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    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    2017-01-19
    5 PM

    Help us shape the stage programming for the next Chicago Ideas Week at a 2017 Member happy hour and brainstorm with Chicago Ideas Programming Director Gabrielle Zuckerman.
    Climate? Philosophy? War? The Art of Dance?  What should we be discussing at Chicago Ideas... read more
    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

    2017-01-31
    5 PM

    Help us shape the stage programming for the next Chicago Ideas Week at a 2017 Member happy hour and brainstorm with Chicago Ideas Programming Director Gabrielle Zuckerman.
    Climate? Philosophy? War? The Art of Dance?  What should we be discussing at Chicago Ideas... read more
    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

    2017-02-21
    10 AM

    See first hand the reality of mass incarceration. Put a face to this uniquely American issue.
    The Cook County Jail is the largest single site jail in the entire country... read more
    The Cook County Jail is the largest single site jail in the entire country. At this Lab, attendees will have a chance to take a direct look behind... read more
    Members Only 180 Minutes Lab Cook County Jail

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    2017-02-23
    6:30 PM

    Chicago Ideas and The Vera Institute of Justice team re-envision the American prison system, and imagine a society in which prisons serve as rehabilitation facilities for communities and citizens during this three-part event.
    Chicago Ideas is teaming up with the Vera Institute of Justice to reenvision the American... read more
    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

    2017-02-28
    10 AM

    See first hand the reality of mass incarceration. Put a face to this uniquely American issue.
    The Cook County Jail is the largest single site jail in the entire country... read more
    The Cook County Jail is the largest single site jail in the entire country. At this Lab, attendees will have a chance to take a direct look behind... read more
    Members Only 180 Minutes Lab Cook County Jail

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    2017-03-03
    11:30 AM

    At this Member event, we’ll aim to break down the stigma of gender norms and identity, and push attendees to view gender as a spectrum rather than fixed, monochromatic classification.
    Over the past decade, the fight for LGBTQ rights has made enormous strides in America,... read more
    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

    2017-03-09
    4:30 PM

    Join us for a live q-and-a with two incredible scientific minds.
    Join us on March 9 for our first-ever Facebook Live event with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Jim Lovell... read more
    Join us on March 9 for our first-ever Facebook Live event with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Jim Lovell. They are eager to hear questions from the... read more
    15 Minutes Affiliate Event Venue TBD*

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    2017-03-15
    6:30 PM

    During this Conversation, Joi Ito will sit down with IDEO Chicago Executive Portfolio Director Neil Stevenson to discuss Chicago’s creative identity, and the role the city plays in embracing culture, art and experimentation.
    Joi Ito is one of the most prolific entrepreneurs working in the technology sphere today... read more
    Joi Ito is one of the most prolific entrepreneurs working in the technology sphere today. He’s the Director of the MIT Media Lab, and has been... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Metro

    Sunday, March 26, 2017

    2017-03-26
    6 PM

    Join us for a screening of "Tickling Giants," an award-winning documentary that follows the team behind Bassem Youssef's "Al Bernameg." After the screening, attend a q-and-a with Youssef and an editor from The Onion as they discuss how satire can be a powerful tool for political change across the globe.
    Dubbed “The Jon Stewart of Egypt,” comedian Bassem Youssef created the political satire show “Al... read more
    Dubbed “The Jon Stewart of Egypt,” comedian Bassem Youssef created the political satire show “Al Bernameg.” The weekly program quickly became the... read more
    150 Minutes Special Engagement University of Chicago: Max Palevsky Cinema

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    2017-03-27
    6:30 PM

    Dubbed the "Jon Stewart of the Middle East," Bassem Youssef will discuss how he created the first Middle Eastern political satire show with 30 million viewers each week and his experience moving to the United States.
    Bassem Youssef is a satirist, writer and TV host who has been dubbed “the Jon... read more
    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

    2017-03-30
    5:30 PM

    Join brand strategist Danny Schuman to look into forms of thinking and ways of problem solving that can lead to new and different solutions.
    The problems that America—and the world—is facing today aren’t getting any easier... read more
    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

    2017-04-06
    12 PM

    Actor, Singer & Comedian Wayne Brady--Chicago's Aaron Burr--will take questions from the Chicago Ideas Facebook community live during this exclusive conversation.
    Join Chicago Ideas and Wayne Brady for a Facebook Live conversation that will take you... read more
    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

