Who We Are

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) is about the sharing of ideas, inspiring action, and igniting change to positively impact our world. People who come to CIW are artists, engineers, technologists, inventors, scientists, musicians, economists, explorers — and, well...just innately passionate.

For one week each October, CIW brings together some of the world's most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago. CIW aims to be the platform for sharing big ideas and making big things happen.

Chicago Ideas Week is an asset that belongs uniquely to Chicago, and reflects our great city in its inclusiveness, diversity and excellence of intellectual discourse. It is a platform that continues to be shaped by the people, organizations and institutions that care about the future of Chicago as well as communities around the globe.



About Our Programs

CIW Talks - $15

CIW Talks are 90-minute sessions spread throughout the week that feature 2-5 speakers presenting on various themes. Talks take a variety of forms and may incorporate interviews, conversations or performances.



CIW Labs - $15

CIW Labs offer opportunities for participants to experience and explore the best of Chicago like never before.  Exclusive, behind-the-scenes experiences give participants a unique glimpse into the inner workings of businesses and institutions that are otherwise unavailable to the public.  Small groups will explore what it's like for business leaders in the boardroom, go behind the curtain at leading theaters and venues, and discover "how-it-works" in hands-on workshops.



Edison Talks

Edison Talks is an invitation-only, daylong gathering of provocative presentations, performances and interactive installations led by globally recognized visionaries create to connect and inspire leaders from across the globe.



Meet The CIW Team

Chicago Ideas Week Oct 17 – 23, 2016

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