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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    11:30 AM

    Member-only Lab. Gustavo Razzetti, Managing Director of LAPIZ, part of the Leo Burnett Group will... read more
    Member-only Lab. Gustavo Razzetti, Managing Director of LAPIZ, part of the Leo Burnett Group will lead a highly interactive session to help you... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Lab Leo Burnett Chicago

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    6:30 PM

    Music industry titan, L.A. Reid, has been discovering talent and shaping popular music for more... read more
    Music industry titan, L.A. Reid, has been discovering talent and shaping popular music for more than 25 years. An artist himself, Reid’s uncanny... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar

    Monday, February 29, 2016

    5:30 PM

    Member-only Lab. Whether you’re looking to become a better designer, break into the Chicago real... read more
    Member-only Lab. Whether you’re looking to become a better designer, break into the Chicago real estate market or define your path for social... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab gravitytank

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    5:30 PM

    Member event. Mix, mingle and meet other idea-loving friends at a Chicago Ideas Member Meet-up... read more
    Member event. Mix, mingle and meet other idea-loving friends at a Chicago Ideas Member Meet-up at Bone Shaker Chicago. Former Tribune reporter and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Broken Shaker at Freehand Hotel

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    6:30 PM

    In 2008, Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow started goop as a weekly email from her... read more
    In 2008, Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow started goop as a weekly email from her kitchen table. Since then, goop has grown into a... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Venue SIX10

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    6:30 PM

    Prolific musician, culinary entrepreneur and best-selling author Questlove brings his love of creativity and boundless... read more
    Prolific musician, culinary entrepreneur and best-selling author Questlove brings his love of creativity and boundless curiosity to the Chicago... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Venue SIX10

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    11:30 AM

    Member Lab. Getting involved in a story is a great place to find inspiration and... read more
    Member Lab. Getting involved in a story is a great place to find inspiration and discover new approaches to solving problems. At this lunchtime Lab... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Lab SPACE

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    11:30 AM

    Member Event. What does it take to keep former inmates out of the criminal justice system?... read more
    Member Event. What does it take to keep former inmates out of the criminal justice system? How can we stretch the minimal funding available to... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Lunch wework

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    4 PM

    Member event. Join Startup Institute on a walkabout to learn the history and future of... read more
    Member 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 120 Minutes Lab Startup Institute

    Thursday, September 8, 2016

    5 PM

    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Come celebrate the season with a Chicago Ideas Week preview party at MillerCoors. Join... read more
    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Come celebrate the season with a Chicago Ideas Week preview party at MillerCoors. Join a Community of Curiosity for beer... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes CIW Special Event MillerCoors

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    10 AM

    Discover your inner-chef with the expert cooking instructors at The Chopping Block... read more
    Discover your inner-chef with the expert cooking instructors at The Chopping Block. Learn the fundamentals of knife skills, cooking and baking... read more
    150 Minutes Youth Lab The Chopping Block - Merchandise Mart
    10:30 AM

    Google is much more than a search engine—it’s changing the world... read more
    Google is much more than a search engine—it’s changing the world. Join us at the company’s brand new West Loop headquarters to discover how you... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Google, Inc.
    1 PM

    Learn the ins and outs of the court system with one of the nation’s most... read more
    Learn the ins and outs of the court system with one of the nation’s most successful trial law firms. At this CIW YOU(th) Lab, students will... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
    4 PM

    Comedy and business have more in common than meets the eye... read more
    Comedy and business have more in common than meets the eye. At this CIW YOU(th) Lab with Comedy Sportz, students will hone their self-confidence,... read more
    180 Minutes Youth Lab CSz Business Chicago

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    9 AM

    If you think note-taking is boring, this CIW YOU(th) Lab will certainly change your mind... read more
    If you think note-taking is boring, this CIW YOU(th) Lab will certainly change your mind. Ink Factory’s mantra is “You talk. We draw. It’s... read more
    180 Minutes Youth Lab Ink Factory Studio
    9 AM

    At this CIW YOU(th) Lab with Boeing, students will have the opportunity to learn from... read more
    At this CIW YOU(th) Lab with Boeing, students will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most innovative engineers working today.... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Museum of Science and Industry
    10 AM

