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This calendar lists CGCC events plus community events in Chicago and the local suburbs that might be of interest for our members.  A few select national events and webinars are included also.  

Contact us if you have an event to share. For information on organizations that offer ongoing programs, see the Resources page.  

Please check back often, as the calendar is updated frequently. While we do our best to update events when we receive new information, due to the fluid situation with COVID-19 we suggest that you check with the sponsoring organizations to confirm if an event still is taking place. 

All times are quoted in Central time.


 CGCC events are highlighted in green.     Events sponsored by professional members are highlighted in yellow.


Upcoming events

    • March 08, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 31, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 13 sessions
    • Various parks
    Register

    It's finally warm out, and we're all stir-crazy (and lonely!) Let's head to the park for some socially distanced playtime!

    Masks are required for everyone, and parents are expected to enforce 6' distancing between children.

    We will meet at a different playground each month. April's park will be Lyon Park in Skokie, and in May we will meet at Oakton Park in Skokie. Hope to see you there!

    • May 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Online, Poetry Foundation & CPL

     Join us for the sixth annual ChiTeen Lit Fest (CLTF), a for-teens-by-teens event that provides a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voices through the literary arts. CTLF brings together young people from across Chicago to celebrate their talents as they express themselves through exceptional and honest art. This event is for teens ages 13-19. Dates: Sunday, May 16, 2021 – Saturday, May 22, 2021

    Please click here for  details and here for registration.


    • May 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online, Anderson's Bookshop

    Join New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben and the renowned Dr. Jane Goodall for an uplifting conversation about the natural world, in celebration of Wohlleben’s new book the Heartbeat of Trees (June 15). Moderated by Donna Seaman. Anderson's Bookshop joins Books & Books and bookstores across the country for this exclusive conversation and book launch.

    For more details and registration, please see here. Various fees.  For other author's talks, check out their calendar


    • May 16, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, Chicago History Museum
    Virtual Tour | Union Station

    Take a closer look at one of America’s last great railway terminals, which bustles with activity day and night. Join guide Brian Boland to find out why it was once called a “city within a city” and learn the hidden stories that go unseen by thousands each day. Fee $5; Free for Museum members. 

    Click here for complete details. Check out their calendar for other virtual events. 

    • May 16, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • The Center for Gifted, Elmhurst

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    Science and Art• K-6th grades

    Elmhurst: Sunday, May 16

    1:00-3:00; Tuition $50; Application fee $5

    Register here

    • May 17, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Online, Belin-Blank Center

    The virtual Summit on the Neuroscience of Twice-Exceptionality will occur May 17-18, 2021, and registration is available now! This event aims to advance research in the area of twice-exceptionality by sparking conversation and collaboration across disciplines. Both days will feature presentations from prominent scholars highlighting the potential for collaboration among neuroscience, gifted education, psychology, and special education. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts at the Belin-Blank Center, including Dr. Susan Assouline, Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon, and Dr. Alissa Doobay, as well as members of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, including Dr. Jake Michaelson, Dr. Ted Abel, and Dr. Thomas Nickl Jockschat. We’re also proud to welcome Dr. Sally M. Reis from the University of Connecticut, Dr. James Booth from Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Marjorie Solomon from the University of California-Davis. More information about all of our speakers is available on their website.  

    Everyone is welcome to register. The content will be most relevant for people interested in learning about research developments on the topic of twice-exceptionality, pursuing or informing future research, and applying research findings to better understand and support twice-exceptional individuals. 

    Standard registration is $145.  For more information and registration, please see here.  For a list of other interesting courses for your children, check out all their offerings here

    • May 18, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online, Roycemore School Evanston


    For 100 years, Roycemore has prepared students for college and beyond by focusing on each student’s individual strengths and talents. We are an independent school offering a Pre-School through 12th Grade experience. We offer rigorous academics in addition to helping students develop important power skills such as problem solving, design thinking, and emotional intelligence. Find out more about our signature programs, our partnership with Northwestern University, and our collaboration with Adobe Inc at a Virtual Admissions Morning.

    Registration is Required: https://roycemoreschool.org/admissions/campus-tour/

    Virtual Admissions Mornings

    December 8, 2020

    8:30-10:00am

    January 26, 2021

    8:30-10:00am

    March 2, 2021

    8:30-10:00am

    April 20, 2021

    8:30-10:00am

    May 18, 2021

    8:30-10:00am

    • May 18, 2021
    • 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, Institute for Educational Advancement
    There is No Wrong, There is No Right, There is Only Learning

    IEA Academy instructor, Cynthia Molt, will talk about her experience as a teacher and administrator working with young gifted students.  Please submit your questions in advance and Ms. Molt will come prepared to offer answers based on her unique perspective and experience working with students!  

