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An Interview with Katrina Adams Chromium Q&A with Arman and Amanda

You Told Us...We Listened Welcome Tom Gullikson

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chromium restaurant

monday – friday saturday & sunday

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bmw: official car of midtown


holiday fun around the club


interview with katrina adams

racquet sports and fitness monday – thursday friday saturday sunday

notes from michael

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exercise your mind puzzle/answers


special events you don’t want to miss


be the maker


summer camps


members out and about


chromium: q&a with arman and amanda


celebrate or collaborate: let us do the work


february activities photos


kidtown partnership: big city readers


member profile


spa & salon: rejuvenate your skin


the shop: summer fashion


welcome tom gullikson


junior tennis: a day in the life


tennis achievements


meet our team


member profile


you told us...we listened


member profile


aquatics program


summer events calendar


“grab and go” menu available from 5:00 am monday – saturday; 6:00 am sunday.

from suits to shorts


kitchen closes 1 hour prior to restaurant closing.

the benefits of pilates for pre and postnatal women


new babies have arrived


feed your spirit: why shop at a farmers market


chromium bar remains open one hour past restaurant closing.

the spa and salon

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Vol. I, No. 4, Summer 2018

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Growing up in Rochester, New York, I have many memories of summer vacations. We had a swimming pool in our backyard on Barrington Street that took the edge off the hot summer weather. I remember the Kenyon boys—Jeff, John and Dave—jumping off an adjacent garage roof into our pool. They didn’t seem to care that the depth of the pool was only four feet! I was a Boy Scout and attended Camp Massawepie for several summers as well as the Schiff Leadership Camp in New Jersey. It’s funny what things stick in your head. My most vivid memory of camp is actually the bus ride home. The restroom on the bus was out of order, so you can imagine what the seven-hour return trip was like; 60 preteen boys drinking soda the whole way back, squirming in our seats from “pit stop” to “pit stop.” Water skiing on Lake Ontario was always fun. Every water adventure ended with a stop at Don and Bob’s Restaurant in Sea Breeze for a coveted chocolate almond ice cream cone.


I caddied for my father many times at Durand Eastman Park Golf Course. He encouraged me to be a golfer; imagine where I would be today if I followed his encouragement! Fourth of Julys were always highlight summer holidays. My family would head to Brighton High School or Cobbs Hill Park to watch fireworks. Speaking of Cobbs Hill, no summer for me would be complete without the Cobbs Hill tennis courts, where I spent hours upon hours in the hot sun. I loved every minute of it. I think all of us at some point were made to write the obligatory “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay. Looking back, I think this assignment was designed to be a back-to-school warm-up to help us transition from vacation to academia. I don’t think any of us, students and teachers alike, were ready to go back to school after summer vacation. Reminiscing about my summers and back-toschool essays made me think: what would my essay—or yours—say about summer at Midtown? Midtown summer 2018 kicks off on Saturday, May 5th, when tennis players won’t want to miss joining us as we attempt to break the world record for simultaneous participation in a Cardio Tennis event. Midtown coaches will lead fun tennis drills and games, accompanied by some of your favorite tunes, on all 16 courts. Win or lose, we’ll celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo party!

Being in the water is key to a great summer experience, right? We benefitted by having unusually summer-like temperatures last September. We learned much and we listened to you. This summer, members will experience more convenient access to the pool and deck as well as improved service at Chromium. A mobile bar on the pool deck will accompany our snack bar. We’re building a brick pizza oven and offering full dining service at the outdoor Chromium Terrace. There’s no reason to get out of your chaise lounge for liquid refreshment; drinks will be served poolside. Weather permitting, on weekends we also plan to open SIX, our rooftop party deck. Deck space, recreational swims, and daily usage will be scheduled for children and adults. We offer an extensive and varied menu of summer camps for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. In addition to our very popular tennis camps, we also offer Camp Midtown All-Sports Camp for 5- to 13-years-olds that includes swimming, tennis, field sports, and arts and crafts. A Mini Camp will offer similar activities as Camp Midtown, however, it is designed with our youngest campers in mind, ages 3 to 5 years old. The Combo Camp incorporates a tennis as well as an all-sports theme. Lunch is offered daily for all full-day campers, and we even offer pre- and post-camp care for parents who need to drop off their children early or pick up late. Our Summer Music Series kicks off on Friday, June 14th and continues through August. Every other week we’ll feature live, local bands poolside. Drink specials will accompany the music on Thursday and Friday nights. Our Summer Solstice Yoga is on Thursday, June 21st followed by a fun celebration of the longest day of sunlight.

Families will want to join us for our “Drive-in” and “Dive-in” movie events scheduled on Sundays, June 24th and July 22nd. At the June event, we’ll build cars using cardboard boxes and crafts. I’m hoping for an M Series! In July, we’ll make a splash poolside at our dive-in event. Settle in with friends for a movie and refreshments. Don’t miss our Fireworks Party on Wednesday, July 4th on the top of the parking garage. Experience a spectacular 360-degree view of the fireworks displays in Chicago and surrounding areas. Lawn chairs recommended! Like every summer essay, these are just the highlights from a long list of fun summer events and activities. For adults, families and kids, Midtown Summer 2018 is just around the corner! And don’t forget, there’s no reason you can’t arrange a “sleepover”—The Hotel at Midtown is right upstairs!

Best of health,





We are Thrilled to Announce BMW is the Official Vehicle of Midtown Athletic Club Chicago To kick-off our partnership, you’re invited to a

X2 Test Drive Party Sunday, April 29, 2:00–5:00 pm Join us to explore BMW’s exciting new vehicle, the sporty X2. Your test drive starts and ends at Midtown, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the X2 and the exclusive benefits Midtown members will receive through BMW USA.



holidayfun aroundtheclub


trailblazer of tennis



Katrina Adams serves as Chairman of the Board

and President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). She was appointed to this role, as well as CEO, in January 2015. Adams is the first African-American and first former professional tennis player to serve as President in USTA’s 135-year history. In addition to all she does for US tennis, Adams is a contributor on CBS Sports Network’s first all-female sports show, “We Need To Talk.” Midtown’s Glenn William had the honor of asking Adams what it takes to become a leader, a skilled golfer, and one of the most influential people in the world of tennis. Glenn William: How was your time at Northwestern University? Katrina Adams: My recruiting trip was my first time being on campus. I was staying with one of the softball players at one of the sorority houses that some of the tennis players lived in. I was 16 and I was having a blast. Being in school was great, being with the team and hanging out was the best. GW: What would you say to a young girl who has the option of going pro or taking a year off to experience going to college? KA: There is nothing greater than going to college. Having that experience, learning more about yourself, being away from home and becoming independent. You have to manage your time, be responsible, you have to get up, go to class. No one is looking over your shoulder telling you that you have to do anything. You need that kind of experience to go out in the real world as a professional athlete, which is more than just playing tennis, it’s an actual business. GW: Why is tennis struggling to move the needle in player participation in the United States? KA: The fortunate thing is that it’s not dropping, but it’s definitely not on an uptake at the rate I would like to see it. There are so many other opportunities in the US. When you think about the boom in the ’70s and early ’80s, there were not that many options 8

out there. You had the main sports: football, basketball, baseball, hockey and tennis. Now you have soccer, lacrosse, fencing and swimming, all these other sports that kids are gravitating to that are also outdoor sports. Even more so, kids are playing games on electronic devices from their couches instead. That’s a challenge we have deal with. How do we attract these kids through technology into getting out and being active? GW: Why do many great doubles players struggle to find the same level of success as singles?

KA: That’s a loaded question, because I think when you’re introduced to this sport you become a tennis player through singles. A lot of people think that I was just a doubles player, but I spent ten successful years on tour playing singles and doubles at the same time. Then I dropped singles and focused on doubles. A lot of players just love the camaraderie of having someone else on the court that they can communicate with. It’s personality driven, so when you’re succeeding I don’t think you’re looking at it one way or another. There was a time when singles champions were also doubles champions. Unfortunately, now you’re labeled as either a singles player or a doubles player. GW: Did you leave the tour due to the injuries that you suffered, or the wear and tear and grind of traveling? KA: I was 31 and had said I was only going to play until I was 30. On top of that, I had an ankle injury that I struggled with for about a year. I was left with a choice to either have surgery, which would mean eight months of rehab and recovery, or play until I couldn’t walk. When I decided it was my last year, word got out and I received an offer midseason to become a United States Tennis Association (USTA) national coach. I took it, because I didn’t know how many opportunities like that were going to come along. GW: I’ve come to know you as a thoughtful, process-oriented person. You’ve succeeded in parlaying one life event into the next. Were you born that way or did you learn that? KA: That’s a very good question. You’ll have to ask my mother. I think she would tell you that I was always looking ahead. I like to know what I’m doing and where I’m going. Can I be spontaneous? Yes, I can be, but I would rather have a plan than have stuff just pop up. I guess I would say I like to be in control. GW: And how did your mom facilitate that? KA: I think she recognized that I was independent so that took some pressure off her. I could do something once, then do it again without hesitation. Because I was in tennis and had two little brothers at home, it probably took some pressure off her knowing I had an independent nature about myself. No matter what it was, she never had to worry about forcing me or telling me to do something.

GW: Your résumé from early on reads like a pathway to leadership. What’s your earliest memory of being a leader? KA: As a kid, I was always the one organizing groups or activities. I was the one in the Boys Club organizing a game of dodgeball, saying, “Who wants to play? Let’s get some teams together.” I ran for class president. I didn’t win, but I always wanted to be in control. Being a leader puts you in a position where you can make your own decisions and guide things the way you want them to be. GW: Can you tell us about some notable achievements during your career that demonstrate leadership?
 KA: When I was on tour during my rookie years, I joined the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) board at a very early age. I was on the board for probably 12 years. I was a chairperson when we started our anti-doping program. I chaired that committee because I thought, as the playing representatives of the sport, we needed to have a firm handle on that subject. Beyond that, I’d say serving on the USTA Board—being chosen as a board member as an elite athlete, and learning more about the USTA as an organization. I don’t think people really know that we are not just the US Open. People need to know we are the national governing body of tennis, from the grass roots all the way up.

“As a kid, I was always the one organizing groups or activities. I was the one in the Boys Club organizing a game of dodgeball, saying, ‘Who wants to play? Let’s get some teams together.’”

Young Katrina Adams in her Chicago home. Photo: USTA/Katrina Adams


Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman and President during the Billie Jean King U.S. National Championship 50th Anniversary Tribute at the 2017 US Open. Photo: USTA/Pete Staples

educational programs offer kids, parents and families opportunities to succeed. It may be that a child in one of our programs becomes a pretty good tennis player or graduates high school and goes on to college. Maybe that child is the first person in his or her “I don’t think people really know that family to graduate. That makes we are not just the US Open. People me emotional, because we have GW: How are the operational politics really done something special for different between the WTA board and need to know we are the national that individual through tennis that the USTA board? helps define the success of who governing body of tennis, from the that person has become. From KA: The WTA is about a tour and grass roots all the way up.“ that perspective, it’s not about really servicing a few hundred what we have accomplished, it’s about what others have players—providing player opportunities for the Number One accomplished because of how we’ve helped them. player down to the 300th player who are full members on the tour. The USTA is about developing and promoting tennis through GW: Who is the most interesting person outside of the U.S. participation. There are 27 million tennis players in America, you have met while USTA President? maybe more. Getting the public to understand and recognize that KA: Princess Kate. I had the opportunity to have a very nice the USTA has something to offer is challenging and is a mission chat with her at Wimbledon a couple of years ago. that we have yet to succeed at. We don’t get the recognition that we should for all the things we do. People largely complain about the revenue we generate through the US Open, because they don’t know what we give back to the game. Having the opportunity to rise and become the USTA President has been challenging and rewarding.

