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    Chicago Ideas Week, October 26-29, 2020, is a seven-day festival featuring over 150 global thought leaders and innovators speaking on a variety of topics ranging from leadership and life’s lessons, to science and technology, to the most pressing issues of the day and the most creative insights in entertainment. We offer more than 150 engaging programs each Chicago Ideas Week to stimulate, inspire and enlighten participants while providing the opportunity for attendees to think, dream and connect. The best part? Most tickets are only $15, ensuring that anyone who wants access to great ideas can have it. 

    Over the last nine years, Chicago Ideas has showcased a diverse lineup featuring some of the most important minds of our time. Past speakers include President Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Bryan Cranston, Martha Stewart, Desiree Rogers, Lupe Fiasco, Deepak Chopra, Marilu Henner, Reverend Al Sharpton, George Lucas, Sal Kahn, Hillary Clinton, Sean Combs, Malcolm Gladwell, Sandra Day O’Connor, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Bloomberg, Donna Karan, Rep. John Lewis, Martine Rothblatt, David Lynch, Ronan Farrow, Jonathan Van Ness, Taraji P. Henson and many, many more.

    In addition to a variety of on-stage programs, we partner with the best people and places in Chicago to offer hands-on Labs where attendees can learn anything from baking the perfect pie with Bang Bang Pie Shop to creating actual graffiti art with Chicago’s most iconic street artists JC Rivera, Matthew Hoffman and Sentrock.

    Learn more about our exciting schedule and speakers here

    About our programs

    Between Talks, Conversations and Labs across dozens of topics, there's an idea for everyone at Chicago Ideas Week.


    90-minute, electrifying events, each featuring 4 to 6 speakers presenting ideas around a particular theme.
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    Hour-long programs featuring two to four speakers who provide an in-depth, up-to-the-minute look at timely and provocative topics.
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    Unique opportunities to explore what happens behind the scenes at Chicago’s most innovative organizations and businesses.
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    Join today and experience Chicago Ideas year round

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