Tracks are sets of hand-picked events chosen to provide a great first-time experience at Chicago Ideas Week. Have a look!

 

Arts & Culture

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Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Food: At the Chef's Table

Pull up a chair for this lively discussion about one of life’s greatest pleasures – delicious food. Hear from culinary icons who will share their... read more
Presented by Hyatt Gold Passport
Speakers: Cat Cora, Mollie Katzen, Graham Elliot, Melissa Clark, The Beekman Boys, Bun Lai
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Storytellers: The Written Word

Behind every story that captures our hearts and minds, there’s another waiting to be told. CIW brings together a talented group of authors to share... read more
Presented by Starcom Mediavest Group
Speakers: Ann Leary, Ryan Knighton, Terry McMillan, Michael Paterniti, Mike Walsh
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Chicago: Big Shoulders, Big Future

Chicago is the city of blue collar tradition and Midwestern family values. It also happens to be a budding frontier of some of the world’s greatest... read more
Speakers: Mark Peters, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Heather Sperling, Steve Edwards, Thomas Dyja, Tom Ricketts, Norman Livingston Kerr, Michael Reinsdorf, Brandon Marshall
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Thursday, October 17
Talk

Music: Evolution of the Artist

Reinvention is necessary for any successful career, but it can quite literally be a deal breaker in the music industry. How do musicians evolve... read more
Speakers: Michael Fitzpatrick, Rachael Yamagata, Lin Brehmer, Mike Posner, Ed Romanoff, Marc Geiger
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, October 19
Talk

Hip-Hop: Movement Beyond the Music

What began at a house party in the Bronx has swelled into an international cultural movement influencing our music, fashion, advertising and... read more
Speakers: FootworKINGz, Leida "Lady Sol" Villegas, Boogie McClarin, Reggie Osse, Mark Anthony Neal, Brother Ali, Ed Piskor, Toni Blackman
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
 

Early Education

presented by The Robert R. McCormick Foundation

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Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Chicago: Big Shoulders, Big Future

Chicago is the city of blue collar tradition and Midwestern family values. It also happens to be a budding frontier of some of the world’s greatest... read more
Speakers: Mark Peters, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Heather Sperling, Steve Edwards, Thomas Dyja, Tom Ricketts, Norman Livingston Kerr, Michael Reinsdorf, Brandon Marshall
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Thursday, October 17
Edison Talks

Edison Talks

Edison Talks is an invitation-only, daylong event created to inspire, connect and cultivate action. World-renowned visionaries will fuel your... read more
Speakers: Kathy Reichs, Mark Hoplamazian, Yaron Brook, Tess Vigeland, Peter Himmelman, Bruce Perry, Charity Tillemann-Dick, Michael Shannon, Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, Naveen Jain , Grant Hill, Capricia Marshall, M. Night Shyamalan, Joseph Jones, Donna Karan, Mike Wilbon, Malcolm London
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Thursday, October 17
Talk

Education: State of the Student

From birth through college and beyond, what are the most effective ways to educate? Experts weigh in on the journey of the average American... read more
Presented by Sterling Partners
Speakers: Andrew Mangino, Chris Hoehn-Saric, Melanie Mullan, Briana Miller, Elizabeth Dozier, Imran Khan
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, October 19
Talk

Instigators: The Good Fight

Hear from modern day Robin Hoods; advocates and unsung heroes who are fighting to build a better world for the rest of us to thrive in. These are... read more
Speakers: Dan Savage, Kristin Davis, Ronny Edry, Elizabeth Smart, Sasha Fisher, Amber Lyon
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
 

Environment

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Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Chicago: Big Shoulders, Big Future

Chicago is the city of blue collar tradition and Midwestern family values. It also happens to be a budding frontier of some of the world’s greatest... read more
Speakers: Mark Peters, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Heather Sperling, Steve Edwards, Thomas Dyja, Tom Ricketts, Norman Livingston Kerr, Michael Reinsdorf, Brandon Marshall
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Friday, October 18
Talk