    O’Hare is one of the busiest airports in the country, and ensuring that it runs... read more
    O’Hare is one of the busiest airports in the country, and ensuring that it runs smoothly is no small task. At this CIW YOU(th) Lab, students will... read more
    180 Minutes Youth Lab Chicago Department of Aviation
    1 PM

    The CTA is a central part of life for anyone who lives in Chicago... read more
    The CTA is a central part of life for anyone who lives in Chicago. Nearly everyone in the city has interacted with a bus driver or train operator,... read more
    180 Minutes Youth Lab Chicago Transit Authority
    4 PM

    Your Instagram account can be so much more than your personal feed—it can be something... read more
    Your Instagram account can be so much more than your personal feed—it can be something that illuminates your community or even becomes a full-time... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Devour City
    4:30 PM

    Discover what it takes to be the greatest of all-time at this one-of-a-kind athletic experience... read more
    Discover what it takes to be the greatest of all-time at this one-of-a-kind athletic experience at Station 23 in the Loop. Attendees will... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Foot Action/Jordan Brand Space

    Thursday, October 13, 2016

    10 AM

    It’s hard to figure out where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been... read more
    It’s hard to figure out where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. Chicago’s lakefront has changed immensely over the last 150 years,... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab PORT Urbanism
    10 AM

    Learn how professional musicians create, produce and record their tunes at this interactive You(th) Lab... read more
    Learn how professional musicians create, produce and record their tunes at this interactive You(th) Lab at Pressure Point Recording Studio.... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Pressure Point Recording Studio
    11:30 AM

    The nitty-gritty details of government work might seem a bit boring on the surface, but... read more
    The nitty-gritty details of government work might seem a bit boring on the surface, but they have profound and exciting implications on life across... read more
    150 Minutes Youth Lab Cook County Bureau of Asset Management
    1 PM

    Jobs in the medical field are growing by the minute... read more
    Jobs in the medical field are growing by the minute. From medical imaging to radiology to telemedicine, expanding health technology is opening a... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
    4 PM

    At this CIW YOU(th) Lab, students will discover how some of the most creative minds... read more
    At this CIW YOU(th) Lab, students will discover how some of the most creative minds in fashion turn an idea into the next big style trend.... read more
    120 Minutes Youth Lab Chicago Fashion Incubator/Chicago Fashion Development NFP

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    9 AM

    Have you ever dreamed of designing Chicago’s next big skyscraper? Join us at this CIW... read more
    Have you ever dreamed of designing Chicago’s next big skyscraper? Join us at this CIW YOU(th) Lab with IIT College of Architecture for a... read more
    150 Minutes Youth Lab IIT College of Architecture

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    8 AM

    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Start your morning off with breakfast, networking, an inspiring talk from a 2016... read more
    MEMBER-ONLY EVENT. Start your morning off with breakfast, networking, an inspiring talk from a 2016 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow and a... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Special Engagement Summit Executive Center
    8 AM

    An AP World History Class (Juniors/Seniors) from a Chicago-based high school will connect with people... read more
    An AP World History Class (Juniors/Seniors) from a Chicago-based high school will connect with people of similar ages in Gaza City during the... read more
    200 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    9:30 AM

    The Chicago Public Library offers a lot more than books... read more
    The Chicago Public Library offers a lot more than books. Discover the cutting-edge technology that CPL makes available to Chicago residents for... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Harold Washington Library
    1 PM

    Bright Endeavors is a local candle making company that provides transitional jobs to young mothers... read more
    Bright Endeavors is a local candle making company that provides transitional jobs to young mothers and teaches them how to create sustainable,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Bright Endeavors' Production Facility
    2 PM

    The music industry has changed drastically over the past two decades, and so has the... read more
    The music industry has changed drastically over the past two decades, and so has the way that artists and producers make money off their creations.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab 2112
    3 PM

    At this Lab, attendees will discover how some of the most creative minds in fashion... read more
    At this Lab, attendees will discover how some of the most creative minds in fashion turn an idea into the next big style trend. Participants will... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Macy's
    3 PM

