At Biomimicry Chicago, we aim to provide events for our network that both educate people about biomimicry - both the methodology and mindset, as well as foster new connections between multi-disciplinary professionals interested in this topic. To that end, we'd love to hear your suggestions if there's something you're interested in doing or learning about - please email us at

Upcoming Events

It's time to GO OUTSIDE!

Summer is an AMAZING time to be outside and experience nature, and this summer Biomimicry Chicago would like to invite you to experience nature with us - biomimicry style!

Why do go outside? Biomimicry is the emulation of life’s forms, processes, and systems into the context of human innovation, and we want everyone in the Biomimicry Chicago network to collectively explore our region and share ideas. Reconnecting with the wild world around us helps us to slow down and recognize the genius in our (literal) backyards. Making it a regular practice opens a whole new world of knowledge and innovative ideas!

Each month, we will be giving you an observational challenge - what biomimics call an “iSite,” where we will ask you to go outside in a natural area by you and observe life’s forms, processes, and systems in context and explore what YOU can learn from nature. This is a FREE program that we are offering to build the biomimicry competency of local practitioners while growing our network, so join us today!

To participate, all you need to do is read the challenge, find a natural area near you, and observe. Complete the exercise and send your sketches, essays, or photos to us at and we will compile your entries and showcase them to the Global Biomimicry Network through our website and social media channels.


June’s Challenge: Exploring Life’s Forms

July’s Challenge: Exploring Life’s Processes 

Coming soon!

August’s Challenge: Exploring Life’s Systems 

Coming soon!

Thirsty Thursdays - Free Monthly Happy Hour Events!

Our Thirsty Thursdays will resume in Fall 2017. Stay tuned!

Join us the first Thursday every month for our biomimicry happy hour discussions where you will have the opportunity to:

Learn  about, explore and discuss biomimicry, challenges facing our built environment, and opportunities for rethinking our approach to these challenges through a biomimicry lens

Contribute your expertise to strengthen the group’s understanding of both the challenges and opportunities for using biomimicry in the built environment

Connect with like-minded colleagues from a wide diversity of backgrounds interested in driving true sustainability and resiliency in our cities

Past Events

May 4, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Celebrating Our Deep Roots

April 21, 2017
Deep Roots Workshop
A one-day workshop to begin to explore our region's ecological deep roots and define a sustainable future. Learn more about our Deep Roots Initiative and workshop on our website!

April 6, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Carbon As Catalyst
Speaker: Jenny Carney, Principal,  YR&G
Hosted by AECOM

March 9, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Water Management
Speaker: Aaron Elswick, Landscape Architect, Terry Guen Design Associates
Hosted by Devmynd

February 2, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Fostering Urban Biodiversity
Speaker: Emily Minor, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Hosted by DLR Group

January 5, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Ecosystem Functions - How do we measure up?
Speaker: Jim Patchett, Conservation Design Forum
Hosted by AECOM

December 1, 2016
Thirsty Thursdays: Envisioning Our Deep Roots
Speaker: Amy Coffman Phillips, Network Leader Biomimicry Chicago
Hosted by CBRE

November 3, 2016
Thirsty Thursdays: Biomimicry 101
Speaker: Rachel Hahs, Network Leader Biomimicry Chicago
Hosted by the Lurie Garden