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    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    2019-01-17
    5:30 PM

    Help shape Chicago Ideas 2019. Join our community and our programming team for a brainstorm... read more
    Help shape Chicago Ideas 2019. Join our community and our programming team for a brainstorm about what is on your mind and who the changemakers are... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Brainstorm WeWork River North

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    2019-01-18
    1 PM

    Health and happiness often go hand in hand, but what do you do when there... read more
    Health and happiness often go hand in hand, but what do you do when there isn’t a nutrition or fitness plan that fits your needs or helps you... read more
    60 Minutes Special Engagement workVAULT

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    2019-01-22
    5:30 PM

    What does it mean to be optimistic? Join Chicago Ideas and your fellow Members for... read more
    What does it mean to be optimistic? Join Chicago Ideas and your fellow Members for our first pre-event meet-up before Where Are All the... read more
    Members Only 30 Minutes Meet-up Venue SIX10
    2019-01-22
    6:30 PM

    Tonight's event, "Where Are All the Optimists?," has been postponed. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, our... read more
    Tonight's event, "Where Are All the Optimists?," has been postponed. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, our optimistic thought leaders could... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10

    Monday, February 4, 2019

    2019-02-04
    7 PM

    From growing up in the housing projects of Brooklyn, to becoming a first-generation college graduate,... read more
    From growing up in the housing projects of Brooklyn, to becoming a first-generation college graduate, Former Starbucks CEO & Chairman Howard... read more
    75 Minutes Special Engagement Venue SIX10

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    2019-02-06
    6 PM

    In celebration of Black History Month and hosted at the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago... read more
    In celebration of Black History Month and hosted at the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago Ideas is thrilled to present a... read more
    120 Minutes Talk Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

    Thursday, February 21, 2019

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    2019-02-27
    6 PM

    Experience Institute—the team of designers behind 2012’s Leap Year Project and 2016’s Leap Kit—has spent... read more
    Experience Institute—the team of designers behind 2012’s Leap Year Project and 2016’s Leap Kit—has spent the past eight years helping people at... read more
    120 Minutes Lab WeWork (Wabash)

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Friday, March 29, 2019

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    2019-04-10
    6:15 PM

    DJEMBE! (“Jem-Bay!”) is a theatrical concert taking audiences on an unforgettable musical journey that explores... read more
    DJEMBE! (“Jem-Bay!”) is a theatrical concert taking audiences on an unforgettable musical journey that explores how ancient tribal rhythms... read more
    165 Minutes Lab Apollo Theater

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    2019-04-30
    5:30 PM

    How does a leader have impact? With a clear mission and the courage to inspire... read more
    How does a leader have impact? With a clear mission and the courage to inspire others. Join Chicago Ideas and our friends at Prismatic as we... read more
    Members Only 150 Minutes Lab HERE Technologies

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    2019-05-01
    6:30 PM

    Come preview the Radical Creators experience. Join us to see what this dynamic group is all about. Already a Radical Creator and don't have access? Email community@chicagoideas.com.
    Join us at Eric Williams' Silver Room pop-up in Wicker Park for this novel rap... read more
    Join us at Eric Williams' Silver Room pop-up in Wicker Park for this novel rap show featuring some of Chicago’s most innovative artists, including... read more
    150 Minutes Special Engagement The Silver Room Wicker Park

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    2019-05-10
    6 PM

    Chicago, 1992. An underground revolution ready to burst into broad public consciousness. A budding producing icon, a young girl ready to have her eyes opened. A spark, an album, a world changed.
    With the release of Can I Borrow a Dollar? Chicago’s hip-hop scene burst onto the... read more
    With the release of Can I Borrow a Dollar? Chicago’s hip-hop scene burst onto the world stage, shaped by Grammy-winning producer, The Twilite Tone,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Patron Gallery

