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An Interview with Roger Crawford Launch Celebrations National Boys 14 Tournament Hotel Q&A with Imran Jivani
tableofcontents january 1 – april 30
notes from michael
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racquet sports and fitness
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interview with roger crawford – – – –
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monday – friday saturday & sunday
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8:15 pm 6:15 pm
monday – friday saturday & sunday
exercise your mind puzzle/answers
junior tennis highlights
monday – thursday friday saturday saturday
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11:00 pm 10:00 pm
“grab and go” menu available from 5:00 am monday – saturday; 6:00 am sunday. kitchen closes 1 hour prior to restaurant closing.
Chromium Bar remains open one hour past restaurant closing.
musicians corner: ron mesh
meet your associates
what members are saying...
interview with harry seigle
fall fun around the club
feed your spirit: nutrition trends of 2018
national boys 14 tournament
club information: hotel q&a with imran jivani
the spa and salon
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Words alone don’t express our pride
and enthusiasm to serve such a diverse membership. We embrace our members’ varied cultures, experiences, ages and personal interests. With this in mind, operationally we attempt to strike a balance between all members’ participation at the Club. I’ve coined a phrase with Midtown service providers: “Midtown Etiquette.” I prefer “etiquette” to “club policies, rules and procedures,” although we have those too. Many years ago, I participated in hospitality training led by Ritz Carlton, which many consider to be the highest level of hospitality service. Their service motto was “ladies and gentleman servicing ladies and gentlemen.” This represents the spirit of what we all hope to achieve at Midtown. Ritz Carlton calls this their Gold Standard, and it not only applies to the manner in which our team members treat you, but it implies how members should treat one another. As you can imagine, a lot of Midtown etiquette is attributed to your comments and feedback. Here are several points of etiquette worthy of reminder. Tennis court exchanges. We provide a chime system in both buildings. The first chime sounds five minutes before the hour, the second on the hour. The first is designed to let players know their court time will shortly end. Players should begin wrapping up their game in progress. If a lesson is scheduled, our coaches are trained to begin picking up balls in preparation for the next group. Similarly, we expect players waiting for their court time to wait until the on-thehour chime is heard before proceeding to their court. It is not Midtown etiquette to wait behind a court curtain. If all players follow this procedure, respectful of each others’ court time,
court exchanges will be seamless and Midtown etiquette achieved. Use of cell phones. We understand your telephone call is important to you, just maybe not to everyone around you. Cell phones may be used in all public areas of the Club. We do not engage in cell phone conversations on the athletic floors and tennis courts. In addition, cell phones may not be used, voice or photography, in any locker rooms. We recognize your personal music is on your phone; that’s okay, as well as texting. We’re also happy for you to take pictures of Midtown. Please be sensitive to what’s being captured in your photo and ensure that you have the permission of fellow members if they are being included in your photo. Adults only spaces and children’s privileges. We’ve designated a few club spaces “adults only.” These include the second and third level fitness floors (with some exceptions), the whirlpools both inside and outdoors (users must be 16), and some outdoor poolside seating areas in the summer (21 years and above). An exception is for Varsity Club, a program designed to offer complimentary instruction five times a week for our 12- to 15-year-old members. The training focuses on 12 points of fitness equipment and club etiquette. Once completed, 12- to 15-year-olds earn the privilege (permit) to use, and will feel comfortable using, the fitness equipment on the second and third levels. Men’s and women’s locker rooms are for adults and children 14 years and older. The Family Locker Room is for children under 14 and their family members. Midtown etiquette requires sensitivity in the public area of the Family Locker Room, where we expect all users to be properly attired. For privacy, we offer a total of 16 rooms including six oversized showers, six dry changing rooms and four restrooms in the Family Locker Room. For our “tween” members who may prefer more privacy and a gender centric locker room, we offer boys’ and girls’ locker rooms in M3.
And, while I’m on the subject of locker rooms, Midtown etiquette says “no” to street or gym attire or shoes, or to shaving (hair removal) in the saunas and steam rooms. Not cool. Chromium and computers. Chromium is a restaurant, not an office. Chromium tables are for meals, not computers. We do provide communal seating throughout the Club (and plan to add more) where laptops are welcome. In addition, we offer split level seating next to Chromium as a functional and comfortable space for members’ laptop use. Midtown etiquette discourages prolonged use of laptops in the Club. Have more fun! Guest privileges. We are dedicated to serving you, our members. We have designed the Club entrance for efficiency and member security. We encourage and appreciate you introducing and sharing your enjoyment of the Club with your family and non-member friends. Our guest etiquette requires members to greet and host their guests at reception. If a guest arrives at the Club before their member host, your guest will be informed you have not arrived and asked to wait until the member host arrives. The same guest is limited to three visits in a 12-month period, required to show proper photo ID, and complete a guest registration form before entering the Club. Guest privileges on the weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) are limited to guests 21 years and up.
To get started, please pick up and complete the Camp Midtown registration form located in the brochure rack near the front desk. For more information contact Kelsie Bunce at 512.2825 or firstname.lastname@example.org
different Midtown specialist. Depending on your question and to ensure the accurate response, we may refer you to the appropriate club department. Several articles in this issue of Spirit are further devoted to Midtown etiquette. Read on to better acquaint yourself with what we mean. Every day we devote our energy to creating WOW member experiences, responding to all members’ individual interests, and all the while enjoying each other’s company.
Best of health,
Club check-in. To further develop our club check-in etiquette, we have designed the club entrance for efficiency and member security. To streamline the welcome process we have three adjoining reception desks with separate functions. At the desk in front of the gates we welcome club and hotel guests. The middle desk just past the gates serve as member reception. The desk at the far end is for club reservations and information. Although we empower our reception team to immediately assist, to better serve you in these three areas, you may be requested to direct your questions to a
launch celebrations We were so excited to open our individual studio experiences in the Club, that each of our spaces got their own special launch weekend to showcase unique programing and to open the space with style!
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CHICAGO The location, the style, the feeling you get when you walk through the door – every aspect of your home should be a reflection of who you are, where you’ve been, and the life you aspire to live. Your best life begins with a home that inspires you.
J i l l Hare Vi ce Pres i d e n t of Sales, Broker Associate 4 2 5 W N o r t h Ave Ch icago 3 1 2 . 5 6 0. 26 17 j i l l @ j i l l h are.co m © MMXVII Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.
by Jill Hare, Vice President of Sales, Broker Associate, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
The Perils of Overpricing Your Home Many sellers make the mistake of trying to start high on pricing, hoping to sell their property at the highest possible price, then assuming that they can lower the price down the road if the property does not sell. This can be very damaging to the end result. In fact, it’s highly counter-productive. Here’s why: You’ll have a reduced number of showings.
long market times. It’s a significant amount of work to properly prepare and continuously maintain a home for sale for showings that don’t turn into offers. Often, the only buyers who come to the showings of overpriced listings are unqualified and unmotivated. Nothing is more frustrating to a seller than that!
The #1 rule in selling is to generate consistent showings for the property and create a sense of urgency.
Many buyers won’t even know it’s there.
Since most buyers typically look within a specific price range, you are excluding potential candidates by pricing above their interest level.
Sellers often ask,“Won’t buyers at least make an offer?”
At first glance this seems logical. In reality, overpriced listings deter buyers from further interest in the property because they mentally “move past it,” thinking their offer and efforts would be in vain since they’d offer a much lower price anyway. That lower price as it turns out is typically a more accurate measure of its true market value. In the end it has the exact opposite effect as intended.
Overpriced properties sell your competition. If you’re a seller, the best thing that can happen to you is overpriced competition. It makes your property seem like a great deal! That spurs interest and eventually creates offers. So why would you want to help sell the competition? Be the property that SELLS! The Chain Reaction…Longer market times create buyer hesitation, lower offers, and a weakened position during negotiations.
Once buyers realize a property has been on the market for a long time, two things immediately come to mind: “What’s wrong with this place?” and “They must be getting desperate!” In addition, as trivial as it may sound during the pre-listing process, it’s important to consider the time commitment and frustration associated with
Overpricing a home creates one certainty: stress for all involved. Seek out a good real estate agent and listen to their advice for pricing your home. Many will advise you that it is better to list a little lower, and encourage a bidding war, than risk all of the problems that listing too high brings. I cannot stress how imperative it is that the price is thoroughly researched with comparable properties in the area. Additional factors such as your competition and the current state of the market also play a big role. If your property is priced correctly, you’re taking the foremost step in selling your home for the best price possible in the shortest amount of time. The reason you should not overprice your home is simple…it just won’t sell! 9
a man of inspiration
oger Crawford was born with an anomaly called ectrodactyly. From a surface-level perspective, one might assume this rare congenital disorder would make playing a physically demanding sport like tennis an insurmountable challenge. Anyone with that perspective either hasn’t seen Roger Crawford on the tennis court, or was looking the other way when he crushed a backhand down the line. Raised by encouraging parents in Danville, California, and unwilling to take no for an answer, Roger picked up a tennis racquet for the first time at 11 years old. It wasn’t long before he was competing against able-bodied players, and by the end of high school, Roger sported a 46-7 record. At Loyola Marymount University, Roger became the first NCAA Division I athlete to compete with a four-limb physical challenge against able-bodies athletes. After college he earned professional status from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Roger now brings his winning ways not only to the tennis court, but to large audiences as a motivational speaker, helping others face adversity and learn to compete at the highest level. Fortunately for us, Roger was willing to take a pit stop on his speaking tour and share more of his remarkable story with Midtown Spirit’s Joelle Beranek.
(left) Recently, the remarkable Engineering Team at Wilson Tennis designed custom rackets for Roger. Wilson says he is their “second favorite Roger,” right behind the great Roger Federer.
(left) Roger competing on the Loyola Marymount University Tennis Team. (below) Roger says his greatest achievement on the football field was when he hopped in for a touchdown after an opponent pulled off his artificial leg! (below, right) Taking a break from his first job as a teaching pro in Northern California.
Joelle Beranek: How do you view your handicap? Roger Crawford: From my perspective this is the hand I’ve been dealt, and this is one of the challenges that I face in life. Everyone faces adversity in one form or another. I’ve grown up with the philosophy that real handicaps like mine can be overcome. I think it’s the imaginary ones in life that really hold us back. All of us, no matter who we are or what we do, are going to walk through some type of challenge. It’s all about how we respond to it. JB: Who was your favorite teacher and how did he or she impact you? RC: The most effective teachers in my life were the ones that had high expectations for me. They didn’t cut me any slack because my hands and my life were different. That philosophy really came from my parents. My father had this saying: “You don’t live in Pity City.” His point was not to spend a lot of time feeling sorry for yourself, don’t make excuses, and focus on what you can do. Teachers who didn’t look at me as disabled were the most influential and had the most impact on me. Students respond to expectations, so you get what you expect. When I was growing up I really resisted the idea that I was handicapped. I wanted to participate in sports with able-bodied students, and I didn’t want any special equipment to help me in the classroom.
