For more than 30 years, Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage has served up a Chicago-centric menu of beef sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs. Silence empty-belly rumblings with one of Pop's delectable beef sandwiches ($4.19–$6.35), such as the italian beef, heaped with mounds of succulent, thin-sliced beef soaked in special spices and natural gravy. Windy-city visitors can delight in the classic Chicago hot dog and the savory polish sausage (each around $2.29–$2.99, depending on location), each nestled underneath mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and the looming shadow of oscillating skyscrapers. Other handheld fare includes the meatball and corned-beef sandwiches, which can be upgraded with a variety of extras, including red sauce, sweet peppers, hot mix (all free on sandwiches, extra as a side), feta cheese, and bacon. A fleet of made-from-scratch soups and salads is also available, and includes such options as the hearty cream-of-chicken rice soup and the large garden salad ($2.09–$3.99).
A family-owned-and-operated establishment, the idea for Jenny's Steak House sprouted more than 60 years ago in a small pub on Chicago's South Side. These days, chefs still whip up menu items that the family concocted all those years ago, such as potato pancakes, braised lamb shanks, and oxtail soup. The culinary maestros at Jenny's Steak House also grill hand-cut steaks smeared with a special seasoning blend, pair wraps and sandwiches with homemade Idaho potato chips, and blacken, broil, or fry fresh seafood. Meanwhile, the pizza kitchen dispenses pies until 1 a.m., at which time all the uncooked dough and pepperoni turn into a magical pizza carriage. The lounge accommodates guests even later as they relax with martinis, local brews, or wine while enjoying evening entertainment such as live music and karaoke.
In a symbiotic partnership, Joe's Italian Villa crafts a menu of craveable pasta and pizza, while 191 South slings drinks. Pizza colors palates with a doughy palette of thick crust (10" for $9; 14" for $17; 18" for $25, plus extra for toppings) or thin crust (10" for $7; 14" for $10; 18" for $17, plus extra for toppings) dotted with colorful toppings. Spare your ocular orbs from lunar collisions with the mezzelune half-moon ravioli ($13), pasta pillows stuffed with portobello mushrooms and smothered in a creamy sun-dried-tomato-infused sauce, or come back down to earth with classic sausage and peppers ($12).
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
EggCetera Cafe's resident chefs wield eggs sourced fresh from local Mussman's Back Acres farm alongside trans-fat-free oils and freshly ground coffee beans to craft a menu of savory American breakfast and lunch dishes. Morning-time munching begins with the lox benedict, a tower of hollandaise-drizzled smoked salmon, capers, and two poached eggs atop an english muffin ($9.95). Breakfast burritos harboring scrambled eggs and chorizo ($6.95) roust late-slumbering appetites to pick up the slack left by late-slumbering milkmen. For lunch, diners can furnish fists with po boy sandwiches ($7.95), which fill the gap between two halves of a french roll with morsels of chopped steak and mozzarella; culinary wizards also conjure a rotating slate of homemade soups.
ChicagoBlu’s crack team of chefs conjure press-lauded burgers, sandwiches, and chicken wings to round out their menu of classic pub grub. Meal-prefacing portions of Southside skins ($6.99) load crispy potato skins with bacon and cheese, the greatest meal partnership since tea and pinkies. Wrap fists around the steakhouse cheddar burger ($8.99), which wards off hunger pangs with a patty of flame-grilled beef, steak sauce, and onion rings. Boneless chicken strips ($7.99 for five) take marathon swims in sauces such as Bayou Blaze, barbecue, and teriyaki as mouths patiently await them at the finish line. Finally, postmeal cool-downs begin with ice cream ($1.99) anointed with caramel or chocolate sauce and end with talking oneself down from the taste bud–coddling experience.