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Chicago Park District Brings Back Free Fitness Week

Five days, 69 fitness centers, and free admission September 3 – 8

The Chicago Park District announces Free Fitness Week to return to 69 fitness centers across the city from September 3 to September 8. New and competitive fees for all of the centers’ memberships will also make access to fitness facilities more affordable and achieving wellness goals reachable.

Starting on September 3, Free Fitness Week participants may visit any of our fitness centers, try-out the equipment, and pay only $5 for a single-day pass.

Upgrading to a Chicago Park District fitness center membership will also be more affordable.  Fitness centers offer several membership options that cater to diverse needs and exercise and training preferences. Reduced fees for single site, monthly, 3 month, and annual passes will also be available at all fitness centers. Patrons may set up an account before registering either online or in person. There are gold card membership options that allow people to explore and workout at any of the Chicago Park District’s fitness centers citywide.

The cost of monthly passes has been reduced in many parks and range from $10 to $22. Three-month passes vary by park from $30 to $60 and annual passes from $100 to $225. Accessibility is key to making fitness accessible to as many patrons as possible.  There are over 40 fitness centers that have accessible equipment for people with disabilities. Hours of operation can vary by location.

The Chicago Park District has 69 fitness centers, many with new and improved equipment that include computerized treadmills, cross trainers, upright bikes, recumbent bikes, free weights and benches, cable cross-overs, multi-station weight machines and core focused equipment.

From yoga to bootcamp, there are over 750 fitness classes in our Fall Session, which kicks off the week of September 9.  Online and in-person registration is open.

For more information about Free Fitness Week and our wellness programs, visit

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