Chicago Science Fest 2023

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Chicago Science Fest 2023

Treat yourself to an afternoon of fascinating talks, demos, exhibits, and science socializing at the Chicago Science Festival!

By IL Science Cncl & Int'l Museum of Surgical Science

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, June 17 · 1 - 7pm CDT


International Museum of Surgical Science 1524 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60610

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

It's BACK!!

Illinois Science Council partners with the International Museum of Surgical Science for the 2023 Chicago Science Festival!

On Saturday, June 17, ISC and IMSS are offering a special afternoon of science immersion -- fascinating science talks and interactive demos for curious people like you!  Each Chicago Science Fest ticket gives you access to a number of presentations by Chicago-area research scientists on a variety of interesting topics. In between talks you can visit an array of cool science demonstrations, and you'll have access to all the exhibits of the Museum of Surgical Science too.

Plus, to cap off this cornucopia for your curiosity, at 6:00pm you are welcome to join us for the Science Social Hour where you can enjoy free beer & wine (21+), other drinks, and snacks while chatting with speakers, other scientists, and lots of science fans. The talks, demos, exhibits, and the social hour are all INCLUDED with every ticket!

Get your questions answered in real time by real expert scientists!

Some of the science you'll learn about:

  • AI & Astrophysics
  • Forensic science and Anthropology
  • How to save a species from only 13 birds!
  • Why trust climate change models? Tracking global "weirding" in Chicago
  • Your Brain on Photos - Why your brain remembers some images and forgets others

You're guaranteed to have fun and learn something new!

    THANK YOU to our 2023 Chicago Science Festival sponsors!

    We are extremely grateful to the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, Conlon Public Strategies, Lofty Ventures, and Metropolitan Brewing for their support of science outreach and Chicago's science community. If you or your company are interested in sponsorship or a partnership showing your support of science, please contact Monica Metzler at

    Science Fest FAQs -

    Age: Chicago Science Fest talks, demos, and exhibits are open to all ages. Note that this event consists primarily of 45-minute science talks and demos that are not really designed for young children. The event is most appropriate for adults, and 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.

    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, simply provide your name. Masks are welcomed but not required unless advised by the IL Dept of Public Health.

    Handicap accessibility: A wheelchair-accessible entrance is located on the north side of the building, to the right of the main entrance on 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive. Please knock or call the front desk at 312-642-6502 to be let in. There are two ramps on the first floor and a manually grated elevator that goes to all four floors. Please check-in with the front desk attendant for elevator use instructions.

    The Museum has three single-use, gender-neutral restrooms located on the 1st and 3rd floors. ADA-approved service animals are permitted.

    Attire: Casual; come as you are.

    Getting to IMSS via CTA:

    The CTA bus #151 stops at North Avenue, half a block north of the Museum.

    From the Red Line stop at Clark/Division, walk east on Division St. until you reach Lake Shore Drive. Turn north/left and walk a few blocks to the Museum.

    From the Brown/Purple line stop at Sedgwick, walk east on North Avenue until you reach Lake Shore Drive. Turn south/right and walk a block to the Museum.

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    Parking: There is no on-site parking available at the Museum. Ample discounted parking is available in 2 locations within a few minutes walk of the Museum. Retrieve a discounted validation voucher/stamp at the Museum box office to present to the parking attendant upon exiting the lot/ramp. *Please note: the Museum cannot verify lot prices due to fluctuation. Most range between $9-$17. Please call lot directly for pricing information.

    Public Parking Lot – Behind the Chicago History Museum located at Clark & LaSalle St, Chicago, 60614; entrance on Stockton Drive. 773-549-3145.

    Public Parking Lot – In the condominium building at 1350 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, 60610; entrance on E. Banks Street. 312-337-1350.

    Spot Hero: For alternate parking options we recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero. To reserve your parking spot, visit the International Museum of Surgical Science Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

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