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    Chicago Ideas Week Program Lineup

    Chicago Ideas Week is back this October with hundreds of events across the city that will push you to reinterpret the limits of possibility within yourself and others. Explore our speaker lineup and roster of events. Search and filter events below by category, location or type to find the Talk, Conversation, or Lab that best fits your interests.
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    Monday, October 15, 2018

    9 AM

    At this Lab, tour this one-of-a-kind McDonald’s restaurant and learn more about its energy-efficient technology and... read more
    At this Lab, tour this one-of-a-kind McDonald’s restaurant and learn more about its energy-efficient technology and community-driven design. Join... read more
    90 Minutes Lab McDonald's Chicago Flagship at Clark and Ontario
    10 AM

    Stop throwing away unused herbs, broccoli stems, carrot tops, and an overabundance of citrus... read more
    Stop throwing away unused herbs, broccoli stems, carrot tops, and an overabundance of citrus. Instead, use them in one of the four recipes you’ll... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Chopping Block at the Mart
    12 PM

    In 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University released a report that calculated the life expectancies within four... read more
    In 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University released a report that calculated the life expectancies within four different American cities, including... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    3 PM

    Autotune, synthesizers, the Serato mixer. These were all music technologies that changed how we create... read more
    Autotune, synthesizers, the Serato mixer. These were all music technologies that changed how we create and consume music today. Chicago Ideas and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab mHUB

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    10 AM

    ROC United—the Restaurant Opportunities Center —advocates for restaurant workers in environments that often don’t include... read more
    ROC United—the Restaurant Opportunities Center —advocates for restaurant workers in environments that often don’t include benefits like health... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Dimo's Pizza - Wicker Park
    12 PM

    Nearly half of those released from prison in Illinois each year return within three years... read more
    Nearly half of those released from prison in Illinois each year return within three years. The state commits well over $1 billion to its Department... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    12 PM

    EY’s dedicated global team of Forensic & Integrity Services investigators and technology professionals help organizations... read more
    EY’s dedicated global team of Forensic & Integrity Services investigators and technology professionals help organizations respond rapidly to... read more
    120 Minutes Lab EY Chicago Office
    3 PM

    An escape room with a medical twist, this Lab will take you inside a simulated... read more
    An escape room with a medical twist, this Lab will take you inside a simulated hospital room created by physicians from the University of Chicago.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab MATTER
    3 PM

    Get an in-depth look at the Chicago Riverwalk from Ross Barney Architects... read more
    Get an in-depth look at the Chicago Riverwalk from Ross Barney Architects. Start at the City Winery Riverwalk location (make sure to arrive at... read more
    120 Minutes Lab City Winery at the Chicago Riverwalk
    4 PM

    What is the most socially conscious way to bring new development to a community on the... read more
    What is the most socially conscious way to bring new development to a community on the brink of transition? This Conversation will take a closer... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 PM

    Love big ideas? Asking “How might we—?” is a key step in human-centered design (HCD),... read more
    Love big ideas? Asking “How might we—?” is a key step in human-centered design (HCD), a problem-solving and innovation-generating methodology that... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Slalom
    6 PM

    In the next 20 years, as much as 47 percent of all employment in... read more
    In the next 20 years, as much as 47 percent of all employment in the US might be automated. If that statistic strikes fear in your heart, meet... read more
    165 Minutes Lab Catalyst Ranch
    6 PM

    Taste some of the best pizza the West Loop has to offer at this walking... read more
    Taste some of the best pizza the West Loop has to offer at this walking tour with Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky, author of the new book Pizza City,... read more
    Members Only 180 Minutes Lab Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    7 PM

    The #TimesUp legal initiative was launched earlier this year to provide actionable steps for women... read more
    The #TimesUp legal initiative was launched earlier this year to provide actionable steps for women across all industries who have been sexually... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    7 PM

    Pondering the unknown is an innate part of the human condition, from wondering what you’ll... read more
    Pondering the unknown is an innate part of the human condition, from wondering what you’ll be when you grow up to analyzing large-scale questions... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    9 PM

    Come celebrate Chicago Ideas Week's 8th year with Rockit Bar & Grill at our official... read more
    Come celebrate Chicago Ideas Week's 8th year with Rockit Bar & Grill at our official after party. Get to know other CIW attendees while you... read more
    120 Minutes Party Rockit Bar & Grill

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    9 AM

    Chicago’s most storied integrated printing studio, Printlab bridges the gap between the craftsmanship of analogue... read more
    Chicago’s most storied integrated printing studio, Printlab bridges the gap between the craftsmanship of analogue and the controlled speed of... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Printlab
    9:30 AM

    Explore the Chicago Public Library's main branch, the Harold Washington Library Center, at this Lab... read more
    Explore the Chicago Public Library's main branch, the Harold Washington Library Center, at this Lab that goes behind the scenes of the third... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Harold Washington Library
    10:30 AM

    Discover the interactive experience everyone’s talking about at this mind-bending Lab just for Members. During... read more
    Discover the interactive experience everyone’s talking about at this mind-bending Lab just for Members. During this exploratory morning, immerse... read more
    90 Minutes Lab wndr museum
    12 PM

    The support of worthy causes is not restricted to philanthropy—entrepreneurs across the globe are constantly... read more
    The support of worthy causes is not restricted to philanthropy—entrepreneurs across the globe are constantly finding ways to help people in need... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    12 PM

