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Unearth Science Festival

With a full weekend of science activities, the Unearth Science festival celebrates science and nature in ways that will encourage you to explore.

Unearth Science Festival

Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2019
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What would happen if a science fair came to life?

Participate in drop-in activities, in-depth workshops, and a film screening, and get a climate change update from WGN-TV’s chief meteorologist Tom Skilling. This year’s themes and activities feature pollinators, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Most programs and activities are free; fees apply for Science After Hours and science workshops. Parking fee applies.

Science After Hours

Science After House

Friday, April 12, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m.
The festival opens for adults to geek out on science in a fun atmosphere with themed drinks and food available for purchase. Buy Tickets Now

Science Workshops

budburst workshop

Workshops are $10 ($8 members) per person; preregistration is required, and space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register Now

Hear Tom Skilling

Hear Tom Skilling

Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m., Alsdorf Auditorium
WGN’s Chief Meteorologist and Garden board member, Tom Skilling, shares, “What’s New with Climate Change”.


Seed Necklace

Seed necklaces

Make your own seed necklace and watch it sprout.

Become a Bee

Bee googles

See pollination in action. Become a bee and learn the pollination process.

Pollen Playoff

Pollen playoff

Challenge your friends to be pollinators and see who can pollinate their giant flowers first.


Native Bee Home

mason bee home

Make your own small bundle of reeds and other natural materials to add to the larger-than-life native bee habitat

View the Night Sky

view the night sky with the Adler

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Esplanade
Explore the universe with an expert from the Adler Planetarium

Catch a Film


Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m., Alsdorf Auditorium
Be one of the first to see The Guardians, a new documentary that interweaves the lives of the monarch with an indigenous community in Mexico.


Unearth Science festival is generously supported by

BaxterITWNorthshore University Health System