There's a certain visceral excitement with anything "underground" -- from watching barnyard fowl settle their differences like gentlemen, to listening to The Strokes (though they are getting a little blown up -- good thing you've still got Coldplay). Experience the culinary underbelly, with Clandestino
A former cook with the Bay Area's elusive "Ghetto Gourmet" outfit, this teacher-by-day has just rebranded his Chi operation and announced summer dates for secretive dinner parties that explore "the intersection of food with art, music, farming, and community" (that's one crowded-ass intersection). The process: register for a date (listed on the website), and 24hrs before meal-time you'll receive mapped directions to a secret location (garden, rooftop, etc) w/in 18 minutes of the Loop; there, in an ambiance enhanced by local artists/musicians, you'll gorge on a seasonal 5-course menu served on dishes made by the chef himself ("He purees, and does pottery" -- sorry ladies, he's taken). Past gluttony's included deconstructed turducken (4hr smoked turkey, 2hr smoked duck, duck-fat fried chicken, cornbread muffin w/ molten foie gras center), and 312 beer cheese soup w/ brie, manchego, chorizo, and Goose Island suds, which the chef was tempted to use in the turducken, but that'd of been a fowl too far
If you're thirsting for alcohol that doesn't come in soup form, Clandestino's strictly BYOB, giving you an opportunity to show your underground cred by turning everyone on to a little-known microbrew, like Old Style.