Construction Updates: Basketball Court/Climbing Wall Closure – August 14 – 25

Please be aware that the basketball court and climbing wall will be closed Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 25 for an exciting facelift! We will be doing a full overhaul of the space for a brand new look and update.

The space will not be accessible during this time. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we make these exciting changes at FFC Oak Park!

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

Member of the Month

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

Congratulations to mother and daughter duo, Bruna Calefi Gallo and Cecilia Gallo, FFC Oak Park’s August Members of the Month! We asked them about their experiences at FFC, and here’s what they had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

FFC is a space where we both can enjoy ourselves and have our own space.

When at FFC you will find me…

Cecilia: at Kids Club and pool!!!!

Bruna: in the pool, practicing yoga and doing cardio.

I work out to…

Bruna: to keep my mind and body balanced!

Cecilia: I like to play with  Dani, Hilary, Alessandra, Portia, Dennis and Jonny. I also like to play with the toys in the Kids’ Club. I love to swim with mum and dad on weekends!

August Parents’ Night Out Pool Party – Friday, 8/25; 5:45 – 9 PM

Blast off back into school with a  PNO Pool Party! Join us on Friday, August 25 from 5:45 – 9 PM for a splashin’ good time. Child must be at least 5 years or older to swim.

  • $30 for 1
  • $40 for 2
  • $5 each additional

Fall Children’s Group Swim Lessons Starting In September

School is almost back in session and it’s time to start thinking about fall swim lessons! This 8-week session on Saturdays and Sundays will begin September 9/10 and run through October 28/29. Make up sessions will be November 4 and 5. Contact for more information.


  • Aqua Babies and Guppies – $120
  • Beginners and Advanced – $135
new equipment arrival

New Equipment Arrivals

new equipment arrival

One of our biggest requests from members has been to open up more floor space for many uses.  Hopefully by now you have seen the new layout and the new equipment that arrived a couple of weeks ago. We have added:

  • 8 Pieces of the Insignia Series Life Fitness strength equipment
  • 3 signature adjustable benches
  • HD Elite half rack with platform plus 12 new bumper plates with Olympic bar
  • 1 Jacob’s Ladder
  • 1 Matrix S-Drive treadmill
  • 2 Woodway curve treadmills
  • 2 Free Motion 11.9 Incline Trainers

We hope you enjoy the new additions and space!

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to our July member of the month, Tom Tenhor! We asked Tom a little bit about his experience at FFC – this is what he shared:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

My membership is a break from the stresses of the day, an opportunity to stay fit and strong, and to climb.

When at FFC you will find me…

Strength training on the mezzanine, cardio on an elliptical or spin bike, or at the climbing wall.

I work out to…

BBC Newshour, Freakonomics, PRI’s The World, MarketPlace, or Radiolab.

Get Scuba Certified! 7/11; 6 – 7:30 PM (Classroom + Pool: 7/16; 8 AM – 5 PM)

Always wanted to get scuba certified? Now you can! Join us for orientation on July 11 from 6 – 7:30 PM. Then complete the classroom and pool section on Sunday, July 16, from 8 AM – 5 PM!

Questions? Contact Captain Darrick Lorenzen at or 1-815-344-7956!

Parents’ Night Out – 7/28; 5:45 – 9 PM

Join us on Friday, July 28 from 5:45 – 9 PM for a Holidays Around The World-themed Parents’ Night Out!

  • $25 for one
  • $30 for 2
  • $5 each additional

For questions or more information, contact Hilary Anderson at

Attention Members: Indoor Pool Draining/Construction 6/5 – 6/9

Members, please be aware that Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9 the entire pool deck will be closed for work needing to be completed. Members will not have access to the pool, hot tub or steam room during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions and more information, please contact general manager Jeff Long at

We also have some exiting upgrades happening in the coming weeks!

We are expecting a delivery of 12 pieces of strength equipment, three adjustable benches and more bumper plates. We will be removing some equipment at that time so parts of the main fitness floor will be closed while this work is taking place. The work will start in the morning and will go until they are finished. We will be phasing out Activtrax so we will not be putting numbers on the new equipment when it arrives. Mike Radice and I are dedicated to serving those of you who do use the system. We would like to assist you in this transition so that this does not impact your ability to enjoy a great workout! Please see us for other options and ideas to help with your workout routine.

New washers and dryers will also be installed so we will not have laundry equipment available in the club for a number of days.  Towels will continue to be available, however, we ask that you please use only what is needed during this time. We will be increasing the capacity of our units to assist us in keeping the shelves stocked for you in the coming years.

We will be doing more work in the club this summer and I will continue to notify you via all available communication channels.

