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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

9 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
12 PM

Obama’s foreign policy strategy has largely focused on long-term threats. And, when it comes to the Middle East, aside from the U.S.-led air war... read more
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
2 PM

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 Fort Knox Studios
3 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
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
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
6 PM

Leading a business in 2016 isn’t an easy task, and doing so as a women in an economically disadvantaged community is even more challenging. In this... read more
120 Minutes Lab Blue 1647
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
7 PM

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 FLAT's The Lawrence House

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

8 AM

CIW sits down with five Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows, all under the age of 35, who daily work to solve seemingly impossible global... read more
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
12 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
90 Minutes Conversation 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
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
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 PM

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
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
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
7 PM

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

Does technology make us more or less human? The world is in the middle of its fourth industrial revolution, which has brought a rush of innovation... read more
60 Minutes Talk Cadillac Palace Theatre
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
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
30 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Thursday, October 20, 2016

8 AM

How do venture capitalists decide which companies to invest in, and how has that process changed over the years? Join us for a Conversation with a... read more
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
9 AM

If you think note-taking is tedious, this CIW Lab will certainly change your mind. Ink Factory’s mantra is “You talk. We draw. It’s Awesome.” The... 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
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
4 PM

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
5 PM

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 PR
5 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
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
7 PM

Since its arrival in the early 1970s, hip-hop has grown to shape much of American culture. Still, it has yet to be valued as equal to other genres... read more
90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Friday, October 21, 2016

8 AM

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
780 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
10 AM

Edison Talks 2016 explores the point at which chaos becomes clarity, fear turns to power and frustration fuels action as we explore the theme: UP... read more
360 Minutes Edison Talks Cadillac Palace Theatre
12 PM

The way we travel has changed immensely over the past decade. Long gone are the days of travel agents and pre-fabbed vacations. Today, everyone can... read more
60 Minutes Conversation Morningstar

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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
2 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 100... read more
120 Minutes Lab --Venue TBD--

Sunday, October 23, 2016