelines.

CAC is proud to be a business certified in compliance with CDC, OSHA, and IDPH guidelines. Detailed reopening safety and cleaning guidelines and procedures are listed below.
Member Reopening FAQs can be found here.

Each of us will play an important role in making the club a safe experience for us all.


Check out our safety video to see what to expect when you visit the gym.

CAC Safety Video and signs


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Physical Distancing

Physical distancing requires keeping 6ft distance from others.  
  • Floor markers at the entrance to maintain physical distancing while checking-in. 
  • We ask group fitness class participants to arrive at the studio  as close to class time as possible to avoid over crowding outside the studio
  • We will disabling cardio equipment allowing ample space between members on the cardio floors and areas
  • We will be rearranging each weight floor design to allow for more space between machines
  • Equipment unavailable to allow physical distancing will be marked with a sign
  • Signs will be placed throughout the gyms to remind everyone the 6ft physical distancing requirements
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Commitment to Cleanliness

Cleanliness has always been a top priority to us. You will see our staff continually moving throughout our clubs disinfecting equipment, studios, and frequently touched surfaces.
  • Continue to use commercial-grade disinfectants and sanitizers
  • More gym wipe stations throughout the gym for easier access to wipe down equipment before and after use
  • More hand sanitizer stations throughout the gym 
  • Full studio disinfecting and sanitizing between group fitness classes
  • Continue nightly deep cleaning
  • Air purification systems using to eliminate contaminants and pathogens in the air and on surfaces
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Touchless Check-In and Check-Out

Touchless Check-in continues upon entering the gym. We have added Check-out system to maintain occupancy numbers.
  • Swipe your key fob swipe tag or your CAC App barcode yourself
  • All staff and members will be required to to Check-in and Check-out to manage occupancy
  • We’ve added plexiglass sneeze guards to front desk stations so that members and guests can continue to chat with staff safely
  • Staff and Members will be given a temperature check with a touchless thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted in the club.
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Class and Pool Sign-Up

To maintain physical distancing requirements in our group fitness classes and pools, all classes and swim lanes require advance sign-up
  • All classes and swim lanes will require advance sign-up; members can sign-up 24 hours in advance of the start time.
  • Sign-up is done through the CAC app.
    • Make sure you download the app with the GREY box around it.
    • For full app information click here 
  • Sign-up will open 24 hours before the start of class/swim time.
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Locker Rooms

Locker rooms will be open with limited amenities. We ask that you bring as few items as possible to the gym to limit your time in the locker room
  • Physical distancing to be maintained in the locker rooms
  • Limited lockers available to maintain physical distance
  • Bathrooms and sinks will be available
  • Steam room and saunas will be closed 
  • Limited showers available to maintain physical distance requirements
  • No hair dryers available
  • No styling or grooming tool usage to limit time spent in the locker room
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Towel Service

Towel service remains in place. All our towels are washed in-house and in hot water with bleach products after every use.
  • We will limit the amount of towels we keep out so that you can be sure your towel is fresh
  • Towel bins will only be used to collect dirty towels

Face Masks

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, CAC requires that all staff and members wear masks in all facilities at all times, including while exercising. The mask must fit securely over the nose and under the chin.
  • All CAC gyms and Pilates studios will following the Chicago phase 4 guidelines which state in any common spaces and during indoor physical activity face coverings must be worn over nose and mouth. 
  • Acceptable masks include single-use surgical mask, double-ply cloth masks, and N-95s.
  • Bandannas and neck gaiters/buffs are not allowed
  • Members who are uncomfortable with a mask or cannot wear one may return to the Club when they are able to do so.
  • A non-compliant member will be asked to leave the Club, and may face membership suspension.

  • UPDATE 9/29/20 Masks with vents are not allowed. Refer to CDC guidelines regarding masks with exhalation valves and vents.

For more information about the importance of mask wearing to stop Covid-19 spread, please read this article from the CDC.

How to help

How You Can Help

Keeping our spaces clean and safe will be a team effort from all of us- staff, members, and guests. Here's how you can help us keep our spaces clean.
  • Stay home if...
    • you or anyone in your household has recently or is currently experiencing any illness symptoms such as: cough, fever, unusual shortness of breath, chills. A current list of COIVD-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC website.
    • you are waiting on COVID-19 test results.
    • you have recently visited one of Chicago’s
      emergency travel order states within the last 14 days.
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use with gym wipes. Allow the cleaned surface to fully dry before using.
  • Wash your hands frequently. When a sink isn't nearby, use hand sanitizer. Don't wipe the hand sanitizer off. Allow it to fully dry for maximum disinfecting. 
  • Maintain 6 ft physical distance between yourself and others.

Amenity and department updates

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Group Fitness

What to expect from your Group Fitness classes:

  • Classes will resume with updated schedules, allowing extra time between classes for proper cleaning and sanitization.

  • No Pool/Aqua classes will be scheduled upon opening; these will resume when Government guidelines allow. 

  • Classes to be planned and taught with limited traveling, keeping members in a designated space (no stations, no partner work). 

  • All classes will be non-contact; no-high fives, no physical form adjustments, no equipment sharing. 

  • Studio floors will be marked for physical distancing. 

  • Class schedules will be posted on the CAC  app and website and posted near the studios; printed schedules will be unavailable. 

  • All classes will require online sign up via the current CAC App. Members can sign up for classes as early as one hour before class. This will allow us to properly manage class attendance and maintain CDC distance guidelines. 

  • Additional gym wipes stations will be available in each studio. 

