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Whether you are looking for a good workout, a challenging game of tennis or a fun time out with the kids, Elmhurst has plenty to offer when it comes to recreation. Let’s take a closer look at two examples of places that are providing top-notch recreational opportunities for those living in the area and beyond.

Courts Plus, a Center for Health, Sports & Fitness

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In addition to the vast array of programs that are offered through the Elmhurst Park District, the organization also oversees Courts Plus; a multi-purpose recreation and fitness center that has contributed significantly to the offerings that are available in the area. The two-floor facility offers a wide variety of equipment, classes and amenities to their members.

“Over 1,300 people enter Courts Plus on a daily basis,” says Brian McDermott, Director of Enterprise Services for the Elmhurst Park District. “With over 90 weekly group exercise and aquatics classes, massage therapy, personal training, cardio and strength machines, indoor tennis and racquetball courts, a swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, indoor climbing wall, and even a youth exercise gym, Courts Plus has something for each of its nearly 9,000 members.”

Members really do enjoy this facility. Mary Windsor of Elmhurst loves the close location and often rides her bike to the gym. She says, “I used to belong to another gym which closed down. I came to Courts and this facility offers so many different options for its members.” The facility has garnered such a lofty reputation that people from other areas are willing to pay a little more to be members of Courts Plus.

The fitness center area is state-of-the-art, and there are more than 70 pieces of cardiovascular equipment as well as 38 strength training machines and free weights available for use. There is also a four-lane indoor track on-site for people who want to walk or run. Courts Plus holds more than 50 group exercise classes every week and these include everything from kickboxing to Pilates. The climbing wall is also a big draw, and there are trained staff available to help children and adults with techniques ranging from proper rope management to how to secure the harness.

“It's like the Hilton compared to other gyms,” says Windsor, adding, “The best things about it though are that it's really clean and staff and members alike are really friendly."

Those who enjoy racquet sports will be pleased to hear that there are six indoor tennis courts as well as lessons and leagues available at Courts Plus. There are three additional courts that are used for racquetball, handball and basketball.

Swimmers will undoubtedly enjoy the 75-foot, five-lane indoor pool, and they can choose from doing laps or participating in a water aerobics class, depending on their preference. The pool has a controlled temperature (81 to 83 degrees), making it ideal for fitness purposes. A family swim is also offered on Fridays and Sundays.

Courts Plus adds some other amenities to the facility to go the extra mile. Childcare is available during certain hours of the day and those looking for a healthy snack can head on over to the “Court’s Cafe” to sample the fare.

Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark at the Holiday Inn Chicago - Elmhurst

This family-friendly adventure is a popular spot in Elmhurst, and it is also well known in the Chicagoland area. Located inside the Holiday Inn, the Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark is the first of its kind. Those looking for a family getaway can sign on for a hotel/waterpark package, or choose to opt for the day pass instead.

According to Senior Sales Manager Ronen Aharoni, “Families enjoy the fact that we are so close. They can enjoy the day and still be within a short drive from their homes." Aharoni emphasizes that customer satisfaction is a cornerstone of the waterpark’s philosophy and says, “We want our guests to know that our home is their home and we are the ‘Friendliest Hotel’ in the Chicagoland area.”


The park is 24,000 square feet and it has features that appeal to all ages. Whether it is a tube slide, body slide or plunge pool, one can find it here. The Mayan theme lends interest and fun names to the different sections of the waterpark as well. For example, there is a family activity pool that is called the “Twisted Lizard” and another section called the “Oogaboo Lazy River.” The “Parrot Island” interactive play station features a zero-depth pool as well as a 300-gallon dumping bucket. There are also five private “cabana” spaces that can be utilized for private events if they are planned in advance.

The facility also has an arcade area and redemption center for children who prefer to stay dry or like to test their skills in another way. After some serious play time, those who work up an appetite can grab a snack or meal at the Island Breeze Bar and Grill, which is on site as well.

These two great facilities are perfect examples of all that the City has to offer when it comes to recreation. There is something for everyone, and whether one is looking for fitness or fun—it can be found in Elmhurst.

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