    Everyone talks about brand purpose, but how do you create one for a company that... read more
    Everyone talks about brand purpose, but how do you create one for a company that doesn’t feel like a bunch of hot air? At this Lab with... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Social Deviant Offices
    3 PM

    Drawing from new methodologies in app development, VSA Partners has been integrating “rapid prototyping” into... read more
    Drawing from new methodologies in app development, VSA Partners has been integrating “rapid prototyping” into its design-driven culture. Join... read more
    120 Minutes Lab VSA Partners, Inc.
    3:30 PM

    Sally Lou Loveman is a former Audience Producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show who knows... read more
    Sally Lou Loveman is a former Audience Producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show who knows a thing or two about engaging an audience. In this lab, she’ll... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Gray Hotel Rooftop
    4 PM

    With 27 gardens, 385 acres and thousands of plants, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a... read more
    With 27 gardens, 385 acres and thousands of plants, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a botanist’s utopia. For the past 44 years, the Glencoe... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Chicago Botanic Garden
    4 PM

    Discover how creativity can fuel your success at work at this Lab at the new... read more
    Discover how creativity can fuel your success at work at this Lab at the new Chicago headquarters of SRAM, the world’s second-largest bicycle... read more
    120 Minutes Lab SRAM Headquarters
    4 PM

    Mexico City and Chicago will become neighbors at this Portal connection... read more
    Mexico City and Chicago will become neighbors at this Portal connection. It’s open to the public, and participants will be able to have a... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    4:30 PM

    Hone your storytelling skills at this interactive workshop at Victory Gardens... read more
    Hone your storytelling skills at this interactive workshop at Victory Gardens. Participants will go on a tour of the Lincoln Park theater space and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Victory Gardens Theater
    5 PM

    From a potential nuclear conflict to cyber security to terrorism, never in recent history has... read more
    From a potential nuclear conflict to cyber security to terrorism, never in recent history has the U.S. faced so many national security threats.... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    6 PM

    Leading a business in 2016 isn’t an easy task, and doing so as a minority,... read more
    Leading a business in 2016 isn’t an easy task, and doing so as a minority, woman or member of a disadvantaged community is even more challenging.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Blue 1647
    6:30 PM

    This CIW Lab is a carnivore’s delight! The sandwich gurus at Eastman Egg are hosting... read more
    This CIW Lab is a carnivore’s delight! The sandwich gurus at Eastman Egg are hosting an exclusive class on making a perfect burger. Attendees will... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Eastman Egg Company on Madison
    7 PM

    Questioning everything in life is an innate part of the human condition... read more
    Questioning everything in life is an innate part of the human condition. Whether it’s what you want to be when you grow up, what it means to be an... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    7 PM

    Custom-made bikes and fresh-brewed coffee may be an unlikely pairing, but they’re the keys to... read more
    Custom-made bikes and fresh-brewed coffee may be an unlikely pairing, but they’re the keys to Heritage Bicycle’s unique success. The company opened... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Heritage Bicycles General
    8:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Life's Big... read more
    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Life's Big Questions. To purchase tickets to this Talk, click here. *CIW... read more
    75 Minutes Meet-up Randolph Tavern
    9 PM

    Join Chicago Ideas for an evening with Above the Glass and AtkCo to meet like-minded female... read more
    Join Chicago Ideas for an evening with Above the Glass and AtkCo to meet like-minded female entrepreneurs, share knowledge on best practices for... read more
    120 Minutes Party WeWork Kinzie

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    8 AM

    Take your yoga class to a whole new level at this Portal connection with Kigali, Rwanda... read more
    Take your yoga class to a whole new level at this Portal connection with Kigali, Rwanda. Chicago-based MindFuel & Wellness will lead a yoga... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    8:30 AM

    CIW sits down with four Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows, all under the age of 35,... read more
    CIW sits down with four Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows, all under the age of 35, who work to solve seemingly impossible global challenges.... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    9 AM

    Image managment is much more than overseeing the way that a company is perceived—it’s also about managing... read more
    Image managment is much more than overseeing the way that a company is perceived—it’s also about managing the way that individuals engage with the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Chicago Athletic Association
    10 AM

