Chicago Ideas Week lineup: a guide to the 2013 speakers
I said it before and I'll say it again: In the realm of ideas, Chicago Ideas Week isn't exactly original.
In its third year, the seven-day series running through October 20 is packed with panel discussions, hands-on labs and "master classes" on a wide range of subjects (entrepreneurship, innovation and other tech-industry baiting topics). It basically amounts to a midwest TED conference. Except that there already is such an event, TEDxMidwest, which happened back in May.
Peruse Ideas Week's lineup and you'll see a number of events that sound a little squishy. Take "Vocalo: Public Radio with Swag" or "Me So Far: Interesting People Are Attractive" or "Arrfscarf: A Pizza Party For You and Your Pet." IDEAS!
But to be fair, Ideas Week also brings to town plenty of prominent thinkers, creatives, media personalities and politicians. Herein, a look at some of the big names—and their big ideas.
The Steppenwolf cofounder and active philanthropist rounds out the panel Work: Fueling Performance, which centers on tips for being productive in today's increasingly digital and remote office life.
Cadillac Palace Theatre. Oct 16, 4–5:30pm.
Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss
The famously litigious Winkelvoss twins—social media's sorest losers and now the Bitcoin-obsessed principals of Winklevoss Capital Management—headline Next: Tomorrow, Today, a panel discussion that looks at the question "What's next?"
Cadillac Palace Theatre. Oct 17, 7:30–9pm.
Rahm Emanuel and Mario Batali
Mayor Emanuel, who earned $18 million as an investment banker, has been derided as Mayor 1%. Batali is a food personality and restauranteur worth $13 million, according to Forbes. The Chew's ponytailed host is opening a 63,000-square-foot Chicago outpost of Eataly in the former ESPN Zone location in River North. This outsized pair is a curious choice to host a master class called Small Business in the City.
Morningstar. Oct 20, 10–11am.
Emanuel also joins Meet the Press host David Gregory and former crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff for Politics: State of the Union.
Cadillac Palace Theatre. Oct 15, 7:30–9pm.
The crusading "Savage Love" columnist and Chicago-area native takes a little time away from answering questions about cuckolding and daddy issues for Instigators: The Good Fight. Savage, who has used his position to, for instance, boycott Russian vodka in response to President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay agenda, joins a panel of other activist types, including kidnapping victim turned missing-child advocate Elizabeth Smart.
Cadillac Palace Theatre. Oct 19, noon–1:30pm.
Can't get enough Batali? The Red One returns, along with artist Hebru Brantley, for Creative Process: A Method to the Madness. We're more interested in Pulitzer Prize winner Letts getting his brain picked, particularly if it involves the Steppenwolf ensemble member's thoughts on the screen adaptation of August: Osage County, which is set for a Christmas release.
Museum of Contemporary Art. Oct 20, noon–1:30pm.
The late Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. The second Apollo 11 moonwalker, Aldrin, sits on the panel Witness: I Changed History to teach normals like you and me how we can become historymakers.
Museum of Contemporary Art. Oct 20, 4–5:30pm.