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IL Science Council’s Chicago Science Fest Expo Day!

On Saturday, June 4 we’re offering a full afternoon of fascinating science talks and interactive demos for curious people like you!  One ticket gives you access to ALL the talks by Chicago-area scientists on a variety of topics. In between talks you can visit an array of cool science demonstrations. You’re guaranteed to learn something new!

New venue, great topics, and socializing with scientists. You’ll get the chance to see behind the scenes at our new Science Fest host venue, mHUB. Tours of mHUB’s amazing product development space will be offered throughout the day. Doors open and demos start at 11:30am; first talk starts at 12 noon.


Topics to be covered by this year’s speakers include:

12:00 – 12:55pm     How to Search for Alien Life

D’Arcy Meyer-Dombard, UIC, Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Astrobiology, Microbial Ecology


1:00 – 1:55pm     Automated Cars Don’t Talk Like in Disney Animations – At Least Not YET!

Rob Gee, Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Engineering and Computer Science


2:00 – 2:55pm     Art & Design & Climate Change – Overcoming the apocalypse narrative

Mika Tosca, PhD, SAIC, Climate Science


3:00 – 3:55pm The Body’s Muscles – Are Yours Astounding or Atrophied?

Lindsay Slater, PhD, UIC, Physical Therapy


4:00 –4:55pm   The Human Brain – A stubborn ‘meat computer’ between your ears
Steve Franconeri, PhD, Northwestern University Cognitive Psychology


5:00 – 6:00pm     Socialize with Science! Chat with others about all the cool science stuff you learned!

Craft beer from Metropolitan Brewery, other beverages, snacks.


Demos will include:

  • Exotic Insects
  • Electrochemistry Hotdog Batteries?!
  • Playing (safely) with Liquid Nitrogen
  • Real Human & Animal Brains
  • Extracting DNA
  • Slime mold and your microbiome
  • 3-D printing, and more to come!

At 5:00pm we’ll have a Social Hour when you can enjoy craft beer (21+) and snacks while chatting with speakers, other scientists, and lots of other science fans. Talks, demos, tours, and social hour are all INCLUDED with every ticket!

Get your tickets HERE NOW. Space is limited.


**Proof of full vaccination with ID is required for attendance. All current public health protocols will be followed at the event.**


THANK YOU to ISC’s sponsors for our 2022 Chicago Science Festival!

We are extremely grateful to Conlon Public Strategies, Lofty Ventures, Metropolitan Brewing, and Blommer Chocolate Company for their support of science outreach and the science community. If you or your company are interested in sponsorship or partnership of any kind, please contact Monica Metzler at MMetzler@IllinoisScience.org.

Chicago Science Fest 2022 Sponsor logos for Conlon Public Srategies, Lofty Ventures, Metropolitan Brewing, and Blommer Chocolate

Science Fest FAQs –

Attire: Casual. Comfortable shoes recommended.

Age: Chicago Science Fest talks, demos, and tours are open to all ages. Note that this event consists primarily of 45-minute science talks and demos are not designed for young children. The event is most appropriate for adults, and accessible to students in High school and up, or precocious middle school students. Only those 21+ will be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages during the social hour.

Handicap accessible: Yes, mHUB is accessible.

Getting There via CTA: mHUB address is 965 W Chicago Av., Chicago, IL 60642

  • The Blue Line Chicago stop is a 4 minute walk west of mHUB
  • The #66 Chicago E-W bus stops right at mHUB (Sangamon St.)
  • The #8 Halsted N-S bus stops at Chicago Av, a 4-minute walk east of mHUB
  • Other N-S buses (e.g., Ashland #9, Damen #50, LaSalle #156, Clark #22, etc.) stop at Chicago Ave. for transfer to the #66

Parking: mHUB’s parking lot is reserved for their members ONLY. Please do not park in their lot without permission or your car may be towed! There is limited street metered parking in the area. There are some spots on Chicago Ave. Note that many side streets are permit-parking and require numbered permits visible in your car.

No Printed Tickets: Don’t print tickets; it wastes paper. We use efficient electrons instead and will have a complete list of registrants at the door. When you arrive at check-in, provide your name, ID, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination (an image on your phone is fine).

Press Release here