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    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    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 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 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 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 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 the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton... 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 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 one of the country’s fastest growing innovation... read more
    Members Only 135 Minutes Lab Catapult Chicago

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    11:30 AM

    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

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    11:30 AM

    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 lab. Our expert cheesemonger will... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab Eataly Chicago
    10 AM

    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 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 air. Learn how to jump,... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Chicago Flyhouse Facility
    4 PM

    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 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 Under a Microscope. *CIW Meet-ups are... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Bar Toma
    6 PM

    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. 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 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 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 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.  Featuring a live performance from Zaramela, our annual Kick-Off Party is an... 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 Headlines. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes Lab Randolph Tavern

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    10 AM

    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 learn how Peterson Garden Project... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Fearless Food Kitchen at Broadway Armory Park
    12:30 PM

    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. Fort Knox Studios offers... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Fort Knox Studios
    4 PM

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. *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 of the state of Illinois. Join policy expert... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    10 AM

    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 share their exciting emerging technologies. From health to... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    12 PM

    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 taken a long journey through culture, history and an... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    2 PM

    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
    3 PM

    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 increasingly questioning the benefits of a traditional... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Thorne Auditorium
    5 PM

    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
    5:45 PM

    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 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 has taken music production by storm—to create... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Comma Music
    7 PM

    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 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. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
    120 Minutes CIW Special Event Enolo Wine Cafe

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    9 AM

    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
    9:30 AM

    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
    12 PM

    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 how the technological revolution... read more
    240 Minutes Summit Cadillac Palace Theatre
    3 PM

    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 across the world onto sneakers. Try your hand at... read more
    120 Minutes Lab BucketFeet Store in Block 37
    5 PM

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

    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

    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 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 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 Leap. *CIW Meet-ups are discussions... read more
    75 Minutes CIW Special Event Randolph Tavern

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    9:30 AM

    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 tastebuds and not just a recipe. Go on a guided... read more
    180 Minutes Premier Lab Merchandise Mart
    10:30 AM

    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 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 the Divvy siting team from CDOT, Sam Schwartz... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Divvy HQ
    4 PM

    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 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 the Midnight Circus. Tour the tent, meet the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Midnight Circus Big Top, Welles Park
    7 PM

    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 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. Now CIW is taking it head on, exploring the... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1 PM

    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
    1:45 PM

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

    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
    5:45 PM

    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

    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. *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. Join him for a walking field trip through the city and... read more
    180 Minutes Lab You are Beautiful Lakeshore Drive Installation
    12 PM

    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 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 it produces but the jobs it provides to homeless... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Rags of Honor Print Shop