    2017-04-11
    3:30 PM

    Members will come together with CIW YOU(th) for a one-of-a-kind experience.
    Hone your storytelling skills at this interactive workshop at Victory Gardens... read more
    Hone your storytelling skills at this interactive workshop at Victory Gardens. Join Chicago Ideas Members and students from CIW YOU(th) to go on a... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Lab Victory Gardens Theater
    2017-04-11
    6 PM

    Gain insight into how one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces balances his personal life and work.
    From Beetlejuice to “30 Rock” and Glengarry Glen Ross to “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin... read more
    From Beetlejuice to “30 Rock” and Glengarry Glen Ross to “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of the most... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Athenaeum Theatre

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    2017-04-13
    4 PM

    Practice your improv skills at the headquarters of one of the nation's most-talked-about party games.
    Get a peek behind the scene at Cards Against Humanity’s headquarters and practice your improv... read more
    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

    2017-05-10
    6:30 PM

    Join Chicago Ideas & WBEZ for a screening of the film "Contact," followed by a Q&A with WBEZ's Nerdette podcast and the SETI Institute's Jill Tarter, who is the basis for Jodie Foster's character in the film.
    On Wednesday, May 10 join Chicago Ideas and WBEZ for a screening of the 1997... read more
    On Wednesday, May 10 join Chicago Ideas and WBEZ for a screening of the 1997 smash hit film Contact at Chicago's Logan Theatre. The film—which was... read more
    180 Minutes Special Engagement Logan Theatre

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    2017-05-11
    6:30 PM

    A unique conversation about artificial intelligence, aliens, and the future of humanity with three world-renowned scientists and philosophers
    Some animals are smart but we humans have the upper hand on creative intelligence... read more
    Some animals are smart but we humans have the upper hand on creative intelligence. At least for now. At least on this planet. But what if we build... read more
    90 Minutes Conversation Venue SIX10

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    2017-05-12
    9 AM

    Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from three leading minds to gain a deeper understanding of our universe in a small-group setting.
    Enter the hallowed halls of the Ivy League without leaving Chicago, as Chicago Ideas—in collaboration with... read more
    Enter the hallowed halls of the Ivy League without leaving Chicago, as Chicago Ideas—in collaboration with the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Adler Planetarium

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    2017-06-20
    4 PM

    Discover how you can inject more imagination and active design principles into your workspace with SRAM and Perkins+Will
    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
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab SRAM Headquarters

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    2017-07-06
    4 PM

    Discover all of the careful thought that went into creating Chicago’s newest flagship public amenity, and walk away with a newfound understanding of what the river means to the city.
    Since its installation, the Chicago Riverwalk has changed the face of the city's downtown area.... read more
    Since its installation, the Chicago Riverwalk has changed the face of the city's downtown area. Extending from Michigan Avenue all the way to Lake... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab City Winery at the Chicago Riverwalk

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    2017-07-25
    5:30 PM

    A book club event centered around Bill Burnett and Dave Evans' bestseller Designing Your Life.
    At Chicago Ideas Week 2016, the New York Times Bestselling Authors of Designing Your Life,... read more
    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

    2017-08-29
    5:30 PM

    An exclusive look at this year's Chicago Ideas Week program with the people who designed it.
    Come celebrate the season with a Member-only Chicago Ideas Week preview party on the beautiful... read more
    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

    2017-10-10
    1:30 PM

    150 Minutes Youth Lab Navy Pier - Lakewood Terrace

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    2017-10-11
    4 PM

    Students will have the amazing opportunity to visit the world-renowned Chicago Recording Company (CRC), where... read more
    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

    2017-10-12
    11 AM

    Join us at Google's West Loop headquarters for a sneak peek into some of the... read more
    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

    2017-10-16
    8 AM

    Start Chicago Ideas Week with a light breakfast hosted by DIRTT in their green learning space... read more
    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
    2017-10-16
    9:30 AM

    Get your hands on the latest machinery in 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, and more.
    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, Innovation Lab.
    2017-10-16
    10 AM

    Learn how you can upgrade your learning environment with state of the art simulation devices.
    Rush University’s Simulation Lab is changing the way that teachers and students are interacting... read more
    Rush University’s Simulation Lab is changing the way that teachers and students are interacting. At this Lab, attendees can get a hands-on look at... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Rush University Medical Center
    2017-10-16
    10:30 AM

