Train Like a MLB Pro at CrossTown Fitness During the Cubs/Sox “Crosstown Classic”

June 13, 2017

We all want to learn how to hit like our favorite Major League Baseball players, but what about train like them? During the exciting Crosstown Classic Cubs/Sox Baseball Series in July, CrossTown Fitness will offer workout-fanatics a weeklong set of classes incorporating specific drills to become faster and stronger just like the pros.

ACE certified fitness instructor, and former collegiate athlete, Stephanie Rountree, has created a well-rounded training program that incorporates conditioning drills, strength, and stability exercises to get you in shape like an athlete.

1.     Single Leg Dead Lift:
Unilateral exercises are crucial in baseball training to fix potential muscle imbalances. Baseball players swing the bat from one direction, run around the bases in one direction, and plant the same foot when throwing the ball. The single leg dead lift is an excellent exercise to help develop strength/mobility/power the athlete needs for explosive movement in any situation.
Muscles engaged: erector spinae, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, quadriceps, abdominals, latissimus dorsi, trapezius.

2.     Plyo Push-ups:
Plyo push-ups are a preferred exercise over the bench press for baseball players due to the powerful and explosive movement involving the chest muscles, without the stress of heavy weight. This exercise will develop the proper explosiveness needed for powerful hitting. Try doing 5 sets of 8 reps!
Muscles engaged: deltoids, triceps, and pectoralis major

3.     Medicine Ball Rotational Slam:
In order to execute any skill required by a sport, a strong core is required! You can see the quick, and powerful movements baseball players use during pitching and batting. They rotate explosively through their hips and torso. Medicine ball rotational slams target the body’s ability to rotate, building upper body strength and rotational movement.
Muscles engaged: abs, obliques, low back extensors, hip flexors, and glutes

4.     Line Sprints:
The best way to prepare a baseball player for base running is to mimic that exact setting. Line sprints help athletes master their skills by starting from a dead stop position, and sprint as fast as possible through to the next line. Incorporate these into your workout, and you will develop the powerful speed of a professional baseball player!

Cubs and Sox enthusiasts are also invited to wear their team gear at CrossTown Fitness during “The Crosstown Classic” games. If their team scores on July 24 and 25 at the 1 and 2 p.m. classes (during the 1:20 p.m. game) or on July 26 and 27 at the 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. classes (during the 7:10 p.m. game) gym attendees will win free CTF coozies! Classes can be booked through CrossTown Fitness’ online scheduling center.

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

3600 N Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Renowned Chicago Artist Unveils the City’s First Screen-Print Sports Gallery ALL STAR PRESS on June 2

May 17, 2017

Sports fans who love art and art fans who love sports can rejoice as ALL STAR PRESS, 2775 N. Milwaukee Ave, is opening in Logan Square on Friday, June 2. For over 11 years, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff has been a recognized artist and entrepreneur in the screen-print industry as the owner and creator of FugScreens Studios and former co-owner of Galerie F.  Tasseff-Elenkoff is now opening his first retail and gallery space focusing on sports posters, framing and merchandise making ALL STAR PRESS Chicago’s first ever gig poster and street art gallery.

Tasseff-Elenkoff wanted to combine his experience running various businesses with his love for illustration and print media to create a new store and gallery devoted to honoring the creativity of sports through posters, shirts, pins and more. The 900-square foot space will showcase hundreds of hand screen prints that delve deep into the rich history of sports. Illustrated by Tasseff-Elenkoff the art will feature jerseys from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and international soccer players.

Tasseff-Elenkoff has his hand in every step of the process from illustrating and designing the posters to printing them on-site at the gallery. Each unique print will be a limited edition, numbered and signed on archival recycled paper, and will be available for custom in-house framing. The prints will line the gallery walls along with a large range of local and international artists showcasing amazing original prints and multimedia work.

On Monday, June 5, the ALL STAR PRESS website will launch with even more limited edition sports prints available for purchase and shipment all over the world.

“ALL STAR PRESS is an ode to my sports idols, new and legendary. It’s an extraordinary feeling to be able fuse my passion for art and sports in a way that others may also share my enthusiasm. I’m really looking forward to growing this new body of work over the upcoming years and becoming a fan all over again” comments Tasseff-Elenkoff.

The England native graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and started his screen-printing business, FugScreens Studios, over 11 years ago making gig posters for local bands, major artists and businesses all over the world. Most recently, Tasseff-Elenkoff teamed up with the Nike/Jordan brand to illustrate and screen-print posters of all 29 original Air Jordan shoes. Working with the mecca in sports apparel and traveling to America to attend Phillies games as a kid since he was 4 years old, Tasseff-Elenkoff had all the inspiration he needed to start up ALL STAR PRESS.

