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  • January 30, 2014 8:37 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Next Month: It's Free Kids February!

    From February 1 through February 28, the Museum of Science and Industry will offer free Museum Entry to kids ages 3-11! This is a perfect time to escape the house, beat the winter blues and experiment in fun at MSI with the whole family! Run in a human-sized hamster wheel. See lightning strike—indoors! Witness fiery chemistry at work. And much, much more!  Up to four free child tickets are allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult.  Click here for complete details.

  • January 19, 2014 1:28 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    The Friends of the Gifted and Talented is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. For over 30 years, FRoG has sponsored chess tournaments, science fairs and Super Saturday enrichment classes as well as being a support group for parents of gifted children. Geographic focus has largely been within Downers Grove, however everyone is welcome to participate. They are a parent affiliate of the Illinois Association of Gifted Children.

    Registration for the next session of Super Saturday classes is now open.  All classes are on Saturday mornings at O’Neill Middle School on five Saturdays beginning February 8, 2014 with no classes on February 22nd (2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8 & 3/15).  Classes are for children in grades K - 8, with a few for parents too!
  • January 12, 2014 8:37 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Registration is taking place now for University of Chicago Cascade.  The winter program takes place on Tuesdays from January 28 - February 25.  Cascade is a program for high school students that exposes them to interesting topics they may never have seen before high school.  It allows students to meet other high school students in a fun context and allows them to explore topics in depth.  There are no tests or grades, but there may be small amounts of homework assigned from week to week in some classes.  Attendance at all sessions is required.

  • January 09, 2014 9:23 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Did you know that from now through February 12 admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every weekday - all day long?  Also, admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00.  Don't forget children under 14 are free and free admissions passes also are available for checkout at many local libraries.  Please see the Art Institute web site for complete details on all of their admission policies.
  • December 19, 2013 10:04 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Eighth grade girls are invited to Argonne National Laboratory for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  An online application must be completed by December 31, 2013 to be included in the lottery to determine participants.

    What is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day?  From the Argonne National Laboratory web site:

    Are you a problem solver? Are you compelled to understand how things work? Come join Argonne National Laboratory in exploring the world of Engineering and the endless possibilities a career in this exciting field offers. Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gives young female students a unique opportunity to discover Engineering careers alongside world class scientists and engineers. Participants will be able to enjoy motivational presentations by fellow female engineers, tour Argonne’s cutting edge research facilities, connect with a mentor, engage in hands on engineering experiments, and compete in a team challenge. Come unlock the doors to your future with Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
  • December 13, 2013 1:29 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    In the midst of holiday shopping? Use this link to access Amazon and Amazon will make a donation to CGCC.  Yes, it is that simple. The link also is available on our Home page. Thanks for supporting CGCC.
  • November 24, 2013 10:09 AM | Leslie Contos
    Public Libraries are evolving to increasingly reflect the digital information age.  You have probably already downloaded  e-books from your library website and your kids may have checked out computer games from the local branch.

    There is also a current movement to create digital media spaces and makerspaces within libraries. In Chicago, the library system has partnered with Digital Youth Network to create an expanding YOUmedia program which provides spaces filled with computers, tablets, digital cameras, editing software, and mentorship for any teen with a Chicago library card.  A makerspace is also open at Harold Washington Library, offering 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutter, milling machine and design software. 

    What's important to understand is that this is not an isolated phenomenon; it is a national movement within public libraries.  The idea of a library makerspace likely won't be a new idea for your local librarian; and resources for librarians such as websites offering project ideas for library maker spaces are popping up. Since this may already be on their radar as a program for consideration; now may be a great time to encourage your local library to create a makerspace in your community.
  • November 07, 2013 12:30 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Join the University of Chicago for a three-day event exploring four of the most read novels in the English-language canon. Writers A. S. Byatt and Tom McCarthy alongside Fredric Jameson and other scholars will take up Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The Golden Bowl, and Ulysses. Join us for readings, lectures, panels, book signings, and receptions.


    Please register in advance if you plan to attend any of the events taking place November 7–9. All events will be held at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL). The conference is free and open to the public.

    Friday and Saturday's events include panel presentations by scholars on four of the most widely read novels in the English-language canon: Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, Ulysses, and The Golden Bowl. The conference will close on Saturday afternoon with Fredric Jameson on “The Persistence of Narrative.”

    All events are free and open to the public.

    Conference Schedule
    Thursday, November 7
    5–6 p.m.  Tom McCarthy on Ulysses
    6:30–8 p.m.  A. S. Byatt and Tom McCarthy readings and discussion
    Doors will open at 4:15 p.m.; reception and book signings to follow
    Friday, November 8
    9:15 a.m.–3 p.m.  Presentations on Pride and Prejudice and Middlemarch
    5:30–6:30 p.m.  A. S. Byatt on Middlemarch and The Golden Bowl
    Doors will open at 4:15 p.m.; book signing to follow
    Saturday, November 9
    9:15 a.m.–3 p.m.  Presentations on The Golden Bowl and Ulysses
    3:30 p.m.  Fredric Jameson, “The Persistence of Narrative”
    Closing remarks and reception to follow
    All events will be held in the Performance Hall at the
    Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts,
    915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL.

    The full schedule and information on the presenters can be found at

    For additional information or to request assistance, email or call 773.702.7423.
    These events are made possible through the generous support of Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin. Additional support provided by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and the UChicago Division of the Humanities, Department of English Language and Literature, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Nicholson Center for British Studies.
  • October 28, 2013 10:59 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Chicago Public School 6th, 7th and 8th graders - the first competition of the Chicago Junior Mathematics League is coming up on Saturday, November 16 at UIC.  The Chicago Junior Mathematics League is sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Mathematics in order to encourage students to challenge themselves mathematically.  You need to sign up in advance so contact Jason Major at if you are interested. Additional information can be found at


  • October 05, 2013 7:04 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Do you know any teens between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to make stuff?  Well then they might be interested in this contest:  The Wanger Family Fab Lab at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is excited to announce a youth contest hosted on the website We are challenging teens to design something new to improve their rooms. Winners will receive various items related to making, including a 3D printer! 

    The deadline to submit entries is December 2nd, and five Chicago local finalists chosen after that date will be invited to the Fab Lab at MSI to make their designs real. Enter at


    Dan Meyer

    Fab Lab Manager
    Wanger Family Fab Lab
    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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