CrossTown Fitness to Open Third Location in Roscoe Village on December 10

November 21, 2017

Chicago’s premier high intensity interval training gym, CrossTown Fitness, is spreading its “Feel Good ” motto through the city and opening its third location in Roscoe Village, 3406 Lincoln Ave, on Sunday, December 10. This will mark the gym’s largest location boasting 3500 sq. feet of CTF’s signature high intensity interval training group classes, personal training and open gym, plus new features including Cryotherapy, Recovery Room and a Heart Rate Monitoring system.

New at CTF Roscoe Village:
*Cryotherapy: CTF will be the first gym in Chicago to manage and offer on-site whole body Cryotherapy. The gym’s state-of-the-art Impact Cryotherapy cryosauna uses cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness. The single three-minute sessions are available by appointment only during the gym’s regular business hours.

*Recovery Room: the new gym will have a dedicated area with only the best systems in place for quick recovery after a challenging workout. Tools include NormaTec compression boots, Hyperice balls and rollers along with resistance bands and lacrosse balls so attendees can make the most of their active recovery.

*Heart Rate Monitoring System: CTF has teamed up with Performance IQ to offer gym goers a real time display of their performance metrics. The wireless cardio equipment can be purchased at CTF or patrons can dial in directly using their personal phones or bands. A TV in the training area will track everything a workout fanatic would want to know including performance results and calories burned.

*Strength Stations: Seven Strength Stations will be used for one-on-one personal training sessions established around specific postures, muscle strengths and weaknesses, and modifications.

Similar to the current West Loop and NorthSide locations, CTF enthusiasts can take part in over 80 different 50-minute Group Training Programs per week, combining interval cardiovascular endurance and stamina routines with strength training. All classes and training sessions are taught by CTF Trainers who hold degrees in Physical Education, Kinesiology, Sports Management and Exercise Physiology, in addition to being recognized by the industry’s top certifying bodies and many hold multiple certifications.

Other amenities at the gym include Grab-and-Go energy bites and beverages featuring local brands like GoGrocer. Come the spring, CTF will open its Storefront Windows exposing the machines and equipment for an al fresco Chicago workout. In addition, a dedicated Childcare room will be available seven days a week for only $5 per day with engaging activities for children from ages six weeks through 11 years old. Lastly, CTF attendees can enjoy the convenient and fully equipped private showers and locker rooms plus towel service.

The membership and drop-in options are endless ranging from a day pass to group classes for $30 and monthly-unlimited memberships for as low as $165. The Cryotherapy sessions will be available for $35/member and $45/non-members along with punch cards and unlimited packages. The NormaTec Compression Boots will also be an add-on of $10 for 30 minutes or $40 for the unlimited month for members and non-members.

CrossTown Fitness will be open to the public on December 10 at the corner of N. Lincoln Ave and W. Roscoe St. The hours of operation include Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For class schedules and more, visit the website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ctfchicago or call 312-550-1063.

Thanksgiving Made Easy at Rack House: Pickup, Heat & Serve!

November 6, 2017

Put those oven mitts away this Turkey Day because Rack House has all of your Thanksgiving preparations cooked with love and ready for pickup. Executive Chef Bryant Anderson has crafted a warm and welcoming menu with his twist on the most beloved Thanksgiving staples.

The Thanksgiving Menu will be perfectly packed and served cold with easy reheating instructions. Holiday revealers can order the menu by the half pans that feed 10-15 people and full pans that feed 20-25 people.

The Thanksgiving Menu includes:
Oak-Smoked Sliced Turkey Breast
$12 per pound
*One pound feeds 2-4 people. Gravy not included.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Half pan $40 / full pan $80

Sautéed Broccoli with Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Shallots
Half pan $40 / full pan $80

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with Smoked Cheddar
Half pan $50 / full pan $100

Homemade Stuffing with Fresh Sage & Caramelized Onions
Half pan $50 / full pan $100

Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Syrup, Walnuts & Marshmallows
Half pan $60 / full pan $120

Green Bean Casserole with Shiitake & Crimini Mushrooms & Crispy Onions
Half pan $60 / full pan $120

Roasted Turkey Gravy
Pint $10 / quart $20

Slow Simmered Cranberries
Pint $15 / quart $30

Jalapeno Coleslaw
Pint $8 / quart $16

Honey Butter Cornbread Rounds
8 slices for $16

Assorted Dinner Rolls
$12 per dozen

To place a Thanksgiving order, call the restaurant at 847-640-7225 or email

Orders must be placed by noon on November 18. The Thanksgiving Menu and Rack House’s full catering menu will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 22 from noon to 9 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day, the Thanksgiving Menu only will be available for pickup from 8 to 11 a.m.

