FFC Park Ridge is truly an oasis for fitness lovers. Not only a health club, the 67,000 square foot wellness center is full of energizing and invigorating social and wellness spaces that will empower members and provide a home-away-from-home experience for the community.

However, it is the member experience that will truly differentiate this “third place” from others. FFC’s relentless pursuit to exceed member expectations and employ the friendliest, most-qualified and engaged team in the industry results in the superior customer service that is fundamental to the DNA of FFC.

This dedication to quality and community will be apparent whether you are being greeted at the front desk, checking your child into Kids’ Club, receiving your new member fitness consultation, enjoying a spa treatment or enjoying one of the many other opportunities this club has to offer.

Cardio Conditioning

Life Fitness Treadmills, Cross Trainers, and cycles, Precor EFX® Ellipticals and AMTs®, Cybex® Total Body Arc Trainers, and Stairmaster® Stepmills some with personal viewing screens, Concept 2® Indoor Rowers, Star Trac eSpinners®, SCIFIT® Upper Body Ergometers and Kaiser Bikes.

Climbing Wall

Indoor rock climbing is the pinnacle of understanding your body and your environment. It is at once an individual sport and a group sport. At our Park Ridge climbing wall, we strive to seamlessly combine strength, balance, and endurance into each movement. Fitness Formula Clubs provides some of the best rock climbing setups around.

Much like martial arts or gymnastics, it is not just a physical endeavor, but a great way to develop one’s problem solving skills. Rock climbing is not only a great way to work out while having fun, but it will change the way you move, think, and feel about yourself.

FFC offers some of the best climbing wall classes anywhere. 

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Welcome to THELEDGE - Rock Climbing FFC-Style!

Welcome to rock climbing FFC style! Our goal is to provide both members and non-members with a high quality climbing experience. That means providing a great instruction, fun routes, and the safest climbing environment possible. If you think you’re up for the challenge, we’ll be looking for you at THELEDGE in Park Ridge!
The climbing wall is open whenever the club is open!
Monday through Thursday* from 4:00 – 9:00 PM
* additional on site availability Mon – Thu late-morning through early afternoon
Fridays from 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday* from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
* earlier (9 AM) hours can be added by request

Kids under age 14 who are of a family membership program may climb for free during Family Hours, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00pm.
Kids under age 14 who are not on a family membership program may use the climbing wall during Family Hours for $8.  Parents will be asked to belay their kids under the supervision and guidance of climbing staff.
Kids ages 14 to 18 may get Belay Certified.  A parent or legal guardian must sign off on their Certification form.
For more information not found below please contact Tom Petraitis at tpetraitis@ffc.com.


Bouldering and Belay Certification for Top Rope Climbing

Bouldering (climbing to a limited safe height without a rope, harness and belayer) is allowed whenever the the gym is open. The Red Line is the as high as we allow adults and kids over 14 to go. All bouldering routes end at or below the Red Line, The Black Line is as high as we allow kids younger than 14 to go.
Open Top Rope climbing is available for climbers who are Belay Certified by the climbing staff at FFC Park Ridge. Belay Certifications for the inexperienced novice require two lessons, about an hour each. Experienced climbers who know how to belay, how to tie their climbing knots and can practice basic standard safety protocols may do a Test Out Belay Certification. Once you are certified, you can top rope climb with any other Belay Certified climber whenever the gym is open – even if the wall is not staffed.

Certification Lessons can be done with appointment or without appointment whenever the climbing wall is staffed and an instructor is available.

4 & 8-Week Small Group Sessions

4-week ($120) and 8-week ($215) small group lessons are conducted as a way to blend instruction and open climbing in order to accelerate the learning curve. Lessons are once-a-week for 90 minutes. No more than 4 people to a class. The fee includes free equipment rental during the lessons and between the lessons for the duration of the 4-week or 8-week program. In 4 weeks you can expect to become belay certified and a very solid climbing partner on both ends of the rope. Over 8 weeks you can expect to begin to develop a fairly good sense of how climbing movement works.