RC: From the time I was 12 years old Tony was my primary coach and lifelong mentor. Tennis was more than just a goal. Tennis became a passion for me. People talk about setting goals, but goals are an intellectual commitment. When you have a passion for something, that’s an emotional connection. I connected with tennis because when I was on a tennis court, I felt able-bodied; I was like all the normal kids. That was so important for me growing up. Tennis was something I could be successful at, and it wasn’t because I was fastest or most powerful, but because
“Tennis was something I could be successful at, and it wasn’t because I was fastest or most powerful, but because I focused on hitting the ball over the net one more time than my opponent to win.” I focused on hitting the ball over the net one more time than my opponent to win.
JB: As you think back on the past and on the present, who was/is the most proud of you?
JB: Tell us a little bit about Roger in college.
RC: Certainly, I would say my parents. Probably my coach, Tony Fisher. He took a chance on me when I was younger and I think he’s proud of what I have accomplished. He’s an amazing person.
RC: I was very fortunate to have an extraordinary college tennis coach, Jamie Sanchez, who believed in my ability to compete against able-bodied athletes at a Division I level. I admire him immensely. College life was a blast and a very unique experience because when I signed up for student housing they put me in a room with other disabled students. That was initially a tremendous setback for me.
JB: How long was he your coach?
(below) What a tremendous honor to carry the Olympic Torch for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
I was like, “Oh my goodness, I have worked so hard at seeing myself and having others see me as able-bodied.” But it turned out to be a great blessing because they became great friends. JB: Do you remember your first tennis match? RC: I remember it like it was yesterday. The first tournament I played in was in Concord, California. What I remember most about it was the other players reaction to me: “Uh, oh. I hope I don’t lose to this guy.” JB: How was competition for you?
RC: I’ll have audience members come to me afterward and say, “My favorite part of your speech is when you said this,” and give me a quote. Then later I’ll listen to my tape and I realize I didn’t say that. I learned that what the audience hears is way more important than what I say. People hear my presentation and they think about their own life and how it relates to them.
RC: I loved competition, I really did. I found it exciting. I approached every match like I’d already won. It allowed me to approach the match with a little less anxiety and a little more freedom. I can’t fully express all the ways tennis shaped my life, but I’ll give you a couple JB: What is the most stressful aspect of getting up in front of a group? examples. Growing up I had an artificial leg, I didn’t want to wear RC: After I had been speaking for about 15 years, I got sick on the shorts, and didn’t want anyone to see my artificial leg. road. I had tremendous anxiety and I was I struggled taking my hands out of my “There are times I have really struggling. It’s okay to have a little pockets, so how was I going to find the bit of fear, because fear keeps you sharp. courage to play tennis? I had to wear shorts felt insecure or couldn’t Having anxiety, which is negative, can be to play tennis and my hands were right out find the strength to take a real disability. I talked to a friend of mine there, and it was awesome. In the heat of my hands out of my pock- who is a speaker and he said something competition, I didn’t care about people looking that completely changed my approach to at my hands or my leg. ets. I need to be able to anxiety: “You’re having anxiety because you’re JB: When did you realize you really had a share those things with focusing too much on yourself. Focus on message to share? the audience in a true and the audience.” As soon as I stopped thinking about me, the anxiety disappeared. Also, RC: The turning point was when I was asked to authentic way. If you try to knowing a little about the group and speaking give a speech and someone said, “What do you to their needs enables me to connect with the charge?” I said to myself, “That’s a pretty good portray your life as going audience and work on building a bridge. I try idea.” I had given hundreds of free speeches straight up, well, nobody’s to render value to every audience because before I embarked on this as a career. Before I think it’s such a privilege to present to them. I knew it, I stopped teaching tennis and focused life is like that.” I approach it with a tremendous amount of on my career as a speaker. I really approached gratitude. These people are taking an hour of their time to listen to speaking in the same way I approached tennis. I didn’t want to be a me. I absolutely owe it to them to give them my very, very best. handicapped or disabled speaker. I wanted to be a speaker that had a physical challenge. When I stand in front of a group I tell a little of my JB: How do you keep your message fresh? story, but that’s not the emphasis. I’ve worked diligently to become an RC: I make sure I have something new to say in every presentation. effective communicator by learning the techniques, the different I try to find something current, something that’s topical in the news, ways of putting a presentation together and structuring it. or something I’ve read. Also, when I’m putting it together, I do it JB: What is the take-away message from these presentations? in seven minute blocks. I move those around depending on the
(right) Spending time with the great Martina Navratilova at the U.S. Open. (below, right) Tennis gave Roger the opportunity to turn a limiting disability into unlimited possibility.
audience. I’m continually finding ways to learn and to grow myself. Though I may tell a particular story many times, to avoid it sounding rehearsed, I find a way to restructure or refresh the story. JB: How would you describe your career in the context of Roger Crawford as an individual? RC: I like to express my appreciation for my career. I’m grateful to live in a country that gives people who have a physical disability like mine an opportunity to succeed. I never take it for granted, not one bit. People ask if after so many years of doing this I’m burned out. Burned out? Are you kidding me? This is awesome, how could I be burned out? If you do something you enjoy and you feel like you make a difference and have impact, there is nothing better than that.
with no bumps in the road, that doesn’t resonate with me because I can’t relate to it. People stumble, people have pain, and people fail. I need to be able to tap into those moments in my life because it keeps me authentic, and people relate to that. When you’re standing in front of a group you can only fake it for about five minutes. You need to come from a place of authenticity and share some truth of your own life. People have walked up to me, able-bodied, attractive
JB: Is there a not-for-profit organization that is especially meaningful to you? RC: One I hold in very high regard is Wounded Warrior Foundation. All those who have come back from war with tremendous injuries and how they are able to recover is quite inspiring. JB: What does a “perfect day” look like for you? RC: A perfect day would be my wife and me spending the day with our grandchild. Alex Jean is three and just precious. I love children and seeing things through their eyes reminds you of that child wonder. She is amazed at so many things in life that we adults take for granted. JB: Has she asked about your hands? RC: That’s a great question. No, she hasn’t. She calls me PopDaddi and the other day she said to me, “PopDaddi, look at that foot. That’s a funny foot.” I said, “Yes, sweetie, that is a funny foot.” So, I think she notices, but she probably thinks every PopDaddi has three toes. The thing about kids is they ask and then they’re over it. Adults are different. They won’t ask, but they’ll try to catch a peek. Kids are upfront and then they’re done. I love watching Alex Jean because she loves to try new things. Kids don’t know they can fail, and she’s sure she can do anything. JB: How do you allow yourself to be vulnerable with so many people? RC: Vulnerability, from my perspective, is about being honest with yourself. It’s being honest with the group. Whenever I hear someone speak only to their success, and present their life going straight up
and successful people, and their stories are overwhelming because of the adversity they have faced and the struggles they have had. Vulnerability is about making sure you are always in touch with the truth. I struggle and I continue to struggle. There are times I have felt insecure or couldn’t find the strength to take my hands out of my pockets. I need to be able to share those things with the audience in a true and authentic way. If you try to portray your life as going straight up, well, nobody’s life is like that. JB: I would think every talk you give allows you to collect stories because of your interest in people. RC: That’s where they all come from quite frankly. It’s the experiences from meeting new groups or new people. You can learn something from everybody. It doesn’t have to be someone super successful or super powerful. Anybody can teach you something. If you take time to engage with people, you can learn something from every experience. Like you said, it’s just being interested.
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.
exerciseyourmind End of Spring?
49. Language suffix
6. Microsoft product
10. Trunk growth
54. Big to-do
14. Deadly snake
57. Ranger’s domain
15. Black-and-white treat
61. Military vehicle
16. Mine: Fr.
62. Masks are worn here
17. Shut-in’s anxiety
65. Largest of seven
19. Safety org.
66. “___ Kampf”
67. “I’ll do it!”
21. Mascara mishaps
68. Like Cheerios
23. Dog warnings
69. LBJ or RMN, e.g.
25. That, to Juanita
70. Swings around
29. Switch settings 31. Little rascal 36. Gasteyer of “Mean Girls” 37. Peek-___ 39. Stab in the back 40. Tech school offering 43. Gov. Schwarzenegger 44. Reddish horse 45. Goal 46. Union member 47. Allow 48. “___, old chap”
39 42 44
46 49 55
1. Ishmael’s people
11. Actor Sharif
55. “I’m working ___!”
12. Lays down the lawn
56. “Fine by me”
13. Luckman of Chicago Bears fame
37. Out for the night
58. “___, Brute?”
1. Billing abbr.
38. Hunk’s pride
59. Sown, on the Seine
2. Crowd sound
18. New Deal pres.
39. Call to Bo-peep
60. “___ bien!”
3. “Dancing Queen” group
22. Enter cautiously
41. Part of an E-mail address
61. Eastern “way”
4. River crosser
24. Any day now
63. Fizzle out
5. Not so crazy
26. Loud chuckles
47. It’s not quite a ringer
64. Coast Guard rank: Abbr.
27. “Dying / Is ___, like anything else”: Plath
48. Jerusalem’s land
28. “Wheel” woman
50. Dry spell
30. ___ Dame
52. It’s south of Eur.
32. Cigarette pkg.
53. Cat calls
33. Met highlights
54. ___ cow (flips out)
7. Redenbacher, to friends 8. Big Cup maker 9. College quarters 10. Doll’s cry
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memberprofile michelle ashley munvez klein Are you a Chicago native? I grew up in Chicago and the North Suburbs. I have been living in the Bucktown, Wickerpark, Logan Square areas for the last 12 years. Do you have a family and do they live here in Chicago? Yes, most of my family is in Chicago and has been for generations. When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? I joined at the end of March, 2017. I was just doing yoga and I wanted a more well-rounded fitness offering. My husband urged me to join, but he has yet to join me! What athletic activities do you participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? I still love yoga, but I have been focusing on HIIT. I also love the new spin studio at Midtown. Outside of the Club, I do a kickball league! (I don’t think that’s considered athletic, although it is an activity.) I ride my bike and jog on the 606. Tell us about your career path and why you chose it? I grew up in the family business of janitorial and facility maintenance supply distribution. After leaving the city and the business, I came back to it; it has always been my passion. I love the challenge of sales, and I love helping my customers. I also love that every day is different. What does it mean to you to be a 3rd generation family company? It means a lot to me to work every day to carry on the legacy of my grandfather and grandmother. It’s not very common for someone to be passionate about selling toilet paper (or cleaning supplies in general) but I truly love what I do. Chemcraft is celebrating 70 years in business, and we are a survivor in our industry.
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with each one having such a unique personality. What’s your favorite and why? Such a tough question because I love so many neighborhoods for so many reasons. I have to go with Logan Square! It’s so fun and funky. It has the best food, and is now the cocktail capitol of Chicago! I’ve also been frequenting the Logan Square farmers’ market every Sunday for years. How do you find time to exercise at Midtown during your busy schedule? If I don’t make time to workout, I’m a crazy person! I try to make it in after work, or I like the 7am Firehouse Class Friday morning. What is your favorite historical building or landmark in Chicago? The Chicago Theater has a special place in my heart. It’s been a customer my entire life. I saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat there six times! I love seeing concerts there now. If you could have dinner with any three people in the world (from past or present), who would they be? Prince, Michael Jackson, and Jimi Hendrix.
