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.

Skeptical Salon: The Knife Man

Thursday, February 23
7:30 PM

Location: Jennifer and Jeff’s Place

For February’s Skeptical Salon, we’ll be reading The Knife Man by Wendy Moore. Bring a snack or drink to share as we discuss John Hunter’s legacy.

From Google Books:
“In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, an eccentric, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. In this sensational and macabre story, we meet the surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Adam Smith, and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients but also “resurrection men” among his close acquaintances. A captivating portrait of his ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, and the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so—including body snatching, performing pioneering medical experiments, and infecting himself with venereal disease—this rich historical narrative at last acknowledges this fascinating man and the debt we owe him today.”

The Arrogance of Religious Thought

Saturday, February 18, 2017
12:30 PM

Location: The Rugby Club Pub

We have an author in our midst! Bill will join us again in February to talk about his newly-published book, The Arrogance of Religious Thought.

“[A] provocative, challenging, and irreverent expose’ of the obnoxious arrogance inherent in all religious thinking: condemning one another to eternal torment, relegating women and gays to second class citizenship, dividing humanity into arbitrary factions, sexual repression, denial of knowledge, promoting delusions of god and the afterlife, upholding phony patriarchal authority, claiming eternal truth without evidence, and child indoctrination. Religion is not good for the human race. We would be better off dropping these bad habits on which we give religion a free pass. We must stop lying to our children that religions are true. Information kills religion and this book is a call for more secular activism to increase the already considerable success of our 21st century New Enlightenment.”

About our speaker: William A. Zingrone is a PhD. Lecturer in Developmental Psychology with passionate research interests in Consciousness and Cognitive Evolution. My driving motivation is to dispel outdated religious based ideas about human nature that are ingrained in the folk beliefs of our modern culture. Father of four, in his 62nd year, hockey fan, information sponge, music lover, out to give religion the drubbing it deserves. Founder, faculty advisor and member of various campus and meetup secular organizations, Illinois chairman of the Secular Coalition for America.

Skeptical Salon: Everything is Bullshit

Thursday, January 26
7:30 PM

Location: Jennifer and Jeff’s Place

With a title reflecting a few too many of our own thoughts going into 2017, this month’s book is Everything Is Bullshit: The Greatest Scams on Earth Revealed by… a whole bunch of people.

“Many of our society’s most cherished traditions are actually based on historical accident, the profit motives of a few companies, or the agenda of someone who died long ago. A lot of what we believe and do is bullshit, yet we walk around thinking our way of doing things is inherently correct. Why do we exchange diamond engagement rings? Why is wine so expensive? How does art become “art”? Why do so many non-profits want us to donate cars to them? Why does college cost so much? Why do so many pets die in animal shelters? Why is the world the way it is? Everything is Bullshit, by Priceonomics, is an investigation to find the answers.”

Bring your favorite snacks or beverages to share along with your opinions for discussion. See you then!

January Meetup

Saturday, January 21, 2017
12:30 PM

Location: The Rugby Club Pub

Our first Meetup of 2017! Same bat time, same bat channel, only Black Rock has completed its metamorphosis into The Rugby Club so things look a bit different. We’re still looking for a speaker… could it be you? Send us a message if you’re interested and available, or know someone who might be.

Festivus 2016

Saturday, December 10
7:00 p.m.

Location: Wise Owl Drinkery and Cookhouse
324 S. Racine Ave.

RSVP here

It’s Festivus…for the rest of us!

Join Chicago Skeptics in December for our annual Festivus party! The appropriately unadorned Festivus Pole will be prominently featured.* The traditional Airing of Grievances** will be held whenever we think it’s a good time to start.*** Acceptable Feats of Strength**** include thumb wars, staring contests, Rock Paper Scissors tournaments and displays of mental fortitude.***** We may also recount tales of Festivus Miracles.******

Festivus is FREE to attend, but we will be accepting donations to The Human Fund throughout the evening to help cover the costs of this and other great Chicago Skeptics events. Hope to see you there!

RSVP here

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(Unfortunately, donations are not tax-deductible at this time. But they help us keep being able to host great events!)

*Festivus pole is not for dancing, nor for jousting during Feats of Strength.

**Grievances may also be conveyed via Post-It(s) attached to the Festivus Pole. BYOPI.

***Probably sometime between 8 and 9.

****Feats of actual strength are unsanctioned by Chicago Skeptics, the Wise Owl, and probably CPD depending on your level of enthusiasm.

*****Smartphones are disallowed in contests of mental strength. Dumbphones are hilarious.

******Sorry, we’re fresh out of asterisks.