  • Cleaning staff has been added to clean the studios and equipment after every class to disinfectant and sanitize the studio after every class.

  • Class start times and studios will be spaced out to allow for proper cleaning between classes and to avoid large groups gathered in common areas waiting for classes to begin. 

  • Instructors will ask members to wipe down equipment before and after each use. 

  • Some group fitness equipment will not be available for members use to maintain sanitization.

  • Yoga classes are BYOM- bring your own mat...plus blocks and straps. Manduka yoga mats are available for purchase at the front desk.
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  • Pools will be open for lap swim and private adult lessons only
  • Limit 1 swimmer per land for lap swim
  • Lap swim reservation required through the app or call the club
  • Lap swim lane reservations available up to 24 hours before start time
  • Lane access is limited to 60 minutes per reservation for each individual member
  • Lane 1, which will be labeled in each pool, will be reserved at all times for private swim lessons.  If Lane 1 is not being used for a private lesson, members can use it for lap swimming on a first come, first served basis, but will need to vacate the lane in the event of a private lesson
  • All participants must take a cleansing shower prior to entering the pool
  • The wearing of a mask is mandatory in all of the clubs, including in the locker rooms, the shower and bathroom areas (except while showering), and on the pool deck. When using the pool, masks should be removed just before entering the pool. CAC recommends placing the mask in a zip lock bag or similar to store your mask safely while you are in the pool
  • No equipment will be available in the pools, including kickboards, pull buoys, swim fins, noodles, or pool weights.  Members can provide their own equipment for use in the pool. Pool equipment brought by members must be wiped down/sanitized before entering the building
  • Masters swim practice will be in session
  • Hot Tubs will not be available immediately upon reopening 
  • No Aqua workout classes immediately upon reopening
  • In the initial phase of our reopening, we will not be offering any children’s pool programs, including group and private swim lessons, Jr. Swim Team, or Parent Infant/Tot classes.  We will also not be scheduling Family Swim at any of the clubs until further notice.
  • UPDATE 9.1.20: Private kids swim lessons are now available at Lincoln Square and West Loop. REGISTER HERE
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Training Floor & Turf

  • All machines on the training floor and turf areas have been spaced out to allow for physical distancing

  • Masks must be worn at all times

  • Wipe down equipment before and after use

  • Do not move benches. They are specifically placed with at least 6ft distance apart

  • Hanging gym mats and foam rollers are not available

  • Folded gym mats are available for use

  • UPDATE 10/8/20: Resistance bands, TRX, and ankle bands have been added back on to the weight floor
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Personal Training

Personal training will resume once the gyms reopen. 

  • We ask that Members wipe down equipment before and after each use. 

  • Equipment has been spaced out or turned off to provide physical distancing. 

  • We will take all Personal Training Client’s temperature and require an observation for overt symptoms and verbal/non-verbal confirmation of daily self-screening before each Personal Training Session.

  • Trainers will meet clients at the front desk for a temperature check at the front desk. Please see ON-SITE HEALTH SCREENING PROTOCOL 

  • Outdoor sessions occur at an agreed upon space outside of any CAC location. Trainers have the availability to use club equipment for all outdoor sessions. We ask all members to check in to the club prior to their scheduled outdoor session.

  • All of our virtual PT sessions are run through zoom. Sessions can be scheduled on the days and times that best fit the trainer and client’s schedule. All sessions will be programmed around the space and equipment that the client has available.
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Our climbing walls, classes and programs will not resume immediately upon reopening. We will update when we have more information when climbing will be available again at CAC.


Valet Parking

Valet parking is currently not available at any location. Members still have access to the LPAC and WAC parking lots adjacent to the clubs. Plus, Monday-Saturday, LPAC overflow parking is still available at St. George Greek Orthodox Church 2701 N. Sheffield. 

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Pilates Studios

Studio 1002 Pilates and Studio EAC Pilates will resume operation with 1-on-1 training in-studio and virtual private sessions and classes.
  • Instructors will be scheduled to teach both virtual private/classes as well as in-studio private sessions.
  • We will not be offering in-studio classes immediately upon reopening. 
  • All sessions will be reduced to 50 minutes to allow for thorough cleaning and client transition. 

  • Instructors will wipe down all equipment at the end of every session. 
  • Vinyl covers have been added to the Reformer straps for better sterilization. 

  • Equipment has been spaced out to allow for social distancing. 
  • We have created stations with 1 Reformer, 1 Chair, and limited small props. 

  • Prior to scheduling a session, clients will be asked to fill out a Covid-19 waiver. 

  • Clients will wait in their car until their instructor sends a text – all furniture has been removed from the lobby. 

  • All doors will be propped open. 

  • Sanitation stations have been added to the bathroom, lobby and 2 per studio space. 


We are not opening with massage initially. More details to come. 

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Kids Club at EAC

Our Kids Club and Kids Club programs will not resume immediately upon reopening. We will update when we have more information when Kids Club will be available again at EAC.

Cleaning and disinfectant supplies and technology

We will continue to offer top of the line cleaning procedures. We're also introducing new cleaning technology which will surpass CDC and State/City requirements. Here is a list of the cleaning and disinfectant solutions and technology we will use within the gyms and studios: 

  • Air Surface Pro air purification machines to clean contaminants in the air and on surfaces
  • All cleaning and disinfectant solutions are EPA registered
  • Gym Wipes for wiping down equipment
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the gym and studios

We will continue to update this page as new information comes in from the city, state, and CDC recommendations and guidelines. We look forward to seeing you again soon!