    Bring your business ideas for expert consultation from leading women.
    The innovation economy is changing at a rapid clip, and one big part of that... read more
    The innovation economy is changing at a rapid clip, and one big part of that change is a new generation of female entrepreneurs. At this lab, join... read more
    90 Minutes Lab 1871
    2017-10-16
    12 PM

    Break down how the very nature of work is changing, and what that means for people on all sides.
    What happens when there isn’t an office, and your interactions with co-workers are relegated to... read more
    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
    2017-10-16
    1 PM

    Reclaim and redirect recycled goods for a healthier planet.
    Since 2009, the nonprofit social enterprise the Rebuilding Exchange has diverted nearly 10,000 tons of... read more
    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
    2017-10-16
    1 PM

    Meet and learn tricks from worldwide entertainment phenomenon, Blue Man Group.
    Ever wonder what the performers from Blue Man Group look like without their titular makeup?... read more
    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
    2017-10-16
    1 PM

    Get hungry. Join us as we sample from Chicago's tastiest food destinations.
    Steve Dolinsky, a.k.a. the Hungry Hound, is one of the leading voices in Chicago’s vibrant... read more
    Steve Dolinsky, a.k.a. the Hungry Hound, is one of the leading voices in Chicago’s vibrant food scene. At this Lab, join the TV host for a tour of... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Sun Wah Bar-B-Que
    2017-10-16
    2:30 PM

    Hone in on your photography skills in this hand-on workshop.
    Elise Swopes loves viewing the city from high points—just take a look at her Instagram page... read more
    Elise 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
    2017-10-16
    4 PM

    Learn how cross-disciplinary leaders are driving some of humanity’s greatest achievements.
    Groundbreaking works like “Hamilton: An American Musical” aren’t just triumphs of writing—they’re the products of... read more
    Groundbreaking works like “Hamilton: An American Musical” aren’t just triumphs of writing—they’re the products of extensive collaboration between... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    2017-10-16
    4 PM

    Chicago’s riverfront contains some of the best architecture in the world—and it’s only growing... read more
    Chicago’s riverfront contains some of the best architecture in the world—and it’s only growing. At this Lab, join some of the nine world-class... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Expo 72
    2017-10-16
    5 PM

    How has this presidency redefined the role of the press?
    In the age of leakers and stories being broken on social media, what’s at stake... read more
    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
    2017-10-16
    6 PM

    Learn how you can leverage storytelling to further scientific progress.
    On April 22, 2017, more than 60,000 Chicagoans marched in the largest science event in history... read more
    On April 22, 2017, more than 60,000 Chicagoans marched in the largest science event in history. At this hands-on Lab, Adam Arcus, Kristian Aloma,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Chicago Athletic Association
    2017-10-16
    6 PM

    Chicago Ideas Week Meet-ups at "The Forum" with The Field Museum
    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Collaborative Creativity and the Evolution... read more
    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Collaborative Creativity and the Evolution of an Idea. To purchase tickets... read more
    60 Minutes Meet-up Block 37
    2017-10-16
    6:30 PM

    Chicago Ideas Week Meet-ups at "The Forum" with The Field Museum
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Conversation on journalism.... read more
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Conversation on journalism. To purchase tickets for this... read more
    60 Minutes Meet-up Block 37
    2017-10-16
    7 PM

    What does it mean to be American today?
    Let’s not mince words—America's differences are real... read more
    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
    2017-10-16
    7 PM

    Sneak a peek into how streetwear redefined the exclusive world of high fashion.
    How did Air Jordans become just as expensive as a Chanel purse? In this Talk,... read more
    How did Air Jordans become just as expensive as a Chanel purse? In this Talk, fashion designers and streetwear icons will discuss how their worlds... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    2017-10-16
    7 PM

    Learn about how local Chicago businesses are capsizing their workplace structures for a more engaged and inclusive approach.
    Listen, Chicago is a pizza town. The city is home to more amazing pizzerias than... read more
    Listen, Chicago is a pizza town. The city is home to more amazing pizzerias than one can even wrap their head around. One local chain, Dimo’s, has... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Dimo's Pizza - Wicker Park
    2017-10-16
    7 PM

    You'll find yourself wondering, "how did she do that?" Put your senses to the test during this enchanting experience.
    Get ready to question your senses. At this Lab, captivating magician Jeanette Andrews will serve... read more
    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
    2017-10-16
    9 PM

