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Monday, October 14, 2013

8 AM

Get your creative thoughts flowing at the CIW Kickoff Breakfast. Stop by the Chicago Ideas Week Headquarters to grab a bite to eat and hear... read more
120 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
12 PM

This summer, a grassroots movement called Living Rooms Across America visited some of America’s most dangerous cities, where they gathered intimate... read more
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
12 PM

Small Talks are turnstone-curated discussions and knowledge-sharing events that help support small business owners and entrepreneurs. They equip... read more
90 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
12 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
1 PM

Imagine a room where the surfaces are wallpapered with 3D TVs and seamlessly connected to phones or tablets. Talk, touch or gesture -- to be... read more
60 Minutes Lab Electronic Visualization Laboratory
1 PM

Ever dream about being a movie star? Well here's your chance! DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media invites you to be "on-set"... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab DePaul/Cinespace Studios
1 PM

What happens when chocolate meets innovation? Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, will host a unique experience at the company’s new... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Vosges Haut Chocolate
2 PM

gravitytank provides an orientation to innovation work through this hands-on experience and behind-the-scenes tour. Brainstorm, prototype and pitch... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab gravitytank
2 PM

Explore the idea of "self" with local Chicago artist, Hebru Brantley. From cartoons to community, Warhol to Basquiat, Hebru shares his journey and... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Chicago Ideas Week HQ
4 PM

Ignite Glass Studios is a state-of-the-art glass studio, artist community and educational facility. Come play with fire and experience the creative... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Ignite Glass Studios
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
5 PM

There’s a basic five or six step problem solving process that 90% of marketers use. But a ridiculously important piece is usually missing; Joy. ... read more
60 Minutes Lab Chicago Ideas Week HQ
6 PM

How does a community radio station produce content that engages its listeners? CHIRP Radio is Chicago’s all-volunteer radio station dedicated to... read more
150 Minutes Lab CHIRP
7 PM

Dr. Linus Pauling once said the “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.” As we prepare to celebrate a week... read more
60 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
7 PM

Listen as these CIW speakers share personal stories of struggle, perseverance and triumph. How has each experience influenced the person they are... read more
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
7 PM

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a series of unique gatherings held at some of Chicago’s best restaurants to experience stimulating conversations,... read more
120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Nellcote

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

8 AM

Small Talks are turnstone-curated discussions and knowledge-sharing events that help support small business owners and entrepreneurs. They equip... read more
90 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
10 AM

Explore the Threadless headquarters in this interactive Think Lab! Meet the stellar team and learn about the shop's business, focus on... read more
120 Minutes Lab Threadless
10 AM

Get messy at the GE Garage with The Big Draw Chicago and IdeaPaint. Sketch ideas and questions sparked by Chicago Ideas Week talks and labs onto an... read more
120 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
12 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
2 PM

Get VIP treatment during this in-depth and behind the scenes look into divining and creating the perfect cocktail. From seasonality to classics,... read more
120 Minutes Lab The Violet Hour
2 PM

Future Energy Chicago gives a fresh, dynamic look at our energy choices. In a series of interactive games, you’ll collaborate and compete to... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Museum of Science and Industry
2 PM

Are you raising money for a charity or trying to fund the project of your dreams? Don't miss the chance to get up close and personal with one of... read more
90 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
4 PM

Ever played with a band? Looks fun, right? Well, at the School of Rock Instant Rock Lab that's exactly what you'll do! Highly skilled instructors... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Rotofugi
4 PM

Join Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery for a hands-on photography and multi-medium art-making experience! Focusing on social and community-based... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space
5 PM

CIW Co-op members are invited to join us at the Chicago Ideas Week Co-op Happy Hour. This special VIP experience will feature food, beer and live... read more
180 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
6 PM

Swirl, sniff and sip as City Winery guides you through the basic art of winemaking. With this interactive, ‘research’ intensive wine course, you... read more
90 Minutes Lab City Winery
6 PM

Each morning, Floriole bakes fresh bread and pastries using the best local, natural and sustainable ingredients the season has to offer. Tour the... read more
120 Minutes Lab Floriole Cafe & Bakery
7 PM

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a series of unique gatherings held at some of Chicago’s best restaurants to experience stimulating conversations,... read more
120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Ada Street
7 PM

Get the inside scoop as prominent newsmakers have a lively political debate regarding issues of the day and analyze our democracy at work.
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

9 AM

Since 1991, IDEO designers have been using "Design Thinking”—a human-centered, design-based approach to developing innovative ideas. In this... read more
120 Minutes Lab IDEO
10 AM

See the House of Blues transform into an educational, artistic classroom for Chicago schools. Participate in a Blues School House program and... read more
120 Minutes Lab House of Blues
12 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
3 PM

So much time is spent trying to create engaging cross-channel digital experiences. What if we applied some of the same psychology and human... read more
120 Minutes Lab Draftfcb
4 PM

