by Angela Gagnon
There are plenty of nearby options to help kids stay active as winter approaches.
Lakeshore Sports and Fitness (LSF), 211 N. Stetson
Ave., is offering new children’s programming for members and nonmembers.
Youth basketball classes, including group and private lessons, are
available for kids aged 4 and up. Kids nine months and up can learn to
swim, and older kids can hone their skills in the water with swimming
lessons in the pool. LSF also has a seven-story indoor climbing wall
with climbing lessons for kids aged 6 and up.
“We want to get everyone excited about working out and being
healthy,” said LSF General Manager Jarrett Brown. “We also want to build
a sense of community for kids and families in the neighborhood and
bring healthy habits home.”
Besides organized classes, LSF also has a new kids playroom available
to all members and their little ones during club hours. According to
Brown, the play area provides a safe space for kids to run around and
enjoy open play with others. Parents and caregivers are required to stay
and supervise their children but it’s a good opportunity to socialize.
For more information on programming and offerings at LSF, contact
Jarrett Brown at JarrettB@lakeshoresf.com or call (312) 856-1111.
Information is also available at lakeshoresf.com/illinois-center/
To keep kids’ climbing skills sharp during the winter months, there
are two indoor climbing wall facilities in Chicago that offer youth
First Ascent, 108 N. State St., is on the fourth
floor of Block 37 and offers age-based progressive programs for kids of
all abilities. Their teachings provide a structured approach to help
kids become skilled and confident climbers. firstascentclimbing.com/block-37/
Brooklyn Boulders, 100 S. Morgan St. in the West
Loop, offers kids climbing classes, private youth coaching, climbing
teams and Adventure Days on select school holidays. They seek to instill
a strong sense of self-confidence, teach problem-solving skills and
improve concentration, movement and spatial awareness. brooklynboulders.com/chicago/
For those who don’t mind a little chill in the air, Maggie Daley
Park’s ice skating ribbon will open mid-November. Kids can have fun
exercising while skating on the unique and festive winding ice ribbon.
Admission is free, and skate rental is available for a fee in the field
“Parents can model healthy behavior at home,” Brown said. “Encourage
kids to be active. Walk through the pedways together, dance, move
around, do any type of sporting activity.”
Or bundle up and head to Lakeshore East Park to run around in the field or enjoy the new playground equipment.