    Join Chicago Ideas and Rockit Bar & Grill for an after party celebrating Chicago Ideas... read more
    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

    2017-10-17
    8:30 AM

    Meet these young social innovators who are redefining entrepreneurship. Chicago Ideas Week sits down with... read more
    Meet these young social innovators who are redefining entrepreneurship. Chicago Ideas Week sits down with five Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    2017-10-17
    9 AM

    Be one of few to meet the extraordinary minds driving scientific breakthroughs at Argonne.
    Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and research center that has, since its founding... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    9 AM

    Did you know that in Chicago, there is a rich news ecosystem outside the mainstream... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    10 AM

    See first hand the reality of mass incarceration. Put a face to this uniquely American issue.
    Violence in Chicago is at the forefront of national and local discussion, and elected officials... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    10 AM

    Join Starcom USA’s Software Developer Bob Rzadzki as he shares the importance of how creating... read more
    Join Starcom USA’s Software Developer Bob Rzadzki as he shares the importance of how creating something tangible can spark creativity and... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Starcom
    2017-10-17
    11:30 AM

    What would happen if the world as you know it changed?
    Consider a world in which a city’s police force resembles the people they represent... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    12 PM

    Imagine what would happen if we put our cities in the hands of entrepreneurs and innovators.
    Historically, city governments have worked in very specific, regimented ways... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    1 PM

    Channel your inner warrior and meditate with us.
    Based in Pilsen, the Darshan Center is dedicated to the study, preservation and teaching of... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    2 PM

    Using drama, humor and location technology, Statue Stories Chicago–developed in collaboration with the Chicago Park... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    3 PM

    Go behind-the-scenes with the Joffrey Ballet.
    The Joffrey Ballet is a world-class ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic... read more
    The Joffrey Ballet is a world-class ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation. At this Lab,... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
    2017-10-17
    3:30 PM

    Bridge the gap between ideation and creation with the help of University of Chicago's renown prototyping machinery.
    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
    2017-10-17
    4 PM

    What do breakthroughs in humanity look like, from the genetic level to how we operate in society?
    As science continually advances, yesterday’s limitations become today’s starting points... read more
    As science continually advances, yesterday’s limitations become today’s starting points. In this Talk, we’ll explore how breakthroughs in one field... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    2017-10-17
    4 PM

    Assemble a strong and durable Buffalo Bicycle–the bike that WBR uses as an engine for economic and cultural empowerment.
    Join us at World Bicycle Relief's Chicago headquarters for a hands-on bike building experience. Through... read more
    Join us at World Bicycle Relief's Chicago headquarters for a hands-on bike building experience. Through an interactive video, you'll learn about... read more
    150 Minutes Lab World Bicycle Relief
    2017-10-17
    5 PM

    Get schooled in everything to do with branding and trend analysis by marketing powerhouse, Edelman.
    Today’s cultural landscape requires brands to be fluid, reacting and adapting at a moment’s notice... read more
    Today’s cultural landscape requires brands to be fluid, reacting and adapting at a moment’s notice all without losing sight of a brand’s values.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Edelman PR
    2017-10-17
    5 PM

    A journey of self-discovery through sound and images
    Your hosts sound practitioner and owner of Anatomy Redefined, Liz Meador and SoulCollage® facilitator, Kathy Bresler... read more
    Your hosts sound practitioner and owner of Anatomy Redefined, Liz Meador and SoulCollage® facilitator, Kathy Bresler will offer a mind-body... read more
    180 Minutes Premier Lab Anatomy Redefined
    2017-10-17
    5:30 PM

    Take part in conversation on how to cultivate effective education reform.
    No matter where you live, education reform is a hot-button issue... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    6 PM

    Cocktails and menswear go hand in hand in this eye-catching workshop.
    See how design translates to men's apparel and cocktails with Stock Mfg... read more
    See how design translates to men's apparel and cocktails with Stock Mfg. and Leisure Activities. Join the team behind the Orbit Room, Sportsman's... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab Stock Mfg. Factory
    2017-10-17
    6 PM

    Learn how you can make use of the foods in your kitchen to make delicious and healthy meals.
    Ashley Melillo is the talented author of “Blissful Basil” and “A Chicago local.” At this... read more
    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
    2017-10-17
    6 PM