We strive to bring you the latest and greatest equipment and programs and listen to suggestions offered in our surveys. This is why we are very excited for what next week brings to the club.  We appreciate your understanding while this work is being completed and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Parent’s Night Out – 6/23; 5:45 – 9 PM


Join us on Friday, June 23 from 5:45 – 9 PM for June’s Parents’ Night Out and come ready to get “wild”! The theme is If I Ran The Zoo… 

Parents, take some time to enjoy the beautiful weather, cross a few items off your to-do list, or have a date night!

  • Cost $25 for 1 child, $5 for each additional child, $35 for 3 children
  • Contact for more information

Try Our New Summer Cocktails!

Summer is almost here! Sit back, relax and enjoy one of our brand new summer cocktails post-workout (or even for happy hour!) We are excited to bring you this brand new menu of offerings:


Corona, coconut sweet and sour, crushed ice, fresh lime

Lemon Basil Cojito

Mint, basil, lemon, sugar, coconut sweet and sour, sparkling white wine, crushed ice

Tropical Sangria

Pinot Grigio, mango pineapple sangria mix, crushed ice, fresh fruit


Rosé, mango puree, strawberry puree, crushed ice

Mango Bellini

Sparkling white wine, mango puree

The Deadlift

Corona, house Bloody Mary mix, ice, celery salt, candied jalapeño

Save the Date: FFC Oak Park’s 10th Anniversary Party

FFC Oak Park is celebrating 10 Years! Bring the whole family on Thursday, May 18 from 6 – 8 PM for a fun night of celebration, featuring live music, great food and beverages, plus fun for the kids on the basketball court. You will not want to miss this night!

Children’s Group Swim Lessons – 5/6 – 7/2

Make this summer a splash and sign your child up for our children’s group swim lesson program!

The 8-week session will meet Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 6 and 7, running through July 1 and 2. Class will not meet over Memorial Day weekend (May 27/28). Makeup sessions will be July 8/9.

Session fees

  • Aqua Babies and Guppies – $120
  • Beginners and Advanced – $135

For more information, contact!

Join Us for a Wine Tasting – Friday, 5/12; 7 PM

We have a lot to celebrate! In honor of the weather getting warmer, our 3rd floor sundeck opening and the launch of our new wine list at our local’84 Cafe, we will be hosting a wine tasting on Friday, 5/12 at 7 PM.

We will be taking feedback from you in order to build our wine offering that we will be pouring this summer and beyond. The tasting will take place on the sundeck (weather permitting). We hope to see you there!

Parents’ Night Out – 5/26; 5:45 – 9 PM

Stomp, chomp, growl and roar… everyone can be a dinosaur! Drop the kids off on May 26 from 5:45 – 9 PM and take some time for yourselves. Fun dinosaur-themed activities will be featured.

Cost: $25 for 1 child, $35 for 2 children; $5 for each additional child. For more information and to sign up, email Hilary Anderson at!

Mother-Daugther Tea – Sunday, 5/21; 1 – 3 PM

Celebrate the time-honored tradition of afternoon tea with your daughter, granddaughter, mother or best friend on Sunday, May 21 from 1 – 2 PM. Tea party refreshments will be served and fancy hats and gloves are encouraged.

$30 for adults, $15 for first child; $5 for each additional child. For more information, contact!


Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Abe Hesso, FFC Oak Park’s April Member of the Month! We asked Abe about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

FFC is the best thing that happened to me health-wise.

When at FFC you will find me…

On the second floor, weightlifting.

I work out to…

Improve my health.

Save the Date – FFC Oak Park is Celebrating 10 Years! 5/18; 6 – 8 PM

Save the Date! FFC Oak Park is celebrating 10 years on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Bring the whole family for a night of fun and celebration as we say thank you to all our amazing members for a wonderful decade of health & wellness. 

Sign Up Now for The Spring Lil Kickers Season!

Sign up now for the spring Lil Kickers season, which runs from April 2 until May 21 for 8 weeks. Sessions will be held weekly on Sundays on the basketball court. Contact Dan Sterrett at for more info and to sign up.

Price: $120 for 8 weeks

Session Times:

  • 11 – 11:50 AM |  3-4 year olds
  • 12 – 12:50 PM | 5-6 year olds


Be a Superhero on Superhero Day! 4/28; 6 – 8 PM

Be a Superhero on Superhero Day! On Friday, April 28, from 6 – 8 PM come dressed as your favorite superhero and compete in superhero-like activities.

  • Climbing wall
  • Smash ball
  • Sprints
  • Box jumps
  • Battle ropes

Parents’ Night Out – Friday, 4/28; 5:45 – 9 PM

Join us on Friday, 4/28 from 5:45 – 9 PM for a Parent’s Night Out your kids won’t want to miss!

