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    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    11 AM

    If you really want people to listen to you, tell a story... read more
    If you really want people to listen to you, tell a story. We love to hear stories, and we love to tell them. In fact, science has proven that we... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Grind

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    6:30 PM

    We’re launching the Chicago Ideas Week Book Club with a book that brings out the... read more
    We’re launching the Chicago Ideas Week Book Club with a book that brings out the Chicago enthusiast in all of us. Hosted by author Thomas Dyja,... read more
    120 Minutes CIW Special Event Hyatt Corporate Headquarters

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    11 AM

    You've seen him as a ransom-wrangling car salesman in "Fargo," a braces-obsessed game show champion... read more
    You've seen him as a ransom-wrangling car salesman in "Fargo," a braces-obsessed game show champion in "Magnolia" and a drug-addicted, womanizing,... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Owen Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    11 AM

    Dynamic, in-depth conversations between CIW speakers around specific topics led by leading journalists and challenged... read more
    Dynamic, in-depth conversations between CIW speakers around specific topics led by leading journalists and challenged by audience Q&A.
    60 Minutes Talk Venue TBD*

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    9 AM

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will take the Chicago Ideas stage to... read more
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will take the Chicago Ideas stage to discuss her memoir "Hard Choices." Clinton will open the... read more
    60 Minutes Special Engagement Harris Theater
    6:30 PM

    **This Event is Currently SOLD OUT** Adam Grant is the youngest full—and highest rated—professor at... read more
    **This Event is Currently SOLD OUT** Adam Grant is the youngest full—and highest rated—professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    1 PM

    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Join acclaimed brewmaster and Moody Tongue Brewing Founder Jared Rouben as he pushes... read more
    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Join acclaimed brewmaster and Moody Tongue Brewing Founder Jared Rouben as he pushes the boundaries of beer. Learn how to build... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes CIW Special Event Ampersand

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    3:45 PM

    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Join StartUp Institute on a walkabout to learn the history and future of... read more
    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Join StartUp Institute on a walkabout to learn the history and future of one of the country’s fastest growing innovation... read more
    Members Only 135 Minutes Lab Catapult Chicago

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    11:30 AM

    MEMBER EVENT: We’ve moved far beyond the assembly line: Today’s retail and manufacturing has gone... read more
    MEMBER EVENT: We’ve moved far beyond the assembly line: Today’s retail and manufacturing has gone mobile, and you’re more likely to see an iPad... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes CIW Special Event Google Chicago

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    11:30 AM

    Member Event.  CIW continues its Book Club series with Northwestern Professor Daniel Gruber who... read more
    Member Event.  CIW continues its Book Club series with Northwestern Professor Daniel Gruber who will lead an in-depth discussion of Give and Take,... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes CIW Special Event Hyatt Corporate Headquarters

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    10 AM

    Get a behind-the-scenes tour and have a hands-on role in the "making of" the Great... read more
    Get a behind-the-scenes tour and have a hands-on role in the "making of" the Great Chicago Fire Festival, the new signature event for the City of... read more
    120 Minutes CIW Special Event Redmoon Theater

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    11:30 AM

    MEMBER EVENT. Novelist Veronica Roth will host a CIW Book Club to discuss her wildly... read more
    MEMBER EVENT. Novelist Veronica Roth will host a CIW Book Club to discuss her wildly popular book series, the Divergent trilogy. Roth wrote the... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes CIW Special Event Venue TBD*

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    8:30 AM

    Join Eataly cheesemonger and mozzarella maker David Malzahn for a behind-the-scenes look at Eataly's mozzarella... read more
    Join Eataly cheesemonger and mozzarella maker David Malzahn for a behind-the-scenes look at Eataly's mozzarella lab. Our expert cheesemonger will... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab Eataly Chicago
    8:30 AM

    Some call it philanthropy. Some call it pure investment strategy. Others say it’s both.... read more
    Some call it philanthropy. Some call it pure investment strategy. Others say it’s both. CIW explores the opportunities and challenges of social... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    10 AM