    Learn what it takes to be an on-air DJ at this lab with iHeartMedia... read more
    Learn what it takes to be an on-air DJ at this lab with iHeartMedia. Their 245 million monthly listeners give it the farthest reach of any radio or... read more
    120 Minutes Lab iHeart Media
    10 AM

    Cook County Jail is the largest jail in the entire country... read more
    Cook County Jail is the largest jail in the entire country. At this Lab, take a look behind the criminal justice system during a tour of the jail’s... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Cook County Jail
    11:30 AM

    More than just a hotspot of delicious food, Chicago’s Chinatown is a bustling epicenter of... read more
    More than just a hotspot of delicious food, Chicago’s Chinatown is a bustling epicenter of local businesses and culture. Join Jimmy Lee, the former... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Phoenix Restaurant
    12 PM

    Every year, corporations spend billions of dollars on ads and every year, the rules of... read more
    Every year, corporations spend billions of dollars on ads and every year, the rules of the advertising game continue to change. Now that we all... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    12 PM

    In business, as in life, getting what you want comes down to knowing how to ask for it... read more
    In business, as in life, getting what you want comes down to knowing how to ask for it. This group of expert negotiators breaks down the tricks of... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1 PM

    Based in Pilsen, The Darshan Center aims to unite the physical, spiritual and emotional in... read more
    Based in Pilsen, The Darshan Center aims to unite the physical, spiritual and emotional in its Vedic yoga teachings. Darshan Method creator Jim... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Darshan Center
    1 PM

    Step through Accenture’s doors and into the “World of ME” at this compelling CIW Lab... read more
    Step through Accenture’s doors and into the “World of ME” at this compelling CIW Lab. Accenture, a leading global professional services company,... read more
    60 Minutes Lab Accenture Customer Innovation Network Lab
    2 PM

    Learn how robust, cutting edge software is built at this Lab with Table XI (the... read more
    Learn how robust, cutting edge software is built at this Lab with Table XI (the company behind Chicago Ideas website). Their team will take... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Table XI
    3:30 PM

    Discover the ins and outs of University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation... read more
    Discover the ins and outs of University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at this CIW Lab. The event will kick off... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    4 PM

    Recent events have made the state of our country’s police force a national discussion... read more
    Recent events have made the state of our country’s police force a national discussion. Now that cell phones double as a video cameras, incidents of... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 PM

    Whether you’re a CEO or an intern, your ability to thrive is tied to your... read more
    Whether you’re a CEO or an intern, your ability to thrive is tied to your ingenuity and adaptability, regardless of your field. You don’t have to... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    4 PM

    Flowers for Dreams makes sending your love ones flowers an act of charity... read more
    Flowers for Dreams makes sending your love ones flowers an act of charity. Each bouquet of locally-sourced flowers from the organization benefits a... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Flowers for Dreams
    4 PM

    From tacos to cocktails, fresh and gourmet ingredients are essential to Antique Taco’s delicious fare.... read more
    From tacos to cocktails, fresh and gourmet ingredients are essential to Antique Taco’s delicious fare. In this CIW Lab, the restaurant’s Beverage... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Antique Taco, The Guest Room
    5:30 PM

    The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the most pressing international challenges of our time... read more
    The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the most pressing international challenges of our time. The civil war there has left more than six million... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    5:30 PM

    How is it that powerful ideas fail to engage the people whose support matters most?... read more
    How is it that powerful ideas fail to engage the people whose support matters most? Conventional practice relies on the power of the idea to drive... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Workspring's Central Loop Location
    5:30 PM

    People are moving to cities in greater numbers than ever before, posing both challenges and... read more
    People are moving to cities in greater numbers than ever before, posing both challenges and opportunities related to new levels of density,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Merchandise Mart
    5:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Creativity at... read more
    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Creativity at Work. To purchase tickets to this Talk, click here. *CIW... read more
    120 Minutes Meet-up Randolph Tavern
    6 PM

    Bang Bang’s tasty creations are the stuff of dreams... read more
    Bang Bang’s tasty creations are the stuff of dreams. Discover how they’ve perfected the art of pie-making with our behind-the-scenes look at their... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Bang Bang Pie Shop Prep Kitchen
    6 PM

