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Chicago Science Expo 2018

  • 1871 and MATTER Chicago (Merchandise Mart) 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #470 Chicago, IL 60654 United States (map)

The Chicago Science Festival's main "expo" day will feature a day full of exciting science talks and interactive demonstrations aimed at curious people like you! You'll learn about robots & chimpanzees, the latest in allergy research, about brains on music and concussion, whether empathy for others is innate or learned, climate change as studied in both the Arctic and in local trees, muon research with a multi-ton magnet, about autopsies, how lucid dreaming happens and more. 

Expo tickets get you access to ALL the talks by fascinating Chicago-area scientists - visit as many as you like. In between talks you can visit an array of cool demonstrations, or test-drive an electric car! Here are some of the great speakers and demos you'll see:


  • Clayton Brown & Monica Ross, Science Documentary Filmmakers, 137 Films
  • Joan Cook-Mills, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine
  • Ruchi Gupta, MD, Allergy expert, Northwestern Medicine
  • Lydia Hopper, PhD, Primate expert, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Nina Kraus, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology & Physiology, Northwestern University
  • Peggy Mason, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
  • Rahel Osofsky, Physicist, Fermi National Laboratory
  • Christine Rollinson, PhD, Forest Ecologist, Morton Arboretum
  • Mark C. Serreze, PhD, Director of National Snow & Ice Data Center, author, "Brave New Arctic"
  • Matthew Spenko, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT
  • Sadie Witkowski, Sleep researcher, Northwestern University
  • Eimad Zakariya, MD, JD, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Cook County


  • Do-It-Yourself Synthetic biology with ChiTownBio
  • Prosthetic Limbs with the Center for Bionic Medicine, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Augmented Reality Kinetic Sandbox
  • Learn about entomophagy and try some edible insects
  • IIT's Formula Electric Race Car
  • Test drive a Nissan LEAF (licensed drivers only)Chicago Science Expo 2018