Join us for ISC’s 5th annual Chicago Science Fest!


Chicago Science Expo

Saturday, May 18, 10:00am -5:30pm
1871 at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, 60654

The main “Science Expo” day of Chicago Science Fest 2019 will feature a day full of exciting science talks and interactive demonstrations for curious people like you! 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.

View 2019 Speakers & Demos here

** Special Science Sweepstakes!  One lucky science fan will win a complimentary night for two at the boutique Chicago Hotel EMC2 – the intersection of art & science – including breakfast in The Albert, EMC2’s book-lined restaurant. (One entry per ticket purchased. Official Rules here. See official rules for free entry chance.)

Check out these other amazing events that are part of Chicago Science Fest 2019 (ticketed separately)

A Scientist Walks Into A Bar: Braaaaiiiinnnns

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30pm (6pm doors)
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, IL 60642
Meet Dr. Alexandra Aaronson, a neuropsychiatrist who uses her knowledge of how brains work to help patients with mental illnesses. We’ll talk about how neurons work, how doctors use magnets to stimulate misfiring brains, and why it’s so important to be open about mental health.
The ASWIAB show:  A Scientist Walks into a Bar is Chicago’s premier (and possibly only) science-comedy talk show. Join us at the Hideout the second Tuesday of every month to hear from folks studying everything from dinosaurs to black holes — grab a drink and come learn from experts in everything.
Tickets here.
A Scientist Walks into a Bar show at The Hideout

Chemistry of Beer

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30pm
Metropolitan Brewing Company, 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618
Beer-making is back for another year! Get your hands dirty and experience ISC’s most popular Chemistry of… event where you learn how to make beer from the brewers at Metropolitan Brewing Company.
Metropolitan Brewing logo

Breathalyze This! Science of Drug & Alcohol Testing

Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm
Axion Analytical Labs, 14 N Peoria St, Chicago, IL  60607
Illinois Science Council wants you to see (and experiment!) behind the scenes of Chicago’s most interesting places. Come learn the amazing technology behind how a vast array of products are tested for alcohol content and for contaminants or purity. You will get to test familiar products for the most widely used psychotropic drug in America from experts who know the truth behind what you see on CSI. Learn whether you can trust alcohol proof and breathalyzers.
Seats are limited.  Tickets at:

Deep-Sea Bioluminescence – Recent Explorations and Discoveries

Friday, May 17, 8:00pm
Fermi National Laboratory, Ramsey Auditorium, Batavia, IL  60510
The deep-sea is the largest ecosystem on our planet and the least explored. It is a world without sunlight, but not without light. Dr. Edith Widder will describe recent insights into the part living light plays in the deep sea and some of its applications and impacts in hunting cancer, pollution, giant squid and neutrinos. Dr. Edie Widder is a MacArthur fellow and a deep-sea explorer. Her research involving submersibles has been featured in BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic television productions. She is best known for capturing what has been called the holy grail of natural history cinematography, the first video of the giant squid filmed in the deep sea.  
Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series Tickets here:

Morbid Curiosities: Surgical History Tour

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-8:30pm
International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL  60610
From ancient human skulls to bone-saws and bloodletting knives, the International Museum of Surgical Science has one of the most celebrated collections of its kind in the world. On this special after-hours tour, Museum staff will shine a light on some of the darkest tools in the history of medicine! This tour is complemented by highlights from the Museum’s chilling surgical art collection.  Warning: Not for the Faint of Heart*
Tickets and details about tour times here.
IMSS - trepanned skull

The Biggest Explosions in the Universe

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8:00pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor, 
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

New telescopes are sampling the night sky with unprecedented sensitivity across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio wavelengths to the X-rays. These exercises have led to the discovery of completely new types of stellar explosions and revolutionized our understanding of phenomena that we thought we already knew. At Northwestern University’s Science Café you’ll get to hear Raffaella Margutti, PhD, review some very recent developments in the field that have resulted from the capability to acquire a true panchromatic view of the most extreme stellar deaths in nature. Free; no registration required.

Stellar explosion - NASA

Artificial Intelligence – to Accelerate Development and Discovery

Thursday, May 23, 5:30pm (reception); 7:00pm (talk and Q&A)
Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, 60439

Scientists at Argonne and across the globe develop new technologies to accelerate scientific discoveries from atomic to universe scale. Argonne researchers are fundamentally changing the foundation of the scientific discovery process using artificial intelligence, or AI. But what exactly is artificial intelligence? How can it revolutionize scientific discovery? Join us as Argonne computer scientist Prasanna Balaprakash explains the development, role and importance of AI in science, our understanding of the world, and the development of beneficial, advanced technologies.  Free but registration is required for access. Details here.

Argonne Lab logo

Special THANK YOU to all the great Chicago Science Fest Sponsors:

All Science Fest Sponsor Logos 5-13-19