    Learn the difference between deconstruced stew and meat and potatoes with gravy at this unique... read more
    Learn the difference between deconstruced stew and meat and potatoes with gravy at this unique Lab with Kendall College. Attendees will get a... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Kendall College
    7:30 PM

    Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t easy. It requires a great deal of grit, inspiration, motivation... read more
    Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t easy. It requires a great deal of grit, inspiration, motivation and a little bit of luck. Rome wasn’t built... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    7:30 PM

    The Dinner: Enjoy delicious American fare and sip on Smith Devereux's award-winning wines while you gather... read more
    The Dinner: Enjoy delicious American fare and sip on Smith Devereux's award-winning wines while you gather in the relaxed and welcoming social... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner The Allis at Soho House Chicago
    9:15 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Entrepreneurship: Turning... read more
    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Entrepreneurship: Turning Points. To purchase tickets to this Talk, click... read more
    75 Minutes Meet-up Randolph Tavern

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    8:30 AM

    You might be an expert at spreading cheese over crackers or dumping it onto your... read more
    You might be an expert at spreading cheese over crackers or dumping it onto your pasta, but you’re probably pretty clueless when it comes to... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab Eataly Chicago
    9 AM

    At the North Lawndale Employment Network’s Sweet Beginnings Flournoy Apiary, beekeeping is more than a... read more
    At the North Lawndale Employment Network’s Sweet Beginnings Flournoy Apiary, beekeeping is more than a job—it’s an opportunity to acquire valuable... read more
    180 Minutes Lab North Lawndale Employment Network
    10 AM

    Opening a successful restaurant is no small task, and doing such in a city as... read more
    Opening a successful restaurant is no small task, and doing such in a city as competitive as Chicago is seemingly impossible. But Kimbal Musk... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab The Kitchen
    11 AM

    Urban Initiatives uses the power of sport and play to build a path for more... read more
    Urban Initiatives uses the power of sport and play to build a path for more than 15,000 Chicago Public School students to become part of a smarter,... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Jenner Academy for the Arts
    11 AM

    Learning Spanish in Chicago can be difficult if you’re not immersed in a culture that... read more
    Learning Spanish in Chicago can be difficult if you’re not immersed in a culture that speaks the language—the Portal connection looks to solve that... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    12 PM

    You chose your career path, your partner, your wardrobe, the groceries in your fridge and... read more
    You chose your career path, your partner, your wardrobe, the groceries in your fridge and the people you follow on Instagram. Or did you? Learn... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    12 PM

    The world is in the middle of its fourth industrial revolution, which has brought a... read more
    The world is in the middle of its fourth industrial revolution, which has brought a rush of innovation that has pushed our society towards its full... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    12 PM

    Chicago is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but it’s also one of the most segregated... read more
    Chicago is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but it’s also one of the most segregated. From rising gun violence to a historically... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1 PM

    Today, as consumers, we have constant access innovative technology that helps us make more informed... read more
    Today, as consumers, we have constant access innovative technology that helps us make more informed decisions. Why does a trip to the doctor's... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Context Media
    4 PM

    Storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest pastimes—it’s a trademark of every known civilization... read more
    Storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest pastimes—it’s a trademark of every known civilization. As technology continues to progress, the platforms... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 PM

    Putting together Chicago Ideas Week is no easy feat... read more
    Putting together Chicago Ideas Week is no easy feat. The annual seven-day celebration of ideas, innovation and community requires a great deal of... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Cadillac Palace Theatre
    4 PM

    Smith Devereux (formerly JW Thomas Wines) has been making sustainably-farmed, award-winning wines for more than... read more
    Smith Devereux (formerly JW Thomas Wines) has been making sustainably-farmed, award-winning wines for more than 60 years. At this Premier Lab, join... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab Morgan's on Fulton
    4 PM

    Providing in-flight Wi-Fi on over 2,800 aircraft, Gogo’s technologies have changed the way we all... read more
    Providing in-flight Wi-Fi on over 2,800 aircraft, Gogo’s technologies have changed the way we all fly. Join the leading global in-flight Wi-Fi... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Gogo
    5 PM

