Reservations are required for pool access and classes. Reservations are available 72 hours in advance through the My Wellness portal. Please arrive on time for classes; if you are not present on the pool deck 5 minutes after the class start time your spot may be forfeited to a waitlist participant.

Steam rooms will remain closed until further notice.

Why Choose Us

  • Pool Attendants on duty at all times to provide safe and positive environment
  • All Pool Attendants are CPR & Lifeguard Certified
  • Aquatics staff training and program development acknowledged nationally by Medical Fitness Association
  • Masters swim team (Swedish Fish) ranked first place in Illinois State Meet in 2019
  • Free Family Swim times each month for members and immediate family
  • Free water exercise classes for members
  • New slip resistant surface in both pool areas
  • Message boards updated for lane usage and upcoming events

East Pool Area

  • The main east pool is kept at approximately 89°F
  • The main east pool is 20 yards in length
  • The water in the main pool is 3.6 feet deep on each side and 4 feet deep in the middle of the pool
  • The east therapy pool is kept at approximately 95°F
  • The east whirl pool is kept at approximately 103°F
  • The air temperature in the east pool area is kept at approximately 88°F
  • The humidity in the east pool areais kept at approximately 50-60%

West Pool Area

  • The main west pool is kept at approximately 85°F
  • The main west pool is 25 yards in length
  • The water in the main pool is 3.6 feet deep on each side and 4.6 feet deep in the middle of the pool
  • The therapy pool is kept at approximately 95°F
  • The whirl pool is kept at approximately 103°F
  • The air temperature is kept at approximately 85°F
  • The humidity is kept at approximately 50-60%

Pool Area Rules 

  • To comply with Illinois health and safety regulations, everyone must shower before entering the pool.
  • Food and cell phone use are not allowed on the pool deck. Drinks with twist tops are allowed.
  • When taking a picture please ask the instructor for permission and photograph your child only.
  • If your child is not potty trained please be sure they wear water proof diapers designed for swimming.  
  • Videotaping is not permitted. 
  • All children on the pool deck must be supervised by an adult.

Locker Rooms

  • Cell phones and cameras must be placed out of sight while in the locker rooms. No talking, photographing or videotaping on cell phones is allowed. 
  • Items may not be left overnight in single-use lockers. Certain lockers are available to rent through membership. 
  • Please put your initials on your locker so you can find it easily.
  • Eating or drinking food or beverages other than water in the locker rooms is prohibited.
  • Please limit towel usage to two to three towels per visit. Used towels should be disposed of using the bins. Please clean up personal litter and towels.
  • Please keep shower time under 10 minutes.
  • Do not spit or urinate in the showers.
  • Please refrain from using handicap showers and lockers if you do not require them. 
  • Razor blades are not allowed in showers or steam rooms and must be disposed of in the specially marked containers.
  • Do not occupy excessive space at vanities.  Use supplies sparingly.  Do not launder clothing at our vanities.
  • Use perfume, cologne and deodorant sparingly.
  • Manicures/pedicures, hair dyes or chemical treatments are not allowed.
  • Shower before entering the pools.

Locker Room Policies for Children

  • Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the locker rooms at all times.
  • Children four years old and younger can accompany a parent/guardian in the locker room, regardless of the child's gender but we ask that the parent/guardian use the designated family changing area of the locker rooms to change the child.
  • Children over four years of age will need to be accompanied by a same gender parent/guardian in the locker room. Otherwise they must use the family changing rooms located near the West Pool. 
  • Strollers are not allowed in the locker rooms. Please park them in the designated area by the KidCenter.
  • Baby carriers should be stowed away on top of the lockers.
  • No running.

Steam Rooms

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends using heat therapy, such as a sauna, steam room or whirlpool, for no more than 15 minutes at one time. If you wish to continue past that point, take a break for at least five minutes so that your core body temperature has time to drop. If at any time you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, immediately move to a cooler area.
  • If you have any of the following conditions it is not recommend that you use the steam room, whirlpool or sauna: High blood pressure, Heart problems, recent heart attack or bypass surgery, Pregnancy (any stage), Under 16 years of age,  Diabetic, Under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you have any of these conditions, please get clearance from your physician before using these facilities.
  • Do not alter the steam room temperature by pouring water on the steam room sensors. 
  • Do not introduce scents and fragrances into the steam rooms.

For information regarding Aquatic programming please contact Vannessa Gabor at 773-878-9936, ext. 8015 or email

For more information on private swim lessons contact the Aquatics Department by emailing

773-878-9936, ext. 7399

"Since joining GLC 20+ years ago, my health and well being have significantly improved. The encouraging, supportive atmosphere at Galter has enabled me to identify my challenge areas, take risks, appreciate the improvements and persevere. I am now more active and fit than I ever imagined I'd be." – Jane