Cities: Concrete Solutions

Cities take up less than 1% of the earth's surface, and yet they're the home of over 50% of the world's population, consume 75% of global energy,... read more
Presented by Chicago Tribune
Speakers: Caitria O'Neill, David Bartlett, Zia Yusuf , Rana Foroohar, Carolyn Steel
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, October 19
Talk

Instigators: The Good Fight

Hear from modern day Robin Hoods; advocates and unsung heroes who are fighting to build a better world for the rest of us to thrive in. These are... read more
Speakers: Dan Savage, Kristin Davis, Ronny Edry, Elizabeth Smart, Sasha Fisher, Amber Lyon
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Saturday, October 19
Talk

Environment: Conserve and Protect

If the date on your birth certificate reads February 1985 or later, you’ve never experienced a month of below-average global temperatures. So how... read more
Speakers: Peter Byck, Dr. Heather Tallis, Vicki Arroyo, Anne Thompson and more speakers to be announced
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
 

Global Affairs

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Monday, October 14
Conversation

Guns - Solutions and Action

This summer, a grassroots movement called Living Rooms Across America visited some of America’s most dangerous cities, where they gathered intimate... read more
Speakers: Michael Skolnik, David Kennedy, Erica Ford, Cassandra Murff, Yusef Shakur
Morningstar 22 W. Washington St.
Monday, October 14
Talk

Middle East: After the Arab Spring

Throughout this Talk, journalists, scholars and experts reflect on the latest turmoil in the Middle East. What role does the U.S. have and—most... read more
Presented by TIME
Speakers: Ayman Mohyeldin, Lara Setrakian, Ronny Edry, Eric Davis, Bobby Ghosh, Rula Jebreal
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Scientific Breakthroughs: Infinite Possibilities

Today, humans have the ability to visit Mars, live alongside bionic robots and explore the very essence of our existence. With technologies... read more
Presented by University of Illinois
Speakers: Angelo Vermeulen, Dr. Mario Livio, Chris Lintott, Nick Cowan, Catherine Mohr
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Politics: State of the Union

Get the inside scoop as prominent newsmakers have a lively political debate regarding issues of the day and analyze our democracy at work.
Presented by Sterling Partners
Speakers: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, David Gregory, Jack Abramoff, Ramesh Ponnuru, Amy Walter, Cornell Belcher, Steve Schmidt, David Plouffe
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Friday, October 18
Talk

Cities: Concrete Solutions

Cities take up less than 1% of the earth's surface, and yet they're the home of over 50% of the world's population, consume 75% of global energy,... read more
Presented by Chicago Tribune
Speakers: Caitria O'Neill, David Bartlett, Zia Yusuf , Rana Foroohar, Carolyn Steel
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, October 19
Talk

Environment: Conserve and Protect

If the date on your birth certificate reads February 1985 or later, you’ve never experienced a month of below-average global temperatures. So how... read more
Speakers: Peter Byck, Dr. Heather Tallis, Vicki Arroyo, Anne Thompson and more speakers to be announced
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
 

Health & Wellness

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Monday, October 14
Talk

Lessons: The Choice Is Yours

Listen as these CIW speakers share personal stories of struggle, perseverance and triumph. How has each experience influenced the person they are... read more
Presented by University of Illinois
Speakers: Ben Rattray, Catherine Hoke (Rohr), Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Tig Notaro, Malcolm Gladwell
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Food: At the Chef's Table

Pull up a chair for this lively discussion about one of life’s greatest pleasures – delicious food. Hear from culinary icons who will share their... read more
Presented by Hyatt Gold Passport
Speakers: Cat Cora, Mollie Katzen, Graham Elliot, Melissa Clark, The Beekman Boys, Bun Lai
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Friday, October 18
Talk

Explorers: Choose Your Own Adventure

Jump on your bike or book your ticket for the next passenger flight to Mars – it’s time to hear from some of today's greatest adventurers. CIW... read more
Presented by Hyatt Gold Passport
Speakers: Francis Slakey, Edith Widder, James Ketchell, Jeb Corliss, Roberta Mancino, Gregg Treinish, Alison Wright
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, October 19
Talk

The Body: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

We live in the age of the upgrade. Through groundbreaking research and new technology, we’re discovering the secrets of the human body and... read more
Speakers: Dr. Bertolt Meyer, David Epstein, Paul Thacker, Leslie Ziegler and more speakers to be announced
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
 