    Chicago is an international city, and taking a look at its music culture makes that quite clear... read more
    Chicago is an international city, and taking a look at its music culture makes that quite clear. At this Portal connection, Chicago-based hip-hop... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    5:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on the Future... read more
    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on the Future of Storytelling. To purchase tickets to this Talk, click... read more
    120 Minutes Meet-up Drumbar
    7 PM

    It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the world’s biggest comedy hubs... read more
    It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the world’s biggest comedy hubs. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, some of the biggest names in the business have... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    8:45 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Comedy: But,... read more
    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Comedy: But, Seriously... To purchase tickets to this Talk, click... read more
    75 Minutes Meet-up Drumbar

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    8 AM

    Members of Chicago Ideas Week’s YOU(th) program will have the chance to meet other children... read more
    Members of Chicago Ideas Week’s YOU(th) program will have the chance to meet other children their age in Erbil, Iraq at this Portal connection. The... read more
    60 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    9 AM

    If you think note-taking is tedious, this CIW Lab will certainly change your mind... read more
    If you think note-taking is tedious, this CIW Lab will certainly change your mind. You’ve seen their large-scale visuals from all of the CIW Talks... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Ink Factory Studio
    9 AM

    Learn how to release your inner creative genius at this Premier CIW Lab with Grammy... read more
    Learn how to release your inner creative genius at this Premier CIW Lab with Grammy Award-winning artist Peter Himmelman. This once-in-a-lifetime... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab Upstairs at Virgin Hotels
    12 PM

    Looking ahead to the future of artificial intelligence can be pretty daunting... read more
    Looking ahead to the future of artificial intelligence can be pretty daunting. Siri and self-driving cars are only the beginning of a new phase of... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    12 PM

    Big machines. Bigger data. Experts estimate 5 million new things are connected around the world... read more
    Big machines. Bigger data. Experts estimate 5 million new things are connected around the world every day. We’re talking watches, phones, cars and... read more
    90 Minutes Lab UI Labs
    3 PM

    Learn how to release your inner creative genius at this Lab with Grammy Award-winning artist... read more
    Learn how to release your inner creative genius at this Lab with Grammy Award-winning artist Peter Himmelman. This exclusive conversation will look... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Morgan's on Fulton
    4 PM

    Human beings have wondered about the universe for centuries, but it is only within the... read more
    Human beings have wondered about the universe for centuries, but it is only within the last 70 years that we’ve begun venturing into space. Should... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 PM

    Members of Chicago Ideas Week’s YOU(th) program will have the chance to meet other children... read more
    Members of Chicago Ideas Week’s YOU(th) program will have the chance to meet other children their age in El Progreso, Honduras at this Portal... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    5 PM

    Big machines. Bigger data. Experts estimate 5 million new things are connected around the world... read more
    Big machines. Bigger data. Experts estimate 5 million new things are connected around the world every day. We’re talking watches, phones, cars and... read more
    90 Minutes Lab UI Labs
    5 PM

    Zika Virus. Data breaches. Auto recalls. Natural disasters. Every company is at risk of a... read more
    Zika Virus. Data breaches. Auto recalls. Natural disasters. Every company is at risk of a crisis impacting their reputation, bottom line and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Edelman Crisis Lab
    5:30 PM

    More than 40 years ago, the United States declared war on cancer... read more
    More than 40 years ago, the United States declared war on cancer. Decades later, we still do not have a cure. More than 4 million people die... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    6 PM

    Artist and author Oliver Jeffers’ Dipped Paintings project explores the enigmatic connection between loss and... read more
    Artist and author Oliver Jeffers’ Dipped Paintings project explores the enigmatic connection between loss and memory through an ongoing series of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab MANA Contemporary
    7 PM

    Since its arrival in the early 1970s, hip-hop has grown to shape much of American culture... read more
    Since its arrival in the early 1970s, hip-hop has grown to shape much of American culture. Until recently, it hasn’t been included in conversations... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    7 PM

