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    Now Live: The Chicago Ideas Week Schedule

    Chicago Ideas Week is October 16-22, 2017. Explore our most diverse and provocative program yet before the lineup of speakers is announced on 8/29.

    Featured Events

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

    10 Social Entrepreneurs You Should Know

    We are pleased to announce the 2017 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Semi-Finalists. Up to five of these remarkable individuals will be selected for the 2017 Fellowship. 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.
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    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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    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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