Science in the City Annual Gala 2017
Chicago Sports Museum, Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Ave. Level 7
60611 Chicago , IL
United States
41° 53' 52.6848" N, 87° 37' 24.8124" W

Science in the City Annual Gala 2017

Join Chicago Council on Science and Technology for Science in the City, our 7th Annual Fundraising Gala!

Help C2ST foster connections across various industries as we celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary at this year’s gala. There will be an opportunity for supporters to celebrate science and enjoy interactive sports museum exhibits. Meet researchers and mingle with area business leaders and young professionals while you enjoy food and drinks. This fundraiser will provide C2ST with much-needed financial resources to help support its mission.

The event will be hosted by Aaron Freeman, Artist in Residence at C2ST. Freeman is a writer/producer, science commentator and funnyman. Former host of both NPR's weekly talk show Metropolis and WTTW's Chicago Tomorrow, a weekly science-and-health half-hour magazine.

Aaron Freeman


The evening includes a cocktail reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and raffle, a chance to mingle with business and scientific leaders and young professionals, all while enjoying the sports museum exhibits and beautiful skyline.

The recipients of Chicago Council on Science and Technology’s “Advancing the Public Understanding of Science & Technology Award" will be fêted at the gala event. This year, we will be recognizing two awardees, in both the 'Lifetime Achievement' and 'Accomplished Young Professional' categories. C2ST created this award in 2012 to honor individuals who share in the passion and mission of the organization—to increase the awareness of the great R&D taking place in our region.

Jessica Malkin

We will present the 2017 "Advancing the Public Understanding of Science & Technology Young Professional Award" to Jessica Malkin, President and CEO of Chicago Ideas. Chicago Ideas is a unique nonprofit platform designed to inspire action through entertaining and accessible events, grassroots initiatives and thought-provoking content. As CEO, Jessica oversees the creation of the annual program and the development of the organization’s long term strategy. Jessica is a Founding Co-Director of the annual Bluhm Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), which recognizes a small group of exceptional social entrepreneurs under the age of 35 from a global pool of over 250 applicants. For Jessica's full bio, please read here.

We will present the 2017 "Advancing the Public Understanding of Science & Technology Lifetime Achievement Award" to Michael Polsky, founder, President and CEO of Invenergy. For more information, please read Michael's bio on the World Resources Institute website

Attire is business.

We have various donation levels that include giving opportunities to help young professionals attend for half price! Please help us make this event a success with your support today! In-kind donations are also accepted for our silent auction and raffle.

Are you a Young Professional who is interested in attending and have a discount code? Please register on the eventbrite page here. If don't have the code, please email us at


Urban Leaders:
Alan Schriesheim & Kay Torshen
In-Kind Donations:
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
Goodman Theatre
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Magellan Corporation
Moe's Cantina
The Morton Arboretum
PRP Wines International, Inc.
Revolution Brewing
The Ritz-Carlton
** List as of 2/23/2017. We will continue to update.