    Please click here for details and registration.

    • May 19, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History

    Join us for a virtual screening of the short film Feedback Loops: Forests.

    Watch the film at your convenience upon registration, and tune in on May 19, 2021, for a discussion with Kristina Anderson-Teixeira (Ecologist and Leader of Smithsonian’s ForestGEO Ecosystems & Climate Program) and Beverly Law (Professor Emeritus, College of Forestry, Oregon State University) moderated by Bill Moomaw (Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts University).

    This program is offered as part of the 4-part virtual series Natural History on the Big Screen: Feedback Loops, taking place monthly May-August, 2021. Register to receive the screening and Zoom Webinar links.

    About the Film: The world’s forests are responsible for removing a quarter of all human carbon emissions from the atmosphere and are essential for cooling the planet. But that fraction is shrinking as the three major forests of the world—tropical, boreal, and temperate—succumb to the effects of climate feedback loops. The resulting tree dieback threatens to tip forests from net carbon absorbers to net carbon emitters, heating rather than cooling the planet.

    For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

    • May 19, 2021
    • 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    Climate in My Community Challenge

    Every summit needs an opportunity for reflection

    Anytime before May 19th, reflect upon climate and environment issues in your community.  Comment on the issues that effect you most in a creative and impactful way. Perhaps you are a poet,  a sculptor,  a comedian, a composer, a writer, a drawer or a painter. Produce something and share it with us. We are giving out Climate Summit t-shirts while supplies last! 

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    • May 20, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, The Newberry Library

    What does it mean to declare independence? What belongs in such a declaration? How do you frame a convincing argument that sets a blueprint for the future?

    A group of Chicago high school students from the Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy has been wrestling with these questions by engaging with Newberry collection materials, including American, Haitian, Venezuelan, and Mexican declarations of independence. With help from Newberry staff and scholars in the field, they are using what they’ve learned to formulate their own personal declarations of independence. This virtual program will combine readings from historical documents with recitations of student works.

    For more details and free registration, please see here

     

    • May 20, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History
    The Art of Science: Session 3 – Photography and Filmography

    Explore the connection between science and art in the third program of our new virtual series, “Art of Science: Conversations with Creatives in Science,” on May 20 at 6 p.m. ET! This session focuses on Film and Photography and features three panelists from a diverse scientific and artistic background: Claudio Contreras-Koob, Paul Clerkin, and Colin Foord. Panelists will share how their understanding of science has shaped their own artistic journey, give the audience “tips and tricks” for aspiring scientific creatives, and answer questions from audience members. This is a free program! 

    About "The Art of Science"

    Can science influence the arts in extraordinary ways as the understanding of our natural world evolves over time? The Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida, is pleased to be exploring this connection in a new live virtual programming series called “The Art of Science: Conversations with Creatives in Science,” featuring a variety of visual artists, writers and photographers with scientific backgrounds in a conversation about how their scientific understanding of the world influences, enhances and guides their art.

    For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

    • May 20, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Camp Sullivan, Oak Forest, IL

    Free demonstration-based workshop series teaching basic camping skills. All ages – children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a folding chair/blanket for seating. Do you have your own tent that you need practice with?  Bring it and we’ll help you set it up!

    All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. 

    For more details, please see here.  For other events, check out their calendar. 

    • May 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, Des Plaines History Center

    From homemade dulcimers and fiddles to mass produced guitars, banjos, mandolins and pianos, Illinois and specifically Chicago has been deeply involved in the creation and production of stringed musical instruments. After the Great Fire of 1871, as Chicago began to re-build, it quickly became a national center in musical instrument manufacturing, sales and distribution, particularly with the introduction of the mail order catalogs like Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Wards.

    From well known name brands like Lyon and Healey, Washburn, Regal, Kay and Harmony to a wealth of small but influential shops such as the Larson Brothers, it was Chicago, more than any other city in the world, that put musical instruments in the hands of players of all levels.

    Roots Musician and Folklorist Chris Vallillo has restored and collected Illinois stringed instruments for over 30 years and will discuss the development of Illinois Instrument building as he performs period music on over a dozen historic examples of these important instruments, from handmade masterpieces to $3.00 mail order gems.

    For more details and free registration, please see here

    • May 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • On Zoom
    • 24
    Register

    An Exploration of STEM Careers and Possibilities


    STEM Wordle


    Are your children trying to translate an interest in math or chemistry or something else into a STEM career or STEM opportunities? Join us for an exploration into STEM subjects and the fields they support. This session is geared to middle and high school students and their parents, though younger students are welcome to attend.

