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    October 19, 7:00pm

    A Seat at the Table: Finding Equal Footing through Storytelling

    Congratulations to 2017 Chicago Ideas Week speaker Lena Waithe for her historic Emmy win! See her speak on October 19 along with revolutionary Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth and new Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John
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    Featured Events

    Explore some of our Talks (direct addresses), Conversations (panel discussions), and Labs (hands-on experiences) from the 2017 festival.

    Chicago Ideas Week is October 16-22

    Explore our most diverse and provocative program yet. Check back, as speakers and events are being added weekly.

    On Sale Now: Public Tickets for Chicago Ideas Week

    Across dozens of disciplines and topics, experts in their fields are coming to Chicago Ideas Week, ready to share ideas that could change your world. Stay tuned for new speakers being added weekly.

    5 Social Entrepreneurs You Should Know

    We are pleased to announce the 2017 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows. See them on stage at Chicago Ideas Week, October 16-22, 2017.

    Volunteer with Chicago Ideas

    Beyond Membership, you can also get involve with Chicago Ideas Week by becoming a volunteer.

    Unique Experiences

    Volunteers often get to sit or stand in on the program they volunteer for. They also get to meet new people as members of our team, and are invited to the end-of-season Volunteer Soiree.
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    Ticket Discounts

    Volunteers get a discount code for public Talks, Conversations and Labs during Chicago Ideas Week.
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    Support Chicago Ideas

    Chicago Ideas is a nonprofit organization. We rely on the support of our volunteers to make ideas accessible to everyone.
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    Ideas Day gives students the power to create change in their schools

    This year marks the inaugural Ideas Day, a new initiative which brings Chicago Ideas-style events into schools throughout Chicago

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    Chicago Ideas is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, who ensure that ideas truly are for everyone.

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    Thanks to our Restaurant Partners, who host social events and special programs like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

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    Special thanks to our Venue Partners who host Chicago Ideas Week programs.