Meg Takes Chicago

1. Chicago Museum of Science and Industry – Smart Home: Green + Wired | March 17, 2010

Before my first exploration of one of Chicago’s must sees, I’d like to remind readers why exactly I’m cataloging these attractions:

Well first of all, when I moved to Boston for college everyone told me something I must do or somewhere I must visit; unfortunately, school got in the way (or I failed to take advantage) and I missed out on much of what the city and surrounding areas have to offer. This time around, I will not make the same mistake.

And second, to have some fun (pre)exploring what the Windy City has to offer!

My first must see is the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, specifically its Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit. I visited the museum once this past January but unfortunately the exhibit I most wanted to explore– the Smart Home– was sold out! (Warning, you have to buy tickets to the exhibit and they sell out fast. Tours take place until 1:40 or later on certain dates.) So, when I move to Chicago in June the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit is certainly at the top of my to do list.

Architecture – Chicago’s Greenest Home’s architect, Michelle Kaufmann, specializes in sustainable lifestyle design including single-family homes, eco-luxury resorts and multi-family communities.

Smart Technology – Its “digital nerve center” operates continuously in order to save time and lessen energy consumption.

Inside and out – The Smart Home features a sustainable veggie garden, rain barrels for green watering, and composters.

I’d like to say I live a green life (or at least I try!) but of course there’s more I can do in the sustainability department. I’m hoping my trip to the Smart Home will teach me more about what I can do to help and (re)inspire me to do more 🙂

Here’s to green living and a happy, safe and green St. Patrick’s Day!

*image via Google



  1. They just built a house in my town that is a similar concept & looks very similar to this one. It’s kind of small but is on the market for $4 million. I’ve always wanted a tour! What a great exhibit– you’ll have to tell me what you think!

    Comment by Alyssa MacKenzie — April 19, 2010 @ 12:53 am

  2. My hope is that it will (re)inspire me to live a greener life. And convince my family to invest in some of the “smart” features 🙂 Remember Disney’s Smart House.. I think it will be like that!

    Comment by megannehls — April 19, 2010 @ 3:05 am

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    Enthusiastic PR student graduating from BU in May, then taking on Chicago one must see at a time!


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