Events

FEATURED EVENT

Date/Time Event Partner
09/14/14 - 09/16/14
All Day
SSTI Conference - Regional Prosperity Through Innovation
Westin Chicago River North, Chicago IL
SSTI Conference
Science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation fully permeate and drive nearly all aspects of our society. For some, the changes underway mean creative destruction. Others sense chaos. Is our field coming of age and a new, shared vision emerging? Over two days, more than 300 practitioners, shareholders and policymakers interested in participating more effectively in this changed landscape will convene in Chicago to share best and promising practices in response to the new opportunities arising.
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09/15/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon:Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Barbara Byrd-Bennett is the Chief Executive Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS serves approximately 400,000 students in 665 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school system. In April 2012, Ms. Byrd-Bennett was appointed as Chief Education Advisor for CPS. Her talk will touch on Common Core, Funding, school closings, teacher strikes, Rahm & Karen.
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09/16/14 - 09/17/14
All Day
Judy Smith, America's Number One Crisis Management Expert
Hyatt McCormick Prairie Ballroom, Chicago IL
WBDC
Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C.and Los Angeles. Ms. Smith serves as Co-Executive Producer and the inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal.
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09/16/14
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Internet of All Things
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
MITef
Don't learn about the Internet of Things. Learn about the Internet of ALL things.
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09/16/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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09/16/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Logan LaHive (Belly)
Grind, Chicago IL
Startup Grind Chicago
Startup Grind Chicago hosts Logan LaHive, CEO of Belly.
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09/17/14
7:30 am - 9:45 am
Crain's Middle Market Breakfast
The Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel, Chicago IL
Crain's
Join area business leaders in Middle Market companies as they discuss challenges and opportunities for mid-size companies in the Midwest.
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09/17/14
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Funding Feeding Frenzy
Argosy University, Chicago IL
Extraordinary Success LLC
Similar to a cross between "Shark Tank" and "The Apprentice", the Funding Feeding Frenzy is a day-long event is about getting all the resources you need to be a successful entrepreneur...Angel Funding, Micro Lenders, Venture Capital and Alternative Funding, Strategic Customers and Partnerships, Valuable Business Connections...all in a single day.
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09/17/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Ellen Alberding,President,The Joyce Foundation
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
This talk will focus on the purpose and grants of the Joyce Foundation, as well as the civic challenges we all must address in Chicago and the Midwest.
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09/17/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Terminal Town: Celebrating 75 Years of Travel to the Windy City
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago's system of passenger air, bus, and train terminals has long been a defining feature of its cosmopolitan character. This program will reflect on the role and design of this region's many terminals- both the successes and failures over the past 75 years- and look ahead to the ambitious plans in place for the future
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09/17/14
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Pastoral Collegiality and Accountability in Calvin’s Geneva
Trinity International University, Deerfield IL
Trinity International University
This lecture will explore the institutions and ministry models that the reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) created in order to promote the collegiality, accountability, and spiritual vitality of the company of ministers who worked in Geneva in the sixteenth century. Though Calvin’s religious and social context was vastly different than ours, the reformer’s vision for Christian ministry provides an important corrective for many of the challenges faced by ministers today.
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09/17/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Founders’ Stories @ 1871 with Gregg Kaplan of Redbox
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Founders' Stories
Gregg founded Redbox in 2002 while serving as senior director of strategy for McDonald’s Corporation. He then ran Redbox for nearly 10 years before selling it to Coinstar, where he became president and CEO. Come and hear his story.
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09/17/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Forgotten Chicago - All Chicago Politics Edition!
CivicLab, Chicago IL
CivicLab
Join Patrick Steffes of Forgotten Chicago at The CivicLab for a one-hour presentation of Chicago’s many political and governmental landmarks, both known and forgotten.
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09/17/14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Need as a Reason to Believe in God
Wheaton College Blanchard Hall, Wheaton IL
Wheaton College
Williams will lecture on the question of whether it is legitimate to believe in God because one feels a need to. This question arises from a puzzle: On the one hand, feeling a need to believe something is not by itself a legitimate motivation for believing it. On the other hand, people have often believed in God because they have felt a need to do so, and need is often appealed to by Christian writers, preachers, lay people, and even Jesus as a basis for believing in God.
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09/18/14
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
2014 UIC Urban Forum
UIC Forum, Chicago IL
UIC
The 2014 UIC Urban Forum will engage policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals and citizens in a dynamic discussion and debate about the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions.
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09/18/14
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities - Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
VentureShot, Chicago IL
Venture Shot
This special series of collaboration sessions is for Entrepreneurs, Startups, 1st Stage & 2nd Stage Growth Companies, Bootstrappers and Business Owners who are building their business without major amounts of investor capital (i.e. Not VC Funded)...so far.
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09/18/14
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
iBIO Lunch: The Three Rules in Medical Technology
Maggiano's Little Italy, Chicago IL
iBIO
Glenn Snyder will discuss the recent changes in the US health care ecosystem are having a profound and transformational impact on the medical technology industry. The Affordable Care Act has catalyzed changes in how med tech customers define value and which stakeholders are involved in decision making. While it has historically been a jewel of American manufacturing—one of the few domestic manufacturing industries that is a net exporter—med tech faces challenges to the legacy business models and strategic choices that these companies have used to excel in the past.
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09/18/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Idea Club - TechNexus
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
TechNexus
You have a great idea for a new technology business, only we don't know about it yet! You're invited to join us at one of our small, bi-weekly Idea Club meetings, where you can learn about what we do, let us know what you're working on, and have the chance to chat informally with other entrepreneurs and some of our resident growth companies.
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09/18/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
September 2014 Get-together: Women in Green
Green Home Chicago, Chicago IL
Women in Green
Developing relationships, sustaining friendships, helping each other grow. GREEN HOME CHICAGO is the Midwest’s preeminent destination for uncommonly beautiful, eco-friendly interior design products.
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09/18/14
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tavern Debate: Resolved: America Needs a Foreign Policy!
The Heartland Institute, Chicago IL
Chicago Federalist Society
With yet another anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaching, prompt action is required to ensure the security of the nation and the safety of its people. Whether you are isolationist or interventionist, “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not a foreign policy.
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
2014 ITA CityLIGHTS
Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago IL
ITA
This annual event is an opportunity to connect with technology executives, entrepreneurs,corporate executives and investors in the region for an evening of dining, socializing, and celebration of the local tech community.
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Adler After Dark - ROBOTS!
Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
Adler Planetarium
Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening event offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6 to 10 pm. With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or a special date they’ll never forget.
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CHICAGO COUNCIL 360
East Bank Club, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Join us as we celebrate the start of a new program season. Reconnect with friends, network with new members, and get to know our people—from our Emerging Leaders to our president and fellows.
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chicago Inno Haymarket Hangout
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago IL
Chicago Inno
If you're involved with tech or disruption in Chicago - or if you're interested in either - we'd love to have you at The Haymarket Hangout. Collision is critical to the overall health of the startup ecosystem, so swing on by for an hour or two - have a beer or three - and meet others in the Windy City operating in innovation.
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hack Night w/ Chicago Women Developers
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Chicago Women Developers
This weekly event gives ladies a space to code together. Whether you're just getting started, or are a veteran in the tech world, there's a seat for you at the table. BYOL: Bring your own laptop!
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Phil Lenten of iPresent
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Chicago Lean Startup
The Chicago Lean Startup Circle is a group of smart and driven high-tech entrepreneurs that have learned how to discover customers and build products they want.
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pitch Circus: A Startup Pitch Spectacle!
Grind, Chicago IL
Pitch Circus
Get funny, get it together, get ready for Pitch Circus. Humor and logic can help you seal the deal. Learn how.
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The BIG IDEA: Intersections of Design and Big Data
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
A Country of Cities (2013), outlines the case that well-designed cities are the key driver in solving many of America's great national challenges. For this program, Chakrabarti will discuss emerging design and planning practices arising from our ever-increasing access to big data sets
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09/18/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writing for Social Media: A Workshop for Jewish Professionals
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus Institute
In this four-part master class, journalist and teacher Brian Zimmerman explores various social media platforms and demonstrates how they fit into a marketing plan for communal organizations. By studying real-world examples and current best practices, you’ll learn expert techniques for creating salient online content, as well as proven methods for designing social media campaigns that communicate your company’s story and get readers talking about it.
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09/18/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Siena Center Lecture: "God and Violence Against Women in the Bible"
Dominican University, River Forest IL
Siena Center - Dominican U
need some more feminism in your life? In the Old Testament, God’s violence against Israel’s enemies was a way to show God’s love for his people, but God’s violence was also directed against Israel itself who was cast in the role of an unfaithful wife. How do we deal with the violence of God, especially as it is directed against women?
