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    Ideas Day

    Ideas Day (Full Day)

    Spend your morning experiencing inspiring ideas in a theater, and in the afternoon, hop on a bus to engage in a community project in a Chicago neighborhood.

    Friday, Oct 19, 2018 9:00 - 5:00 PM @ Harris Theater and additional venues
    This event is over! Please check the 2021 schedule.
    Hanna Brictson
    Dancer & Choreographer
    Senator Dick Durbin
    US Senator
    Jill Soloway
    Emmy-Winning Writer & Producer
    Jimmy Chin
    Director, Producer, & Cinematographer
    Tyson Ellert, The Tyson Project
    Drummer & Composer
    Robyn Williams Dance
    Dance Company
    C 5
    Hannah Gadsby
    Cameron Esposito
    Standup Comic, Actor and Writer
    Helene Gayle
    President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust
    Jamil Smith
    Senior Writer, Rolling Stone
    Radha Agrawal
    Co-Founder & CEO, Daybreaker
    Eboo Patel
    Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core
    Robin Steinberg
    CEO, The Bail Project
    Asiaha Butler
    Co-Founder & President, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E)
    Chris Harris
    Senior Pastor, Bright Star Church of God in Christ
    Dennis Deer
    County Board Commissioner, 2nd District
    IDEAS DAY - Ideas Day is our premier, daylong event designed to spark action at the moment of inspiration. Attendees will experience moving talks and performances in the morning, and, in the afternoon, have the opportunity to participate in action-based volunteer projects throughout Chicago.

    What if you could take action in a Chicago community at the moment of inspiration? Our re-imagined premier event, Ideas Day is an all-new experience that will give you a day to focus specifically on driving positive change in Chicago.

    During the morning session, take part in a program that will activate your senses and leave you feeling inspired. Hear from visionaries who are fighting for a better future and see groundbreaking performances that create ideas you can feel. After the onstage program, you’ll have an opportunity to take action at the moment of inspiration with the help of Chicago Cares, an organization dedicated to transforming citizens into active participants for change through volunteerism. Together, we'll go to Englewood, Bronzeville, or North Lawndale to participate in community activities with a local organization. The afternoon will begin with lunch with community members, where you will hear from local neighborhood docents who will share the history of their community area and how they see the future. 

    Lunch will be provided by sweetgreen. sweetgreen is on a mission to connect people to real food. Their shared values around transparency, sustainability and empowering local communities through their impact initiatives have given way to this collaboration. We are excited to partner with sweetgreen to provide all full day participants of Ideas Day a complimentary sweetgreen lunch.

    Please note this ticket admits you to both the morning and afternoon portions of Ideas Day. To purchase a ticket for the morning session only, visit

    The morning session of Ideas Day is presented by Cushman+Wakefield. The afternoon component of this program is presented by The Chicago Community Trust with additional support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    At Ideas Day, you'll select from nine different community activities across three different neighborhoods:


    • Paint Murals for Community Schools - Teamwork Englewood
    • Build Benches & Planters for Community Space - Quality of Life Plan Housing & Public Spaces Taskforce*
    • Teach Job Seeking Skills to Adults - Quality of Life Plan Jobs & Economic Development Taskforce


    • Prep & Paint Pre-K Graduation Ceremony - Chicago Youth Programs
    • Beautify Garden & Community Space - Urban Juncture Foundation*
    • Paint & Landscape - The DuSable Museum of African American History *


    • Urban Farming with Youth - Gardeneers *
    • Create Multimedia Stories with Youth - Free Spirit Media
    • Paint Murals to Support Economic Development - North Lawndale Coordinating Council
    • Assemble Community Canvassing Materials - BBF Family Services
    • Build Benches & Paint Community Center - Lofts on Arthington*

    *Denotes an outdoor activity

    Friday, Oct 19, 2018 9:00 - 5:00 PM
    Harris Theater and additional venues
    205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
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