Describe the cleaning innovations you and your company have been able to implement in the Club. Chemcraft introduced microfiber cleaning technology and Kaivac no touch cleaning systems to the Club earlier this year. Both systems, especially the microfiber, are perfect for the new club with the modern and gorgeous surfaces. Both help contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable cleaning plan, as well as a healthy and safe facility for all to enjoy.
juniortennishighlights Most of the world knows tennis as an individual sport. We all enjoy watching the best players in the world locked in a battle, matching each other shot for shot. We sit on the edge of our seats, watching that 5-5 point in the set tie-break. Palms sweaty, pulse elevated, holding our breath—tennis history on the line… We have all been there, done that. Now imagine, the same scenario, but the outcome of that match will decide the outcome of team competition between two rivals. Team tennis, where you compete for your country, school or even continent, has been around for over a century and is gaining a lot of traction again. Professional players compete in Davis Cup and Fed Cup events, where they get to represent their countries. Our competitive juniors get to play for their high school teams during the regular season, conference, and sectionals. Ultimately, they’ll get to represent their school in the Illinois High School Association State Championships. In Illinois, girls’ season is in the fall and boys’ is in the spring. I wanted to take this time to recognize Midtown Juniors for their personal and team accomplishments this past October.
(Evanston Township High School)
For the second year in a row, Anastasia took 2nd place in AA singles division. Seeded second, she fought hard to get to the finals, where she lost in three hard fought sets to Kolie Allen, 1st seed from Glenbard East. Anastasia’s result also helped her school finish in the top 10 for the second year in a row. She also took top honors in the conference and sectional events. As impressive as these results are, Anastasia’s biggest win of the year was the way she came back from a knee injury that she sustained in March. After undergoing surgery and months of physical therapy, she came back to competition in September. The fact that she was able to compete at such a high level six months out of the injury speaks highly of her drive. 16
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(Rockford Auburn High School) This was Belen’s first high school season and she had a great one. She dominated conference play and won her sectionals to secure 9-16 seeding position in AA singles division. She reached round 16 in the main draw, where she lost a highly contested match to Emily Cassati, who finished 3rd this year. Belen won two more matches in the back draw and finished with 4-2 tournament record. Her school took 22nd place out of 53. This year was a learning experience for Belen and she will use it to prepare for next year.
[Lane Tech High School) Hallie qualified for State through one of the toughest sections, which featured two of the four top seeds in the AA singles division. At the tournament, Hallie got a tough draw of facing the 4th seed in the first round. After losing in the main draw, Hallie won three matches in a row in the back. She then had to face Belen Nevenhoven. Hallie finished her last State Tournament with a 3-2 record. Lane Tech finished in 33rd place out of 53.
Jessie qualified for the State in A singles (small school). She won her first 2 rounds and reached round of 16, where she lost to the 4th place finisher Claudia Miller. Jessie won one more round in the back and finished her tournament with a 3-2 record. Jessie had to overcome many obstacles in this journey and her results are impressive. As a team, Walter Payton College Prep took 7th place in State out of 56 schools!
(Walter Payton College Prep) Andra and Sophie have been training at Midtown for many years and have faced each other numerous times in practice matches. During the high school season, they teamed up to form a strong doubles team. In the sectionals, Andra and Sophie helped Payton take first place by taking the 3rd place in doubles. Teammates of Jessie and Nyah, they also qualified for State A division and reached round of 16 in the main draw, where they lost in 3 sets to a team that finished in 4th place. They won 1 more match in the back draw before losing in the third set tiebreak to a tough team in the next round. They will be back for more next year!
(Walter Payton College Prep) Jessie’s story is an inspiring one. One year ago, she had a double-hip surgery that required months of rehabilitation before she was able to get back to the court. Even when she wasn’t playing, she was at her team practices, coaching and supporting her peers, or in the gym working on her upper body strength.
Prior to the start of the season, Nyah considered herself a singles player. She teamed up with Emilia Wilke and fell in love with doubles. Nyah and Emilia got along very well and supported each other when one of them was not having a good day. On their way to State, Nyah and Emilia took 2nd place in Sectionals and helped their team take 1st place. They qualified for State A division and finished with 1-2 record. They battled hard to win the first match 6-4 in the third set. Nyah and her
Cara qualified for State by taking 4th place at Sectionals and helped her team take 2nd place in the team competition. At State, Cara went 3-2 and helped her team win the IHSA A Division Team Championship!!! Margin of victory was small—2 points, which means that every match carried a ton of weight. Cara’s come-back win in the 2nd round of the back draw was one of the key factors to helping her team win the title. Cara lost the first set 4-6 and then went on to take the match 6-1, 10-7. Clutch! Huge congratulations to Cara and her team!
(Walter Payton College Prep]
team are looking forward to next year already!
[Northside Prep High School] This was Tanvi’s first season playing for the Mustangs. She teamed up with Sophia Chang-Stauffer to win 3rd place at the Sectionals and Northside Prep went on to take 1st place as a team. At State, Tanvi and Sophia had a tough draw and went 1-2. Every match they played went three sets and they got a ton of great experience. Northside went on to take 3rd place in State as a team. Really well done!
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“Job’s Tears” Job’s tears, or sometimes called coix, is a grain from Southeast Asia. They are named for the abundance of seeds on each stalk, much like the abundance of biblical Job’s sorrows and for their teardrop shape in the husk. They have a chewy, mildly nutty-sweet taste and are remarkably versatile. They have been used for medicinal purposes, decorative arts, and in recipes from soups to cookies to paella to smoothies. As a gluten free grain, Job’s tears are quickly growing in popularity among the new trend of ancient grains.
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Chef Amanda Barnes boils Job’s tears with water, salt, and tomato puree until they are done to a consistency of lentils. The grains complement the earthiness of cauliflower, mushrooms, and greens; the dish is finished with a bright pop of on-the-vine cherry tomatoes. Not only is the simple preparation healthy; it allows for the natural flavors of the grain to shine. “As a precursor to modern rice, Job’s tears have great texture and hold flavors well,” says Arman Razavi, Food and Beverage Director at Midtown. In describing Chromium’s wildly popular vegan entrée, he notes that simplicity is often the key to a healthful dish. “This dish defies the popular misconception that vegan food is bland. It exudes earthiness, and pairs well with a Burgundian style red or white wine. In fact, it pairs really well with our Sokol Blosser Evolution Pinot Noir.”
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memberprofile jonathanfritz What’s your connection to Chicago? I grew up in the western suburbs, and I’ve lived in Logan Square for 8 years, where I opened my brewery. I love Logan because it has a strong community culture and some of the best restaurants in the country. My business partners and I all met at University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, so I have strong Illinois/Chicago roots. My immediate family all live in the Chicagoland area, but I have a lot of family all over the country from Oregon to Atlanta. When did you become a Midtown member? We joined Midtown a few months ago, before the new construction was complete. We’d been looking for a good gym for a while and couldn’t pass up the swimming pool and all the amenities. My wife and I love biking, so at Midtown we’ve really enjoyed participating in the spin classes! Tell us the story of Hopewell Brewery—how you got it started, and what makes it special? I started Hopewell with my two partners, Stephen and Samantha, in February of 2016. We met in college and bonded over our interest in beer. Over the past 10 years, we’d been working toward opening our own small business, and once we were able to secure financing we jumped at the opportunity. Hopewell is a community brewery and taproom, and we self-distribute our beer to over 300 locations around Chicago. Our beer is uncompromisingly bright, clean and inviting. Craft brewing has been gaining momentum. What consumer trends do you anticipate over the next decade? I believe that as craft beer matures as a category, we are going to see new groups of people enter the market. The past 20 years have been all about the early adopters and beer fanatics. As craft beer continues to enter the mainstream, I believe the industry will see the most growth in balanced, thoughtful beers with a strong brand.
Tell about some of your volunteer/philanthropic endeavors and why you are passionate about them? Hopewell supports a number of philanthropic organizations. We generally pick a few every year that we can support through a series of events. Currently we’re doing a lot of work with Healing to Action, a local organization working to end gender violence, especially in the retail industry. What do you enjoy most about Chicago? My favorite part of living here is the summer street festival season. You can see world class bands every weekend, usually within biking distance of your house! The Chicago Cultural Center has great gallery shows, and the top floor with the dome is one of my favorite rooms in Chicago. My all-time favorite restaurant in Chicago is Mott St. in Wicker Park. They have one of the best cocktail lists in the city and their food is so unique and different from anything else I’ve ever eaten. What is your favorite way to spend an evening or day off? My favorite way to spend an evening or day off is cooking at home with my wife, Amanda. We love trying out new recipes. She’s also my workout buddy. We like doing classes together or trading off on weight machines. What’s your go-to machine at Midtown? If I don’t have a structured workout plan, I’ll just jump on the rowing machine for 20 minutes and get a great whole body workout. Imagine you’re at the Lincoln Park Zoo… which animal best symbolizes your daily workout at Midtown? A kangaroo, because I usually jump around to a lot of different machines and I like to have fun. If you could have dinner with any three people in the world (from past or present), who would they be? I would like to eat with Barack Obama, Joan Rivers, and Mark Twain. They seem like they’d each be fun for different reasons.
How do you come up with those fun names for your beers? We usually find our best names at employee parties, where teams taste the beers and throw a bunch of names up on a whiteboard. Most of those names don’t work, but sometimes we’ll strike gold in those brainstorming sessions.
If you were a kid again, what’s the first thing you would do? The first thing I would do is wear a knee brace while playing sports! I’ve had two knee surgeries and going through physical therapy after surgery was one of the hardest physical challenges of my life.
Which is your favorite brew? My favorite beer is First Lager, our pilsner style lager. It’s got a great bready, biscuit malt profile and a strong dose of German noble hops to balance it out.
Midtown is ‘The place to be’ because… there’s nothing better than a cold Hopewell First Lager next to the pool in the summer! 21
clubetiquette With the highest level of service in mind, Midtown prides itself on having top notch culture. We have highlighted many of our spaces below to give you information and dialogue that will ensure the best membership and guest experience for your fellow Midtowners.
Midtown Chicago has invested heavily in creating spacious and luxurious men’s and women’s locker rooms. The same stunning design elements present in the fitness, dining and social spaces have been carried into the locker rooms. The well-appointed locker rooms offer a spa-like experience before and after each workout. With that in mind, we have a few etiquette reminders for the locker room spaces:
• Always rack weights and wipe down equipment at the completion of your workout.
• No voice or photography cell phone use. • The family locker room is for children and parents accompanying children only. Adults not accompanying children must use the adult locker rooms.
• Use of cell phones is limited to music, applications or texting. Cell phone calls can be taken in the lobby areas. • Be polite and courteous to those working out and refrain from cursing or swearing. • Please do not drop weights. As a rule of thumb, if it’s too heavy to set down, don’t pick it up. • Please allow other members to work in between sets.
• Children under 11 years of age must be supervised at all times in the family locker room. Children under 14 years of age are not permitted in the men’s and women’s locker rooms with or without parents.