  • 1 CHILD $25 member, $30 non-member
  • 2 CHILDREN $35 member, $40 non-member
  • 3 CHILDREN + $5+ $5+

Contact Hilary Anderson at for more information and to sign up!

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Congratulations to FFC Oak Park’s Climbing Team!

Chicago Indoor Rock Climbing 3

We’ like to congratulate the FFC Oak Park Climbing Team on their recent performance in the No Holds Barred 2017 climbing competition at Vertical Endeavours!

Team members Sonia Gutierrez, Jack Van Dyke, and Oliver Green all placed 1st in their division. The rest of the team climbed at their very best and they all put in a ton of hard work and many hours preparing for this yearly event.

Coaches Aimee Silvestri and Rob Angerman are extremely proud of all of them!


Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Tracy Laluma, FFC Oak Park’s March Member of the Month! We asked Tracy about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

My membership is an investment in my health. It is an opportunity to take at least an hour of my day to really focus on taking care of myself, and tune out everything else happening in my life. I love the fact that all the staff are so supportive of their members’ goals, and are always encouraging. There is always a positive atmosphere starting from the check in at the front desk, and throughout my time at the gym that day. My FFC membership allows me to be part of a community that truly supports my wellness.

When at FFC you will find me…

In personal training sessions with Justin, getting dietary training with Amy, doing various group classes with Nazha, and grabbing a smoothie at the cafe! Once in a while, I will treat myself to a massage at the spa.

I work out to…

Commit to a lifestyle change. Initially, I started to lose weight for my upcoming wedding, but seeing my progress and feeling the changes in my body inspires me to continue building my self-confidence.

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New: Climbing-Themed Sleepover – 3/10 9 PM – 3/11 7 AM

Drop the kids off for a climbing-themed lock in!

From 9 PM on Friday, March 10 to 7 AM on Saturday, March 11, join us for a fun-filled sleepover! Drop off will be at 9 PM, pickup will take place at 7 AM the next morning. In addition to dinner, the fun will include climbing games and slack lining, a snack and a movie, and breakfast the next morning.

  • Ages 9-15
  • $50 per person +$25 for ea. additional sibling


Sign up extended through 3/7/17. Contact Aimee Silvestri at with questions or to RSVP!

March Parents’ Night Out

Fox in the sox says PNO ROCKS! Join us on Friday, March 24 from 5:45 – 9 PM for a Dr. Seuss-themed PNO!

Pricing is as follows:

  • $25 for one child, $35 for two children, $5 each additional child
  • Non members – $5 additional

Contact Hilary at for any questions or to RSVP!

Get Scuba Certified! 3/14; 6-7:30 & 3/19; 8 AM – 5 PM

Cross scuba diving off your bucket list and complete a basic certification! 

  • Orientation: Tuesday, March 14 6 – 7:30 PM
  • Classroom and pool: Sunday, March 19 8 AM – 5 PM

Course is $250 and open water testing will also be available for an additional fee.

For more information contact Captain Darrick Lorenzen at!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Brian Rodgers, FFC Oak Park’s February Member of the Month! We asked Brian about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:  

Membership at FFC means…

FFC to me is the place where I escape to relax and stay healthy.

When at FFC, you will find me…

You will find me in the weight area or on a treadmill.

I work out to…

I workout to lessen stress and maintain a healthy weight.


Parent’s Night Out – Pool Party – 2/24; 5:45 – 9:00 PM

Jump on in and join the fun with this month’s Parents’ Night Out Pool Party on Friday, February 24 from 5:45 – 9:00 PM. There will be pizza and pool fun and it will be a fin-tastic time!

  • $25 for the first child $35 for 2 and $5 for each additional 
  • * must be 5 years and older to swim

February Events at the FFC Oak Park Climbing Wall

Special Valentine’s Day Offers!

During the month of February, purchase 1 single semi-private lesson and get 1 lesson half off!

  • Regular semi-private prices: $40 member, $60 non-member for a 90 minute session (cost is per person).

For more information and to sign up, contact Aimee at

FFC Oak Park Climbing Club

Join the FFC Oak Park Climbing Club! Members will develop climbing strengths and improve weaknesses in a relaxed environment. Make friends and find a climbing buddy while training once or twice a week. The club is designed to build physical, mental, and technical abilities through a combination of training and games. Beginner-advanced. Equipment provided. For more information, please contact Aimee Silvestri at

Climbing Club 10-Week Program Schedule: choose 1 or 2 days to attend. Must stick with the day chosen to sign up for.

  • Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Friday 7:00-9:00pm

Ages 8-18

  • 1 day/week $250m $300nm
  • 2 day/week $275m $325nm

Kiddie Climb

Introductory climbing class for toddlers and children ages 3-6 years old with instructors Amy B and Dani held at the Kids’ Club rock wall. On the last day, everyone will get to climb the rock wall and use the slack line upstairs for a 60-minute session!

