Community Activities - Chicagoland

    The Chicago ACS Section has 50 K - 12 educator kits for National Chemistry Week. These kits will have supplies and instructions for teachers to use in their classroom. Please fill out the linked form to sign up to receive a kit. Kits will be available in mid-October at several locations and come back to the site then to find links to videos about polymers, industries that use polymers and how to do the activities.

    More kits will be available throughout the year for teachers to do demonstrations and labs with their students. Please stay tune for more information about when these kits are available. 



    On behalf of the CCEW poetry contest committee, we would like to THANK everyone that entered this year.  We appreciate all of your creativity and effort.  The following K -12 students are the winners of this year’s CCEW poetry contest:

    3rd - 5th grade competition:  Akshara Kasinathan – 3rd grader at Barbara B. Rose Elementary School

    6th – 8th grade competition: James Xiao – 8th grader at Alan B. Shepard Middle School

    9th  – 12th grade competition:  Donna Tong from University of Chicago Laboratory School




    CCEW 2020


    The ACS Chicago Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrates Chemists Celebrate Earth Week every year.  Even though we can’t do outreach right now, we want to give ideas on how you can help celebrate the Earth this week.

    Ideas of help celebrate Chemists Celebrate Earth Day:

    • Please check us out on our YouTube channel - Chemistry Community Outreach Chicago. We have videos featuring some simple demonstrations and experiments, challenges, and book readings. In the future, we hope to expand the selection of experiments and demonstrations, but hoping to expand to videos about local chemists and their jobs. Some of the videos found on YouTube are as follows:
    • Poetry Contest: Contest rules and entry form can be downloaded on this page.  Please note the entries are now due May 3rd by 11:59pm.  Please send entries to Sherri Rukes at [email protected]
    • Check out the activities you can do at home to teach your littles one some interesting things about chemistry. Activities can be found in a google folder.  Please remember to practice proper safety and always do experiments with an adult.  All experiments are done with supplies that you can get at grocery stores or hardware stores. A selection of activities that are found in the folder include:
      • Gaviscon Snakes
      • Milk Rainbow Experiment
      • Marbling Paper
      • A rusting ship
      • CCEW magazine both English and Spanish version
      • 2020 - CCEW - chemcatcher
      • 2020 CCEW coloring book
    • Go to some other sites that have activities and ideas for you to do with your kids:




    Join the Chicago Local Section of the American Chemical Society for a free community event to celebrate National Chemistry Week. This event is for children of all ages. Learn about this year’s theme, Marvelous Metals and the Periodic Table, with numerous exciting hands-on activities and tours.


    OCTOBER 19th, 2019 from 10am – 3pm


    2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208

    Getting there:

    Transit (from loop): 

    • Metra: Go to the Ogilvie Transportation Center and take the UP-N line to Davis St/Evanston. Transfer to the 201 Bus. Get off after 6 stops, at Sheridan/Haven to reach the destination.
    • CTA: Take the northbound red line to Howard and transfer to the purple line. Get off at Noyes. Walk about 0.4 miles eastward on Noyes St to reach the destination.



    • From the loop: Follow Lake Shore Drive northbound until Sheridan Rd. Take Sheridan Rd northbound until you reach the destination.
    • From North Chicago: Take the Skokie Highway Southbound/I-94 East until seeing signs for Lake Ave. Follow Lake Ave east until Sheridan Rd. Follow Sheridan Rd southbound until you reach the destination.

    Questions, please contact Sherri Rukes at [email protected]

    We hope to see you there!

    NCW 2019 Illustrated Poetry Contest

    Congradulations to the winner Monica Busza Grade 12 Lyons Township High School

    2019 Winning Poem


    The Chicago Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poetry contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Winners of the Local Section’s contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poetry Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win more prizes!

    Contest Deadline: Monday October 28th 2019

    Prizes will be awarded to the winning entry in four age groups

    THEME = "Marvelous Metals"

    Poetry Contest 





    Poetry Contest Entry Form:  

    Please email poetry contest entries to: [email protected]; Deadline: October 28, 2019

    Community Activities Subcommittee

    The Community Activities Subcommittee shall organize events for outreach activities such as National Chemistry Week (NCW), Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW), and other outreach activities. It shall help coordinate and publicize these activities in the Chicago Section and work with the National office as part of the overall outreach activities of the Section.

    Community Activities Committee Chair

    Sherri Conn Rukes
    Libertyville High School