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Enter this exciting space to experiment and explore new ideas through making.

When did you last unleash your inventive genius? Use design thinking and the innovation process to turn everyday materials into a prototype of an invention for a superhero! Museum guests can participate in weekend drop-in sessions, and school groups can reserve weekday sessions in advance.

Innovator Gallery
How are African Americans remaking Chicago and inspiring the next generation? Discover some of the creative leaders who are transforming our city. You’ll learn their stories in this special introductory section of the Innovation Studio.

Learn more about this year's innovators

Students create and design science projects using household items
Students build and design science projects using household items

Drop-in sessions

Roll up your sleeves, build a creation, and put your innovation skills to the test in this open studio environment. These drop-in sessions are open to Museum guests. 

Weekend (30-minute sessions)

  • 10 a.m. to noon 
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Ages 6 and older; children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone. Maximum capacity is 30 people per session, including adults and chaperones.

Student and educator build and design science projects
school and community group


These 60-minute sessions guide school and community groups through the innovation process to design prototype solutions for real-world challenges.

Weekday: 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Recommended for 5th grade and up; maximum capacity is 30. Included with Museum Entry, but groups must reserve sessions in advance by contacting Dulce Enriquez at or (773) 753-1766.

The Museum of Science and Industry’s annual Black Creativity program invites students, teachers, families and the public to explore the legacy of rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans while encouraging deeper interest in science and technology among youth. This year’s programming focuses on innovation, inspiring children to become innovators of tomorrow. For more information about the Black Creativity program, click here.