    ProofX Bio FabLab uses 3D printing to reimagine biomedical research and patient care... read more
    ProofX Bio FabLab uses 3D printing to reimagine biomedical research and patient care. You’ll learn about how the company producing patient-specific... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Health Technology Innovation Incubator
    12 PM

    Nearly three million veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now facing life... read more
    Nearly three million veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now facing life as civilians. CIW takes a deeper look into the services,... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1 PM

    This one-of-a-kind experience is your opportunity to soar—literally—and experience the freedom of somersaulting in the... read more
    This one-of-a-kind experience is your opportunity to soar—literally—and experience the freedom of somersaulting in the air. Learn how to jump,... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Chicago Flyhouse Facility
    3 PM

    In fashion, you have to know the rules before you can break them... read more
    In fashion, you have to know the rules before you can break them. Learn the fundamentals of draping with Maria Pinto, the Chicago designer whose... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab Columbia College Chicago
    4 PM

    If you think it, you'd better be able to make it... read more
    If you think it, you'd better be able to make it. Adopt Social Deviant's mantra in a Lab that will change the way you approach work—by being kind.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Social Deviant Offices
    4 PM

    Science isn’t all white lab coats and beakers: It’s everything that surrounds you... read more
    Science isn’t all white lab coats and beakers: It’s everything that surrounds you. From the cocktail you ordered last night to the latest furniture... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    4 PM

    What is the future of defense in America? From the threat of climate change to... read more
    What is the future of defense in America? From the threat of climate change to the ethics of drone warfare, craniofacial 3D printing to specially... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Morningstar
    5:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Science: Your Life... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Science: Your Life Under a Microscope. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Bar Toma
    6 PM

    Twist, the innovation and brand consulting firm, believes that anyone can be a problem solving... read more
    Twist, the innovation and brand consulting firm, believes that anyone can be a problem solving machine. Come learn about and experience five... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Offsite Chicago
    6 PM

    Wars are fought over it. Our health and environment continue to be changed by it.... read more
    Wars are fought over it. Our health and environment continue to be changed by it. And it’s 2.5 times the size of the entire IT industry. CIW... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    6:30 PM

    Swirl, sniff and sip as City Winery guides you through the basic art of winemaking... read more
    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 Premier Lab City Winery
    7 PM

    Award-winning political journalist David Gregory leads politicians, strategists and DC insiders in an up-to-the-minute... read more
    Award-winning political journalist David Gregory leads politicians, strategists and DC insiders in an up-to-the-minute analysis of the state of our... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    7 PM

    Get ready to go around the world and back in 90 minutes as the globe’s... read more
    Get ready to go around the world and back in 90 minutes as the globe’s most accomplished and daring explorers take us to the rarest parts of the... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    7:45 PM

    *Tickets to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner events go on sale September 2, 2014. The... read more
    *Tickets to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner events go on sale September 2, 2014. The Dinner: Executive Chef Jared Van Camp crafts an “obsessively... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Nellcote
    8:30 PM

    Join CIW and Rockit Bar & Grill for a party to kick-off CIW 2014... read more
    Join CIW and Rockit Bar & Grill for a party to kick-off CIW 2014.  Featuring a live performance from http://zaramela.com/">Zaramela, our... read more
    120 Minutes CIW Special Event Rockit Bar & Grill
    8:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Politics: Beyond the... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Politics: Beyond the Headlines. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes Lab Randolph Tavern

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    8:30 AM

    Peek behind the curtain at the methods used to inspire hundreds of people to radically... read more
    Peek behind the curtain at the methods used to inspire hundreds of people to radically transform their lives each year. The Cara Program prepares... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Venue TBD*
    10 AM

    Gensler, the interdisciplinary global design firm, has spent the last two years researching how we... read more
    Gensler, the interdisciplinary global design firm, has spent the last two years researching how we can use hacking to update the places we live and... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Fulton Market Retail (A Sterling Bay Companies Property)
    11 AM

    Peterson Garden Project transforms empty lots into gardens that double as productive teaching environments. You'l... read more
    Peterson Garden Project transforms empty lots into gardens that double as productive teaching environments. You'l learn how Peterson Garden Project... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Fearless Food Kitchen at Broadway Armory Park
    12 PM

