Maxwell's at the Club

October 27, 2015

Maxwell's at the Club
If you're from Chicago, you've probably heard of East Bank Club, a huge sports and fitness facility located in River North. East Bank Club has been around since 1980 and has grown to include more than 10,000 members. What you might not know is you don't need to be a member to dine at their restaurant, Maxwell's at the Club. Lucky for me, Maxwell's is a short walk from my office, so I stopped by with my colleague and friend Hannah for a weekday lunch.

Maxwell's is located on the first floor, just left of the main lobby. They have a bar with seating, as well as a more formal dining room. Although it is not super fancy (it is in a fitness club after all!). I couldn't help but notice the cute fitness figurines above the bar when we walked in. We were then seated in a comfy booth in the dimly lit dining room.

Maxwell's at the Club
The lunch menu has many options from soups and salads, to pizzas, sandwiches, tacos, and entrees. Many menu items also list nutritional information as well as indicators for allergens and healthier options. Hannah and I started with some fresh seafood including oysters on the half shell (ordered per piece), and the colossal shrimp cocktail. They weren't kidding about the colossal size of the shrimp! They were extremely fresh and we loved the little salad served at the bottom of the martini glass. The oysters were OK, but weren't nice and plump like I usually prefer (Fat Bastard oysters anyone?).

Oysters and Shrimp
Oysters & Shrimp Cocktail
Oysters on the half shell
Raw Oysters
Jumbo Shrimp
Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
Hannah and I decided to try a soup and salad for our main course. We both selected the roasted butternut squash soup which we expected to be more of a puree-based soup, but it was similar to a chili. I liked that it had no cream in it; instead it was filled with beans, onion, carrots, bell pepper, corn, zucchini, and kale and at only 155 calories, it seemed super healthy.

Butternut Squash
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Hannah chose a starter salad, the Roasted Beets, Beets and Beets salad which featured a heaping portion of, you guessed it, beets! There were three varieties of beets which gave the salad a gorgeous color: red, golden, and striped beets. Hannah added some goat cheese and it was finished with a rich balsamic glaze.

Beets Salad
Roasted Beets, Beets and Beets
I tried the Kingsbury Salad which packed quite a protein punch! It featured mixed greens, hickory smoked bacon, white cheddar cheese, artichoke hearts, tomato, avocado, and hard-cooked eggs. I also added a filet of roasted salmon which was perfectly tender. Maxwell's has several dressing options and I chose the herb vinaigrette. They certainly didn't skimp on the ingredients and everything was extra fresh.

Both salads were excellent but we ran out of time so we ended up having to take the rest of our lunch back to the office. Maxwell's is a great option for a business lunch or workday lunch, just be sure to budget enough time.

Salmon Salad
Kingsbury Salad with Salmon
I want to stop back in for dinner one night, especially since I didn't get to try dessert! Maxwell's features a prime rib special on Thursday nights, as well as live music Tuesday-Friday. They also serve a Sunday brunch buffet with an omelet bar, salads, waffles, seafood and more.  

Maxwell's is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and for brunch on Sundays.

Note: my meal was complimentary; however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Maxwell's at the Club
500 N. Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Maxwell's at the Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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