Free tickets to Science Fest Chicago
When: Thu, May 18, 2017, 5:00 PM –Sat, May 20, 2017, 8:00 PM FREE tickets are for Thursday. May 18 only
Where: 1871 Tech Incubator, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Illinois Science Council is hosting the annual Chicago Science Festival — “a celebration of the wow-inspiring, mind-expanding, human-benefitting awesomeness that is STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) in the Chicago area”.
There are no specific details other than “Science and Art Event” for what is happening on May 18 but the free tickets will go fast so sign up if you’re interested.
1871 is a not-for-profit incubator and co-working space for tech entrepreneurs that opened in May, 2012. 1871 is intended as a cheap and flexible space for startups that couldn’t afford to locate their offices in River North. The theory is that having all the 350 plus tech start ups located in one place increases synergies and leads to greater success. 1871 currently occupies 75,000 square feet in the Merchandise Mart and is looking to expand another 40,000 square feet in 2016. Unlike other co-working spaces in Chicago, 1871 is funded by the State of Illinois.
About the Merchandise Mart
The Merchandise Mart was developed by Marshall Field & Co. to consolidate Field’s wholesale activities that were scattered about the city in 13 different warehouses.
Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White.
Opened on Monday, May 5, 1930.
The building is 4.2 million gross square feet, spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories.
The building suffered financially during the depression and was converted into government offices during World War II
It was purchased by Joseph P. Kennedy in 1945 $12.5 million. In 1998 the Kennedy family sold it, the Apparel Center adjacent to the Mart and two other properties in Washington DC for $625 million in cash, stock and debt.