    Dr. Michael Pravica is a professor in physics and a member of HiPSEC (High Pressure and Engineering Center) at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics in 1998 from Harvard University. During his 20+ tenure at UNLV, Dr. Pravica has received several teaching and service awards. Dr. Pravica is currently working on the development of “useful hard x-ray photochemistry to synthesize high quality vaccines for viruses.” To become acquainted with Dr. Pravica’s wide array of publications and presentations on STEM related issues, please take a look at Dr. Pravica’s website: http://www.physics.unlv.edu/~pravica/. Dr. Pravica has also explored the contributions of eminent scientists, supervised soil research, supported a number of climate change initiatives, and has advanced opportunities related to interdisciplinary scholarship (the marriage of science and the humanities). Dr. Pravica’s connections to Illinois include collaboration with Argonne Labs and Keynote speaker at the 2020 Virtual Kids Climate Summit.

    • May 21, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, Smart Love Family Services

    The challenges of balancing children’s needs and wants when it comes to technology/electronic devices has become all the more intense as so many kids have grown so dependent on using them for everything from everyday schoolwork to keeping connected to friends, in addition to their social media and recreational uses.  This session will provide strategies for parents to manage their children’s uses of technology in ways that ensure their safety and wise use while promoting family trust and sustaining healthy relationships.

    Click here for complete details and checkout their schedule and webinar archive for other presentations. 



    • May 21, 2021
    • 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, Fermilab
    Fabrics: The New Software – Dr. Yoel Fink, MIT

    Our clothes help define us, yet the fabrics we wear haven’t really evolved over much of human history. However recent breakthroughs in fiber material and fabric processing now allow us to design and produce fibers and fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, and change color. The basis for these new fabric capabilities are fibers that contain semiconductor devices made into the fibers themselves, setting the stage for a “Moore’s law” in fibers. The new fiber materials enable visually inconspicuous yet highly functional capabilities. In this talk Dr. Fink will discuss the use of diode fibers for creating fabric communications systems allowing the exchange of information between people and platforms using line of sight fabric based optical communications.

    For more details and $4 registration for this event, please see here

    • May 22, 2021
    • 10:30 AM (CDT)
    • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Oak Brook

    Interpretive in-person program outdoors in the Museum's rock garden with educator Geologist, Sara Kurth, focuses on the different types of rocks and minerals commonly found outside. Then explore inside the Museum and take the scavenger hunt quiz. Physically distanced and masks required. In-person tours 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.  30 minute outdoor program (weather permitting) and 30-minute indoor scavenger hunt. Ages 6 years and up - Limited Capacity.  General Museum Admission - Museum Members Free. 

    For more details and registration, please sign up here

    • May 24, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Rescheduled from May 3rd


    Back to Basics: Boundaries and Self-Care

    Jessica Brown-McBroom, the owner of Gifted Key Counseling, will tackle this topic.  In this presentation, we will be addressing  the overall needs of a family under stress.  In addition, Jessica will cover the best nutrition and sleep patterns for executive functioning as well as how to set effective limits within the family.....including setting limits with children on screen time.

    Jessica Brown-McBroom bio

    Jessica Brown-McBroom is a licensed clinical professional counselor who is passionate about providing quality individual and family coaching for children, adolescents, and adults using a positive strength-based approach. Jessica embraces laughter and lightheartedness as an essential part of her work with children and families.  She specializes in twice-exceptional children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits.  This includes AD/HD children, children on the spectrum and children with learning disorders.  Diagnosed with AD/HD as a child, Jessica carries her own personal story of struggle and success in both her educational presentations and in her coaching, providing encouragement for families in the midst of their own struggles with executive functioning deficits.

    Jessica provides in-home and online coaching sessions offering hands-on interventions focused on improving an individual’s executive functioning skills.  She focuses on utilizing existing environmental supports while adapting new strategies to better structure an individual’s environment for success.  Using creative and research-based techniques, Jessica also assists individuals with further developing the brain’s ability to perform executive functioning independently of external supports.  Jessica’s approach is to identify and use an individual’s giftedness and assist them in flourishing in  current and future environments.

    • May 25, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, The Newberry Library
    Documenting Our Lives: A Conversation about Film, Memory, and Preservation

    On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder left his office hoping for a glimpse of President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade as it passed by Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. He ended up taking the most famous “home movie” in American history. Zapruder’s footage depicting the JFK assassination is now iconic, forever embedded in American culture and identity.

    In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Abraham Zapruder’s granddaughter Alexander Zapruder will be joined by Jacqueline Stewart, a professor at the University of Chicago and the host of the Turner Classic Movies program “Silent Sunday Nights.” Together, the two will explore the connections between home movies, family history, and difficult memories, as well as the emergence of citizen journalism in the United States.

