City on the Move

Please note: May 16-19 the train area will be unavailable for use. This exhibit is currently undergoing restoration and refurbishment through June 30, 2017.

Count, touch, manipulate, experiment, and explore: that’s what science is all about! Take a journey through science, math, and technology in this exhibit, based on the City of Chicago.

Underwritten by ComEd, an Exelon Company


  • Make fascinating shapes with elastic bands on the Geoscraper
  • Create patterns on a giant manhole-shaped pegboard
  • Design city scenes with geometric shapes
  • Explore place value by using Base 10 blocks to build skyscrapers
  • Place numbers on the balance scale to experiment with numeracy
  • Watch time-lapse videos of various areas in Chicago to distinguish time
  • Roll balls down vertical paths to test gravity
  • Crank a wheel to create electricity to power a pretend John Hancock Center
  • Manipulate magnets
  • Connect interlocking gears to make a clock tell time
  • Discover whether balls, eggs, cones, blocks or other objects will float on jet streams of air
  • Learn about train safety
Good to Know: 

Exhibit Type


Focused Field Trips Aligned with this Exhibit

All Aboard!

Energy Around Us

Sensational Senses

This exhibit is aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.

Educational Benefits

  • Construct numeric equations
  • Solve mathematical and scientific problems
  • Complete experiments
  • Make predictions

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