• Shirts and proper footwear are required. No open toed shoes.
• Lockers are for daily use only. Contents being kept in lockers beyond one day will be removed.
• Arrive five minutes prior to the beginning of class to secure proper equipment and to not interrupt the class after it has begun. If you are entering late, please be mindful of your fellow members and enter quietly.
• Swim wear and pool attire are not appropriate in the front of the club. Shirts, cover-ups, shorts and suitable footwear are required past the front entrance of the locker room.
• Wipe down all equipment at the conclusion of class and return to the equipment storage areas. • Please keep conversations during class minimal as to not interrupt the class for those around you. • Cell phone use is not allowed in group exercise classes. • Be aware of your spacing and when possible adjust your position to allow room for others.
The Spa at Midtown has partnered with some of the world’s leading skin, hair and body specialists to develop a unique and fully customized menu of signature treatments and services. We invite you to awaken your senses and join us in a journey of blissful wellness and indulgence.
The hotel is an oasis for guests and members when booked via proper channels. All rooms have maximum occupancy of 4 people. We want everyone to enjoy our newest addition and advise all members to make arrangements with Imran Jivani if they would like a tour.
• The Spa and Salon are open to the public. • Members receive a 10% discount. • Clients must be 18 or older to book spa treatments. • Ages 7 and up are allowed in the salon accompanied by a parent/guardian. • Advanced reservations are encouraged. • Gratuity is at guest discretion.
Mind/Body The Mind/Body space is a true Midtown Sanctuary. From thoughtful lighting details to top of the industry equipment, we are proud to invite you to Samadhi and Pilates and to take advantage of our spiritual wellness experience. • Please use hushed voices when entering the Mind Body entryway. The glass doors to the studios are not soundproof. The entryway is a peaceful space to sit before class or after a workout. • If the doors to the studios are closed, please do not enter as students are often in silent rest or in meditation. • Shoes are not allowed in either Pilates or Samadhi.
• Please be respectful of your fellow member and keep discussion behind the curtains to a minimum.
Midtown indoor and outdoor pools are intended for personal and/or group fitness opportunities through lap swim, open swim, group swim lessons, private swim lessons, swim teams for both adults and kids and water group exercise. We look forward to seeing you in the pool soon.
• No cell phone use on the tennis courts or in the common areas behind the courts. • As a courtesy to your fellow members, please have your belongings picked up and off the court at the chime so that the next reservation may start their play. • Please return all balls or towels to the appropriate places so that the court is left in the same condition as when you began your play. • Should a ball come over from an adjacent court, please hold onto it until the point has ended before returning it to them. • Do not retrieve a ball from another court while a point is in progress. Please wait until the point ends. • As you are moving to your court, please make sure the point has ended on any court that you may pass along or beside before proceeding. • Please refrain from any use of profanities or abuse of equipment, court or curtains while on court. • Please wear appropriate attire on court. Shirts must be worn, non-marking shoes only and no cut-offs or jeans. • No food, drinks (other than water and sports drinks) or chewing gum on courts. • Please keep the courts clean by picking up all balls and throwing away any trash. • Before starting play, ensure the court is free from hazards.
• Lap lanes are for lap swimming only. No standing or talking in the lanes. Please do not hang on the lane line or safety rope. • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult when there is no lifeguard on duty. • Please do not play, climb or jump off of the lifeguard stands/diving blocks. • Only approved swim diapers are allowed in the pool.
Whether or not you’re familiar with Midtown member Ron Mesh, the bands he’s traveled with might strike a chord—a rock guitar chord, to be specific. As tour manager, Ron has worked with a number of bands including Steven Tyler, Evanescence, Blondie, The Kings of Chaos, Collective Soul and Maroon 5. What role does a tour manager play behind the scenes? If you’re picturing someone in a suit asking a grungy, long-haired guitarist not to throw a TV set out the hotel window again, you’re not alone. But what is life really like for a tour manager on the road with a rock band? Fortunately, Ron Mesh agreed to share a first-hand account with his fellow Midtown members. Glenn William: Tell me about this “supergroup” you’re traveling with. Did I hear Guns N’ Roses? Ron Mesh: Before Guns N’ Roses reunited, I worked with Slash and Duff along with Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke also from Guns N’ Roses and Steve Stevens of Billy Idol in The Kings of Chaos. They have a rotating cast of singers like Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Chester Benninton of Linkin Park, Corey Taylor of Slipnot, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. They all play each other’s songs. It’s been called “The Billion-Dollar Supergroup in Classic Rock Magazine. GW: Who are some of the bands you have managed over the years? RM: For 2016/17 I toured worldwide Steven Tyler, Evanescence, Blondie, The Kings of Chaos and Steel Panther. Previously, I toured extensively with Maroon 5, Collective Soul, The Ataris and The Romantics.
GW: What are your responsibilities? RM: The biggest part is managing the accounting, and orchestrating all the logistics. Travel, hotels, when we’re coming, where we’re going. I manage scheduling, the press, radio interviews, meet and greets, guest lists and the day-to-day stuff. GW: When did you figure out you were a master multitasker? RM: I think it’s a specific skill set that people either have or they don’t. I know people who have tried and they only get to a certain level and seem to hit a wall. I never really turn it off. Sometimes things will wake me up in the middle of the night and I’ll just start my work day. I don’t sleep much, so I get more hours out of the day than most people. GW: Do you keep a pad and pencil next to your bed to take notes? RM: I usually don’t write anything down. That’s another thing that just came kind of naturally to me. I may have to look at a couple emails now and then, but I just seem to remember.
GW: How did you get started in the tour management business?
GW: Who’s your boss? Who do you report to?
RM: After finishing the Music Technology program at Capitol University in Columbus, OH I started out as an audio engineer but always had my sights set on management/tour management. One day the tour manager didn’t board the bus. I think we were in
RM: I’m my own boss but there is typically a manager in either in a New York or Los Angeles office that handles several bands and oversees everything. And of course, if you look at it, all the band members are bosses. I’m working for all of them.
Phoenix and he just checked out, packed his bags and left. So there I was, suddenly the tour manager for a band called The Samples.
GW: What changes have you seen in the live music scene over the last decade?
“I just missed a lot of the ’80s craziness like TVs thrown out hotel windows and that kind of stuff. Now I see guys get up early, go to the gym, shower, sound check and perform sober.” RM: Touring is very serious business these days as it’s where most of the artists’ revenue comes from. Live shows are much more elaborate with new technology in audio, lighting and visuals. The whole experience is incredible. GW: Do band members understand the business aspects of touring better now than they did 20 years ago? RM: Yes, everyone is on it more. Most people I work with are very involved in every part of the business. They ask a lot of questions like, “Is the show sold out today?” or “What’s the venue capacity?” I started in the early ’90s, so I just missed a lot of the ’80s craziness like TVs thrown out hotel windows and that kind of stuff. Now I see guys get up early, go to the gym, shower, sound check and perform sober. GW: Any offbeat stories about your experiences in the music business? RM: What stands out for me are the experiences and friendships formed over the years. Things like sending handwritten letters (pre-email days) back and forth with Bo Diddley talking about his Dingo and swapping seeds from our pepper gardens at home. Tracking down yoga studios in different countries with members of Guns N’ Roses and Maroon 5. African safaris with The Kings of Chaos. Trying to decipher menus and order adventurous meals in countries we had never been. GW: I was the tour manager for a short time in the mid-’70s for the J. Geils Band. Are the headaches and last-minute challenges as frequent now as they were 30 years ago? Like when a tech doesn’t show up, the equipment doesn’t make it, or the venue isn’t ready. RM: That’s why I’m there. Equipment sometimes gets there late because of bad weather and delays in freight. Sometimes but not too often, we’ll have to hustle to find local gear and still make everything happen on time. If a tech doesn’t show up, he’s replaced that day. You can’t not show up.
GW: Do you get to enjoy the music once the show starts? RM: Not usually. Once the band is on stage, I start doing show settlements and preparing for the next day. I pop in now and then to see what’s going on. I try to watch a whole show at least once during a tour. Sometimes I’ll even sit in a seat. GW: Do you enjoy listening to the music? RM: Yes, especially if it’s a band I haven’t worked with yet. I like to listen and get familiar with it. It makes them feel better when you know who they are. GW: Is it a challenge to work with a band when you can’t stand their music? RM: That’s never really happened but as long as they’re nice people I’ll make it work. I’ve heard the stories, but in 20 plus years I really haven’t worked with many a**holes. Yeah, someone can have a bad show but I haven’t seen people getting guitars thrown at them in quite some time. Everyone seems to be pretty cool, and just content and grateful for their careers. GW: Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? RM: Not really, but I don’t leave anything to chance. If there’s a weak link it usually shows up, so I definitely double and triple-check everything. GW: Help me understand the financial breakdown. Let’s say a band books a $100,000 gig. How much does the band actually take home? RM: I can break it down for you in a general sense. The band manager can get 15% of the gross, booking agents 10%, and 27
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(left to right) Nuno Bettencourt, guitarist for Extreme; Duff McKagan, bassist for Guns N’ Roses; Billy Gibbons, vocalist and guitarist for ZZ Top; Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick; Matt Sorum former drummer of Guns N’ Roses and The Cult and Gilby Clarke, guitarist formerly of Guns N’ Roses.
business managers 5%. So, that’s 30% gone off the top. Then there is payroll, flights, buses, trucking, freight and hotels. A $100,000 band may stay at a Ritz Carlton and fly first-class, whereas a band getting $40,000 might fly coach and stay at a Radisson. I iron all that out in the beginning. GW: Do you play a role as a part of the budgeting process? RM: I play a major role. Budgets are worked out before a show is contracted once an offer is received. Sometimes it just makes sense to pass. GW: Do band members usually divide up what’s left over evenly?
RM: I’m passionately involved with animal rescues both locally and nationally. I also support Adopt the Arts, spearheaded by Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses, which brings arts education into Los Angeles public schools, and Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson started the Rock Your Speech project, which uses music to help children with autism on a national level. GW: OK, some quick questions...What book are you reading right now? RM: Just finished Nile Rodgers’ autobiography Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny. GW: If you could have dinner with any three people in the world (from past or present), who would they be?
RM: Depends. These days most guys are on payroll. GW: How do bands view playing small venues versus big arenas? RM: It’s almost the same from my end. A lot of times when you’ll do a festival, smaller venue or corporate show, you’ll know you don’t need certain things as you would in an arena. But no matter what the space is, the band’s gear is always the same. In a specific situation we might scale down a little, but we almost never scale down production. The show must be consistent each and every time.
RM: Dr. Jane Goodall, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frank Zappa. GW: If you were a kid again, what’s the first thing you would do? RM: Ride my Schwinn Stingray to my grandparents’ house! GW: So Ron, what keeps you going at this pace? RM: After all this time, I’m still having fun doing it.
