10.3.2006 Everything’s Cooler by the Lake! The Science of Millennium Park

Tuesday, October 3, 2006       5:00 – 7:00 PM
           The Science of Millennium Park

          Free. Open to the public.

Why do you see yourself in different shapes in the Bean?
How does the sound of music travel from the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion?
And why exactly is it always cooler by the lake in the summer?

This program will explain the science behind three Millennium Park phenomena: the optics in the Bean (Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor), the acoustics at the Pritzker Pavilion, and the lake effect.

Audience members will travel to three different points to hear each presentation: in the red seating section area at the Pritzker Pavilion, underneath the Bean, and on top of the Harris Theater.


  • Jim Allsopp, Chief Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecasting Office at Lewis University
  • Dr. Bernhard Beck-Winchatz, Assistant Professor, DePaul University’s Scientific Data Analysis and Visualization program; Associate Director of the NASA Space Science Center for Education and Outreach
  • Jonathan Laney, Audio Systems Designer of Pritzker Pavilion

This program is presented in partnership with Millennium Park and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events as part of Chicago Science Expedition “Two Weeks Worth of “Wow”!

Reservations required.

Make reservations
on-line, by phone 312.422.5580, or via email.
(When registering, please provide your name, contact information,
the names of all your guests, and how you first learned of this event).


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