    As Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels reinvigorated the state by applying business principles to solve... read more
    As Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels reinvigorated the state by applying business principles to solve government problems. Here, the former... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    12:30 PM

    CIW scoured the globe to bring together thought-provoking leaders under the age of 35 in... read more
    CIW scoured the globe to bring together thought-provoking leaders under the age of 35 in social entrepreneurship, technology, art, education and... read more
    240 Minutes Summit Cadillac Palace Theatre
    1 PM

    Tour the 140,000-square-foot music production, recording and rehearsal facility with co-owner and co-Founder Kent Nielsen.... read more
    Tour the 140,000-square-foot music production, recording and rehearsal facility with co-owner and co-Founder Kent Nielsen. Fort Knox Studios offers... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Fort Knox Studios
    1 PM

    Digital Professional Institute's Director of Program Development and veteran programmer Rishu Mandolia will show you... read more
    Digital Professional Institute's Director of Program Development and veteran programmer Rishu Mandolia will show you how an app goes from concept... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Digital Professional Institute
    3 PM

    Join Chicago Botanic Garden CEO and President Sophia Shaw on a behind-the-scenes tour of one... read more
    Join Chicago Botanic Garden CEO and President Sophia Shaw on a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the world's greatest living museums and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Chicago Botanic Garden
    3 PM

    Drawing parallels from the fundamental elements of rock and roll, the School of Rock (Your... read more
    Drawing parallels from the fundamental elements of rock and roll, the School of Rock (Your Presentation)! will take you down Abbey Road and teach... read more
    150 Minutes Lab SquarePlanet
    4 PM

    Walk behind the curtains of Chicago's newest—and largest—brewery, Lagunitas Brewing... read more
    Walk behind the curtains of Chicago's newest—and largest—brewery, Lagunitas Brewing. You'll become a craft beer brewer for the day, learning the... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Lagunitas Brewing Company/Chicago
    4 PM

    Can brain research and technology save the NFL? How would new NCAA regulations or the... read more
    Can brain research and technology save the NFL? How would new NCAA regulations or the unionizing of student athletes forever change college... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    5 PM

    Target. GM. FIFA. Each has experienced a crisis adversely impacting their reputation, bottom line and... read more
    Target. GM. FIFA. Each has experienced a crisis adversely impacting their reputation, bottom line and license to lead. Join the world's largest... read more
    120 Minutes Lab AON Building
    5:30 PM

    The culture of work is changing. Join Workspring, a division of Steelcase Inc., to learn... read more
    The culture of work is changing. Join Workspring, a division of Steelcase Inc., to learn how insight-driven space design and the art of staging... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Workspring's Central Loop Location
    5:45 PM

    Each Tuesday at 11 a.m. central, Chicago Ideas Week co-hosts a Twitter chat centered around... read more
    Each Tuesday at 11 a.m. central, Chicago Ideas Week co-hosts a Twitter chat centered around vibrant, game-changing ideas and featuring guest... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Bar Toma
    6 PM

    Think ABC's "Shark Tank" is intense? Come watch four hand-picked fledgling businesses vie for... read more
    Think ABC's "Shark Tank" is intense? Come watch four hand-picked fledgling businesses vie for a cash prize and the opportunity to work with some of... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Morningstar
    7 PM

    What does your entrepreneurial DNA say about your strengths (and weaknesses) in the workplace? More... read more
    What does your entrepreneurial DNA say about your strengths (and weaknesses) in the workplace? More than you would think. With the help of the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Offsite Chicago
    7 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Death: An Unexpected... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Death: An Unexpected Take on Life. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    90 Minutes CIW Special Event Bar Toma
    7 PM

    Speakers share the defining moments that forced them to reflect on their lives and... read more
    Speakers share the defining moments that forced them to reflect on their lives and forge new paths. From learning to communicate with an autistic... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    7 PM

    We’re demystifying death, a subject that stands at the intersection of politics, spirituality, economics, technology... read more
    We’re demystifying death, a subject that stands at the intersection of politics, spirituality, economics, technology and more. Experts will take on... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    7:30 PM