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    2019-05-14
    12 PM

    As a new era dawns on the city, it’s important that City Hall knows what Chicagoans think the most pressing issues are.
    Join your fellow Chicago Ideas Members for a lunch and discussion about what you see... read more
    Join your fellow Chicago Ideas Members for a lunch and discussion about what you see as the city’s top priorities. Together we’ll brainstorm,... read more
    90 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Lunch Fisk & Co

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    2019-05-22
    6 PM

    Federal prosecutors play an integral role in how the criminal justice system functions... read more
    Federal prosecutors play an integral role in how the criminal justice system functions. Faced with situations ripped from the headlines, they make... read more
    90 Minutes Elective Parrillo Courtroom, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    2019-05-30
    5:30 PM

    Did you know that one in four women struggle to purchase period products? With a... read more
    Did you know that one in four women struggle to purchase period products? With a lack of steady access to period supplies, women use substitute... read more
    90 Minutes Special Engagement evolveHer

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    2019-06-05
    5:30 PM

    Come get to know your fellow Chicago Ideas Members and get ready for "Greater than... read more
    Come get to know your fellow Chicago Ideas Members and get ready for "Greater than Fiction" with Crain's Chicago Business as Jim Kirk, Publisher... read more
    Members Only 60 Minutes Meet-up Venue SIX10

    Monday, June 10, 2019

    2019-06-10
    6 PM

    The identities that bind us together often transcend the physical borders that separate us, and as a result, social... read more
    The identities that bind us together often transcend the physical borders that separate us, and as a result, social movements—from ISIS to... read more
    90 Minutes Elective The Annex

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    2019-06-19
    12 PM

    Screen time: friend or foe? If you ask some Silicon Valley parents, it’s viral and... read more
    Screen time: friend or foe? If you ask some Silicon Valley parents, it’s viral and quarantine is the only response. Other families strike a... read more
    Members Only 90 Minutes Guess Who's Coming to Lunch Fisk & Co

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    2019-06-26
    6 PM

    This is a FREE event. We'll see you at Revere Park!
    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you. To... read more
    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you. To kick off our summer-long initiative and to commemorate Chicago’s contributions to... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Revere Park

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    2019-06-27
    6 PM

    This is a FREE event. We'll see you at Nichols Park!
    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you. Through... read more
    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you. Through a mix of spiritual, emotional and physical wellness, Pride ROC is healing... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Nichols Park

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    2019-07-10
    7 AM

    This is a FREE event. We'll see you in Shedd Park!
    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you. Ring... read more
    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you. Ring in the day with Chicago Ideas and aSweatLife as we bring yoga to the West Side.... read more
    60 Minutes Lab Shedd Park

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Monday, July 15, 2019

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    2019-07-16
    6 PM

    Sarah Grueneberg, Chef/Partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio will be hosting a live cooking demonstration... read more
    Sarah Grueneberg, Chef/Partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio will be hosting a live cooking demonstration at Navy Pier on July 16th.... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Polk Bros Park

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    Saturday, July 27, 2019

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    Thursday, August 1, 2019

    Friday, August 2, 2019

    2019-08-02
    6 PM

    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you.In this... read more
    This is a FREE event; grab a ticket so we know to expect you.In this experience (with a block party vibe and BBQ!) participants will explore the... read more
    80 Minutes Conversation Douglas Park

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    2019-08-06
    7 PM

    The futures of cities will be defined by globalization, urbanization, and climate change... read more
    The futures of cities will be defined by globalization, urbanization, and climate change. With so many factors—and people—in play, new approaches... read more
    90 Minutes Conversation WeWork

    Thursday, August 8, 2019

    Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Thursday, August 22, 2019

    2019-08-22
    6 PM

    Join us on the gorgeous rooftop at Kimpton's Boleo for a Member-only preview party to... read more
    Join us on the gorgeous rooftop at Kimpton's Boleo for a Member-only preview party to celebrate Chicago Ideas Week 2019. You'll have a chance to... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Party Boleo

