Hours and Admission 

UPCOMING CLOSURE: Mindworks will be closed Wednesday, May 25 and will re-open Thursday, May 26. 

Mindworks is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. A visit to Mindworks lasts about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how many studies you’d like to take.

Admission is free! Drop-in visits are welcome, but we encourage visitors to make a reservation.

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Special Events

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Mindmeld: A Mindworks Takeover

Saturday, June 4, join WBEZ for a full day of scientific studies and activities at Mindworks! 

Staff from WBEZ will be on site all day giving away swag and raffling off prizes! Schedule your visit.

Mindmeld: A Mindworks Takeover
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Nudge for Good: Richard Thaler in Conversation with Greta Johnsen

On Tuesday, June 7, Mindworks and WBEZ offer a special opportunity to hear from Nobel Prize recipient Richard Thaler. Thaler will be joined by Nerdette host Greta Johnsen to discuss his groundbreaking work on nudges and choice architecture.

In-person tickets are sold out, but you can still register to attend virtually.

Nudge for Good: Richard Thaler in Conversation with Greta Johnsen

COVID-19 Protocols

Mindworks has adopted the following protocols in an effort to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Proof of vaccination is no longer required to visit Mindworks.
  • Beginning March 4, 2022, masks are recommended but not required to visit Mindworks. 
  • Please abide by social-distancing guidelines, maintaining a six-foot distance from others not part of your visiting group.
  • Hand-sanitizer stations are available.
  • Surfaces and exhibits are routinely cleaned and disinfected by staff.
  • Visitors who are not feeling well for any reason or (a) have any COVID-19 symptoms, (b) have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days, and/or (c) have had close contact with anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 should postpone their visit.

Planning Your Visit

The brand-new, state-of-the-art Mindworks facility features eight interactive exhibits, six testing rooms, and an iPad testing area. It’s a beautiful, remodeled space that’s welcoming of all individuals, from Chicagoland residents to visitors from around the world.

Once you arrive, you can expect to be greeted by one of our friendly Mindworks staffers. If you have an appointment, a research assistant will walk you through the process. If you’re a walk-in, there may be a short wait before you’re able to begin. Feel free to explore our exhibits and learn about the fascinating field of behavioral science while you wait.

Schedule your free visit today!

Group Visits

If you are a high school teacher or college professor, please visit our Resources for Educators page. 

Professional Groups

Behavioral science insights are revolutionizing fields like finance, public policy, health care, business, and countless others. Bring your colleagues to Mindworks for team-building, networking, professional development, and learn how to apply behavioral science in your workplace. 

  • Small groups (10 or fewer): please schedule a self-guided group visit via Calendly. Groups are welcome Wednesday-Friday, 11am-5pm. 
  • Large groups (10+ visitors): larger groups may be accommodated with prior approval. Please submit an inquiry to tell us about your group.

Building Accessibility

Mindworks is located on the first floor of 224 South Michigan Avenue. For wheelchair access, please use the building’s south entrance on Jackson, and enter Mindworks via our atrium entrance. We are happy to ensure that accommodations are in place for your visit, so feel free to contact us with any questions or requests.

Mindworks is easily accessible via ‘L’ train (Adam/Wabash or Jackson stops), Metra (Van Buren station), bus, bike, or car.

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