For 66 years, The Anvil Club in East Dundee has been mysterious to many. No signage, no windows, a front door with the words “Members Only.”
Through all that time, The Anvil Club was a true supper club with members paying annual dues that ensured top-shelf libations and gourmet meals could be enjoyed far beyond the big city.
Since it was founded in an old blacksmith shop in 1956, only members and their closest associates knew what sumptuous delights were enjoyed inside.
It was a setting where one could find suits and ties, nightclub couture, martinis, smoke-filled air and piano lounge standards. It was a place where the menu venerated Hearts-of-Palm salads, cheesy crocks of French Onion Soup and perfectly broiled prime cuts of meat. It was more than just a great meal; it was a place where deals were sealed and the gears of networking oiled with Old Fashioneds. Children were rarely seen, but for special occasions.
But things have changed. In 2020, the Club made a monumental shift and opened its doors to the general public. Since then, the Club has balanced its historic vibe with a modern freshness and inclusivity that make for a warm welcome and fine cuisine. And yet, for all of this change, one thing is still true: On holidays, the Club rolls out extravagant brunch buffets for the whole family.
It’s a Club tradition to have the Easter Bunny handing out treats to the kids at Easter Brunch. Moms and their entourages are treated like queens and their court at the Mother’s Day Brunch. In December, the Club sets aside several Sundays for Brunch with Santa.
The Club still has a dress code, but children are welcomed every day, especially on Sundays when kids age 8 and under can eat for free.
Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling The Anvil Club or visiting TheAnvilClub.net. ❚
The Anvil Club is located at 309 Meier St., in East Dundee, (847) 426-7710.