    *Tickets to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner events go on sale September 2, 2014. The... read more
    *Tickets to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner events go on sale September 2, 2014. The Dinner:Ada Street is one of the most unique dining and... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Ada Street
    8:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Lessons: Turning Points.... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Lessons: Turning Points. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions immediately... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Randolph Tavern

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    9 AM

    There are 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America today—a population nearly equal to that... read more
    There are 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America today—a population nearly equal to that of the state of Illinois. Join policy expert... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    9:30 AM

    Unleash the maker within you at the Chicago Public Library's Maker Lab... read more
    Unleash the maker within you at the Chicago Public Library's Maker Lab. Mold your ideas, plans and aspirations into a concrete plan of action with... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Harold Washington Library
    10 AM

    How have alternative media adapted to the changing tides of journalism? Go behind the scenes... read more
    How have alternative media adapted to the changing tides of journalism? Go behind the scenes of the LGBT newspaper Windy City Times with Publisher... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Keith House
    10 AM

    Join Accenture Digital, which helps organizations unleash the power of digital to drive growth, for... read more
    Join Accenture Digital, which helps organizations unleash the power of digital to drive growth, for an exploration of how mobile strategies fit... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Accenture Customer Innovation Network Lab
    12 PM

    CIW has gathered some of the most talented young innovators from around the world to... read more
    CIW has gathered some of the most talented young innovators from around the world to share their exciting emerging technologies. From health to... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    12 PM

    This is not your average professional development session... read more
    This is not your average professional development session. Learn how to boost your own productivity by working like a philosopher, MMA fighter,... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    12 PM

    What’s for dinner? The ingredients and dishes that ultimately make it to your table have... read more
    What’s for dinner? The ingredients and dishes that ultimately make it to your table have taken a long journey through culture, history and an... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    1 PM

    Learn how to connect the dots between everyday lives and successful investing with dough, the... read more
    Learn how to connect the dots between everyday lives and successful investing with dough, the company that is turning real people into better... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Dough Office & Tastytrade Studio
    1:30 PM

    The Mycelia Project is an innovative collaboration that seeks to unite various communities through hands-on,... read more
    The Mycelia Project is an innovative collaboration that seeks to unite various communities through hands-on, experiential projects that promote... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Sweet Water Foundation
    2 PM

    Photomedia artist and Columbia College Chair of Photography Peter Fitzpatrick will lead a discussion on... read more
    Photomedia artist and Columbia College Chair of Photography Peter Fitzpatrick will lead a discussion on constructing narrative tableaux based on... read more
    180 Minutes Lab The Project Room
    2 PM

    With its staff of scientists, the Field Museum is transforming the look and feel of... read more
    With its staff of scientists, the Field Museum is transforming the look and feel of natural history museums through its innovative, eco-friendly... read more
    180 Minutes Lab The Field Museum
    3 PM

    Legos aren't just for kids anymore. Join Table XI and COO Mark Rickmier for a... read more
    Legos aren't just for kids anymore. Join Table XI and COO Mark Rickmier for a collaborative building exercise that illustrates the complex "agile"... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Table XI
    4 PM

    With the rise of online degrees and an emphasis on project-based experiences, people are... read more
    With the rise of online degrees and an emphasis on project-based experiences, people are increasingly questioning the benefits of a traditional... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    4 PM

    The future of business is social, entrepreneurial, energy efficient, tech savvy and global in ways... read more
    The future of business is social, entrepreneurial, energy efficient, tech savvy and global in ways that are unprecedented. Are you ready? CIW... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    5 PM

    Join Jessica Murnane, creator of One Part Plant, for the 101 on a plant-based diet... read more
    Join Jessica Murnane, creator of One Part Plant, for the 101 on a plant-based diet. You'll learn pantry basics before you get in the kitchen... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Owen + Alchemy
    5 PM

    Get a behind-the-scenes look and taste of the lesser-known art form of apple brandy distilling... read more
    Get a behind-the-scenes look and taste of the lesser-known art form of apple brandy distilling. Combining a little friendly competition and various... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Rhine Hall Distillery
    5:30 PM

