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About the Chicago Torske Klub

The Boss addresses the KlubThe men of the Norwegian-American “Colony” have been meeting for a traditionally prepared codfish dinner since May of 1960.  Originally associated with theThe Torske Klub attentively listens 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 steaks (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 coat and tie. Occasionally, we wear our Norwegian sweaters.

Chris Johansen, Paul Simon and Ken Larson. circa 1984We have had such distinguished speakers in the past as Senator Paul Simon, Tribune sports columnist Sam Smith, baseball legends ‘Moose’ Skowron, Andy Pafko, Aldermen Ed Vrodolyak, Dick Mell, Kurt Becker of the 1985 Bears and many other local, national and international guests.   Your membership entitles you to bring guests. We have special events at which we invite spouses, sons and daughters. 

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We currently meet at the DesPlaines Elks Club facility at 495 Lee Street in DesPlaines, Illinois. Dinner is currently priced at $35, 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.

>>>What song are they singing? 

Helan Går

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