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    Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

    While at Chicago Ideas our mission is to make compelling ideas accessible to anyone and everyone—regardless of income or background—our number one priority is the health and safety of attendees at our programs.

    That is why, out of an abundance of caution in regards to the developing COVID-19 situation, we will be postponing all of our in-person programs for the time being. 

    But that doesn't mean we aren't keeping the conversation going. In the spirit of storytelling and making connections through inspiring ideas, we are ramping up our offerings of virtual experiences designed to bring the most innovative, compelling thinkers, doers, innovators, and change-makers of the moment directly into your home. You can explore our full list virtual programs here or on our Attend page

    As always, you can connect with ideas—and each other—on our digital platforms, where we make game-changing ideas accessible to anyone and everyone.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation, and we deeply value your cooperation in providing for the wellbeing of everyone in our community of curiosity.


    Megan McDonald Paulson

    Executive Director, Chicago Ideas

    Explore Virtual Programs

    Whether you want to connect about the impact of COVID-19 on Chicago industry or learn how to get along with your roommates, there’s a virtual event for you. Explore the full list below.
    May 5 7:00 PM

    Under normal circumstances, reporting from one of the most powerful seats of American government is a challenge. But the game changes entirely when... read more
    60 Minutes Virtual Event Virtual Event
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