Speaking of science and writing, there is an event at the Writers Museum in downtown Chicago on August 16th: A Celebration of Science Writing. Annie Minoff (Undiscovered podcast host), author David Quammen, and others will be there! Tickets are $25 but so worth it!
Picture is for attention, although it is science-related. Chicago Academy of Sciences has a display at Notebaert and here is a picture from that exhibit.