GW: You set the stage with a vision for the USTA. Are you a good listener? KA: I think I am. I think you have to be a good listener to be a good leader. GW: What have you learned about managing people? KA: Communication is key. You can’t manage people if you don’t listen to them. I’ve seen many people get into leadership positions and they just want what they want, when they want it, without embracing or listening to feedback. The one thing that I have learned is that you can’t be, for lack of a better term, a dictator. You have to collaborate with your peers and employees in order to work through the challenges, because the challenges were there long before you got there. Just because you’re there and you have a different perspective does not mean things are going to change overnight. GW: What gets you emotional? What makes you tear up? KA: When you know that you’re impacting another person through his or her accomplishments. The USTA tennis and 10

GW: How did that feel? Was it comfortable? KA: It was, because she was totally engaged, asking me questions and I didn’t feel inferior in any way which was pretty cool. GW: Fitness and technology have played a role in player development over the last 30+ years. Has the game come close to topping out in regard to power, speed, and equipment development? KA: That’s a very good question, because every time something new comes at you, you think, “Where can they go from here?”— but then things continue to evolve and improve. Everything from clothing to racquets to speed and strength training is continually improving player performance. At the USTA National Campus down in Orlando, the use of PlaySight SmartCourt Tennis technology has really taken technology in our sport to new heights. Players can have their matches live streamed, track their movements while on-court, and receive an analysis when they’re wrapped up. With technology you never know what is coming next, it is ever evolving and there doesn’t seem to be a limit.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and USTA Chairman and President Katrina Adams watch Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova in action at the 2017 US Open. Photo: USTA/Darren Carroll

GW: Is there any wisdom to slowing the game down?

“The one thing that I have

GW: Will you eventually get back to Chicago?

learned is that you can’t

KA: My family is there, so I go back a minimum of three times a year. I love Chicago. Every time I go back I say that I could live there.

KA: I’m not sure if you really can. Even if you didn’t change or evolve equipment or balls from this day forward I think the nature of the beast, of the athlete, is getting stronger, faster, smarter. Through science alone we are learning what type of stroke or technique is better than the last best stroke. You look at Federer who was on top of the world for years, and he refused to change his racket. Finally, he changed his racket with an improvement in technology, and we saw him rising back to the top. If only he had done that four years before. You just never know.

be, for lack of a better

GW: You are a single-digit handicap in golf. How’s your sand game?

perspective does not

KA: As in my sand bunker? It’s pretty solid, but it’s something I don’t work on enough and probably need to work on more to take a few strokes off my game.

term, a dictator. You have to collaborate with your peers and employees in order to work through the challenges, because the challenges were there long before you got there. Just because you’re there and you have a different mean things are going to change overnight.”

GW: Do you approach golf any differently than you approached tennis? KA: No. I’m very competitive. It’s interesting, until about five years ago, I never took an official lesson. I’m a visual learner. About a year ago, I was playing with friends and one of the guys said about me, “The difference between Kat and us is that Kat is 140 yards out and she sees the angle. She will aim to hit a shot 132 yards. We see the green, we see the bunkers, we see the water and we say, ‘I hope I don’t go in the water.’ That’s the difference between a professional athlete who sees the positive in the way they approach what they’re doing.” I approach golf very much the same way as I approached tennis, because you have to have a plan to know how you’re going to execute it. GW: What are your three favorite golf courses? KA: Two are in New York: Westchester Country Club and Winged Foot. Pinehurst #2 would be a third. There is also a course in Bulgaria called Thracian Cliffs, which is beautiful.

GW: Tell me a little bit about your relationship with Alan Schwartz. KA: Alan has been an unbelievable mentor of mine. I have known him since I was seven. In 1976, early on in my second year of playing tennis, he opened the doors of Midtown Chicago to me because there were not a lot of indoor courts I could play on. He has been there for me ever since. When he was USTA president, he appointed me to one of the USTA committees and that experience is what made me want to know more about the USTA. He is someone I leaned on and have gone to for advice. I’ve never hesitated to pick up the phone and call him.

GW: He’s a very special person, isn’t he? KA: He is. He is a visionary and he is a planner. He knows what he wants in his future and does not stop until he gets it. I stood back from afar and watched his execution of different things early on when I first joined the USTA board. He’s somebody really special. GW: Where will you be and what will you be doing ten years from now? KA: I will eventually be a scratch golfer. Ten years from now I’m not really sure—I’m still trying to figure where I’m going to be two years from now. I have been on an unbelievable journey with the USTA, being on the board, and serving as Chairman and President. I have one more year of that. Also, I’ll remain on the ITF Board through 2019 as well as other ITF Committees. I have met and been introduced to a lot of amazing people from different businesses and industries. I’m trying to decide on a direction, but I’ll be a winner and a leader no matter where I am.


Created exclusively by Midtown member Josh Reynolds, a syndicated weekly puzzle writer. Josh’s work has been published in USA Today and was included in Simon and Schuster’s latest crossword series.

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1. Pool regimen

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48. Feathery scarves

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Answers on page 62.


The World’s Largest Cardio Tennis Party Saturday, May 5 We are breaking records for the highest number of simultaneous Cardio Tennis players and finishing off with a rocking Cinco De Mayo party.


Summer Music Series Friday, June 15 Friday, June 29 Friday, July 13 Thursday, July 26 Friday, August 10 Thursday, August 23 The pool deck at Midtown is a perfect place to unwind with your friends on a warm summer evening. Join us for these select special nights featuring live music and cocktail specials.

Special Events you don’t want to miss!


Summer Solstice Yoga Thursday, June 21 Honor the longest day of sunlight with this special outdoor yoga practice of sun salutations at dusk. Stay afterwards for a celebration of our yoga community.


Fireworks View Party Wednesday, July 4 Enjoy the amazing views Midtown has of the Chicago skyline and surrounding area and take in multiple fireworks displays. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair; we will have refreshments and music!


Cool. WE MAKE OUR BOURBON CAREFULLY. PLEASE ENJOY IT THAT WAY. Maker’s Mark® Bourbon Whisky, 45% Alc./Vol. ©2018 Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc. Loretto, KY

Before it was cool.


Join us Thursday, May 24 from 5:00–7:30 pm for

Be The Maker An interactive design and custom fit night with Wilson Wilson’s experts will be on hand to demonstrate some of the newest, customizable products in

GOLF TENNIS BASEBALL Show off your creativity

You will have the unique opportunity to design your own sports equipment and participate in our design competition. The best of design will receive their custom product as a prize. Refreshments will be served.



Kerry Kinsloe Tennis Admin 773.687.7366

Sarah Fader Kidtown Director 773.687.7358

12 Week Session: June 11—August 31

camp midtown

Midtown’s flagship camp is packed full of fun with weekly themes, crafts, games and activities including swimming or tennis each day. Lunch not included. AGES





9 am–4 pm

$455 per week / $102 per day

$501 per week / $112 per day


Noon–4 pm

$260 per week / $58 per day

$286 per week / $64 per day

mini camp midtown

This half-day camp is specially designed for our youngest campers and features a variety of themes and activities such as tennis and yoga. AGES




9 am–Noon

$260 per week / $58 per day


$286 per week / $64 per day

velocity junior tennis & camp midtown combo

This full-day camp includes a morning of tennis with the Junior Tennis Camp, followed by an afternoon of swimming and more with Camp Midtown. Lunch not included. AGES




9 am–4 pm

$491 per week / $109 per day


$540 per week / $120 per day

13 Week Session: June 4—August 31

velocity junior tennis camp

Midtown’s tennis camp helps junior players improve their on-court skills through a fun and dynamic curriculum developed by our world-class coaches. Lunch not included. AGES





9 am–Noon

$287 per week / $66 per day

$315 per week / $73 per day


9 am–3 pm

$462 per week / $102 per day

$508 per week / $113 per day

velocity high performance tennis camp

Competitive level players will take their game to the next level through a fun and challenging training program developed by our world-class coaches. Camp includes tactical and technical coaching, situational training, match play, match analysis, and a focus on athletic performance training. AGES





9 am–2 pm

$540 per week

$594 per week

pre/post camp care

All campers are invited to take advantage of pre and post camp care at Midtown’s Kidtown and Varsity Club.





7:45–9 am

$15 per day


3–6 pm

$25 per day

lunch add-on

Full-day campers can add lunch prepared fresh daily. Campers who do not come with a packed lunch will be charged the day fee for lunch. AGES ALL



$10 per day




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and about

Maria Kosanovich and family

in Taipei

Wilfredo Romo hiking at

Boyne Mountain Resort



Starved Rock

s Midtown friends Josh Rusinak, Evita Sanchez, Kathleen Tilly Davis, Victoria Infante, Graciela Vinaja, and Angelica Araya (not pictured) met up at Michigan’s

s Stacy Brown and family in

Turks and Caicos Ocean Club Resorts

in South Korea.

Lizzie and Maddie Megan love being

Midtown regulars already!

Scott Hopson and Hayley Hollander in

Hong Kong



Panama City

at the Olympics



Sarah Fader takes her Midtown spirit to Casco Viejo,

Andy Toh and Coco Rojanasuwan with former Olympic gold medalist and current figure skating commentator Tara Lipinski




Arman Razavi Food & Beverage Director 773.687.7340

arman& amanda Curious about what goes into planning

the menus at Midtown? We sat down with Arman Razavi, our Food & Beverage Director, and Amanda Barnes, Executive Chef, to get a behind-thescenes look at how they decide what to serve, where it comes from, and what’s next for Chromium.

Spirit: What is your goal in providing food and beverage at Midtown? Arman: Our mission is to elevate the dining experience and provide a diverse, healthy, sustainable and responsibly farmed menu. The menu has to walk a fine line between the Club and The Hotel. It has to appeal to older and younger members and should work for families with kids and others. We live in Chicago, one of the best cities for food in America. Our menu should reflect that. Spirit: Can you be “all things to all people?” Amanda: No, you can’t. I think that’s demonstrated by the failure of restaurants like Applebee’s and TGI Fridays that are going under. That being said, I think Chromium has evolved into a significant component of the boutique experience within Midtown Chicago. Arman: I think we are succeeding in finding the middle ground. I would like to be able to appeal to our hotel guests, older members and younger members. There is a wide range and finding that sweet spot is important. Spirit: Arman, how do you collaborate and work together? Arman: Collaboration stems from trust. You must trust who you are working with and I think we have developed that trust from our previous work experience. The idea starts with a concept and then you work from the center out. The 18

concept here was to provide healthy options that are unique and interesting. The chef’s palate is important to me. I love Amanda’s palate and I have followed her through her career at multiple places where she’s worked. Spirit: Amanda, how would you define balance in your menu? Amanda: I think that’s an important question, because I’m at a health club and the number one selling item is the fried chicken sandwich! When we started, everyone was all about everything having to be healthy. What we realized was that the designated 500 calorie or less items on the menu were not moving, and we needed to add variety and diversity. Some members are vegan, others want a burger and a fried chicken sandwich. It’s hard to balance, but I think we have struck a pretty good chord by having a predominately healthy menu with a few indulgences.

Amanda Barnes Executive Chef 773.687.7383

Spirit: How do you see Chromium evolving?

Arman: And this is just the first version of the menu. The experience in this type of environment is very different from the stand-alone restaurants that most people are used to. As we’re learning, we’re adjusting too. The challenge is to gather all the information that you receive daily and work to incorporate that into the menu. It’s a work in progress that never ends. Spirit: What have you learned so far about members’ tastes? Amanda: They’re very divergent. It’s a unique and challenging experience because we have vegans, vegetarians, health nuts, kids and people who just want to eat a good meal. I must provide a wide variety of dishes, but be careful not to water down the brand or put something out that we’re not proud of. Arman: We work to provide healthy food that is produced through responsible farming. We know where our meats and produce are coming from. There are no pesticides, phosphates, or nitrates, because we know our sources. That was our approach and it was a surprise to the dietitian at the Club that our burger was not 5,000 calories, in fact, it’s less than 1,000 calories. We use the term “locally sourced” with great respect and accountability. Amanda: We make our bread in house, so there are no hidden corn syrups or stabilizers that make the product shelf-stable for months and add caloric intake. In Chromium, if I have a problem with a burger I can call the farmer and he can trace it back to the cow it came from. We’re probably the only restaurant that can say, “100% of this burger came from this cow.”

