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Chicago Science Fest “Expo” 2018

May 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

$20 – $40

1871 and MATTER Chicago at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, 60654

The Chicago Science Festival’s main “Science Expo” 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, or test-drive an electric car!

Here are some exciting speakers and demos you can see.  For descriptions of their talks visit here:


Clayton Brown, Director & Producer, 137 Films Company

Joan Cook-Mills, Professor of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine

Ruchi Gupta, MD, Allergy expert, Northwestern Medicine

Lydia Hopper, Primate expert, Lincoln Park Zoo

Nina Kraus, Professor of Neurobiology & Physiology, Northwestern University

Peggy Mason, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Chicago

Rahel Osofsky, Physicist, Fermi National Laboratory

Christine Rollinson, Forest Ecologist, Morton Arboretum

Monica Ross, Director & Producer, 137 Films Company

Mark C. Serreze, Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, author of  “Brave New Arctic”

Matthew Spenko, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT

Tesla Technology Advisers

Sadie Witkowski, Sleep researcher, Northwestern University

Eimad Zakariya, MD, Deputy Medical Examiner, Cook County



Protein-rich ‘future of food’ – Edible Insects by Michael Sherrillo

Virtual Reality experience of dance performance by Oscillations.art

TeaBot creating custom self-serve teas from a robot by Teabot.com

Do-It-Yourself synthetic biology from ChiTownBio.org

Prosthetic Limbs – Center for Bionic Medicine, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Augmented Reality Kinetic Sandbox from TrueProductions.com

X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (test your metals & jewelry!) from AnalyticsLounge.org

Chicago Area Clean Cities

Seminary Co-op Bookstore


SCIENCE FEST “Car Show”  10am-4pm

IIT Formula Electric Race Car (view and talk to student designers/engineers)

UIC Formula and Baja Race Cars (view and talk to student designers/engineers)

UIUC Solar Electric Race Car (view and talk to student designers/engineers)

Nissan Electric LEAF – take a test drive! (licensed drivers only)

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – take a test drive! (licensed drivers only)

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – take a test drive! (licensed drivers only)

Chevy Bolt – ride and learn from an owner!

Tesla Model S – take a test drive! (licensed drivers only)

Tesla Model X – take a test drive! (licensed drivers only)


Chicago Science Festival would not be possible without generous contributions from our sponsors:

 Fermilab Logo                Argonne Lab logo
        Feinberg Fntn logo          WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Horizontal
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May 12, 2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
$20 – $40


Illinois Science Council


Merchandise Mart, 12th Floor
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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