Welcome to the
Woman's Athletic Club
The Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago is a private club for women nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago. Established in 1898, the WAC was the first athletic club for women in America. "Created by ladies, for ladies," it elected Mrs. Philip D. Armour as its first president, and the prestigious membership included the wives of many prominent Chicagoans.
For over 100 years, the WAC has been identified with graciousness and elegance as an oasis in the heart of the city for its membership. In 1929, the Club found its current location and hired renowned architect Philip B. Maher to design a building specifically to its member needs. An architectural treasure, the clubhouse was awarded Landmark status in 1991. The Club's interior reflects the early 20th-century Beaux Arts and art deco design. From the stunning ballroom to the elegant silver room to the welcoming drawing room, each room is uniquely designed to provide a special place for groups large and small to gather.
The WAC also boasts modern facilities for health and fitness, including a gym, studio rooms for classes, a pool and a full-service spa. From music concerts to guest speakers and highly regarded authors, the WAC provides regular programming to enhance the cultural interests of its members. Whether weddings, engagement parties, showers, anniversaries, or afternoon tea, WAC members enjoy hosting or sponsoring special events. Members also utilize the WAC for sponsoring professional meetings related to their career areas or volunteer organizations. Throughout its rich history, the Club has adapted to the changing needs of its members. By continually developing new programs and enhancing the facilities, the WAC remains a place where yesterday's rich traditions are expressed in today's contemporary style.
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A historic Chicago landmark, the Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago offers a vibrant and elegant venue in the heart of the city. Welcoming you with exquisite architectural elements and art deco style, the Club provides an unforgettable ambiance to host any special occasion or gathering ...
Invited and sponsored guests are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the Club. We respectfully request all visitors acquaint themselves with the Club’s rules and guidelines so that all of our members and guests can experience the Club to its fullest.
626 Landmark Foundation
The 626 Landmark Foundation was created to preserve and maintain the French Empire style building located at 626 North Michigan Avenue. Designed by Philip Brooks Maher, it opened for occupancy in 1929 and received Landmark status from the City of Chicago ...
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Who we are
A vibrant Club rooted in rich traditions, fostering social connections, intellectual culture, professional enrichment and wellness for modern women in all stages of life.
The Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago is a legacy of trailblazers. We are a community representing generations of women who carve out physical, intellectual and recreational space. We stand for wellness and growth, tradition and progress. We are a haven in the city ...
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Club’s COVID Protocols
The Club requires individuals who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask at all times while in the Club. Face masks are optional for members, guests and individuals on the WAC team who are fully vaccinated.
As a reminder, if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we ask that you get tested before visiting the Club. COVID-19 is still a health concern, and protecting our Club community remains our highest priority.
We will continue to monitor the pandemic and update our policy as needed.