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WHO ARE WE

An Ideas Platform for Everyone

Chicago Ideas is a movement built on one core belief: When a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world.
The Largest Ideas Festival
Our platform is built on the big shoulders of Chicago's working class history, shaped by the city's inclusiveness, diversity and excellence of intellectual discourse.
Covering Dozens of Topics
Talks, Conversations, Labs that examine subjects from a myriad of angles.
From a Network of Global Thought Leaders
From Bill Clinton to Martha Stewart, Padma Lakshmi to Michael Strahan, Common to Mario Battali, our speakers represent an unmatched combination of depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise.
A Festival Made For Everyone
No matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from, we believe you should have access to great ideas that inspire you to transform your world.
A PLATFORM TO INSPIRE IDEAS
We bring people from different backgrounds together to focus on the gap: what other people aren't talking about. That's a powerful proposition.
Israel Idonije
Former NFL player, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Brain Trust Member
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