Ray Information and Updates

​​Winter Facility Hours

Compliance with City of Chicago Vaccine Health Order

​​Beginning January 3, 2022 we will comply with the City of Chicago health order​ for those ages 5 and over to show proof of full vaccination status. See below for the requirements and protocol at The Ray. ​


Beginning January 3, we will comply with the City of Chicago health order for those age 5 and over to show proof of vaccination each visit* to The Ray.

  • DePaul students, faculty, and staff have completed this verification previously with the university.
  • All other members and guests will show forms of verification listed below.
  • *Keep on File - Voluntary: Stop by Membership Services to if you wish to keep your verification information on file. 
    • Vaccination Verification includes:
      • Valid photo ID for age 16+ AND
      • One of the following: Vaccination Card or photocopy or digital copy or picture of vaccination card
      • Last shot of vaccination series (or Johnson & Johnson single shot) must be at least 14 days prior to Ray entry date
  • The Chicago order allows for previous medical and religious exemptions with proof of negative test from a medical provider within the last 72 hours.
  • This requires verification by administrative staff during business hours (Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm).
  • If you CANNOT visit The Ray during M-F business hours, email Sarah Hardin at shardin1@depaul.edu at least 2 full business days prior to your desired entry date.
  • In order to establish this exemption, a letter from your medical provider or employer demonstrating a previous exemption MUST be verified by an administrative staff member prior to your entry. 
    • Upon approval by staff, your exemption will be entered into your account on file; at that point, each time you enter, you will be required to show proof of negative test by a medical provider (not at-home testing) taken within 72 hours prior to entry.
  • Masks: In alignment with mask guidance issued by the State of Illinois and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), DePaul University and The Ray require everyone—regardless of vaccination status—to wear a face mask indoors. 

  • Masks should fully cover nose, mouth and chin as well as be closed above the nose and below the chin (gaiters and valve masks are not sufficient).

  • All patrons over the age of 2 must wear a mask at all times while in The Ray except while in the swimming pool or the showers.
  • Patrons who will not comply with the mask requirement will not be allowed to continue to use the facility until they are willing to comply. 

January Billing Date Extension:

·         To allow members to make decisions related to the vaccine mandate, the January Billing Date will be moved to January 5th.

Interested in Pausing?

·         If you would like to pause your membership for this month with no fee penalty, reply to this email (CampusRecreation@depaul.edu) by 11:59 pm January 4th; we will remove the January charge from your account.

·         You will be charged the month after the Vaccine Order is lifted by the City OR you reactivate in person, whichever comes first.

  • New Flooring Installation: We hope you like our new Fitness Area - check out the newly installed rubberized flooring in the cardio area of the second floor. 

New and Reactivating Members: We welcome all community and DePaul alumni and their dependents to reactivate or purchase a new membership. See Membership page for details.

DePaul Student Memberships: DePaul part-time undergraduate students, Law,  and part or full-time graduate students are eligible to purchase quarterly memberships. Full-time undergraduates are already paying for a Ray membership through their tuition and fees. (Just use your ID card to enter The Ray!)

Visiting Student Memberships: Visiting students from other universities may purchase a semester or summer membership at a special rate. Check out the Membership page for details. 

  • Additional Membership / Ray Access Options:
    • Guest Pass Limits: A member may bring in three guests ($15 daily fee) per visit.
    • Non-Member Pass Packages: One-month passes and 5/10 punch passes are available for those who do not want full recurring memberships (these “passes" do not include member discounts for programs or services). See Membership: "Short Term Passes" section for details.
    • Alumni Self-Sponsor Single Entry Pass: Alumni may purchase a daily pass ($14 daily fee) in addition to the option of a full membership. Proof of DePaul graduation / alumni status is required.
    • Single Entry Community Pass: Non-DePaul Affiliates may purchase a single entry pass for $25. 