Upcoming 4 & 8-Week Small Group Sessions

  • MIXED AGES — Tuesdays, March 7 through March 28 (4 weeks) — 7:00 – 8:30  PM — Instructor: Crystal
  • 14 AND OVER — Wednesdays, March 8 through March 29 (4 weeks) — 6:30 – 8:00 PM — Instructor: Jeff
  • UNDER 14 — Saturdays, March 11 through April 1 (4 weeks) — 10:30 AM – noon — Marteen and Tom
  • UNDER 14 — Sundays, March 12 through April 2 (4 weeks) — 10:30 AM – noon — Marteen and Kira

Private Lessons

Private lessons with an expert climbing teacher are without doubt the surest way to reach goals as a climber. These should be scheduled in advance with the climbing wall manager Tom Petraitis. Most lessons can be provided by Tom, unless his availability does not match your or you prefer to work with another climbing instructor. Please email tpetraitis@ffc.com to work out a lesson time.
Note: Free one-time 1-hour sessions are available upon request! Contact Tom at tpetraitis@ffc.com.

Kids Climbing Programs

Kids 4 & 8-Week Climbing Classes
These small group classes are for kids ages 5 to 13. Weekday classes may be held any weekday from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.  Weekend classes may be held any time from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For kids signed up in these 4-week and 8-week classes, additional free open climbing with parents belaying is allowed IF and ONLY IF the climbing wall is staffed and the climbing instructor on duty can supervise the activity. See the “upcoming 4-week small group session” schedule above. Pricing is listed above under 4-week and 8-week small group sessions. Register by contacting the climbing wall manager, Tom, at tpetraitis@ffc.com.

Experience & Value

Open 24 Hours during the week; FREE daily lockers and FREE three hour parking in adjacent garage; friendly, professional staff; wood, stone and marble décor; wireless internet.

Group Fitness

Four Group Exercise Studios featuring our FFC signature classes lead by Nationally Certified group fitness instructors. Our fitness classes include Pilates, yoga, spinning, and kickboxing.

Kid’s Club

Welcome to FFC Park Ridge Kid’s Club!  Let us take care of the kids while you enjoy the club. With games, group activities and crafts, our interactive staff will keep your little ones entertained.

Your Kids’ Club membership will give you full access during club family hours from 1 – 5 PM Saturdays and Sundays! All ages are welcome at the indoor pool and basketball court, plus children ages 5 and up are welcome at the rock wall.

Once a month join us for a Parent’s Night Out! Leave the kids with us while you take some time for yourselves. Featured programming includes planned games, crafts, special guests and pizza with our Kids’ Club staff!  We also do birthday parties.

For questions and more information on pricing, please contact Kristin at kduklewski@ffc.com.

$29.95 per month or $10 per child per visit


Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday – Sunday 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Family Hours

Children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to swim in the indoor pool, use the climbing wall once certified and access the basketball court during the following hours:

Saturday and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Physical Therapy

FFC is proud to be the home of NovaCare Physical Therapy. NovaCare has a long commitment to personalized, quality physical therapy in Park Ridge. They provide everything from complimentary injury assessments, to comprehensive rehabilitation services and are now offering one-on-one video running evaluations, in-water swim evaluations, as well as bike fittings at select NovaCare locations.


The Pilates studio at Park Ridge offers lots of natural light and space. This beautiful studio hosts Reformers, Wunda Chairs, Towers, Cadillac, Barrels and small props for a comprehensive Pilates workout.


  • Whirlpool and steam rooms.
  • Indoor Junior Olympic lap pool (25 yds).
  • Outdoor recreational pool, sun deck with complimentary lounge chairs and bar with beverage service. Hours are as follows:
    • Monday – Friday 8 AM – 9 PM
    • Saturday – Sunday 8 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Outdoor pool is for adult members only, ages 14+.
    • No outside food or beverage is allowed.
    • No bags (only clear totes are allowed).
    • No glass containers allowed.
  • Swim at your own risk; no life guard is on duty.


  • Spa services including massage, facials, waxing and more.
  • Local ’84 featuring healthy & delicious food and beverages.
  • Member of IHRSA, (International Health and Racquet Sports Association) travel privileges for guest access to thousands of locations.


Out of all Chicago spas, the spas at FFC are the premier resource for your therapeutic massage and skin care needs. Bridging the gap between a tranquil and relaxing spa experience and a customized treatment that addresses specific areas of concern is what we do best. Our staff of highly skilled professionals are trained to perform services such as Sports Massage, Pre-Natal Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial, Hydrating Facials, Anti-aging/Sun Damage Reversing Facials, and Brightening Facials.

Let us match you with a provider that suits your needs and can recommend the right treatment for you. Start today!

Services include:

  • massage
  • facials
  • waxing and more
  • Wellness

    Fitness testing; Nutritional counseling; Weight management programs; Health screenings; Educational seminars. NovaCare Rehabilitation.

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