Arman: When I joined the team the concept was “counter service, limited cafeteria.” What I saw was an opportunity to expand, not just by designing a new brand, but by creating a new template. We fought hard to offer tableside service. Moving forward, our goal is to appeal to a larger audience, so we’re expanding our food and beverage to include a larger presence of grab-and-go. With summer on the horizon, our poolside service creates a whole new opportunity. Because we opened in September, we didn’t get a chance to explore that. This summer we fully plan to extend that option not just for food, but for beverage too. We are adding a brick oven for pizza. I think that will make a lot of moms and kids happy, and give us more leverage as far as our offerings are concerned. We also have plans to open SIX on the rooftop, which will be a whole new ball game. Spirit: Amanda, what should members know about some of your proprietary creations? Amanda: The entire menu, except for the Chicago hot dog, is developed by my team. Nothing is pre-purchased, nothing is pre-made. The ketchup and the mustard are probably the only two things we are not making in house. The Hellman’s style mayo, we make from scratch. Arman: I think the culture has changed from when we first started with the farm to table concept. Now, it’s more of a scratch kitchen. Spirit: How about ice cream? Amanda: I’d never made soft serve before, but I’d watched a million pastry chefs make ice cream. So, my sous chef, Laura, and I were standing in front of the ice cream machine and I very confidently said to her, “This many grams of this, this many grams of that.” She put it all in and we waited 15 minutes before trying it out. Just as Laura was saying, “Man, Chef, this is really good,” I let out a relieved, “Holy smokes, it worked!” She couldn’t believe I didn’t have a recipe! >



Spirit: And the cheese? Amanda: We make our own American cheese. I have a sort of comfort kid memory of American cheese, but I dislike the flavor, in addition to the fact that the ingredients are not really good for you. Initially, I wanted to make the cheese because I was going to make mac and cheese for kids. If you knew more about restaurant grade mac and cheese, you wouldn’t serve it to your kids. That got me thinking that there had to be a way to recreate the texture and have it taste good with natural ingredients. We do a mixture of mild cheddar and Hook’s seven-year cheddar. We blend it with warm cream and organic gelatin to make our own cheese. It’s also the cheese that goes onto the burger. So, looking at our burger plate, you can trace the burger to a farm and a cow, and the cheese, bun, and pickles are all made in house. We go through six cases of cucumbers in a week for our house-made pickles. Spirit: Is there a plan for catering or banquets? Amanda: We are currently doing banquets out of Chromium with a very similar menu. Our banquet food replicates the Chromium experience, because we don’t compromise by serving easier, lower-end food. Spirit: What will you be offering poolside? Arman: We are expanding tableside service around the pool. We will offer a beverage menu to the chaise lounge seats, designate an adult section on the east end and build a bar there. On the west end, near the snack shop we will extend the Chromium menu to include the terrace. We will also expand our offerings at the snack shop. We didn’t get a chance to do a lot due to the short window on warm weather we had during the opening. This summer is all about expansion. Spirit: What’s fun about your job?

engaged and working on our products and services. Within the next few months, I’ll be opening three new outlets within this building. Many people only dream of doing this. Amanda: Like Arman said, everything is fun. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I like to keep my learning curve steep, so the opportunity to do something I had not done before was very enticing to me. Within 18 months, Arman and I will essentially have opened four new restaurants. It’s very challenging, which is very rewarding and we’re learning a tremendous amount about our business and ourselves. Spirit: Did you have any fears or concerns initially with coming to a club? Arman: Of course, but the opportunity itself outweighed the fears that I had. The combination of the hotel, food and beverage and the athletic club is so unique, there’s nothing like it in Chicago. I would have never passed up the opportunity. Amanda: I had a very real conversation in the beginning with Arman. I said, “A club?” He told me it was different, and it was going to be amazing, and I trusted him. I don’t regret the decision, and I’m so glad he found me.

Arman: What’s not fun about my job? Every day is like a new riddle you have to solve and presents new challenges that keep me on my toes. I’m always thinking, always


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Amy Lawhorn Banquet Events Director 773.687.7568

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Celebrate or Collaborate…

Several spaces in the Club are available for your private party or meeting. LOGAN & LINCOLN This flexible, contemporary space is adaptable to various size groups. With perfect Chicago skyline views from our fifth floor, Logan & Lincoln is the perfect setting for an intimate celebration or corporate gathering. THE BOARDROOM Midtown’s Boardroom is multi-functional with well-appointed furnishings and built for private meetings. SIX Our rooftop lounge will be host to many celebrations this summer, stay tuned!

PRIVATE DINING ROOM AT CHROMIUM An intimate setting overlooking the pool for groups up to 20. THE OUTFIELD Entertain your group on our spacious outdoor turf sundeck. This is the ideal location for sipping cocktails and mingling under the summer Chicago sky, but the possibilities for the space are endless. THE THEATER A dynamic setting for a large celebration or interactive conference. We’ll set the stage for an incredible event with custom lighting trusses, a beautiful floor and city street views.

Contact Amy to learn more.



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a kidtown partnership: “big city readers” O

ur hope in Kidtown is to provide a space that is equal parts social and movement based, giving even our youngest members the same opportunities that their parents have throughout the Club. We host all sorts of activities throughout each day and are excited to partner with Miss Beth from Big City Readers to continue our mission of providing top-rated programming alongside our many fitness-based classes. “Kids learning to read using out-of-the-box strategies” is the aim of Big City Readers run by Beth Gaskill. After studying psychology, elementary education and multi-sensory education, Beth became a Dyslexia Specialist and Early Education Teacher, as well as a Reading Endorsed Elementary Educator. Beth believes that all children learn uniquely, especially when it comes to reading, and dreams of every child having confidence in reading, a love of school, and finding joy in lifelong learning. When we began developing programming and classes in Kidtown, Big City Readers was recommended by families at every turn. She works with more than 200 families in the Bucktown and Logan Square neighborhoods and began partnering with Midtown’s Kidtown in the beginning of January. The happy squeals and giggles in the playroom when Miss Beth comes to Kidtown would make any passerby

think a celebrity had just walked in.

“Miss Beth’s skill set is magic! She has a unique and highly efficient way of encouraging even the most reluctant of readers to not only participate, but most importantly, ENJOY learning to read.” —Midtown member Lezlie Mackie

Her story time circles in Kidtown on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am are not what you’d find in a library. Miss Beth uses the five building blocks of early literacy: read, write, sing, talk, and play. Additionally, she uses the Orton Gillingham method, which utilizes the three pathways through which children learn: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. It is truly amazing to see a room full of toddlers so attentive and having so much fun while sneakily learning the early stages of reading. There is so much talent in Chicago that we can share with our little ones in Kidtown, and having Miss Beth with us is our launch pad. We hope to continue to add and develop classes and programming that will encourage learning and movement!

“Miss Beth had been a reading specialist at our school for years and I was thrilled when she mentioned she was starting Big City Readers to help foster a passion for reading with even more kids. She is kind, positive and creative and through her unique class experiences (learning to write letters in shaving cream), kids learn that reading really can be fun.” —Midtown member Kristin Glunz 27 27

memberprofile stevedecker Are you a Chicago native? I lived outside London as a little kid, but primarily grew up in the Detroit suburbs. After graduating from Purdue University in 1996, I moved to Chicago. I have lived here more than anywhere in my life, so I certainly consider it home. When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? I became a Midtown member in April 2017. It seemed that all my friends were either already members or migrating to Midtown—my friend Alana Lambert was especially persuasive! You have been on a major fitness journey. What can you tell us about it? My brother Brett was graduating from USC in May 2017 with his Ph.D., and I was determined to be there. I decided to make an adventure out of the round-trip drive to California, stopping to see friends along the way. Since I had a lot of time to think on the road, I decided to commit to getting into shape. Eric Morrison had recommended Oleh Kutnyy as a coach/personal trainer, so immediately upon my return I started working out with him, along with boxing classes and daily cardio, five days a week from June through the end of the year. Oleh recommended that I meet with Jenny Maloney, Midtown’s dietitian. I was so hopeless that Jenny ended up taking me grocery shopping at Fresh Thyme to get me eating healthier! She showed me many creative, healthy options to get me on the right nutritional track. With Oleh and Jenny’s help, I was able to lose 32 pounds in six months. Do you have a workout buddy, or do you prefer to fly solo? I work out with friends, in a group, and solo. I’ve made quite a few friends at Midtown and created a support network to make sure I don’t slack off. I highly recommend working out with a coach/trainer. When alone, the elliptical is my go-to machine. I like to log on to Netflix! Is there a particular person, place or thing that inspires you each day? My dad passed away in September 2012 from brain cancer, and fitness was important to him throughout his life. I think about that regularly while I am at the gym. For many years, Dad did 100 pushups per day—a goal that I’m still chasing. How do you feel about the Midtown facility as it continues to evolve? The massive expansion has been great—all the cardio and weight equipment that anyone could want. The addition of the

EverybodyFights boxing room has been a challenging and rewarding source of cardio and the opportunity to take a BAGS class taught by George Foreman III. I love Midtown because…it is a very welcoming and friendly club that has something for everyone. If a person is serious about getting in shape, Midtown has absolutely everything he or she would need to reach and exceed their goals. A very unique aspect of Midtown is the friendliness and supportiveness of the staff. Through Oleh, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Richard Earney, the National Director, and many of the coaches and trainers on staff. I talk to many of them on a daily basis, which gives me a sense of support and inclusion. This certainly makes going to the gym much easier on the days when I’d rather stay home. What’s your favorite Chicago neighborhood? I have lived in Lakeview, Old Town, Lincoln Park and now Logan Square. The surge in restaurants and nightlife has made Logan Square a great place to live. I probably spent too much time this summer at Park & Field Vintage Sports Bar. What do you like most (or least) about living in Chicago? At the top of a long list would be the friendly people and vast number of things to do. For a big city I really do feel Chicago is a very friendly place. The things I like least are the winter, the traffic, and the politics. Imagine you’re at the Lincoln Park Zoo…which animal best symbolizes your daily workout at Midtown? Some days I would definitely be a cheetah while other days I would be a sloth. I have learned that if you don’t feel like doing cardio, a double espresso shot can turn anyone into a cheetah. If you could travel back in time to witness one event in history, which would it be? The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, better known as the Chicago World’s Fair. After reading Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, I know I would love to experience this momentous event that defined a fledgling Chicago after the great fire, and even defined America as a country. That being said, I would not enjoy meeting up with the serial killer. If you found a hundred-dollar bill in the street, what would you do with it? I would walk into the nearest bar and buy a round of drinks for everyone. 29



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Rejuvenate Your Skin We love the moments leading up to summer, when you can reflect back on your New Year’s resolutions and look

forward to the months ahead and modify your life plans and purpose. It’s such a great renewal period and a perfect time to really focus on your body’s biggest organ—your skin! The Spa at Midtown has carefully partnered with premier luxury skincare vendors to bring you completely customizable regimens and treatments. The most important part of good skincare is actually knowing your skin type and staying on top of your daily routines. Coming out of a cold Chicago winter and into warm summer months can confuse your skin. In order for you to properly hydrate and cleanse, you need to be aware of how your skin changes through the seasons. What follows are some suggestions to help carry you through these types of climate changes. A consistent regimen. Our skin is a great barometer of what is going on inside our body. It does an amazing job protecting us from outside assaults like extreme heat or cold, and helps keep us healthy by fighting off whatever comes its way. Everyone’s skin is different and has individual needs, which can change with the seasons and with age. Having a consistent regimen at home is key when caring for your skin. Because the skin on our face, neck and hands is thinner and typically has less oil production, these delicate areas mature faster. That said, there is so much we can do in the treatment room and at home to usher us into graceful aging. Cleansing morning and night, weekly exfoliation, ample hydration and applying SPF will help to preserve your gorgeous skin! Use SPF year round. In the summer, SPF is your best friend. Re-apply every few hours, but also allow at least ten minutes for the SPF to absorb to get maximum protection. Using an SPF with UVA and UVB ingredients is most beneficial since the UVA (aging rays) do the most damage to our skin year round. Facials have many benefits for managing the health of your skin because they remove buildup, and help you re-evaluate your regimen to make sure it’s doing the most for you and addressing any specific concerns that may arise.

