Featured Events


Date/Time Event Partner
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Adler After Dark: Space Odyssey
Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
Adler Planetarium

Join astronomer Mark Hammergren and sci-fi editor, critic, and biographer Gary Wolfe in a spirited discussion on the impact 2001 had on film-making and its role in “blowing our minds” during the Apollo era

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Date/Time Event Partner
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chi Hack Night
Braintree, Chicago IL
Chi Hack Night

The Chi Hack Night is a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about civic tech and tools to create, support, or serve public good.

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tolkien's Beginnings
Wheaton College Wade Center Bakke Auditorium, Wheaton IL
Wheaton College

Schmidt will explore author J.R.R. Tolkien’s early years and the context of his burgeoning relationships and writing influences, particularly in the midst of World War I. Tolkien’s love of art, reading, language, and the fellowship of community all provide engaging insights into the areas that shaped his later life and writing career.

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11:00 am - 12:30 pm
From Jesus to Adam: Working Backwards on a Theological Problem
Hinkson Hall, Deerfield IL

Most discussions and debate on Adam focus on issues tied to Genesis, but does the relationship to Jesus help us assess some of the issues raised about Adam? Our study will work backwards by asking how Jesus and the NT treat the issue of Adam. What does that mean for what we say about how Genesis presents the issues tied to genre and symbolism? In particular how Jesus and Paul handle the figures of Adam and Eve will receive attention. Then we will consider the implications of the results of our examination.

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
When They Call You a Terrorist: A discussion with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors
Northwestern University- Norris Center, Evanston IL
Northwestern University

A discussion with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Careful.

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chicago History 101: The Speakeasy Series- Salubrity: Stockyards & Industry
Old Chicago Inn, Chicago IL
Chicago for Chicagoans

Historic Preservationists Erica Ruggiero & Laura Schuetz discusses how stockyards and industry helped Chicago grow, but also contributed to a bit of a dirty city.

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Geographic Live — Pink Boots and a Machete
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago IL
Auditorium Theatre

This evening features Mireya Mayor, a former NFL cheerleader and daughter of Cuban immigrants who followed her unlikely dreams to become a respected primatologist. This audacious explorer is the co-discoverer of the world’s smallest primate in Madagascar and an Emmy Award-nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel. Mayor tells her tales of traveling to some of the wildest and most remote places on earth, armed with little more than a backpack, notebook, and hiking boots.

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8:30 am - 10:00 am
Polsky Entrepreneurial Outlook: Consumer Packaged Goods 2019
Polsky Center, Chicago IL
Polsky Center

In Consumer Packaged Goods 2019, we will dive deeper with a panel of expert venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in consumer goods as they discuss the state of the field in 2019, what is now passe, and where they see white space for entrepreneurial opportunity. Also, opportunity to quick pitch your consumer product startup before an audience of interested attendees.

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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
City of Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum
Union League Club, Chicago IL

This midday forum will include the leading mayoral candidates (as determined by independent, professional polling data) and will be moderated by WBBM-AM’s Political Editor, Craig Dellimore.

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8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
3-D Printed Cellular Machines for Soft Robotics and Tissue Engineering – Dr. Rashid Bashir
Fermilab, Batavia IL

Rashid Bashir heads up the Laboratory of Integrated Bio Medication Micro/Nanotechnology & Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their mission to integrate biology and medicine with micro and nanotechnology can be categorized into two broad areas: how micro/nano-fabrication can help solve problems in life sciences (such as diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering), and how we can learn more from life science to solve important problems in micro/nano-science and engineering (such as bio-inspired self-assembly, etc.).

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5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
America First Meets Mexico First?
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago IL
Chicago Council

President Trump and President-Elect López Obrador have both vowed to put their nations first: to win deals against the forces of globalization and the political establishment, and to wrest better terms from NAFTA, while the US takes an ever harder line on immigration and border security. What are the prospects for future cooperation?

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