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Thursday, September 5, 2019

    2019-09-05
    6 PM

    Medical breakthroughs are revolutionizing the way health professionals are providing care, making more accurate diagnoses,... read more
    Medical breakthroughs are revolutionizing the way health professionals are providing care, making more accurate diagnoses, and dispensing more... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Venue SIX10

    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    2019-09-21
    4 PM

    This program will be presented entirely in Spanish.
    Por milenios, todas las personas del mundo se han reunido alrededor de la mesa para... read more
    Por milenios, todas las personas del mundo se han reunido alrededor de la mesa para experimentar una alegría en común: comer. Siéntate en la mesa... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation West Wing of the National Museum of Mexican Art

    Saturday, September 28, 2019

    2019-09-28
    7 PM

    A raw and rambunctious evening with Queer Eye's breakout star.
    Before stealing the spotlight on the hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness endured years... read more
    Before stealing the spotlight on the hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness endured years of judgement, ridicule, and trauma in the small Midwestern... read more
    90 Minutes Special Engagement Music Box Theater

    Saturday, October 12, 2019

    2019-10-12
    9 AM

    Channel your inner Bill Nye and get in the lab with the manufacturing experts at USG Chicago... read more
    Channel your inner Bill Nye and get in the lab with the manufacturing experts at USG Chicago. We’ll dive into how this 117-year-old company is... read more
    90 Minutes Lab UIC Student Center East
    2019-10-12
    10 AM

    Should you change careers? Should you move to the suburbs (or cross-country)? Should you start... read more
    Should you change careers? Should you move to the suburbs (or cross-country)? Should you start a family? At some point, we all get to a fork in the... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Kimpton Gray Hotel
    2019-10-12
    1 PM

    Free Mvmt Shop was created to bring people together through unique movement-based experiences... read more
    Free Mvmt Shop was created to bring people together through unique movement-based experiences. Join them for this all-levels dance and movement... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Free Mvmt Shop
    2019-10-12
    3 PM

    Mobocratic Republic (Mob Rep for short), a Chicago-based creative organization that turns unexpected spaces into... read more
    Mobocratic Republic (Mob Rep for short), a Chicago-based creative organization that turns unexpected spaces into dance halls, is teaming up with... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Chit Chat Lounge
    2019-10-12
    6 PM

    In this Lab, we will explore the organic connectedness through which Chicago’s most innovative, influential,... read more
    In this Lab, we will explore the organic connectedness through which Chicago’s most innovative, influential, and creative artists of color have... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Bronzeville Incubator
    2019-10-12
    7 PM

    A Talk about the creative connections shaping our world.
    Can storytelling reshape the narrative of a city? Is meditation the key to success? Can... read more
    Can storytelling reshape the narrative of a city? Is meditation the key to success? Can comedy help us heal? Creativity has the power to bring us... read more
    120 Minutes Talk Harris Theater

    Sunday, October 13, 2019

    2019-10-13
    9 AM

    Lillstreet is an alternative makers’ space on Chicago’s North Side; it is a space where... read more
    Lillstreet is an alternative makers’ space on Chicago’s North Side; it is a space where artists and students work side-by-side to create, connect,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Lillstreet
    2019-10-13
    10:45 AM

    As the child of migrant farm workers, Soledad moves often, but she can always count... read more
    As the child of migrant farm workers, Soledad moves often, but she can always count on her friend Luna—the moon—to follow her wherever she goes. Go... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Filament Theatre
    2019-10-13
    11 AM

    Recently featured in Chicago Magazine's 'Best of Chicago' edition, experience the healing power of bunnies... read more
    Recently featured in Chicago Magazine's 'Best of Chicago' edition, experience the healing power of bunnies combined with an all-levels yoga class... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Centered Studios
    2019-10-13
    5 PM

    “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” or so the saying goes... read more
    “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” or so the saying goes. This Lab puts that ethos into practice, teaching you how to transform reclaimed... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Rebuilding Exchange