    Put design thinking to work on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s bold vision for a healthier nation.
    We all deserve to live our healthiest lives possible... read more
    We all deserve to live our healthiest lives possible. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), our country’s largest philanthropy solely devoted... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Mile Square Health Center
    2017-10-17
    6 PM

    Chicago Ideas Week Meet-ups at "The Forum" with The Field Museum
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Talk on Breakthroughs:... read more
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Talk on Breakthroughs: Advancing the Way We Live. To purchase... read more
    60 Minutes Meet-up Block 37
    2017-10-17
    7 PM

    How can the entrepreneurial spirit help a company thrive?
    The entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t stop once a business is up and running... read more
    The entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t stop once a business is up and running. If anything, it’s a critical component to success once a business is off... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2017-10-17
    7 PM

    As we continuously redefine human relationships, let’s examine our new paradigm.
    Interpersonal relationships aren’t the same as they were ten years ago, let alone a century ago... read more
    Interpersonal relationships aren’t the same as they were ten years ago, let alone a century ago. Today, the free love revolution of the sixties... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    2017-10-17
    7 PM

    Chicago Ideas Week Meet-ups at "The Forum" with The Field Museum
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Conversation on the... read more
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Conversation on the future of education. To purchase tickets... read more
    60 Minutes Meet-up Block 37
    2017-10-17
    7:30 PM

    The Dinner: Indulge in Bad Hunter’s vegetable-forward fare in the comfortable, convivial setting... read more
    The Dinner: Indulge in Bad Hunter’s vegetable-forward fare in the comfortable, convivial setting of their second floor event space, The Herbarium.... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Bad Hunter

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    2017-10-18
    8 AM

    Get the lowdown on everything cryptocurrency and fintech.
    The state of personal finance is undergoing massive change... read more
    The state of personal finance is undergoing massive change. Technology is creating unprecedented access to information, products and services. New... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    2017-10-18
    10 AM

    Join us in the kitchen and learn how to cook delicious meals.
    Discover your inner-chef with Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky and the expert cooking instructors at... read more
    Discover your inner-chef with Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky and the expert cooking instructors at The Chopping Block. At this Lab, you'll... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Chopping Block - Merchandise Mart
    2017-10-18
    10 AM

    Help foster a more inclusive work community through collaborative skit-making.
    Catharsis Productions presents Not Suitable For Work, a 90-minute interactive training on how to create... read more
    Catharsis Productions presents Not Suitable For Work, a 90-minute interactive training on how to create a workplace that’s welcoming and friendly... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Catharsis Productions
    2017-10-18
    11 AM

    Get your hands on the latest machinery innovating modern workspaces.
    When you think of Caterpillar, you probably imagine the massive pieces of yellow iron seen... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    12 PM

    Trace Chicago’s storied past in civil activism, and what’s in store next.
    Chicago has a rich history of civil activism, from the Haymarket Riots to the protests... read more
    Chicago has a rich history of civil activism, from the Haymarket Riots to the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention all the way up to... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    2017-10-18
    12 PM

    Learn how to take your company global and capitalize on growth.
    WeWork is redefining how—and where—creativity happens... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    1 PM

    At the Virgin Hotel Commons Club there are “Sometimes Enforced Rules of The House,” and... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    2 PM

    Get your hands on the latest machinery innovating modern workspaces.
    When you think of Caterpillar, you probably imagine the massive pieces of yellow iron seen... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    3:30 PM

    Help enhance travel by bringing your passenger experience critiques to leading inflight internet and entertainment provider, Gogo.
    As the leading global provider of Wi-Fi on thousands of aircrafts, Gogo’s technologies change the... read more
    As the leading global provider of Wi-Fi on thousands of aircrafts, Gogo’s technologies change the way we all fly. Join Gogo at their global... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Gogo
    2017-10-18
    4 PM

    Get the lowdown on how to prototype and user test for an ideal product launch.
    Learn how robust, cutting-edge software is designed at this Lab with Table XI (the company... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    5 PM

    Get to know the team that unites Chicago's social and entrepreneurial innovators.
    Chicago Ideas Week is an annual celebration of innovative ideas... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    5:30 PM

    Can the American Dream be redefined?
    For every dollar a white family has, a black family has a little over a nickel... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    5:30 PM

    Take a sip and open your notepad because this workshop is jam-packed with essential branding tips and tricks.
    Mike's Hard Lemonade was recently named America's fastest growing beer brand... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    5:30 PM

