Chicago Ideas Week celebrates its five-year anniversary this October 12–18 with a lineup of over 150 globally renowned speakers, including lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Stewart, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and television personality Michael Strahan, entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt, designer Cynthia Rowley, actor/comedian Tom Arnold, Khan Academy Founder & CEO Sal Khan, former New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly and economist Roland Fryer.
Chaired by Brad Keywell, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sterling Partners Co-Founder Eric Becker, the weeklong ideas festival annually brings in 34,000 attendees from across the globe. This year, over 30 Talks and intimate Conversations will focus on a wide range of topics, including genius, race and terrorism. In addition, 75 hands-on labs will take attendees behind-the-scenes of some of Chicago's most innovative organizations and businesses like Bang Bang Pie Shop, iHeartMedia and more. Most events are open to the public with the purchase of a $15 ticket.
Pie Making 101 with Bang Bang Pie Shop Attendees will go behind-the-scenes of the Logan Square pie shop with founder Michael Ciapciak before baking their own pies.
"Each year, Chicago Ideas Week sparks game-changing ideas and opens new possibilities for innovation by engaging a cross-section of people from our community and beyond," CIW Founder Brad Keywell said. "By bringing together business, civic, philanthropic and artistic leaders, CIW drives intellectual conversations and inspires individuals to turn ideas into action."