We can help guide you in the right direction to get the most out of your daily routine and spa treatments. Take time to rejuvenate. Our lives can get hectic with work, children, or school and we forget that we all need to set aside time to be taken care of and relax. At Midtown, we pride ourselves on offering a Signature Facial as well as a Custom Facial. Our Signature Facial is perfect for those who are looking for a more luxurious treatment with active products to rejuvenate the skin. Our Custom Facial has a variety of choices for all skin types that we will tailor to suit your needs. Come and see us at The Spa, we would love to assist in your well-being and help you find your Zen. Discover all that your spa and salon have to offer. As the next step in your summer transformation, we would love to welcome you in for a complimentary consultation. We have fun and exciting events planned with some of our vendors and partners, including a Glam Night we are hosting in August— more details to come! Another aspect of The Spa’s amazing programming is the retail partners we have selected. We never leave home without Dream Coat by Color Wow, The Gravity Glam Glow Mask, Esthochoc (anti-aging eatable chocolate for your skin), Makeup Factory’s lip plumper with hyaluronic acid, and Spa Splurge’s Collagen Gold Eye Masks.

We look forward to welcoming you in this summer! —Kelly & Erica


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tomgullikson We are excited to welcome Tom Gullikson to Midtown as our Senior Tennis Consultant. Tom will help develop our High Performance junior tennis players as well as our adult traveling teams players. In addition, he will invest time coaching, training and developing our Midtown coaches as we continue ensuring that we provide the highest level of programming and coaching for Midtown members. During his career as a professional tennis player, Tom won 16 ATP Tour doubles titles—ten of them partnering with his identical twin brother, Tim. The brothers were runners-up in men’s doubles at Wimbledon in 1983. Tom also won the mixed doubles title at the US Open in 1984 with Manuela Maleeva. Tom won an ATP Tour singles title at Newport in 1985. His career-high rankings were World No. 23 in singles and World No. 4 in doubles (in 1984 and 1983,

Program, coaching players such as Todd Martin, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick. He served as Director of Coaching for the USTA from 1997 to 2001. Tom was the United States Davis Cup Captain from 1994 to 1999. He captained the teams that won the Davis Cup in 1995 and were runners-up in 1997. In 1996, he was the coach of the US men’s Olympic tennis team, and guided Andre Agassi to win the Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta, GA.

tom’s role:

Development of our High Performance juniors

Working with our traveling teams on development of doubles strategy and tactics

Coach education and development

Private tennis lessons

Tom holds both United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) certifications and has written instructional articles for TENNIS Magazine, Tennis USTA, and various teaching manuals published by the USTA. He has also worked as a television commentator for ESPN and CBS. Tom is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame and the USPTA Hall of Fame. Inspired by the untimely loss of his brother, Tim, he chaired the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation, which raised nearly $6 million to fund care and support programs for brain tumor patients and their families.

respectively). He retired from the professional tour in 1986.

Above: 1995 Davis Cup Final Right: 1996 Olympics with Agassi Photographs courtesy of USTA.

While on the ATP Tour, Tom gained tremendous knowledge from experiences competing against some of the greatest champions in the history of the game including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker. After retiring as a player, Tom became one of the original members of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development 35


Up 5-1, 40-0 in the fifth set of 2018 Australian Open Men’s Final, Roger Federer hits one of his signature

kick serves against Marin Cilic. Marin lunges forward and stretches for the ball, but the serve is hit too well and the ball hits the bottom of the net. Game, set, match, Championship—Roger Federer. Federer raises his arms in celebration of his 20th Grand Slam Championship. Millions of people are watching him in awe in this historic moment—all cameras are fixed on the GOAT, reporters are lined up waiting for a moment with him, sponsors are anxious to get a picture with the champ. He is on top of the world—the tip of the iceberg of greatness. What many don’t think about in the moment are: the tens of thousands of hard hours Roger put in on the practice court, thousands of hard fitness session where he pushed himself beyond his limits, thousands of ice baths that he took following his tough workouts, the practice sessions where he missed the same shot time and time again until he finally mastered it, the hard conversations that he had with his coach about his game, and the sacrifices that his family made to get him to where he is today. All of these make up the part of the iceberg that’s under water—the part that few get to see. Our High Performance (HP) juniors are in the same boat. It takes 10,000 hours to master a sport like tennis—20 hours per week, every week, for 10 years straight. That includes tennis training, fitness training, private lessons, recovery sessions, practice matches, ball machine practice, serve practice, watching/studying the game on TV, and tournaments. All of our HP juniors go to school full time and take advanced courses and they all get good grades. It takes determination and hard work to make this happen. Our HP coaching staff, and all employees of Midtown are very proud of our HP juniors and their commitment to excellence. James Albarracin, 14, is one of our HP juniors. He works hard on his fitness and looks for extra hitting opportunities to keep himself on top of his game. Most recently, James competed in the 2017 USTA Indoor Nationals and 2017 USTA Winter Nationals. When reaching for the top of the game, you have to have great time management. Here is how James goes about his week of training. >


Vasiliy Guryanov Junior Competitive Director 773.687.7607

A Day in the Life of a Junior High Performance Player by James Albarracin

As a High Performance (HP) tennis

player, my weekly tennis schedule for training and fitness is a big commitment, but it is necessary for me to improve, and I enjoy it. I play five to seven days a week with each day of practice usually one to three hours long.

On weekdays, I wake up around 7 am to get ready, eat a good breakfast, and go to school. School for me lasts from 8 am to 3 pm and includes eight classes during the day. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I have a group lesson with other HP tennis players in the Chicago area, lasting from 5-7 pm. During the group lessons, the coaches take us through hard drills which put us in real point situations. They coach us on what we need to improve and give us tips on how we could get better. The relationship and bond between the coaches and the players is very strong, which makes the lessons more fun and not too much like work. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have private lessons with my coach, Paul Champlin. Coach Paul and I have been working together on my game for two-anda-half years now and a huge part of my success is credited to him. During these lessons, I work more intensely on specific goals like getting the ball deeper, closing into the net quicker, making sure to have a clear split step, and having my weight

forward on most of my shots. Coach Paul works with me through skill maintenance, repetition and drills. On Fridays, it’s fitness training on The Field, located on the third floor of the Club, from 5-6 pm and I usually look for a court to hit afterwards with the other players. One Saturday a month there is match play for juniors which I attend when I am not playing in a tournament. Sundays is usually my rest day, but if I miss a lesson earlier in the week I join a group that meets from 4-6 pm. In addition to that, every time after I play, I stretch for a good 15-20 minutes to make sure that my body is fresh and to minimize risk of injury. Balancing tennis training and school can be difficult, because sometimes I don’t get home until 8 or 9 pm, and still need to do my homework. My main motivation for training so hard is the tournaments— those experiences are exhilarating! Often I compete in tournaments out of state, which can affect our whole family. For example, at Christmas I had to be far away from my brother and father to go to a national tournament with my mom. It is a huge sacrifice for all and I couldn’t do it without their support. As a high performance tennis player, training every day can be stressful, but I have a great team of people around me and that makes the job so much easier.


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tennis achievements Row 1: Matthew Harris, Champion–NTRP 3.0; Hector Lopez-Azuara, Finalist and Thomas Warnicke, Champion–Men’s 45s Winners; David Otorga, Finalist and Nhylan Westmoreland, Champion–Boys 10s Green Dot Ball Tournament Row 2: Ella Fassbinder–Girls 10s Green Dot Tournament Row 3: John Chavez, Finalist–NTRP 3.0; Alex Tsvetkov, Finalist and Mark Tismensky, Champion–Boys 10s Green Dot Tournament; Mackenzie Stender, Champion and Ryan Martin, Finalist–Men’s NTRP 4.0 Row 4: Michael Flint, Finalist and Robert Bieniek, Champion–NTRP 4.0; Ella Fassbinder, Finalist and Lily Brecknock, Champion–Girls 10s Green Dot Tournament; David Otorga–Boys 10s Green Dot Tournament


meetourteam... amylawhorn



frontdeskdirector 773.687.7568 773.687.7442

Amy Lawhorn joined the Midtown team in January of 2018 as the Banquet Events Director. Amy knew she wanted to be in the hospitality industry since high school, when she participated in a mini-internship program that allowed her to work in area hotels, restaurants and even spend some time at O’Hare International Airport. This experience helped her learn about the various roles in hospitality and led her to major in Hospitality Management at Roosevelt University. Throughout her career, she has planned and managed a wide variety of events, including weddings, fundraising galas, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, “Regardless of and corporate events that ranged the size of the from eight to over 800 people. guest list or Regardless of the size of the guest list or vision of the event, Amy works vision for the tirelessly to bring all her clients the event I plan and same enthusiasm and attention to coddle them all detail. Her role is new to Midtown with the same Chicago and she feels that the most enthusiasm and challenging aspect of this will also attention to be her favorite: building a private detail. Opening event business from the ground up. Amy’s excited for Midtown members the doors to to celebrate their special events with an event is the the Midtown family.

Kelly O’Connell joined Midtown’s front desk team as the Front Desk Director in December of 2017. She has experience in both hotels and athletics, and is thrilled to bring both of these aspects of her career to Midtown’s unique combination of the two. Her favorite thing about working at Midtown so far is this unique environment and how optimistic and positive everyone is. Kelly graduated from Michigan State University where she played softball as a third baseman for their club team. She’s proud to say they went to the World Series two years “I think the in a row and she continues greatest to be passionate about strength I bring Michigan state sports— to Midtown is Go Green! Though she having experience majored in psychology, in both hotels Kelly fell into hospitality early on because she and athletics. loves working with people My favorite thing and enjoys that every day about working for is different.

most exciting feeling!”

Amy grew up just outside Chicago in Franklin Park, Illinois. She has spent her life in Chicagoland, and is now raising her twin twelveyear-old daughters here. She’s not kidding when she says one of her favorite things about the area is the weather. She really does love the change in season and the amazing food and restaurants Chicago offers. It might surprise you to learn that Amy is terrified of heights. She’s the first to say it’s a work in progress, but she’s proud to have recently made it through the tilt at the John Hancock without throwing up or passing out. When she’s not at Midtown, you can find Amy out for a run, dining with friends, and making her own cleaning and body cream products. Her favorite guilty pleasuring is watching a lot of TV, like Game of Thrones, Scandal, Shameless and Fixer Upper. Her best celebrity encounter had to be when Oprah let her try on her shoes. You’ll have to find her around the Club to hear the rest of that story!


Midtown is the

Kelly grew up in Deerfield, environment. Illinois and now lives in I love how Chicago. She enjoys the city everyone is very atmosphere because there optimistic and is always something fun to positive!” do. Her favorite season is the fall because the leaves are changing and it’s college football season. Kelly also loves a good beach day. When she’s not at Midtown, you’ll find Kelly enjoying dinner and drinks with her friends and family. Traveling is also one of her favorite things to do. Her favorite trip so far has been exploring Ireland with her father. Kelly’s goal in her new role is to work with the best front desk team in the city of Chicago. She recognizes that it’s challenging to work in a brand new property, but she knows her team is up for the challenge and is looking forward to the exciting future!