    The Dinner: There is little distinction between Roister’s open kitchens and its dining... read more
    The Dinner: There is little distinction between Roister’s open kitchens and its dining rooms. Experience Roister’s pre-fixe menu, served... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Roister
    2017-10-18
    6 PM

    Join Queens Brunch and VOXX's community of strong and empowered women. Share your story and listen to others in this once in a lifetime experience.
    Finding Your Voice is an interactive workshop providing a space for participants to hone their... read more
    Finding Your Voice is an interactive workshop providing a space for participants to hone their voices by sharing their stories and experiences.... read more
    150 Minutes Lab WeWork Kinzie
    2017-10-18
    6 PM

    Bring your ideas to this workshop. Collaborate with others on how to solve life's most pressing social issues.
    Led by the award-winning international design firm CannonDesign and the Civic Consulting Alliance, a unique... read more
    Led by the award-winning international design firm CannonDesign and the Civic Consulting Alliance, a unique public-private engine driving creative... read more
    120 Minutes Lab CannonDesign
    2017-10-18
    6 PM

    Conceptualize your own startup. You bring the idea, we'll provide the tools.
    Working in groups with entrepreneurs from i.c.stars, attendees will participate in a business model canvas... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    6 PM

    Create a canvas of color while also learning the art of aesthetic.
    At this Lab, Janice Bond and David Anthony Geary will lead a paint-by-numbers workshop over... read more
    At this Lab, Janice Bond and David Anthony Geary will lead a paint-by-numbers workshop over wine (BYOB). With an exercise focusing on the works of... read more
    150 Minutes Lab MANA Contemporary
    2017-10-18
    6 PM

    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation around big ideas... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    7 PM

    Dig into life’s most curious questions about happiness, truth, and beyond.
    What is happiness, and how does it influence our daily lives? What is the world asking... read more
    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
    2017-10-18
    7 PM

    Chicago Ideas Week Meet-ups at "The Forum" with The Field Museum
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Conversation on The... read more
    Join fellow attendees at this free meet-up to continue the conversation following the Conversation on The Fight for a Black Middle Class. To... read more
    60 Minutes Meet-up Block 37

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    2017-10-19
    8 AM

    With China’s emerging superpower status, what does this mean for the rest of the world?
    While the United States’ new “America First” policies begin to forfeit its seat at the... read more
    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
    2017-10-19
    10 AM

    Let's get to the nitty gritty of songwriting by stripping down to its skeleton: metadata.
    Jammber is a company dedicated to streamlining the process for emerging songwriters... read more
    Jammber is a company dedicated to streamlining the process for emerging songwriters. Recently, Jammber & Nielsen partnered to track songwriter... read more
    120 Minutes Lab 2112
    2017-10-19
    11 AM

    If you’ve ever eaten at Wicker Park’s Frontier, you’re probably aware that the restaurant is... read more
    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
    2017-10-19
    12 PM

    Time defines our place in society, but what happens when that changes?
    Advancements in healthcare mean that not only is it possible for us to live to... read more
    Advancements in healthcare mean that not only is it possible for us to live to 100, it’s quite likely. But what comes along with this new lease on... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    2017-10-19
    12 PM

    Hone into your creative side by creating art with "You are Beautiful" founder Matthew Hoffman.
    Matthew Hoffman is best-known for his viral “You Are Beautiful” street art campaign... read more
    Matthew Hoffman is best-known for his viral “You Are Beautiful” street art campaign. His works have been exhibited internationally, and have... read more
    180 Minutes Lab North-East Corner of Central & Corcoran
    2017-10-19
    12 PM

    Learn how hackers and other measures can be used to improve your personal security.
    In the past two decades, our idea of what hacking means has evolved... read more
    In the past two decades, our idea of what hacking means has evolved. No longer are hackers people with nefarious goals holed up in hidden... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    2017-10-19
    2:30 PM

    Overcome your mental roadblocks and learn how you can change the world.
    Liberationist is a Change Leadership School, dedicated to helping individuals and teams embrace change and... read more
    Liberationist is a Change Leadership School, dedicated to helping individuals and teams embrace change and advance in ways both personal and... read more
    150 Minutes Lab 2112
    2017-10-19
    4 PM

