Culture Club


Culture Club Presents...

Soup, Eggroll, Stir fry and Fried Rice: The hidden meanings in Chinese food

Tu, Aug 24 11am|$15 

Virtual (presentation only) $5

Ever wondered why Chinese food is set up in such a combination of soup, eggroll, stir fry and rice? Do you wince at seeing whole fish or shrimp served with heads on? Rest assured that the heads aren't attached to upset your appetite. Join us for this presentation by Chinese communication consultant Yvonne Wolf. After this discussion, you will gain a new perspective on a familiar Chinese dining experience, whether it is sit-down or take-out. Fee includes interactive presentation and meal of orange chicken, fried rice, and eggroll from NSC favorite Palace Cantonese Restaurant. 

Chicago Italian American Heritage Center

F, Oct 15|11am|$8

Gabriel Piemonte, President and Founder of the Italian American Heritage Society of Chicago will be here for the first session of a partnership between the NSC and the Society to preserve the living history of Chicago’s Italian Americans. In this first community conversation, participants are invited to come share and listen to the memories and stories of “the old neighborhood,” the nucleus of the Italian experience in Chicago. Long dismantled by gentrification and development, these neighborhoods hold critical importance in the cultural fabric of Chicago. Come hear, learn, share, and listen to these valuable memories. Meal option includes choice between Italian or Caprese sub, side, and dessert.

Simply Sip: Introduction to Wine Basics

Tu, Oct 19|12pm| $16M/$21NM

We are pleased to introduce Binny’s Wine Consultant Dean to the NSC to lead our Simply Sip program! In the upcoming months, we will take a tour around the world learning about and sampling wines from different countries and regions. In this first session, we will learn general information about the basics of wine to help us define our taste palates. Fee includes lesson, samples, and personal charcuterie selection.

The Essential Great Chicago Fire

M, Oct 25 |12:30pm| $12M/$17NM

It started in a barn, and two days of flaming hell later, nearly destroyed a city. In The Essential Great Chicago Fire, presenter William Pack weaves together technical details of the fire with vivid firsthand accounts from those who lived through the conflagration of 1871, bringing alive all the excitement and terror in a multi-media storytelling event that will not soon be forgotten.  Meal includes choice between turkey or vegetarian sub, chips and dessert.






Culture Club Reading Group

Jon the Culture Club as we continue our thought provoking conversations over literature!  We will consider a mix of fiction and non-fiction works, themed around “hot topics” in the nation and world. Join us in person or over Zoom. Not into reading? No worries!  Just come and share your opinions and thoughts on the topic at hand with the group. (No Cost—virtual & in-person option)


Theme: European History/Civil War/Immigrant Heritage Month

Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival by Atka Rid & Hana Schofield

M, Aug 23 |12:30pm |No Cost

“Hana is 12 years old when she is put on one of the last UN evacuation buses fleeing the besieged city of Sarajevo. Her twenty-one-year-old sister, Atka, staying behind to look after their five younger siblings, is there to say goodbye. Thinking that they will be apart for only a few weeks, they make a promise to each other to be brave. Set in the middle of the bloodiest European conflict since the Second World War, Goodbye Sarajevo is a moving and compelling true story of courage, hope and extraordinary human kindness”.-Goodreads


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Theme: Aging - I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections, by Nora Ephron

Th, Sep 2|1pm|No Cost

“Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cool, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten”.-Goodreads

Theme: Hispanic Heritage Month- The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez

F, Oct 22 |11am|No Cost

“A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart. Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality

On-going Service Project—Menstrual Movement  

Tu, Jul 6-Aug 31|9:30am|Cost: $5 for entire session

Tu, Sep 7-Oct 26|9:30am|Cost: $5 for entire session

Join us for our ongoing service project. All craft skills welcome! Donations of towels and materials are welcome. Please contact Milcah at 847-588-8433 or for more information.