Maxwell’s at the Club Restaurant Review – Casual Yet Elegant Dining

The city of Chicago has endless possibilities for weekend brunch. However, there are very few of these located at fitness clubs, such as the casual yet elegant brunch provided by Maxwell’s at the Club. Maxwell’s is part of East Bank Club (EBC), which consists of a fitness center, pool, salon and spa services, a business center, physical therapy, a pro shop with boutique and athletic clothing and accessories, child care, a dry cleaners, a car wash and a snack shop. EBC, located at 500 North Kingsbury Street, in downtown Chicago, is known as the best health club in the city. Guests have included celebrities, Oprah, Mayor Emmanuel, and President Obama.

 

 

Maxwell's entrance

 

The restaurant offers dinner, lunch, and brunch (Friday and Sunday) and is located just off EBC’s main lobby, and is open to the public. It was founded by Max Davidson, who was the first executive director of EBC. Maxwell’s menus are prepared by executive chef Mike Lodes, and it changes every week. Chef Lodes began cooking at the age of fifteen, and was immediately drawn to the culinary arts. He attended the Culinary Institute of America after high school graduation, and has not looked back since. Mr. Lodes ended up working for EBC after working with the Food and Beverage Director on and off since 1978.

 

My friend and I had the pleasure of dining at Maxwell’s for Sunday brunch. The interior of the restaurant was simplistic elegance, with smooth wood, browns, white creams, and black leather chairs/booths. The interior of Maxwell’s also consists of comical sculptures near the ceilings of clumsy men playing sports, which were very enjoyable to look at. We were warmly greeted by Carlos Reid, the general manager.

 

Maxwell's dining area

 

 

Maxwell's bar area

 

Comical sport statues

 

Comical sport statue

 

Maxwell’s provides its customers with professional yet friendly, accommodating service. Our server, Germano, was very polite and attended to our every need.

 

As for the brunch itself, there was a wonderful variety of an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet selection. I found it difficult at first to make a selection – there was so much to choose from! The buffet included self-serving stations for dessert, meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, pancakes, waffles, French toast, bagels with cream cheese and lox, potatoes, granola and yogurt, salad, and seasonal vegetables and pastas. There was also an omelet station where a chef named Greg concocted a delicious spinach, mushroom, and feta cheese omelet for my plate.

 

 

Brunch station

 

The brunch dessert/pastries

 

Greg working the omelet station

 

Brunch station

 

Brunch station

 

I also filled my plates with fresh fruit, mini Belgian waffles with mixed fruit compote and whipped cream, a pecan roll with cinnamon and honey, and tiramisu. My friend and I were also served freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice. Everything we ate or drank was delicious, fresh, and filling. It was also comforting knowing that all of Maxwell’s food and drink was organic.

 

 

Freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice

 

Mushroom and spinahc feta cheese omelet with fresh fruit and tiramisu

 

Mini Belgian waffles with whipped cream and blueberry compote, roasted carrots and potatoes

 

Maxwell’s at the Club is a wonderful place in Chicago to attend a satisfying, delicious, yet homey brunch experience. I recommend it to anyone who is a brunch fanatic!

 

 

Maxwell’s at the Club is located at East Bank Club at 500 North Kingsbury Street Chicago, IL 60654.

 

Maxwell’s at the Club Hours

Lunch: Weekdays 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dinner: Weekdays 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Bar: Weekdays 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturdays Closed

Brunch: Fridays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

$24 adults, $12 children ages 7 – 10, $6 children 4 – 6, children 3 and under are free.

 

For information or a reservation, please call 773-527-5800 or email at [email protected]. You can also visit their website.

                       

Photos: Jennifer Lunz

 

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