East Bank Club opened its doors on December 15, 1980 with 3,000 members and 100 employees. At that time, building an exercise, recreation and dining facility on such a grand scale was a new concept. Today, East Bank Club has more than 10,000 members and 600 employees, and it is the cornerstone of Chicago's River North neighborhood.
Unparalleled in size, scope and range of services, the 450,000 square-foot East Bank Club has set the standard for first-class hospitality and excellence in the fitness industry. The Club is constantly reviewing and enhancing its facilities. And with its state-of-the-art equipment, astounding range of amenities and superior member relations, East Bank Club serves as a prototype for the creation and continuation of health clubs worldwide.
Former Executive Director of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), John McCarthy, believes East Bank Club's commitment to fitness, excellence and personalized service is unprecedented. “From the very beginning, East Bank Club has always been regarded as a club in a class by itself,” says McCarthy. “East Bank Club is considered the gold standard for the club industry. Not only in the United States, but for Europe and Asia as well, East Bank Club sets the industry standard for quality, service and hospitality.”
East Bank Club prides itself on meeting and exceeding the needs of its members. The Club unfailingly focuses on providing members a superlative experience each time they visit. Wholly committed to exceeding member expectations, it is no surprise East Bank Club has one of the highest member retention rates in the industry.
In addition to its outstanding contributions to the health and fitness industry, East Bank Club served as a catalyst for the revitalization of Chicago's River North neighborhood, once a heavy industrial manufacturing district. River North has matured into a diverse community with an ever-increasing array of high-end residences, arts and entertainment attractions, restaurants and bars, and popular tourist destinations.
East Bank Club truly offers all things for all people. The Club's facilities include a quarter-mile indoor running track; seven indoor tennis courts; three racquetball courts; a squash court; a 20,000 square-foot cardiovascular room; a 7,000 square-foot performance center; a free weight room; five aerobics studios; a Pilates and GYROTONIC® studio; physical therapy; a 60-bike spinning studio; four swimming pools (two indoor, two outdoor); two regulation-size basketball courts; an indoor golf driving range; a pro shop; a dry cleaner; a full-service salon and spa; a daycare center; a car wash; a casual grill; a gourmet deli; an elegant restaurant; catering facilities; a juice bar; a 60,000 square-foot sun deck and much more.
But what truly sets East Bank Club apart is the unique bond people develop through membership, both to the Club and with fellow members.
The Sun Deck Cafe, Grill and Pool Bar open for the season Thursday, May 25.