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09/19/14 - 09/21/14
All Day
Crain’s Career Strategy Weekend
Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago IL
Crain's
While career coaching can be effective in specific circumstances, many people prefer a more structured process that pushes us to take action. Much of the career coaching focuses on resumes, job boards, and your LinkedIn profile. We offer a fundamentally different conversation about charting your future. The career that will really give you fulfillment probably never makes it onto a job board. Furthermore, we believe that the power of a connected, supportive, accountable group is far more effective than anything we can do on an individual basis.
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09/19/14
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Chicago School of Data Days
Sears (some call it Willis) Tower, Chicago IL
Smart Chicago Collaborative
This is a conference of group sharing and listening, and we will have many ways for you to contribute your knowledge and expertise. We're renting parts of two floors of the Willis Tower, so we'll have lots of space for sessions on big concepts like how to foster a data-sharing culture and the importance of privacy as well as brass-tacks skills around data collection and use. We will also feature office hours with the myriad consultancies and vendors who can help your organization thrive.
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09/19/14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
C.S. Lewis' The Pilgrim's Regress Annotated Edition Book Launch
Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton IL
Wheaton College
Pilgrim's Regress was the first book C.S. Lewis wrote after his conversion, and was his initial attempt to explain his own conversion as well as the experience he termed Joy.
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09/20/14
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Solar Social - Chicago, IL
Hermitage, Chicago IL
Illinois Solar Energy Association
Come learn about this Oak Park solar system and the Solar Chicago Program. This program will allow Chicago area residents to aggregate their solar purchase. Solar Socials are like mini solar tours, people who have solar installations allow others to see firsthand how solar works.
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09/20/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CHANGE Illinois "Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics"
Hilltop Restaurant, Chicago IL
College of Complexes
Ryan Blitstein, CEO CHANGE Illinois is a coalition leading systemic political and government reform. CHANGE (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics) includes a diverse group of civic, business, labor, professional, non-profit and philanthropic organizations that represent more than 2 million members. Guided by our Statement of Principles, the coalition addresses issues that currently undercut the viability of our democracy, including ballot access, competitive elections, increased citizen participation, government transparency, unethical lobbying and redistricting.
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09/22/14 - 09/24/14
All Day
Clio Cloud Conference 2014
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago IL
Clio
Learn more about the emergent technologies and business strategies that are disrupting the legal industry.
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09/22/14 - 09/26/14
All Day
Social Media Week - Chicago
Chicago - Multiple Locations, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
Social media has transformed the way Chicagoans live, do business and experience the world. Social Media Week (SMW) Chicago - a community-sourced, city-wide experience engaging thousands of people with the brightest and most innovative perspectives on social media.
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09/22/14
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Building The City Of The Future
Morningstar, Chicago IL
Social medi Week
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 1871 CEO Howard Tullman kick off Social Media Week Chicago 2014 with a conversation about how the City and tech industries are joining forces to attract entrepreneurs and creative minds to Chicago. Moderated by Chicago Tribune business columnist Melissa Harris.
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09/22/14
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Chicago Erlang Conference
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL
Erlang Solutions
Chicago Erlang Conference is back for 2014 with an emphasis on applying Erlang to tough, real world problems. Why do companies like WhatsApp and Facebook turn to Erlang when they need to build scalable, reliable, fault-tolerant applications? What is unique about Erlang's approach to concurrency? Come and learn from Erlang experts including Joe Armstrong, co-creator of Erlang, and Garrett smith, instructor and speaker, how to take advantage of this remarkable programming language in this exciting one day even in the hear of Chicago
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09/22/14
10:00 am - 11:00 am
From Shanghai to Chicago: Connecting Global Media
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
The US is a hub for technology platforms that help grow business. We’ll discuss working virtually with international clients. This will be an open discussion about why international customers and agencies look to the US for technology and media. Socialty (Chicago-based) will discuss working with International Clients, conversely, Media Beard (UK based) will discuss coming to the States to learn methodologies so they can better serve their clients in the UK.
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09/22/14
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Activating Your Audience through Social Media for the Healthcare Industry
Kemper Building, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
Social media can be a scary phrase for many in the healthcare industry, but it is a critical communications tool in reaching peers, patients and the general public. Healthcare communications specialists will answer audience questions, discuss best practices and share experiences in leveraging social media to reach key audiences. You’ll learn to leverage social media while remaining sensitive to industry compliance and regulatory guidelines.
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09/22/14
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Making War in a World in Chaos: A Debate
Petterino's, Chicago IL
Chicago Federalist Society
Can President Obama launch U.S. forces into conflict on his own constitutional authority? Or does he need Congress’s permission to act first? Does international law constrain the White House’s ability to start a war? As crises erupt around the world, Professors Alberto Coll and John Yoo will debate the Constitution’s balance of power between the President and Congress over war.
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09/22/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Michael Masters, Executive Director Cook County Homeland Security&Emergency Management
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Get updates on the latest Homeland Security updates, terror threats to Chicago, and how local security coordinates with national security.
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09/22/14
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
WOMEN IN WASHINGTON: OFF THE SIDELINES
The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Join The Chicago Council and Senator Gillibrand for a conversation on her Off The Sidelines campaign and how it can serve as inspiration for aspiring women around the world.
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09/22/14
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Physiology Seminar - Computational theories of the brain
Northwestern Ward Building, Chicago IL
Northwestern University
Dana Ballard is a professor at University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ballard's research interest is in computational theories of the brain with emphasis on human vision and motor control.
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09/22/14
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
A Network For Every Interest
Morningstar, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
Join us for a presentation that will reveal the results of the study, highlighting how consumers use various social networks to connect with different types of content and relationship, how their social identities are spreading to other platforms (particularly through mobile), and how marketers can strategically use social data to reach the right consumer with the right message.
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09/23/14
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Crain's Real Estate Forum
The Chicago Club, Chicago IL
Crain's
Join area leaders in Real Estate as they discuss the future of the business, developments, and new opportunities in the Chicagoland area.
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09/23/14
9:00 am - 10:00 am
2014 & Beyond: The Future of Going Social
Sears (some call it Willis) Tower, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
The tools and techniques have changed, but according to a recent Nielsen study, the consumer conversation holds more power than ever before. In this session, we’ll explore the new research, new technology, new strategies to make your brand or product the most talked about in its category.
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09/23/14
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Hurricanes, Wildfires, and Tornadoes! Oh My!: Social media at the center of Nat Cats
Sears (some call it Willis) Tower, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
Hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes! Oh my! The future is now and social media is at the center of nat cat events across the nation. Attendees will gain insights on how key stakeholders such as The Weather Channel, the National Hurricane Center, Al Roker, insurance companies, the American Red Cross and government leaders are using social media to help individuals, businesses and communities prepare for natural catastrophes.
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09/23/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon, Thomas Weisner,Mayor, City of Aurora & Chairman, Chicago Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
The suburbs are more than twice as big as Chicago. The mayor of the largest one speaks about the challenges cities all throughout the state face, and the partnerships that can help overcome them.
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09/23/14
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
A Seismic Shift: The Changing Dynamics of the Global Energy Scene
University Club of Chicago, Chicago IL
CFA Society
Oil imports have declined nearly 25% since their 2005 peak, and continue to decline even in the face of the economic recovery. What was once unthinkable - US energy independence - is now being widely forecast and hotly debated as changes in supply and demand dynamics are causing policy makers and investors to rethink long-held and deeply embedded assumptions. Join us for a two-part panel event with Session 1 focused on the Macro-economic and geopolitical implications of the energy revolution and Session 2 focused on identifying sector-specific impacts and likely winners and losers.
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09/23/14
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Predictive Analytics: Harnessing Twitter to Forecast Trends
Schafer Condon Carter, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
There are over 400 million global tweets a day, many containing valuable information. What if that data could be harnessed to predict global trends–or even the stock market? Well, it can. This session will demonstrate how algorithmic technology has combined with super-computing capabilities and big data to forecast movements in the stock market, and how the same technology could eventually be applied to the world around us.
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09/23/14
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
THE CHINESE ECONOMY: ROAD TO REFORM?
The InterContinental Hotel, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Tempered optimism sums up corporate America’s view of its business prospects in China, according to The US-China Business Council’s annual survey. While US business in China continues to post strong growth, US companies invested there face significant challenges, like rising costs, market barriers, policy uncertainty, and intellectual property concerns. At the same time, China’s leaders have announced goals to make the market play a bigger role in China’s economy, and potentially widen investment access for foreign companies. How and when will these reforms play out? Will they address US companies’ concerns? Join The Chicago Council and an expert panel for an in-depth look into these issues
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09/23/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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09/23/14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Big Data Day
Civis Analytics, Chicago IL
Chicago Amazon Web Services Group
Big Data comes to AWS Chicago! By popular demand, we'll be talking about data, analytics and storage with Amazon's services.