GW: The travel doesn’t wear on you? How about your family? RM: I’m not married and I don’t have kids, so that helps. I have a Corgi who’s named Lady Bo after one of Bo Diddley’s female guitar players. She comes with me if the band invites her to go on the road. I don’t push it, but if she’s invited, she’s there. They like her, and they sometimes travel with their dogs. I remember going to Cabo for a show and sitting in first class with five band members dogs sleeping at our feet. GW: I know you’re an animal lover. Does that drive some of your volunteer and philanthropic work? (above) Lady Bo with backstage credentials (Blondie and Garbage Tour 2017) (right) Lady Bo with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
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Mychelyn “Mikey” Schnettler started working for Midtown in June of 2017 as a Group Fitness Instructor. She moved to Fitness Coordinator in September and was recently promoted to Youth Program Director. She is also the head coach of the RIDE studio and continues to teach group fitness. Mikey received her Bachelors in Science in Kinesiology in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin. She is ACE and NASM Certified in Group Fitness, Personal Training, Pre/Post Natal Exercise and Medical Integration Movement. Her favorite thing about working for Midtown is the people.
Don Morris has been working with Midtown as a PGA Golf Instructor since November of 2017. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Mathematics and Political Science. He played golf well on the collegiate level and went on to tour professionally for ten years before teaching with his mentors, Hank Haney and Jim Flick. He has been a member of the PGA since 1994 and has worked with PGA/ LPGA and Nationwide Touring Professionals and Amateur and AJGA Champions. Don also served as an advisor to the “Just knowing that University of Arizona Golf I can compete Programs that won the NCAA with some of the Championship in 2000. He is best golfers in certified as a Mizuno Master the world has Club Fitter. His favorite thing been extremely about working at Midtown is interacting with the diverse rewarding membership. Don believes professionally.” the greatest strengths he brings to Midtown are knowledge, enthusiasm, and humor. The greatest challenge he faces in his new role is instructing members on how to use the simulators in order to improve their game.
Mikey started her career as a professional dancer. After a decade of dancing, injuries required her to take a look at other options. She turned to fitness to apply what she had learned in school while utilizing all the experience she’d gained training intensely for performance. She knew she wanted to help other people use their bodies optimally, while training smart and loving the process. Mikey is excited to bring her passion, experience and hard work to the challenge of creating a brand new Youth Program in a new youth and kid-friendly space.
“My favorite adventure was my time as a dancer in Taipei. Beautiful country, amazing people, tons of fun learning kung-fu… so many stories! Ask me sometime!”
Mikey grew up in Stoughton, WI, a small farm town south of Madison. She moved to Chicago five years ago for her husband’s residency at Loyola. She enjoys living in Chicago because, whether it’s doing something fun in the city or heading to one of the forest preserves with their dog, “there’s always something to do.” Her favorite adventure was her time spent as a dancer in Taipei, which she describes as a beautiful country with amazing people. It might surprise you to learn that she also spent time as a professional breakdancer. When she’s not at Midtown, Mikey loves spending time with friends and dogs anywhere she can laugh and breathe. Her favorite guilty pleasure is watching true crime television shows on Discovery ID or Dateline. 30
Don grew up in St. Louis, MO, and Huntington Beach, CA, before his parents moved to Chicago over 30 years ago. He continues to live here with his wife, Denise, daughter Paulina (11), son Brody (10) and daughter Susanna (10). Don has loved living in Chicago because of the “endless opportunities for great experiences.” When he’s not at Midtown, he enjoys family time—including serving as Outdoor Activity Chairman for Cub Scout Pack 3079—and competing in tournaments. He is passionate about learning every day. Don loves traveling and has played competitive golf on six continents on five major tours. He describes the single most influential event in his life as knowing that he could compete with the best players in the world.
Tim Dahlin has been part of the Midtown team for over three years. As Facilities Director he is responsible for keeping the buildings and property running efficiently and safely. Since he was young, Tim has been interested in how things work and enjoyed taking things apart and rebuilding them. His favorite part about working at Midtown is getting to be a part of the process of building something new. He enjoyed the excitement of the expansion and described it as a “challenging and rewarding process.” He previously worked at the YMCA, and through his manager’s mentorship, he learned to work with vendors, contractors and fellow team members.
Kimberly Scianna joined the Midtown Aquatics Department in September of 2017 as a part time swim coach and accepted the Aquatics Coordinator position in October. Kim is a Swim Instructor Trainer, ARC First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, ARC Lifeguard Trainer, AEA Water Fitness Instructor Certified in Shallow water, Deep water, Deep Water Cadence, and Aquatic Kickboxing. Kim has always loved the water and promoted swimming with her own children. When the facility where she took her daughter needed an instructor, she applied and ended up teaching a variety of ages and skill levels for ten years. Her favorite thing about working for Midtown are the employees’ positive attitudes, support and dedication, regardless of their job descriptions.
Tim grew up in Elmhurst, IL and continues to live there. “Since childhood, He’s happy to raise his I have enjoyed children, Ronan (2) and Will knowing how (4 months), in a place he things work, how knows and loves. He has a to take them few favorite “watering holes” apart and rebuild in Chicago and enjoys going to Cubs games when them.” he can. On his days off, he heads up to his family’s lake house and plays with his kids. He also likes working on home-improvement projects and spends a fair amount of time in his garage. Although he prides himself on being flexible, it might surprise people to learn that Tim is a very picky eater and describes himself as a “meat and potatoes guy for sure.” The greatest challenge he faces as Facilities Director is getting to know all the new bells and whistles that come with the recent expansion, as well as guiding his team as they get to know these new aspects of the Club, such as the Hotel and the pools. Tim believes that one of the greatest strengths he brings to his work (if not his appetite) is adaptability. He knows that sometimes things break or change and he has to be able to troubleshoot anything on the spot. He is passionate about doing things right, takes pride in his work and enjoys seeing people appreciate it. He’s also not afraid to crack a joke now and then.
Kim grew up in Paxton, a small town in the middle of Massachusetts. Both her parents were teachers, so they spent every summer on Cape Cod, where she fell in love with the ocean and dove for lobsters with her dad and brother. She also lived in Germany with her aunt when she was in junior high and high school. Kim met her future husband at Blue Chicago while on a business trip in August of 1996. After an eight month long distance relationship, she decided to move to “Teaching Chicago to be with him. They’ve been swimming married for 19 years and have two saves lives daughters, Sarah (14) and Alicia (11). and offers a Her favorite things about Chicago are physical activity the layout of the city, its architecture, that everyone and of course, the lakefront. When Kim’s can participate not at Midtown, she loves traveling to visit family and seeing new parts of in, whether the country. She and her family have a you’re 1 or place “Up North” in Wisconsin, where 101!” they enjoy hanging out by the river in summer and snowmobiling in winter. Kim is passionate about swimming and aqua fitness, because she truly believes that teaching swimming saves lives and offers a physical activity people can participate in whether they are 1 or 101. Her goal in her new position is to have Midtown’s “Learn to Swim” program be the first place Chicagoans think of when asked, “Where is the best place to send my kids to learn to swim?”
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Aidan Koross played tennis for the University of Dayton and graduated with a degree in Communications and Marketing. He moved to Chicago in 2015 to work for Coyote and Logistics, and in August of that year he began working part-time for Midtown as a tennis coach. After experiencing the atmosphere Midtown offered, he knew this was the place he needed to be and joined the team full-time in March of 2016. He now serves as the Junior Development Tennis Director. When asked what the greatest challenge he faces in his role is, he said, “Adapting to the influx of members, and making sure they all have the best experience possible.” His favorite thing about working for Midtown is making relationships with the members and working with his fellow employees. Even when he’s not working, you’ll find Aidan at Midtown, enjoying all “After the things the Club has to offer from experiencing swimming to taking advantage of the the workout area.
Amy Chasse joined Midtown’s team “Nothing in June of 2014 as a Group Fitness great was Instructor. She holds many fitness ever achieved certifications, including Les Mills without BODYPUMP and SPRINT, Mad Dogg enthusiasm.” Athletics Spinning, TRX, WERQ, and various aquatic exercise certifications. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Amy’s grateful that her career path led her to Midtown. Her favorite thing about working at Midtown is the people. She loves getting to know the members and her colleagues. Since the opening of the new Club, she has been blown away by the new boutique studios and enjoys teaching as well as taking classes in all of the distinct spaces. Amy became Membership Experience Director in July of 2017.
atmosphere that Midtown offered, I knew this is the place I needed to be.”
Aidan’s favorite things about Chicago are the atmosphere and the people, and he particularly enjoys the spring here. If he could choose anywhere to live it would be on the ocean somewhere along the West Coast. Although he grew up in Kohler, Wisconsin, his two loving parents now live with his little brother in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two things that inspire him every day to do his best are his dad and his new family. When trying to imagine what animal from Lincoln Park Zoo best represents him and his personality, Aidan sees himself as a bear. Aidan’s biggest strength is his willingness to help out in whatever way he can.
Photography by Roark Johnson | www.roarkjohnson.com
Originally from Mount Prospect, IL, Amy received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in political science/ computer applications and went on to receive an M.A. from Boston College in higher education. She moved back to Chicago from Boston in September of 2004 to be near family, and continues to live here with her husband David and two sons, Luke (13) and Liam (10). She enjoys living in Chicago because it provides the benefits of a big city—lots of diverse food, people, and things to do—with a small-town feel. When she’s not at Midtown, Amy loves trying new restaurants with friends (although Chromium remains her favorite!). She also volunteers at her children’s elementary school and is involved with The House of the Good Shepherd, a domestic violence program for mothers and their children. Amy’s favorite season is summer because she’s a fan of hot weather and being outdoors. Whenever the weather allows, she loves taking her VOLTAGE class to The Outfield, and her H20 HIIT class to the outdoor pool. She’s passionate about keeping a balance of fun and hard work in all of her classes, and loves to push herself and members farther than they think they can go. 33
What members are
saying about the new
club... Alex Megan— joined December 2016
Jon Rauschenberger— joined November 1997 “It’s gotten me coming back to the Club significantly more often. My wife plays tennis, but I didn’t have much of a reason to come here and now I do. It’s become a really nice place to spend time.”
“Midtown has been a place where I go and run into friends from the neighborhood, friends from other areas of life and make new friends. I can get a great workout, bring my entire family, and we can enjoy an entire day spent here.”
Sally Moulton— joined November 2016 Michael Root— joined June 2017 “The renovation is great. Lot of different options. The classes are great. I especially like getting ready for work here in the morning after class. The shower facilities are really nice and then I have coffee here and do a little work before heading to the office.”
“I see Midtown as my third home. My first one is my home, my second is my kid’s school, and this is my third place. I can come here to take the kids to the pool and have family time, I can come by myself and do an awesome Spin class, or a boxing class, or workout class. I was sick the other day, so I just came here to do a steam and a sauna and get a smoothie. I feel like it has a little bit of everything for everyone. It fits my lifestyle, whether personally or professionally—I come here to work—or for my family. I love it.”
Flavio Gama— joined September 2017 “I like the way you guys put everything together—the outdoor area, the performance area, the traditional weight training area, the yoga room is amazing. Even on my days off from working out I like to come here, it’s just a pleasing place to be. It makes the workouts more motivating and interesting. It’s been an amazing experience so far.”
