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

Thirsty Thursdays - Free Monthly Happy Hour Events!

Thirsty Thursdays are back and better than ever - join us for some hands-on biomimicry fun! New events posted for the September 2017 - April 2018 year below!

Join us for our monthly 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


Upcoming events:

November 16, 2017
Nature’s Water Strategies: A Design Jam! 
Co-hosted with Living Building Collaborative: Chicago
Location: Interface, 345 N Wells St, 3rd Floor
Time: 5:30-7:30

Join us for an evening of drinks, food, networking and playing! Our Design Jam! events are fun, interactive events where network stakeholders learn from nature’s strategies to brainstorm new ideas for incorporating critical ecosystem functions into our built environment in Chicago. November's focus is on managing water and will showcase the work of our Water Working Group!

Drinks and food sponsored by Farr Associates - thank you Farr!

Biomimicry Chicago Event Line-up for 2018
  • January 2018 - Nature’s Biodiversity & Community Connections Strategies: A Design Jam!
  • February 2018 - Nature’s Materials Strategies: A Design Jam!
  • March 2018 - Nature’s Carbon and Climate Strategies: A Design Jam!
  • April 2018 - Strategy Workshop

Past 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! Join us in exploring how observing nature's forms, processes and systems helps us discover the genius around us. Participate in our iSite Challenge today! 

Learn more about our iSite challenge and view examples from our network here.


September 21, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays - Connect, Learn & Create with Us!
Hosted by:  DIRTT Environmental Solutions

May 4, 2017
Thirsty Thursdays: Celebrating Our Deep Roots

April 21, 2017
Deep Roots Workshop

Participants learned about how the systematic removal of ecosystem functions in the Chicago region (and all cities) has resulted in the multitude of sustainability and resiliency challenges we see in our urban and suburban environments, from flooding to extreme heat to biodiversity loss to climate change. Participants then had the chance to explore how learning from nature can provide insight as to where current practices are falling short, and where opportunity exists to develop innovative more robust, resilient solutions for the future. Find a summary of the workshop here, and learn more about our Deep Roots Initiative!

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