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Chicago, Illinois

Edible Insect Movie Night!

What’s crunchy, high in protein, and tastes great fried, or covered in chocolate? Bugs!

Enjoy a smorgasbord of edible insect snacks and drinks while watching the documentary BUGS, to learn about the gastronomical trend of consuming bugs.

Atlas Obscura joins forces with the Illinois Science Council to bring you the ultimate introduction to being an insect eater yourself. We’ll share a drink with Cheryl Preyer, a bug industry expert and representative from the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture, as we learn about the scientific side of insects. Then grab a bag of popcorn mixed with cricket powder and we’ll enjoy the movie by the Nordic Food Lab, BUGS.

More than two billion people around the world consume insects as part of their everyday diet, but bugs have yet to make an impact in most western dinner plates. The documentary, BUGS, follows two young chefs around the world as they learn how to make this sustainable food source delicious, and struggle to introduce this custom into western diets. Eating bugs doesn’t sound like your thing? No problem! If insect based food is fed to livestock, we can save thousands of gallons of water and acres land space by eliminating the need for corn/soy animal feed.

Throughout the night, Mixologist Nadine will be mixing up bug-themed cocktails to help set the buggy mood. You'll also sample some edible insect snacks, including tasty Chinese black ants from Entosense, cricket chips from Chirps Chips, some specialty items from local Chicago restaurants and more! Following the movie will be Not Your Father’s Comedy Show, the resident comedians at Chicago’s @North Bar.


A short walk from X9, 9 and 72 bus lines, and a 10-minute walk from the Damen blue line train and the 50 bus. Some street parking available on North Ave., Marshfield Ave. and Paulina St.


  • A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Illinois Science Council.
  • This event is 21+ only.
  • Insects should not be consumed if you have a shellfish allergy. 
  • A sample of bug snacks are included in the price of your tickets. 
  • There will be a cash bar of beer, wine, and bug-themed cocktails for you to enjoy.


Email Kirby Barth at kirby.barth@atlasobscura.com

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