Featured Events


Date/Time Event Partner
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Former Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus (2009 - 2017)
Quadrangle Club, University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Institute of Politics
Join the IOP as we welcome former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy. During his tenure, Secretary Mabus advocated for and oversaw the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the full integration of women in the military, and the military’s move toward reliance on alternative sources of energy.
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Date/Time Event Partner
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Maureen Maher - The World I want for my Daughter...and Son. Using Lessons from Our Time to Create a Better Future
Union League Club, Chicago IL
First Friday Club
Ms. Maureen Maher, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist for the CBS News Magazine, 48 Hours, will share life stories from her travels around the country and around the world. She is now using them to teach her children and (hopefully) others the importance of finding something in common with people, even and especially when you disagree.
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6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
Adler Planetarium
Explore our Solar System—and beyond—at an Astro-Overnight! Designed for families with kids ages 6-12, Astro-Overnights are a great way to experience the museum after-hours, and with new, hands-on programming, special sky shows, and the chance to spend the night under the stars or in an exhibit next to a planet (or spacecraft). There’s something for the whole family to enjoy!
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8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Art & Science Behind Pixar Films – Danielle Feinberg
Fermilab, Batavia IL
In this insightful talk, Danielle Feinberg of Pixar Animation Studios will show how art and science come together to create the magic of Pixar films. You will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the various problems they have encountered and how they have solved them.
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9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dearborn Observatory Public Viewing
Dearborn Observatory, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
The Dearborn Observatory is open for public observing with the historic 18.5" refracting telescope every Friday night!
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7:30 am - 11:00 am
Second Amendment Lecture & Practice
The Range At 355, Bolingbrook IL
Chicago Federalist Society
Shoot First. Ask Questions Later: The roundtable discussion will be preceded by an opportunity to exercise your Second Amendment rights on the firing range. Featuring a Second Amendment Litigation update with guest speaker Alan Gura.
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Winning the fight for fairness: A discussion on criminal justice reform
Gleacher Center, Chicago IL
Illinois Policy Institute
Join the Illinois Policy Institute and the ACLU once again for a dynamic conversation on how far Illinois has come in reforming our criminal justice system, how we compare to other states and where lawmakers must go from here.
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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Future of Digital Media
Maggiano's Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago
Ellen Alberding, Bruce Dold, Edwin Eisendrath discuss how new organizations can survive in the digital world.
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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Religious Freedom in Arab States: Who Is Free and What Are They Free to Do?
Evanston Public Library, Evanston IL
Northwestern University
Most Arab states have an official religion and make some provisions for religious law in some areas. But they also proclaim religious freedom. To what extent, and in what ways, are these two sets of commitments — seemingly very much in tension — met in practice? Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, will address these and related questions in this free program presented in partnership with the Evanston Public Library and One Book One Northwestern.
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8:30 am - 3:30 pm
The Midwest Aerospace Small Business Industry Day
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago IL
Illinois PTAC and NASA
Join us at the Midwest Aerospace Small Business Industry Day in partnership with NASA. • Learn how to do business with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). • Hear about the latest innovation and technology in NASA. • The full day program will also include learning sessions, panel discussions, roundtable matchmaker with NASA Centers and Prime contractors and lots of networking.
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Emerging and Frontier Markets: How the Historical Perspective ties in with the Current Investment Opportunities
CFA Society Chicago, Chicago IL
CFA Society Chicago
Discuss the evolution of the asset class and how it explains current investment opportunities. Institutional investors today can reach any corner of the developing world. How did we get here, what does it mean, and where do we invest now? Thea Jamison, CFA will share her insight, formed by pushing investment boundaries and challenging preconceived notions, for nearly 20 years.
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