Our Commitment to Safety

 

We will reopen on 7/20/2020

Check back daily for updates.

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. As State and city governments update guidelines to allow business like ours to re-open, we will slowly begin to re-open in accordance to those new protocols.

The City of Evanston will follow the IL Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines and the city of Chicago will follow the Chicago Phase 4 Reopening 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 your club a safe experience for us all.

What you can expect from us

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Physical Distancing

Physical distancing requires keeping 6ft distance from others. While working out and exerting more respiratory effort a greater distance will be required. When we have the State and City requirements we will update here.
  • Floor markers at the entrance to 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 through out the gyms to remind everyone the 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 hospital grade disinfectants and cleaners
  • 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 
  • Disinfecting fogging machines to clean studios between group fitness classes
  • Chlorox Total360 electrostatic sprayers to fully disinfect all surfaces, even hard to reach spaces
  • Continue nightly deep cleaning
  • Air purification systems using ActivePure technology to eliminate contaminants and pathogens in the air and on surfaces
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Touchless Check-In

We switched to Touchless Check-in in March. This will continue when we reopen.
  • Swipe your key fob swipe tag or your CAC App barcode yourself
  • We’ve added plexiglass sneeze guards to front desk stations so that members and guests can continue to chat with staff safely
 
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Class Sign-Up

To maintain physical distancing requirements in our group fitness classes, all classes will require advance sign-up
  • All classes will require advance sign-up
  • Sign-up will be done through the CAC app.
    • If you haven't downloaded the app, you can find it under CAC or Chicago Athletic Clubs in your app store for Apple or Android.Create XID, we suggest using your phone number and house number as your PIN. 
  • Sign-up will open 60 minutes before the start of class
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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
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Towel Service

Towel service will remain for hand towels. 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
  • Hand towels will still be available throughout the club
  • Larger body towels will not be available if the showers are closed
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Face Coverings

Face coverings help to reduce the spread of viruses.
  • The city of Chicago is 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. (exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering)
  • The city of Evanston is following the IL phase 4 guidelines which state face coverings should be work mover nose and mouth whenever not exercising. (exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering)
How to help

How You Can Help

Keeping our spaces clean 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
  • 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. 

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. Electrostatic backpack sprayers using 1st Place Science disinfectant solution will be used to clean and disinfect the studios between each 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. 

  • All Instructors will be expected to complete our new Instructor cleaning protocol training before their first class back.  

  • 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; members will be asked to bring their own yoga mats, blocks and straps. 
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Aquatics

  • Pools will be open for lap swim with a limited number of swimmers per lane (more details coming)
  • Masters swim practice will not resume initially
  • Hot Tubs will not be available immediately upon reopening 
  • We will not offer Aqua workout classes immediately upon reopening
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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.

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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 
  • All Personal Trainers will be expected to complete our new Personal Training protocol training before their first personal training session can be performed.  
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Climbing

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.

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Valet Parking

The following safety measures will be in place at BAC, LPAC, WAC, and WPAC where there is a parking attendant on staff to valet cars:

  • UV sanitizer light in key box to ensure keys are disinfected 
  • All parking attendants will wear face masks
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the valet booth
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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. 
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Massage

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

Cleaning and disinfectant supplies and technology

We will continue to offer top of the line cleaning procedures which include hospital grade disinfectants. 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: 

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!