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    2019-10-14
    8 AM

    After one of the longest streaks of economic growth in American history, signs are pointing... read more
    After one of the longest streaks of economic growth in American history, signs are pointing towards a change in trajectory, which leaves us with... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-14
    8 AM

    Kick off Chicago Ideas Week with our annual Community Member Breakfast... read more
    Kick off Chicago Ideas Week with our annual Community Member Breakfast. Mingle with Chicago Ideas staff and your fellow community members, and hear... read more
    90 Minutes Special Engagement Knoll Chicago
    2019-10-14
    11 AM

    Focus on relieving stress, increasing happiness, and improving your overall well-being at this unique, multi-faceted... read more
    Focus on relieving stress, increasing happiness, and improving your overall well-being at this unique, multi-faceted workshop. Box Studios, along... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Knoll Chicago
    2019-10-14
    12 PM

    An in-depth Talk about the future of our planet.
    By 2050, the population will hit 9.8 billion and our energy demands will be twice as high... read more
    By 2050, the population will hit 9.8 billion and our energy demands will be twice as high. As history shows, in the face of uncertain futures, a... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2019-10-14
    12 PM

    A Conversation about border security and the refugee crisis.
    The war games of modern geopolitics have initiated a humanitarian crisis that defines our times... read more
    The war games of modern geopolitics have initiated a humanitarian crisis that defines our times. With renewed emphasis on borders and what they... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-14
    12 PM

    This is a free experience for our Premier Members and Partners. For information on becoming a Premier Member, please contact our membership team at membership@chicagoideas.com.
    Closed 38 years ago, the Uptown Theatre is poised to make a comeback as the... read more
    Closed 38 years ago, the Uptown Theatre is poised to make a comeback as the biggest theatre in Chicago. Before it's open to the public, get an... read more
    90 Minutes Premier Lab Uptown Theatre
    2019-10-14
    12:30 PM

    We’ll get our hands dirty and tend to our souls in this experiential Lab at... read more
    We’ll get our hands dirty and tend to our souls in this experiential Lab at Chicago’s high-production organic farm, Growing Home. After a tour of... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Growing Home
    2019-10-14
    2 PM

    Victim blaming, microaggressions, and everyday misunderstandings can create work environments where employees feel disrespected and... read more
    Victim blaming, microaggressions, and everyday misunderstandings can create work environments where employees feel disrespected and uncomfortable.... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Catharsis Productions
    2019-10-14
    3:30 PM

    One of the crucial steps in bringing your idea to life is getting other people to buy into it... read more
    One of the crucial steps in bringing your idea to life is getting other people to buy into it. Join Bonfire CEO and Kellogg School of Management... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-14
    3:30 PM

    A Talk about turning purpose into action.
    Our emotions undoubtedly play a role in motivating, sustaining, and shaping personal activism... read more
    Our emotions undoubtedly play a role in motivating, sustaining, and shaping personal activism. But what are the ways in which social, cultural, and... read more
    75 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2019-10-14
    3:30 PM

    A special engagement with Trish Hall
    Every day we confront a reality: we need something from someone—and they may not want... read more
    Every day we confront a reality: we need something from someone—and they may not want to let us have it. In this Life Hack, go behind the scenes... read more
    60 Minutes Salon Pritzker Pavilion
    2019-10-14
    4 PM

    Put yourself in the shoes of someone living in poverty with Legal Aid Chicago in... read more
    Put yourself in the shoes of someone living in poverty with Legal Aid Chicago in this interactive role-playing Lab. In this engaging exercise in... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Legal Aid Chicago
    2019-10-14
    6 PM

    Make your mark at one of the most popular destinations in Chicago with this hands-on,... read more
    Make your mark at one of the most popular destinations in Chicago with this hands-on, collaborative Lab at the wndr museum. Go behind the scenes... read more
    180 Minutes Lab wndr museum
    2019-10-14
    6:30 PM

    A Talk about the state of our union.
    What’s the cost of privilege? Can our policy have a conscience? Is philanthropy enough? Can... read more
    What’s the cost of privilege? Can our policy have a conscience? Is philanthropy enough? Can substantive debates be reduced to 280 characters? We’re... read more
    120 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2019-10-14
    7:30 PM

