Our platform is built on the big shoulders of Chicago's working class history, shaped by the city's inclusiveness, diversity and excellence of intellectual discourse.
Covering Dozens of Topics
Talks, Conversations and Labs that examine subjects from a myriad of angles
From A Network of Global Thought Leaders
From Bill Clinton to Martha Stewart, Padma Lakshmi to Michael Strahan, Common to Mario Battali, our speakers represent an unmatched combination of depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise.
A Festival Made For Everyone
No matter who you are, what you do or where you're from, we believe you should have access to great ideas that inspire you to transform your world. Chicago Ideas Week costs, on average, $1000 less to attend than other ideas festivals, thanks to our Sponsors, Members and Donors.