Terry Gallagher— joined February 1999 “It’s as if it’s a brand new club. I brought a former member here last week, in fact the person who was responsible for me joining almost 20 years ago, and he couldn’t believe it—he couldn’t even get a perspective on where the old club was. It has everything imaginable. It puts anything anyone would want to do, from fitness to nutrition, all under one roof.”
Jesse Sherr— joined July 2017
Jennifer Goodman— joined November 2017 “We love to dine and be here with our family on the weekend, but we’re hoping for more family-friendly, healthy items on the menu.”
“I come here primarily for the gym, but I like that it also has a lot of other things that I may want to do during the day—a place to do some work, a restaurant, the pool. I also bring my kids for swim lessons on the weekends. I like to drop them off at Kidtown as well if I want to get a workout in with my wife. A lot of options that bring me back here knowing I won’t be doing the same old thing every day.”
Sarah Dale— joined November 2016
Tenney Cassell— joined April 2017 “It’s a beautiful club with a variety of offerings. We’ve enjoyed it so far.”
“Midtown is a great place for my family to get a workout, to get a meal, and even work. There are a few areas that need improvement, mostly Kidtown, but I’m confident that you guys will work it out.”
... Carla Yusuf— joined August 2016 “I think it’s a great environment, great instructors, and great classes.”
Loren Reinhardt—joined May 2017 “It’s a beautiful facility they’ve put together here. Obviously, it took some time and there were some hiccups along the way, but that’s expected when you do a major project like this. As they’ve gotten everything sorted out over the last month or so, the results have been tremendous. We couldn’t be happier.”
Mark Kahan— joined October 2017 “I came here specifically because I have a 13-year-old who is a tennis player. His instructor moved over here so we took a serious look at it. With this facility, I come here almost every day when I’m not playing golf.”
Tony Ruiz— joined April 2017 “What they created here is, for me, a masterpiece. It’s something that’s been needed in this community. I retired in 2016, and one of my goals was to join a facility that suits my new lifestyle. Midtown has all the programs, the amenities, all the equipment that someone my age needs to stay healthy.”
Marcie Marcovitz— joined July 2017 “I’m delighted with the changes at Midtown. It’s a full-service club now. I am very pleased with all the additions, especially the yoga and Pilates studio.”
memberprofile harryseigle As a long time Midtown member, Harry Seigle’s contribution to the club community is only one piece of his great contributions to our dynamic Chicagoland community. His passion for athletics, history, the arts, and social service bears witness to his humble, charitable character. When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? In the mid-1990s it was, and still is, a tennis mecca, with worldclass instruction and amenities. What athletic activities do you participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? Tennis, a daily fitness regimen, and swimming. Tell us about your career path and why you chose it? My career started working summers in the family business. Then on to law school. I practiced law for awhile, and then returned to Seigle’s, the family business, which my brother and I operated for over 32 years. Owning and operating your own business is enormously satisfying and empowering both in good times and bad. Are you a Chicago area native? Yes, I grew up in Elgin and now live in Lincoln Park. Three generations of my family are Chicagoans, which is a great attraction and pride for all of us. Harry lives in Chicago with his wife, Susan. His three grown sons live in the Chicagoland area. With owning a business in building materials supply, retail, wholesale, and carpenter contracting, it is no wonder Harry is not afraid to get his hands dirty. His wife describes him as a “reliable maintenance man.” You and your family have been champions of philanthropy in health care, the arts and to your own alma mater. Can you tell us about a few of your endeavors and why you are passionate about them? Photograph by Jasmin Shah | www.jasminshah.com
Helping foster institutions and charities we believe in offers personal satisfaction and joy. Successful philanthropy provides significance and meaning to our lives. Effective philanthropy makes the world and our local communities better places. In describing his charitable contributions, Harry says that giving is a learned behavior that has been passed down from his grandparents and parents. He notes that giving back to your community is uniquely patriotic. One example is his extraordinary donation to Sinai Hospital in Lawndale. Is philanthropy ever overwhelming? Do you have difficulty selecting causes? You have to stick to your priorities, much like Midtown does in their giving back. It is never a burden. Is there a particular person, place or thing that inspires you each day? Both my family and my Judaism inspire me. What do you like most—and least— about living in Chicago? Most of all, I enjoy Chicago’s cultural amenities and abundant recreation opportunities, including Midtown! Least of all, Chicago’s fiscal crisis and increasing crime erodes confidence.
What is your favorite way to spend an evening or day off? That’s an easy question— tennis, dining out, and going to a play or movie. ”I’m a couch-potato baseball fan!” proclaimed this clearly active, invested man, who just like us all, enjoys some down time. As a past board member with Steppenwolf Theater, Harry’s favorite play is All My Sons by Arthur Miller for its Shakespearean dealings with lies and the truth. Cubs or Sox? Why? Sox—of course. It has the best stadium, a strong team, enthusiastic fans, and the Reinsdorf leadership. Midtown is “The place to be” because... It’s well managed and maintained. It has superb resources. The tennis staff is terrific. Harry notes that athletics are a wonderful source for building friendships. For him, tennis is a special sport that can test your character. He says,“You have to have confidence in your shot.” How do you feel about the Midtown facility as it continues to evolve? I salute the Schwartz family, their senior management and investors for the confidence and vision to build a truly exemplary athletic facility combining first-rate hospitality and tennis with state-of-theart amenities.
How do you find time to exercise at Midtown during your busy schedule? I’m an “early bird” and also make time on weekends. What is your all-time favorite restaurant in the Chicago area? Volaré. Best Italian food in town, with first-rate service and fair prices. What book are you reading right now? Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Harry reflected back on Anthropology courses at Washington University, St. Louis in talking about this book. He has recently been reading mostly non-fiction, and is the type of person who is fascinated with history. If you could travel back in time to witness one event in history, which would it be? The armistice talks between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee marking the end of the Civil War at Appomattox Courthouse, VA. “It was such a turning point for America,” said Harry as he smiled. Both Grant and Lee were remarkably gracious and trusting of one another during this historic encounter. Harry’s interest in this dynamic between generals shows his appreciation of how human character impacts history. If you were a kid again, what’s the first thing you would do? Spend more time practicing tennis!
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memberprofile jenhanna Are you a Chicago native? I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. I attended CU Boulder, then lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, San Francisco, and Munich, Germany. I moved to Chicago about four and a half years ago. When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? I was encouraged to join by Coach Andy Mabadi. I put on a good amount of weight after moving here and I used to play tennis. I wasn’t using my previous gym because I didn’t like the environment, and I hadn’t touched a racket in 10 years. That all changed the minute I joined. What athletic activities do you participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? I have an amazing trainer, Daniel Michael, who I have worked with religiously since I joined in July of 2016. He helped me crush my fitness goals and now at 41, I am stronger, faster and more fit than I was in my 30s. I play tennis and participate in group fitness classes. I am also partial to the “executive workout,” which consists of a session in the steam room, shower, mani/pedi and lunch. I also work with trainer Eric Cochran for movement and rehabilitation sessions. He is the bomb! Tell us about your career path and why you chose it? I started in the professional beauty business straight out of university and have continued in the industry because it’s constantly evolving, I’m surrounded by talented people and I’m privy to so many great products! What are some of the innovative haircare products you represent, and what makes them unique? Color Wow is the most technologically advanced line of hair products I have ever worked with. We have won almost 60 major beauty awards in our short tenure as a company. Our latest product, Dream Coat, was named by O, The Oprah Magazine and Allure magazine as the best anti-frizz product on the market.
What are your goals for your customers’ experience? I want everyone who experiences Color Wow products to feel great about their hair. When you’re having a good hair day, your mood is elevated and your confidence level is up. It’s not just the hair, it’s how it makes us feel about ourselves. Do you have a workout buddy, or do you prefer to fly solo? I have a great workout buddy. We do a half-hour tabata session with trainer Dan every week. Absolute killer! What’s your go-to machine at Midtown? I spend most of my time on the 3rd floor where people are the “machines.” How do you find time to exercise at Midtown during your busy schedule? I wake up between 4:45-5:30 am on weekdays and around 6-7 am on the weekends. I get it done early. No excuses. If I feel like sleeping in, that’s cool too. That’s my body telling me to take it easy. I don’t consider it skipping a workout. Where do you go to get your rackets strung and your daily dose of inspiration? To see Dave and Anthony in The Shop, of course! Midtown is ‘The place to be’ because… There is something for everyone. It’s easy to find new challenges, to keep your workouts fresh and be inspired by other like-minded people. What’s your favorite Chicago neighborhood and why? I’m partial to Andersonville where I live. We have fantastic shops, outstanding restaurants and bars, and I can walk to all of them. Tell us something about you that would surprise most people. I’ve traveled to over 30 countries and speak varying degrees of three languages.
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Italy. You’ll frequently see Italian
buzzword these days. Work-
tabletops decorated with Aperol
life balance, a balanced diet,
Spritzes during the treasured
and in my line of work, the
tradition known as “aperitivo,”
importance of a perfectly
the pre-dinner cocktail hour that
balanced cocktail. Finding
is a cornerstone of the country’s
balance is my focus this
rich, vibrant drinking culture.
year, and the rewards are
While the Aperol Spritz is a
quintessential summer drink, it’s enjoyed throughout the year
Like most Midtown Athletic
by Italians as they share special
Club members, I’m an active,
moments with friends.
social person who wants to pull the most out of life. I used to sleep in on the weekends, but working out early
It’s easy to see why the drink has skyrocketed in popularity.
gives me a couple more hours in the day. My early morning
Tables fill up with Aperol Spritzes, and the eye-catching
regimen earns me a guilt-free brunch and a low-alcohol
color entices guests to try one. After taking their first sip they
cocktail to pair with it.
find their new favorite drink order. Speaking of balance, the
I’m partial to running and HIIT, but everyone’s workout routine is different. Perhaps you play intense tennis matches, try to beat your personal record while swimming laps, or
Aperol Spritz is low proof (it has less alcohol than a glass of white wine) so you can sip one or two and continue on with your weekend plans.
reset your mind with yoga. The reward at the end is the
However, this cocktail isn’t reserved for socializing at your
same: a fun brunch with friends at Midtown Athletic Club’s
favorite restaurant. It’s easy to make at home, and the recipe
brand new Chromium restaurant.
is conveniently found on the back label. All you need is a
The menu at Chromium is fantastic. Their numerous balanced options make it easy to try something new each visit. And might I suggest you start your brunch with an Aperol Spritz.
bottle of chilled Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), Aperol and club soda. Simply start with three parts Prosecco, two parts Aperol and one splash of club soda in a wine glass filled with ice. Finish with an orange slice garnish, and enjoy. A tip from behind the bar: always start by pouring the
If you’re not familiar, Aperol is an Italian liqueur with a
Prosecco in the glass followed by the Aperol to ensure the
unique, pleasantly bittersweet taste of zesty orange and
liqueur mixes evenly.
herbal flavors. It’s the key ingredient in the Aperol Spritz, which is THE drink of 2017.