    Before stealing the screen as one of Hollywood’s few to earn two Academy Awards, three... read more
    Before stealing the screen as one of Hollywood’s few to earn two Academy Awards, three Emmys, and a Tony, Jessica Lange was an accomplished... read more
    60 Minutes Special Engagement Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    2019-10-15
    8 AM

    A Conversation about covering the White House in 2019.
    To cover the White House is to work in a near constant state of flux... read more
    To cover the White House is to work in a near constant state of flux. In the age of fake news, misinformation, and perpetual spin, bringing the... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-15
    11:30 AM

    In an experiential immersion in mindfulness practices, the experts at Inseus will give you practical... read more
    In an experiential immersion in mindfulness practices, the experts at Inseus will give you practical tools and insights for making your behavior... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Lab Partners by Design
    2019-10-15
    12 PM

    A Talk about the psychology of algorithms.
    Like it, click it, share it, save it—it’s beyond your control... read more
    Like it, click it, share it, save it—it’s beyond your control. Algorithms are designed to extract the same sort of dopamine response that receiving... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2019-10-15
    12 PM

    Leadership hacks with Alyssa Rapp.
    Serial entrepreneur and executive Alyssa Rapp spent more than ten years in Silicon Valley learning... read more
    Serial entrepreneur and executive Alyssa Rapp spent more than ten years in Silicon Valley learning the ins and outs of making it by the skin of her... read more
    60 Minutes Salon Pritzker Pavilion
    2019-10-15
    12 PM

    A Conversation with Tegan and Sara.
    Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, are celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ... read more
    Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, are celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons. This conversation will focus on their... read more
    60 Minutes Salon Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-15
    1 PM

    Immerse yourself in Urban Ecology at Sweet Water Foundation's flagship site, The Commons, which spans... read more
    Immerse yourself in Urban Ecology at Sweet Water Foundation's flagship site, The Commons, which spans 4 contiguous city blocks on Chicago's South... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Sweet Water Foundation
    2019-10-15
    2 PM

    A growing body of research has shown that individuals with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, often... read more
    A growing body of research has shown that individuals with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, often have skills and talents that top companies crave, like... read more
    120 Minutes Lab EY Chicago Office
    2019-10-15
    2 PM

    Get the bird’s eye view on food inequity in Chicago at this interactive experience with... read more
    Get the bird’s eye view on food inequity in Chicago at this interactive experience with the Gardeneers. After a tour of the Homan Rail Farm, we’ll... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Gardeneers Homan Rail Farm
    2019-10-15
    3 PM

    What impacts design decisions when you’re creating a new school, hospital or housing complex? At... read more
    What impacts design decisions when you’re creating a new school, hospital or housing complex? At this Lab created by the American Institute of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Gensler
    2019-10-15
    3:30 PM

    What good is growth that your business isn’t prepared for? In this conversation, you’ll get... read more
    What good is growth that your business isn’t prepared for? In this conversation, you’ll get an introduction to the best strategies for building a... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-15
    5 PM

    One of the oldest building materials we know—wood—is now at the forefront of building design... read more
    One of the oldest building materials we know—wood—is now at the forefront of building design and architecture. In this hands on workshop, we’ll... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Perkins and Will
    2019-10-15
    5:30 PM

    A Conversation about our changing workforce.
    By 2035, for the first time in this nation’s history, there will be more senior... read more
    By 2035, for the first time in this nation’s history, there will be more senior citizens than children. What changes do we need to make as our... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-15
    5:30 PM

    In a rare look behind the scenes with one of rock music’s revolutionary women, Members... read more
    In a rare look behind the scenes with one of rock music’s revolutionary women, Members will have a chance to get up close and personal with Liz... read more
    60 Minutes Special Engagement Pritzker Pavilion
    2019-10-15
    5:30 PM