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James “Jamie” Spirek joined Midtown’s team in January of 2018 as Housekeeping Director. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Gerontology, Jamie has spent nearly 20 years in the hospitality industry and 10 of those years in housekeeping. His goal in his role as director is to have a happy team that looks forward to coming to work. Jamie grew up in Elk Grove Village, Illinois and has lived in Itasca for the past 10 years. He is the middle child of five, and his family still lives in Chicagoland. His favorite thing about Chicago is the beautiful lakefront, especially in the fall, which is his favorite season. When he’s not at Midtown, you can find Jamie spending time with friends and taking walks with his dog, Frank, an eight-year-old pit bull lab mix, which he rescued five years ago. You might also find him watching Netflix, his favorite guilty pleasure. He says he could spend hours binge watching his favorite shows. Jamie loves to travel, and recently went to Manchester, England for a Pet Shop Boys concert. He describes one of the coolest experiences he’s ever had as flying first class to Europe. Jamie isn’t a fan of heights, and is proud to have recently climbed a 30-foot rock wall. Jamie dreams of one day running a retirement community or an assisted-living facility. He would love to live in a beachfront cottage, listening to the waves and watching the sunrise. If he could have dinner with anyone in history he would chose Franklin Roosevelt because “he led the country through a tumultuous time in our history.”

“If I could live anywhere, it would be in a beachfront cottage, listening to the waves and watching the sunrise.”

Josefina Klimesova joined Midtown Athletic Club in December of 2017. As Assistant Housekeeping Director, she oversees the cleanliness of the Club and the new 55-bedroom boutique hotel. Josefina first became interested in this industry because of her love of travel. She studied hotel management and at 20 started working as a room attendant in a boutique hotel in the heart of Prague. She fell in love with the hotel environment and housekeeping, and went on to become the housekeeping coordinator for 650 rooms in the Congress Hotel in Prague. Moving to the United States opened many doors, and she advanced her career in some of the best hotels in Chicago, including Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and Soho House. Through these experiences she’s gained a sharp eye for detail and a great appreciation for excellent communication throughout the department. Her favorite thing about working for Midtown is its unique combination of sports club and hotel experience, particularly because, while the Club and its standards are well established, the hotel is fresh. Josefina sees this as a rewarding challenge and is excited to start from the ground up at the new hotel. Originally from Opava, Czech Republic, Josefina moved to the US four years ago to experience a different culture and learn the language. She loves the diversity of Chicago and all that that brings. When she’s not at Midtown, you can find her visiting art galleries, taking in the beautiful Chicago architecture, and exploring the different restaurants, coffee shops and farmers markets the city offers. Josefina continues to enjoy the thing that first drew her to the hotel industry: travel. She combines this with skiing, another passion, and travels to Colorado and the European Alps to ski, which she has been doing since she was three. When she was eight years old, she drew a picture of Santa Claus on the beach and won a trip to Gran Canaria. If she could live anywhere, it would be by the ocean learning how to surf. When it comes to food, she sticks a little closer to home. Her favorite meal is duck with dumplings and sauerkraut, a traditional Czech food, paired with the Czech beer, Pilsner Urquell.

“While the Club has been here for some time the hotel is fresh and I am excited to introduce new company standards for the rooms and public areas. I enjoy the unique combination of a sport club and hotel experience.”


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memberprofile alexmegan Are you a Chicago native? I grew up in the Washington, DC area and moved to Chicago right after college. I have been here for about 10 years now, so Chicago is definitely home! My husband, Gray, has family in the area (and even some at Midtown) but our family is pretty spread out. We wish we had the kids’ grandparents close by! When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? I joined at the end of 2016, looking for additional workout options and a place that had child care. The new club was also a huge part of the motivation to join early! With such a young and active family, how does Midtown fit into your life and fitness routine? I have heard that you are happiest when your work­­-life-play triangle is smallest, and mine is basically a straight line between home and Midtown! I have a two-year-old son and twin girls that are just a few months old, and we all enjoy our time at Midtown. Midtown allows me to have a really solid workout routine during the week with varied classes, as well as time to sit down to work each day. I’m just starting to figure out my routine as a mother of three and being able to exercise and work in the same location really makes all the difference. Gray and I can bring all the kids to Kidtown and enjoy some time with just the two of us working out or having a quick cocktail date, or all together as a family either swimming or having brunch. I can’t wait until they can enroll in Tennis Explorers and utilize more of what the Club has to offer. What athletic activities do you and your husband participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? We are really enjoying tennis, picking it back up after years away. We are really looking forward to making tennis a more regular part of our fitness and social life. I love the variety of classes, but a couple of my favorites are Bootybarre and Vibe! What motivated you to train for a marathon? I ran the 2011 Chicago Marathon and trained with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There were two group runs each week which motivated me to get through the miles. I really loved the experience, but it was more of a bucket list item for me, I was never that great of a runner, but I am very happy I did it! Tell us about your career path and why you chose it? I started in digital advertising after college. It was an invaluable experience and I was able to bring everything I learned to our

family business and focus on the growth of our website and brand, Sterling & Burke. I get to put my creative skills to work in designing and managing production of our own line of leather goods as well. The blessing and the curse of a small business is that you are always wearing a lot of hats, so my experience is now quite varied and when it comes to online selling, there is always something to learn! What’s your favorite Chicago neighborhood? This answer has definitely changed over the years. I have always loved Old Town and it continues to be one of my favorites and although my husband and I no longer live there, we have many wonderful memories. The current answer has to be Bucktown—it is perfect for our family. We live on a fairly quiet street and can take walks around the neighborhood while still being steps away from restaurants, shopping, parks, and all the other wonderful things the city has to offer. To me it’s the best of both worlds, and of course only about a mile from Midtown! Is there a particular person, place or thing that inspires and motivates you each day? My family. I want to try to have the energy, mental clarity and motivation for them everyday. What is your favorite way to spend an evening or day off? At Midtown. My mom and I spent a day at Midtown together over Christmas and had Spa services, workouts, lunch, and utilized all the nice locker room amenities. I felt so recharged, mentally and physically, it was great! Midtown is ‘The place to be’ because…it has something for everyone. If you want to be physically active you have endless options, or if you would rather eat or socialize, it provides great spaces and a wonderful atmosphere. The best part of Midtown has been how many friends of mine are members and the new friends I have made through classes and similar experiences—such as being pregnant and working out. The trainers are so supportive and help you push harder in every workout. And, as a parent of young children, I am happy that everyone has a chance to have a little fun on their own! 43

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We value members’ suggestions and opinions to ensure we are exceeding expectations. We view feedback

as a gift and encourage you to help us identify ways to continually improve. In order to achieve this goal, we maintain a database of member feedback and suggestions. We collect this information through conversations in the Club, your phone calls and emails. We also distribute surveys daily to members, and we review each closely. Then as a team, we discuss this information as we make decisions on the development of Club policies, procedures, and facility improvements.

What we’ve acted upon…


Updated Chromium’s menu, added a kids’ menu, and started daily specials


Started serving brunch at Chromium on Saturdays and Sundays with extended hours


Discontinued the required reservation system for Kidtown and implemented an easy to use on-line reservation system

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Added more Grab & Go items at Chromium


Added earlier and later group fitness classes on weekdays and weekends, as well as increased the frequency of popular classes





Established adult-only areas at the outdoor pool and emphasized member prioritization on weekends by reducing guest privileges Moved Kidtown to M3



Installed an RFID reader at the Kidtown entrance and at the front desk for enhanced security

Increased our complimentary programming for children ages 9-15

Established the Varsity Club, a game lounge and study area exclusively for 9-15-year-old members Increased the number of hair dryers in the women’s locker room


Installed clocks in the locker rooms and near reservation-sensitive areas

Amy Chasse Member Experience Director 773.687.7386

What we’re working on…

What we’re considering…

In addition, we are currently actively working on a number of initiatives based on our observations and your suggestions.

Finally, we strive to continually evolve and work to enhance the member experience. Here are several potential initiatives:



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Create a dedicated smoothie bar and expand smoothie options Add a brick pizza oven to the poolside snack shop Provide a poolside bar Open “SIX” for adult members in Summer 2018 Increase the number of treadmills and ellipticals on the second floor

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Replace existing and add new locker room benches

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Create a dedicated Grab & Go bistro service with prepared menu items and specialty coffee Provide enhanced concierge services to members Redecorate the Platform Tennis Lounge Install new side curtains and backdrops on tennis courts in the main building Increase the number of tennis courts equipped with PlaySight computerized data and video tracking system

Add water fountains to several Club locations Synchronize the elevators serving the parking garage Implement a new garage gate entry system and credentials for increased Club security


Add Club parking at the corner of Damen and Elston Avenues

Please keep an eye out in your email for a survey as we’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, you can send feedback to Amy Chasse at 45


memberprofile erinmasters Are you a Chicago native? I grew up in San Diego, California and moved to Chicago to attend law school. I always had the intention to move back, but Chicago really has a way of enticing you to stay. Do you have a family and do they live here in Chicago? My family is all on the East Coast, so the nice thing about being in Chicago is that I am closer to them than if I were still in San Diego. However, I make a point of getting back to San Diego annually. When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? I became a Midtown member this past summer after moving from River North to Bucktown. I wanted something that was more than a “gym” and that would work for our whole family. Midtown has been great. What athletic activities do you participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? I ran track at the University of California, San Diego, and I continue to run both at Midtown and compete in races around the city frequently. I have also participated in a number of classes at Midtown and work out once a week with my trainer, Julie, at the Club. Tell us about your career path and why you chose it? I was a psychology major in college, but always had an interest in the law. When I entered law school I wasn’t sure what area I wanted to practice in, but with a psychology background, family law was the perfect fit. What do you like most (or least) about living in Chicago? Chicago summers are by far the best. I enjoy attending the street fests, the pool at Midtown or just spending a summer night on my rooftop with my husband and daughter. Having grown up in San Diego, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the Chicago winters, but it certainly makes you appreciate the summers so much more! What is your favorite way to spend an evening or day off? I enjoy going for a run, taking a walk with my family around the neighborhood or trying a new restaurant. What’s your favorite Chicago neighborhood? Bucktown is one of my favorites after having moved into the neighborhood two years ago. I really enjoy how family-oriented it is and there is so much to do within walking distance.

What’s your go-to machine at Midtown? The treadmill. Having been a runner and competitive soccer player in my youth, I never really used a treadmill since the weather in San Diego was always nice enough to allow for a run outside. I still enjoy going for a run outside, but when the weather doesn’t allow it, jumping on the treadmill at the Club is a great option. Do you have a workout buddy, or do you prefer to fly solo? I prefer to run on my own, but often will sign up for 5k races in the city with friends and make plans to get brunch after the race. That’s the point, right?! How do you find time to exercise at Midtown during your busy schedule? It’s hard! I am a morning workout person, so if I don’t go before going to the office, it doesn’t happen. I really try to go for a run as many days during the week as I can and then the weekends are a must. Starting the day with a workout just makes me feel better throughout the day. What is your all-time favorite restaurant in the Chicago area? Can anyone really pick just one? I absolutely love La Scarola for Italian food and Girl & the Goat is always great. I love trying new places as well and Restaurant Week is a great time to do that. Do you have a favorite Chicago Festival/Annual Event? I really love all the fests during the summer and watching the Air Show from my rooftop is definitely a favorite of mine. I remember going to Miramar as a child to watch the Blue Angels when they were out there. Cubs or Sox? Why? Sox, but Red Sox. I grew up as a Red Sox and Patriots fan having parents who were raised on the East Coast. Go Pats! Go Sox! Tell us something about you that might surprise us? I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lived there for about three years. People are always surprised when they learn that. Midtown is ‘The place to be’ because…it has everything!

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aquaticsprogram group lessons SPRING SESSION:


Thursday, March 1 – Thursday, May 31, 2018 Spring session currently running. Enroll for a prorated fee now online at No lessons Sunday April, 1 (Easter) and Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) SUMMER SESSION:

Saturday, June 2 – Thursday, August 30, 2018 Registration begins in May. No classes Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5 CLASS OFFERINGS: (INDOOR POOL) LEVEL




Parent/Child A 13 weeks Ages 6 mos.–18 mos. 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

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Parent/Child B Ages 18 mos.–3 yrs.

