About Us

    Brief Description 

    The Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society is a professional organizaiton of approximately 4500 chemists in the greater Chicagoland area. We are the local branch of the national ACS, which is the largest scientific society in the world. We cover the Illinois counties Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, and DuPage, plus the Indiana counties of Lake and Porter.

    Our members are found in

    • Academia (Professors, teachers, and students in research universities, colleges, high schools, etc.)

    • Industry (Large corporations, small startups, individual entrpreneurs, etc.)

    • Government (National laboratories, law enforcement, civic agencies, etc.)

    • Nonprofit organizations (Independed research labs, hospitals, etc.)

    • Retirement

    Our activites include

    • Monthly (10/year) General Meetings with talks on chemistry-related topics

    • Networking functions

    • Providing career development resources for professional chemists

    • Outreach activities at schools, museums, libraries, and similar venues

    • Awarding the prestigious Willard Gibbs Medal

    • Conducting exams and awarding scholarships

    • Advocating for chemistry and science with leaders in government and other organizations

    Membership Application

    Most memberships in the Chicago Section ACS are selected during the application or renewal process for ACS national membership. To join the national ACS and become affiliated with the Chicago Section, please click the "Join ACS" link at the top of  http://www.acs.org.

    Maps of Chicagoland Chemistry

    The Chicago ACS maintains two Google maps that show where the chemistry is happening: one for industry/government/nonprofit/etc., and one for academia. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the interactive maps.

    Map of Chemical Industry in Chicagoland


    Map of Chicagoland Academia With Chemistry Programs


    Contact Information

    1400 Renaissance Dr., Suite 312 
    Park Ridge, IL 60068
    Phone: 847-391-9091
    [email protected]