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09/24/14
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Bootstrappers Breakfast - Chicago Meetup
Caffe Baci, Chicago IL
Bootstrappers Breakfast
Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup.
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09/24/14
8:30 am - 9:30 am
How Transparency and Authenticity Will Change Your Life and Business
Hyatt Regency, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
The growing use of mobile devices and social applications is changing the behavior and expectations of citizens, consumers and companies. In this keynote Matt Moog, CEO of PowerReviews, will explore the democratization of communication and how the resulting transparency can help to bring accountability to individuals, companies and even governments.
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09/24/14
9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Collab/Space Chicago
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
PBS Media Shift
How can media startups break through, survive and thrive? It will be an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on media innovation and spotlighting cutting-edge media startups -- in Chicago and beyond. We'll select several innovative media startups to present their startups in lightning fashion and take questions from the audience.
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09/24/14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Themes for the global equity investor
Standard Club, Chicago IL
CFA Society
The Global economy is still recovering from the Banking crisis. While geopolitical events continue to rattle the markets, opportunities exist for the global equity investor. This lunch talk will discuss the opportunities and challenges being shaped by global events for the equity investor.
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09/24/14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ms.Tech Mastermind Lunch
Grind, Chicago IL
Ms. Tech
Ms. Tech is an organization, founded in Chicago, that is helping women start and scale their businesses through training, resources, mentors and valuable connections. Determined to see a higher number of women-founded startups capture funding, press and to create role models for future generations of women in tech. Every week we meet for lunch to discuss topics around technology and startups.
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09/24/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Existing + New: Adaptive Reuse of 5757 South University
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
This adaptive reuse project created 23,000 square feet of new building space within the historic constraints of the Chicago Theological Seminary, facilitating its transformation into The Saieh Hall for Economics at the University of Chicago. To find this new space, 5,200 tons of building weight were underpinned and 10,000 cubic-yards of soil were excavated within the confines of the buildings' courtyards, while preserving the seminary's historic features.
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09/24/14
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Next Social Marketing Revolution
Illini Center, Chicago IL
Social Media Week
Learn from the foremost experts on word of mouth and see examples of great social marketing strategies implemented online, through television, radio, print media, even direct marketing. It’s also an insight that fundamentally challenges all of our assumptions about how consumers make decisions, and it demands a revolution in marketing strategies and tactics. Don’t miss out on the next social marketing revolution.
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09/24/14
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Blend Speaker Series
Free Range Office, Chicago IL
Blend
The BLEND monthly Speaker Series is an open-invitation showcase of local leaders in Chicago sharing their thoughts, ideas, and opinions with attendees in a creative, fun, and interactive environment.
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09/24/14
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maya Bruck – Beyond the Waterfall: Rethinking How We Work
Groupon, Chicago IL
Refresh Chicago
Learn how to engage clients and the full breadth of your team from the beginning of the process, so that research, sketching, prototyping and beyond become a collaborative effort. Maya will share concrete tools and techniques she's used to make all members of the team (including clients!) active participants instead of passive recipients. All while having a lot more fun in the process.
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09/25/14 - 09/26/14
All Day
Brand New Conference
Harris Theater, Chicago IL
Brand New Conference
The Brand New Conference is a two-day event organized by UnderConsideration, focusing on the practice of corporate and brand identity — a direct extension of the popular blog, Brand New. The conference consists of eight sessions each day offering a broad range of points of view with speakers from around the world practicing in different environments, from global consultancies, to in-house groups, to small firms.
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09/25/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
General Tony Zinni: Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield
Pritzker Military Library, Chicago IL
Pritzker Military Museum
Are we destined to relive the wartime mistakes of America’s past? Only if we ignore the patterns, traps, and lessons of history, according to retired four-star General Tony Zinni.
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09/25/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hack Night w/ Chicago Women Developers
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Chicago Women Developers
This weekly event gives ladies a space to code together. Whether you're just getting started, or are a veteran in the tech world, there's a seat for you at the table. BYOL: Bring your own laptop!
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09/25/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Imaging the Beginning of Time from the Bottom of the World
Wheaton College Meyer Science Center, Wheaton IL
Wheaton College
Abigail Vieregg, assistant professor of physics at the Enrico Fermi Institute of the University of Chicago, will speak on the latest observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation from the South Pole and the recent detection of B-mode polarization in this radiation as a possible signature of gravitational waves.
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09/26/14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jeffrey Winters: Indonesia’s 2014 National Elections
Center for International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Buffett Center - Northwestern U
Jeffrey Winters, Political Science, specializes on oligarchs and elites spanning a range of historical and contemporary cases, including ancient Athens and Rome, medieval Europe, the United States, as well as Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Explore the implications of Indonesia's elections.
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09/27/14
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Solar Fest
DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville IL
Solar Fest
Explore solar energy and climate science with Argonne National Laboratory
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09/27/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The End of the Global Warming Delusion
Hilltop Restaurant, Chicago IL
College of Complexes
David Ramsay Steele returns to dispute allegations of the Green community
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09/29/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Lisa Bonnett,Director Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
This Public Policy luncheon will focus on the environmental challenges in our state, what we can and are doing about them, and what regulatory burdens Illinois faces from the EPA.
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09/29/14
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chicago Startup Job Fair
University Conference Center, Chicago IL
Chicago Startup Job Fair
The Chicago Startup Job Fair aims to connect talented job seekers with the best Chicago-based startups. The event is largely run by volunteers looking to foster a thriving startup community and to raise awareness about startup jobs in Chicago.
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09/29/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Mystery of the Invisible Hand
Beamer Center Wheaton College, Wheaton IL
Wheaton College
In this lecture, Dr. Elzinga, one of America's most prominent teachers of economics, explains the connection between the fall of Adam and the rise of Adam Smith.
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09/30/14
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Hon. Timothy Schneider, Chairman, Illinois Republican Party
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Tim Schneider has dedicated his life in public service to promoting fiscally conservative values of smaller government, lower taxes, less spending and fighting corruption. At the township, county and statewide levels, Tim remains a steadfast voice for reform and accountability. As Chairman of the Illinois GOP, he'll talk state politics.
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09/30/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Timothy Schneider,Chairman,Illinois Republican Party
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Can the Republicans shake up Springfield? This guy thinks so. Get the inside scoop on the latest GOP state politics at this luncheon talk.
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09/30/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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09/30/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Technori Pitch Chicago - Healthcare Tech
Chase Tower, Chicago IL
Technori
Technori Pitch is a monthly showcase of Chicago’s most innovative startups, pitching their latest technologies. Each month, 500 impassioned entrepreneurs, developers, designers, tech companies, investors and tech enthusiasts gather to watch Chicago's most innovative startups launch and present their newest products and services.
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09/30/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Siena Center Lecture: Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ - How to fight despair and decrease marginalization
Dominican University - Parmer Hall, River Forest IL
Siena Center - Dominican U
In this powerful lecture, Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder and director of Los Angeles' of Homeboy Industries, will share how compassion, kindness, universal kinship and unconditional love are tools to fight despair and decrease marginalization. Boyle draws from more than 30 years of work with formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles. Now in its 26th year, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States. Through his stories and parables, attendees will be reminded that no life is less valuable than another.
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10/01/14
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Ebola, Health, and Human Rights
Northwestern University - Rubloff Bldg, Chicago IL
Northwestern University
A discussion on the nexus between the Ebola crisis, access to health issues, and the human right to the highest attainable standard of health. Presented by the Center for International Human Rights, the Center for Global Health, and the Northwestern Access to Health Project.
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10/01/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Stuff Chicago Map Makers Know
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
We'll take a fun look at Chicago's geographic oddities and what these quirks reveal about our city's history. Architects will gain a new understanding of the legal and historical forces that have shaped urban building sites, and of the 19th century urban morphology that gives Chicago its distinctive urban character.
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10/01/14
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
DIRTY MONEY: A NEW ERA OF LAUNDERING AND ENFORCEMENT
Standard Club, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
As criminal and terrorist organizations increasingly seek to diversify their cash flow, so too are they finding creative new means to launder money through banks, bitcoins, and beyond. With money laundering schemes becoming ever more complex and enforcement more costly, business and government are fighting to stay on top of a new wave of uber-sophisticated financial crime. Can old-school punishment deter new-school money laundering practices? Are the benefits of current anti-money laundering regimes worth the costs of enforcement borne by governments, companies, and consumers?
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10/01/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ITA HR Executives Reception
Register For Location, Chicago IL
ITA
​​Join us for our next networking reception exclusively for HR executives from growth-stage tech companies. This is a casual event where executives can discuss current issues, network, debate and get inspired by others.