Reminders as you prepare to visit The Ray:

  • Bring a mask THAT FITS to wear at all times except while swimming or showering. It must cover your nose and chin completely and should not slip down while working out. Masks that don't cover these areas might as well not be worn at all and you may be asked to get a new mask or leave the facility until you get one. 
  • If you aren't feeling well or have been exposed to Covid-19 within the last 14 days, we ask that you DO NOT visit The Ray and potentially expose others.
  • We will continue to pay special attention to cleaning equipment and facility areas and ask that you continue to wipe down any areas and equipment that you use as a precaution.
  • Children under 16: ARE allowed in the facility during children's access hours** when accompanied by a parent/guardian and under the same mask / vaccine  restrictions.
    • All children ages 2+ MUST wear a mask at all times and maintain physical distance from everyone with the exception of their parents/guardians.
    • Children ages 5+ must meet vaccine verification requirements.
    • ** Children's Access Hours: During DePaul Academic Quarters: M - TH 9 am - Noon; F/SA/SU - All Open Hours; Summer and DePaul University Academic Breaks - All Open Hours.
    • Parents/Guardians need to visit the Membership Desk to activate their child(ren)'s account (show birth certificate or guardianship paperwork), sign a risk liability waiver, a COVID waiver, and have their child(ren)'s picture taken before children may enter.

Facilities / Program Updates

  • Daily Locker Use: Patrons may use their keytag or student ID in exchange for a locker key, but paper checkout slips will still be available if that is preferred by the patron.
  • Studio Fitness Spaces: Reservations are not required for the studios but are sometimes reserved for programs, classes, or outside groups. When not in use by reserved groups, patrons may drop in to use studios, but we ask that you distance yourself at least 6 feet on all sides from others using the space.
  • Courts (3rd Floor): The multipurpose courts on the third floor do not require reservation, but are sometimes in use by reserved groups. 
    • The courts may be used for basketball or set up upon request for volleyball, badminton, or pickleball with no restrictions.
    • Reminder: All patrons MUST wear a mask during ALL activities on the courts and elsewhere in the facility except while swimming / showering.
  • Courts (Racquetball): We will continue to take reservations for the racquetball courts just as we did pre-pandemic. They may be made on the App, online, by phone or in-person.
  • Fitness Equipment: Certain sections of equipment will include “every other machine" signs to assist those who are not vaccinated or who are still uncomfortable with close contact. We ask that patrons continue to wipe down ALL equipment before and after use.
  • Group Fitness Classes: Group fitness classes will continue on the reservation system.
    • In order for a class to run, at least 2 people need to be registered an hour prior to class.
    • If there are still open spots available in the class when the instructor arrives, patrons who have not pre-registered may participate by signing in with the instructor.
    • Group fitness class capacity will be set depending on the class type and content. If the instructor or other Ray staff inform you that the class is closed to more participants, those decisions are final.
  • Group Fitness Classes: Group fitness classes will continue on the reservation system.
    • In order for a class to run, at least 2 people need to be registered an hour prior to class.
    • If there are still open spots available in the class when the instructor arrives, patrons who have not pre-registered may participate by signing in with the instructor.
    • Group fitness class capacity will be set depending on the class type and content. If the instructor or other Ray staff inform you that the class is closed to more participants, those decisions are final. 

Selected recreational equipment is available for check out at the front desk. We ask that you return it to the front desk so that we may check it back in and not charge your account. Do not leave equipment upstairs on the courts or laying around in the facility. 

  • Badminton rackets
  • Racquetball rackets
  • Shuffleboard sets
  • Pickleball Sets
  • Table Tennis sets
  • Basketballs / soccer balls / volleyballs**
  • Outdoor equipment: Footballs, flags, and soccer balls
  • Jump ropes
  • Selected fitness equipment

** Please Note: Patrons must supply own raquetballs and badminton shuttlecocks (birdies) - these are available for purchase from the Pro Shop at the front desk. 

Lost and Found Service

  • Items that are found will be logged into our database and you may inquire about them.
  • Most items are kept for a week or more with more "valuable" items being kept in a safe.
  • Please contact us at 773-325-4560 during open hours to inquire about lost items


Thank you for your patronage and support throughout the last year.  Questions may be sent to campusrecreation@depaul.edu