Window to the World

Chicago is a wonderfully diverse city; each culture has its personality, language, customs, traditions, and cuisine. Each month we will explore various geographical regions by visiting restaurants deemed representative of the cuisines of those regions.

Each restaurant has been selected based on critical reviews, uniqueness, or Zagat or Michelin recommendations (NEVER Yelp, or Check, Please!, or Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives. Do not even make a recommendation because the restaurant had been featured on any of those; that's one sure way to ensure it will never be included on our schedule). Selections run the gamut from simple street food to 12-course meals fit for royalty. This means sometimes there will be dishes and dining practices that are very unfamiliar, but that's the fun of culinary exploration.

Currently, this year we will have one Meetup a month, so hopefully some will fit your schedule. Click here to check out our future Meetups. We hope you will find at least one that will interest you.

All meetups have been planned with the goal of enjoying a wonderful meal with wonderful company in mind. However, while meeting new people and reacquainting with old friends make the meal more enjoyable, the meal is, and always will be, the chief focus of each meetup. Please do not take up precious spots if you are not interested in the main attraction (like going to Garlic Fest if you don't like garlic in your food or a Mexican dinner and you don't eat spicy food).

Oh, by the way, this is a dictatorship, not a democracy. We go when and where the organizer wants to go, and approval or revocation of membership is solely at the discretion of the organizer. And the word "ethnic" is taboo.

If the presence of another member makes you uncomfortable, please let us know immediately so the offending member will be removed and banned.

Please note that ISCChicago has a No Show Policy. In addition to no-shows, excessive last-minute cancellations will also likely get you removed and banned.

Banned members will not be reinstated. There is no period after which a banned member can re-apply to join.

Anyone who has been banned or has had their membership revoked and attempts to attend an event either by attending as another member's guest or without a proper RSVP may be asked to sit elsewhere if the event is held at a public venue or asked to leave if the meetup is a private event.

For those of you who are interested in the more exotic elements of the culinary world, please check out our other Meetup group, Adventurous Eating. And, if you are looking for the best steakhouse(s) in Chicago, check out Chicago Steakhouses.

Click here to learn more about ISCChicago.

Let's explore authentic cuisines together!

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Window to the World

Recent Meetups

  • March 6 · 7:00 PM

    Americana @ Kinmont

    6 Culinary Explorers | 5.00

    We celebrate our 4th anniversary and conclude Americana at the first entirely sustainable fish and seafood restaurant in Chicago. "Element Collective’s latest... Learn more
  • February 6 · 6:00 PM

    the Old West @ Frontier

    6 Culinary Explorers | 5.00 | 2 Photos

    After January's trip to the past, we next take a trip to the edge of civilization. From the restaurant's website: "Our story begins with your journey from the... Learn more
  • January 10 · 6:00 PM

    speakeasy @ Untitled

    7 Culinary Explorers | 4.50 | 1 Photo

    For 2015, we take fewer but more nostalgic culinary trips. Each quarter we'll sample from a geographical region. We kick off 2015 with a reminiscent trip to the... Learn more
  • December 14, 2014 · 12:00 PM

    Somali @ Mogadishu

    4 Culinary Explorers | 1.00

    We end 2014 with a sampling from East Africa, but not your usual suspects. This tiny (16 seats) unassuming restaurant has no menu and no posted price but is very popular... Learn more
  • November 15, 2014 · 1:00 PM

    huaraches @ Huaraches Doña Chio

    4 Culinary Explorers

    Named one of 30 Favorite Mexican Dishes in Chicago by Chicago Magazine, the huarache is a Mexico City street-food dish "named after a sandal—for its size and shape, if... Learn more
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