    How can you use storytelling methodologies to illuminate history?  Bruce Weindruch, CEO and Founder of... read more
    How can you use storytelling methodologies to illuminate history?  Bruce Weindruch, CEO and Founder of The History Factory, shares his insights... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Workspring's Central Loop Location
    5:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Education: The End... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Education: The End of School. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Bar Toma
    5:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about The Future of... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about The Future of Business. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions immediately... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Randolph Tavern
    6 PM

    Calling all music lovers and creators!  Learn how to use analog modular synthesis—the technique that... read more
    Calling all music lovers and creators!  Learn how to use analog modular synthesis—the technique that has taken music production by storm—to create... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Comma Music
    6 PM

    Enjoy a cup of Bow Truss coffee like you never have before! Chicago's own coffee... read more
    Enjoy a cup of Bow Truss coffee like you never have before! Chicago's own coffee roaster collective, started by Doejo owner and serial entrepreneur... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Bow Truss Roasting Facility
    6 PM

    From the products we use every day to the organizational structures at large corporations to... read more
    From the products we use every day to the organizational structures at large corporations to the themes presented at technology and business... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    7 PM

    It’s music, fashion, art and sports. It’s advertising, memes, viral videos and the magazine you... read more
    It’s music, fashion, art and sports. It’s advertising, memes, viral videos and the magazine you pretend not to read when you’re checking out at the... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    7 PM

    Can one person effect change for many? CIW honors accomplished individuals who jumped on a... read more
    Can one person effect change for many? CIW honors accomplished individuals who jumped on a mountain bike, picked up a guitar and stepped off the... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    9 PM

    Join CIW and Enolo Wine Cafe for an evening celebration with fellow CIW attendees... read more
    Join CIW and Enolo Wine Cafe for an evening celebration with fellow CIW attendees. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
    120 Minutes CIW Special Event Enolo Wine Cafe

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    9 AM

    We're breaking into the Ivory Tower and bringing neuroscience education to amateurs and scientists alike.... read more
    We're breaking into the Ivory Tower and bringing neuroscience education to amateurs and scientists alike. You'll get hands on with experiments that... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Groupon
    9 AM

    So, you’ve got a great idea and a business plan... read more
    So, you’ve got a great idea and a business plan. Now what? Learn how to craft your pitch, tell a compelling story and engage potential funders and... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    9 AM

    The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table Initiative sparks mealtime conversations that generate solutions to... read more
    The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table Initiative sparks mealtime conversations that generate solutions to the challenges Chicago faces... read more
    120 Minutes Lab IDEO
    9 AM

    The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table Initiative sparks mealtime conversations that generate solutions to... read more
    The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table Initiative sparks mealtime conversations that generate solutions to the challenges Chicago faces today. ... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Doblin
    9:30 AM

    Learn how social enterprise Bright Endeavors developed Good Glass Chicago, its new soy votive candle... read more
    Learn how social enterprise Bright Endeavors developed Good Glass Chicago, its new soy votive candle rental operation that provides hands-on job... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Bright Endeavors' Production Facility
    10 AM

    Learn how restorative justice can reduce violence—in schools and in our neighborhoods—and develop a restorative... read more
    Learn how restorative justice can reduce violence—in schools and in our neighborhoods—and develop a restorative mindset yourself. Umoja Chief... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Sullivan High School
    12 PM

    Join the former Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for a behind-the-scenes tour of... read more
    Join the former Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago's Chinatown.  Hear from leaders who have... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Phoenix Restaurant
    12 PM

    Do you want to share your apartment while out of town? Just log on... read more
    Do you want to share your apartment while out of town? Just log on. Loan the tools in your garage to your neighbors? Sign up for this website. Give... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    12 PM

    Member-only Event. Linda Rottenberg, lawyer, businesswoman and newly published author, will host an inspiring discussion... read more
    Member-only Event. Linda Rottenberg, lawyer, businesswoman and newly published author, will host an inspiring discussion on her new book Crazy is a... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes CIW Special Event Context Media
    12:30 PM