    Surrender your uncertainty and claim your spot to this curious experience.
    We’re not going to reveal who is speaking. We won’t divulge what they’ll be doing.... read more
    We’re not going to reveal who is speaking. We won’t divulge what they’ll be doing. Anything—and we mean anything—can happen. But there’s one thing... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    2017-10-19
    4 PM

    Get a private viewing of a never before seen exhibit. Virtually interact with Holocaust survivors and get inspired to take a stand against issues you care about.
    Get an exclusive first look into the Illinois Holocaust Museum"s newest exhibit, the Take A... read more
    Get an exclusive first look into the Illinois Holocaust Museum"s newest exhibit, the Take A Stand Center. The exhibit, not yet open to the public,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
    2017-10-19
    4 PM

    Dive head first into everything marine life in this hands-on tour.
    Meet Chrissy Cabay, Project Director of the Shedd Aquarium's Microbiome Project... read more
    Meet Chrissy Cabay, Project Director of the Shedd Aquarium's Microbiome Project. At this lab, she and expert Dr. Christian Edwardson will offer a... read more
    120 Minutes Lab John G. Shedd Aquarium
    2017-10-19
    4 PM

    Immerse yourself in how storytelling translates into physical form
    This CIW Lab hosted by Luci Creative and Ravenswood Studio Inc will give attendees an... read more
    This CIW Lab hosted by Luci Creative and Ravenswood Studio Inc will give attendees an inside look into how the companies collaborate to design and... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Luci Creative
    2017-10-19
    5 PM

    Learn how to safeguard yourself from potential crises in this thrilling simulation.
    Are you prepared to manage a crisis? In an age where markets and policies can... read more
    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
    2017-10-19
    6 PM

    Come ready to learn about everything data and design for real-world application.
    General Assembly is one of the leading organizations in the country when it comes to... read more
    General Assembly is one of the leading organizations in the country when it comes to teaching people key tech skills. At this Lab, attendees will... read more
    120 Minutes Lab General Assembly Chicago
    2017-10-19
    6 PM

    Take part in all the stages of creating a new food item, including taste testing.
    In this Lab, Conagra Brands will immerse you in its transformative approach to food industry... read more
    In this Lab, Conagra Brands will immerse you in its transformative approach to food industry innovation on some of its emerging and iconic food... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Conagra Brands
    2017-10-19
    6 PM

    Join fellow attendees to continue the conversation following the Talk on Wildcard: Anything Can Happen and... read more
    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
    2017-10-19
    6:30 PM

    Polish your fitness routine with a personal consultation and exclusive demo of Flywheel's cutting edge machines.
    Join Flywheel Sports, a leading indoor cycling brand, for a high-energy, motivating fitness experience that... read more
    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
    2017-10-19
    7 PM

    Join some of the leading minds in the music industry for a look into how producers and DJs have—and continue to—define what we listen to.
    Producers have been wildly important to popular music since the 60s, but in recent years these... read more
    Producers have been wildly important to popular music since the 60s, but in recent years these methodic and calculated behind-the-scenes artists... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10
    2017-10-19
    7 PM

    Listen to how fearless women are transforming their industries.
    Storytelling is the backbone of our civilization and yet, in this country, not all stories... read more
    Storytelling is the backbone of our civilization and yet, in this country, not all stories have been given equal weight. At this Talk, we’ll look... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2017-10-19
    7:30 PM

    The Dinner: Eataly is the largest artisanal Italian wine and food marketplace in the world,... read more
    The Dinner: Eataly is the largest artisanal Italian wine and food marketplace in the world, full of treasures waiting to be discovered. Indulge in... read more
    120 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Eataly Chicago

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    2017-10-20
    9 AM

    Bring your notes to life with doodling and font making from the experts in visual learning.
    If you think note-taking is tedious, this Lab will certainly change your mind... read more
    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
    2017-10-20
    10 AM

    Our premier daylong event is now open to the public.
    Join us a Edison Talks this year, where we’ll explore our theme, the Uncharted, with... read more
    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
    2017-10-20
    10 AM

    Get a glimpse of how we’ll live everyday life in the future, from transportation and healthcare to our homes and communities
    The way we think about designing places and spaces is changing, going far beyond bricks... read more
    The way we think about designing places and spaces is changing, going far beyond bricks and mortar to build experiences that anticipate future... read more
    120 Minutes Lab IA Collaborative
    2017-10-20
    10 AM

