Frequently Asked Questions

"Frequently Asked Questions"


Is this a dating club?
NO! We are not a dating club! We welcome everyone : singles, and a variety of married & non-married couples. If singles meet and end up dating, that's great, but please don't join if that's ALL you are interested in.

What kinds of events do you guys have?
We started out as a dining out group but like to mix thing up a bit. Suggestions are always welcome! Events include meet & greets, beer & wine tastings, dinner, theater, comedy clubs, art, glass blowing, music, happy hours, dancing, karaoke & more.

As the weather permits, we would like to do outdoor events, like festivals, biking, hiking, horseback riding, paintball, all kinds of stuff! Refer to the Messages page for discussions on upcoming events & ideas. Our calendar for scheduled events lists what we will be up to next. (You can search both past & future events).

Are RSVPs important?
It is important that you RSVP because it encourages others to participate & reinforces that we are an active group. Even a "No" RSVP is welcome, so we know you're out there and still interested.

A "Yes" RSVP should be treated like any other commitment. The organizers spend a lot of time (and in many occasions, money) to set up events & they expect you to RESPECT them & the place holding the event. It's really embarrassing to set up an event with 20 people & only have 10 show! It also is just not fair to make us wait to order dinner or start on a hike, and find that you just are NOT going to show up. For many events we need make reservations based on the RSVP list. Because of past issues with this we have instituted the one strike rule. If you are asked to confirm your RSVP (we will email our number before the event) and just don't show up, with out calling or notifying us you will be REMOVED from the group (barring severe personal emergency/sickness).

Even if there are no reservations required, it's important that we have the number of people attending so that we know to look out for you! If it's the day of an event & you can't make it, please call the Organizer of the event or call the venue. Don't make us wait and worry about you, if you know you won't be there.


Are photo's required to join the NSDO?
For our member's safety and various other reasons, our group now requires members to have a member photo posted in his/her profile. The photo must be of you and recognizable. All member profiles, which do not have a photo, will be removed. You may rejoin us once you have a photo of yourself up. Some events are posted by assistant organizers who might not know you. It's only fair, since we are holding a seat for you.

Are there fees?
As you may or may not know, Meetup.com charges the organizers a monthly fee to run our meetup groups. There are also numerous expenses involved with organizing besides our time. To offset some of the expense, we charge a meetup fee for many events. At times you will be required to pay ahead on line to hold your space.


I have kids - can I bring them too?
Obviously a lot of our events involve getting out & letting loose - which for a lot of us involves adult beverages in an adults-only situation, & we don't want to have to worry about what we say or how we act in front of the little ones. That being said, we do offer events that are kid friendly - check the title or description, or email the person organizing the event to ask. Past kid-friend events have included festivals, mini-golf, Volleyball, hikes, etc.


I have a side business - may I promote it within the group?
We are a social club, not a business networking group. If at all possible, we'd like to forget about work and have fun! That being said, sometimes there is a crossover with your work & social life. If you run a side business (or main business, for that matter!) & would like to promote it, please let the organizers know & we'll discuss it on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT JOIN TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS. Members who actively promote/annoy other members by networking and advertising without being prompted will be removed from the group."


What if I have an issue with someone in the group?
Please call it to the attention of the organizers so that it may be discussed. We reserve the right to remove any member at any time for any reason. We will not tolerate any type of harassment, intolerance or disrespect. Responsible drinking and behavior are expected at all events. Anyone who violates this policy will be removed from the group.


Participation in any group activity with this Meetup group is at your own risk.
To the fullest extent allowed by law, you waive any claims against, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the NSDO, North Shore Dining Out meetup, its affiliates, employees, officers, directors and contractors from, all claims or liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and any other party who may accompany you in these endeavors
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About North Shore Dining Out & Fun Meetup Group (NSDO) April 4, 2014 9:57 AM anonymous

Highland Park, IL

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