    At mHUB, physical product development meets innovation, making sure Chicago’s manufacturing industry continues to accelerate... read more
    At mHUB, physical product development meets innovation, making sure Chicago’s manufacturing industry continues to accelerate and thrive. At this... read more
    120 Minutes Lab mHUB
    2:15 PM

    Tour a successful film studio and find out more about Chicago’s booming TV and film... read more
    Tour a successful film studio and find out more about Chicago’s booming TV and film industry at this Lab that takes you behind the scenes of... read more
    165 Minutes Lab Stage 18
    2:30 PM

    The world of personal finance technology is rapidly changing... read more
    The world of personal finance technology is rapidly changing. With investors demanding instant access to their advisors and portfolios through... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Envestnet
    7 PM

    The state of American politics is tribal. Not long ago, the notion of “party over... read more
    The state of American politics is tribal. Not long ago, the notion of “party over country” was a fringe mentality—now it’s becoming more and more... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    7:30 PM

    Discover the interactive experience everyone’s talking about at this mind-bending Lab just for Premier Members.... read more
    Discover the interactive experience everyone’s talking about at this mind-bending Lab just for Premier Members. At this awe-inspiring night, join... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab wndr museum
    8 PM

    During a week that explores great ideas, join us as we celebrate all of the... read more
    During a week that explores great ideas, join us as we celebrate all of the not-so-good ones that helped us along the way. Hear from some of your... read more
    120 Minutes Special Engagement The Den Theatre

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    9 AM

    Whether designing a gourmet market, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, or her own home, Studio K often... read more
    Whether designing a gourmet market, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, or her own home, Studio K often finds inspiration through fashion imagery.... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab Studio K
    10 AM

     We’re witnessing a radical transformation in how people, goods, and services get from point A... read more
     We’re witnessing a radical transformation in how people, goods, and services get from point A to B. See the future at HERE Technologies, where... read more
    120 Minutes Lab HERE Technologies
    12 PM

    There’s hardly anything more liberating than facing your fears... read more
    There’s hardly anything more liberating than facing your fears. Some of the world’s most compelling discoveries and creative work were born out of... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    1 PM

    The longest-running music podcast in Chicago, Dynasty Podcasts has produced more than 900 episodes, including... read more
    The longest-running music podcast in Chicago, Dynasty Podcasts has produced more than 900 episodes, including artist interviews, industry panels,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Lincoln Park- Capital One Cafe
    2 PM

    Fewer than 50 percent of registered voters turned out for the last midterm elections; the... read more
    Fewer than 50 percent of registered voters turned out for the last midterm elections; the numbers for local elections are even lower. State Matters... read more
    105 Minutes Lab Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)
    7 PM

    In an era where everyone has a public opinion on seemingly everything, our culture still... read more
    In an era where everyone has a public opinion on seemingly everything, our culture still shies away from open, meaningful discussions on a wide... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    9 AM

    Anyone who’s seen the artists from Ink Factory taking visual notes for display at Chicago... read more
    Anyone who’s seen the artists from Ink Factory taking visual notes for display at Chicago Ideas onstage programs knows that visual note-taking... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Ink Factory Studio
    9 AM

    Meaningful, lasting change at a citywide level doesn’t only come from policies or social media—it... read more
    Meaningful, lasting change at a citywide level doesn’t only come from policies or social media—it comes from humans. At Ideas Day, get an... read more
    150 Minutes Ideas Day Harris Theater
    9 AM

    What if you could take action in a Chicago community at the moment of inspiration?... read more
    What if you could take action in a Chicago community at the moment of inspiration? Meaningful, lasting change at a citywide level doesn’t only come... read more
    480 Minutes Ideas Day Harris Theater and additional venues
    2 PM

    Anyone who’s seen the artists from Ink Factory taking visual notes for display at Chicago... read more
    Anyone who’s seen the artists from Ink Factory taking visual notes for display at Chicago Ideas onstage programs knows that visual note-taking... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Ink Factory Studio
    2:30 PM

    The Human Experience (HX) team at MillerCoors explores human behavior, culture, and the world of... read more
    The Human Experience (HX) team at MillerCoors explores human behavior, culture, and the world of commerce to create new business opportunities. Few... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Fred and Adolph's Pub at MillerCoors
    6:30 PM

    Take part in a relaxing yoga class surrounded by fluffy cuteness at this Bunny Yoga session... read more
    Take part in a relaxing yoga class surrounded by fluffy cuteness at this Bunny Yoga session. Join Centered Studios at their cozy vintage space in... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Centered Studios

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    10 AM

    At this Lab, get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of the Farm on Ogden, an innovative... read more
    At this Lab, get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of the Farm on Ogden, an innovative food hub and jobs training center located in Lawndale.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Farm on Ogden
    3:30 PM

    Taste some of the best pizza Bucktown has to offer at this walking tour with... read more
    Taste some of the best pizza Bucktown has to offer at this walking tour with Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky, author of the new book Pizza City, USA:... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Bonci Pizzeria - Bucktown

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    11 AM

    Take part in a relaxing yoga class surrounded by fluffy cuteness at this Bunny Yoga session... read more
    Take part in a relaxing yoga class surrounded by fluffy cuteness at this Bunny Yoga session. Join Centered Studios at their cozy vintage space in... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Lab Centered Studios
    11:30 AM

    "I want to be a living work of art,” Marchesa Luisa Casati once said... read more
    "I want to be a living work of art,” Marchesa Luisa Casati once said. Learn more about her life through this unique and exclusive tasting for... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab Marchesa