    Explore Chicago's state of the art climate controlled greenhouse facility.
    Located on Chicago’s South Side, Method is one of the most eco-friendly factories in the... read more
    Located on Chicago’s South Side, Method is one of the most eco-friendly factories in the city (and the country). It’s also home to the 'World's... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Method
    2017-10-20
    12 PM

    Go live with musical streaming with industry leader, Audiotree.
    Don't miss this exclusive chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Audiotree's state of the... read more
    Don't miss this exclusive chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Audiotree's state of the art studio, which has hosted live sessions for... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Audiotree
    2017-10-20
    1 PM

    Since 2002, Growing Home has been providing farm-based training for people with employment barriers. The... read more
    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
    2017-10-20
    2 PM

    Become a radio DJ for the day. Create content for actual use by industry-leading global media and entertainment corporation, iHeartMedia.
    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
    2017-10-20
    2:30 PM

    We’ve graduated into a new business age—one that demands human empathy and deep cultural understanding... read more
    We’ve graduated into a new business age—one that demands human empathy and deep cultural understanding in order to create powerful, emotional... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Fred and Adolph's Pub at MillerCoors
    2017-10-20
    3 PM

    Sometimes simple decision-making defies logic. As designers—and users of space, products and services—choosing the best... read more
    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

    2017-10-21
    10 AM

    What strides need to be made in football, on and off the field?
    How can football evolve to better protect the athletes out on the field? As retired... read more
    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
    2017-10-21
    10 AM

    Learn the many applications of your food from satisfying hunger to saving a life.
    At this Lab, you'll get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Farm on Ogden, an innovative... read more
    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
    2017-10-21
    10:30 AM

    Learn how to perfect the art of charming a crowd and self-motivating from an industry expert.
    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 with an audience. In this Lab,... read more
    90 Minutes Lab The Lakewood
    2017-10-21
    11 AM

    Chanel your inner warrior and meditate with us.
    Based in Pilsen, the Darshan Center is dedicated to the study, preservation and teaching of... read more
    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
    2017-10-21
    11 AM

    Consider the medical applications of cannabis. What you don't know will surprise you.
    Medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois since 2014, and it’s here to stay... read more
    Medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois since 2014, and it’s here to stay. As more states begin to legalize the substance, it seems as though... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab Sidewinder
    2017-10-21
    1 PM

    Participa en esta discusión sobre las distintas caras del compromiso cívico.
    Estamos viendo un aumento de activismo en muchas comunidades, incluyendo la población latina... read more
    Estamos viendo un aumento de activismo en muchas comunidades, incluyendo la población latina. Contrario a la opinión popular, la comunidad latina... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Morningstar
    2017-10-21
    1 PM

    Take part in arranging locally crafted flowers that also benefit local charities.
    Flowers for Dreams makes sending your love ones flowers an act of charity, with each... read more
    Flowers for Dreams makes sending your love ones flowers an act of charity, with each bouquet of locally-sourced flowers from the organization... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Flowers for Dreams
    2017-10-21
    1 PM

    Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) advocates for women’s economic equity by working to increase participation... read more
    Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) advocates for women’s economic equity by working to increase participation in well-paid and skilled jobs that... read more
    105 Minutes Lab Chicago Women in Trades

    Sunday, October 22, 2017

    2017-10-22
    11 AM

    Meet one of the keystone species that ensures a healthy ecosystem. They're the bee's knees.
    Beekeeping is a key part of keeping entire ecosystems afloat, and for The Hive, it's... read more
    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
    2017-10-22
    2 PM

    Satisfy your hunger by eating your way through Chicago's diverse kitchens.
    Steve Dolinsky, a.k.a. the Hungry Hound, is one of the leading voices in Chicago’s vibrant... read more
    Steve Dolinsky, a.k.a. the Hungry Hound, is one of the leading voices in Chicago’s vibrant food scene. At this Lab, join the TV host for a tour of... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Lab The Northman
    2017-10-22
    2:30 PM

    Dig into your food and get to know what's on your plate at the micro level.
    The Artisan Grain Collaborative is a collective of bakers, chefs, nonprofits, farmers, millers, distributors, agriculture... read more
    The Artisan Grain Collaborative is a collective of bakers, chefs, nonprofits, farmers, millers, distributors, agriculture researchers and school... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Baker Miller

    Thursday, October 26, 2017