Founded in 1938, GESS has a proud tradition of introducing skaters from ages 4 to 70+ to the sport of speedskating. Whether your goal is fun, fitness or pursuing an Olympic gold, GESS is the place to start! New skaters are invited to watch, try our introductory program, sign up for our Learn To Speedskate or join the club with advanced skaters. GESS is a member of the Amateur Skating Association of Illinois (ASAI) and US Speedskating. Our coaches are all certified with US Speedskating. The team draws members from the greater Chicagoland area including Wisconsin and Indiana. So come on out and see what speedskating is all about.