The term “agile” is used often, but what does it actually mean? Table XI employs the power of Legos to illustrate the complex relationship between... read more
120 Minutes Lab Table XI
4 PM

Breaking news can send even the most experienced newsroom into a panic. As reporters, we must distinguish rumors from truths and feed the public... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Tribune Tower, Campbell Hall
4 PM

What's it like to be Boozer, Deng and Rose? Get a glimpse of life beyond the court during this incredible two-hour Lab with the Chicago Bulls!... read more
360 Minutes Youth Lab United Center
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
6 PM

Each morning, Floriole bakes fresh bread and pastries using the best local, natural and sustainable ingredients the season has to offer. Tour the... read more
120 Minutes Premier Lab Floriole Cafe & Bakery
7 PM

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a series of unique gatherings held at some of Chicago’s best restaurants to experience stimulating conversations,... read more
180 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner mk
7 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre

Thursday, October 17, 2013

8 AM

CIW Members are invited to join for a special VIP experience at the Chicago Ideas Week Headquarters. Guests will join for breakfast, networking... read more
90 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
9 AM

You may have heard the buzz around graphic recording (also known as visual note-taking or sketch notes). If you have ever experienced it, you know... read more
120 Minutes Lab Ink Factory Studio
9 AM

Edison Talks is an invitation-only, daylong event created to inspire, connect and cultivate action. World-renowned visionaries will fuel your... read more
420 Minutes Edison Talks Cadillac Palace Theatre
4 PM

DRIFT is pioneering a new era in product innovation and customer experience. Their award-winning designs and renowned craftsmanship have allowed... read more
120 Minutes Lab DRIFT Eyewear's Studio and Workshop
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
7 PM

Who's on the ballot? It's all politics. In redistricting, the process of creating district boundaries, politicians draw the maps, constraining your... read more
120 Minutes Lab CivicLab
7 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
7 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre

Friday, October 18, 2013

8 AM

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types with over fifty chapters around the world. This month, the Chicago... read more
90 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
12 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
1 PM

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
300 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
2 PM

Featuring music, views and conversations from a fresh generation, Vocalo is changing the sound of public radio. Help the Vocalo team produce a... read more
120 Minutes Lab Studio 11
2 PM

Electricity functions much like a train on a train track, which requires the circuit to be continuous for the train to complete its course. To... read more
60 Minutes Youth Lab Chicago Ideas Week HQ
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4 PM

Have you ever dreamed of working in sports? Discover the business side of professional soccer and what happens on and off the pitch. From game day... read more
120 Minutes Youth Lab Toyota Park

Saturday, October 19, 2013

10 AM

In this free-flowing activity center, you will be introduced to calligraphy, practice lettering, and create at will with calligraphy instructor Meg... read more
60 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
12 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
12 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
12 PM

Have you ever dreamed of being on stage? How about backstage? Come see the inner workings of a world-class opera company and find out what really... read more
120 Minutes Lab Lyric Opera of Chicago
2 PM

Born twenty years ago in the Chicagoland area, Ultraslide continues to transform lives around the world. Go behind-the-scenes at this small but... read more
120 Minutes Lab Varisport
2 PM

MakeItFor.Us allows anyone to get things Made and sell things you Make. Get inspired, meet some of our Makers, request things to be Made. Do... read more
180 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
4 PM

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
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4 PM

What began at a house party in the Bronx has swelled into an international cultural movement influencing our music, fashion, advertising and... read more
90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
7 PM

Satire, irony, caricature – all of these genres make us laugh because they hit so close to home. Have fun and be prepared to LOL as comedians... read more
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Sunday, October 20, 2013

12 PM

Ignite Glass Studios is a state-of-the-art glass studio, artist community and educational facility. Come play with fire and experience the creative... read more
120 Minutes Lab Ignite Glass Studios
12 PM

Blur the lines between art, social media, and technology in a networking environment by creating an interactive icebreaking medley. As guests are... read more
60 Minutes HQ Event Chicago Ideas Week HQ
12 PM

There is a unique process behind every beautiful performance, nostalgic ballad, complex production and breathtaking work of art. From innate... read more
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
2 PM

Learn how to laser cut and 3D print with Inventables! Inventables commissioned an industrial designer to create a lamp that can be made in the GE... read more
150 Minutes Lab Chicago Ideas Week HQ
2 PM

Ignite Glass Studios is a state-of-the-art glass studio, artist community and educational facility. Come play with fire and experience the creative... read more
120 Minutes Lab Ignite Glass Studios
3 PM

Learn the process of creating spirits from scratch alongside Koval distillers. With archaic liquor laws, 30+ products, global distribution and the... read more
120 Minutes Premier Lab Koval Distillery
4 PM

Step into the shoes of these ordinary people who became key players in some of the most iconic moments of our history. How do these stories from... read more
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
5 PM

Learn how to laser cut and 3D print with Inventables! Inventables commissioned an industrial designer to create a lamp that can be made in the GE... read more
150 Minutes Lab Chicago Ideas Week HQ