$90 for one 30-min session/week for 4 weeks.

  • M 3:30-4 PM
  • Tu 2:30-3 PM and 3:30-4 PM
  • W 3:30-4 PM
  • Th 3:30-4 PM

For more information, please contact Aimee at!

Zumba Your Heart Out Team Teach Event – 2/14; 6-7 PM

Join us on Tuesday, February 14 from 6 – 7 PM for Zumba Your Heart Out team teach event with Tania D and Rachelle M in the basketball court. Need any more reason to join us? You’ll also get to enjoy a raffle for awesome prizes and sweets. See you there!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Doris Rojas, FFC Oak Park’s January Member of the Month! We asked Doris about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

A lot! It’s the opportunity to get out exercise with other people in a clean facility with a great staff.

When at FFC you will find me…

In the stretching area or lifting weights.

I work out to…

Be healthy, strong and maintain my active lifestyle for many years to come.

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Check out the FFC Oak Park Climbing Wall!


Chicago Indoor Rock Climbing

This year, cross climbing off your bucket list! The Ledge at Oak Park features a 32′ wall open during gym hours.

  • Open climb hours M-F 5:00-9:00pm
  • Family hours Sat and Sun 1:00-5:00pm

Climbing Wall is open to non-members for a daily rate and discounted punch cards are also available.

Some of our program offerings include:

  • Climbing teams
  • Children and adult group climbing classes for all skill levels
  • Private and semi private climbing lessons
  • Belay certifications
  • Group/Corporate events
  • Birthday parties

Stop by and say hello!

Contact Aimee Silvestri at for more information and offerings!

Speed Climbing Competition 1/9 5:00-8:00 PM

Come test your climbing skills at FFC Oak Park’s climbing wall! Prizes for the fastest climbers and additional raffles are available. Signups taken in advance and during competition. Please contact Aimee Silvestri at for additional details and rules.

  • $10 adult              
  • $5 children (age 10 and under)

Employee Spotlight: Josh Carson

We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to personal trainer Josh Carson, who took first place in a strength competition over the weekend!!

Josh has been training diligently over the past two years to prepare for this competition and to achieve the following results (which all happen to be personal bests!):

  • 402 squat (PR)
  • 270 bench (PR)
  • 600 dead lift (PR)

His total was 1272 lbs!! Make sure you give him a high five the next time you see him around the club!

Lil Kickers Winter Session – 1/8 through 2/26

Keep your kids busy with the Lil Kickers Winter Session!

$120 for 8 weeks every Sunday on the FFC Oak Park basketball court.

  • 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM 3-4 year olds (14 kids maximum)
  • 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM 5-6 year olds (12 kids maximum)

For more information and to register, contact Dan Sterrett at

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

Welcome to Larry Shipman, our new local’84 Cafe Manager!

Larry has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant industry and was previously working as a chef instructor for a nutrition-based culinary program. He loves to create new recipes and looks forward to building our local’84 Cafe, and meeting each of you.

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Andrea Agrimonti, FFC Oak Park’s December Member of the Month! We asked Andrea about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

Membership at FFC means…

FFC membership offers excellent facilities and support staff.

When at FFC you will find me…

When at FFC you’ll find me on an eliptical bike, urban athlete or aqua fit classes.

I work out to…

Working out at FFC helps maintain my physical and mental well being.

Belay Certification Now Available at FFC Oak Park Climbing Wall


Parents – become belay-certified at the FFC Oak Park climbing wall and you and your child can take advantage of more climbing time during the busy winter months! Not only will you get additional certified experience under your belt, but you can also take advantage of family hours, as well as line skipping privileges.

If you sign up before December 31, you can also take advantage of our special discounted rate of $35! Contact Aimee Silvestri at for an appointment.

Holiday Shopping at Kids Club

Shopping Club – 12/10 & 12/17; 1 – 4 PM

Holiday Shopping at Kids Club

We all know how we can get all wrapped up in the holiday chaos, so all of us at the kids club are here to help. In substitution of our regular PNO we will be hosting a few Saturdays for you to alleviate the holiday shopping stress. Drop your kiddos off at the kids club for festive fun while you take a break. 


Saturdays, December 10 and 17; 1 – 4 PM


$30 1 child, $40 2 children, $5 additional.  $5 extra non members

Sign up in the kids club or contact Hilary Anderson at

Speed Climbing Competition – 1/9; 5 – 8 PM


Join us from 5 – 8 PM on Monday, 1/9 for a speed climbing challenge on the wall! Compete for a personal best, plus prizes and a raffle! Signups will be taken in advance, as well as during the competition. Admission is $5 for children ages 10 and under, $10 for all other participants. For more information and to sign up, contact Aimee Silvestri at!