    For more details and free registration, please see here

     

    • May 26, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online, ADDItude Magazine
    The Missed Diagnosis: ADHD and Asperger Syndrome in Smart Kids and Adults

    When very smart kids or adults chronically underperform in school, work, or social interactions, it is often assumed that they are bored, lazy, or uncaring. Parents, teachers, and employers of those who are obviously bright but floundering may not recognize two challenges that often co-occur: ADHD and Asperger syndrome.

    Asperger syndrome was removed from the DSM in 2013 in favor of the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, which many researchers and clinicians see as a mistake. In this webinar, Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. will describe his work with high-IQ students and adults who did very well in their earlier school years, but who had increasing difficulty academically and socially as they navigated middle school, high school, college, and/or employment.

    Despite their strong intelligence, some of these individuals struggled not only in managing their schoolwork, but also in understanding and managing emotions and their interactions with other people. They had both unrecognized ADHD and unrecognized Asperger syndrome.

      For more details how to register for this free, expert webinar, please see here.  For a list of future or past expert talks by the same provider, check out this index.  


      • May 26, 2021
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
      • Camp Bullfrog Lake, Willow Springs, IL

      Free demonstration-based workshop series teaching basic camping skills. All ages – children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a folding chair/blanket for seating. Do you have your own tent that you need practice with?  Bring it and we’ll help you set it up!

      All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. 

      For more details, please see here.  For other events, check out their calendar. 

      • May 27, 2021
      • 6:00 PM (CDT)
      • Online, What School Could Be
      Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Carlos Moreno (Executive Director of Big Picture Learning)

      Our conversation with the inspiring education leader Carlos Moreno will bring us remarkable insights from a career fighting so effectively for better futures for America’s youth. We’ll learn about the many successful innovations of Big Picture Learning schools, and gain insights from his perspective on education, equity, and opportunity.

      For more details and registration, please see here and check out their other events. 

      • May 28, 2021
      • 7:00 PM (CDT)
      • YouTube, CIERA

      CIERA Astronomy LIVE brings Northwestern University astronomers to the public in an interactive online format. Trivia, short presentations and interviews, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions, make these events fun and accessible for everyone.  Come hang out and chat about the Universe. Like an open mic night, each LIVE event is different!

      For more details and link to CIERA's channel, please see here


      • May 31, 2021
      • (CDT)
      • Friends of the Chicago River

      Organize your own Chicago River Cleanup

      The river provides critical habitat for all sorts of animals from migratory birds to beavers, mink, turtles and over 75 species of fish. It's health is rebounding after years of abuse, but litter remains a stubborn problem. Studies show areas without litter deter future littering, so one of the most important ways to deter littering is to clean it up. 

      Friends of the Chicago River have a Litterfree Chicago River Toolkit to help you organize your own cleanup day!  

      • June 01, 2021
      • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
      • Online, Field Museum
      SUE the T. rex Virtual Tour: National Dinosaur Day

      Celebrate T. rex and other famous dinosaurs that lived before and during SUE's time.  

      Missing SUE, everyone’s favorite T. rex? Us, too. Visit SUE in these online events and brush up on little-known facts about the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex. Field Museum staff will guide you from SUE’s life in the Cretaceous to the latest scientific research. Using a 3D virtual model scanned straight from SUE’s fossilized bones, they’ll point out key features that give hints about SUE’s past. Trivia breaks give you the chance to test your dinosaur knowledge. Plus, submit your questions using the Q&A feature of Zoom Webinar (or sending them to us directly 24 hours ahead of your scheduled tour.) We’ll answer your questions during your tour. This online event is free with a suggested $10 donation and is suitable for adults, families, and kids (recommended for ages 5 and older). Tours are available every other month, 3:30–4:30pm.

      For more details, please see here. 



      • June 02, 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
      • Zoom
      Register

      This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is trying something new with a general fiction book.


      A Place for US

      Fatima Farheen Mirze




      Bring your favorite morning brew and join us on Zoom for a lively discussion of the book, parenting, current events, . . . Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door! The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of (parenting)challenges you do!

      • June 02, 2021
      • 12:00 PM (CDT)
      • Online, ADDItude Magazine
      Make a Summer Comeback: How Students with ADHD Can Regain Lost Academic Ground and Have Fun

      This year’s back-to-school transition could be rougher than ever. Many students with ADHD have struggled with virtual learning fatigue and received little individualized instruction over the last year. They’re entering summer break already feeling confused and behind. As a parent, you may be worried about helping your child regain lost academic ground. At the same time, you may feel pressure to orchestrate a fun summer for your family. After all, haven’t kids dealt with enough stress and at-home learning already?

