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In planning… Scitopia Chicago is an exciting, one-of-a-kind teen learning hub and destination on Chicago’s Southside where you can…

Connect in an eCafé to online library resources and science books

Create in science and media makerspaces

Explore a lost world with dinosaur skeletons and live plants & animals

Ponder new ideas at a presentation or viewpoints at a community meeting

Did you know

. . . how studying science changes you?

  • Creativity: inquiry-based thinking trains you to come up with new ideas and innovations.
  • Resilience: keep trying until a solution is found is the attitude of a scientist.
  • Teamwork: solving problems today usually involves working with others, people with different backgrounds and skillsets.
  • Technology: exploring and trying out new technology is how discoveries are often made.
  • Adaption: bringing new strategies to old problems, changing the approach, trying something new.

. . . how many science jobs are out there?

Millions. Science jobs are expected to top 10 million soon (Forbes Magazine, 2019)

. . . Washington Park once had alligators?

The Washington Park Conservatory was a beautiful greenhouse and small zoo with live alligators that was torn down almost a century ago for lack of money during the Great Depression.

. . . how plants can affect you?

Even brief interactions with plants in nature, like a walk through a park, can significantly improve your memory and attention.

“Parks Alive! Program”

PaleoLab student practices fossil bones preparation in the Sereno Fossil Lab
EcoLab student looks for macroinvertebrates to assess the health of the Washington Park lagoon
PaleoLab students inspect ancient human skulls in the Alemseged Paleoanthropology Lab
Aerial image of Washington Park looking north