The Illinois Science Council invites you to join us at our 5th annual Chicago Science Fest!  We have a supercharged week of science lined up just for you, including our signature event: the Chicago Science Expo on Saturday, May 18th.  Check out our schedule of amazing events below, and click here to read more about each specific event.


Virtual Reality Demo at Chicago Science Fest

A Scientist Walks into a Bar: Braaaiiiiiinnnnns

Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 pm • Tickets

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago


Chemistry of Beer

Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 pm • Tickets

Metropolitan Brewing Company, 3057 N. Rockwell St., Chicago


Breathalyze This! Science of Drug & Alcohol Testing

Thursday, May 16 at  6:00 pm • Tickets

Axion Analytical Labs, 14 N Peoria St., Chicago


ISC Director, Monica Metzler introduces speakers at the Chicago Science Fest

Deep-Sea Bioluminescence – Recent Explorations and Discoveries

Friday, May 17 at 8:00 pm • Tickets

Fermi National Lab, Ramsey Auditorium, Batavia, IL



Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

1871 at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago • Tickets

The Chicago Science Expo is the signature event in the Chicago Science Fest, filled with fun and engaging science demos, new technology, free food, and a rare opportunity to hear experts speak about their science.  View this year’s speakers and demos.


GMO Potato Demo at the Chicago Science Fest

Morbid Curiosities: Surgical History Tour

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-8:30 pm • Tickets

International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago


Artificial Intelligence – to Accelerate Development and Discovery

Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 pm (reception); 7:00 pm (talk) • Tickets

Argonne National Lab, Lemont, IL


Special thanks to all the Chicago Science Fest Sponsors


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On April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, from Mexico to the Maine-Canadian border. For those who experienced the spectacular solar eclipse of 2017, this one will be similar, crossing the United States from west to east and passing through or near several major metropolitan areas. And while its path is quite different this time, Carbondale, Illinois, a reasonable destination for Chicago-area residents, will once again be on the line of totality.    

Just a little background on eclipses:  Lunar and solar eclipses are not uncommon – they each occur about twice a year when the moon is crossing the ecliptic, the path of the sun in the sky.

Two women representing the Illinois Science Council at an event.

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