Student Recreation and Fitness Center


General Information

May I bring a guest?
Current Lewis University Students or Student Recreation and Fitness Center Members may purchase single entry guest passes for $5; there is a limit of two guests per student or member per day. Single entry guest passes can be purchased at the front desk. Guests must enter and exit with their sponsor. The guest pass is good for one entry to the facility; guests may not exit the facility and re-enter at a later time. The sponsoring student/member must sign a form stating that they accept responsibility for their guests’ actions, and will be referred to the Judicial process if violations of policy occur.

Who may purchase a membership to the Student Recreation and Fitness Center?
Memberships to the Student Recreation and Fitness Center (SR&FC) can be purchased by parents/spouses of Lewis University students as well as Alumni of the University. Individuals who are 55+ are eligible to participate in the Breakfast Club. This group can utilize the facility in the morning only, when students are typically busy in class. There are also a limited number of memberships (25) available to the external community. These memberships are sold on a first come, first served basis and carry a $75 initiation fee.

What are the policies on children/dependents aged 15 and under?
Children with a membership are allowed access to the facility only when accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian. Children are not allowed in the Fitness Center or in the Free Weight Area of the facility.

What are the policies on children/dependents aged 16 to 22?
Children in this age category are allowed full access to the facility. Access to the facility is granted with current membership card.

What are the facility hours?
Academic year, late August through Mid-May, facility hours:

Monday - Thursday 7am – 11pm
Friday 7am – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 1pm – 11pm

Summer and Lewis winter/spring break facility hours:

Monday - Thursday 8am – 8pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 12pm – 3pm

The Lewis University SR&FC is closed New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Hours are limited on New Years Eve, and Labor Day. Please watch for signs posted one week prior to the holiday for exact hours.

What are the pool hours?
Academic year, late August through Mid-May, pool hours:

Monday through Friday 7:30am – 9am
11:00am – 1:00pm
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Summer and Lewis winter/spring break pool hours:

Monday -Thursday 8:15-11:15am
Friday 8:15-11:15am
Saturday 12:00-3:00pm

What are the membership office hours?
Memberships are purchased directly from the Director of the facility between the hours of 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Special time arrangements can be made by calling (815)836-5277. Applications can be picked up at the front desk of the SR&FC.

When is the facility busiest?
Peak times are typically Monday through Friday from 2:00pm through 9:00pm.

May a membership be “frozen” or put on hold for a period of time?
Memberships may only be frozen for medical reasons. Memberships are not put on hold for vacations or summer months.

What types of lockers are available?
Daily key lockers are available free of charge for all members. A membership card or Lewis ID must be left for collateral with the Front Desk attendant. Lockers are for daily use only. The university reserves the right to empty all contents from lockers at the end of each business day. We encourage members to not bring valuables into the locker room.

Are towels available?
The only type of towel available is a small hand towel. This is free of charge. A membership card or Lewis ID must be left for collateral with the front desk attendant.

What if I forgot my ID/membership card? May I still enter the facility?
No. Proper membership identification, either a valid Lewis ID card or a membership card, is required for facility entry. Showing proper identification to the Entrance Attendant is the only acceptable method of proving your membership status. This includes individuals entering the facility for athletic related activities or academic classes. Students who have lost their ID must get a replacement ID through Campus Security before they can use the facility. Members who have lost their membership cards can purchase a new card for $5.

What equipment is available for check out?
A variety of equipment is available for free daily check out with ID card: basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, badminton racquets, tennis racquets, table tennis paddles, jump ropes, exercise videos, footballs, playing cards. Equipment available in the pool includes kickboards, noodles, fins and paddles.

Are spectators allowed?
Spectators are allowed into the facility to watch scheduled activities such as intramurals or to accompany a child here for a rental such as a Swim Club practice. Access as a spectator does not grant an individual permission to utilize the facility with the exception of the viewing area over the pool or above the Fieldhouse. Individuals wishing to workout during that time can pay a guest fee of $5 or can check if outside memberships are available.

Is parking available?
Parking is available and a guest pass is given to all members. However, parking is first come, first served. You can definitely park on campus but there is no guarantee as to which lot. Handicapped parking is also available.

Is babysitting available?
Unfortunately, we do not have any facilities for this purpose.

Are any studios available for open recreation?
The aerobics studio can be used for open recreation when classes are not scheduled. However, individuals must wear soft-soled shoes and follow the facility guidelines.

Programs and Fitness Services

Do you have group exercise classes? What other classes are available?
Group exercise classes are free! Classes are scheduled weekly. Classes include spinning, cardio kickboxing, yoga, pilates, and water aerobics. Please refer to the schedule available at the front desk for current course offerings and descriptions.

Who may participate in the Intramural Sports program?
Current students, faculty, and staff with a valid Lewis ID card may participate in IM sports. Individuals have the option of registering as a member of a team or can sign up as a free agent and be placed on a team. Individuals are encouraged to attend the captain’s meeting for the respective sport to help match individuals with teams.

Structured leagues for alumni or community members are not offered through Intramural sports.

Phone Numbers

Membership Services (815) 836-5277
Information Center/Front Desk (815) 836-5051
Facility Director (815) 836-5277
Facility Assistant Director/Intramurals (815) 836-5831
Group Exercise Class Information (815) 836-5527