Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

For 160 years, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has worked to connect the citizens of Chicago to nature and science through immersive exhibits, family events, and in-depth education programs. Founded in 1857 to give scientists and nature aficionados a place to study and share the specimens they collected, the Chicago Academy of Sciences developed a national and international reputation for its leadership in conservation, its collection and citizen science. Dubbed the first Museum in the West, the Academy's collection has expanded to 390,000 artifacts and specimens, making it the definitive collection of our region's natural history and a valuable resource for researchers. Ongoing research, restoration, and conservation initiatives directly benefit local ecology.



Illinois Green Alliance

The Illinois Green Alliance is a membership driven, non-profit that works to promote green buildings and sustainable communities. We believe that green infrastructure is key to strengthening neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for everyone. We are the local affiliate of United States Green Building Council (USGBC).




Civic ArtWorks is an award-winning neighborhood building company.  We are a team of planners, designers, educators and technologists that create tools that empower citizens to play an active role in the processes that make positive change happen in the places they love. We help municipalities who want to successfully engage more of their constituents; mission-driven civic organizations charged with making an impact that benefits those they serve; planning, design and engineering companies who want to cost-effectively engage the public in the communities they are working with; and land developers needing aggregated data that will help them make smart, economical decisions. We do this by improving the ways in which we (i) educate citizens about the elements that make up their neighborhood and the processes they can be an active part of in order to improve it; (ii) engage with each other in order to transition good ideas and intentions into a successful built reality.




Chicago Learning Exchange

Formerly called Hive Chicago and the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning, the Chicago Learning Exchange is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and support innovation that equips digital-age learners and leaders
to close Chicago’s opportunity gap.