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A new fitness club is headed to downtown Oak Park early next year, following the Oak Park Board of Trustees’ approval of a special-use permit to operate in the downtown business district.

Sara Bender, co-owner of Spenga Fitness with her husband John Garth, said Spenga will be located at 1136 Lake St., just north of Seven Point Cannabis Dispensary and Nando’s Peri-Peri restaurant.

Bender said they signed the lease for the 5,000-square-foot space, which will include a workout space, locker rooms and showers.

Spenga was launched as a business in Mokena in November 2015, and about 20 franchises are expected to open in the Chicago area over the next year. Those with memberships will have access to the other Spenga locations in the area.

She said the Spenga workout routine lasts one hour and includes spinning, strength training and yoga.

The business will run about 8-9 classes a day, Bender said.

The couple also plans to open two Spenga franchises in Cleveland and two in Columbus, Ohio, Bender said.

Bender and Garth are Oak Parkers opening their first business, she said.

“We wanted to be part of the community of Oak Park, to be part of the small businesses in Oak Park.”

Bender said they plan to have the workout club open in early January.


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