Science Cocktail Party
There will be smart people and beautiful people and interesting people (often the same people), food, open bar with our signature Pop-Rock Cocktail and a whiskey cocktail, virtual reality experiences, raffles prizes, plus cool science experiments you'll participate in, all in the name of science and fun.
You will absolutely be talking about this party afterward!
Special THANKS to our sponsors:
For information on being a sponsor, contact Monica at mmetzler@IllinoisScience.org.
SCIENCE COCKTAIL FAQs
Attire - Cocktail party but weather appropriate. Meaning, if you want to wear your cute party dress or cool new shirt - fantastic. But if it's rainy cold and you can't imagine changing out of flannel-lined jeans and a wooly sweater, that's fine with us! Just no snuggies, please. Ditch boots at the door - the drinks and conversation will warm you right up!
Parking Discount - A real $5 deal!! We arranged a big discount at Mart Parc Wells Self Park, closest garage to the event. Enter garage from either Wells Street or Kinzie, 1/2 block north of DIRTT, and be sure to bring your ticket with you to the party. Before you leave our party we'll sticker it so when you return to the garage your fee is reduced to $5.00. No driving around the neighborhood or special reservation required. Because ISC loves our friends.
Public Transit - Easy! Event is right across the street from southeast doors of Merchandise Mart. CTA brown line stops on 2nd level of the Mart. (Tip - there is no down escalator in the Mart; use stairs next to ATMs outside CTA turnstiles.) Or, the #156 LaSalle bus stops one block east at 320 LaSalle. Follow the narrow sidewalk on the north side of the building west toward Wells, then turn left. For other options, check TransitChicago.
Dinner before? - If you want a special dinner before the party, there are lots of great restaurants in the River North area. Nearby options include: River Roast or Chicago Cut Steakhouse on LaSalle; or Kinzie Chop House, Moe's Cantina, Highline or Old Crow Smokehouse on Kinzie. For many more options, and reservations, try here. Check back; we'll see if we can find you any deals.
This is a 21+ event.
Handicap accessible - Yes, DIRTT is accessible.
Printed tickets - Don't print out tickets; it wastes paper. Provide your name, and guest name(s), with your ticket purchase and we'll have a complete list at the door.
Bonus Quote - "In this house, we OBEY the laws of thermodynamics! - Homer Simpson
Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of those Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science." ISC serves as the science & tech complement to the region's arts & culture offerings.
We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." Sagan also observed, "We live in a society that is exquisitely dependent upon science and technology in which hardly anyone understands anything about science and technology." ISC is certainly working to change that.
ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don't care what's been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. We create engaging programs open to the public (aimed at adults and accessible to teens) such as hands on chemistry (Chemistry of... Beer, Chocolate, Coffee, Honey, etc), panel discussions on science subjects in the news (Your Brain on Happiness, on Creativity, on Addiction, on Exercise, etc.), author talks, film screenings ("The Atom Smashers"), and more.
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