Chicago Coalition of Reason

About Us

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The Chicago Coalition of Reason (Chicago CoR) is an exciting group of organizations in the Chicago area, each of which celebrates a human-centered and naturalistic approach to life. For us, non-dogmatic and rational approaches to ethics, culture and the human experience are the most meaningful and satisfying.

Each member organization pursues this goal in its own way, with its own emphasis and atmosphere. Some hold formal meetings; some are more social.  Some groups are focused on ethical alternatives to religious worldviews; some explore paranormal claims with a skeptical eye. Some are communities or congregations, others are social networks, and still others are opportunities for intellectual exploration. Some do all of these things!

We invite you to explore all the groups, which are listed under the Member Groups tab above. Find one or two that interest you the most, and contact them. You’re sure to find a group of interesting people who are engaged in the world around them and who live meaningful, fulfilling lives based on reason and compassion.

Please join us!

But even if you never join a group or attend a meeting, you can help us move forward by supporting our local or national organizations, or simply by standing up for an ethical, evidence-based worldview among your friends and family.


Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland
We are a Membership Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
NEW! Visit us on Meetup , and check out our  YouTube  channel!

Secular Students Association of Elmhurst College
The Secular Students Association was started in October of 2007 as a student organization that provided a safe haven for Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, non-theists, and other freethinkers in the Elmhurst College community. While students were hesitant at first to “come out” as secular, SSA has grown from small gatherings to one of the more active student organizations on campus with about 70 members.

Kol Hadash
Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation celebrates Humanistic Judaism, honoring Jewish culture and tradition while empowering independent, human-centered choices. Imagine the satisfaction of truly saying what you believe and believing what you say, living your personal beliefs and Jewish culture in one voice–that’s Humanistic Judaism and Kol Hadash.

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago is a democratic fellowship and spiritual home for those who seek a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or nonbelief in a supreme being. While respectful of the faiths and traditions we have been born to, we serve as a new religion or as an alternative to religion. We care for and support each other, sharing our joys and sorrows.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Metropolitan Chicago Chapter
As a local arm of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest association of atheists and agnostics, our Chapter’s mission is to uphold the constitutional principle of the separation of state and church, as well as to educate the public in matters relating to non-theism.  We also serve as a social organization for freethinkers to engage with like-minded individuals.  The FFRFMCC serves the metropolitan Chicago area including the counties of Cook, Du Page, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will of the State of Illinois.  Chapter membership is not required in order to receive our general mailings, actively participate in advancing the Chapter’s mission, or to attend most social events.
For more information, please contact us at:  [email protected]

North Suburban Chicago Freethinkers Meetup
A casual monthly meetup to discuss current events & issues that relate to us, the non-religious. This group is open to all who do not hold any supernatural or mystical beliefs. This is a friendly group that enjoys sharing their thoughts on many subjects that concern us all. Come join us for good food, fellowship, and discussion.

Chicago Skeptics Meetup Group
This group is open to any and all people who enjoy applying a skeptical yet open-minded filtter to the world around us. Modern skepticism is embodied in the scientific method, which involves gathering data to formulate and test naturalistic explanations for natural phenomena. The key to skepticism is to continuously and vigorously apply the methods of science to navigate the treacherous straights between “know nothing” skepticism and “anything goes” credulity.

North Suburban Chicago Atheist Meetup Group
Join other atheists and freethinkers for an evening of friendly, casual conversation over dinner.  There’s no agenda for our discussions, but common topics of conversation include the latest news about atheist/agnostic issues, politics, philosophy, culture and entertainment

South Suburban Freethought Community
The South Suburban Freethought Community is the answer to the needs of freethinkers. A group of friendly people who see the world from a skeptical and questioning perspective. We provide an opportunity to socialize in an atmosphere that promotes critical thinking.

Wheaton Atheists
Unbelievers in the evangelical heart of the Midwest.  This is the Meetup for you if you think that you are the only non-theist in a god saturated society.  Come join a group of friends for dinner and casual conversation.

Chicago Brights
A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview.  A bright’s worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements.  The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview.  If you think this is you, check out for more information on this international movement known as the Brights. In Chicago we meet every 4th Monday of the month.  Visit our site for more information about our monthly meetup and other events/meetups that we may have scheduled. If you have questions about the group, please feel free to send an email to [email protected].

Chicago Society of Friends of Epicurus
Our umbrella organization’s webpage is We founded the Society back in February and our mission is to reinstate the teaching mission of the ancient Epicurean Gardens and get people excited about the benefits of applied philosophy.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or moral support. Cheers!
Hiram Crespo
[email protected].

The Chicago Freethought Project
A hearty welcome to atheists & agnostics, secular humanists & skeptic heathens, Reasonists & Rationalists, faithless Brights & freethinking heretics, the godless, the faithless, the infidels and all other non-religious folk in the greater Chicagoland area looking for like-minded individuals. Our mission: To provide Chicagoland freethinkers with a wealth of information, news, and entertainment from all sides of the table, both locally and international, to keep them abreast of the irreverent events, secular meetups, and humanist happenings around the world.


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