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    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    5 PM

    Climate? Philosophy? War? The Art of Dance?  What should we be discussing at Chicago Ideas in 2017? Help us shape the stage programming for the... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Special Engagement Chicago Ideas

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    5 PM

    Climate? Philosophy? War? The Art of Dance?  What should we be discussing at Chicago Ideas in 2017? Help us shape the stage programming for the... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Special Engagement Chicago Ideas

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    6:30 PM

    Chicago Ideas is teaming up with the Vera Institute of Justice to reenvision the American prison system, and imagine a society in which prisons... read more
    90 Minutes Conversation Jones College Prep High School

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    11:30 AM

    Over the past decade, the fight for LGBTQ rights has made enormous strides in America, most notably with the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Lunch Chicago Design Museum

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Sunday, March 26, 2017

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    6:30 PM

    Bassem Youssef is a satirist, writer and TV host who has been dubbed “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” His TV satirical news program “Al Bernameg” ran... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    5:30 PM

    The problems that America—and the world—is facing today aren’t getting any easier. From reducing our carbon footprint to making a greater impact... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab Chicago Ideas

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    12 PM

    Join Chicago Ideas and Wayne Brady for a Facebook Live conversation that will take you behind the scenes of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.... read more
    45 Minutes Affiliate Event Venue TBD*

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    4 PM

    Get a peek behind the scene at Cards Against Humanity’s headquarters and practice your improv skills with Kevin Reader, the company’s artistic... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab Cards Against Humanity HQ

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    5:30 PM

    At Chicago Ideas Week 2016, the New York Times Bestselling Authors of Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, explained how using the... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Book Club ACME Hotel

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    5:30 PM

    Come celebrate the season with a Member-only Chicago Ideas Week preview party on the beautiful rooftop at Savage Smyth. Join our community of... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Party Savage Smyth

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    1:30 PM

    150 Minutes Youth Lab Navy Pier - Lakewood Terrace

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    4 PM

    Students will have the amazing opportunity to visit the world-renowned Chicago Recording Company (CRC), where artists such as Chance the Rapper,... read more
    150 Minutes Youth Lab Chicago Recording Company

    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    11 AM

    Join us at Google's West Loop headquarters for a sneak peek into some of the latest technology they are developing. You'll get to explore new tools... read more
    90 Minutes Youth Lab Google, Inc.

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    8 AM

    Start Chicago Ideas Week with a light breakfast hosted by DIRTT in their green learning space. Connect with Members, tour the space and get a... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Special Engagement DIRTT Environmental Solutions
    12 PM

    What happens when there isn’t an office, and your interactions with co-workers are relegated to online interactions? Can companies build loyalty... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1 PM

    Since 2009, the nonprofit social enterprise the Rebuilding Exchange has diverted nearly 10,000 tons of building material from ending up in... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Rebuilding Exchange
    1 PM

    Ever wonder what the performers from Blue Man Group look like without their titular makeup? At this Lab, attendees will gain insight into the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Briar Street Theatre
    2:30 PM

    Elsie Swopes loves viewing the city from high points—just take a look at her Instagram page. At this Lab, she’ll meet with attendees at 360 Chicago... read more
    90 Minutes Lab 360 Chicago
    5 PM

    In the age of leakers and stories being broken on social media, what’s at stake for the journalists whose job it is to explain these stories to the... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    7 PM

    Let’s not mince words—America's differences are real. It can be easy to to become disheartened and frustrated, but instead of dwelling on... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    7 PM

    Get ready to question your senses. At this Lab, captivating magician Jeanette Andrews will serve as a magical guide through landscapes specifically... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Ambassador Chicago
    9 PM

    Join Chicago Ideas and Rockit Bar & Grill for an after party celebrating Chicago Ideas Week’s seventh year. Connect with other CIW attendees... read more
    120 Minutes Party Rockit Bar & Grill

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    9 AM

    Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and research center that has, since its founding at the University of Chicago in the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Argonne National Laboratory
    9 AM

    Did you know that in Chicago, there is a rich news ecosystem outside the mainstream outlets?At this interactive Lab, you’ll learn how the media can... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Public Narrative
    10 AM

    Violence in Chicago is at the forefront of national and local discussion, and elected officials and community members across the city are working... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Cook County Jail - Mental Health Transition Center
    11:30 AM

    Consider a world in which a city’s police force resembles the people they represent. What about a world without capitalism as we know it? Would... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    12 PM

    Historically, city governments have worked in very specific, regimented ways. But what happens when they invite entrepreneurs and tech companies... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    1 PM