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
222 E. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Facebook and Twitter @rackhousetavern
Instagram @rackhousebbq


Ultimate Ninjas Expands to Naperville & Libertyville And Launches Adult Fitness Program, ultiFIT, This November

October 20, 2017


Fans of Ultimate Ninjas in Chicago can rejoice as the one-of-a-kind kids obstacle training facility opens in Naperville, at 2012 Corporate Lane, on November 17 and in Libertyville, at 732 East Park Avenue, on November 24. Within the Ultimate Ninjas locations, ultiFIT will launch as a unique fitness program for adults of all fitness levels including new and experienced athletes alike.

Ultimate Ninjas
Similar to the Chicago location, Pro Ninjas from the hit show “American Ninja Warrior“ on NBC will oversee the classes, safety and curriculum at the new suburban facilities. Naperville and Libertyville will also mark the first brick and mortar shops in the world for The ATS Team, who provide the authentic course equipment and stunt design for the NBC show.

The Ultimate Ninjas Pros include:
Chicago-Ethan Swanson, “The Daredevil”, a four-year competitor on American Ninja Warrior and 2017 Las Vegas finalist.

Naperville- Jesse Labreck, “Flex Labreck,”a highly adored competitor on the show, broke the record of the first rookie female to qualify for the Las Vegas Finals.

Libertyville- Mike Silenzi, “The Stallion,” a 5-time American Ninja Warrior veteran and 2 time Las Vegas finalist.

“Competing on American Ninja Warrior gives me a platform to be a role model and I’m honored to be a part of the Ultimate Ninjas team to make a positive difference in someone’s life,” Mike comments.

“I am thrilled to bring my love of the sport to Naperville and teach and motivate future Ninja Warriors!” Jesse remarks.

The Naperville and Libertyville facilities will serve children ages 6+ including open gym, classes, birthday parties, private events, corporate team building and adult obstacle course training classes.

New to the Ultimate Ninjas family, ultiFIT will unveil on Monday, November 20 at the Naperville location. ultiFit provides daily classes incorporating High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), TRX suspension training, calisthenics and strength conditioning. Each class will aim to effectively tone and strengthen every part of your body while simultaneously increasing cardiovascular and metabolic capacity. Adults can take part in ultiFIT’s 50-minute high intensity circuit training group classes or phase into the OC Fusion classes where trainers incorporate obstacle course training.

ultiFIT Trainers include:
Brian Redard, Season 1 Competitor on NETFLIX’s The Ultimate Beastmaster.

Tori Clement, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, TRX and Kettlebell Instructor and Season 9 City Finalist on American Ninja Warrior.

ultiFIT will be introduced at the Chicago and Libertyville Ultimate Ninjas locations next year.

For more information about Ultimate Ninjas and ultiFIT, visit their websites or or call (630-381-4040) or (847-787-1130).  Ultimate Ninjas is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ultiFIT is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Ultimate Ninjas and ultiFIT can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

1st Annual Smoketoberfest Hits the Northwest Suburbs on October 7

September 11, 2017

Grab your Lederhosen and head to Rack House’s 1st annual Smoketoberfest, inspired by the world’s most exciting German festival. The restaurant’s parking lot and Beer Garden will “haus” the most festive and authentic all-day Oktoberfest celebration this side of Munich on Saturday, October 7 from 1-5 p.m.

Rack House will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to the 100 Club of Chicago whose mission is to provide for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Smoketoberfest Details-
National Stein Hoisting Competition
Rack House has teamed up with Sam Adams to take part in their National Stein Hoisting Competition in search of “America’s Stein Hoister of the Year”. Entrants will compete by holding a liter stein filled with liquid by a straight ninety-degree arm. Once the entrants’ elbow bends, spills or drops the stein the entrant loses. One male and one female winner from Smoketoberfest will advance to the semi-finals in Grant Park, followed by the finals in Boston.

The Beer
Revelers can say ‘prost’ with $5 draft and bottles of Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Pollyanna Brewing Company FruHauf and in honor of The 100 Club of Chicago, Main Street Brewing Off Duty Lager.

The Food
Chef Bryant Anderson will put his spin on Oktoberfest grub including Chef Martin’s Old World Weisswurst and Knackwurst Sausages, Oak Smoked Pulled Pork, Mac & Cheese with smoked cheddar, German Potato Salad and Homemade Giant Pretzels. Food items will range from $5-10 each.

Kid’s Activities
Kids of all ages can join in on the festivities with a complimentary bounce house and tattoos.

Lucky attendees will also have the chance to win raffle and door prizes including Rack House BBQ sauces, gift cards and more!

Smoketoberfest will be on Saturday, October 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. with free entry and cash or credit will be available for food and drink purchases.

Rack House will be open for regular dining 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
222 E. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @rackhousebbq #Smoketoberfest