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    Featured Events

    We're thrilled to share our most diverse, provocative and inspiring set of programs to date.
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    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
    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, Innovation Lab.
    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
    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
    4 PM

    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
    Members Only 90 Minutes Premier Lab Expo 72
    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

    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

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    8:30 AM

    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
    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
    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
    10 AM

    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
    12 PM

    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
    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
    3 PM

    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
    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

    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
    Members Only 120 Minutes Premier Lab The Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Chicago
    4 PM

    Over the last decade, the Kardashian name has catapulted from an upstart reality show to a billion-dollar franchise, resulting in 700 million-plus... read more
    60 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    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

    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
    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

    2:30 PM

    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
    3 PM

    In 1886, a peaceful demonstration for labor rights that began in Chicago's Haymarket Square at the corner of Des Plaines and Randolph Streets ended... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Premier Lab Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
    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

    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

    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
    12 PM

    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
    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
    2:30 PM

    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
    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

    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
    10:30 AM

    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
    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
    1 PM

    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

    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