The ComEd Powering Lives Community Center

The Powering Lives Community Center is ComEd’s newest, state-of-the-art, STEM Education Center. Conveniently located for all of Chicagoland, learners of all ages can experience this brand new exhibit. Our Energy, Our Future is an interactive educational experience with easy-to-use displays and education programs that allow everyone to learn about the many elements of energy and the path to clean energy. This center also demonstrates the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce and the communities we serve, while focusing on our commitment to STEM and development of future energy professionals.
  • How energy is generated and delivered
  • The impact of Smart Grid technology
  • Renewable energy sources including The Power of Solar
  • Safety with electricity
  • Communities of the future….and more!
The lessons, discussions, and activities throughout this experience support a STEM-based curriculum by emphasizing key concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The ComEd Powering Lives Community Center experience is fantastic for groups of any size (7 attendee minimum requirement), with 1 chaperone per 8 students requested.


→ Download PDF of PLCC Bus Parking Instructions
  • Please have your group’s bus drop students off at the PLCC front doors on California Ave
  • Bus drivers will need to be aware that they are not allowed to park on California Ave
  • Upon unloading, please have the bus drive around the block and pull up to the gated entrance further North on California Ave as shown on the map
  • At that point, the driver will be directed by the security guard to the overflow lot where they should remain with the bus for the duration of the field trip
  • Please be sure that chaperones have the bus driver’s cell phone number before departing the bus. Chaperones will need to call the bus driver upon field trip completion and inform them that they can proceed to the front doors for pickup


→ Please bring field trip permissions slips to the Smart Energy Hub the day of your field trip (available in the Resources Tab above).

→ ComEd kindly requests a 24-hour notice for all cancellations of booked field trips. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please call Field Trip Factory at 800.987.6409 at least 24 hours before your scheduled arrival. Thank you.

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Average Rating:  5
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The facility is very clean and modern, it is filled with very interesting and some interactive exhibits. The staff are also very attentive, helpful, and flexible. Segio and Amy did a wonderful job leading my large group of 33 high schoolers through the tour and activities. Michael from Field Trip Factory was also an amazing help in scheduling and figuring out logistics for this trip.

Eduardo | Central States Ser, Jobs for Progress | 2022-11-17

ComEd – Powering Lives Chicago Community Center

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Our guide Sergio did an amazing job engaging my 7th graders. The facility was clean and made studetn supervision very easy. There are places to sit and interactive labs for every learner. The students especially enjoyed learning and being rewarded for their attentiveness. The wireless headphones put a smile on my students’ faces. Lastly, Sergio was able to answer their questions and really connected where we live to what we are learning.

LeQuita | Dunne Stem academy | 02/20/2024 10:30 AM

The ComEd Powering Lives Community Center – Chicago