      You shouldn’t have to choose between enjoying a relaxing summer and making sure that your child is caught up and well prepared for next school year. Learn how you can achieve the summer balance your family needs — especially after a year unlike any other!

      In this webinar, you will learn how to:

      • Plan fun, interactive summer activities that keep kids of all ages with ADHD academically engaged during the break
      • Help your child regain lost ground after a year short on individualized instruction and consistency
      • Access learning resources that make summer learning fun and easy (including tips for finding online and off-screen activities)
      • Incorporate math, reading, and writing into your child’s summer routines to minimize pushback
      • Keep your child or teen with ADHD engaged when he or she is feeling reluctant, distracted, or burnt out

        For more details how to register for this free, expert webinar, please see here.  For a list of future or past expert talks by the same provider, check out this index.  


        • June 04, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • August 06, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • 10 sessions
        • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
        Register

        Due to precautions required because of COVID-19 and limited classes available, for the Summer 2021 semester we are limiting enrollment to existing families. We hope to return to a full schedule for the Fall session, 
        and look forward to welcoming new families at that time
        .

        Three weeks will be field trips: June 11, July 9, and August 6.

        LOGYC, Learning Opportunities for Gifted Youth, is a place where children can learn among other gifted children and have the opportunity to work at ability level versus being age restricted. At LOGYC, children can feel accepted for who they are, without having to hide their strengths or weaknesses. They don't need to underachieve to conform or feel isolated in feeling "not normal." They receive support for oversensitivities and integrating into a group learning environment. But please keep in mind that this is a co-op, not a school, and parents are expected to fully contribute/participate.

        This unique community is a safe space to be gifted and to connect with like-minded peers, for students and parents alike.

        Registering for the co-op allows you to register for our many fabulous classes - check them out! 

        Many of our classes have flexible age ranges, as gifted kids often have asynchronistic development. If you have any questions about class details, whether a class would be appropriate for your kid[s], or the coop in general, please email us at logyc@chicagogiftedcommunity.org.


        • June 05, 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
        • Online, Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago

        Join families from all over the world every first Saturday of the month from the comfort of your home. Check out Logan Center's Facebook page for current informationFrom 9a-10a they will be premiering workshops on facebook and creating community with our loved ones and with each other.   

        Click here for complete details.  



        • June 05, 2021
        • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (CDT)
        • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History
        Exploring the Sharks of the Galapagos Islands

        The exploration of natural history doesn't have to just happen at the museum - it can happen in your home too! 

        Join museum educators as they walk your family through science skill-building activities and ways to explore the natural world and collections.

        During this program, we will be joined by ocean educators Meaghan Cuddy and Lara Noren to explore biodiversity in the ocean! Come take a dive into the marine habitat of the Galapagos Islands and investigate different shark species that live there. This program is a part of the National Museum of Natural History‘s celebration of World Ocean Day focusing on Hope Spots, places that are critical to the health of our ocean around the globe.

        For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

        • June 05, 2021
        • 10:30 AM (CDT)
        • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Oak Brook

        This hands-on activity allows children and adults to search for gems and minerals among more common rocks. Learn the difference between rocks and minerals and how to distinguish between them. Each rock or mineral found is identified and can be taken home. Rocks from home can be brought in for identification. Physical distancing and face coverings are required. 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 45 minutes outdoors (weather permitting). Ages 5 and up  $5 per child. General Admission for Adults & Seniors – Museum Members Free. Limited Capacity. 

        For more details and registration, please sign up here

        • June 05, 2021
        • 12:20 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
        • Elmhurst, The Center for Gifted


        The Center for Gifted

        6th-12th grades

        Saturdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3 (see flyer here)
        Enroll for 5 consecutive Saturday afternoons, 12:20-3:00

        For details and registration, click here.

        • June 06, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

        Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

        Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

        MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

        Schedule of Admissions Coffees:

        07/11/2021

        08/01/2021

        08/08/2021

        08/15/2021

        09/05/2021

        09/19/2021

        10/03/2021

        11/07/2021

        12/05/2021

        01/02/2022 

        02/06/2022

        03/06/2022

        04/03/2022

        05/01/2022

        06/05/2022

        • June 08, 2021
        • 6:00 PM (CDT)
        • Online, What School Could Be
        Change Maker Series: A Conversation with Tony Wagner (author of Learning By Heart)

        While our conversation will touch on the vast body of work of Tony Wagner, one of our nation’s most important and influential thought leaders, we’ll spend most of our time exploring his stunning memoir Learning By Heart. He has so much to say about the role of passion and purpose in education — including how we lost it, and what we can do to restore it.

        For more details and registration, please see here and check out their other events. 

