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Bughouse Square Debates (plus skeptic Marcus steps up to the soapbox!)

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 12:45 PM
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UPDATE: Please join us after for food at Quang Noodle at 804 N State St. Location on Google Maps

Let’s go to Chicago’s annual free speech celebration for a lively afternoon of spirited soapbox debates, heckling and music! This contest is also a test of composure for speakers in the face of heckling *if* they even inspire hecklers. Winner takes home a huge plastic pickle. We had a lot of fun attending last year!


Chicago Skeptics very own Marcus Davis is slated to speak from a soapbox! His talk "Just Asking Questions About Conspiracy Theories and Social Media will give a humorous and informative look at conspiracy theories and the role of the media and social networking in perpetuating belief in them.

“In the ‘20s and ‘30s Bughouse Square (officially Washington Square) was the equivalent of London’s Hyde Park, a noisy setting for soapbox debates, demonstrations and freespeaking loonies” - Phyllis Magida former Chicago Tribune columnist


This annual event is free. Show up at your leisure during the event.  Public transit is recommended but parking garages are nearby:


Feel like ranting? Contact the Newberry Public Programs Department at (312)[masked] or email [masked] if you are interested in participating in the Soapbox Debates or in Open Soapbox.


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  • Jennifer C.

    We are walking over to Quang early. Any stragglers can meet us at the restaurant.

    July 27, 2013

  • Marcus

    For all who'd like to join us, after the event we're meeting up at nearby Quang Noodle on 804 N State St for food.

    July 26, 2013

    • the m.

      Sounds good. We can congregate by the library steps at 4pm (between library and park) and walk over to the restaurant as a group.

      July 26, 2013

    • the m.

      Latecomers are welcome to meet us there!

      July 26, 2013

  • Brian

    Sounds interesting. Illinois be there. Is there a specific spot where the heathens congregate?

    July 21, 2013

    • Marcus

      We'll have a sign with the meetup logo. Also, I don't want to give away the game, but I'll be noticeable.

      July 24, 2013

  • Jennifer

    We're in the unfortunate position of having three different events on the same day (The Evolution of Army Ants, Skeptics Under the Stars, Bughouse Square Debates). I hope you attend whichever event seems the most fun to you...they all have fun-ness and skeptical ties.

    June 15, 2013

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