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  • Exciting Programs
    Movie screenings, Pi runs, science cocktail parties, fests — our programs show the science all around us
  • Expert Speakers
    From cloning wooly mammoths to exploring the human body, our speakers bring the knowledge at every event
  • Outreach
    Expert-written blogs, social media blasts, and more — we want to help science reach across Illinois

“With your help, we can change how Chicago thinks about science.”

We love putting on great events and bringing incredible, insightful, inspiring speakers to the city. With your support, we can continue educating and engaging people about the things that interest them. 

Your support is going to make a difference. Thanks for being part of the movement. 



Illinois Science Council (“ISC”) is an independent 501c3 verified nonprofit organization that engages, educates, and entertains the public about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in our everyday lives.

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Why Science For Adults Needs More Funding

Chicago was built by science. Not enough people know it.

We spend tens of millions of dollars supporting art, dance, music, and more. We spend tens of millions of dollars subsidizing sports teams. All of that is great — they build a community. But so does science.

And science for adults is drastically underfunded. Our goal is to change that. Because more people should know why science makes Chicago great.

Foundation Giving and Corporate Collaboration

Illinois Science Council welcomes the opportunity to work with companies and philanthropic foundations that share our dedication to improving public understanding of science, technology, engineering and math.

Companies and foundations interested in creative and productive collaboration should contact ISC Founder and Director Monica Metzler.

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Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

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.

Want to Be More Involved With the ISC?

You have talents. You love science. You want a nonprofit experience where you can actually take the lead with your cool ideas and your expertise.

That’s the ISC. We love people who love science — whether you’re a molecular engineer or a marketer, a PhD or just an interested person. So see how your talents can help drive us forward.

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