Past Events

We’ve had hundreds of meetings, not all necessarily individually listed on this site. We’ve done a wide variety of things including everything from hanging out with visiting celebrities in bars to book clubs, movie outings and even planning our own very successful Skepticamps!

Some of the things we’ve done:

  • Private concerts
  • Picnics
  • Book discussions
  • Movies
  • Lectures
  • “Drinking Skeptically” Nights
  • Spirited debate
  • Just hangin’ out

And we’re not done yet. If you’d like to suggest a meetup, or if you’d like to see even more of our past (and upcoming!) events, please visit our Meetup page.


OF INTEREST: Science and the Future of Food (Argonne OutLoud)

Thursday, July 20, 2017
6:00 PM

Location: Argonne National Laboratory

For millennia, food has been one of life’s simpler and necessary pleasures. In our modern age, food has become increasingly complex – from farmers seeking new ways to feed a growing global population under fluctuating environmental conditions to mitigating the rise of deadly food allergies.

Join the Argonne National Laboratory to learn how three Argonne and the University of Chicago scientists are bringing science to bear on the future of food.

Jack Gilbert, Microbial Ecologist
Cristina Negri, Agronomist
Joshua Elliott, Research Fellow

The event is free, but advanced registration is required for all guests 16 and older.

Non-U.S. citizens: As additional time is required to process non-U.S. visitor access to Argonne’s campus, please register no later than two weeks prior to the event.

If you have questions about the Argonne OutLoud series, please contact 630-252-5501 or outloud@anl.gov.

Thursday, July 20
6-7 p.m. – Reception
7-8 p.m. – Lecture and audience Q&A

Hosted by:
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439

PLEASE NOTE: This event is marked “of interest” as something our members might be interested in, but there is no formal, organized Meetup arranged yet. Interested in making it a “real” event? Let us know and you can be the point of contact for your fellow skeptics!

OF INTEREST: Dietary Supplements: Stories of Regulation, Safety, and Evidence

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
7:00 PM

Location: The Radler

A healthy athlete dies of complications from heatstroke during training. The medical examiner finds a legal botanical dietary supplement played a “significant role” in the death. How are regulatory agencies able to respond? What are dietary supplements and how are they regulated in the United States? How do I find information about dietary supplements I want to take? Dietary supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and many Americans take them every day. Glimpse the behind-the-scenes world of dietary supplements and learn how to arm yourself with the best available information to make informed choices about your health.

Alyssa Tonsing-Carter, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist and the Program Manager for the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Dr. Tonsing-Carter received her BS in biology in 2009 from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio where she studied the use of Echinacea for breast cancer. She received her PhD in pharmacology in 2014 from Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana studying the plant polyphenol, resveratrol, in combination with a common chemotherapy drug against drug-resistant breast cancer. For her postdoctoral training, she moved to Chicago to join the UIC Botanical Center studying how botanicals may cause harm when taken with other medications, and in 2016 she continued that work in her current position. Outside of the science, she enjoys reading, hiking, bouldering, cocktails, and food.

This program is hosted by the Chicago Council on Science & Technology, and presented in partnership with The Radler.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is marked “of interest” as something our members might be interested in, but there is no formal, organized Meetup arranged yet. Interested in making it a “real” event? Let us know and you can be the point of contact for your fellow skeptics!

OF INTEREST: Get Your Head in the Clouds

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:00 PM

Location: BrickStone Brewery

“The influence of clouds on the climate: past, present, and future”

On Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm, Green Drinks Kankakee will be hosting presenter Dylan Gaeta, a University of Chicago PhD student in the Department of Geophysical Sciences. He will be speaking about how clouds play a role in climate change and how they are best used in climate predicting models.

Clouds are, in fact, the largest source of uncertainty in our attempts to quantify Earth’s climate sensitivity. They possess a unique quality in that they can either warm or cool Earth’s surface, depending on their composition and spatial location in the atmosphere. Dylan is taking part in StratoClim 2017, an aircraft research mission that is taking measurements of clouds without satellites, by flying into the stratosphere to take measurements of water vapor and cirrus cloud composition. At the heart of it all will be the scientific questions we’re concerned about and seek answers to CO2 induced climate change.

Green Drinks is an international organization consisting of local monthly meet ups to network and discuss sustainable and environmental topics. Green Drinks Kankakee meets the third Tuesday of the month at Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais. Networking starts at 6pm and the presentation begins at 6:30pm. This is a free program and open to the public. For more information contact Julie Larsen at 708-828-4325.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is marked “of interest” as something our members might be interested in, but there is no formal, organized Meetup arranged yet. Interested in making it a “real” event? Let us know and you can be the point of contact for your fellow skeptics!

June Meetup

Saturday, June 17, 2017
12:30 PM

Location: The Long Room

UPDATED: Last-minute venue selection! We’re gonna try The Long Room for a casual Meetup this month; hope to see you there! We’re still looking for speakers for our meetups… could you be one? Send us a message if you’re interested and available, or know someone who might be.

OF INTEREST: Dave Levitan – Not a Scientist

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:00 PM

Location: Volumes Bookcafe

The Illinois Science Council and Volumes Books are partnering to bring science journalist Dave Levitan to Chicago on June 1, 2017 to discuss his new book, Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science. In this timely work, Levitan examines the myriad ways politicians attack and undermine scientific findings that conflict with their political agendas.

About Not a Scientist:

An eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress.

The Butter-Up and Undercut. The Certain Uncertainty. The Straight-Up Fabrication. Dave Levitan dismantles all of these deceptive arguments, and many more, in this probing and hilarious examination of the ways our elected officials attack scientific findings that conflict with their political agendas. The next time you hear a politician say, “Well, I’m not a scientist, but…,” you’ll be ready.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. Copies of Not a Scientist will be available for purchase and signing at the event courtesy of Volumes Books.

ISC is grateful to Volumes Books for their promotional partnership and hosting this program, and for our new marketing collaboration with Northwestern University’s Science Policy Outreach Taskforce!

PLEASE NOTE: This event is marked “of interest” as something our members might be interested in, but there is no formal, organized Meetup arranged yet. Interested in making it a “real” event? Let us know and you can be the point of contact for your fellow skeptics!