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10/01/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South Side Pitch
Chicago Innovation Exchange, Chicago IL
South Side Pitch
The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship, the Chicago Innovation Exchange, and the University of Chicago Office of Business Diversity are working together to bring you our first ever South Side Pitch event to showcase some of the South Side’s most innovative business ideas.
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10/01/14
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Football 2.0: Innovation in Sports
Kerryman Irish Bar, Chicago IL
Chicago Inno
At Football 2.0, we'll be celebrating all of people and companies innovating with the sports landscape. The meetup will be a gathering of everyone that's disrupting sports media, marketing, statistics, and safety so that we can ignite a dialogue to learn from shared successes and challenges. (Anyone's that's just interested is welcome as well).
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10/01/14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bare Feet, Iron Will
First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton IL
First Division Museum at Cantigny
More than a generation after the war in Vietnam ended, many Americans are still haunted by its memory. More than thirty-four years after the fall of Saigon, it is time to better understand the enemy we fought and the role their "iron will" played. And with that understanding, hopefully many may find the healing they seek.
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10/02/14 - 10/03/14
All Day
STORY
Harris Theater, Chicago IL
STORY
STORY will fuel your greatest work with captivating talks, meaningful connections and unforgettable performances. The theme is “Creators, Dreamers and Storytellers” as we glean insights from some of the most inspiring creative practitioners in the world.
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10/02/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director,Illinois Tollway
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Kristi Lafleur was selected as Executive Director by the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors in April 2010. She is the first woman to serve in this role in the Tollway's history. Lafleur is responsible for managing the agency’s day-to-day operations, overseeing its estimated $998 million annual budget and leading the nearly 1,600 employees in providing a safe, effective and efficient toll highway system and ensuring the highest possible level of customer service for the Tollway's 1.4 million daily drivers.
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10/02/14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Economics of Immigration Reform
TBD, Chicago, IL
AJC
AJC Chicago's October First Thursday Series will feature sociologist Juliana Kerr on "The Economics of Immigration Reform."
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10/02/14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Politics of Gender and Islam in Humanitarian Responses to Forced Migration in North Africa
Center for International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Buffett Center
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is Senior Research Officer at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the intersections between gender, generation and religion in contexts of conflict-induced displacement, with a particular regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa
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10/02/14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
“The Impact of Money in our Political Process”
DePaul University College of Law, Chicago IL
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
Money and Politics go together like gasoline and fire. This expert panel discusses the corrosive and competitive influence of money on our political system.
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10/02/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Idea Club - TechNexus
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
TechNexus
You have a great idea for a new technology business, only we don't know about it yet! You're invited to join us at one of our small, bi-weekly Idea Club meetings, where you can learn about what we do, let us know what you're working on, and have the chance to chat informally with other entrepreneurs and some of our resident growth companies.
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10/02/14
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Poached-The Black Market for Blood Ivory
The Chicago Club, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Record demand for wildlife products, particularly ivory, has resulted in an explosion of illicit trade in recent years—ivory trafficking is one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises in the world worth an estimated $7 to $10 billion annually. Join us for a discussion on the effort to save the elephants and the potential consequences of the failure to do so.
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10/02/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Small Business Workshop: Legal Tips and Accessing Capital
Blue 1647 Innovation Center , Chicago IL
Pusuit of Passion
Join us in this evening workshop tailored to entrepreneurs and small business owners where you will learn essential legal tips to protect and grow your business as well as concrete steps for financing your venture.
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10/02/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writing for Social Media: A Workshop for Jewish Professionals
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus Institute
In this four-part master class, journalist and teacher Brian Zimmerman explores various social media platforms and demonstrates how they fit into a marketing plan for communal organizations. By studying real-world examples and current best practices, you’ll learn expert techniques for creating salient online content, as well as proven methods for designing social media campaigns that communicate your company’s story and get readers talking about it.
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10/03/14
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Chicago Small Business Entrepreneur Expo
UIC Forum, Chicago IL
Chicago Small Business Entrepreneur Expo
Chicago's largest Small Business expo. Lots of speakers, lots of vendors, it's worth checking out.
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10/03/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chicago Lean Startup Challenge Finals
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Chicago Lean Startup Circle
On June 22, 85 teams entered the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge. Teams attended weekly classes to learn about the lean startup methods, conducted customer interviews, created a minimum viable product, and made their first sales! Now 4 teams remain to compete for the grand prize package. Join us for their final presentations on October 3 to hear about their businesses and their learnings!
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10/04/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Why Political Campaign Financing Should Be Unrestricted and Anonymous
Hilltop Restaurant, Chicago IL
College of Complexes
What's the best way to finance political campaigns? Bob Matter returns to cut through the emotional hyperbole surrounding Citizens United and the Koch Brothers with a factual analysis of political campaign financing.
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10/06/14 - 10/08/14
All Day
AdvaMed 2014
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago IL
AdvaMed 2014
AdvaMed 2014 is the leading MedTech Conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking. An event rich in international flavor and featuring a deep, diverse attendee list that includes influential policy-makers, business executives and media, AdvaMed 2014 seeks to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through detailed panel sessions, executive forums and more. It is a “must-attend” event for any MedTech company. Whatever your goals may be, you are sure to accomplish, and even surpass them, at AdvaMed 2014.
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10/06/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon; Lynn Osmond, President & CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Lynn Osmond is responsible for overseeing CAF’s comprehensive program of architecture tours, exhibitions, public programs, including lectures and specials events, youth and adult education programs.
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10/06/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blue Sky: How 3D Printing Can Revolutionize Your Business
The 3D Printer Experience, Chicago IL
Trib Nation
The development of 3D printing and other manufacturing tools are making it easier than ever for companies to produce consumer goods. Blue Sky reporter John Carpenter and two of Chicago's modern-manufacturing visionaries, Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan and 3D Printer Experience founder and CEO Julie Friedman Steele, will discuss and demo game-changing tools in manufacturing and talk about how you can apply them now.
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10/06/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Business Plans for New Initiatives
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus Institute
This is one in a series of workshops and master classes designed to enhance the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future leaders, advancing the missions of the organizations they serve. Although designed for those working with Jewish agencies and organizations, the content will be beneficial to anyone seeking to learn best practices, including those working in the nonprofit, for profit, and social sectors.
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10/07/14
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Crain's Small Business Forum
Mid-America Club , Chicago IL
Crain's Events
Hear business stories, in 5 minute solo presentations, from founders in differing industries at varying stages in their business cycle followed by a moderated discussion with Leslie Vickrey, CEO and Founder of ClearEdge Marketing.
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10/07/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Sen Jim Oberweis, Candidate, U.S. Senate
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Jim Oberweis is a successful entrepreneur, family man, and common sense conservative. Over the course of his four decade career as a small businessman, he’s helped create thousands of jobs in Illinois. He knows first-hand how high taxes and burdensome regulations can prevent businesses from expanding and creating the new jobs we need, and he’s committed to reforming our government. But first he has to beat Dick Durbin.
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10/07/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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10/07/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Using Data for Social Change
CivicLab, Chicago IL
CivicLab
The effort to discover and distill the right data to build a case for social change can quickly become overwhelming and lead to a haystack of information with little relevance. Clifton Muhammad worked to increase government transparency through development of a statewide school performance data portal and recently served as the forensic data analyst for Chicago’s Inspector General's Office. He will now teach you the tricks of the trade.
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10/08/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Small Projects, Big Talent
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Hear from the award winners of AIA Chicago's Small Firm/Small Project Award program who have been recognized for their high-quality work coming out of several small Chicago architectural firms. A brief overview of the competition will be followed by architects presenting on their winning work.
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10/08/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ITA CFO Forum Dinner
Register For Location, Chicago IL
ITA
Join us for our next exclusive networking dinner for CFOs and financial executives from growth-stage technology companies. This is a casual event where executives can discuss current issues, network, debate and get inspired by others.
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10/09/14
7:30 am - 9:30 am
2014 Chicago Geek Breakfast
Panera Break, Chicago IL
Chicago Geek Breakfast
The Chicago Geek Breakfast a monthly community-driven meeting for local (and visiting) geeks. Each month attendees congregate over bacon, eggs and plenty of coffee to discuss topics like social media, digital marketing, design, programming, and ways to better their communities. In the past, “geeks” were often technology-minded - and while this is still partially true - the term has been almost completely redefined. Now, anyone passionate enough about their hobbies or career can, and should be, considered a geek
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10/09/14
7:30 am - 8:45 am
The Death of Money?