    Unlikely collaborators and off-the-grid thinkers share their perspectives on the never-ending impact of tech and... read more
    Unlikely collaborators and off-the-grid thinkers share their perspectives on the never-ending impact of tech and how the technological revolution... read more
    240 Minutes Summit Cadillac Palace Theatre
    1 PM

    Go from start to finish at the Gold Coast restaurant whose bartenders know that better... read more
    Go from start to finish at the Gold Coast restaurant whose bartenders know that better ingredients make better drinks. Head bartender Matty... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Premier Lab Nico Osteria
    1 PM

    The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table Initiative sparks mealtime conversations that generate solutions to... read more
    The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table Initiative sparks mealtime conversations that generate solutions to the challenges Chicago faces today.... read more
    180 Minutes Lab gravitytank
    3 PM

    Join The Laundry Project for a day and turn an Englewood laundromat into a community... read more
    Join The Laundry Project for a day and turn an Englewood laundromat into a community center of hope. You'll help in a project that will provide... read more
    270 Minutes Lab Wash & Relax Laundry
    5 PM

    Go behind the scenes of Chicago's hottest new fashion startup that puts artist's work from... read more
    Go behind the scenes of Chicago's hottest new fashion startup that puts artist's work from across the world onto sneakers. Try your hand at... read more
    120 Minutes Lab BucketFeet Store in Block 37
    5 PM

    Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital that is making children's medicine and surgery a... read more
    Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital that is making children's medicine and surgery a safer—and more pleasant—experience for children and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
    5 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about The Tech Summit.... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about The Tech Summit. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions immediately following... read more
    90 Minutes CIW Special Event Randolph Tavern
    5:30 PM

    Get the VIP concert experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Uptown Theatre followed... read more
    Get the VIP concert experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Uptown Theatre followed by a concert at a nearby venue in this event... read more
    180 Minutes CIW Special Event Uptown Theatre
    6 PM

    Learn the exciting and ancient art of glassblowing! In this hands-on Lab at Ignite Glass... read more
    Learn the exciting and ancient art of glassblowing! In this hands-on Lab at Ignite Glass Studios, participants will receive one-on-one instruction... read more
    180 Minutes Premier Lab Ignite Glass Studios
    6 PM

    Join Greenstar Brewing for an interactive exploration into the fun and engaging world of organic... read more
    Join Greenstar Brewing for an interactive exploration into the fun and engaging world of organic beer brewing! Mass market lager is everywhere, but... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Uncommon Ground
    6 PM

    Advertisements, television and news coverage all provide a mirror on the deeply ingrained, often... read more
    Advertisements, television and news coverage all provide a mirror on the deeply ingrained, often unconscious biases still present in our society.... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    7 PM

    *Tickets to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner events go on sale September 2, 2014. The... read more
    *Tickets to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner events go on sale September 2, 2014. The Dinner:Join us for a distinctive experience with a warm and... read more
    180 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner NoMI at the Park Hyatt
    7 PM

    The future of entrepreneurship—which has now dipped to a three-decade low in America—is in your... read more
    The future of entrepreneurship—which has now dipped to a three-decade low in America—is in your hands. Build your own entrepreneurial toolkit as... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    8:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Entrepreneurship: Take the... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Entrepreneurship: Take the Leap. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Randolph Tavern

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    8 AM

    1. Define the problem. 2. Consider all of the options. 3. Refine. 4. Execute. Seem... read more
    1. Define the problem. 2. Consider all of the options. 3. Refine. 4. Execute. Seem simple? Think again. These design-thinking practitioners share... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    9:30 AM

    Edison Talks is a specially curated day of mind-bending speakers, engaging performances and unique experiences... read more
    Edison Talks is a specially curated day of mind-bending speakers, engaging performances and unique experiences that will push you to explore the... read more
    420 Minutes Edison Talks Cadillac Palace Theatre
    10 AM

    Understanding taste versus flavor can help you become an intuitive cook who can follow her... read more
    Understanding taste versus flavor can help you become an intuitive cook who can follow her tastebuds and not just a recipe. Go on a guided... read more
    180 Minutes Premier Lab Merchandise Mart
    10 AM