    It takes a great leader to make the tough decisions that determine success or failure,... read more
    It takes a great leader to make the tough decisions that determine success or failure, growth or decline and, in some cases, life or death. From... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
    7 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the discussion following the Conversation on How to Cure Cancer. To... read more
    Join fellow attendees to continue the discussion following the Conversation on How to Cure Cancer. To purchase tickets to this Conversation, click... read more
    120 Minutes Meet-up Latinicity
    7:30 PM

    The Dinner: Indulge in Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri's locally-sourced menu of sustainable seafood in Kinmont's rustic... read more
    The Dinner: Indulge in Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri's locally-sourced menu of sustainable seafood in Kinmont's rustic yet refined space, complete... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Kinmont
    9 PM

    Chicago Ideas Week is poised to “enter the Wu-Tang” this year, as Ghostface Killah is coming... read more
    Chicago Ideas Week is poised to “enter the Wu-Tang” this year, as Ghostface Killah is coming to the Hip-Hop: The Essential American Art Form Talk... read more
    165 Minutes Party Metro

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    8 AM

    The U.S. military is not where you’d expect to hear about alternative energy innovations, but... read more
    The U.S. military is not where you’d expect to hear about alternative energy innovations, but since the Department of Defense is our country’s... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    9 AM

    America’s oldest national laboratory, Argonne developed the first nuclear reactor—the research that almost every commercial... read more
    America’s oldest national laboratory, Argonne developed the first nuclear reactor—the research that almost every commercial reactor worldwide is... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Argonne National Laboratory
    10 AM

    Have you ever had it UP TO HERE?You’re frustrated after a line has been crossed. You’re... read more
    Have you ever had it UP TO HERE?You’re frustrated after a line has been crossed. You’re so far down one path that you struggle to change... read more
    390 Minutes Edison Talks Cadillac Palace Theatre
    10 AM

    Discover your inner-chef with the expert cooking instructors at The Chopping Block... read more
    Discover your inner-chef with the expert cooking instructors at The Chopping Block. Learn the fundamentals of knife skills, cooking and baking... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Merchandise Mart
    12 PM

    The way we travel has changed immensely over the past decade... read more
    The way we travel has changed immensely over the past decade. Long gone are the days of travel agents and prefab vacations. Today, everyone can... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    12 PM

    Milwaukee is only an hour away, but Chicagoans will only need to travel to Daley... read more
    Milwaukee is only an hour away, but Chicagoans will only need to travel to Daley Plaza to connect with residents in the city. Join CIW at this... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    2 PM

    Snapchat is the latest social media platform to take the digital world by storm... read more
    Snapchat is the latest social media platform to take the digital world by storm. Learn how to optimize your use of the app, whether on a personal... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Annex
    3 PM

    Beer and coffee might seem like an odd combination, but by the end of this... read more
    Beer and coffee might seem like an odd combination, but by the end of this CIW Lab, you’ll think of the two as inseparable. Head to local brewery... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Pipeworks Brewing Company
    3 PM

    MillerCoors employs nearly 400 people in its Loop headquarters on Wacker Drive... read more
    MillerCoors employs nearly 400 people in its Loop headquarters on Wacker Drive. They moved into the space in 2009, and the beer giant has been a... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Fred and Adolph's Pub at MillerCoors
    3 PM

    To build a brand from scratch in today’s dynamic marketplace, you need to define and... read more
    To build a brand from scratch in today’s dynamic marketplace, you need to define and deliver ideas in ways that will not only resonate with the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Leo Burnett Chicago
    4 PM

    Chicago and Mexico City both have amazing art scenes, and they will come together in... read more
    Chicago and Mexico City both have amazing art scenes, and they will come together in an inspiring, collaborative fashion at this Portal connection.... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    10 AM

    The CTA is a central part of life for anyone who lives in Chicago... read more
    The CTA is a central part of life for anyone who lives in Chicago. Nearly everyone in the city has interacted with a bus driver or train operator,... read more
    180 Minutes Lab CTA Control Center (Racine)
    10 AM

    Re-envision city spaces with PORT Urbanism, the consulting firm behind the architectural redesigns of spaces... read more
    Re-envision city spaces with PORT Urbanism, the consulting firm behind the architectural redesigns of spaces like the Old Cook County Hospital and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Millennium Park
    10 AM

