Just wanted to make people aware of another NW club... Club Wort in Palatine meets at Durty Nellies the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30.
We're about 50 people, we have a good amount of equipment for loan, we host club brew-ins a number of times a year, and do pub crawls, tours, etc as well.
I don't want to recruit away from your group or suggest we're any better. The more clubs the merrier! Just throwing it out there in case anyone is closer.
(Honestly, if I hadn't been a member there before I moved, I'd probably have joined yours as I live right near Bigby's!)