    One unexpected barrier to student attendance is a lack of access to clean clothes... read more
    One unexpected barrier to student attendance is a lack of access to clean clothes. In this Lab, Whirlpool will take you behind the scenes of their... read more
    90 Minutes Lab World of Whirlpool
    2019-10-15
    7 PM

    A Talk that explores some of life’s big questions.
    Pondering the unknown is an innate part of the human condition, from wondering what you’ll... read more
    Pondering the unknown is an innate part of the human condition, from wondering what you’ll be when you grow up to analyzing large-scale questions... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2019-10-15
    8:30 PM

    Biggest Mistake Night is back! During a week that explores great ideas, join us as... read more
    Biggest Mistake Night is back! During a week that explores great ideas, join us as we celebrate all of the not-so-good ones that helped us along... read more
    120 Minutes Special Engagement The Den Theatre

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    2019-10-16
    8 AM

    A crash course in raising capital.
    Before you can make your dream a reality, you need the money to get the project off the ground... read more
    Before you can make your dream a reality, you need the money to get the project off the ground. Join us for a session that will teach you how to... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-16
    11 AM

    Mining affects our everyday lives more than you might think, with materials that have been... read more
    Mining affects our everyday lives more than you might think, with materials that have been mined playing an essential role in the manufacture of... read more
    150 Minutes Lab EX3 Labs
    2019-10-16
    12 PM

    A Talk on ethics, misdeeds, and intellectual freedom.
    Sometimes, it can feel like businesses and individuals are becoming less ethical over time... read more
    Sometimes, it can feel like businesses and individuals are becoming less ethical over time. But has our moral compass really shifted? Or has the... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2019-10-16
    12 PM

    A Conversation about social entrepreneurship.
    Young entrepreneurs around the globe are constantly finding ways to solve the world’s problems... read more
    Young entrepreneurs around the globe are constantly finding ways to solve the world’s problems. The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows—with... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-16
    12:30 PM

    Get a sample of the bright future of urban manufacturing in Chicago at Make City,... read more
    Get a sample of the bright future of urban manufacturing in Chicago at Make City, an incubator run by the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago.... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
    2019-10-16
    3 PM

    What impacts design decisions when you’re creating a new school, hospital or housing complex? At... read more
    What impacts design decisions when you’re creating a new school, hospital or housing complex? At this Lab created by the American Institute of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Gensler
    2019-10-16
    3:30 PM

    The way an artist sees and makes sense of the world directly informs their work... read more
    The way an artist sees and makes sense of the world directly informs their work. As more women of color gain traction and notoriety across... read more
    75 Minutes Special Engagement Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-16
    4 PM

    Willpower alone is seldom enough to affect the change you need... read more
    Willpower alone is seldom enough to affect the change you need. Join us for a Life Hack session led by USC psychology professor Wendy Wood about... read more
    60 Minutes Salon Pritzker Pavilion
    2019-10-16
    5 PM

    Through a dynamic lesson on financial literacy, we’re going into the heart of Envestnet’s FinTech... read more
    Through a dynamic lesson on financial literacy, we’re going into the heart of Envestnet’s FinTech Incubator to learn about financial wellness... read more
    120 Minutes Lab WeWork Kinzie
    2019-10-16
    5:30 PM

    Eating and drinking well doesn’t have to mean your meal comes with a heavy carbon footprint... read more
    Eating and drinking well doesn’t have to mean your meal comes with a heavy carbon footprint. In this hands-on Lab, the folks at the World of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab World of Whirlpool
    2019-10-16
    5:30 PM

    A Conversation about navigating modern parenthood.
    For parents in 2019, technology is the monster in the closet... read more
    For parents in 2019, technology is the monster in the closet. Thanks to the internet, age-old problems—bullying, racial discrimination, competition... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-16
    7 PM

    A Talk to explore lessons in leadership.
    What it means to be a leader, to have power, and to be successful has... read more
    What it means to be a leader, to have power, and to be successful has never looked quite like it does in 2019. In this Talk, we’re painting a new... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    2019-10-17
    8 AM