The Union League of Chicago, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
The international monetary system is in imminent danger of collapse, according to James Rickards. The last three collapses—1914, 1939, 1971—were followed by periods of war, civil unrest, or significant instability in the global economy. While financial cyber terrorism and pressure from emerging countries may threaten the dollar and US financial hegemony, the biggest threat may come from within—from what Rickards considers foolish US fiscal policies and severe mismanagement of the Federal Reserve. Is the death of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency a foregone conclusion?
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10/10/14 - 10/11/14
All Day
Is Healthcare a Human Right?
Quadrangle Club, University of Chicago, Chicago IL
U of Chicago
Is it or Isn't it? Expert panels will discuss the medical and moral arguments for and against.
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10/10/14
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Humans Evolving: A Story of Adaptation, with Dr. Leslea Hlusko
Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
Adler Planetarium
The lecture, adapted for the Grainger Sky Theater’s unique 360-degree dome environment, will lead the audience on a journey through the theoretical seven evolutionary snapshots that trace our lineage from before the split with chimpanzees to inhabiting six of the seven continents we live on today. Along the way, Dr. Hlusko will explore how human evolution, geography, and climate change are intertwined and how humans are subject to the same evolutionary forces that influence all of Earth’s life forms.
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10/13/14 - 10/15/14
All Day
Barn Raise Chicago
IIT Institute of Design, Chicago IL
Barn Raise Chicago
Meet BarnRaise: a new, immersive, two-and-a-half day experience that combines the best of thought leadership with the opportunity to build physical and digital prototypes. Leading design firms will host teams all around the city and will be partnered with real organizations who can create real action
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10/13/14 - 10/19/14
All Day
Chicago Ideas Week
TBD, Chicago, IL
Chicago Ideas Week
Chicago Ideas Week brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond. With over 25,000 attendees annually, CIW is the global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem for innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation.
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10/13/14
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CIW - Science: Your Life Under a Microscope
Thorne Auditorium - Northwestern University, Chicago IL
Chicago Ideas Week
Science isn’t all white lab coats and beakers: It’s everything that surrounds you. From the cocktail you ordered last night to the latest furniture design, world-renowned experts put your life under a microscope. Learn the myriad ways that scientific principles and discoveries impact our daily lives.
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10/13/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Business Plans for New Initiatives
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus Institute
This is one in a series of workshops and master classes designed to enhance the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future leaders, advancing the missions of the organizations they serve. Although designed for those working with Jewish agencies and organizations, the content will be beneficial to anyone seeking to learn best practices, including those working in the nonprofit, for profit, and social sectors.
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10/13/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
CIW - Explorers: The Ends of the Earth
Thorne Auditorium - Northwestern University, Chicago IL
Chicago Ideas Week
Get ready to go around the world and back in 90 minutes as the globe’s most accomplished and daring explorers take us to the rarest parts of the planet. Venture into the depths of the London Underground, complete Amelia Earhart’s historic flight and seek out the world’s most dangerous animals without even leaving your seat.
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10/14/14 - 10/15/14
All Day
Chicago Venture Summit
Venue SIX10, Chicago IL
Chicago Venture Summit
Built for venture investors, the Chicago Venture Summit will showcase the best venture-backed technology companies in the Midwest. This invitation-only event will provide venture capitalists an opportunity to efficiently expand the networks needed for successful investment in the Midwest.
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10/14/14
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thinking with Paul Ricoeur: Retrospect and Prospect II (Philosophy)
University of Chicago Swift Hall, Chicago IL
U of C Divinity School
A series of occasional sessions at the Divinity School to commemorate the centenary of Paul Ricoeur’s birth. To attempt to capture something of his unique intellectual spirit, the sessions aim to think with Ricoeur toward an enhanced understanding of religion via the themes of ethics, philosophy, and culture.
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10/14/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The City of Dixon: How Rita Crundwell Stole 53 Million Dollars
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Rita Crundwell Stole 53 Million Dollars from the town of Dixon. Find out how she did it, and how the town got most of it back.
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10/14/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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10/14/14
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
WHAT WE HAVE STILL TO LEARN FROM THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
Standard Club, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator and associate editor of the Financial Times (FT). He will share his thoughts on what have we learned and, above all, what do we still need to learn in order to prevent another crisis?
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10/14/14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Trouble with Talking about God
Wheaton College, 339 Blanchard Hall, Wheaton IL
Wheaton College
Jacobs will lecture about the apparent tension throughout the Christian tradition concerning talking about God. On the one hand, the tradition holds that it is important to say the right things about God, on the other hand, theologians and saints insist claims fail since God is in some way beyond all knowledge, understanding, and description.
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10/15/14
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
THE INTERNET UNDERGROUND
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Join new media expert Emily Parker for a discussion on the lives of and outlook for internet dissidents in countries like China, Russia, and Cuba.
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10/15/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Exclusive Preview - Open House Chicago 2014
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
CAF's 4th annual Open House Chicago is taking place October 18th & 19th. The city's largest architecture and urban exploration festival offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago.
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10/15/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
"Redeeming the Gift of Power" lecture by Andy Crouch
Barrows Auditorum, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL
Wheaton College
Andy Crouch is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power (IVP Books, 2013) and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (IVP Books, 2008), which received Christianity Today's 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture. Crouch is executive editor of Christianity Today and a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission's IJM Institute.
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10/16/14
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities - Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
VentureShot, Chicago IL
Venture Shot
This special series of collaboration sessions is for Entrepreneurs, Startups, 1st Stage & 2nd Stage Growth Companies, Bootstrappers and Business Owners who are building their business without major amounts of investor capital (i.e. Not VC Funded)...so far.
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10/16/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Susana Vasquez, Executive Director,LISC Chicago
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Susana Vasquez serves as the executive director of the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). LISC Chicago is a citywide leader in the development and implementation of innovative neighborhood-based initiatives in such areas as health, safety, education, digital access and economic development.
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10/16/14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Politics of Religious Freedom in the Mediterranean: Between Arab Spring and European Autumn?
Center for International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Northwestern
Alessandro Ferrari, Associate Professor, Department of Law and Economics of Firms and Persons at the Università degli Studi dell'Insubria and Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, Fall 2014.
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10/16/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Idea Club - TechNexus
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
TechNexus
You have a great idea for a new technology business, only we don't know about it yet! You're invited to join us at one of our small, bi-weekly Idea Club meetings, where you can learn about what we do, let us know what you're working on, and have the chance to chat informally with other entrepreneurs and some of our resident growth companies.
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10/16/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Adler After Dark - Dead Space
Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
Adler Planetarium
Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening event offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6 to 10 pm. With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or a special date they’ll never forget.
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10/16/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chicago Lean Startup Challenge Finals - From Idea to Revenue in 12 Weeks
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Chicago Lean Startup
12 Weeks, 85 startups, thousands of customer interviews, hundreds of pivots, and a lot of fast learning. Now it's down to four finalist, the best of the best, who all went from idea to revenue in 10 weeks. Join us as they present their lessons learned and compete for the grand prize.
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10/16/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Feast: Innovation in Food
Rhine Hall Distillery, Chicago IL
CHICAGO INNO
With big companies - like GrubHub, PeaPod, and Belly - and emerging startups - like Food Genius and Fooda - the Windy City is at the epicenter of a food tech revolution. And food tech's fascinating. This meetup isn't just relegated to the disrupters; if you're interested in the space at all and want to be a part of the conversation, swing on by.
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10/17/14 - 10/18/14
All Day
Midwest Medieval History Conference 2014
Dominican University - Parmer Hall, River Forest IL
Midwest Medieval History Conference
The MIDWEST MEDIEVAL HISTORY CONFERENCE is, as its name implies, composed mostly of historians. Not that we don't enjoy the company of theologians, philologists, art historians, or literary critics, but we feel the necessity of occasionally meeting with colleagues from our discipline for a weekend of focused scholarship and good cheer. It is a wonderful group. Come to a couple of meetings and you'll find yourself accepted as a longtime associate. We are always anxious to make new friends, especially among younger faculty and graduate students.
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10/17/14
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
US-Canada Energy Summit: Reenergizing the Policy Dialogue
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
This one-day summit will draw Canadian and American policy practitioners, business leaders, and energy experts to consider the many dimensions of the US-Canada energy relationship and the implications of the shifting energy landscape.
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10/17/14
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Insightful Facilitation Through Improv Theater
Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chciago IL
IAF - Chicago
People learn best through experiential involvement and since improvisation works by responding to an experience the moment it happens, it creates flashes of spontaneity that lead to recognition and creative expression, primarily through participant self-discovery. Come learn how to play, use and understand Improv techniques that you can apply immediately to keep yourself and your audiences involved, focused and interested.
