Featured Events


Date/Time Event Partner
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ujjwal Gupta, Co-founder & COO at BenchPrep
We Work, Chicago IL
Startup Grind
Ujjwal Gupta, Co-founder at BenchPrep, one of the fastest growing startups in Chicagoland. His story, his journey is really quite extraordinary, and not to be missed.
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Date/Time Event Partner
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Rhodes Less Traveled: A Conversation With Ben Rhodes
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago IL
Chicago Council
Ben Rhodes, the architect behind much of President Obama’s foreign policy strategy, was instrumental in the administration’s widely debated re-opening of relations with Cuba and the infamous Syrian red line incident. During his tenure, Rhodes served as both a national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriter for the former president merging policy and public relations in a newly digital world. Hear about his time in the administration as well as his non-traditional path to the White House.
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5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
1871 - Merchandise Mart 12th floor, Chicago IL
Join us as we kick off the conference at the ACT-W Kickoff Happy Hour. Enjoy an exclusive experience to mingle with industry leaders, celebrate with other like-minded people, and enjoy a night on the town before the conference.
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6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adler Afraid of the Dark?
Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
Adler Planetarium
If you grew up in the 90s, you remember the spine-tingling (and often campy) stories told ‘round the campfire in Are You Afraid of the Dark. But the universe is even scarier than you imagine. Don’t miss this fun & fear-inducing Adler After Dark!
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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tiny Print Makes a Big Difference: Label Claims on Packaging & Menus
The Hatchery, Chicago IL
The Hatchery Chicago
Labeling helps consumers make informed and healthful decisions about meals and snacks, especially important since Americans are eating and drinking nearly 1/3 of their calories away from home. New FDA regulation labeling will be consistent nationwide and will provide easy-to-understand nutrition information in a direct and accessible manner.
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8:30 am - 11:30 am
The Chicago School, Chicago IL
This conference is packed with hands-on workshops, motivating sessions, a career/exhibit fair, and tons of networking. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with women in tech and professionals in Chicago.
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Health Sector and the Economy 2017
The Saieh Hall of Economics, Chicago IL
Becker Friedman Institute
The second annual conference organized by the Health Economics Initiative will bring together scholars pursuing research that combines theoretical and empirical analysis to examine the function of health care markets and the impact of health policies. The conference will also aim to foster a community for collaboration and evaluation of current research.
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10:00 am - 11:30 am
Chicago Creative Women's Brunch: Community Over Competition
Citygirl Events studio, Chicago IL
Creative Women's Co.
A journalist turned nonprofit PR professional, L’Oreal Thompson Payton is passionate about empowering, educating and inspiring women and girls through storytelling. As the media relations manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, she is responsible for overseeing and implementing the public relations strategy for one of the largest councils in the country.
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10:30 am - 1:00 pm
STEM Career and Leadership Development Conference
Hyatt Hyde Park, Chicago IL
Inspired Biological Solutions
Join this scientific career development conference. Our speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, and all who have accomplished top career success.
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8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Science Cocktail Party 2017
DIRTT, Chicago IL
Illinois Science Council
There will be smart people and beautiful people and interesting people (often the same people), food, open bar with our signature "Pop-Rock Cocktail," virtual reality experiences, raffle prizes, plus very cool science experiments you can participate in, all in the name of science and fun.
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All Day
Peak of the Orionids Meteor Shower The Universe
Starting in the evening of Oct. 22 through the next day’s dawn, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Orionids meteor shower. Learn more about the major meteor showers and how to watch them here.
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