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converts from coast to coast. Cheers! 47
eventscalendar january–april 2018 Events, dates and times are subject to change. For detailed information and to register, please visit www.midtown.com. Tennis, Pizza & Movie Saturday, January 6, 6:00–8:30 pm Levels 4–6. Junior players are invited to join us on the courts for a fun tennis game-based class, followed by pizza and a movie. Ages 5–10. Junior Match Play Saturday, January 6, 7:00–9:30 pm Levels 1, 2, 3, Open, and Tournament. Supervised round robin match play for junior tennis players. Ages 11–18. Complimentary for members, $20 per guest. Candlelight Yoga Live Sunday, January 7, 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+. Winter Sale Monday, January 8—Sunday, January 14 Shop early for the best selection! 30-50% off select winter items.
Les Mills Relaunch Monday, January 8—Saturday, January 13 New Year, new workout! Checkout the latest workouts and choreography in all your favorite Les Mills classes. Ages 16+. Paddle Drill and Play Monday, January 8, 7:00–9:00 pm Join us for paddle drills, followed by mixed paddle play. Ages 18+. Resolute Your Face: Eminence Event Wednesday, January 10, 6:00–9:00 pm Demonstrations and samples from Eminence, with complimentary beverages and music. Ages 18+. BG 10s Green Dot Ball Youth Progression Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, January 12—Sunday, January 14, 5:00–9:00 pm Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com Adult Paddle Mixer Friday, January 12, 7:00–9:00 pm Social paddle play. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members, $30 per guest. 48
Starter Cardio Games Level 2.6+ Friday, January 12, 7:00–9:00 pm We pair you with a partner as you compete in seven high-energy, fun cardio games. Open to all levels, beginners encouraged. Ages 21+. Members only; $35 per member. Date Night: Foodie! Saturday, January 13, 6:30–9:30 pm Kick off the year by trying new things and making our own Kidtown smoothie recipe. Ages 5–12. Complimentary for members, $25 per guest. Kid Inventors Day Wednesday, January 17 We’ll have three challenges to solve with new inventions. Lego prototypes will help us visualize and be posted for votes to see which ones we submit to the National Museum of Education’s annual invention contest. Live Better Series: Defining Healthy— Understanding Food Labels Wednesday, January 17, 6:00–7:00 pm What does the word healthy mean to you? Learn about the new nutrition labels of 2018. Get strategies to understand different food label language and make the right choices for you and your family. Join Jenny Maloney, registered dietitian, for this complimentary seminar. Ages 16+. Resolute Your Face: Barbor Event Wednesday, January 17, 6:00–9:00 pm Demonstrations and samples from Barbor. Ages 18+.
Men’s 45 & 55-Year-Olds Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, January 19—Sunday, January 21, 5:00–9:00 pm Ages 45+. Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com 312 x 2 Monday, January 22, 6:00–7:00 pm Experience our continually changing 312 fitness class, where no two workouts are the same. Then follow the class with beverage service from Goose Island’s well-loved 312. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members, $30 per guest. Extreme Sports: Theme Ride Wednesday, January 24 Get your adrenaline on while you spin to the most adventurous extreme sports videos all day in the RIDE studio! Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Opposite Day Thursday, January 25 Careful! Kidtown is getting turned upside down for opposite day!
Burns Night Thursday, January 25, 7:30–9:00 pm This night is all about Scotland’s poet Robert Burns and we are celebrating in Chromium with a scotch tasting. Cost includes tasting tickets and appetizer pairing. Ages 21+. $30 per member, $60 per guest. BG 14s Singles Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, January 26—Sunday, January 28, 5:00–9:00 pm Ages 14 and under. Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com. Release and Restore Friday, January 26, 6:30–8:00 pm Combat stress with this gentle and nourishing class carefully designed to promote balance ease and rejuvenation. We’ll begin with a short all levels sow flow to unwind and recirculate. We will then move into the slower and more supported postures of Yin and Restorative Yoga to unwind and release. Soothing essential oils will be used to enhance the practice and provide for an experience of relaxation. All levels welcome. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, $30 per guest. Date Night: Pirates! Saturday, January 27, 6:30–9:30 pm Let’s dream about warmer weather as we sail the seven seas in our quest for buried treasure and snacks. Ages 5-12. Complimentary for members, $25 per guest.
Adult Tennis Mixer Saturday, January 27, 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, guest fees apply. Everyday Athlete: Superbowl Leadup on The Field Wednesday, January 31, 7:45–8:45 pm Clash of the two superbowl football teams! Sport your favorite team’s jersey or colors while battling it out in this special Everyday Athlete Class. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. February Spa Promotions Thursday, February 1—Wednesday, February 28 Spa: Happy Chinese New Year! 60-minute Mandarin Massage $130. Salon: Love is in the Hair—$5 off blowouts for the entire month! Shave & Tonic: Beard Love—Receive 10% off all Baxter Shave products when you book a Hot Towel Shave. Tennis, Pizza & Movie Saturday, February 3, 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. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. 50
Junior Match Play Saturday, February 3, 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, guest fees apply. Paddle Drill and Play Monday, February 5, 7:00–9:00 pm Join us for paddle drills, followed by mixed paddle play. Ages 18+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Live Better Series: Vitamins Wednesday, February 7, 6:00–7:00 pm Learn which supplements and vitamins are worth taking and how to decide what’s right for you. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members. Power Love Ballads Theme Ride Thursday, February 8 Get ready to belt it out in this all-day theme dedicated to the power of love. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Wine and Dine at Chromium Thursday, February 8, 6:30-9:30 pm Experience Chromium as Chef Amanda Barnes partners with Heritage Wines to provide a culinary journey carefully paired with a stunningly curated wine list. Ages 21+.
BG 12’s Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, February 9–Sunday, February 11 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com. Adult Paddle Mixer Friday, February 9, 7:00–9:00 pm Social Paddle Play. Ages 21+. $30 per member, guest fees apply. Open Hips, Open Heart Yoga Saturday, February 10, 2:00–3:30 pm We humans carry a lot of emotional baggage in the hips. Releasing the hips facilitates the opening of the heart, and with an open heart, we are more capable of connecting with the world around us. There will be discussion prior to the flow and opportunity for questions afterward. You will leave this workshop with a sense of lightness in body, mind and spirit. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Swim Saturday, February 10, 2:00–4:00 pm Join us in the indoor pool for a special day to swim with your son or daughter. Each family will have a waterproof flower corsage to give to the lady of the pair. Complimentary for members. 51
Date Night: STEAM Saturday, February 10, 6:30–9:30 pm Work through your own scientific invention and meet the Robinsons with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Snacks provided. Complimentary for members, $25 per guest. Group Exercise Partners Week Sunday, February 11—Saturday, February 17 Bring your spouse, partner, boyfriend, work-wife, bestie, etc. with you to class this week and enter a chance to win a 2-person spa service! Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Kidtown: Mardi Gras Tuesday, February 13 Kidtown is kicking off the carnival all day by learning some French words and decorating masks. Yoga Jam: Radical Love Tuesday, February 13, 6:30–7:30 pm Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day by flowing to some of the best love songs. Love has power—let’s get radical and start the transformation. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Kidtown: Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14 Valentine’s Day will be heartfelt in Kidtown with handmade valentines to share with loved ones.
Everybody/Everycouple Fights Wednesday, February 14, 6:30–7:15 pm and 8:00–8:45 pm Hash out you Vday angst in these two anti-cupid BagsxBody classes. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. NTRP Men’s and Women’s 4.0s Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, February 16—Sunday, February 18 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com Cardio Games Friday, February 16, 7:00–9:00 pm Levels 3.1+. We pair you with a partner as you compete in seven high-energy, fun cardio games. Ages 21+. $35 per member. Candlelight Yoga Live Sunday, February 18, 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+.
Battle of the Exes Theme Ride Wednesday, February 21 All-day theme ride to battle out the best of pop music ex-couples. Brittany and JT, Selina and the Beebs—all the worst breakups with the best soundtracks. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. BG 16s Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, February 23—Sunday, February 25 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com Date Night: Olympics Saturday, February 24, 6:30–9:30 pm We’ll host a night of indoor Olympic games before watching “Cool Runnings.” Ages 5-12. Complimentary for members, $25 per guest. Adult Tennis Mixer Saturday, February 24, 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, guest fees apply. Yoga Jam Live Tuesday, February 27, 6:30–7:30 pm A special vinyasa class set to live music. Ages: 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply.
Yoga Month Thursday, March 1—Saturday, March 31 All month long there will be special yoga celebrations and education! See Club website for details. March Spa Promotions Thursday, March 1—Saturday, March 31 Spa: 60-minute “Pot of 24kt Gold” collagen facial $140. Salon: Lucky Locks—receive a complimentary pop and lock from Color Wow with every blowout booked. Shave & Tonic: Shave your shamrock—$5 off Hot Towel Shave throughout the month. Kidtown: Dr. Seuss Day Friday, March 2 Cat In The Hat is taking over and the kids are creating their own creatures and rhymes. Adult Paddle Mixer Friday, March 2, 7:00–9:00 pm Social Paddle Play. Ages 21+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply.
Tennis, Pizza & Movie Saturday, March 3, 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. Junior Match Play Saturday, March 3, 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, $20 per guest. A Day at the Movies in Group Exercise Sunday, March 4 Celebrate a day at the movies with special group fitness soundtracks all day that feature movie songs, in honor of the Oscars. Ages 16+. Paddle Drill and Play Monday, March 5, 7:00-9:00 pm Join us for paddle drills, followed by mixed paddle play. Ages 18+. Demo Run with Salomon & Suunto Thursday, March 8, 5:00–8:00 pm Have you tried out the newest running technology from Salomon and Suunto? Come out this evening for an introduction to the product with our Tech Rep and Sales Rep. With some short demo runs. Ages 18+. Complimentary.
Men’s 55 and Over Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, March 9—Sunday, March 11 Ages 55+. Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com Yoga Jam Live Saturday, March 10, noon–1:00 pm A special vinyasa class set to live music. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Kidtown: Pi Day Wednesday, March 14 Learn to divide shapes and create a “recipe” for a creative (anything you want) pie. BG 10s Green Dot Ball Youth Progression Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, March 16—Sunday, March 18 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com
ShamROCK Group Exercise Saturday, March 17 ROCK it out in RIDE, The Field, and The Theater to class rock songs! Wear your green St. Patrick pride while you ShamROCK. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply.
Candlelight Yoga Live Sunday, March 18, 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+. Paddle Drill and Play Monday, March 19, 7:00–9:00 pm Join us for paddle drills, followed by mixed paddle play. Ages 18+. Spring into Spring: Pilates Jumpboard Tuesday, March 20, 6:00–7:00 pm Celebrate the first day of Spring with a special Reformer Pilates class using the Jumpboard for the full hour. Members only; $32 per member. BG 14s Green Dot Ball Youth Progression Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, March 23—Sunday, March 25 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com Special Yoga Lab: Spring Cleaning Saturday, March 24, 1:30–3:00 pm Celebrate the Spring Equinox and clear out what isn’t serving you in your life to make room for what will. Learn the specific breathing techniques and physical postures to help detox the body, aid with allergy symptoms, and jump start your warm weather routine! Ages 16+. Complimentary.