ALL STAR PRESS will open its doors to the public on Friday, June 2 and the website will launch on June 5.  The grand opening party will be June 2 from 6-10 p.m. Store hours include Wednesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, call 773-766-4060 or visit the ALL STAR PRESS website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @allstarpresschicago.

Wild Garden® Announces Nationwide Food Truck Tour, First Stop: Chicago

April 25, 2017

Wild Garden® Foods is hitting the road and sharing its love of Mediterranean food by giving back to the community with free meals. It’s all part of an epic four-day food truck tour, May 15-18, through the city of Chicago, including stops at popular destinations and places in need. Facebook “likes” will power the Social Kitchen Tour so for every new “like” on the company’s page, a free lunch or dinner will be served. Four local celebrities will be onboard to hand out the free meals and exciting giveaways to lucky patrons dining at the truck.


“We couldn’t be more excited to launch the Wild Garden® Social Kitchen Tour to share our food with those searching for new flavors and to those in need of a meal. It’s a remarkable feeling to help feed someone no matter where you live through the power of social media,” comments Co-Founder of Wild Garden®, Nezar Ziyad.

Wild Garden® hopes to serve over 5,000 free hot, Mediterranean meals made with the company’s foods, snacks and sweets. The truck’s schedule will be announced each morning on the company’s Facebook page and the first 50 people in line will get a tote bag full of Wild Garden® goodies. Patrons will also have a chance to win free Wild Garden® food for a year!

Members of the Wild Garden® team along with local celebrities will serve Chicagoans during two shifts. During the lunch shift, the truck will be parked in busy lunch areas, while the evening shift will focus on a soup kitchen or shelter.

Food Truck Tour Tentative Schedule:

May 15 

Lunch- The University of Chicago 11:30am-1:30pm

Dinner- Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Celebrity- Monique Volz, Founder of Ambitious Kitchen

May 16 

Lunch- The Loop (Michgan/Monroe) 11:30am-1:30pm

Dinner- You Can Make It Women and Children Shelter

Celebrity- Elizabeth Atkinson, Time Out Chicago’s Restaurant and Bars Editor

May 17 

Lunch- Daley Plaza Food Truck Fest 11am-3pm

Celebrity- Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp

May 18 

Lunch- The Loop (Wabash/Jackson) 11:30am-1:30pm

Celebrity- Alicia Roman, Meteorologist at NBC Chicago

For more information on Wild Garden® and the company’s upcoming food truck tour in Chicago and around the country, visit the Wild Garden® website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  @WildGardenFoods using hashtag #WGSocialKitchen.

About Wild Garden

Wild Garden® prides itself on bringing the authentic flavors of the Mediterranean right to your kitchen table through its popular snack boxes, hummus, and new marinades and pilafs. Thanks to the Ziyad Family, who has spent 50 years servicing the ethnic community through food, and Culinary Director, Chef Maher Chebaro, indulging in the finest flavors and spices of the Mediterranean has never been easier and healthier. The Wild Garden® products can be found at an affordable cost at various grocery stores around the country as well as on the company’s website.

Celebrate Mother’s Day During National BBQ Month at Kinfork & Rack House

April 24, 2017

Moms are invited to indulge in their most favorite things (including ice cream, flowers and BBQ!) this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, at sister restaurants, Kinfork BBQ & Tap and Rack House Kitchen & Tavern.


The restaurant will open its massive build-your-own ice cream sundae bar, normally free for kids with the purchase of a meal, and on Mother’s Day only, free for moms! The sundae bar is complete with Magic Shell, rainbow sprinkles, coconut, Oreo crumbles and so much more. And special for Moms with dining reservations, a complimentary flower!

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can also feast on a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar along with Chef Bryant’s holiday inspired brunch specials like:

Cinnamon Roll Griddlecakes with whipped vanilla butter. $11

Florentine omelet with fresh arugula, tomatoes and goat cheese with breakfast potatoes $12 

Rack House

Moms can sit back and relax as her family serves themselves at the BBQ inspired lunch and dinner buffet complete with carving and omelet stations, cheese and sweet tables and more. The brunch buffet will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the dinner buffet will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both are priced at $36.99/adult and $14.99/kid 12 and under (gratuity not included).

Reservations at both restaurants are recommended. The regular dining menu along with the BBQ Month Bubba Burger will also be served at Kinfork and a select dining menu and BBQ Month regional specails will be offered at Rack House.

Kinfork American BBQ & Tap

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173


Facebook and Twitter @dinekinfork

Instagram @kinforkrestaurant


Rack House Kitchen & Tavern

222 E. Algonquin Road , Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Facebook and Twitter @rackhousetavern

Instagram @rackhousebbq