Chicago Torske Klub
The men of the Norwegian-American “Colony” have been meeting for a traditionally prepared codfish dinner since May of 1960. Originally associated with the Sons of Norway, this independent organization still continues that tradition on the 2nd Saturday of the month between September and May (omitting the summer months).
You need not be of Norwegian ancestry to join, just the desire to participate in an afternoon of fellowship, food and entertainment. The meal usually consists of Norwegian Ertesuppe (pea soup), traditionally prepared fresh codfish (torsk, which is flown in days before the dinner from the north Atlantic), potatoes, vegetable, dessert and of course, Linie Aquavit to “skol” to the torsk. We have even added lefse to our meal in 2004 and frequently have a smoked salmon.
The meal is preceded with a cocktail hour and is followed by entertainment: usually a speaker, music, and even a few good jokes. The dinner is usually followed by a raffle with donations from our members.
Dress is semi-formal, usually sport jacket and dress pants. Once a year we wear our Norwegian sweaters.
We currently meet at the DesPlaines Elks Club facility at 495 Lee Street in DesPlaines, Illinois. Dinner is currently priced at $20, not including cocktails and raffle. The dues cover the cost of aquavit (we'll toast your birthday), mailing of a monthly letter, and club/dinner operations. If you need detailed directions, click here.