Science in the City Annual Gala 2018
965 W Chicago Ave
60642 Chicago , IL
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Science in the City Annual Gala 2018


You are invited to celebrate 10 years of Science in the City with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology at mHUB. Join us for a night of activities where science community and industry leaders come together to support our ongoing efforts in providing science education to the city of Chicago. We will serve drinks and hors-d'oeuvres and guests will be able to tour mHUB’s innovative manufacturing facility and learn more about 3D printing. This fundraiser will allow C2ST’s to continue to provide free and low-cost events throughout the city. Your support is critical to our mission.

The evening includes a cocktail reception with heavy hors-d'oeuvres, silent auction and raffle, and a chance to mingle with business and scientific leaders and young professionals.


Chicago Council on Science and Technology will also be honoring two individuals with an “Advancing the Public Understanding of Science & Technology Award" by awarding a “Lifetime Achievement Award” as well as a “Young Professional Award.” 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.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ann Lurie

Philanthropist Ann Lurie is founder and president of Lurie Holdings, Inc. and president and treasurer of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida, and following graduation, she worked in public health in rural Florida.  She moved to Chicago in 1973, where she met and married the late Bob Lurie. Before starting a family, she was a pediatric intensive care nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Following Bob’s death in 1990, Ann devoted herself to raising their six children while distinguishing herself as a benefactor to numerous significant causes.

Guided by a giving template that she and Bob developed, Ann supports charitable endeavors in Chicago and throughout the world that emphasize medical treatment, research, education and prevention. Based on Bob’s engineering background, Ann’s investments as well as her philanthropy have focused on biotechnology and its applications to health care.

Among her many global undertakings, Ann founded and served as president of Africa Infectious Disease Village Clinics, Inc. (AID Village Clinics), a registered U.S. public charity that provided free quality medical care and public health services to rural communities in southeastern Kenya for 10 years.

Ann was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan in 2003 and from Erikson Institute and University of Florida in 2009. In recognition of her philanthropic support of the sciences, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

Ann and her husband Mark Muheim, along with their dogs, Gus and Ellie, reside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has 11 grandchildren! 

Young Professional Award: Emile Cambry, Jr.

Emile Cambry, Jr. is a business professor, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Emile gained experience in Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan Chase. He was a professor at North Park University, recognized as one of the Top 50 Business School Professors. Cambry’s largest project to date was founding the technology and entrepreneurship incubator, BLUE1647.

Emile has produced films that have been licensed by HBO and Cinemax. He is the president of the Chicago International Social Change Festival, which showcases films that heighten public consciousness. Cambry has been named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, The Root Power 100, Chicago Crain’s Tech 50, a Chicago Tribune Top 100 Innovator, Techweek 100, a Verizon Wireless 40 Under 40 Game Changer, and been awarded the Community Service Award by the South by Southwest Conference.

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

ATTIRE: Business


  • Early Bird Tickets available until March 23rd
  • Are you a young professional? Email us at to receive a discounted ticket!
  • Refund Policy: All sales are final. Refunds will not be issued.

​Want to support C2ST through an in-kind donation or sponsorship? Find out more on our sponsorship levels here, then complete and return the forms located here to Cody Eskew at Please contact us at or 312-567-5835 with any questions


Urban Leaders:

Alan Schiesheim & Kay Torshen





Career Builders:

John and Pat Anderson

Event Benefactor:

Dawn Miller


Spirit Tasting Station provided by:

In-Kind Donors:

Ballroom Dance Chicago
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Barry's Bootcamp
Bollywood Groove
Bonhomme Hospitality Group
CH Distillery
Chicago Distilling
Chicago International Film Festival
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Clutter Curator
Dennis Bartolomei Salon
Dovetail Brewery
Eli's Cheesecake
Empirical Brewery
Escape Artistry
Escape Reality
The Field Museum
FEW Spirits
Gene Siskel Film Center
The Great Escape Room-Chicago
Hyde Park Art Center
I/O Theater
Jeni's Ice Cream
John Batdorff Photography
Kovall Distillery
Makey Makey
Math For Love
Morton Arboretum
Palette and Chisel
Pinot's Palette
Pumping Station: One
Science Naturally
Story Studio Chicago
Untouchable Tours
The Windy Kitty