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Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne in Chicago

Driving Inclusive Innovation

Argonne National Laboratory has a second location on the South Side of Chicago within the Hyde Park community.

Opened with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy and in partnership with the University of Chicago, Argonne’s southside facility is a collaboration space that is shared with Fermilab, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and the Chicago Quantum Exchange. With a focus on broadening Argonne’s contribution to the region’s rich innovation ecosystem, the Chicago southside location will concentrate on helping to drive inclusive innovation and economic development in nine surrounding communities. Argonne in Chicago is poised to deliver impact across the city and the greater region through our broad and deep research expertise.

Work in Chicago is delivering on four of Argonne’s strategic goals:

  • Community – To extend benefits from Argonne’s capabilities and resources to disadvantaged communities
  • Science – To advance science and technology through expanded collaborations
  • Partnerships – To accelerate the transfer and adoption of technology by industry for U.S. economic prosperity
  • Education – To build the workforce of the future to maintain U.S. competitiveness

Argonne’s efforts in Chicago are focused on working with local officials, advocates and community members on increasing student diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education opportunities and careers. We support opportunities designed to engage students from the surrounding area in STEM activities and programs at the lab’s main campus in Lemont and our Hyde Park location in Chicago. We are partnering with Chain Reaction Innovations, an energy and science incubator at Argonne, on a new internship CRI SEED site program for Chicago college students from under-resourced communities to pursue and excel in STEM careers. We are also working with local communities to develop STEM learning landscapes. To help us with this effort we recently launched a community-driven STEM asset mapping project  that will provide a holistic view of STEM assets, collective strengths and identify opportunities to enhance and strengthen the STEM learning landscape. To receive periodic updates on the STEM mapping project, please join our email list serve

Areas of Collaboration in Chicago