Press Release


Oct. 13 and 14 family-friendly programs explore the intersection of science and art. Oct. 14 program features noted paleontologist Paul Sereno.

CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council joins the Mayor’s Office, Chicago Public Schools, and a large group of science-friendly organizations in Chicago in presenting Chicago Science in the City, an exciting two-week festival that allows Chicagoans of all ages to explore and experience the city through science. Running from October 2 to October 16, Chicago Science in the City includes over 85 programs and activities in businesses, universities, laboratories, museums, parks and public spaces throughout the city. This second annual city-wide presentation will feature science discussions, films, exhibits, hands-on activities, demonstrations and workshops.

The Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with Project Exploration, Marwen, Dramagirls at Redmoon Theater, Global Girls, and the Chicago Cultural Center, will present two programs for adults and families related to the intersection of science and culture.

Each of these two events will feature a cultural presentation, followed by scientific analysis and audience interaction. The two events in this series are:

Dissecting Drama and Dance: The Science of Performance

Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center

77 East Randolph Street, Chicago

In theater and dance, performers use their voices and bodies to express ideas. But science has a role in performance as well. What can physiology tell us about how our bodies move? What insights do neurology and psychology have into the practice of memorizing lines and acting? Join us as we experience the science of drama and dance through performances by the Global Girls and Dramagirls of Redmoon Theater and presentations by Dr. Sian Beilock, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, and Patricia Vater, LMT, BSN, Instructor in Anatomy and Physiology at the Cortiva Institute’s Chicago School of Massage Therapy.

Eureka! The Science of Discovery

Sunday, October 14
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


833 North Orleans Street, Chicago

How does physics affect how we see a work of art? How do paleontologists and archaeologists use observation skills in the field? How do the mind and the body communicate when painting or exploring? Join us as we take a look at the science of observation and discovery through demonstrations by students from Marwen and Project Exploration and presentations by Dr. Paul Sereno, Professor, the University of Chicago, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Co-founder and President, Project Exploration; Gabrielle Lyon, Co-founder and Executive Director, Project Exploration; Dr. Heinrich Jaeger, Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, and Julie Marie Lemon, arts educator.

These events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, contact the IHC at 312.422.5580, send an email to, or visit

Chicago Science in the City will begin with an opening press conference by Mayor Daley in Daley Plaza on Tuesday, October 2 where museums and businesses will set up informational booths and answer questions about upcoming activities.

The IHC’s contributions to this year’s Chicago Science in the City are funded in part by a grant from The Boeing Company.

The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly; and by the NEH.


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