By: Kelly McGowan
In Chicago, there are some great locations to choose from if you want to train in a lap-pool instead of the usual small-sized pools located at most hotels. Here are locations that allow for competitive swimmers to train in.
Soho House Chicago – 113 N. Green St.
Soho House Chicago is an industrial-chic hotel located about one mile from the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago. The pool is located outside at the top of the high-rise having enough room for two lanes across. The pool is about 25-yards long and less than ten-yards wide so it is not the biggest pool around. Many hotel guests will just hang by the pool and lounge out but there is space to swim laps if it is not too crowded. Since it is a hotel pool where most do not swim laps, there are no lane lines, which makes it harder to swim back and forth, but the beautiful view of the skyline from the rooftop makes up for it. This pool also includes food and drink service outside with a dining area right next to the pool. If you are looking for a pool to swim in while enjoying the view during your breaks, this is the place for you!
East Bank Club – 500 Kingsburry St.
The outdoor pool at East Bank Club holds four wide lanes at 25-yards long – which is a standard-sized pool for competitive swimming. This pool also has a beautiful view as it is located on the rooftop of a high-rise downtown. There is plenty of deck space for people to lounge out as well as room for lap-swimming. The East Bank Club offers swim lessons and classes at any time, whether you have prior swimming experience or not. If you want to partake in a night-swim, this pool is for you, as the lights at night make the skyline even more breathtaking.
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – 901 Roosevelt Rd.
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is an NCAA Division I school in the Horizon League with a great swim and dive team. With such great talent comes a great pool to train and compete in. This indoor Olympic-sized pool can hold many swimmers at once as the 50-meter pool is eight lanes across and up to fifteen lanes wide when switched to a 25-yard pool. UIC hosts many meets for club, high school, and college swim and dive meets each year. There is plenty of bleacher space for the audience all around the outside of the pool which is perfect for hosting meets with hundreds of athletes. This pool is so well-known that many Olympic swimmers come here to train when they are in town, including Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Cullen Jones, Matt Grevers, and more. Contact the facilities to ask for pool time to swim in the largest and most well-kept pool in Chicago! If you are looking for more space to train longer and get faster, this pool is for you.