        • June 09, 2021
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
        • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History

        Join us for a virtual screening of the short film Feedback Loops: Albedo.

        Watch the film at your convenience upon registration, and tune in on June 9, 2021, for a live discussion with Joellen Russell (Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science and Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Geosciences); Sarah Zhou Rosengard (Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and other climate scientists moderated by Julianna Olsson (Exhibit Writer and Editor, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History).

        This program is offered as part of the 4-part virtual series Natural History on the Big Screen: Feedback Loops, taking place monthly May-August, 2021. Register to receive the screening and Zoom Webinar links.

        About the Film: The reflectivity of snow and ice at the poles, known as the albedo effect, is one of Earth’s most important cooling mechanisms. But global warming has reduced this reflectivity drastically, setting off a dangerous warming loop: as more Arctic ice and snow melt, the albedo effect decreases, further warming the Arctic and melting more ice and snow. The volume of Arctic ice has already shrunk 75% In the past 40 years, and scientists predict that the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice-free during the summer months by the end of the century.

        For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

        • June 10, 2021
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
        • Zoom, John Hopkins CTY
        Video Information Session: Learn About CTY Programs

        Join for a live, online presentation to learn about the wide variety of gifted education programs available to bright young students who test with CTY. Each of the three main CTY programs (Summer, Online, and Family) will be covered in depth.

        For more details and registration, please see here. For other dates of the same program, check out their calendar

        • June 17, 2021
        • 7:00 PM (CDT)
        • Zoom, Des Plaines History Center
        Ann Bradford Stokes: African American Civil War Nurse

        Ann Bradford Strokes (1833-1903) worked aboard the Navy’s first Hospital Ship, Red Rover, of Mound City, Illinois. She worked with sick and wounded soldiers aboard the United States Naval Hospital Ship (U.S.N.) throughout the Western Theater of the Civil War on both the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries.

        Stokes lived mostly aboard the Red Rover, but occasionally stayed in the Mound City contraband camp in a community of over two thousand people. She volunteered with the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Naval ship officers working as a “first class boy”, cook, laundress, mender–anything to get food to eat. Eventually, Ann assumed the role of a nurse, leading to the beginning of a profession that would last generations. She was the first woman to earn a pension for her work with the U.S.N. Red Rover. After 18 months as an African American Civil War nurse, she left service in November 1864. Several years later, Ann learned to read and write. She settled, remarried, and remained in Southern Illinois for the rest of her life.

        In a fascinating reenactment, Marlene Rivero will breathe life back into Ann Stokes and her story, captivating audiences and informing new learners.

        For more details and free registration, please see here

        • June 19, 2021
        • 10:30 AM (CDT)
        • Zoom, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

        Geologist Sara Kurth teaches the techniques for rock and mineral identification. Purchase your 10 specimen, $15.00 kit at the Museum Shop online or in-store and reserve your space here. Join us from home to learn how to identify your rocks and minerals. Completes the earth science badges for Cub and Boy Scouts. This is a 60 minute live virtual class with instructor for ages 8 yrs & up  and you need to purchase your kit to reserve your space.  

        For more details and other events, check out their calendar here

        • June 19, 2021
        • 1:30 PM (CDT)
        • Zoom, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

        Children can make their own gemstone jewelry with the Rockin’ Jewelry kit and virtual class. Purchase your $15.00 kit online or in the Museum store. Learn to make a necklace, keychain and pin. Completes the Jewelry Badge for Girl Scouts. This is a 60 minute live virtual class with instructor for Ages 8 yrs & up  and you need to purchase your kit to reserve your space.  

        For more details, check out their calendar here or register online here

        • June 30, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Friends of the Chicago River

        Organize your own Chicago River Cleanup

        The river provides critical habitat for all sorts of animals from migratory birds to beavers, mink, turtles and over 75 species of fish. It's health is rebounding after years of abuse, but litter remains a stubborn problem. Studies show areas without litter deter future littering, so one of the most important ways to deter littering is to clean it up. 

        Friends of the Chicago River have a Litterfree Chicago River Toolkit to help you organize your own cleanup day!  

        • July 11, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

        Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

        Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

        MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

        Schedule of Admissions Coffees:

        08/01/2021

        08/08/2021

        08/15/2021

        09/05/2021

        09/19/2021

        10/03/2021

        11/07/2021

        12/05/2021

        01/02/2022 

        02/06/2022

        03/06/2022

        04/03/2022

        05/01/2022

        06/05/2022

        • July 14, 2021
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
        • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History

        Join us for a virtual screening of the short film Feedback Loops: Permafrost.