    Deconstruct the Loop lunchtime experience with Conifer Research! You'll work in teams to collect and... read more
    Deconstruct the Loop lunchtime experience with Conifer Research! You'll work in teams to collect and analyze data, creating a journey map of the... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Conifer
    10 AM

    Join the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) for an introduction to Computer Numerical Control Machining,... read more
    Join the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) for an introduction to Computer Numerical Control Machining, the computerized machining techniques... read more
    120 Minutes Lab JARC's Technical Training Center
    10:30 AM

    Learn how Lifeway Foods transformed a Russian staple, kefir, into a popular health food item... read more
    Learn how Lifeway Foods transformed a Russian staple, kefir, into a popular health food item found in grocery stores across the U.S. and U.K.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Lifeway Foods
    12 PM

    Build and design with Rebuilding Exchange, Chicago's innovative market for reclaimed building materials. You'll get... read more
    Build and design with Rebuilding Exchange, Chicago's innovative market for reclaimed building materials. You'll get an inside look into Rebuilding... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Rebuilding Exchange
    2 PM

    Calling all bike enthusiasts! Have you ever wondered how Divvy decides its site locations? Join... read more
    Calling all bike enthusiasts! Have you ever wondered how Divvy decides its site locations? Join the Divvy siting team from CDOT, Sam Schwartz... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Divvy HQ
    3 PM

    The Hotel of the Future is a hands-on experience in re-thinking hospitality... read more
    The Hotel of the Future is a hands-on experience in re-thinking hospitality. Using findings from Hyatt's innovative practices and discoveries from... read more
    150 Minutes Lab gravitytank
    3 PM

    Join the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) for an introduction to welding operation and safety... read more
    Join the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) for an introduction to welding operation and safety and the high-demand jobs available to... read more
    120 Minutes Lab JARC's Technical Training Center
    4 PM

    Work is not just where you go; it's what you do... read more
    Work is not just where you go; it's what you do. With its new office, CBRE took a leap forward in creating a truly innovative and flexible work... read more
    120 Minutes Lab CBRE
    5 PM

    Specimen Products blends the old with the new, handcrafting each instrument, amplifier and horn speaker... read more
    Specimen Products blends the old with the new, handcrafting each instrument, amplifier and horn speaker made in its Chicago shop. Founder Ian... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Specimen Products
    7 PM

    Step inside the purple and blue Big Top and witness the high-flying, gravity-defying acrobats of... read more
    Step inside the purple and blue Big Top and witness the high-flying, gravity-defying acrobats of the Midnight Circus. Tour the tent, meet the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Midnight Circus Big Top, Welles Park
    7 PM

    Get the VIP concert experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Uptown Theatre followed... read more
    Get the VIP concert experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Uptown Theatre followed by a concert at a nearby venue in this event... read more
    180 Minutes CIW Special Event Uptown Theatre
    7 PM

    In this special session featuring intimate performances, CIW explores the head, the heart and... read more
    In this special session featuring intimate performances, CIW explores the head, the heart and the soul of music. How does your brain interpret a... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    8:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Music: Deconstructing Your... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Music: Deconstructing Your Playlist. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Randolph Tavern

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    10 AM

    It’s the conversation that has invaded everything from the Supreme Court to the local craft store... read more
    It’s the conversation that has invaded everything from the Supreme Court to the local craft store. Now CIW is taking it head on, exploring the... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    12 PM

    CIW explores the ways in which where we live influences who we are, and vice versa... read more
    CIW explores the ways in which where we live influences who we are, and vice versa. How do we build identity from the ground up, constructing... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    12:30 PM

    Discover Albany Park, via your stomach. This fascinating melting pot of a neighborhood, on the... read more
    Discover Albany Park, via your stomach. This fascinating melting pot of a neighborhood, on the city's Northwest Side, is full of delicious ethnic... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab Semiramis
    1 PM

    Farmer Jen, Uncommon Ground's farm director, takes you through the ins and outs of growing... read more
    Farmer Jen, Uncommon Ground's farm director, takes you through the ins and outs of growing food on the nation's first certified organic rooftop... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Uncommon Ground - Edgewater Location
    1 PM

