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Myers-McLoraine Pool

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The 50-meter by 25-yard pool includes up to 20 lanes in the 25-yard dimension and nine lanes in the 50-meter dimenson, and contains a moveable bulkhead which allows for simultaneous activities.

In addition, two one-meter diving boards are available. The pool depth ranges from four feet in the shallow section to 13.5 feet in the diving well.

Full Schedule and Pool Availability

Call (773) 702-3873 for updated weekly schedules and team practices.












*FACILITIES CLOSURES (4-1-2020): Due to the spread of COVID-19 and guidance related to it, all varsity team, sport club and intramural seasons have been canceled for the spring quarter. FitChicago classes are also suspended until further notice. All recreational facilities (Ratner Athletics Center, Henry Crown Field House, Stagg Field Complex and Campus South Field) are closed until at least April 30 in compliance with the Illinois "Stay At Home" executive order.

Departmental operations are still active as staff continues to work remotely. For assistance or questions, please contact us through email. A full listing may be found in the staff directory:

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


Pool Hours

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday:
6 AM - 9 AM
11:30 AM - 2 PM
6 PM - 9 PM (pool closes at 8:45 PM on Friday)
Saturday - Sunday:
8 AM - Noon
3 PM - 6 PM

Monday through Friday evening pool hours change from 6 PM to 5 PM from April to mid-September.

Pool closes at 8:45 PM during the summer and interim periods.

Family Swim

On certain days and times (see below), the "shallow section" and the "diving section" of the Myers-McLoraine Pool will be set aside for Family Swimming. This means that the "shallow section" lanes are to be designated for parents/guardians with children who do not wish to lap swim. Additionally, the two lanes directly underneath the diving boards will be available for the use of the diving boards. Pool admission and general rules are to be enforced. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (see Pool Admission Requirements, pertaining to child to parent/guardian ratio, page 17) and all patrons who wish to enter the facility for Family Swim, including children, must be members of the Ratner Athletics Center or their officially registered guests. Spectators must sit in the balcony.

Dates and Times:

  • Late September (beginning of academic year) to mid-March:
    Fridays, 6 to 8:45 PM
  • Mid-March to mid-June (beginning of summer interim):
    Fridays, 5 to 8:45 PM
  • Mid-June to late September:
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 5 to 8:45 PM
  • All year:
    Saturdays and Sundays, 3 to 6 PM


Private Swim Lessons

Whether you want to just learn to swim, refine your swimming technique, or train to compete, private swim lessons are now available to Ratner members ages 3 and older. All ability levels can be accommodated. Lessons are taught by Mary Flynn, owner and operator of Learn to Swim with Mary, LLC. Mary has 18 years of competitive experience and has been a swim instructor in the Chicago area for over 35 years. She has taught all levels of swimming, including special needs children as well as state champion competitors. Lessons are priced at $35 for a 30-minute session, and there is no limit on the number of lessons you can take.


1) Contact Mary Flynn at or (708) 271-7394 to schedule a lesson(s).
2) Print your confirmation email and bring it to the Ratner Center front desk.
3) Show your confirmation email and purchase your lesson(s).
4) Obtain a private swim lesson card and bring it to your lesson(s) to turn in to the instructor.

No refunds are given for no-shows or lost cards.

2020 Winter Pool Closures

Date Time Reason
Wednesday, Feb. 12 -
Saturday, Feb. 15
All Day UAA Championships
Friday, Feb. 21 6:00 - 8:45 PM Midwest Invitational
Saturday, Feb. 22 All Day Midwest Invitational
Monday, Mar. 23 -
Monday, Mar. 30
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 - 11:30 AM
Maintenance & Cleaning