        Watch the film at your convenience upon registration, and tune in on July 14, 2021, for a live discussion with Max Holmes (Deputy Director, Woodwell Climate Research Center) and other climate scientists moderated by Julianna Olsson (Exhibit Writer and Editor, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History).

        This program is offered as part of the 4-part virtual series Natural History on the Big Screen: Feedback Loops, taking place monthly May-August, 2021. Register to receive the screening and Zoom Webinar links.

        About the Film: Permafrost, an icy expanse of frozen ground covering one-quarter of the Northern Hemisphere, is thawing. As it does, microscopic animals are waking up and feeding on the previously frozen carbon stored in plant and animal remains, releasing heat-trapping gases as a byproduct. These gases further warm the atmosphere, melting more permafrost in a dangerous feedback loop. With permafrost containing twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, its thaw could release 150 billion tons of carbon by the end of the century.

        For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

        • July 17, 2021
        • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
        • Online, Field Museum
        Summer Tween Club: Becoming a Scientist (Birds)

        Middle-schoolers can find out what it takes to be a scientist in this one-day, Saturday virtual club.

        How do scientists see the world around us? What tools do they use to make discoveries about life on Earth and natural habitats and history? Preteens ages 11–14 can find out this summer with our virtual tween club.

        Join a one-day, Saturday club from 9:30am–1:30pm. Middle-school science-lovers can learn what it takes to be a field observer. They’ll hear from real scientists at work in the field across and beyond Chicago. They’ll get a break from 11:30am–12pm to grab lunch, play outside, and complete the midday activity. Club members then rejoin the club in the afternoon and share what they discovered in the habitats close to home.

        One ticket is required per household, per club session. Tickets are $30 per class—or save with a bundle of all four classes for $100. Members enjoy a 15% discount on tickets. Space is limited. Ticket sales end 24 hours before the start of each club session.

        For more details, please see here. For other dates of the same club, check out their calendar



        • July 22, 2021
        • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
        • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
        The Love Lives of Birds with Laura Erickson

        Laura Erickson, producer of “For the Birds,” the longest-running radio program about birds in the United States (since 1986) and author of twelve books about birds, will talk about her new book, “The Love Lives of Birds.” Courtship, mating, and parenting differ dramatically among birds–from the lifelong devotion of American crows to the dalliances of eastern bluebirds, from bald eagles’ focus on home improvements to the female ruby-throated hummingbird’s Rosie the Riveter lifestyle. Why the dramatic differences among species? Laura explains as she takes us along on a romance-fueled romp through the love lives of several Illinois species, exploring the diversity of avian approaches to pairing up. Each species spotlight pairs scientific fact with humorous and insightful parallels between human and bird.

        Free event. Click here for complete details. 

        • July 24, 2021
        • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
        • Online, Field Museum
        Summer Tween Club: Becoming a Scientist (Insects)

        Middle-schoolers can find out what it takes to be a scientist in this one-day, Saturday virtual club.

        How do scientists see the world around us? What tools do they use to make discoveries about life on Earth and natural habitats and history? Preteens ages 11–14 can find out this summer with our virtual tween club.

        Join a one-day, Saturday club from 9:30am–1:30pm. Middle-school science-lovers can learn what it takes to be a field observer. They’ll hear from real scientists at work in the field across and beyond Chicago. They’ll get a break from 11:30am–12pm to grab lunch, play outside, and complete the midday activity. Club members then rejoin the club in the afternoon and share what they discovered in the habitats close to home.

        One ticket is required per household, per club session. Tickets are $30 per class—or save with a bundle of all four classes for $100. Members enjoy a 15% discount on tickets. Space is limited. Ticket sales end 24 hours before the start of each club session.

        For more details, check out their calendar



        • July 31, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Friends of the Chicago River

        Organize your own Chicago River Cleanup

        The river provides critical habitat for all sorts of animals from migratory birds to beavers, mink, turtles and over 75 species of fish. It's health is rebounding after years of abuse, but litter remains a stubborn problem. Studies show areas without litter deter future littering, so one of the most important ways to deter littering is to clean it up. 

        Friends of the Chicago River have a Litterfree Chicago River Toolkit to help you organize your own cleanup day!  

        • July 31, 2021
        • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
        • Online, Field Museum
        Summer Tween Club: Becoming a Scientist (Plants)

        Middle-schoolers can find out what it takes to be a scientist in this one-day, Saturday virtual club.

        How do scientists see the world around us? What tools do they use to make discoveries about life on Earth and natural habitats and history? Preteens ages 11–14 can find out this summer with our virtual tween club.

