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Chicago Science Festival


Illinois Science Council invites you to the 4th annual Chicago Science Festival — a celebration of the wow-inspiring, mind-expanding, human-benefiting awesomeness that is STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) in the Chicago area. We have a FULL WEEK of events for all science enthusiasts to enjoy in this year. Clear your calendar and tell your friends! All events are free or low cost and open to the public. Student discounts available. Email for group rates. 

Tuesday, May 8 – “SciArt Soiree” – a unique digital art gallery exhibit and reception featuring award-winning art created in the pursuit of science research hosted at Comcast’s Studio Xfinity.  Details and tickets HERE.

Wednesday, May 9 – ISC hosts a Virtual Reality “domecast” of the Kavli Fulldome Lecture “Our Planetary Experiment” given by Dr. Daniel Schrag at the Adler Planetarium and simultaneously at Bar Louie River North for people enjoying food and drink while virtually experiencing other planets. VR viewers given to all who register! Details and tickets HERE.

Thursday, May 10 – Presentation on Our Future in Technology with a talk on Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Blockchain and more at Chicago’s Microsoft Technology Center. Details and registration HERE.

Friday, May 11 – “Project L,” a celebration of SciArt, at Simantikos Studio — part of the Pilsen Neighborhood “Second Friday” Art Walk. Continues with workshops for kids and adults over the weekend presented by the Drama Science Lab.  Information HERE.

Saturday, May 12 – Full day of science speakers on fascinating topics and hands-on demos at 1871 and MATTER Chicago in The Merchandise Mart. Between talks, visit demonstration tables where you can learn Do-It-Yourself Biology, try prosthetic limbs, taste edible insects and more!  Details and tickets HERE.

Saturday, May 12 – Check out student designed and built Formula electric race cars from engineering students at IIT. Also, you can test drive an electric car from a local dealer! At The Merchandise Mart from 10am-4pm. More information HERE.

Monday, May 14 – UChicago Mind & Brain Lecture, “Saving the Synapse: Synapses Lost and Found in Brain Development and Alzheimer’s” at the Chicago Cultural Center. Details and free registration HERE.

Tuesday, May 15 – Our very popular hands-on “Chemistry of Beer” with Metropolitan Brewing and Dr. Lindsey McQuade of UIC and Metropolitan brewers. Details and tickets HERE.

Wednesday May 16 — A new hands-on “Science of Bread” with Greg Wade, award-winning baker of Publican Quality Breads and Dr. Shelby Hatch of Northwestern University. Details and tickets HERE.

Sciencely yours,

ISC