Featured Events

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04/18/19
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Head of the Class; EdTech Booming in Chicago: Greg Fenton, Co-Founder, RedShelf
Novel Coworking, Chicago IL
Startup Grind

Greg Fenton is co-founder and CEO of RedShelf, a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective by replacing yesterday’s pricey print publications with today’s more dynamic and far less expensive digital content.


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05/16/19
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Bootstrappers Breakfast Chicago
Merchandise Mart Food Court, Chicago IL
Bootstrappers Breakfast

Join other attendees who are in early stage technology startups, it will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers.


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05/16/19
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Crackers & Baking Mixes: The Secret Behind Simple Mill's Success with Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO
River North TBD, Chicago IL
StartupGrind

As the Founder of Simple Mills, Katlin is at the forefront of a clean food movement that is shaping the next generation of natural foods. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Smith launched Simple Mills in 2013 to provide a cleaner alternative to the natural baking mixes then on the market. Today, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 fastest-growing natural baking mix and cracker brand.


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05/17/19
11:30 am - 1:10 pm
Alderman Walter Burnett
Union League Club, Chicago IL
CAPAG

Alderman Walter Burnett discusses his last twenty-five years serving as a member of the city council. New mayor, new council members, Chicago is sure to experience great change over the next four years. Hear what that means from this veteran’s perspective. Join us for what we know will be a very lively and informative conversation!


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05/17/19
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Deep-Sea Bioluminescence – Recent Explorations and Discoveries
Fermilab, Batavia IL
Fermilab

The deep-sea is the largest ecosystem on our planet and the least explored. It is a world without sunlight, but not without light. Dr. Widder will describe recent insights into the part living light plays in the deep sea and some of its applications and impacts in hunting cancer, pollution, giant squid and neutrinos.


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05/20/19
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kirk Dillard Chairman Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Maggiano’s Banquets, Chicago IL
City Club of Chicago

Kirk Dillard is Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors. Chairman Dillard and the RTA Board oversee the nation’s second-largest public transportation system, which serves more than eight million residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Through his leadership the Board has approved balanced regional transit operating budgets and five-year capital programs annually. Chairman Dillard is a lifelong resident of the region and has been a rider of public transportation for more than 50 years, riding the Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains since early childhood, and now is a regular rider of Metra.


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05/21/19 - 05/23/19
All Day
Good Tech Fest 2019 Data Analysts for Social Good

Good Tech Fest is a conference about technology but what brings us all together is our passion for creating change. It’s a place for the data nerds, technologists, leaders, doers, and analysts; people who are passionate about social change and are using technology to achieve it. It is a celebration of the ways data, technology, and design can come together to solve social problems.


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05/21/19 - 05/23/19
All Day
Good Tech Fest 2019 Data Analysts for Social Good

Good Tech Fest is a conference about technology but what brings us all together is our passion for creating change. It’s a place for the data nerds, technologists, leaders, doers, and analysts; people who are passionate about social change and are using technology to achieve it. It is a celebration of the ways data, technology, and design can come together to solve social problems.


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05/21/19
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
What’s Your Story? Connecting Chicago to the Top of the World
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago IL
Chicago Council

What’s Your Story? Connecting Chicago to the Top of the World

Chicago Council

Geoff Green , Founder and President, Students on Ice Foundation; Imran Khan, Founder and CEO, Embarc; Maatalii Okalik, Former President, National Inuit Youth Council; Nelson Tagoona, Professional Beatboxer/Guitarist, Solo Throatbox Inventor. Moderated by Bruce and Vicki Heyman.

The metropolis of Chicago and the remote communities of the Canadian Arctic seem to almost be worlds apart. And the distinct environment and culture of each place has shaped the outlook of those who live there. Yet there is a surprising amount that unites the inhabitants of these communities—and that they can learn from each other—as they strive to understand their place in a rapidly changing world. This spring the Council will convene voices from the top of the world, and across Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, to celebrate their differences and explore their shared aspirations through the timeless art of storytelling. There’ll even be an opportunity for the audience to tell their stories at this innovative and unique Council experience.

Copies of Bruce and Vicki Heyman’s book, The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.

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05/21/19
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Michael Pollan on the Power of Psychedelics
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Chicago IL
Chicago Humanities Festival

Michael Pollan, best known for his investigations into the complicated human-food-plants relationships, now turns his attention to the power of psychedelics. While scientists struggle to find treatments for various ailments and addictions, in his new book How to Change Your Mind, Pollan argues the next medical revolution may have already begun. Join him for a talk on psychedelics or what Pollan argues is a new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world.


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05/23/19
11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Land O’Lakes President and CEO Beth Ford: From Farm to Fork to the Future
Standard Club, Chicago IL
Executives' Club of Chicago

Beth Ford, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, who will discuss disruption in the food industry, investments in AgTech, and research recently sponsored by the company to better understand consumer and producer mindsets.


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