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10/18/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dorothy Day, Co-Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
Hilltop Restaurant, Chicago IL
College of Complexes
Author Rosalie Riegle discusses her biography of a social activist who advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism. Day "believed all states were inherently totalitarian," and was considered to be an anarchist and did not hesitate to use the term. In the 1930's she worked to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a nonviolent, pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf.
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10/19/14
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Fifty Years of Christian-Jewish Dialogue: Has the Relationship Been Permanently Altered?
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus
Fr. John Pawlikowski, a leading figure in interfaith relationships, talks about Vatican II's impact on Christian-Jewish relations — right up to the present day. Fr. Pawlikowski will address how Judaism has responded to the changes in Christianity. He'll explain current issues of tension and hope and examine whether Vatican II has brought lasting change.
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10/20/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dr. Mark Emmert, President, NCAA
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
CIty Club of Chicago
Dr. Emmert is committed to enhancing the student-athlete experience for the 450,000 + student-athletes across the nation and is a steadfast believer in the collegiate model, student-athlete academics, student-athlete well-being and integrity by all those involved. His talk will address student athlete unionization, paying players, and upholding standards.
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10/20/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Business Plans for New Initiatives
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus Institute
This is one in a series of workshops and master classes designed to enhance the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future leaders, advancing the missions of the organizations they serve. Although designed for those working with Jewish agencies and organizations, the content will be beneficial to anyone seeking to learn best practices, including those working in the nonprofit, for profit, and social sectors.
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10/21/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Warren Ribley, Executive Director, Illinois Medical District Commission
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Ribley brings to the post more than 30 years of economic development and private sector experience and is charged with determining the strategic direction of IMDC, which is the country’s largest urban medical district.
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10/21/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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10/21/14
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Trib Nation: Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
www.eventbrite.com/e/trib-nation-mayor-rahm-emanuel-tickets-12227931071
Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits down for a conversation with Bruce Dold, editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune, two weeks before the national midterm election to talk about politics, government and the future of Chicago. This event is part of the Tribune’s commitment to public discussions that examine the challenges and opportunities that face our city.
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10/22/14
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Bootstrappers Breakfast - Chicago Meetup
Caffe Baci, Chicago IL
Bootstrappers Breakfast
Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup.
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10/22/14
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Crain's Business of Healthcare
Four Seasons, Chicago IL
Crain's
Crain’s Chicago Business hosts a panel discussion among leaders at Chicago area business's and healthcare providers.
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10/22/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Millennium Park After 10 Years-The Very Good and the Not So Bad
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Ed Uhlir, the former Millennium Park Design Director and now the Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation, will explain the evolution of the park's design; its significant economic, environmental social and cultural impact, the park's innovative expanded programming and the park's future. What are the design elements and organizational structure that could have been done better?
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10/22/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Powerful Persuasion: Three Ways to Get Clients and Coworkers to Say “Yes!”
William Blair & Co, CHicago IL
YPC
Ever wonder why you connect with some people and not others? According to Lynne Franklin, it’s all in your head—your brain, that is. She will share three techniques you can use to persuade—not manipulate—others: 1) the steps everyone’s brain must go through to agree to do anything, 2) how to read people’s body language to read their minds, and 3) how to turn any question into the right one—and diffuse difficult questioners.
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10/23/14
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Investing in your business
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Venture Connects
Watch and engage with some of the most prominent investors in the United States and hear what it takes to gain outside investments; and what things are most important to angel investors. Hear from a panel of experts in this evening event to help give you the knowledge to take your business to the next level.
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10/23/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ITA CMO Reception
Register For Location, Chicago IL
ITA
​​​Join us for our next networking reception exclusively for marketing executives from growth-stage tech companies. This is a casual event where executives can discuss current issues, network, debate and get inspired by others.
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10/23/14
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Chicago's Future as an Energy Hub
Standard Club, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
With the North American oil and gas boom continuing to change the landscape of global energy, Chicago now has the opportunity to reinvigorate its long history in the energy industry and serve as a central hub for companies to locate management, transportation, refining, and trading operations. As a leading global city, Chicago is also an attractive draw for the young talent needed to fill the ranks of the energy industry as it continues to ramp-up its work force. With many cities and regions competing for the jobs and investment created by growth in the energy sector, how can Chicago improve its competitiveness and better position itself as a future energy hub?
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10/24/14 - 10/26/14
All Day
Defense Entrepreneurs Forum 2014 (DEF 2.0)
Gleacher Center, Chicago IL
Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
This conference is primarily directed towards inspiring military and veteran innovators of all ranks. Both government civilian and military personnel are invited to attend to include senior leaders. Academics and private industry leaders are also invited to share innovations and ideas that support national security and government processes.
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10/24/14
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship
Fermilab, Batavia IL
Fermilab
Engineering is about making and doing things that have not been done before. To be successful, it is essential that engineers properly anticipate how things can fail, and design accordingly. Case studies of past failures thus provide invaluable information for the design of future successes. Conversely, designs based on the extrapolation of successful experience alone can lead to failure. This paradox will be explored in the context of historical case studies.
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10/25/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RaceMan Answers: America's Toughest Questions on Race, Inequality & More
Hilltop Restaurant, Chicago IL
College of Complexes
Author Lowell Thompson "not only says America's most avoided 4-letter word, but has a 'brand' new perspective on it. In RMA, Thompson shows the relationship between our nation's history of white-over-black supremacy, and its current extreme 'white-vs-white' inequality. You'll see how both problems are inextricably linked."
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10/26/14
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Jewish Leadership
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership brings together a panel of impressive, innovative leaders from the business world and social sectors to address what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and what organizations wishing to innovate need to know. Following the presentation, join participants over lunch for small group discussions based on suggestions from the presenters and questions from attendees. Come away with new contacts and ideas for innovation.
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10/27/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Business Plans for New Initiatives
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus Institute
This is one in a series of workshops and master classes designed to enhance the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future leaders, advancing the missions of the organizations they serve. Although designed for those working with Jewish agencies and organizations, the content will be beneficial to anyone seeking to learn best practices, including those working in the nonprofit, for profit, and social sectors.
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10/28/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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10/28/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mayor 1% - An Update - The State of the City Approaching the 2015 Election
CivicLab, Chicago IL
CivicLab
Mayor Emanuel represents a corporate approach to city management that includes a warm embrace of privatization. On the other hand, opponents speak of a broad responsibility that a city has to her citizens - to serve and nourish them all in powerful and sustainable ways. Author Kari Lydersen will frame this set of choices in light of her long-time investigative and reporting work in Chicago.
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10/29/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Redefining the Blue H: What do healing and health mean in times of transformation?
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Sandra Bruce is President and CEO of Presence Health, the largest Catholic Health System based in Illinois. Headquartered in downtown Chicago, Presence Health was formed by the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. She will discuss the current state of health care delivery in Illinois.
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10/29/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Trending and Blending: Hot Topics in Multi-Family Residential
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Covering the demographic spectrum from millennials to seniors populations, the challenges, opportunities and concerns that are shaping the design of current multi-family and mixed-use projects will be presented through a series of case studies of current work.
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10/29/14
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Future of Work: How Technology Will Change the Way We Work
Northwestern University –Lurie Medical Center, Chicago IL
Northwestern University
Technology has dramatically changed the way we work: it automates processes, collects and organizes our information, and offers new lines for global communication. It both opens new industries and shutters traditional strongholds at an accelerating pace, and it continually redefines what it means to “work” in the world today. Advances in areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence have caused equal amounts of excitement and alarm. How will technology of the future continue affect our work? Will the pace of innovation continue to accelerate?
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10/29/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pitch Circus: A Startup Pitch Spectacle!
Grind, Chicago IL
Pitch Circus
Get funny, get it together, get ready for Pitch Circus. Humor and logic can help you seal the deal. Learn how.
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10/30/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Timothy C. Evans serves as the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest of the judicial circuits in Illinois and also one of the largest unified court systems in the world. He oversees the circuit's approximately 400 judges and more than 1,900 employees assigned to 14 non-judicial offices as well as the court’s annual budget of approximately $157.1 million.
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10/30/14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Spiritual Governance: The Chaplain as Priest of the Secular
Center for International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
Explore the idea and practice of the Senate Chaplain.
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10/30/14
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Age Friendly Chicago - Roundtable
Northwestern University - Hughes Auditorium, Chicago IL
Northwestern University
The Buehler Center will host a round table discussion of the city of Chicago’s age-friendliness, moderated by Joyce Gallagher, executive director of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.
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10/30/14
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
13th annual Chicago Innovation Awards
Harris Theater, Chicago IL
Chicago Innovation Awards
For the 13th consecutive year, the Chicago Innovation Awards will celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring its most innovative new products and services. This year's winning organizations may be large or small, for-profit or not-for-profit, high tech, low tech or no tech, across all industries, but they are all tied together by their commitment to innovation.
