When the world’s most capable athletes converge on Rio for the XXXI Olympiad, stoke your inner, amateur competitor with a workout at one of the below rec spaces—because the last time you partook in an Olympics, “beer” likely prefaced the activity.
Stretching 83 feet across along the hotel’s 19th floor, this luxe lap lagoon is a haven for flexing your best aquatic act. Opt for butterfly over backstroke, lest you get derailed by wandering-eye city views unfurling across airy floor-to-ceiling windows. 108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888
The latest Ping Pong parlor to hit Chicago, this sultan of serve packs 17 tables in an eclectic setting that’s way more sophisticated than your old basement setup. And if the taste of defeat is too bitter, the menu by chef Rick Gresh—paired with a cocktail curriculum courtesy Peter Vestinos—is easier to stomach. 230 N. Clark St., 773-219-0900
Venerable gymnasium to the see-and-be-seen-sweating crowd—and one President Barack Obama—the 450,000-square-foot River North institution boasts an iron arsenal that will have leave you svelte for the XXXI games. Round out your reps with a Vitamin C session on the rooftop sundeck—at 60,000 square-feet, we think you’ll find a seat. 500 N. Kingsbury St., 312-527-5800
A nearly 3-mile-long trail winding through Chicago’s west side, the path’s urban vistas of Wicker Park, Logan Square, and adjoining enclaves are a refreshing departure from the typical lakefront jaunt. Bike repair stations punctuating the way fine-tune the experience—literally.
First, shake off the rust at nearby Diversey Driving Range. Then, schedule a round of 18 at these coveted northside links, where adjoining views of Lake Michigan offer an endless expanse on which to project the frustrations of your floundering short game. And long game. And everything in between. 3600 N. Recreation Dr., 312-742-7930
Dish, dribble, and drive your way to the (faux) gold with a pickup game on this haute hardcourt. Tucked away in Aqua Tower, it makes for a tonier flattop than your local Y—and with fewer Dream Team-aspirants begging for the ball. 221 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-5258
With 16 indoor courts offering a respite from the unrelenting summer heat, Bucktown’s hulking tennis compound is sanctum zero for racquet junkies. Become a member and it could become your Wimbledon away from, well, Wimbledon. 2020 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-235-2300
A tranquil yoga studio, Pilates space, and other luxe amenities are for the mind and the muscles—and locker room-provided Kiehl's products are for a photo op-ready mug. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-254-2500