Chicago >David Barton Gym | Chicago | River North
“The vibe is cool - a little clubby, "place to be seen" type of thing, but it makes going to the gym more fun.”
“when you do want to use the machines, they're clean and well maintained, there are tons of free weights as well as other equipment, and a great range of cardio choices.”
“The crowd is "south urban trixie" but overall pretty nice people with lots of eye candy.”
“Yes DBG is a bit expensive but I think it is worth it.”
David Barton Gym CREDIT CARD/CONTRACT SCAM.
Stay away from David Barton Gym! They continue to charge my credit card every month even though I have made several attempts to cancel my membership (which they refuse to acknowledge). I now have two open disputes with American Express, and have contacted the attorney general of New York.
Their BBB review score (F) says it all!
nice place. The good - always clean, staff is always on point to answer any questions, the bad side is that it is not the cheapest and you could probably find a good gym for about half the cost of a membership to this place.
BILLING ISSUES - as it seems im not the only one. Yea its nice and hit and all, but i moved and tried to cancel, sending proof...mail, original bank statements, etc and they CONTINUE to charge me. Go read the yelp reviews, apparently this happens to everyone. Do not get sucked into this place.
Best gym in Chicago!.
DavidBartonGym is the only gym I go to. Not only is the staff super friendly and extremely encouraging- I always have clean equipment to workout on (with its own TV to boot!) Not only does DavidBartonGym offer spectacular classes- the trainers are extremely qualified and help push me so that I too can "look better naked" ;)
Not only is the equipment superior, the amenities luxurious, and the music (think- 6 ft disco ball w/live DJs spinning while you workout!) but the people at David Barton and happy to help.
INCREDIBLY BAD SERVICE: BILLING PROBLEMS. AVOID! I have had repeated billing problems. This place should be investigated for credit card fraud. Oh, the gym itself? OK. But lots of attitude. And again, recurring billing on card is a disaster, and no ammount of complaining to head office in NY will get your problem fixed. AVOID, AVOID. AVOID.
The Absolute Truth. I'm a gym guy. I've read reviews on every gym in Chicago, and been a member of about 7 different ones. After walking through Barton a year ago, I still wasn't convinced it was for me. Then I read some reviews over the summer that were good and some not so good. Last month I finally jumped on board. So far, it's the best gym I've been a member of. Of course there are some pros and cons, and it's not always perfect, but there is something about this place that I look forward to. The lobby staff is super friendly. They greet me every day I'm in there. The place is spotless including the showers and steam room. The equipment is awesome. I haven't taken any of the classes yet, but they look pretty insane, and I actually see a lot of guys taking them. I've observed some of the training sessions, and I haven't seen a bad one yet. Not one trainer with a cell phone ! If you are looking for a serious place to workout, I recommend Bartons. If you are looking for absolute perfection every time you walk in, good luck in your search.
Credit Card Scam!!. Beware of David Barton Gym. Once you join, they'll never stop charging your credit card -- no matter if you've filled out the proper paper work, spoken to the proper people, gotten verbal and written approvals, etc. They'll keep charging and charging and charging and charging. Watch out. It's a scam.
I wish it was on the west coast. This is a great gym! I flew into Chicago for the weekend and needed a place to workout. The staff was very accomodating and professional. The equipment was top notch and very clean. The facility is also visually appealing with the soothing dimmed lighting. I would describe the gym as an urban-spa fusion. I have worked out at many gyms across the country and I would have to put this in my top 10 list. David Barton has done a great job with the structure and feel of this gym. The only negative thing I would have to say about this gym is that we need one on the west coast! I'll be the first one to sign up.
Glad to be back !!!.
Let me start by saying I was a member before and moved out of the city. I am sooooo happy to be back at DBG !!! When I walked in, almost 2 years after leaving, the staff still knew my name. How crazy is that??? If anything, this gym keeps getting better with age. I recently picked up with a trainer, and I am almost ready to put on my bikini !!! Service, Training, Atmosphere !!! This gym has it all !!!
P.S. I love the DJ on Thursday nights!
a gym for the body and the senses.
finally, a gym that appeals to my senses AND my needs!
from the moment i entered the space, with its floor to ceiling windows, offering a view of open air and water, i felt welcome. the feeling continued when i was greeted by the first staffer at the check in desk, and then with eric mejia, who is one of the enrollment team assigned to me. he was informative, not high pressure, and super friendly without being weirdly familiar.
the lighting, none of which is fluorescent, is low enough to be calming, but not so dark to be dungeon like. the olfactory aspect is great! no old gym shoes/chlorine aromas to assault the senses. the music is just loud enough to provide rhythm without drowning out conversation.
locker rooms, clean, dimly lit, with an aromatherapy room reminiscent of a well scented rain forest at dusk. i'm not big on saunas, but they have one of those as well. everything, from shampoos to towels to lotions are provided, so you don't have to schlep products along with your gym attire.
my trainer, mike, was amazing. low key approach, listened to my specific concerns, and addressed them all with my first training session. none of the "run through the machine circuit" approach from him, but a well rounded, full body workout that left me feeling well educated and able to address my issues without needing machinery. i can't say enough good things about him.
when you do want to use the machines, they're clean and well maintained, there are tons of free weights as well as other equipment, and a great range of cardio choices. classes in pilates, yoga, spin are available, but i haven't tried out any as yet. will update at a later time.
so, so far, five stars for ambiance, attitude, and performance. couldn't ask for more. plus, after you've worked out, you can sink into their cushy chairs and spend some time just letting the view do its wonders.
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