It’s November and your STEM-loving family is looking for cool things to do around Chicago. We’ve got this for you. Check out our top picks for STEM and STEAM fun around Chicagoland, as well as a bit of timely inspiration for science fun at home.
What to do in Chicago in November for STEM Fun
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Tech Girlz is hosting some cool workshops. See our Event Calendar for details.
CodeDay Chicago is coming November 9-10, 2019! See our Event Calendar for details.
Head to Pullman for free admission to the National Park on Veteran’s Day.
Chicago International Children’s Film Fest Internationally recognized films for children from tots to teens, not to mention STEAM-y media workshops for kids.
Go Red Goes STEM Unfortunately, we don’t have any updates on this popular Chicago event for students. It might be on hiatus this year.
Go ice skating at Millennium Park Skate with the Chicago skyline as your backdrop. The Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon opens for the 2019-2020 season in mid-November. It’s free if you have your own skates. On-site skate rental is available for a fee.
Light up the Chicago Night
Winter Break will be here before you know it! We’ve put together a guide full of great options (and discounts!) to keep your kids busy while learning 21st-century skills and having lots of fun. Check out our Winter STEM Camp Guide.
Our Picks for the Best November STEM Events
November 14, 2019
- 8:30 am - 10:00 am Jungman STEM Magnet School Open House at Jungman STEM Magnet School
- 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Malcolm X College Health Science Open House at Malcolm X College
November 16, 2019
- 10:00 am - 11:30 am Thanksgiving Centerpiece Family Workshop at Morton Arboretum
- 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Artificial Intelligence: How Computers Learn at Opex Analytics
- 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Cool Weather Camping Clinic at North Park Village Nature Center
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Seed Collecting at North Park Village at North Park Village Nature Center
November 17, 2019
- 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Kids Slime Workshop at Local Color Art Studio
- 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Kids Garden Club at Lurvey Garden Center
November 20, 2019
- 9:30 am - 10:30 am IQ Testing for Kids: Understanding the Process at Science and Arts Academy
- 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Shedd Teen Orientation at Shedd Aquarium Teen Learning Lab
- 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Girl Scouts: STEM Activity at Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School
November 21, 2019
- 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Great Lakes Action Days at Bob Mann Park
- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm The Art of Logic With Dr. Eugenia Cheng at Harold Washington Library
November 22, 2019
- 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Chicago's Night Sky at Adler Planetarium
- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm All About Owls at North Park Village Nature Center
November 23, 2019
- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Science Adventures at Fermilab at Lederman Education Center at Fermilab
- 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Cool Weather Camping Clinic at Northerly Island
- 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Minecraft Party at Power Up Tech Academy
November 24, 2019
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm All About Turtles at North Park Village Nature Center
November 27, 2019
- 10:00 am - 2:00 pm The Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity/Center for Gifted at The Center for Gifted, Elmhurst Branch
- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm The Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity/Center for Gifted at The Center for Gifted, Elmhurst Branch
November 29, 2019
- 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Black Friday Family Hike at Morton Arboretum
STEM and STEAM Fun at Home
See our sister site, The Maker Mom, for inspiration for November-themed, home-based exploration and fun!