    Pull back the curtain on fashion journalism with SAIC Fashion Resource Center Director Gillion Carrera.... read more
    Pull back the curtain on fashion journalism with SAIC Fashion Resource Center Director Gillion Carrera. Tour the Center's collection of more than... read more
    180 Minutes Lab School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fashion Resource Center
    1 PM

    Societal and governmental views on marijuana have resulted in an increased decriminalization—including, recently, in Illinois—of... read more
    Societal and governmental views on marijuana have resulted in an increased decriminalization—including, recently, in Illinois—of the drug once... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1:30 PM

    Explore your artistic side in a self-expression Lab hosted by Rooted, the self expression center... read more
    Explore your artistic side in a self-expression Lab hosted by Rooted, the self expression center that fosters artistic, writing and acting... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Rooted Self Expression Center
    1:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Places & Spaces:... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Places & Spaces: Location, Location, Location. *CIW Meet-ups are... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Corner Bakery
    2 PM

    Dtox Designs inspires everyday Chicagoans to spotlight their rock ’n' roll passion through unique, wearable... read more
    Dtox Designs inspires everyday Chicagoans to spotlight their rock ’n' roll passion through unique, wearable art. Dtox Designs will help you design... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Schubas Tavern
    3 PM

    Learn to take Dr. Dena Mendes's approach to health—treating health like a detective, unfolding the... read more
    Learn to take Dr. Dena Mendes's approach to health—treating health like a detective, unfolding the clues to build an optimal life style. Dr. Dena... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Lyfe Kitchen
    4 PM

    By 2030, one in five people in the United States will be over 65... read more
    By 2030, one in five people in the United States will be over 65. CIW explores the resulting cultural shifts and the medical breakthroughs, smart... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    5 PM

    You'll get your hands dirty in this painting class led by artist Meg Frazier... read more
    You'll get your hands dirty in this painting class led by artist Meg Frazier. You'll paint in a workshop environment, learning both how to bring an... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Frazier Studio Gallery
    5:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Longevity: Fifty Is... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about Longevity: Fifty Is the New Fifty. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Argo Tea
    7 PM

    Get the VIP concert experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Uptown Theatre followed... read more
    Get the VIP concert experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Uptown Theatre followed by a concert at a nearby venue in this event... read more
    180 Minutes CIW Special Event Uptown Theatre
    7 PM

    The Dinner: Join Chef Kristin Koury of KitchenSurfing, a Chicago community that connects chefs to... read more
    The Dinner: Join Chef Kristin Koury of KitchenSurfing, a Chicago community that connects chefs to private events and social occasions.  Taking... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner The Test Kitchen
    8:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about the Creative Process.... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about the Creative Process. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions immediately... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Randolph Tavern

    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    10 AM

    Meet the artist behind Chicago's powerful You Are Beautiful campaign: Matthew Hoffman... read more
    Meet the artist behind Chicago's powerful You Are Beautiful campaign: Matthew Hoffman. Join him for a walking field trip through the city and... read more
    180 Minutes Lab You are Beautiful Lakeshore Drive Installation
    10 AM

    Fashion designer, creative consultant and arts educator Elise Bergman relies on eco-smart fabrics, environmentally friendly... read more
    Fashion designer, creative consultant and arts educator Elise Bergman relies on eco-smart fabrics, environmentally friendly inks and fair wage... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Owen + Alchemy
    12 PM

    What makes meditation so powerful? How do drugs alter your mental state? How can social... read more
    What makes meditation so powerful? How do drugs alter your mental state? How can social pressures chemically impact your moral code? CIW analyzes... read more
    105 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    1:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about The Brain: This... read more
    Join fellow attendees and CIW Co-op Members to continue the conversation about The Brain: This Is Your Brain On... *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Argo Tea
    2 PM

    Rags of Honor is a screenprinting organization whose real impact is not the top-quality t-shirts... read more
    Rags of Honor is a screenprinting organization whose real impact is not the top-quality t-shirts it produces but the jobs it provides to homeless... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Rags of Honor Print Shop