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Our Art Committee is working with several local, emerging artists to display their work on the walls of our building. We are interested in providing an opportunity for these artists to share their work with the public. It is a way in which we can provide a service to the community, and it is in line with the Society's mission, which includes promoting intellectual, philosophical, and artistic freedom.



Or large reception room is where members gather for coffee and conversation , and that is where the art is displayed. Our plan is to rotate artists approximately every eight weeks. 


For more information on any one of our exhibits or the artists that share their work with, or to submit your own work for our consideration, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the office at 847-677-3334. 





Saturday, May 13th, 8pm

Val Leventhal & Patrick Reninger


Join veteran Chicago songwriter Val Leventhal and harmonica player Patrick Reninger for a varied evening of songs interspersed with poetry and humor. 

Performing regularly in the Chicago area since 1973 in venues such as The Uncommon Ground, Undergound Wonderbar (where she was a finalist in the 2015 New Talent Search), The Maple Street Chapel in Lombard, and more, Val is a powerful vocalist and songwriter with a keen ear for a well turned phrase and a rich palette of rhythms.

Whether bemoaning the political climate or mourning a partner, Val’s songs are direct, her voice and lyrics cutting through the chatter with rich imagery and a heartfelt truth. Val’s debut release, “Root and Flowers,” captures the essence of her talents, interweaving a bold mixture of country ballads, folk, reggae, up-tempo rock and blues.

Harmonica player Patrick Reninger is a fiery soloist able to channel his passion for the blues into everything from jazz ballads to country weepers. Jamming in his teens with bluesmen at the famed Maxwell Street Flea Market on Chicago’s Near West Side, Patrick has performed with country, blues and rock bands throughout Chicagoland including gigs at the House of Blues, the Chicago Cultural Center and the 1997 Chicago Blues Festival.

A published poet with a sense of the absurd, Patrick is a regular contributor to the Kentucky literary journal Open 24 Hours, a two time semi-finalist at the Green Mill Poetry Slam and featured artist in the podcast, “Poetry Spoken Here.” Tonight’s performance will include a few selected readings. Both Val and Patrick have performed together for several years as a duo and in the group, Val and the Right Raised Men. Notable gigs include appearances at the Lake Forest Art Fair, Fitzgerald’s and at the Ethical Humanist Society. 

Hosted by Vicki Elberfeld
$8  suggested donation includes refreshments. No reservations needed.
Doors open at 7:30. Free parking in our lot, on Howard, or on Jerome St.


Ethical Humanist Society   7574 Lincoln Ave    Skokie  IL  60077


In addition to regular Sunday programming, the Society offers a variety of interesting activities throughout the month. There is something of interest for almost everyone. For specific details about these meetings and events, please call the Society office at 847-677-3334.


Creative Writers Group

Leader: Sue Sherman

To stimulate exploration in various forms of creative writing, including poetry, playlets, short stories, memoirs, and essays. Writers are encouraged to develop original work to share at monthly meetings. 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:15 p.m.


Ethical Humanities

Leader: Ken Novak & Sue Sherman 

Discusses issues and perspectives introduced by select non-fiction books (meets every other month on Sundays at 12:15 p.m.) Usually the first Sunday of every other month.


Fiction Circle

Leader: Ken Novak & Sue Sherman 

Discusses select works of classic and modern fiction (meets every other month on Sundays at 12:15 p.m.) Usually the first Sunday of every other month.


Film Discussion Group

Leader: John Ungashick 

Encourages thoughtful viewing of current motion pictures. Provides a cordial forum for exchanging opinions and exploring meanings, artistic techniques and performances. Usually the 2nd Monday of the month.


Men’s Group

Contact: Oliver Pergams 

Explores issues and relationships involving fathers, husbands, and friends through readings and informal discussion. 


Women’s Group

Leaders: Chris Martin

The Women's Group is interested in getting to know one another by working together on social action and other projects. Members presented Sunday programs: "The Contributions of Extraordinary Women in 2003", and "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History" in 2004.


Youth Program

Adult Coordinators: Lisa Crowe & Sharon Appelquist

Chicago YES (Youth in Ethical Societies) is a group for our teens. We organize activities and fundraising for human rights, the environment, and other local social action projects. 


Looking for a caring, secular officiant for your ceremony? 

The Ethical Humanist Society has the privilege and honor to serve the Chicagoland community by conducting wedding ceremonies, baby-namings, renewals of marriage vows and memorials.










May 13
8:00 pm 

Val Leventhal & Patrick Reninger


$8 suggested donation includes refreshments.

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