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Monday, October 17, 2016

8 AM

An AP World History Class (Juniors/Seniors) from Jones College Prep 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. Discover the cutting-edge technology that CPL makes available to Chicago residents for... read more
180 Minutes Lab Harold Washington Library
3 PM

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 a thing or two about engaging an audience. In this lab, she’ll... read more
90 Minutes Lab Gray Hotel Rooftop
4 PM

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. 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 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, 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 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. 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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

8 AM

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
10 AM

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. 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
12 PM

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. Chicago Ideas convenes a panel of expert negotiators for a... read more
75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
1 PM

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
4 PM

Over the last three years, the state of our country’s police force has become a national discussion. Now that cell phones double as a video... 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 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. Each bouquet of locally-sourced flowers from the organization benefits a... read more
120 Minutes Lab Flowers for Dreams
5:30 PM

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
6 PM

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
7 PM

We’re not going to reveal who is speaking. We won’t divulge what they’re talking about. We’ll just tell you: You don’t want to miss this.
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

11 AM

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 the people you follow on Instagram. Or did you? In this... read more
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4 PM

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
5 PM

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
7 PM

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

9 AM

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
12 PM

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
4 PM

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
5:30 PM

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

Friday, October 21, 2016

10 AM

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
360 Minutes Edison Talks Cadillac Palace Theatre
10 AM

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

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
3 PM

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 Premier Lab Fred and Adolph's Pub at MillerCoors
4 PM

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. Nearly everyone in the city has interacted with a bus driver or train operator,... read more
180 Minutes Lab CTA Control Center (Racine)
11 AM

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. 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 just that. Eddie Taylor, Jr. and Harmonica... read more
180 Minutes Artist-in-Residence Special Event Daley Plaza
1 PM

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
2 PM

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

8 PM

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