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10/30/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Idea Club - TechNexus
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
TechNexus
You have a great idea for a new technology business, only we don't know about it yet! You're invited to join us at one of our small, bi-weekly Idea Club meetings, where you can learn about what we do, let us know what you're working on, and have the chance to chat informally with other entrepreneurs and some of our resident growth companies.
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11/03/14
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Religion and Race, Religion as Race: The Place of Muslims in South Africa
Northwestern University - African Studies, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
This talk argues that the 350-year presence of Muslims in South Africa is crucial to understanding the formation of concepts of race, sexuality and belonging in the country.
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11/04/14
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dialogue Series: "The Humanities in the Age of Ecological Catastrophe”
Center for International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
The world is changing. Will humanity ruin the environment? How can the humanities survive if ecology collapses? Two scholars discuss.
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11/04/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Impact Investing Workshops with Brian H. Axelrad
Gleacher Center, Chicago IL
Chicago Booth
Interested in the intersection of social impact and ROI? Join us for a series of impact investing workshop to learn about this dynamic field balancing social good with healthy returns.
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11/04/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ITA CTO Forum Dinner
Register For Location, Chicago IL
ITA
Join us for our next exclusive networking dinner for CTOs from growth-stage technology companies. This is a casual event where executives can discuss current issues, network, debate and get inspired by others. Our Leadership Forums fill up fast, so register early to guarantee your seat!
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11/04/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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11/04/14
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chicago Inno: Fall Down
Pearl Tavern, Chicago IL
CHICAGO INNO
If you're involved with tech or disruption in Chicago - or if you're interested in either - we'd love to have you at The Pearl Tavern. Collission is critical to the overall health of the startup ecosystem, so swing on by for an hour or two - have a beer or three - and meet others in the Windy City operating in innovation.
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11/05/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dean's Speaker Series: In the Business of Social Change
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Chicago IL
Loyola University Alumni
David Batstone, a global expert on social enterprise and sustainable business and a professor of business at the University of San Francisco, will share his wisdom and insights on how to create models that respond to social problems. Existing at the intersection of profit and purpose himself, David is founder of the international anti-human trafficking organization Not For Sale and managing partner of Just Business, a private investment fund in San Francisco, California. David's latest book, Not For Sale, documents the reality of slavery in the 21 Century and what can be done to fight it.
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11/05/14
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Microbiome: A New Frontier In Human Health
Northwestern University –Lurie Medical Center, Chicago IL
Northwestern University
Dr. Lynch will discuss the genesis, influences on and effects of the human microbiome, with a particular focus on childhood allergic disease and asthma.
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11/06/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Brenna Berman Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Commissioner and CIO, Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as Deputy Budget Director focused on enterprise initiatives and performance management. After a year in that role, Brenna transitioned to DoIT as 1st Deputy Commissioner to focus on enterprise IT consolidation and operational excellence.
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11/06/14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Science communication: Deficits, dialogues, and deniers with Bruce Lewenstein
Northwestern University ITW, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
How to talk science to non-science folks, scientifically.
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11/06/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tech Cocktail's Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase
John Barleycorn - River North, Chicago IL
Tech Cocktail
Tech Cocktail is aimed at helping build and strengthen local tech start-up communities both online and off. During past mixer events we have had companies find employees, co-founders, funding and some start-ups have even been acquired. We love it when that happens.
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11/07/14
All Day
TEDx Naperville
Grounds for Hope Cafe, Lisle IL
Tedx Naperville
You are invited to share in the brilliance of deep, open discussion and ideas that are collectively pushing humanity forward. As we celebrate 5 years, we look forward to another sold-out conference with amazing speakers, new engagement activities, and opening a whole new section of the venue that even previous attendees haven’t seen.
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11/11/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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11/12/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Discovering Your Passion in the Philanthropic Community
TBD, Chicago, IL
Young Professionals of Chicago
Join YPC and Ken and Carolyn Nopar for an evening of discovering your passion in the non-for profit community. Ken and Carolyn have dedicated their lives to the philanthropic community by encouraging and facilitating charitable giving among those at many levels of wealth who were in a fortunate position to be donors.
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11/12/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
TechBash 2014
Castle, Chicago IL
Tech Bash 2014
Come meet and mingle with the CIOs of over 40 companies as we highlight their celebrity status at this year’s TechBash!
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11/13/14
7:30 am - 9:30 am
2014 Chicago Geek Breakfast
Panera Break, Chicago IL
Chicago Geek Breakfast
The Chicago Geek Breakfast a monthly community-driven meeting for local (and visiting) geeks. Each month attendees congregate over bacon, eggs and plenty of coffee to discuss topics like social media, digital marketing, design, programming, and ways to better their communities. In the past, “geeks” were often technology-minded - and while this is still partially true - the term has been almost completely redefined. Now, anyone passionate enough about their hobbies or career can, and should be, considered a geek
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11/13/14
7:30 am - 9:15 am
Ebola and Global Preparedness
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Dr. Nirav Shah, MD, is in the Global Life Sciences practice of the law firm Sidley Austin, LLP. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses in global public health and mathematical epidemiology. Shah previously served as the chief economist of the Ministry of Health of Cambodia, during his tenure as a Henry Luce Scholar.
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11/13/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon:Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim,President and CEO, Columbia College Chicago
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
A native Chicagoan born and raised in Hyde Park, President Kim is an outspoken advocate for the arts and a proponent of expanding the role of creative practice in society. President Kim is deeply committed to preparing students for the transformative roles of creative individuals in society.
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11/13/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Idea Club - TechNexus
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
TechNexus
You have a great idea for a new technology business, only we don't know about it yet! You're invited to join us at one of our small, bi-weekly Idea Club meetings, where you can learn about what we do, let us know what you're working on, and have the chance to chat informally with other entrepreneurs and some of our resident growth companies.
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11/13/14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ITA Women in Tech Forum
Register For Location, Chicago IL
ITA
Event is open to senior level women in technology positions or executive women at tech enabled companies.
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11/15/14
All Day
Women in STEM 2014 - Advancing Your Future
Northwestern University, Evanston IL
C2ST
2014 Women in STEM is dedicated to women who want to remain on the cutting edge of research and development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while enhancing their career.
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11/17/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Anne Pramaggiore President and CEO ComEd
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
In 2009, Pramaggiore was appointed as ComEd’s COO and became responsible for overseeing day- to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company’s effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd’s smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country.
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11/18/14
7:00 am - 9:45 am
Crain’s Privately Held Breakfast
The Peninsula Chicago, Chicago IL
Crain's
This invitation-only breakfast will feature a series of on-stage conversations between CEOs of top Chicago-area privately held companies. Topics to be discussed include: business models and growth strategies, reinvention and innovation, leadership, customer best practices and succession.
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11/18/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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11/20/14
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Exploring the Internet of Things
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
ITA
This is an all-day event made up of five panel discussions. These sessions will bring together luminaries from leading companies to discuss how this emerging landscape will change the face of business as we know it. What is the roadmap to getting us there? How can companies position themselves to seize its incumbent opportunities? Find out at this year’s event.
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11/20/14
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities - Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
VentureShot, Chicago IL
Venture Shot
This special series of collaboration sessions is for Entrepreneurs, Startups, 1st Stage & 2nd Stage Growth Companies, Bootstrappers and Business Owners who are building their business without major amounts of investor capital (i.e. Not VC Funded)...so far.
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11/20/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Adler After Dark - Galactic Gastronomy
Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
Adler Planetarium
Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening event offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6 to 10 pm. With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or a special date they’ll never forget.
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11/21/14 - 11/22/14
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Foundations of the Law of Evidence and Their Implications for Developing Countries
Arthur Rubloff Building - Northwestern, Chicago IL
Northwestern University
The conference will examine the challenges of law reform in third world countries with a particular focus on reform movements concerning the law of evidence in Tanzania and China.
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11/22/14
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Love is the Final Fight: Justice in a Violent World
Trinity International University, Deerfield IL
Trinity International University
Dr. Perkins, born in rural Mississippi in 1930, will share an autobiographical journey of pursuing justice in a world overwhelmed by oppression & brokenness. His perseverance through the Civil Rights Movement and his voice within the Evangelical Church continue to shape how Christians understand justice, reconciliation, and a call for multi-ethnic ministry. With his vast ministry experiences in many different contexts, Dr. Perkins’ strong biblical knowledge consistently seeps through in a reinterpretation of present situations through a Gospel perspective.
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11/22/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Future of Democracy
Hilltop Restaurant, Chicago IL
College of Complexes
"Democracy depends on the communication technology. With the advance of communication technology, people had more information and became capable of and desirable to make decisions. Democracy is a system to let people to express opinions and make better decisions. However, the current political system is built on the last century's communication technologies. It can no longer satisfy new society needs with large amount of diverse issues and opinions. I would like to make a few suggestions to take advantage of new technologies, change old mindsets and solve some current political problems.