    Based in Pilsen, the Darshan Center is dedicated to the study, preservation and teaching of the principles of Yoga, Vedic science and Tantra.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Darshan Center
    2 PM

    Using drama, humor and location technology, Statue Stories Chicago–developed in collaboration with the Chicago Park District–breathes new life into... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Maggie Daley Park District Field House
    5:30 PM

    No matter where you live, education reform is a hot-button issue. Whether it’s funding charter schools, opening the system through the voucher... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    6 PM

    Ashley Melillo is the talented author of “Blissful Basil” and “A Chicago local.” At this lab, attendees will uncover how food affects mental health... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab Whole Foods Market Cooking School at Lincoln Park

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    11 AM

    When you think of Caterpillar, you probably imagine the massive pieces of yellow iron seen working on the side of the highway. But today the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab UIC Campus
    12 PM

    WeWork is redefining how—and where—creativity happens. The company provides more than 130,000 members around the world with space, community and... read more
    90 Minutes Lab WeWork Kinzie
    1 PM

    At the Virgin Hotel Commons Club there are “Sometimes Enforced Rules of The House,” and by rules they mean Stop. Collaborate. Listen Often.Join... read more
    120 Minutes Premier Lab The Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Chicago
    2 PM

    When you think of Caterpillar, you probably imagine the massive pieces of yellow iron seen working on the side of the highway. But today the... read more
    120 Minutes Lab UIC Campus
    4 PM

    Learn how robust, cutting-edge software is designed at this Lab with Table XI (the company behind the Chicago Ideas website). The Table XI team... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Table XI
    5 PM

    Chicago Ideas Week is an annual celebration of innovative ideas. But putting together Chicago Ideas Week is no easy feat. The annual celebration... read more
    210 Minutes Lab Harris Theater
    5:30 PM

    For every dollar a white family has, a black family has a little over a nickel. With this harsh disparity in place, what does the black middle... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    5:30 PM

    Mike's Hard Lemonade was recently named America's fastest growing beer brand. This Lab will give you an inside look at Mike’s Hard Lemonade’s... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Mike's Hard Lemonade Co
    6 PM

    Working in groups with entrepreneurs from i.c.stars, attendees will participate in a business model canvas activity. This design activity involves... read more
    120 Minutes Lab i.c. stars
    6 PM

    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation around big ideas. We're thrilled to partner with the Field Museum on... read more
    90 Minutes Meet-up Block 37
    7 PM

    What is happiness, and how does it influence our daily lives? What is the world asking of you? What do you think about right before you die? In... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    8 AM

    While the United States’ new “America First” policies begin to forfeit its seat at the global table, China is focused on bridge-building,... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    11 AM

    If you’ve ever eaten at Wicker Park’s Frontier, you’re probably aware that the restaurant is known for roasting and serving entire animals. Since... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Frontier
    5 PM

    Are you prepared to manage a crisis? In an age where markets and policies can shift following a single tweet, the reputational risk environment is... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Edelman PR
    6 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Wildcard: Anything Can Happen and We Promise You, It Will. To purchase... read more
    60 Minutes Meet-up Block 37
    6:30 PM

    Join Flywheel Sports, a leading indoor cycling brand, for a high-energy, motivating fitness experience that combines performance-tracking... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Flywheel Sports - Old Town

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    9 AM

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

    Join us a Edison Talks this year, where we’ll explore our theme, the Uncharted, with more than a dozen speakers and performers who are pushing... read more
    390 Minutes Edison Talks Harris Theater
    1 PM

    Since 2002, Growing Home has been providing farm-based training for people with employment barriers. The South-side based company helps provide... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Growing Home
    2 PM

    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
    3 PM

    Sometimes simple decision-making defies logic. As designers—and users of space, products and services—choosing the best direction or the smartest... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Gensler

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    10 AM

    How can football evolve to better protect the athletes out on the field? As retired football players begin a battle with chronic traumatic... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    10 AM

    At this Lab, you'll get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Farm on Ogden, an innovative food hub and jobs training center located in the Lawndale... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Farm on Ogden
    11 AM

    Based in Pilsen, the Darshan Center is dedicated to the study, preservation and teaching of the principles of Yoga, Vedic science and Tantra.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Darshan Center

    Sunday, October 22, 2017

    11 AM

    Beekeeping is a key part of keeping entire ecosystems afloat, and for The Hive, it's an economic engine for the community and a resource for local... read more
    90 Minutes Lab The Hive

    Thursday, October 26, 2017