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UChicago Facilities Closures, FitChicago Classes Canceled

UChicago Facilities Closures, FitChicago Classes Canceled

CHICAGO -- Due to recent national, state, and city guidance related to COVID-19 and public spaces, the University of Chicago has made the decision to close the Ratner Athletics Center and Henry Crown Field House beginning at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 5 for recreational use. Re-opening or extending the closure after April 5 will be communicated at the end of March. If Ratner is re-opened in the Spring Quarter, Summer Interim Hours will be used, and Henry Crown will remain closed.

Effective immediately, all FitChicago classes will be canceled through Sunday, April 5. A decision on whether or not to restart classes to coincide with the delayed start of the Spring Quarter on Monday, April 6 will be made soon.

UChicago Athletics & Recreation will automatically be extending all memberships, locker services, and towel services by the duration of this closure. We are also allowing all patrons to suspend their memberships for the duration of the adjusted hours due to the remote learning for Spring Quarter. Any patron who wishes to suspend their membership past this initial closure should contact Bob Petrowski directly through email ( If you plan on using Ratner once it opens, you do not have to do anything – we are planning to automatically extend everyone due to the closure. Given the situation, we will be flexible with the timing and duration of suspensions.

While we are closed for recreational use, the Athletics Facilities offices will remain open Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you have items in a permanent locker at either facility that you need to retrieve, you can come to the Ratner Front Desk during that time.

For further information on how the University is handling COVID-19, please visit: