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When it comes to energy consumption, meeting our own demand will take a revolution. And you can be a part of it.

Preserving our future takes both discovery and change—a transformation of how we think about energy. This is where you step in: Team up and collaborate in an immersive Simulation Lab where you help decide Chicago’s energy future.

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Power to Change the Future

Future Energy Chicago is both a vibrant reflection on energy and a chance to reinvent a city's energy footprint. A beautiful short film celebrates the wonders of energy in the natural world, and presents the dramatic challenges we face in building a better energy future. Then, the Simulation Lab gives your mental energy a workout as your team reimagines Chicago's power usage by designing “greener” homes, cars, roads and more. It's a game, but the data, choices and challenges involved are very real. Afterward, visit the Energy Garden, where you can convert the energy inside you into dazzling light effects.

Just like the real-life challenge,
it can be met with choices, big and small.
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It's easy to take electricity for granted … until you power a light bulb with a bike.

Change your perception of energy by connecting with its production. Literally, yes, as you pedal and crank to generate power. But when you retrofit houses, redraw neighborhoods, and upgrade power plants, you'll understand how our energy choices—as individuals and as a city—bring benefits but also have costs. Balancing this trade-off is the exhibit's challenge, because it's the challenge of today. The solution? Harness that most crucial energy source inside yourself: ingenuity.


Daily at 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. This exhibit is not included in Museum Entry and requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.

The exhibit is made possible by the generous support of BP and the Exelon Foundation. Additional funding provided by “Public Museum Capital Grants Program,” Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum; Anonymous; Elizabeth Ruth Bakwin; The Aunt Marlene Foundation; and Mr. Edward M. Bakwin.