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Windy City Gym, Chicago

Photograph By Jim Lommasson

This drawing of Joe Louis (center) watched over Chicago's sweat-stained Windy City Gym until its 2006 closure. Standouts and wannabes alike hold pleasant memories of the facility. "Whatever you were on the outside, white-collar or blue-collar, you leave that all outside when you come through the door," said one sad fan at its farewell fete.