ISC's Science of a Cocktail Party Fundraiser

I try to post ISC's events here for the Meetup members b/c not everyone is on ISC's mailing list. This event is admittedly different from the usual ones, but this fundraiser allows us to continue offering, and promoting, science events accessible to all throughout the year. If you choose to attend, you can receive $10 off the ticket price by entering "chicagoskeptics" (without quotes) as the promotional code on the ticketing page at

I'll paste info from the press release here. Any questions can be directed to me at [masked].

Illinois Science Council (ISC) raises the bar for fundraising events adding a unique twist to the cocktail party with insect appetizers and a cocktail involving pop rocks. Illinois Science Council is a Chicago-based nonprofit that promotes science and technology through engaging public programs.

WHAT: Illinois Science Council “Science of a Cocktail Party” fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10,[masked]:00 - 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: D.I.R.T.T. Environmental Solutions, Green Learning Center, 325 N. Wells Street, Penthouse Suite, Chicago. A showroom of cutting-edge interior design made with environmentally sustainable materials
TICKETS: $70 per person; $85 at the door. Available online at
ACCESS: Easy to reach via CTA Brown line and buses 11, 125 and 156.
Discounted parking garage for $4 available 1 block south at Mart Parc garage. DIRTT is handicap accessible.

ISC is partnering for this event with Chefs Dudley Nieto and Manuel Bañuelos of the highly acclaimed Mezcalina restaurant that recently opened in the River East neighborhood. They will be providing some Oaxacan delicacies that include grasshoppers and possibly meal worms for guests who are open-minded culinary fans. Mezcalina’s chefs will highlight the cultural aspect of that region’s foods prepared in the traditional way. ISC will present the scientific angle (courtesy of Karen Wilson, Entomologist at the Notebaert Nature Museum) highlighting the high protein nature of this food source common to 80% of the world’s population that dine on edible bugs.

ISC reduces the intimidation aspect of science outreach by using casual venues and formats for its programs -- such as movie screenings with panels of scientists, and programs held in bars and libraries. ISC events also highlight science in everyday life – e.g., “Chemistry of Beer” (held in a brewery), “Chemistry of Chocolate” and “Your Brain on Happiness.”

ISC’s fundraiser is a similarly non-stuffy affair – a very grown-up version of a science fair. The signature cocktail involves a beaker glass, pop rocks, and vodka with syringe-infused juice, and stirred with a glow stick, of course. Additional food and drink will be provided by Tank Sushi, Metropolitan Brewery and Blommer Chocolate with sponsorship from Hogan Marren, Ltd., DIRTT Environmental Solutions, DSM and InterPark. The event will also feature a silent auction that includes science-themed items.

There will be beautiful people and smart people and interesting people (often the same people), and unique food and drinks, and many science things. Too much fun to possibly explain here; come and see for yourself.

About Illinois Science Council: ISC is independent 501c3 organization based in Chicago that promotes awareness of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to the general public. ISC also highlights the researchers and science institutions that make Chicago the nation’s true ‘City of Science.

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