Maker

presented by GE

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Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Scientific Breakthroughs: Infinite Possibilities

Today, humans have the ability to visit Mars, live alongside bionic robots and explore the very essence of our existence. With technologies... read more
Presented by University of Illinois
Speakers: Angelo Vermeulen, Dr. Mario Livio, Chris Lintott, Nick Cowan, Catherine Mohr
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Wednesday, October 16
Talk

Work: Fueling Performance

With traditional 9-to-5 jobs out the window, what does the future look like in our rapidly changing work landscape? CIW explores what you need to... read more
Presented by EY
Speakers: Keith Ferrazzi, Andy Stefanovich, Renetta McCann, Justin Rosenstein, Alison Wolf, Gary Sinise, Dan Black
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Wednesday, October 16
Talk

Entrepreneurship: How I Did It

These successful entrepreneurs have taken their ideas from the back of a cocktail napkin to multi-million dollar empires. CIW uncovers the stories... read more
Presented by EY
Speakers: Eric Lefkofsky, Barry Nalebuff, Dan Gilbert, Slava Rubin, Ping Fu, Scott Case, Kelly Grier
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Thursday, October 17
Talk

Next: Tomorrow, Today

Flying jet pack, anyone? It may not be as impossible as you think. In this session, forward-thinking scientists, inventors and innovators from... read more
Presented by Nielsen
Speakers: Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Bob Pittman, Josh Schonwald, Naveen Jain , Eesha Khare, Chris Vanderhook, Tim Vanderhook
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Friday, October 18
Talk

Tech Summit

It’s time to stop looking at tech so… technically. We’re reimagining the future of digital by showcasing the world’s leading voices in... read more
Presented by New World Ventures & Fast Company
Speakers: Eric Lefkofsky, Bing Gordon, Harry Weller, Max Levchin, Reshma Saujani, Sallie Krawcheck, Ben Kaufman, Jason Harinstein, Vineet Singal, Beth Comstock, George Slessman, Chad Dickerson, Alexandra Chong, Chris Vanderhook, Mark Wilson, Tim Vanderhook, Chuck Salter
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
 

Productivity

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Monday, October 14
Talk

Lessons: The Choice Is Yours

Listen as these CIW speakers share personal stories of struggle, perseverance and triumph. How has each experience influenced the person they are... read more
Presented by University of Illinois
Speakers: Ben Rattray, Catherine Hoke (Rohr), Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Tig Notaro, Malcolm Gladwell
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Wednesday, October 16
Talk

Work: Fueling Performance

With traditional 9-to-5 jobs out the window, what does the future look like in our rapidly changing work landscape? CIW explores what you need to... read more
Presented by EY
Speakers: Keith Ferrazzi, Andy Stefanovich, Renetta McCann, Justin Rosenstein, Alison Wolf, Gary Sinise, Dan Black
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Wednesday, October 16
Talk

Entrepreneurship: How I Did It

These successful entrepreneurs have taken their ideas from the back of a cocktail napkin to multi-million dollar empires. CIW uncovers the stories... read more
Presented by EY
Speakers: Eric Lefkofsky, Barry Nalebuff, Dan Gilbert, Slava Rubin, Ping Fu, Scott Case, Kelly Grier
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
 

Science & Exploration

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Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Scientific Breakthroughs: Infinite Possibilities

Today, humans have the ability to visit Mars, live alongside bionic robots and explore the very essence of our existence. With technologies... read more
Presented by University of Illinois
Speakers: Angelo Vermeulen, Dr. Mario Livio, Chris Lintott, Nick Cowan, Catherine Mohr
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Thursday, October 17
Talk

Next: Tomorrow, Today

Flying jet pack, anyone? It may not be as impossible as you think. In this session, forward-thinking scientists, inventors and innovators from... read more
Presented by Nielsen
Speakers: Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Bob Pittman, Josh Schonwald, Naveen Jain , Eesha Khare, Chris Vanderhook, Tim Vanderhook
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Friday, October 18
Talk

