There's more to "adventurous dining" than trying to bribe your way through Wendy's drive-thru as a pedestrian.
Take dinner off the map and go underground with pop-up dinners, secret supper clubs, and a meal that none of your friends are talking about. Yet.
Tuesday Night Dinner
Live music, art, and ingredients scoured from little-known ethnic markets and specialty suppliers come together at this eclectic dinner series. The venue shifts each time, from restaurant to art studio to a twinkle-light-covered abandoned convent. The communal dinner is open to the public and held the last Tuesday of each month, with past entrées including boar loin, hen vesuvio, and lamb tacos.
Last Tuesday of each month, locations vary. $30. RSVP.
Goose & Fox
Sometimes dinners take place in dining rooms, and sometimes they take place in abandoned warehouses. That's the case for Goose & Fox, an underground restaurant serving up eight to ten courses of locally sourced lemon garlic & soy chicken thigh, roasted cornish hen, and scallion & cauliflower salad alongside loud music and cool BYOB vibes at private locations for eight to twenty diners.
Mar 16, 23 & 30. Locations TBA. $65-100.
Feat & Imbibe
Helmed by a former Moto chef, this Evanston-based pop-up has urban roots. But don’t expect the nitrogen-fueled molecular gastronomy that the chef’s Fulton Market alma mater is known for. Do expect cutting-edge cuisine featuring rotating items such as pork belly with cornbread purée, pan-seared quail, and foie gras ice cream with carefully selected wine and cocktail pairings (pictured).
Mar 22-Apr 5, see times here. 1307 Chicago Ave., Evanston (847-491-9744). $95-130. RSVP.
Held in an undisclosed location in Logan Square, these BYOB home dinners happen five to ten times a month featuring two to three courses of seasonal entrées cooked up from local farmers' markets. Snag a spot to these invite-only events by finding the chefs out on the town, or wait for their new brick-and-mortar restaurant Honey Butter Fried Chicken to open this spring and get on their good side.
Location undisclosed. $45-85. By invite only.