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.
For 2016, we will stay truer to our name, i.e., we will use the SUPPER CLUB format to explore an INTERNATIONAL cuisine in CHICAGO each month. The actual meeting place (not venue) will be announced at least two hours before the event start time. The venue will be a short (five minutes') walk from the meeting location. All venues will be within Chicago city limits only.If you are running late and miss us at the meeting place, check our Twitter feedto see where we are. Since this means the venue will not be disclosed until the event has started, we will give you some information so you can determine if you want to join us, such as hint of type of food to expect, approximate location, and estimate cost for three courses per person (not including beverages, tax, and gratuities):
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If this arrangement bothers you, then this is probably not the right Meetup group for you. There are plenty of other dining-out Meetup groups that are less mysterious.
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 "meat-heavy" dinner and you're vegetarian).
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 is 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.