Chicago-area Opportunities


Within the Chicago area, opportunities for public outreach abound. Students and postdoctoral scholars organize public science talks and demonstrations, such as Soapbox ScienceDark Matter DayAstronomy on Tap.

Soapbox Science

Postdoctoral scholar Nadejda Marounina demonstrates the exoplanet detection by the radio velocity method at the Soapbox Science event at Chicago's Navy Pier.

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middle man, no PowerPoint slide, no amphitheatre just remarkable women in science who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask. Look out for bat simulators, interactive experiments or giant pictures of volcanoes. Or simply hear them talk about what fascinates them, and why they think they have the most fantastic job in the world!

Astronomy on Tap

Astronomy on Tap Chicago

Astronomy on Tap Chicago is a joint effort between University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Scientists, educators, writers, artists & more reveal how they explore the universe at a bar near you!

We have hosted events all around Chicago but recently settled on semi-regular events at Begyle Brewing Company (1800 W Cuyler Ave, Chicago, IL 60613). We also do trivia at Adler After Dark, a 21+ event hosted by The Adler Planetarium on the third Thursday of each month.