New 30-Minute Total Body Rowing Classes Offered at CrossTown Fitness This Fall

October 5, 2018

In just half an hour, the new Total Body Row classes at CrossTown Fitness (CTF) provide the most effective low impact workout with the highest results. CTF’s certified trainers will couple complementary sculpting exercises along with rowing to hit every part of your body for head-to-toe toning.

During the Total Body Row classes, high-intensity intervals alternate bursts of extreme activity with recovery exercises to increase aerobic capacity and efficiency. Rowing on CTF’s state-of-the-art rowing machines is form-centric to reduce the risk of injury while still providing a powerful workout from shoulders to calves. Each stroke on the row machines works 84% of one’s muscles for a true total body workout and maximum burn.

Benefits of Rowing:

-Less taxing on your knees and joints
-Helps you burn calories, strengthen muscles and give increased energy
-Incorporates lower and upper body work: offers a full body exercise working lower and middle back, quads, hamstrings, calves, gluts and biceps.
-Metabolically taxing when done correctly and efficiently
-Teaches you to engage core muscles
-Great opportunity to work on body awareness–no rounded back, spine upright, even push/pull

Classes begin Tuesday, October 9 and are available on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Included in CTF’s Unlimited Memberships, $30 CTF day-pass or ClassPass. Classes can be booked through CrossTown Fitness’ free App or website.

CrossTown Fitness
West Loop
1031 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60607

3600 N Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Roscoe Village
3406 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Broken Barrel Bar Now Open in Lincoln Park

September 11, 2018

Broken Barrel Bar, the newest concept from Wine Not Hospitality and owner Luke Johnson, is now open at 2548 N. Southport Avenue in Lincoln Park. Executive Chef Bryant Anderson, who has won countless awards at Chicago’s Best Wing Fest, Bacon Fest, Mac & Cheese Fest and WACO Wing Fest, introduces the chef-driven tailgate restaurant and bar in the former Crossing space.

“We are thrilled to bring Broken Barrel Bar to the Lincoln Park neighborhood and provide a new destination for dining and drinking enthusiasts of all ages,” comments Luke Johnson. “The bar will be the ultimate place for the best tailgate food, creative cocktails in the Beer Garden and brunch with family during a Bears game. There’s something for everyone.”

Anderson is smoking meats in a custom smoker using hickory and oak logs to elevate the flavors in his tacos, sandwiches and flatbreads. Menu must-haves include:

Broken Brisket Dip 14-hour hickory brisket, Muenster cheese, house pickled Asian peppers, sautéed mushrooms and onions, buttered French roll

Roasted Brussels Sprout Nachos crispy Brussels sprouts, fresno peppers, pickled red onions, radish, smoked cheddar sauce, cilantro and queso fresco

Sticky Curry Pork Tacos pickled red cabbage, 12-hour oak smoked pork, housemade cape malay curry sauce and micro cilantro

Anderson’s favorites during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays include:

Guajillo Lamb Stack slow smoked lamb shoulder, fried eggs, spiked hollandaise sauce, served over fresh baked biscuits

The Hangover Sandwich smoked brisket, fried egg, Merkts cheddar, arugula, tomato, crispy onions, toasted pretzel bun

Cocktail maven Miranda Breedlove has crafted the bar’s beverage program including large format cocktails with straws galore for groups and specialty cocktails:

Boozy Root Beer Float banana infused bourbon, vanilla ice cream, Mugg’s root beer served in an old school ice cream glass

The Smokeshow Old Fashioned Old Grand Dad 100 Proof Bourbon, Orange and Angostura infused Demerara syrup, Australian Bitters Company Smoke Bitters

Kiwi Margarita Tromba Tequila, kiwi, pineapple

Three canned cocktails, White Claw Grapefruit, Pampelonne Rose Lime and French 75, and four canned roses will be served individually or in a drinking Trough. The oval-shaped, galvanized, metal planters are used to serve multiple canned beverages and domestic beer on ice. Bar goers can also choose from 16 local beers on tap.

Broken Barrel features a bright airy atmosphere while capturing the exposed brick from the original 1800’s building. Local talents from the graffiti art community have captured their stylistic designs and urban inspirations in various areas of the bar.