Explorers: Choose Your Own Adventure

Jump on your bike or book your ticket for the next passenger flight to Mars – it’s time to hear from some of today's greatest adventurers. CIW... read more
Presented by Hyatt Gold Passport
Speakers: Francis Slakey, Edith Widder, James Ketchell, Jeb Corliss, Roberta Mancino, Gregg Treinish, Alison Wright
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, October 19
Talk

Environment: Conserve and Protect

If the date on your birth certificate reads February 1985 or later, you’ve never experienced a month of below-average global temperatures. So how... read more
Speakers: Peter Byck, Dr. Heather Tallis, Vicki Arroyo, Anne Thompson and more speakers to be announced
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Saturday, October 19
Talk

The Body: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

We live in the age of the upgrade. Through groundbreaking research and new technology, we’re discovering the secrets of the human body and... read more
Speakers: Dr. Bertolt Meyer, David Epstein, Paul Thacker, Leslie Ziegler and more speakers to be announced
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
 

Social Entreprenuership

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Tuesday, October 15
Talk

Chicago: Big Shoulders, Big Future

Chicago is the city of blue collar tradition and Midwestern family values. It also happens to be a budding frontier of some of the world’s greatest... read more
Speakers: Mark Peters, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Heather Sperling, Steve Edwards, Thomas Dyja, Tom Ricketts, Norman Livingston Kerr, Michael Reinsdorf, Brandon Marshall
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Wednesday, October 16
Talk

Entrepreneurship: How I Did It

These successful entrepreneurs have taken their ideas from the back of a cocktail napkin to multi-million dollar empires. CIW uncovers the stories... read more
Presented by EY
Speakers: Eric Lefkofsky, Barry Nalebuff, Dan Gilbert, Slava Rubin, Ping Fu, Scott Case, Kelly Grier
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Saturday, October 19
Talk

Instigators: The Good Fight

Hear from modern day Robin Hoods; advocates and unsung heroes who are fighting to build a better world for the rest of us to thrive in. These are... read more
Speakers: Dan Savage, Kristin Davis, Ronny Edry, Elizabeth Smart, Sasha Fisher, Amber Lyon
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
 

Technology

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Monday, October 14
Talk

The Consumer: You May Also Like...

Whether you clip coupons regularly, shop exclusively online or happily pay full price, it’s true - retailers know more about your buying behavior... read more
Presented by Edelman
Speakers: Rachel Shechtman, Jonathan Perelman, Mark Ellwood, Dr. Deana McDonagh, Linda Bartman
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Wednesday, October 16
Talk

Money: All About the Benjamins

Technology and finance collide in this forward-looking conversation. Are banks as we know them extinct? Will we even carry wallets in 5 years?... read more
Speakers: Alex Mittal, Yaron Brook, Tom Sosnoff, Kristi Ross, Adam Erlebacher, Nicole Sherrod
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Wednesday, October 16
Talk

Privacy: How Safe Are You?

You changed your privacy settings on Facebook, your tweets are protected and your wireless network is encrypted - but is that enough? CIW exposes... read more
Speakers: Dr. Arvind Narayanan, Cole Stryker, Dan Tentler, Rebecca MacKinnon, Robert Vamosi, Parmy Olson
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Thursday, October 17
Talk

Next: Tomorrow, Today

Flying jet pack, anyone? It may not be as impossible as you think. In this session, forward-thinking scientists, inventors and innovators from... read more
Presented by Nielsen
Speakers: Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Bob Pittman, Josh Schonwald, Naveen Jain , Eesha Khare, Chris Vanderhook, Tim Vanderhook
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Friday, October 18
Talk

Tech Summit

It’s time to stop looking at tech so… technically. We’re reimagining the future of digital by showcasing the world’s leading voices in... read more
Presented by New World Ventures & Fast Company
Speakers: Eric Lefkofsky, Bing Gordon, Harry Weller, Max Levchin, Reshma Saujani, Sallie Krawcheck, Ben Kaufman, Jason Harinstein, Vineet Singal, Beth Comstock, George Slessman, Chad Dickerson, Alexandra Chong, Chris Vanderhook, Mark Wilson, Tim Vanderhook, Chuck Salter
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.

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