    A Conversation about the business of cannabis.
    Now that 10 states (including Illinois) have legalized weed for recreational use, repercussions are reverberating... read more
    Now that 10 states (including Illinois) have legalized weed for recreational use, repercussions are reverberating across the nation. Who will this... read more
    75 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-17
    10 AM

    There’s a lot more to location data than maps and directions; it’s the key to... read more
    There’s a lot more to location data than maps and directions; it’s the key to crafting laser-accurate representations of the world. In this Lab,... read more
    120 Minutes Lab HERE Technologies
    2019-10-17
    12 PM

    A Talk about how resilience breeds triumph.
    As tennis great Billie Jean King famously stated, “champions adjust.” In this Talk, we’ll hear... read more
    As tennis great Billie Jean King famously stated, “champions adjust.” In this Talk, we’ll hear remarkable individuals share their inspiring stories... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Harris Theater
    2019-10-17
    12 PM

    The business that you grow will only be as strong as the idea that started it... read more
    The business that you grow will only be as strong as the idea that started it. In this rare course with Brad Keywell—the serial entrepreneur behind... read more
    60 Minutes Conversation Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-17
    1:30 PM

    Staying on top as a business used to be about reputation—now it’s all about relevance... read more
    Staying on top as a business used to be about reputation—now it’s all about relevance. How are organizations supposed to keep up? Learn more about... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Convene
    2019-10-17
    4 PM

    The space where we do our job has a huge impact on the work itself—far... read more
    The space where we do our job has a huge impact on the work itself—far beyond simply providing the right amenities. Industrious, the US’s largest... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Industrious Chicago - Central Loop
    2019-10-17
    5:30 PM

    A Talk about the power of influencers.
    The meaning of fame has changed over the last decade... read more
    The meaning of fame has changed over the last decade. In addition to the revenue and career advancement opportunities digital influence brings,... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2019-10-17
    6 PM

    In today’s day and age, being able to make a powerful statement about a social... read more
    In today’s day and age, being able to make a powerful statement about a social cause is an important skill and asset. In this workshop with the... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Kennedy-King College
    2019-10-17
    6:30 PM

    Scientific literacy remains low among the U.S. adult population, resulting in an ever-growing divide in... read more
    Scientific literacy remains low among the U.S. adult population, resulting in an ever-growing divide in our society. The Chicago Council on Science... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Metis Data Science
    2019-10-17
    7 PM

    A special engagement with journalist Ronan Farrow
    Ronan Farrow's fight to expose Harvey Weinstein's despicable history of sexual assault changed the consciousness... read more
    Ronan Farrow's fight to expose Harvey Weinstein's despicable history of sexual assault changed the consciousness of the country. The reporter... read more
    75 Minutes Special Engagement Harris Theater

    Friday, November 1, 2019

    2019-11-01
    6:30 PM

    Join your Chicago Ideas community members for an epic evening in celebration of our ninth... read more
    Join your Chicago Ideas community members for an epic evening in celebration of our ninth year and the release of Prince's memoir, The Beautiful... read more
    180 Minutes Special Engagement Smartbar Chicago

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    2019-11-19
    8 AM

    A conversation to explore solutions to economic disparities in Chicago.
    One in four children in Chicago live in poverty... read more
    One in four children in Chicago live in poverty. Now more than ever, the city needs bold solutions to this intractable challenge. In this unique... read more
    60 Minutes Special Engagement Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

    Thursday, November 21, 2019

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019

    2019-12-04
    6 PM

    Chicago Ideas Members will get an early look at Osteria del Mercato, a new market-to-table... read more
    Chicago Ideas Members will get an early look at Osteria del Mercato, a new market-to-table restaurant concept by Eataly Chicago. You’ll enjoy an... read more
    Members Only 120 Minutes Ideas Over Dinner Eataly Chicago’s Osteria Del Mercato