Club Programming

Recent news:

FFC Gold Coast Rooftop Turf and Sun Tanning Area

FFC West Loop, Elmhurst and Park Ridge: Our outdoor pools and Splash Bars are open for the season at West Loop, Elmhurst and Park Ridge! Click here to see our expanded hours of operation for the pools and Splash Bars for the 2021 season.

FFC Oak Park: Our yoga studio is now a ‘heated yoga studio’ for classes at multiple temperatures. It was recently outfitted with new infrared technology! Click here to learn more about the benefits of training in infrared studios and see the new group fitness classes featuring this technology. And, new outdoor turf, perfect for outdoor personal training and group fitness classes, is being installed on the sundeck in July!

FFC East Lakeview: We are bringing indoor turf to East Lakeview!  Turf is great for functional, multi facet training and small group training. We are upgrading a number of cardio and strength options on the first and second floors in June, including additional treadmills. The main stairwell has been refurbished, complete with new LED lighting. Maplewood floors in the spin studio and group fitness studio have been sanded and refinished, and new LED lighting has been installed in both studios.

FFC South Loop: We are installing turf on our strength floor near the windows facing State Street for more functional training space! We are also adding new free weight benches and a number of cardio equipment pieces to the fitness floor.

FFC Old Town: Lots of exciting changes are happening at Old Town! We are in the process of removing our racquetball courts to allow for an expanded fitness floor, inclusive of new LED lighting, sound system and TV monitors. The entire cardio and strength workout areas of the first floor will receive new flooring, including an expansion of the popular turf area. Multi-functional Life Fitness Synergy is coming to Old Town the first week in July, and new entrance area landscaping was recently completed.

FFC Gold Coast: In addition to our brand new turf training and group fitness class area on the rooftop, we created additional training space by moving the basketball court end fence sections. Seven new Free Motion DS strength training units have been installed this month, replacing the former line of Free Motion. The free weight area will be expanding this month with the addition of four olympic benches, several additional adjustable benches, and adding three additional dumbbell racks with dumbbells from 5-110 lbs. Some relocation of several pieces of equipment will allow expanded space on the fitness floor. Many new pieces of cardio equipment are arriving later this summer as well!

Photo of people with arms raised in a group fitness class

Beginning Sunday, May 30, 2021, here are the steps to register for a group fitness class in the FFC+ app – including the new check in AND waitlist features!  Don’t have the app? See Step 7!

Step 1:

Navigate to the club and class you want to register for and click “Register” – please remember registration opens 48 hours before the class start time!

Screenshot of FFC+ Group Fitness Registration Step 1

Step 2:

You’ll see a confirmation pop up, if everything looks good, click “Got it!” You’ll also receive an email confirmation (please note, the “add to calendar” feature will be added later this summer!). If the class is FULL, you will have the option of adding yourself to the Waitlist. If you choose to be added to the Waitlist, you’ll be assigned a number, and if other members Unregister from class, those spots will be filled in Waitlist order! However, more details on the how the Waitlist works are below in Step 5!

Screenshot of FFC+ Group Fitness Registration Step 2

Step 3:

You’ll then see the “Unregister” link on the schedule:

Screenshot of FFC+ Group Fitness Registration Step 3

Step 4:

You’ll also see all the classes you’ve registered for in your Timeline – you can access this by clicking on the avatar in the top left corner of the app – you have the option of Unregistering here too!

Screenshot of FFC+ Group Fitness Registration Step 4


From 2 hours to 10 minutes before the class begins, you MUST check in to class to ensure your spot! You can ONLY check in to class from the club itself, and the geolocation MUST be turned ON on your smartphone.

What happens if you don’t check in within this time period? Well, 2 things:

  • If the class isn’t full, no worries, you can check in at any time up to 2 hours after class is over.
  • If the class IS FULL, you will lose your spot in class, and it will given to a Waitlisted member.
  • But remember, a $20 no-show fee may still apply, so don’t skip this step!

What if you don’t have the app, or you don’t have the geolocation feature turned on?

  • Let the front desk know upon checking into the club and they can assist you!

Okay, let’s say you are Waitlisted, and you REALLY want to try to get in to class. Think of Waitlist almost like flying stand-by – you MUST be at the club and your geolocation turned on, and ready to go 10 minutes before class. No matter what your assigned number is, if a registered member doesn’t check in, you’ll have the ability to grab that spot in class – you’ll receive a pop up on your phone asking if you want to take the spot, and you just have to accept!

Screenshot of FFC+ Group Fitness Registration Step 5    Screenshot of FFC+ Group Fitness Registration Step 6

Step 6:

If something happens and you can’t attend class AFTER checking in, you can REMOVE your check in from the app, or the front desk can assist you!

Screenshot of FFC+ Group Fitness Registration Step 7

Step 7: What if I don’t have the app?

We have 2 options for you:

  • You can also register via the desktop version of the app at – log in with the same credentials you use on the app! Please note: important information on the new check in feature should be reviewed in step 5 if you are using the desktop version.
  • Or, anyone at the club can assist you with registering and checking in for class – just ask at the front desk!
Lincoln Park Chicago

Join Fitness Formula Clubs this summer for Yoga In The Park! Our free community vinyasa-style yoga classes will be held in Grove 2 in Lincoln Park (near the intersection of Clark and LaSalle – click here to view map).

Classes will run from June 1 – August 31:

  • Tuesdays 7 – 8 PM
  • Sundays 10 – 11 AM

Classes are open to both FFC members and non-members. Members may sign up for class in the FFC+ app. Walk-ins welcome. All attendees must sign a digital waiver before class begins. Please bring your own yoga mat and water bottle for class.

Follow us on Instagram at @ffc_chicago for class updates, weather cancellations and more!

Hand holding a drink near a pool in the summer

To participate in our Summertime Chi contest, head to our Instagram page!


FFC’s Summertime Chi giveaway ends Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be notified by Friday, June 11, 2021 by Instagram Direct Message. One winner will receive one private group fitness class and outdoor pool party. Group fitness class and pool party must be redeemed on the same date. Winner may invite 5 friends (for a total of 6 people) to participate in the group fitness class and pool party. Winner may choose which FFC 45 minute group fitness class format they would like to participate in. Pool party includes: reserved poolside seating all day, free first round of drinks from Splash Bar + free lunch from local ’84 cafe for winner and 5 friends at one of these FFC locations: FFC West Loop, FFC Park Ridge, FFC Elmhurst. Enter to win by following @ffc_chicago on Instagram, liking our Summertime Chi post from Friday, June 4 and tagging a friend in the comments. Each additional comment with a valid tagged friend earns an additional entry for original poster. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. Both FFC members and non-members are eligible to win. Employees of FFC, and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Winner will be selected at random using a randomizer software platform. No purchase necessary. Purchase does not enhance the chance of winning. Void where prohibited. You must be 21 years of age or older and hold a valid photo ID with an Illinois address to be eligible to enter. The contents of the giveaway cannot be redeemed for cash value or transferred. The contents of the giveaway must be redeemed with Fitness Formula Clubs by September 1, 2021.

American flags in green grass

Please be aware of the club operating hours for Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021. Please note all members have access to all clubs on this day. Have a happy and safe holiday!

  • FFC Union Station: Closed
  • FFC Lakeview, FFC Old Town and FFC South Loop: 7 AM – 5 PM
  • All other clubs: 7 AM – 6 PM

Regular club hours for each location resume Tuesday, June 1.