Whenever you discover something in your city that seems too cool to be real, instinct tells you: keep it secret, keep it safe. So it’s no wonder some of the most fun things you can do in the city are also closely guarded secrets.
Then there are the secret societies, or events where you need to be on the guest list or know someone to even get in the door. Luckily, you know us. So here are 9 of our favorite secret things to do in the city -- and what you can do to check them out.
Serious drinkers society: Liquor Lab
How to get in: Limited number of memberships available by application
This club hosts five-course meals where only booze is on the menu. Up-and-coming mixologists get a chance to experiment and drinkers get a chance to try cutting-edge cocktails from a constantly changing menu. Unlike Chicago’s hidden speakeasies, the location changes for each event, and the calendar of upcoming events is only accessible to members.
Spontaneous outdoor dinner club: Dîner en Blanc
How to get in: Members- and invite-only, but you can add your name to the waiting list
Thousands of people dress in white and come together once a year for a “chic picnic” in a public space. Its location is kept secret and revealed at the last minute to those lucky enough to go. After setting up their own table, diners enjoy a meal followed by a dance party. If you’re worried about being that one person with a stain on their pristine getup, you can still get your fix of covert cuisine at one of Chicago’s secret supper clubs.