    FLATS/Cedar Street has invested in and rehabbed a series of eight buildings in Uptown and... read more
    FLATS/Cedar Street has invested in and rehabbed a series of eight buildings in Uptown and Edgewater, which have changed the face of the North Side... read more
    90 Minutes Lab FLAT's The Lawrence House
    11 AM

    Based in Pilsen, The Darshan Center aims to unite the physical, spiritual and emotional in... read more
    Based in Pilsen, The Darshan Center aims to unite the physical, spiritual and emotional in its Vedic yoga teachings. Darshan Method creator Jim... read more
    150 Minutes Lab The Darshan Center
    12 PM

    Learn how to work out smarter at this interactive Lab with Hardpressed... read more
    Learn how to work out smarter at this interactive Lab with Hardpressed. Join Dan Geraci, the founder of a revolutionary training technique that... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Hardpressed
    12 PM

    Chicago’s history is intertwined with that of blues music, and this Portal connection will showcase... read more
    Chicago’s history is intertwined with that of blues music, and this Portal connection will showcase just that. Eddie Taylor, Jr. and Harmonica... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    1 PM

    Los Estados Unidos se esta convirtiendo en un país compuesto mayoritariamente de minorías... read more
    Los Estados Unidos se esta convirtiendo en un país compuesto mayoritariamente de minorías. Chicago Ideas’ Spanish Language Conversation... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1 PM

    BucketFeet is changing the way artists tell stories across the world... read more
    BucketFeet is changing the way artists tell stories across the world. With a global community of more than 40,000 artists from more than... read more
    120 Minutes Lab BucketFeet Bucktown Studio
    1 PM

    Matthew Hoffman, the artist behind the viral “You Are Beautiful” campaign, has become a global... read more
    Matthew Hoffman, the artist behind the viral “You Are Beautiful” campaign, has become a global phenomenon over the past few years. He and his... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Lost Arts
    2 PM

    Coffee is the fuel that powers Chicago’s workforce, but very few people have an in-depth... read more
    Coffee is the fuel that powers Chicago’s workforce, but very few people have an in-depth understanding as to how it’s made. At this Lab with Metric... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Metric Coffee
    5 PM

    Discover the cocktail that matches your inner soul at this Premier CIW Lab with Virgin... read more
    Discover the cocktail that matches your inner soul at this Premier CIW Lab with Virgin Hotels’ “Spirit Guide,” Jon Harris. He’ll begin with an old... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab The Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Chicago

    Sunday, October 23, 2016

    11 AM

    Beekeeping is a key part of keeping entire ecosystems afloat, and for Chicago’s Westside Bee... read more
    Beekeeping is a key part of keeping entire ecosystems afloat, and for Chicago’s Westside Bee Boyz, it’s an economic engine. Join the organization... read more
    90 Minutes Lab The Hive
    12 PM

    Chicago’s dance scene is pretty stellar, and at this Portal connection the city will be... read more
    Chicago’s dance scene is pretty stellar, and at this Portal connection the city will be able to show off their moves. Multiple pairs of... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
    12:30 PM

    More than 10,000 people take SoulCycle classes everyday to release stress, burn fat, tone muscle, find joy... read more
    More than 10,000 people take SoulCycle classes everyday to release stress, burn fat, tone muscle, find joy in movement and change their bodies and... read more
    135 Minutes Lab SoulCycle Southport
    1 PM

    Matthew Hoffman, the artist behind the viral “You Are Beautiful” campaign, has become a global... read more
    Matthew Hoffman, the artist behind the viral “You Are Beautiful” campaign, has become a global phenomenon over the past few years. He and his... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Lost Arts
    1:30 PM

    From his Emmy Award-winning role as Walter White in the groundbreaking TV series Breaking Bad... read more
    From his Emmy Award-winning role as Walter White in the groundbreaking TV series Breaking Bad to a Tony Award-winning performance as President... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation The Vic Theatre
    8 PM

    Storytelling is one of humanity’s most universal traits—it's been present in every single civilization that... read more
    Storytelling is one of humanity’s most universal traits—it's been present in every single civilization that has ever existed. At this Portal... read more
    180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza