Feeling pulled between the Chemistry and the Chicagoland Area?  We understand!

Some excursions are being offered at an additional cost to the conference and have a limited number of participants.  These sponsored excursions occur during the conference programming; minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Participants must register in advance for these paid excursions - registration for excursions will close once they have reached capacity or June 1st, 2019.  See more details below!  Continue further down the page for suggested activities nearby and in Chicago, those are not sponsored by ChemEd 2019.

Week at a Glance:



Starbucks Reserve Brewing

$5/person; 30 people max



$10/person; 39 people max



Argonne National Lab

$10/person; 26 people max


Historic Naperville Trolley

$20/person; 30 people max





American Science & Surplus

$5/person; 42 people max





Fermilab/Argonne National Lab

$10/person; 39/26 people max

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Excursions listed in order of occurrence (must register for during conference registrations):

Monday: depart NCC @ 6:45am, arrive back @ 8/8:15am

Cost: $5/person

Capacity: 30 people (min of 2 people for trip to run)

Starbucks Reserve Brewing

Come kick off ChemEd 2019 with a walking tour to Starbucks Reserve to learn about different brewing methods that Starbucks uses for their coffee!  Based on participant interest, we will sample siphon and/or clover brewing with our very own barista.  Brewing techniques may include siphon brewing, pour-over brewing, Chemex brewing, and coffee press brewing!  Click here for their Brewing 101 release.

Meet at the Starbucks Reserve coffee house at 7:15 AM or walk together as a group from the lower floor of Wentz Science Center (southwest door) at 6:45 AM.   (*Rob Bober will be the walking guide from the Wentz Science Center.)

Starbucks Reserve

203 S. Main Street

Naperville, IL

(Corner of Main and Jefferson, downtown Naperville)

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Monday: depart NCC @ 12:15** arrive back @ ~3:05pm

**you must eat lunch before/bring something to eat on the bus.  The food court is expected to open at 11:30am

Cost: $10/person*

Capacity: 39 people (min of 5 people for trip to run)

Email Social@ChemEd2019.com to be added to the waitlist

Secondary trip available Thursday AFTER conference:

Thursday: depart NCC @ 1pm arrive back @ ~4pm

Cost: $10/person*

Capacity: 39 people (min of 5 people for trip to run)

Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory

What are we made of? How did the universe begin? What secrets do the smallest, most elemental particles of matter hold, and how can they help us understand the intricacies of space and time?

Since 1967, Fermilab has worked to answer these and other fundamental questions and enhance our understanding of everything we see around us. As the United States' premier particle physics laboratory, we do science that matters. We work on the world's most advanced particle accelerators and dig down to the smallest building blocks of matter. We also probe the farthest reaches of the universe, seeking out the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

Fermilab's 1,750 employees include scientists and engineers from all around the world. Fermilab collaborates with more than 50 countries on physics experiments based in the United States and elsewhere.

Fermilab is America's particle physics and accelerator laboratory.

adapted from: http://www.fnal.gov/

*Participants will be asked their country of citizenship and must bring valid identification to show lab security upon entrance.

Tuesday: depart NCC @ 2pm, arrive back @ 3pm

Cost: $20/person

Capacity: 30 people (min of 10 people for trip to run)

Historic Naperville Trolley Tour

Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville!  This one-hour Historic Trolley Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlights Naperville's growth, and includes some fun stories!  The tour includes Naperville's Historic District, North Central College, charming downtown businesses and shopping areas, state-of-the-art police and fire stations, the scenic Riverwalk, Naper Settlement, and more! 


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Tuesday: depart NCC @ 7:45am arrive back @ ~12:15pm**

**lunch is on your own after you return back from Argonne

Cost: $10/person*

Capacity: 26 people (min of 5 people for trip to run)


Secondary trip available Thursday AFTER conference:

Thursday: depart NCC @ 12:50 pm arrive back @ ~5:15pm

Cost: $10/person*

Capacity: 26 people (min of 5 people for trip to run)

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and our environment. Ever since we were born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, our goal has been to make an impact — from the atomic to the human to the global scale.

The laboratory works in concert with universities, industry, and other national laboratories on questions and experiments too large for any one institution to do by itself. Through collaborations here and around the world, we strive to discover new ways to develop energy innovations through science, create novel materials molecule-by-molecule, and gain a deeper understanding of our planet, our climate, and the cosmos.

Surrounded by the highest concentration of top-tier research organizations in the world, Argonne leverages its Chicago-area location to lead discovery and to power innovation in a wide range of core scientific capabilities, from high-energy physics and materials science to biology and advanced computer science.

We start with Yes.

adapted from: https://www.anl.gov/

*In order to enter Argonne National Laboratory, participants (both US and non US citizens) will need to complete an online "identification-check" by July 1st.  After confirmation of acceptance, participants MUST bring proper identification to the lab on the day of the trip and have that identification handy to show to their security. 


American Science & Surplus Store

American Science & Surplus was established in about 1937. At that time the founder, Mr. Al Luebbers, was working for Western Electric, here in Chicago.  After the Second World War the company expanded, fed by war surplus. Eventually, Al opened a retail store on Chicago's Northwest side called American Science Center and started carrying educational science items.

American Science & Surplus continues to offer a unique mix of industrial, military and educational items, with an emphasis on science and education. We supply a wide range of unusual and hard to find items (some say bizarre stuff) to the hobbyist, tinkerer, artist, experimenter, home educator, do-it-yourselfer, and bargain hunter.

We offer an eclectic range of products, many with a science or educational tilt to them, others simply handy or amusing. Value is important, and whenever we can, we carry surplus at prices well below retail. We love closeouts, inventory overruns, mis-manufactures, and items whose time has not come.

Adapted from: https://www.sciplus.com/

Wednesday: depart NCC @ 1pm, shop from 1:30-2:30pm

                      depart NCC @ 2pm, shop from 2:30-3:30pm

                      depart NCC @ 3pm, shop from 3:30-4:30pm

You can expect to arrive back at NCC ~30 min after departing AS&S

Cost: $5/person

Capacity: 14 people for each time slot

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These are other nearby activities that you can look into on your own! (not on ChemEd Registration)

Naperville, Chicago, and the Chicagoland area is brimming with things to do and places to go.  When you arrive at ChemEd 2019, you will be provided with a welcome bag (complements of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce).  This bag will include brochures (and potential discounts) for Naperville merchants and activities.  Find some of the nearby places that you can explore, on your own, below! 


Naperville Riverwalk (~0.6 mile from campus) FREE

Naperville's crown jewel!  The Riverwalk is a place of beauty and tranquility along the West Branch of the DuPage River. It features 1.75 miles of brick paths, fountains, bridges, meeting and event places, outdoor sculpture and artwork, recreational facilities, and celebratory memorials. The Riverwalk is a preferred destination and an ideal place to stroll, unwind and reflect. Come relax and enjoy the scene. The Riverwalk has something for everyone. Best of all, it’s a place to be enjoyed for generations to come.


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Dupage Children's Museum (<0.5 mile from campus)

With more than 30 years under its belt, Dupage Children's Museum has been inspiring families to laugh, learn, and love spending time together. Through exhibits, programs, and special events, every experience is designed to help children develop a strong foundation of creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and confidence – strengths that help them grow to become resilient, innovative, life-long learners.


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Naper Settlement (~0.5 mile from campus)

Naper Settlement is a family-friendly outdoor history museum featuring 12 acres of learning and interactive opportunities for all ages. Located in downtown Naperville, Naper Settlement is just steps away from dining, shopping and the Riverwalk. Visitors will be immersed in history as they learn about the past and how it relates to the present, from pioneer times to today. Highlights include special events and programs and activities year-round, both on- and off-site.



Centennial Beach (~0.7 mile from campus)

Jump into summer as you swim in Centennial Beach’s historic stone quarry. It’s not a swimming pool, it’s not a lake, but a swimming experience like no other! Wade into the zero-depth entry and swim to depths of 15 feet.
For generations, Centennial Beach has been the local “swimming hole” for many Naperville residents and its guests. It’s a great place to simply relax and enjoy.

  • NonResident Adult Admission (18 and up) - $12

  • NonResident Youth Admission (3-17 yrs) - $10

  • NonResident Admission (after 5:00 p.m.) - $3


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Cantigny Park (~7 miles from campus - Wheaton, IL)

Cantigny is a 500-acre (2.0 km ) park in Wheaton, Illinois. It is the former estate of Joseph Medill and his grandson Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publishers of the Chicago Tribune, and is open to the public. Cantigny includes large formal and informal gardens, two museums (including an iconic tank park featuring 100 years of armor), a 27-hole golf course, a picnic grove, a playground, hiking paths, restaurants and a gift shop.

https://cantigny.org/; Trip Advisor Review

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Brookfield Zoo (~23 miles from campus - Brookfield, IL)

The 216-acre zoo features Italian provincial buildings & formal malls. It has more than 2,500 specimens comprising some 425 species. Special attractions include the dolphin shows in the Seven Seas exhibit, a children’s zoo, and Tropic World, a vast enclosed exhibit of mixed species from the three main rainforest habitats of the world (African, Asian, and South American). Other major exhibits are the Fragile Kingdom, depicting how animals relate to each other and their environment, and Habitat Africa, a two-part exhibit covering life in the rainforest and on the savanna.

You can drive or Uber/taxi there, but you can also get there via public transportation (metra train).


Chicago Attractions: These are suggested activities that you can look into! (not on ChemEd Registration)

Cubs or Sox?  Maybe you'll have time for a baseball game?  We love our Chicago style hot dogs!


Wrigley Field • Chicago Cubs • Go Cubbies Go!

Unfortunately the Cubbies are out of town during the conference.  If you are looking to come early to catch a game, here is their 2019 schedule for the dates around our conference.  Tickets online

July 12-13-14: vs Pirates (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
July 15-16-17: vs Reds (7:05, 7:05, 1:20)
July 19-20-21: vs Padres (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)

July 22-23-24: at Giants (8:45, 8:45, 2:45)
July 26-27-28: at Brewers (7:10, 6:40, 1:10)
July 30-31, August 1: at Cardinals (7:15, 7:15, 6:15)

August 2-3-4: vs Brewers (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
August 5-6-7: vs Athletics (7:05, 7:05, 1:20)

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Guaranteed Rate Field • Chicago White Sox

Tickets online

July 19-20-21: at Rays (6:10, 5:10, 12:10)
July 22-23-24: vs Marlins (7:10, 7:10, 7:10)
July 25-26-27-28: vs Twins (7:10, 7:10, 6:10, 1:10)

July 30-31, Aug 1: vs NY Mets (7:10, 7:10, 1:10) 

Here are some other fan favorites if you are making this a family trip and/or if you just want to make the most of your visit to the Chicagoland area!  Downtown Chicago is easily reachable by public transportation.  ChemEd 2019 will “How to Get There Via Public Transportation” brochures available when you arrive at North Central College!  (click on the pictures below)

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