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The Program for This Sunday



  Arika Okrent,  recipient of a joint PhD in linguistics and cognitive neuroscience from the University of Chicago, speaks February 1st on “Babel Rousers: The 900-year-old Quest for a Better Language.” An expert in such artificial languages as Esperanto, Klingon, and Loglan, Okrent will speak on her acclaimed book In the Land of Invented Language. She will present a fascinating and entertaining history of the many attempts to build a perfect world language.



For a list of other upcoming Sunday programs, see our Programs page.

Coming Events & Announcements


Billboard for Nonbelievers Appears in Chicago

    The Ethical Humanist Society has installed a billboard on the Edens Expressway (I-94) northbound at Wilson Avenue.  

    "We want to let nonbelievers know that we have a long-established, welcoming community here in the Chicago area that is dedicated to reason," said Lisa Crowe, Publicity Chair of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago.



• Our popular Second Saturday Coffeehouse will be on February 14th. We’ll enjoy “The Lexicon of Love,” a lyrical program featuring jazz vocalist Marne Glaser, accompanied by pianist Dennis Luxion and bassist Kelly Sill. Hosting the program will be Vicki Elberfeld. We start at 8 p.m. An $8 donation includes refreshments. Join your friends for a relaxing evening.


• Our Creative Writers group meets again on February 15th, the third Sunday of the month, at 12:15 p.m. Come and share your short, original works with a stimulating bunch of your peers. Newcomers are welcome!


Who We Are

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The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, founded in 1882, is a self-governing, inclusive, caring community—providing a home to those who seek a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or non-belief in a supreme being.



Sunday School




Our Sunday School is open to children from birth through 8th grade. Join us as we explore the world and our place in it through discussions, play, crafts, and critical thinking. Newcomers welcome!


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Weddings and Other Ceremonies
Welcome LGBT Couples!
If you are interested in a secular wedding ceremony, go to our Weddings/Ceremonies page. Now that Illinois has legalized same-sex marriage, our officiants are available to perform your wedding, either in the Society's beautiful auditorium or elsewhere.

Join Us

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to noon


Sunday School for children runs concurrently, September - May

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