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Beat the Heat: Where to Swim in Chicago

When the Chicago Heat Hits, Find a Pool to Cool Off


While you wouldn’t really know it from the weather we’ve had so far this summer, Chicago will get hot — at least we hope so. So when the mercury spikes and you need to cool off, you’ll want to find a place to take a dip. Sure, you can hit any number of beaches like North Avenue, Oak Street, Montrose or 57th Street beaches, but sometimes you want to go sand free. Free park district pools abound throughout town, but sometimes you want a more private experience with food and bar service. Here are some options no matter what you choose.

FFC Gold Coast and West Loop — Fitness Formula Clubs may seem like they’re all over the city, but only a couple have outdoor pools. Hit the gyms in the Gold Coast (1030 N. Clark) and the West Loop (10 S. Clinton), get a day pass and enjoy the sun.

East Bank Club — Exalted as one of the most exclusive fitness clubs in Chicago, East Bank lives up to its name when it comes to its pools. Yes, pools. If you’re lucky you have a friend who can bring you as a guest (sorry, no day passes otherwise). 500 N. Kingsbury

Lakeview Athletic Club — Spend a day bopping around Lakeview’s Boystown and Wrigleyville neighborhoods, grab a bite, then hit the rooftop pool at Lakeview Athletic Club. Get a day pass for $25 and enjoy the sun! 3212 N. Broadway

Various Chicago Parks — While there are numerous free pools (read: minimal amenities) scattered at park district locations around Chicago, some of the better spots to hit include Douglas Park (2800 W. Roosevelt), Bucktown’s Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley) and Humboldt Park (958 N. Sacramento), which has a waterside!

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