Athletic club slated for old Northern Home Furnishings space

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, January 21, 2010
The old Northern Home Furnishings building, currently vacant.

The old Northern Home Furnishings building, currently vacant. Credit: Mike Fourcher

The developers of Lake View Athletic Club and Lincoln Park Athletic Club plan to begin construction “within 30 days” of a new Lincoln Square Athletic Club in the old Northern Home Furnishings space, 4662 North Lincoln Avenue.

The building has been vacant since the store closed last spring.

Developers Pat Cunningham of Chicago Athletic Clubs (CAC) and Larry Weiner of Marc Realty, have been, “working on licences and permits for the last year,” according to Weiner. Marc Realty will be the property owner while CAC will operate and own the gym, which is expected to open, “in the second or third quarter of 2010,” says Weiner.

Cunningham and Weiner have partnered on four previous gym, Lake View, Lincoln Park, Evanston and West Loop Athletic Clubs. The facilities are typically high-end with more expensive membership fees and located in renovated historic buildings. Lake View Athletic Club is in the old Jane Addams Hull House, 3212 N. Broadway, and Lincoln Park Athletic Club is in the old Lincoln Turners Gymnasium, 1019 W. Diversey. “We like to renovate older buildings,” says Weiner.

Weiner and Cunningham have been planning on a Lincoln Square gym for some time now. “Customer surveys at the gyms show people wanted a place in Lincoln Square, said Weiner. Marc Realty closed on the property, “more than a year ago,” before Northern Home Furnishings closed for business.

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  • Matt

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day! Sign me up!

  • Tom

    This is great news, because Conviction Fitness on Montrose & Western is TERRIBLE – they don’t even have running water or a toilet!

  • Jeff Judge

    Excellent….goodbye to the overcrowded XSport on Ashland, I will not miss you or the annoying Streetwise guy headquartered in front of Whole Foods.

  • Square Dude

    Meh….it’s better than nothing. I guess Lincoln Square is becoming Lincoln Park’s little bro. Squares from Delaware, everywhere.

  • Chco gal

    Interesting news! Wonder how this will come about if they don’t have parking to offer since that seems to be one of the road blocks the Ravenswood fitness place has faced on Montrose near Damen.

    First we have nothing- now we’ll have two options!

  • Botomatic

    This is terrific. Galter LifeCenter is not all it’s cracked up to be, but it’s really been the only viable option. If this new Lincoln Square Athletic Club isn’t too exhorbitantly priced, I’m signing up on opening day.

  • PhilT

    Fantastic news. A gym would naturally seem to go in that space and there is definitely a demand for it…

  • Michael

    Thank God. Lincoln Square desperately needs a nice gym…

  • Deborah B

    Nice!!! If there is a pool sign me up!!!!

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