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Preschool 1 Ages 3–5 yrs.

13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks

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Preschool 1 (con’t.)

12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

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4:00 pm 5:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm 11:00 am 11:30 am noon 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:30 am noon

$216 $216 $216 $216 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234

Preschool 2 Ages 3–5 yrs.

13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

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$234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $216 $216 $216 $216 $216 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234

Preschool 3 Ages 3–5 yrs.

13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

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4:00 pm 6:30 pm 10:00 am 6:00 pm 10:00 am 5:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm 9:00 am 10:30 am 9:30 am noon

$234 $234 $234 $234 $216 $216 $216 $216 $234 $234 $234 $234

Youth 3 Ages 6+ yrs.

13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

M Tu Tu Tu W W Th Su Su

4:00 pm 10:00 am 4:00 pm 5:30 pm 10:00 am 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 11:00 am 11:30 am

$234 $234 $234 $234 $216 $216 $216 $234 $234

For more information contact Kellie Ayres, Aquatics Director 773.687.7336






Youth 4 Ages 5–12 yrs.

13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

M M M Tu Tu W W W Th Th Sa Sa Su

10:00 am 4:00 pm 4:30 pm 10:30 am 4:30 pm 10:30 am 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 11:00 am noon 10:00 am

$234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $216 $216 $216 $216 $216 $234 $234 $234

Youth 5 Ages 5–12 yrs.

13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

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10:30 am 5:00 pm 10:30 am 4:30 pm 5:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:30 am noon 9:00 am 10:30 am noon

$234 $234 $234 $234 $234 $216 $216 $216 $216 $234 $234 $234 $234 $234

Youth 6 Ages 5–12 yrs.

13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

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10:30 am 4:30 pm 5:30 pm 5:00 pm 10:30 am 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 5:30 pm 10:00 am 11:30 am 9:30 am 11:00 am

$234 $234 $234 $234 $216 $216 $216 $215 $234 $234 $234 $234

Adult Lessons Ages 18+ yrs.

13 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

Tu Th Sa Sa Su Su

6:00 pm 6:00 pm 8:30 am 12:30 pm 8:30 am 12:30 pm

$234 $216 $234 $234 $234 $234

private & semi-private lessons Private Lessons [1:1] = $35 per 30 minutes Semi Private Lessons [2:1] = $22 per person per 30 minutes Private or Semi-private Lessons are scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with a trained and certified swim coach.

aqua group exercise H20 HIIT Take your workout to the water for this low impact, high intensity class. Aqua Pilates Build stability in this core-centric class that provides all the benefits of Pilates with the low impact of the water. Deep Water Total Body Engage your full body in this underwater workout where you’ll isolate muscle groups and incorporate cardio, core and range of motion while maintaining proper positioning. Aqua Kickboxing High intensity, low impact exercise blends land kickboxing with water for a full body workout.


aquaticsswimteams youth swim team The Midtown Marlins youth swim team is for graduates of our Learn to Swim program who want to continue refining their skills in a fun, competitive environment. We practice twice per week and offer practice groups for all ability levels, led by a certified coach. Swimmers must try out for the swim team prior to joining.


YOUTH SWIM TEAM MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS DECEMBER 4-FEBRUARY 28 5:00-8:00PM (INDOOR POOL) The Midtown Marlins youth swim team is for graduates of our Learn to Swim program who want to continue refining their skills in a fun, competitive environment. We practice twice per week and offer practice groups for all ability levels, led by a certified coach. Swimmers must tryout for the swim team prior to joining. BEGINNER SWIM TEAM (BRONZE GROUP) | 5:00-6:00PM Bronze Group is for swimmers with no competitive experience. Swimmers will learn all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke) in addition to swim team basics and etiquette. Must be able to swim a minimum of 100 yards continuous.

INTERMEDIATE SWIM TEAM (SILVER GROUP) | 6:00-7:00PM Silver Group is for returning swim team members. Swimmers will improve endurance and polishing stroke techniques for successful competitive swimming. Must be able to swim a minimum of 150 yards continuous.

ADVANCED SWIM TEAM (GOLD GROUP) | 7:00-8:00PM Gold Group is for experienced swim team members. Swimmers will focus on stroke technique and endurance for all four strokes to become more successful in competitive swimming. Must be able to swim a minimum of 200 yards continuous.

masters swim team

$250 per person For more information and to register, visit or contact Kellie Ayres, Aquatics Director, at 773.687.7336 or


Thursday, March 1 – Thursday, May 31, 2018 No lessons Sunday April, 1 (Easter) and Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) SUMMER SESSION:

Monday, June 4 – Wednesday, August 29, 2018 No Practice Wednesday, July 4 BEGINNER SWIM TEAM (BRONZE GROUP)

Mondays & Wednesdays

5:00-6:00 pm

Bronze Group is for swimmers with no competitive experience. Swimmers will learn all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke) in addition to swim team basics and etiquette. Must be able to swim a minimum of 100 continuous yards. INTERMEDIATE SWIM TEAM (SILVER GROUP)

Mondays & Wednesdays

6:00-7:00 pm

Silver Group is for returning swim team members. Swimmers will improve endurance and polishing stroke techniques for successful competitive swimming. Must be able to swim a minimum of 150 continuous yards. ADVANCED SWIM TEAM (GOLD GROUP)

Mondays & Wednesdays

7:00-8:00 pm

Gold Group is for experienced swim team members. Swimmers will focus on stroke technique and endurance for all four strokes to become more successful in competitive swimming. Must be able to swim a minimum of 200 continuous yards. PRICING:

Full Session = $250 50

The Midtown Masters Swim Team offers organized swim workouts for adult swimmers who are looking to train and compete. We practice weekday mornings, led by a certified swim coach. Members must be able to swim at least 200 yards freestyle without stopping and be familiar with all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly). Masters swim team is perfect for the retired collegiate swimmer, fitness swimmer, or triathlete. SPRING SESSION:

Thursday, March 1 – Thursday, May 31, 2018 No lessons Sunday April, 1 (Easter) and Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) SUMMER SESSION:

Monday, June 4– Wednesday, August 29, 2018 No Practice Wednesday, July 4 PRACTICE OFFERINGS: (INDOOR POOL)

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 5:30-7:00 am Tuesdays 7:45-8:45 pm Saturdays 7:00-8:00 am PRICING:

Full Session = $100

aquaticsinformation poolside tips

pool etiquette

Always swim with a family member or friend; never swim alone.

Single person lap swim is free to entire lane.

Swim in designated lifeguard areas to ensure safety at all times.

Two person lap swim must either split the lane in half or circle swim.

Be sure to apply sunscreen every time you are outside. Protect skin between hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Never leave a child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life with another child. Remind children to always ask permission before they enter the water. Ensure non-swimmers wear a coast guard approved life jacket or “puddle jumper” and ALWAYS make sure an adult is in the water with a non-swimmer. Never rely on life jackets alone. Maintain constant supervision. The lifeguards are there to keep swimmers safe, but never to babysit. Make sure ALL family members are competent swimmers. Reminder that we offer both adult and child swim lessons. Always avoid distractions when supervising children around water. If a child is missing always check the water first, seconds matter.

Three or more person lap swim must circle swim while staying to right side of lap lane. Lap swimmers are welcome to use any equipment located on deck. Please return all swimming equipment to its proper location after use. Diving blocks are off limits to all lap and recreational swimmers. Please do not stand, walk or sit on bulkhead. Please enter pool at deep end.

family changing room The Family Changing Room is for children and parents accompanying children only. Adults not accompanying children must use the adult locker rooms.

Stay hydrated—drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Children 10 and under must be supervised at all times while in the Family Changing Room.

Be sure to follow the Midtown Pool Rules to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Children under 14 are not permitted in the men’s and women’s locker rooms with or without parents.

Children under 16 are not permitted in hot tubs with or without parents.

Please use discretion while changing your child. Under no circumstances should adults be changing in public areas of the Family Changing Room.

May is National Water Safety Awareness Month As weather temperatures increase, pools and lakefront spaces will be opening up to many swimmers. This month is geared to ensure your family has a safe and fun summer in and around the water. While swimming is the most popular summer activity, it is vital that you spend time learning how to keep your family safe.

Family lockers are for daily use only. Contents being kept in lockers beyond one day will be removed.

OPENING & CLOSING The pool will close immediately if thunder, lightning or tornado warnings are issued. In such cases, the pool will reopen at the discretion of the Aquatics Director after a minimum of 30 minutes.

Please remember that swim diapers must be worn in the pool and should be put on in the locker room before entering the pool deck.

Swim wear and pool attire are not appropriate in the front of the Club. Shirts, cover-ups, shorts and suitable footwear are required beyond the front entrance of the Family Changing Room.

There is no cell phone use allowed in the Family Changing Room.


eventscalendar april—july 2018 Events, dates and times are subject to change. For detailed information and to register, please visit April Spa Promotions Sunday, April 1—Monday, April 30 Spa: Renew, Refresh, Retreat yourself—complimentary paraffin treatment with every Midtown Pedicure. Salon: Slay April Showers with a raincoat for your hair! Receive a complimentary Dream Coat application with every blow out booked in the month of April. Shave & Tonic: Grooming gone viral—Receive a complimentary Baxter Dob Kit with The Ultimate Men’s Day Package—Shave or beard trim, hair cut, Gentlemen’s Facial with classic Mani and Pedi through the month of April. $60 value. Harbor Town 2 Person Scramble Sunday, April 1—Sunday, April 15 Drop-in golf promotion: during your simulator use, participate in this club wide challenge! Top two will compete on April 15 during round 4 of the RBC Heritage Championship. Ages 16+.

Wine Down Wednesday Wednesday, April 4, 6:30–7:30 pm Celebrate the middle of your week with beats, breath and a blend! Let’s take the integration of music, yoga and wine to the next level with Katy Halon following Yoga Jam. Stay after class for time to connect and celebrate our yoga community. Ages 21+. Guest fees apply. Opening Day on The Field Thursday, April 5 and Monday, April 9 Join us on The Field for a celebration of baseball in your turf-based classes. Ages 16+. Guest fees apply. Tennis Tournaments at Midtown featuring PlaySight Friday, April 6—Sunday, April 8 BG 10s Green Dot Ball Youth Progression. Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit Yoga Jam Live Friday, April 6, 5:15–6:15 pm A special Vinyasa class set to live music. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply.


Marlin’s Swim Meet Saturday, April 7, 2:00–4:00 pm Come cheer on our youth swim team for an in-house tournament. Indoor pool closed during this time. Tennis, Pizza & Movie Saturday, April 7, 6:00–8:00 pm Junior players are invited to join us on the courts for a fun tennis gamebased class, followed by pizza and a movie. Levels 4-6. Ages 5-10. Date Night: SING! Saturday, April 7, 6:30–9:30 pm We will practice our singing and then watch the movie SING! Complimentary for members, $25 per guest. Junior Match Play Saturday, April 7, 7:00–9:00 pm Supervised round robin match play for junior tennis players. Levels 1, 2, 3, Open, and Tournament. Ages 11-18. Complimentary for members.

