Chicagoland Atheists

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Illinois chapter of the National Atheist Party wants YOU!

Started by Jacob Kramer. Last reply by Jacob Kramer Nov 23, 2011. 2 Replies

Need Help Finding Venue for Fundraiser

Started by Cara F.. Last reply by Nory Nov 23, 2011. 3 Replies

Freethought Families of Chicago

Started by Christian J Brooks. Last reply by Christian J Brooks Aug 31, 2011. 1 Reply

Good Username for Group's Twitter Account?

Started by Christian J Brooks. Last reply by Christian J Brooks Aug 31, 2011. 2 Replies

School Prayer

Started by Christian J Brooks. Last reply by Joy Cody Aug 3, 2011. 2 Replies

Atheism and playing an active role- Are you ready for Jehovah not to return

Started by Nelson Hernandez. Last reply by Mike (FVThinker) Burns Jul 27, 2011. 2 Replies

Chicago Gatherings...

Started by AYFABTU. Last reply by Jose Alvarado Jul 15, 2011. 16 Replies

The Chicago Freethought Center Project

Started by Christian J Brooks. Last reply by Christian J Brooks Feb 8, 2011. 1 Reply

Atheist Families Meetup Group

Started by Cara F. May 24, 2010. 0 Replies

Chicago A&A: "The God Delusion" for a link!

Started by Christian J Brooks Feb 21, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by Mike (FVThinker) Burns on May 6, 2009 at 3:34pm
'Secular Values' would probably to 'in your face' and the target of vandalism. Maybe something 'first amendment' or 'church/state separation' related.
Comment by Mike (FVThinker) Burns on May 6, 2009 at 2:42pm
I'm just going to throw this out for consideration...
Would anyone be interested in participating in getting signatures to submit to our representatives in Illinois a request to sponsor a 'Secular Values' license plate? This would be akin to the 'environmental', and 'collegiate', and 'violence prevention' license plates that are available through the secretary of states office.
Comment by Mike on March 11, 2009 at 6:45pm
Hi. I'm new and an atheist just barely over the border in Indiana. As you know, Lake county Indiana is considered more a part of Chicago than it is of Indiana. Anyway, I hope to join some of the Chicago meetups. There are really none in northwest, Indiana currently that I know of.
Comment by Forsaken on January 29, 2009 at 4:55pm
BTW - Don't take me the wrong way... I am not stating that anyone is at fault here, I am just trying to state that I feel like we're Chicagoans dammit! We can do better! We can do more! ;o)
Comment by Forsaken on January 29, 2009 at 4:45pm
I suppose the "traction" that I speak of is more than just the occasional bar outing, dinner, or comedy show. When I say traction I mean a group that has a board of officers (possibly a President) who set an agenda, organize protests, organize community outreach possibly even... I have tried many various outings from and (no offense to anyone that has been the organizers) little more than a decent discussion with like-minded people occurs... which is great and often times relaxing and/or fun... but isn't really doing much to create a presence that is known outside of our small groups of apostates and Atheists. I think it is highly important thing to "go public" with our presence as Atheists to show people that we aren't monsters... and that we are in fact, their sons, daughters, co-workers and the like... I hope that makes sense.
Comment by Lady_MCSE on January 29, 2009 at 4:59am
Forsaken, what kind of "traction" are you looking for? There are quite a few social groups that have formed, mostly through (From meetup, search for atheist, bright, secular humanist, skeptic, freethought, and you shoulud find most of them.) Political activism-wise, there is the CFI chapter downtown, and there are chapters of Americans United for Separation of Church and State out in Naperville and the North Shore. And then of course, there's Rob Sherman doing his thing in the north suburbs.
Comment by Forsaken on January 26, 2009 at 11:06am
I am shocked at how little traction the non-theist movement has in the Chicagoland area... Atheist Community of Chicago anyone?
Comment by Blue Nine on January 11, 2009 at 9:11pm
CFI = "The Center for Inquiry"

Here is their Chicago page
Comment by Blue Nine on January 11, 2009 at 11:27am
I joined the Chicago CFI Meetup group. They have a meeting this Tuesday. We will see what happens. I am not very outgoing, and sometimes I have a hard time finding the group I am looking for in a bar. I do not like walking up to random strangers and asking them about religion. I missed out on one of Friendly Atheist's get-togethers because of that.
Comment by AYFABTU on November 26, 2008 at 12:07am
I just joined this group, so let me chime in a bit...

Richard: I believe the Chicago CFI chapter does a monthly Sunday thing. I've not attended before, but I think it's more of a presentation format followed by group discussion. I can provide you with contact information for someone if you are interested. Adam Walker (the chapter leader) is quite a busy man, but I know of others who are very involved and interested in getting more people involved as well.

I am a former regular attendee of the Brights Meetup. They're a good group, but my work schedule doesn't allow me to attend anymore. There seems to be a recent "power struggle" in the group that makes it seem like it might be a bit childish and unproductive. I'm not sure if they've got all that crap smoothed over or not.

I attended one or two of the Skeptics Meetups that GERG mentioned. Good stuff, just didn't have the time to keep going.

I'd be up for a face-to-face gathering of sorts. Weekends would be best for me. I'd be willing to co-organize such a thing if there are enough people interested and willing to go.

I'll try and pay attention here to see if anything ever gets going...

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