The outdoor space includes a massive 2000 square foot Beer Garden housing a full bar, giant Jenga, communal tables and bleacher seating. Guests looking to host a private event will love the event space accommodating up to 50 guests, fit with its own bar, booth seating and Juliet window overlooking the Beer Garden.

College sports fanatics will appreciate the 40 flat screen TVs supporting college teams University of Kansas and University of Notre Dame and of course Chicago sports. Broken Barrel Bar will also feature daily specials and local DJs on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 10 p.m.

Broken Barrel Bar is now open for dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations are available on Open Table or by calling 773-327-4900. Hours of operation include Monday through Thursday 5 p.m to 2 a.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more details, visit the website or on Facebook and Instagram @brokenbarrelbar.

Get Crackin’ at Bobby’s & Cafe Lucci during Lobster Fest

September 6, 2018

The end of summer will bring sweet and succulent lobster to Chicago’s North Shore as Bobby’s in Deerfield and Cafe Lucci in Glenview honor National Lobster Day on September 25!

Chef/Owner Augie Arifi has prepared two dishes at each restaurant packed with fresh, flavorful lobster meat. And here’s the “catch”- lobster lovers can rejoice, the dishes will be available all week long for both lunch and dinner.

Bobby’s Lobster Specials: 

Lobster Roll Maine lobster meat, root vegetables, tarragon aioli, lemon, buttered split top roll

Lobster Newburg Maine lobster, sherry, cayenne, shallot, cream 

Cafe Lucci Lobster Specials:

Insulata Aragosta Maine lobster, blood orange, roasted pepper, scallion, honey, tarragon lime vinaigrette 

Linguini Lobster Diavolo Maine lobster, tomato, garlic, Italian parsley, chili flake, linguini

Prices are based on market price. Reservations at both restaurants are recommended. Lobster Fest runs Monday, September 25 through Thursday, September 27.

695 Deerfield Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
847-607-9104; IG @bobbysrestaurants FB @bobbysdeerfield

Cafe Lucci
609 Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL 60025
847-729-2268; IG and FB @cafelucci              

2nd Annual Smoketoberfest Hits the Northwest Suburbs on October 6

August 29, 2018

Grab your Lederhosen and head to Rack House’s 2nd Annual Smoketoberfest on Saturday, October 6 from 1-5 p.m! The restaurant’s parking lot and Beer Garden will “haus” the suburbs’ most festive and authentic all-day Oktoberfest celebration this side of Munich.

Smoketoberfest Details-

Stein Hoisting Competition
One of the most popular activities during Oktoberfest is Stein Hoisting and Smoketoberfest attendees are invited to compete! Entrants must hold a liter stein filled with liquid by a straight ninety-degree arm and once their elbow bends, spills or drops the stein the entrant loses. The competition begins at 4 p.m!

The Beer
Revelers can say ‘prost’ with $5 drafts of Sam Adams Octoberfest, Hofbrau, Two Brother’s Atom Smasher and Main Street Brewing Off Duty.

The Food & Pig Roast
Executive Chef Bryant Anderson will put his spin on Oktoberfest grub including Chef Martin’s Old World Kasekrainer and Knackwurst Sausages, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese with smoked cheddar, BBQ Kettle Chips and Giant Pretzels. Food items will range from $5-10 each. Guests can also feast their eyes on the Whole Smoked Hickory Pig Roast, rubbed down with Rack House’s signature seasonings and slow smoked for over 24-hours.

Live Music
From 2-5 p.m., Smoketoberfest will be rockin’ with a live band perfect for toe tapping, singing or dancing the polka.

Touch a Truck Event
Guests of all ages can see, touch and explore a variety of U.S. Army vehicles on display and have the chance to meet and mingle with the hometown heroes. Rack House supports our troops!

Raffle Prizes
Attendees will have the chance to win raffle and door prizes including Rack House’s homemade BBQ sauces, gift cards and more!

Smoketoberfest will be on Saturday, October 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Rack House will be open for regular dining 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Free entry! Cash or credit available for food and drink purchases.

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