FYD Dance Party Class Sunday, April 8, 2:00–3:15 pm Join guest teacher from FYD dance for ElectriFYD. You will be led through a series of dancing and toning exercises, left feeling completely confident and amazing. Stay afterwards for refreshments and a meet and greet with Megan. Kidtown Theme Day: Pets Wednesday, April 11 A day in Kidtown when we talk about pets and play fun animal games. H2O HIIT and Hydrate Thursday, April 12, 6:15–7:00 pm Come out for a fun evening H2O HIIT class followed by coconut water samples. AOS Trunk Show Friday, April 13, 9:00 am–2:00 pm Come check out our newest t-shirt line, where they aim to ignite your passion! Ashtanga Fundamentals Saturday, April 14, 1:30–3:30 pm In this workshop you’ll learn the foundations of Ashtanga yoga philosophy and the methods to jump start your own self practice within the Ashtanga system. Ages 16+. 53

Black and White fitness party with On Running Shoes Saturday, April 14, 4:00–6:00 pm Come out for an incredible session to rock your fitness with extra party! With the launch of the Black & White line with ON running shoes’ CloudX, we’re throwing a fitness party with a live funk band. Music will power you through your 312 class with a chance to test out one of the world’s best fitness shoes while you sip cocktails and keep moving. Candlelight Yoga Live Sunday, April 15, 6:00–7:30 pm A special Vinyasa class set to a backdrop of illuminating candlelight and inspiring, soulful music. In this 90 minute well-rounded practice you’ll move through a fun and dynamic flow, ending with a guided meditation and a deep, sweet savasana. Ages 16+. Hip Hop Wednesday in RIDE Wednesday, April 18 PWR and VIBE classes today feature all your favorite Hip Hop songs. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members.

Healthy Twist on Cocktails Thursday, April 19, 7:00–8:30 pm Join us for a workshop on juice mixers and healthy ways to craft a cocktail. Learn to include fresh spring flavors and creative ways to craft a cocktail with nutrient-based mixers. Ages 21+. $25 per member, guest fees apply. Tennis Tournaments at Midtown featuring PlaySight Friday, April 20—Sunday, April 22 NTRP Men’s 4.0 & 4.5 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit Babolat Demo Day Friday, April 20, noon–1:30 pm and 1:30–3:00 pm Register for a time slot to play with some of the newest racquets from Babolat on this special demo day. Ages 13+. Complimentary for members. Date Night: Earth Day Saturday, April 21, 6:30–9:30 pm Special Date Night opportunity to learn about our earth and taking care of our community. Complimentary for members, $25 per guest. 55

Spinyassa Sunday, April 22, 6:00–7:30 pm A Spin class in RIDE followed by a Vinyassa Yoga class. Rejuvenate for spring with your/everything class. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Tennis Fashion Trunk Show Wednesday, April 25 Tennis Fashion Trunk Show featuring Lucky in Love, Inphorm, and Fila. Meet outside The Shop to discover the latest fashions from these top brands. Offerings for women, men, and kids. Cardio Tennis Games Friday, April 27, 7:00–9:00 pm We pair you with a partner as you compete in seven high-energy, fun cardio games. Open to levels 3.1 and above. Ages 21+. $35 per member. Adult Tennis Mixer Saturday, April 28, 7:00–9:00 pm Join us for a fun evening of social and competitive rotating partner mixed doubles. All levels welcome. Dinner included. Ages 21+. $40 per member.

Total Request Live Sunday, April 29 This class is filled with tracks requested by you! Email your request to by April 20th to enter your song choice into the mix! Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. BMW Test Drive Event: x2 Sunday, April 29, 2:00–5:00 pm Join us to explore BMW’s exciting new vehicle, the sporty X2. Your test drive starts and ends at Midtown, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the X2 and the exclusive benefits Midtown members will receive through BMW USA. (see page 5.) Kidtown Jazz Day Monday, April 30 Theme day in Kidtown to listen to and practice Jazz. Pro vs. Pro Teams Tuesday, May 1—Monday, May 14 Throughout the first weeks of May, participate in our TPC Sawgrass two-person Scramble Tournament. Golf Pro Team Don vs. Golf Pro Team Pat in a competition May 1–May 13. The top two-person teams will compete with Don and Pat as a threesome in the championship on May 14. Ages 16+. 56

National Pilates Day Saturday, May 5 Pilates Day spotlights the joy experienced through Pilates— in health, community and quality of life. Celebrate Pilates Day throughout the Club with the Midtown Pilates team. Ages 16+. [8:30–9:30 am] Mat Pilates. Complimentary for members. [12:30–1:30 pm] Drop In Jumpboard. $27 per member. [1:30-2:30 pm] Power Mat Pilates. Complimentary for members. [9:00–2:00 pm] Pilates Demonstrations on Level 2 (CoreAlign, Chair, Fitness Reformer). Complimentary for members. World’s Largest Cardio Tennis Party Saturday, May 5, 5:30–9:00 pm We’ll be attempting to break the record for the highest number of simultaneous Cardio Tennis players, and finishing off with a rocking Cinco De Mayo party. Ages 21+. Candlelight Yoga Live Sunday, May 6, 6:00–7:30 pm A special Vinyasa class set to a backdrop of illuminating candlelight and inspiring, soulful music. In this 90-minute well-rounded practice you’ll move through a fun and dynamic flow, ending with a guided meditation and a deep, sweet savasana. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members.

Rue de Emily Bijoux Thursday, May 10, 9:00 am–3:00 pm Just in time for Mother’s Day, shop this colorful collection of jewelry and handbags with a distinctive “Boho meets Soho” vibe. Spa Splurge Event Thursday, May 10, 4:00–7:00 pm Spa Splurge will be here to provide complimentary paraffin hand treatments with collagen eye and lip treatments. Ages 18+. Complimentary for members. Vine and Dine Thursday, May 10, 6:30–9:00 pm Join us for a wine dinner collaboration between Dry Creek winery and Chef Amanda Barnes, this time in the penthouse! Mom’s Night Off: Pilates Mat Class Friday, May 11, 6:30–7:30 pm Calling all moms—it’s time for a night off! Give yourself a gift this Mother’s Day and treat your body to a Pilates Mat class. Complimentary for members.


Swing Clinic Sunday, May 13, noon–1:00 pm Golf pros Don Morris and Pat Dorgan reveal their secrets to a great swing in the golf simulators. All levels welcome to pick up some new pointers. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Vine & Dine Thursday, May 17, 6:30–9:30 pm Chef Amanda Barnes partners with Ste. Michelle Winery to provide an amazing coursed meal, paired with a curated wine list. Learn about this historic winery throughout the festive wine dinner. Ages 21+. $95 per member. Tennis Tournaments at Midtown featuring PlaySight Friday, May 18—Sunday, May 20 Men’s 4.0 and 4.5 Singles Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit Marlin’s Swim Meet Saturday, May 19, 2:00–4:00 pm Come cheer on our youth swim team for an in-house tournament. Indoor pool closed during this time.

Family Cardio Tennis Games Saturday, May 19, 6:00–8:00 pm We pair you with a partner as you compete in seven high-energy, fun cardio games. Open to Adults 3.6 + and juniors tournament level and above. $35 per member. Hair Metal Monday Monday, May 21 Theme ride day in RIDE—rocking the best of hair metal bands! Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Smooth your Bod Demo Monday, May 21, 9:00 am–9:00 pm Let’s give your summer BOD a boost! Come see our live demo and learn the benefits of fat reduction and skin tightening. A service perfect for unwanted cellulite, post baby belly, stubborn fat, and more... Be the Maker Thursday, May 24, 5:00–7:30 pm Design demonstrations and creativity contest for custom sports equipment in tennis, golf and baseball. All ages. Complimentary for members..


Spa Splurge Event Thursday, June 7, 4:00–7:00 pm Spa Splurge will be here to provide complimentary paraffin hand treatments with collagen eye and lip treatments. Ages 18+. Complimentary for members. Wilson Demo Day Friday, June 8, noon–1:30 pm and 1:30–3:00 pm Register for a time slot to play with some of the newest racquets from Wilson on this special demo day. Ages 13+. Complimentary for members. Swing Clinic Sunday, June 10, noon–1:00 pm Golf pros Don Morris and Pat Dorgan reveal their secrets to a great swing in the golf simulators. All levels welcome to pick up some new pointers. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Candlelight Yoga Live Sunday, June 10, 6:00–7:30 pm A special Vinyasa class set to a backdrop of illuminating candlelight and inspiring, soulful music. In this 90-minute well-rounded practice you’ll move through a fun and dynamic flow, ending with a guided meditation and a deep, sweet savasana. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members.

Bocci Ball Tormaresca Tournament Wednesday, June 13, 8:00–9:30 pm Join us on The Field for a fun-filled Bocci tournament, followed by tastings of the bold red wine Tormaresca on the Outfield. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members. Flash Back Friday Friday, June 15 Flashing back to the best oldies for this all day theme ride! Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Rodd & Gunn Trunk Show Friday, June 15, 9:00 am–2:00 pm Just in time for Father’s Day, shop the full summer collection from Rodd & Gunn in The Shop at Midtown. Summer Music Series Friday, June 15, 7:00–10:00 pm Socialize poolside with our summer music series for adults only on the pool deck. Join us for live music and special cocktail offers from Chromium. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members.


The World’s Largest Swim Lesson Thursday, June 21, 10:30–11:30 am In this parent and child special event, we will partake in this national program to promote water safety awareness. Families are encouraged to have fun in the pool while learning techniques to stay safe near the water. All ages. Complimentary for members. Summer Solstice: Sun Salutation Yoga Thursday, June 21, 7:00–9:00 pm In celebration of the longest day of sunlight, we will have outdoor yoga on The Outfield, followed by chair massages and beverages. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members. Tennis Tournaments at Midtown featuring PlaySight Friday, June 22—Sunday, June 24 Boys 14s Ages 14 and under. Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit Cocktails with Cocktails Night featuring Color Wow Friday, June 22, 6:00–8:00 pm We will offer $25 blowouts with Color Wow Cocktails while serving complimentary cocktails and passed light appetizers. Ages 21+.

Laps and Lattes Saturday, June 23, 7:00–8:00 am Did you know Midtown has an adult swim team? At this special event, we will introduce our Masters Swim Team, and you’ll get to meet our masters coaches. After the lap-focus swim class/practice we will serve complimentary lattes. Bring your swim gear and try it out! Ages 18+. Complimentary for members. “Drive-in” Movie Night Sunday, June 24, 6:00–9:00 pm Our take on a drive-in movie! Families are invited to come build your own “car” from a large-scale cardboard box and decorate it. Then cozy up with a blanket in your “car” and watch a familyfriendly movie. Tickets include craft supplies, snacks, and soft drinks. All ages. $20 per member. Summer Music Series Friday, June 29, 7:00–10:00 pm Socialize poolside with our summer music series on the pool deck. Join us for live music and special cocktail offers from Chromium. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members.


Tour de Midtown Monday, July 2—Monday, July 30 Participate each Monday in July in our RIDE contest. Each week will feature a new cycle challenge for prizes. Join us in Chromium on Sunday, July 29th to watch the final day of the Tour de France! Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Americana Ride Wednesday, July 4 Power through RIDE classes on the 4th of July with all-American music tracks. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Fireworks View Party Wednesday, July 4, 8:00–9:30 pm Midtown has one of the most amazing skyline views! We invite you to a party on the sixth floor of the parking garage to take in all the best Chicagoland fireworks displays. Registration includes two drink tickets for adults, water and soda for all, and DJ entertainment. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs! All ages. $20 per member, children free. Tennis Tournaments at Midtown featuring PlaySight Friday, July 6—Sunday, July 8 BG 10s Green Dot Ball Youth Progression Ages 10 and under. Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit

Candlelight Yoga Live Sunday, July 8, 6:00–7:30 pm A special Vinyasa class set to a backdrop of illuminating candlelight and inspiring, soulful music. In this 90-minute well-rounded practice you’ll move through a fun and dynamic flow, ending with a guided meditation and a deep, sweet savasana. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Cocktails with Cocktails Night Featuring Color Wow Thursday, July 12, 6:00–8:00 pm We will offer $25 blowouts with Color Wow Cocktails while serving cocktails and light appetizers. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members. Tennis Tournaments at Midtown featuring PlaySight Friday, July 13—Sunday, July 15 BG 12s Green Dot Ball Youth Progression Ages 12 and under. Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit Summer Music Series Friday, July 13, 7:00–10:00 pm Socialize poolside with our summer music series on the pool deck. Join us for live music and special cocktail offers from Chromium. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members. 61

Family Dive-in Movie Sunday, July 22, 8:00–10:00 pm Families are encouraged to join us in the outdoor pool and on the pool deck as we watch a family-friendly movie. All ages. Complimentary for members. Summer Music Series Thursday, July 26, 7:00–10:00 pm Socialize poolside with our summer music series on the pool deck. Join us for live music and special cocktail offers from Chromium. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members. Dance Day Friday, July 27 Celebrate dance fitness all day at Midtown with specially offered classes in the Theater and Kidtown. Special added class for Dance Battle at 2 pm—crush your Zumba and Strength goals at this mash up class! Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Makeup Factory in The Spa Saturday, July 28, 9:00 am–3:00 pm Complimentary makeup consultation with celebrity makeup artist Lindsey Ebbin in The Spa. Ages 18+. Complimentary for members.


