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Please see the event descriptions below for guidelines about the type of events Vegan Chicago offers:DINEOUTS
Dineouts happen monthly and we pick restaurants that are vegan or are particularly vegan friendly. We setup a special menu or buffet for this event. Tax, tip, and Meetup fees are rolled into the cost of the event so that it is a one-time fee charged when the RSVP is made. These events can get quite large so it will be hard to miss us when you arrive. Please look for the organizer who will be checking everybody in upon arrival.
- To attend a member must RSVP "Yes" on the event page.
- Prepayment through Meetup.com is a requirement for a "Yes" RSVP and the payment process will begin once a "Yes" RSVP is initiated.
- There are refund guidelines associated with each individual event. If you RSVP "Yes" for an event and if you don't show up, your payment will be forfeited.
- Calling the venue owner or showing up without a reservation the day of will not get you in. We have a list and abide strictly by it for the fairness of all.
VEGAN ON TAP*
Vegan On Tap is an event where we simply meet at a bar and have drinks. It allows for better social mingling and is more of a casual type of event. We hope that new and experienced vegan people will come out and share friendly conversation. Come and ask those questions you're otherwise embarrassed to ask or feel free to vent/cry on a shoulder! The vegan here flows on tap so come and get a share!
A RSVP is not required but is still recommended so we can keep an eye out for you and secure the appropriate seating arrangements. Everybody is responsible for their own drinks and generally food is not a part of this type of event unless stated otherwise.
*For ages 21 and over
Our book club is a bi-monthly event hosted at Delicious Cafe
. It takes place from 4-6pm on the 2nd Sunday of even numbered months (ex. February, April).
Events are structured to be friendly, open-minded gatherings where members can feel comfortable discussing and sharing ideas. Each month we will pick a book to read prior to meeting and use it as a guide for our discussion topics. We will also establish a thread on our message board for each book so members can discuss topics leading up to and after an event. RSVPs for book discussions will be capped at 20 members to maintain a comfortable, friendly environment.
For more information regarding our book club please see the following links:
- VCBC Guidelines: Full, detailed guide with everything you need to know to get started. Includes venue info, event structure and guidelines to be followed.
- Book List & Recommendations: A complete list of all recommended books submitted by Vegan Chicago members, as well as a chronological list of past discussion books.
(Note: All documents open in Google Docs).
These events are family-oriented and kid-friendly. Vaccination is encouraged to protect our infants and toddlers.
DIRECT ACTION EVERYWHERE (DxE)
These are animal liberation action events co-hosted through our partner organization Direct Action Everywhere Chicago
Squad events are meant to act in solidarity with other social justice causes. As forms of oppression are related we offer the opportunity to together join other causes to add support in their plight.
Every once in a while we bring in a reputable authority to speak on a topic that affects the vegan community. We often record them and post them to our podcast
A potluck is a party where everybody brings a dish of food and shares it with the rest of the people at the party. To ensure everybody has a good time we will outline basic guidelines we expect everybody to follow if they wish to participate. Nothing hard or scary just mostly common sense stuff and tips for people new to potluck.
Please adhere to the following:
- All food must be vegan which is defined as not containing any animal products. By this we mean no: meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, yogurt, butter, whey, lard, casein, gelatin, fish, animal broth etc. For a more comprehensive list check out this page.
- You must bring food to eat food.
- Dishes should serve at least 6 portions.
- A list of ingredients or the recipe must be written down to be displayed near your dish with your name.
- If needed please provide a utensil to enable people to serve themselves a portion of the dish you brought.
- Bring your own plate, utensils and napkin. Tupperware or other such container makes for a convenient way to partake and then store for easy cleanup later at home.
- Store/restaurant bought food is allowed as long as the ingredients are readily available. This makes it easy for people who don't cook or whatever to participate.
- Couples/families bringing one dish should adjust the portion size of their dish accordingly.
- Please post what dish you plan to bring in your RSVP comment when you sign up for an event.
- While we will do our best to ensure all food is vegan (or yummy ) we cannot guarantee it. Eat at your own risk.