Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces First Ever Chicago Ideas Week 2011.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces First Ever Chicago Ideas Week 2011.

Since Daniel Burnham first drew up the Chicago Plan to the first hot dog, the Ferris wheel and the skyscraper Chicago has always been home to great ideas.

Chicago, Wednesday, August 3, 2011.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, announced today the formation of a seven-day inaugural event, Chicago Ideas Week which will take place from Monday, October 10 through Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Making no small plans, Chicago Ideas Week will feature the convergence of some of the world’s brightest minds, positioning Chicago at the center of innovation and global connectivity.  The event will serve as a launch pad for Chicago’s future making the city a destination for global innovation.  Mayor Emanuel explains that “By bringing together the top innovators, thinkers, creators and doers to America’s most dynamic city, Chicago Ideas Week will spark innovations, new initiatives, and new businesses.”

The City of Chicago from Wrigley Field to DuSable Museum will serve as the campus for Chicago Ideas Week.  Events and speakers will vary, from a discussion on the creative process including director Anna Shapiro and actress Joan Cusack, to a conversation on education with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The week will showcase over 100 speakers, 60 plus events, 40 venues and 18 topics including cutting-edge technology, film, architecture, food, health, education, investing, poetry, sports, public art, music and more.

Confirmed guests include: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Thomas L. Friedman, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Meet the Press moderator David Gregory, notorious hacker Pablos Holman, Pandora Radio founder Tim Westergren and many others.

Tickets CIW events are available online.  Most cost $15 with the exception of the CIW Bash costing $50.  For tickets, more information or to volunteer go to Chicago Ideas Week.

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