Myth: Biking requires too much gear. Truth: Almost any bike in good working condition can get you to where you want to go. The basic necessities for cycling are simply you, a bike and a helmet. Just get on a bike and go. Myth: It’s costly to buy a bike and cycling gear. Truth: Per a recent AAA study, a car costs an average of $9,122 per year to operate (based on 15,000 miles). Bikes, on the other hand, don’t need gas and are free to park. Myth: Biking takes too much time. Truth: It usually requires extra planning and riding time, but, given traffic conditions, it might actually take less time to bike than it does to drive. Plus, you burn calories while you ride. Myth: Bicycling is too dangerous. Truth: Most cyclists ride for many years without mishap. Wearing bright clothing, being aware of your surroundings, anticipating driver behavior, following traffic rules and claiming your lane will help improve your safety.

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by Cynthia L.S. Ely The Refinement Studio LLC

Manners to Keep Your Summer Pleasant The dog days of summer are upon us, a time for relaxed office attire, fewer meetings, and afternoon tennis. While it is a time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation, summer does bring with it a different set of rules. Perhaps not as rigid as those in the office, but equally as important. As you prepare to attend your summer events, be a gracious guest by following these simple etiquette rules. Simple rules make for pleasant events and a gracious summer. Corporate picnics are inevitable, but easily managed. Any company sponsored gathering means it’s a business event and workplace etiquette applies.

Weddings are meant to be remembered for a lifetime. Help make the bride’s day perfect. RSVP. Attending the wedding having not responded is

Dress Appropriately. Suits are not required, but looking

inappropriate and rude. Pay attention to the deadline on the

casually polished will gain you a few points. Consider style,

invitation and send in your reply as soon as possible.

fabric, condition of the garments, and appropriateness for the

Abide the Dress Code. Even if it’s casual, always wear a dress,

type of activities and location when selecting your attire.

skirt or suit. Dress for the venue, but follow instructions from the

Prepare Your Children. Explain what they can expect, and

bride and groom.

how you expect them to behave before you arrive.

Bring Appropriate Number of Guests. Always follow the directions

Be Cordial and Friendly. Keep your conversations and comments

on the invitation. If the invitation reads “Mr. John Williams and

positive because you never know who might be listening. This

Guest,” only he and one other person should attend.

is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues better and

Bring Children Only if Invited. Children should only attend

meet other employees from other departments in a more relaxed atmosphere while having fun. Participate in the Activities. Supporting your team, having a good time and being enthusiastic can help you create some lasting bonds with colleagues and bosses.

if the invitation states they are welcomed; however, if the invitation reads “Ms. Arlene Campanelli and two guests,” she may only bring two children even if she has three. One of the best parts of summer is visiting clubs. Be sure to:

Thank Your Host. While you’re there, seek out those who

Look the Part. Follow the club dress code.

organized the event and personally thank them. Share with them

Follow Club House Rules. Treat the club with respect; do not walk

something that you or your family enjoyed about the event. Never

through the club in golf shoes, and turn your cell phone off.

underestimate the power of a written note. Handwritten notes are

Treat Staff with Respect. “Yes, please” and “no, thank you”

warmer and more special than other forms of gratitude.

go a long way. Always place rubbish and towels in receptacles.

Do you need assistance in refining your etiquette skills? Miss Cynthia, a Certified International Youth Etiquette Consultant and owner, is ready to transform you or your child into a vision of graciousness. The Refinement Studio LLC was established to teach children, ladies and gentlemen the rules of proper etiquette. Programs consist of lecture, activities and exercises that are designed to ensure that learning about manners is both educational and entertaining. All workshops and seminars are tailored to fit the age, interest level and size of any group. You are invited to visit the studio at Perkins Mansion at 494 East Avenue, Rochester NY and take tea with her, or arrange for her to come to your location anywhere in the US. For more information call 585.244.2228 or view online at


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Amanda Houde, Pilates Director 773.687.7573

The Benefits of Pilates Training for Pre and Postnatal Women If you are a mom-to-be or just had a baby, you might be looking for ways to stay in shape, find a routine, and balance the changes in your body. It’s important to carefully consider a tailored exercise program while you’re pregnant and Pilates is a great option for mothers at all stages of pre and postnatal care. Not only does it make you feel good and improve your recovery, but Pilates targets the weakened and stretched muscles due to pregnancy. Here are the top seven benefits of doing Pilates during and after pregnancy: Strengthen your stomach and glutes A hormone released during pregnancy called relaxin causes the ligaments that connect your bones to become more flexible, making you more prone to pelvic pain and lower back pain. Strengthening your deep abdominal muscles will help counter the laxity so you’re less likely to develop pain in your pelvis and lower back. Pilates is also great to strengthen your gluteusmedius, which helps minimize pain in your sacroiliac joint (SIJ). Strengthens Pelvic Floor The weight of your baby plus the hormonal changes can weaken your pelvic floor muscles (PFM). Pilates can help to strengthen this hammock of muscle that sits under the pelvis and reduce the risk of incontinence that could develop during or after your pregnancy. Maintains healthy weight It’s normal to gain weight throughout the pregnancy, however, if a woman puts on more than the recommended weight she is at an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Doing regular, gentle exercise can help control a healthy weight gain throughout the pregnancy. Speeds Up Recovery Keeping in shape through your pregnancy will help you get back your pre-pregnancy body more easily! Improves diastasis rectus Around 60% of women will experience diastasis rectus (DR) during pregnancy. DR is the separation of the rectus

abdominus, usually around the belly-button area. Through Pilates, women can strengthen abdominal muscles and avoid further issues down the line such as back pain or sciatica. Pilates emphasizes the deep abdominal muscles, in particular the transverse abdominus, which helps stabilize the lumbar spine. Restores confidence and control The benefit of postnatal Pilates is that it teaches you to focus on what is happening from within your body, so you are not just fixated on your physical appearance. Pilates will teach you to listen, understand and reconnect with your body as you exercise. Pilates shows new mothers how to focus inwards and become more aware of their bodies. It offers the opportunity to learn how to gain mindful control of core muscles and this in turn is an excellent way to speed up postnatal recovery. Pelvic floor exercises are an essential part of any postnatal Pilates program. Pilates teaches women to reconnect and strengthen pelvic floor muscles to help improve posture, core strength and stability. Helps you find your community Postnatal Pilates is sociable. Classes will be full of other mothers, often looking for the chance to socialize, meaning you can meet and chat with like-minded people experiencing similar situations to your own. Furthermore, classes will provide some much needed ‘you’ time, something that can prove invaluable during the first few weeks of motherhood when time away from your baby can be precious. 65


We caught up before... Lilia Weiche and baby Ella— you’re pregnant, your energy levels “areWhen low and going to the gym is the last thing on your mind. It was hard to motivate to go to the gym, but that changed after I became friends with other pregnant and non-pregnant members. If another pregnant mama can make it to a class, why can’t I? I began to look forward to going and working out with those I got to know. So make friends at the gym to get you there even when you just don’t feel like it. I stayed fit during my pregnancy by taking Barre, sculpting and body pump classes. Maintaining strength and muscle tone helped with my self confidence while pregnant. It also helped me postpartum since I was easily able to get back to the gym with minimal soreness that you typically get after time off. I did some cardio, but kept it low impact. There are always modifications for all exercises so you can always do a workout. Ask your instructor or a trainer for help with these modifications.

Jennifer Biorkman, Shellee Grim, Amanda Houde, Carla Yusuf, Lilia Weiche, Alexandra Megan

Alexandra Megan and twins Madeline & Elizabeth— I did a lot of the same workouts I did before I was pregnant, but modified based on impact, working around my belly, etc. I really “enjoyed BootyBarre and other Barre classes and got into Pilates. I think keeping my core strong is helping with my recovery. And exercising during pregnancy definitely made me antsy to get back to it after as well. Generally though, having so many class options at Midtown allowed me to find workouts that fit the way I was feeling that trimester/week/day and adapt accordingly to keep me moving!

Carla Yusuf and baby Joseph (aka the Body Pump Baby!)— add how all these classes modify for our growing bellies! Thanks again for setting it up! I would definitely have to say working “outI would all nine months made a speedy recovery post-pregnancy. I felt stronger and it was easier coming back after the six-week mark. ” Amanda Houde and baby Marie—

“Stayed fit teaching classes and practicing Pilates. Loved having the expectant moms in my classes!” 66

with some active moms... and after...

Jennifer Biorkman and baby Gavin— to stay fit with Pilates and lots of walking. I have to “say,I (attempted) in my first pregnancy I did not do Pilates and had a lot more back pain. I think Pilates definitely helped me avoid back pain in the second pregnancy. My advice for new mamas is to try not to get overwhelmed. Try to find joy in every moment (the good and bad) because babies grow and change so fast. Also not to forget to take care of themselves because happy mom = happy baby.

Shellee Grim and baby Henry— I mostly did cycle and omnia classes “while prego. A few Pilates privates which I loved and then swimming (pool near work) and a lot of walking outside. I wish MT would have had the pool a year earlier— I would have used it but I’m looking forward to Mom & Baby swim classes!

Carla and Joseph, Shellee and Henry, Lilia and Ella, Jennifer and Gavin, Alexandra and twins Madeline & Elizabeth, Amanda and Marie



Jenny Maloney Registered Dietitian/Trainer 773.687.7571


Reasons You Should Shop at a Farmer’s Market Are you heading to the farmer’s market this summer? We know eating healthy and clean is the best way to eat, and nothing’s cleaner than organic food from a local farm. Maybe you buy organic when you can, hit the farmer’s market once in a while, and dine at restaurants that support local farms. Here are five reasons to shop at the farmer’s market and try to eat local as often as you can.

Fresh and in season. Produce from a local farm is the


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freshest you can get. It was picked ripe, and if you’re getting it at a farmer’s market it was probably picked that morning. When buying produce at the grocery store, it was shipped from somewhere and has been sitting on the shelves for at least a day or longer. And you know where your food is coming from because you can talk to the actual farmer that grew and picked your produce and raised the animals that provide your meat and dairy. Organic. Organic food means no man-made fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, and livestock feed additives have been used. It’s GMO-free so you don’t have to worry about looking at a nutrition label to see what’s in it or what to avoid. More nutritious. Because local foods from the farm are fresher and riper as well as less processed, they have more nutrients. With our busy schedules and sometimes limited calorie intake, we need to eat as nutrient-dense as we can. Try a strawberry from a farmer’s market next to a conventional strawberry from the grocery store and you’ll see— local food tastes better!

Better for the environment and local economies.


Buying at your neighborhood farmer’s market means you are supporting local farms and their businesses. You are conserving fuel since you are eating more local foods instead of foods being shipped and transported. Along with conserving fossil fuels, small family farms produce less environmental waste in the form of carbon monoxide, pesticide use, and chemical fertilizers. They are also less likely to utilize giant processing and sorting machines that contribute to environmental pollution.


Variety and creativity. Shopping seasonal produce

will force you to try new foods and be creative with cooking. And many of the foods you find at the farmer’s market are not found in a typical grocery store. It’s a great excuse to get out of the rut of eating the same foods all the time.

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