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11/24/14
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6th Annual Executive Speaker Forum Featuring Mitt Romney
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago IL
TMA
Hear from legendary turnaround artist, former Governor, Co-Founder of Bain Capital Mitt Romney.
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11/25/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Forrest Claypool, President, CTA
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
As transit chief, Claypool wiped out a $308 million deficit while protecting rail and bus service, negotiated a historic new labor agreement, improved security with a massive surveillance camera system, and launched the most ambitious infrastructure modernization campaign in CTA history.
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11/25/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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11/26/14
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Bootstrappers Breakfast - Chicago Meetup
Caffe Baci, Chicago IL
Bootstrappers Breakfast
Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup.
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12/02/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Hon. Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Recorder Yarbrough, in her continued pursuit to institute new laws to protect taxpayers and as a chief advocate for property owners in Cook County, advanced three bills through the legislature in 2013. HB 2832 empowers county recorders to help property owners fight property fraud; HB 2905 raises the penalty for knowingly filing false claims of interest or attempting to cloud a property title from a misdemeanor to a felony; and HB 2269 requires Cook County notaries who validate transfers of property to maintain detailed records of each and forward them to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office.
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12/02/14
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blue Sky Innovation: Launch Your Blog in Less Than a Day
Tribune Tower, Chicago IL
Trib Nation
This popular Blue Sky Innovation Digital Skills Class with ChicagoNow community manager Jimmy Greenfield and Blue Sky Innovation presentation editor Nick Tann will teach eager aspiring bloggers the ins and outs of WordPress. This intense, focused and hands-on workshop will have participants up and blogging by the end of the session.
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12/02/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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12/03/14
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Crain's Hospital CEO Breakfast
Swissotel, Chicago IL
Crain's
Join leaders of area hospitals to discuss the business of healthcare.
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12/03/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Strategic Planning
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus institute
Strategic planning is essential for all organizations. Under the guidance of strategy expert Walter Adams, explore the key goals, components, and best practices for a successful strategic plan. Then learn to develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic plan of your own.
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12/09/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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12/10/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Strategic Planning
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus institute
Strategic planning is essential for all organizations. Under the guidance of strategy expert Walter Adams, explore the key goals, components, and best practices for a successful strategic plan. Then learn to develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic plan of your own.
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12/11/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Idea Club - TechNexus
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
TechNexus
You have a great idea for a new technology business, only we don't know about it yet! You're invited to join us at one of our small, bi-weekly Idea Club meetings, where you can learn about what we do, let us know what you're working on, and have the chance to chat informally with other entrepreneurs and some of our resident growth companies.
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12/16/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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12/17/14
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Strategic Planning
Spertus, Chicago IL
Spertus institute
Strategic planning is essential for all organizations. Under the guidance of strategy expert Walter Adams, explore the key goals, components, and best practices for a successful strategic plan. Then learn to develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic plan of your own.
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12/18/14
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities - Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
VentureShot, Chicago IL
Venture Shot
This special series of collaboration sessions is for Entrepreneurs, Startups, 1st Stage & 2nd Stage Growth Companies, Bootstrappers and Business Owners who are building their business without major amounts of investor capital (i.e. Not VC Funded)...so far.
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12/23/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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01/09/15
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thinking with Paul Ricoeur: Retrospect and Prospect III (Culture)
University of Chicago Swift Hall, Chicago IL
U of C Divinity
A series of occasional sessions at the Divinity School to commemorate the centenary of Paul Ricoeur’s birth. To attempt to capture something of his unique intellectual spirit, the sessions aim to think with Ricoeur toward an enhanced understanding of religion via the themes of ethics, philosophy, and culture.
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01/15/15
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities - Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
VentureShot, Chicago IL
Venture Shot
This special series of collaboration sessions is for Entrepreneurs, Startups, 1st Stage & 2nd Stage Growth Companies, Bootstrappers and Business Owners who are building their business without major amounts of investor capital (i.e. Not VC Funded)...so far.
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01/20/15
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dialogue Series: "Borderlands”
Northwestern University Harris Hall, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale University. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity.
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02/19/15
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities - Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
VentureShot, Chicago IL
Venture Shot
This special series of collaboration sessions is for Entrepreneurs, Startups, 1st Stage & 2nd Stage Growth Companies, Bootstrappers and Business Owners who are building their business without major amounts of investor capital (i.e. Not VC Funded)...so far.
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02/19/15
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Law’s Religion: Religious Difference and the Conceits of Constitutionalism
Center for International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
Professor Berger writes and teaches in the areas of law and religion, constitutional and criminal law and theory, and the law of evidence.
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04/23/15
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The People of Sudan Love You, Oh Messenger of God: An Ethnography of the Islamic State
Center for International and Comparative Studies - Northwestern University, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
Noah Salomon's research has explored the intersection of Islamic ways of life and modern modes of power and has taken place in Sudan and South Sudan. In Sudan, he has explored the project of Islamic state-building and the engagement with its effects by a diverse group of Muslim organizations. In South Sudan, he has examined the attempt to construct a secular state out of the ashes of the Islamic state project, as well as the discursive construction of a Muslim minority that has emerged out of this arrangement.
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05/04/15 - 05/09/15
All Day
Microsoft’s Unified Technology Event for Enterprises
TBD, Chicago, IL
Microsoft
If you've attended TechEd or Microsoft Management Summit, this is the place for you to be. It's everything you've come to know and love and more. You'll find what you're familiar with and you'll learn more about Lync, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Project, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visio, Visual Studio, Windows, Windows Intune, Windows Server and lots more.
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Date/Time Event Partner
09/14/14 - 09/16/14
All Day
SSTI Conference - Regional Prosperity Through Innovation
Westin Chicago River North, Chicago IL
SSTI Conference
Science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation fully permeate and drive nearly all aspects of our society. For some, the changes underway mean creative destruction. Others sense chaos. Is our field coming of age and a new, shared vision emerging? Over two days, more than 300 practitioners, shareholders and policymakers interested in participating more effectively in this changed landscape will convene in Chicago to share best and promising practices in response to the new opportunities arising.
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09/15/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon:Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Barbara Byrd-Bennett is the Chief Executive Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS serves approximately 400,000 students in 665 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school system. In April 2012, Ms. Byrd-Bennett was appointed as Chief Education Advisor for CPS. Her talk will touch on Common Core, Funding, school closings, teacher strikes, Rahm & Karen.
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09/16/14 - 09/17/14
All Day
Judy Smith, America's Number One Crisis Management Expert
Hyatt McCormick Prairie Ballroom, Chicago IL
WBDC
Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C.and Los Angeles. Ms. Smith serves as Co-Executive Producer and the inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal.
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09/16/14
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Internet of All Things
TechNexus Incubator, Chicago IL
MITef
Don't learn about the Internet of Things. Learn about the Internet of ALL things.
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09/16/14
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open Gov Hack Night
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Open City
The Open Gov Hack Night is organized by civic tech group Open City and is for those who want to: - get work done on civic projects - start a new project, or find one to join (non-coders very welcome!) - bounce ideas and get help from tech and gov experts - learn about open data, smart cities, and open gov
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09/16/14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Logan LaHive (Belly)
Grind, Chicago IL
Startup Grind Chicago
Startup Grind Chicago hosts Logan LaHive, CEO of Belly.
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09/17/14
7:30 am - 9:45 am
Crain's Middle Market Breakfast
The Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel, Chicago IL
Crain's
Join area business leaders in Middle Market companies as they discuss challenges and opportunities for mid-size companies in the Midwest.
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09/17/14
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Funding Feeding Frenzy
Argosy University, Chicago IL
Extraordinary Success LLC
Similar to a cross between "Shark Tank" and "The Apprentice", the Funding Feeding Frenzy is a day-long event is about getting all the resources you need to be a successful entrepreneur...Angel Funding, Micro Lenders, Venture Capital and Alternative Funding, Strategic Customers and Partnerships, Valuable Business Connections...all in a single day.
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09/17/14
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Public Policy Luncheon: Ellen Alberding,President,The Joyce Foundation
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
This talk will focus on the purpose and grants of the Joyce Foundation, as well as the civic challenges we all must address in Chicago and the Midwest.
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09/17/14
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
LunchTalks@CAF: Terminal Town: Celebrating 75 Years of Travel to the Windy City
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago IL
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago's system of passenger air, bus, and train terminals has long been a defining feature of its cosmopolitan character. This program will reflect on the role and design of this region's many terminals- both the successes and failures over the past 75 years- and look ahead to the ambitious plans in place for the future
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