Date Night: Earth Day Saturday, March 24, 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. Spring Break Theme Ride Tuesday, March 27 Get your beach party vibes on in RIDE and spin all day to sun-tanned party songs. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Easter Egg Hunt Friday, March 30 Swim your way to a special indoor Easter egg hunt. Young swimmers grouped by ages/levels have a chance to gather eggs in the pool to win redeemable tokens. Members only. Cardio Tennis Games Friday, March 30, 7:00–9:00 pm We pair you with a partner as you compete in seven high-energy, fun cardio games. Levels 2.6 and above. Ages 21+. Members only; $35 per member.
Kidtown: National Crayon Day Saturday, March 31 All day we are celebrating everyone’s first art tool: the magnificent crayon! Read “The Day The Crayons Quit” and create your own work of art. 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, haircut, Gentlemen’s Facial with classic Mani and Pedi through the month of April. $60 value. Opening Day on The Field Thursday, April 5 and Monday, April 9 Join us on The Field for a celebration of baseball for your turf-based classes. Ages 16+. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. 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.
BG 10s Green Dot Ball Youth Progression Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, April 6—Sunday, April 8 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com Les Mills Relaunch Saturday, April 7—Saturday, April 14 Look out for new choreography and specialty classes for Les Mills relaunch week. 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 event, followed by pizza and a movie. Levels 4-6. Ages 5-10. 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, $20 per guest.
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+. 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. NTRP Men’s 4.0 & 4.5 Tennis Tournaments at Midtown, featuring PlaySight Friday, April 20—Sunday, April 22 Tournament participation requires USTA membership. To register, visit tennislink.usta.com Family Cardio Games Saturday, April 21, 6:00–8:00 pm Participants will run through 30 minutes of a warm up and drills followed by 90 minutes of exciting cardio tennis games. This is a unique opportunity for players to compete in an intense, but very fun environment. Open to players enrolled in level 3, level 3+ and level 2 classes and extended family at NTRP level 2.6 and above. $30 per member, $60 per guest.
Spinyasa Sunday, April 22, 6:00–7:30 pm Feature combination of 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. 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+. Members only; $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, guest fees apply.
jenny maloney, registered dietitian/trainer
Nutrition Trends of 2018
Nutrigenomics—The study of how genes and nutrients interact. There is now research showing that based on your genes you can get more clear answers on things like food intolerances, what kind of foods can help with weight loss and sports performance, and what vitamins and nutrients your body has a hard time absorbing. Genetic testing can range from $100 to $2,000 depending on the complexity of the test. If you have been following a healthy nutrition plan and are not getting results, a genetic test for nutrition may be something you want to look into. I recommend having a healthcare professional help you interpret results and make a plan. Nutrigenomix is a well-researched company that has qualified healthcare professionals working for it.
Healthy Convenience/Prepackaged meals—
Functional foods—Functional foods are foods thought to provide benefits beyond basic nutrition. These foods may play a role in reducing or minimizing the risk of some diseases and health conditions. An example would be antioxidants in foods like leafy greens, carrots, and tomatoes that can help fight inflammation and have cancer-fighting properties. Eating three servings of cruciferous vegetables a week is another example of this, because it can help with the detoxification process your body already has in place. Functional food isn’t necessarily a substitute for medicine but it can be a part of a comprehensive approach to good health.
Gut health—We’ve been hearing about gut health a lot and
Prepared healthy meals portioned out so you can control your intake and eliminate the work of prep and cooking. It sounds like an easy way out, but with our busy lives and multiple mouths to feed, this healthy convenience is a great idea. I usually recommend preparing and cooking at home at least a few times a week if possible. If you can afford prepackaged healthy meals, they will help guarantee a balanced meal, and, because they are calorie controlled, they can help with weight loss.
it seems to be related to everything health wise lately. Your gut works closely with your brain so stress can wreak havoc on your gut health as well as a poor diet. Probiotics and prebiotics are everywhere, so the question is should you be adding them to your daily diet? You can find probiotics in foods like kefir, yogurt, miso, and, saurkraut but a probiotic supplement will provide a consistent and more concentrated amount of healthy bacteria. Probiotic supplements are wellresearched and have many positive benefits, so if you have any GI symptoms (such as bloating and irregular bowel movements), low energy, vitamin deficiencies, or want to promote general health and wellness, taking this supplement daily can help make you feel better.
Sugar vs. Sugar Substitutes—We know sugar is the new devil, but let’s dive deeper. Yes, you don’t want to eat too much added sugar in your diet. Look at the ingredient labels of all your favorite products and start to recognize the code words for “sugar,” like molasses, fruit juice concentrate, sucrose, and agave nectar. They are all still sugar. Try to keep your sugar intake to 25-35 grams per day or 6-8 teaspoons per day. This might be why many people are looking for sugar substitutes. A popular sweetener called Stevia is derived from a plant and is considered safe, although there is limited research on it. Stevia is a natural alternative to sugar, but I recommend using it sparingly. Have natural sugars from foods like fruit and milk and it’s okay to have real sugar in small amounts. 59
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imran jivani The buzz around the opening of
The Hotel at Midtown has added even more energy to the already vibrant new club. Spirit’s Joelle Beranek sat down with Hotel Director, Imran Jivani, to get some information and fun details about what to expect from the new hotel.
JB: What type of guests will stay at The Hotel at Midtown? IJ: The goal of The Hotel at Midtown is to allow the active fitness traveler to enjoy a resort rather than a hotel gym when they come to Chicago. As individuals continue to improve themselves physically and mentally, they also look to improve their experiences. The guest at the Hotel is a discerning individual that knows what they want. JB: What makes the rooms at The Hotel at Midtown unique? IJ: Within each room, we have created a serene resting place with the best mattresses, ample workspace, amazing Gilchrest and Soames amenities, and a surplus of power outlets, which are more important than you can imagine. Our rooms have a functionality that will appeal to the savvy traveler. That being said, you won’t find alarm clocks (though they are available by request), carpet, or pay-per-view movies. Knowing our travelers want to use their own devices, we have installed Staycast in all rooms so you can stream to the 55” TV with
your iOS and Android devices. Our goal was to find what is needed and remove what was unwanted while delivering an immersive resort experience. JB: How will the Hotel stay up to date on travelers needs? IJ: The Hotel at Midtown is full service with all the “bells and whistles,” but those can change. We will continue to evolve while carefully gauging guests’ needs through feedback and experience. We already have changes in place from when we opened. Room service will not be available, but will happen once we find a sustainable solution that mirrors the values of Chromium. Laundry and dry-cleaning will need to be sourced in the same diligent manner.
Imran Jivani, Hotel Director—The Hotel at Midtown 773.687.7622 firstname.lastname@example.org
JB: Will you have a room available for members to preview? IJ: Members are always welcome to tour the Hotel. I hope everyone will feel free to find me at the Club so I can personally escort them and share this wonderful amenity. JB: For out of town guests, what are the best ways to get downtown? IJ: We are a short jaunt from anything and everything that is local and fun! We hope to have a partnership in the near future with BMW and offer a house car (first come first serve) to chauffer guests within a three-to-five-mile radius. Uber and Lyft are also great options for getting around Chicago.
IJ: They are really one and the same; the Hotel is an extension of the Club. Our goal is to deliver an experience that exceeds the remarkable expectations that the Club has set. Many of our guests will be extended family members whose children, grandchildren, or parents are stakeholders in the Midtown community. Our vision is to serve our guests while helping them immerse themselves in this amazing community. Rather than handing out a room key and just saying, “Welcome,” The Hotel at Midtown addresses the lifestyle, experience, and choice of a traveler.
JB: I heard that there will be four suites and that Venus Williams is designing one. What can we expect from those special rooms? IJ: These rooms will build upon the style and design that runs throughout the Hotel at Midtown. We are hopeful that these suites will be ready by the end of the year. When they are, I would love to give personal tours, since all things Midtown are better experienced than talked about. JB: How does The Hotel at Midtown connect with the Club?
advertiserprofile ericmorrison Are you a Chicago native? My grandfather was a professional baseball player in Chicago before WWII. Despite my family moving to California for many years, I moved back over 12 years ago and consider Chicago my home. Chicago is the most active city I have lived in. Every season offers a spectacular assortment of activities, events, street fairs and festivals. I love the changing seasons. Sometimes the seasons change in a single day. When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? I became a member two years ago to play on a tennis league and was recruited to work at Midtown in membership for the new club expansion. What an amazing transition! Midtown is now a luxury resort, health club, and spa all in one. There is something for everyone, with five boutique studios and over 200 group exercise classes per week. I find the Club to be an impeccable blend of elegance and functionality—peaceful and soothing in some areas, and energetic and motivating in others. What athletic activities do you participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? I enjoy tennis, golf, biking, BodyPump, personal training, yoga, swimming and taking my dogs to the dog beach. It’s important for my mind and body to keep moving. What’s your go-to machine at Midtown? The Power Plate provides stretching, massage, planks and full body workouts. If you are sore and want to prevent injuries, start using this machine and ask for a coach on duty for assistance. If you are serious and want to really make a change in your body, a personal trainer and Pilates is the best investment you can make. Tell us about your career path and how you chose it? My grandmother started in real estate in the 1950s and has seen the entire city change one neighborhood at a time. Her love for real estate and buying investment properties helped me choose a career in real estate. I now have a knowledgable team of real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway specializing in residential sales and luxury leasing from Downtown up the North Shore to Highland Park and over towards the west suburbs to Hinsdale. Your career in sales has led you to balance jobs with both Berkshire Hathaway and Midtown Athletic Club. 64
What skills do you bring to both, and what is different about the two roles? When people decide to join a club and purchase/sell a home, they are looking to change or improve their lives. Both jobs require me to discover our clients’ needs based on location, interests, requirements, price, etc. Providing the very best service and connecting on a personal level is essentially about putting our clients first. This means being accessible, a good listener, as well as a good communicator with excellent negotiation skills and responding quickly. Most of my Midtown members and real estate clients end up referring their friends and co-workers to me, which is the ultimate compliment. What excites you about coming to work each day? I really enjoy helping people change their lives. My coworkers and fellow members are inspiring. We work out together, play tennis, plan concerts, dinners and events outside of work. I have made many new friends at Midtown by starting a conversation on a cardio machine or in a group exercise class. Tell about any volunteer/philanthropic endeavors and why you are passionate about them? The Humane Society of America, PAWS of Chicago and the Doris Day Animal Foundation are amazing foundations to help animals, dogs, cats, and horses who are in need of homes, shelter, food and medical care. A little kindness goes a long way for those who cannot help themselves. If you could travel back in time to witness one event in history, which would it be? Military genius Alexander the Great built the first world library in Alexandria in the third century B.C., which most likely prompted the creation of the Rosetta Stone in 196 B.C. Julius Caesar’s army accidentally burned down the Alexandria Library in 48 B.C. It would be amazing to have the knowledge from this library today. Tell us something about you that would surprise most people? I adopted two neighbor kids, Julia and Michael, at the ages of 11 and 13 years old. Their grandmother was in the hospital and passed away during surgery. Julia graduated from William and Mary University and is now an up-and-coming actor in NYC, and Michael is an accomplished writer and poet in NYC. Proud Dad!
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