That's why we're introducing you to I-Fitness Club at the InterContinental Chicago. Hearkening back to when getting in shape was a more gentlemanly pursuit, the Michigan Avenue hotel gym now offers a limited number of fitness memberships to non-guests.
The admittedly small space has the television-cardio combos and well-appointed locker rooms that you now expect in a gym. But if that's all you want, any sweatbox in the city will do. I-Fitness's lure is ambiance—mainly in the form of its original 1929 swimming pool on the 14th floor.
Part of the building's original men-only Medina Athletic Club, the always-open pool drips with luxury no modern gym can touch. After you're done with laps, climb onto a wicker lounge chair and stare at Moorish accents like bottle-green stained glass windows, imported Spanish tile and an ornate Neptune fountain. Go ahead and dream of a time when Chicago's powerbrokers called this their second home. (And yes, this gym allows naps.)
You'll appreciate other old-fashioned amenities like $3 laundry service and discounts at the wine bar in the hotel's lobby. We hear poolside service may be in the works, which would be nice.
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