        Join a one-day, Saturday club from 9:30am–1:30pm. Middle-school science-lovers can learn what it takes to be a field observer. They’ll hear from real scientists at work in the field across and beyond Chicago. They’ll get a break from 11:30am–12pm to grab lunch, play outside, and complete the midday activity. Club members then rejoin the club in the afternoon and share what they discovered in the habitats close to home.

        One ticket is required per household, per club session. Tickets are $30 per class—or save with a bundle of all four classes for $100. Members enjoy a 15% discount on tickets. Space is limited. Ticket sales end 24 hours before the start of each club session.

        For more details, please see here. For other dates of the same club, check out their calendar



        • August 01, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

        Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

        Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

        MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

        Schedule of Admissions Coffees:

        08/08/2021

        08/15/2021

        09/05/2021

        09/19/2021

        10/03/2021

        11/07/2021

        12/05/2021

        01/02/2022 

        02/06/2022

        03/06/2022

        04/03/2022

        05/01/2022

        06/05/2022

        • August 04, 2021
        • 6:00 PM (CDT)
        • Online, What School Could Be
        Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Ken Kay & Suzie Boss (co-authors of Redefining Student Success)

        Experts in the power of community’s embracing a Portrait of a Graduate as their education North Star, Ken and Suzie will share with us the many lessons they’ve learned over through their distinguished careers, and highlight what we will find in their eagerly-anticipated new book Redefining Student Success: Building a New Vision to Transform Leading, Teaching and Learning.

        For more details and registration, please see here and check out their other events. 

        • August 07, 2021
        • 9:00 AM (CDT)
        • Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, IL

        Rusty Rodeo

        Learn how to identify invasive Rusty crayfish and then help get them out of our stream and the Fox River! This year we will share the event with a sister site at Fearson Creek as well for more Rusties to be rounded up and removed!

        https://www.redoaknaturecenter.info

        2343 S. River Street, Batavia, Illinois ● 630-897-1808 ● Directions

        • August 07, 2021
        • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
        • Online, Field Museum
        Summer Tween Club: Becoming a Scientist (Fishes)

        Middle-schoolers can find out what it takes to be a scientist in this one-day, Saturday virtual club.

        How do scientists see the world around us? What tools do they use to make discoveries about life on Earth and natural habitats and history? Preteens ages 11–14 can find out this summer with our virtual tween club.

        Join a one-day, Saturday club from 9:30am–1:30pm. Middle-school science-lovers can learn what it takes to be a field observer. They’ll hear from real scientists at work in the field across and beyond Chicago. They’ll get a break from 11:30am–12pm to grab lunch, play outside, and complete the midday activity. Club members then rejoin the club in the afternoon and share what they discovered in the habitats close to home.

        One ticket is required per household, per club session. Tickets are $30 per class—or save with a bundle of all four classes for $100. Members enjoy a 15% discount on tickets. Space is limited. Ticket sales end 24 hours before the start of each club session.

        For more details, please see here. For other dates of the same club, check out their calendar



        • August 08, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

        Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

        Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

        MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

        Schedule of Admissions Coffees:

        08/15/2021

        09/05/2021

        09/19/2021

        10/03/2021

        11/07/2021

        12/05/2021

        01/02/2022 

        02/06/2022

        03/06/2022

        04/03/2022

        05/01/2022

        06/05/2022

        • August 11, 2021
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
        • Zoom, National Museum of Natural History

        Join us for a virtual screening of the short film Feedback Loops: Atmosphere.

        Watch the film at your convenience upon registration, and tune in on August 11, 2021, for a live discussion with. Jennifer Francis (Senior Scientist, Woodwell Climate Research Center; featured in the film); Nichola Minott (Visiting Scholar in the International Studies Program, Boston College) and Deepti Singh (Climate Scientist) moderated by Laura Donnelly-Smith(Exhibit Writer, and Editor, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History).

        This program is offered as part of the 4-part virtual series Natural History on the Big Screen: Feedback Loops, taking place monthly May-August, 2021. Register to receive the screening and Zoom Webinar links.

        About the Film:  Global warming is altering Earth’s weather patterns dramatically. A warmer atmosphere absorbs more water vapor, which in turn traps more heat and warms the planet further in an accelerating feedback loop. Climate change is also disrupting the jet stream, triggering a feedback loop that brings warm air northward, and causes weather patterns to stall in place for longer.

        For more details and registration for this free event, please click here. Check out their calendar for future similar events. 

        • August 15, 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

        Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

        Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

        MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

        Schedule of Upcoming Admissions Coffees:

        09/05/2021

        09/19/2021

        10/03/2021

        11/07/2021

        12/05/2021

        01/02/2022 

        02/06/2022

        03/06/2022

        04/03/2022

        05/01/2022

        06/05/2022

        • August 21, 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
        • Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, IL

        Red Oak Nature Center: BugFest!