Here’s a Thought: Participate in Chicago Ideas Week 2020, October 26-29

Chicago Ideas Week kicks off tomorrow through October 29, 2020. This week is a celebration of the minds and ideas of inventors, innovators, creatives, and everyone in between.  This week marks the 9th year of Chicago Ideas Week and will offer various programs to stimulate, inspire, and enlighten participants. This week provides the opportunity for participants to think, dream, and connect. Chicago Ideas Week brings together global thought leaders and innovators who speak on various topics ranging from leadership and life lessons to science and technology.

Chicago Ideas Week Chicago DefenderOver the last nine years, Chicago Ideas Week has showcased a diverse lineup featuring some of the most influential minds of our time. Past speakers include President Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Bryan Cranston, Martha Stewart, Desiree Rogers, Lupe Fiasco, Deepak Chopra, Marilu Henner, Reverend Al Sharpton, George Lucas, Sal Kahn, Hillary Clinton, Sean Combs, Malcolm Gladwell, Sandra Day O’Connor, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Bloomberg, Donna Karan, Rep. John Lewis, Martine Rothblatt, David Lynch, Ronan Farrow, Jonathan Van Ness, Taraji P. Henson and many, many more. [Source:]

Throughout the year, Chicago Ideas has provided electrifying 90-minute talks and hour-long enlightening and in-depth conversations from some of the most brilliant minds and positively impactful individuals from Chicagoland and beyond. Trailblazers such as Michelle Boone, Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier; Glenn Eden, Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick Board Chair, Choose Chicago; Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO, Ariel Investments; Tony and Love McPherson, Love Infinity, Inc.; Val Warner, Emmy Award-winning host, Windy City LIVE; Eric Williams, Founder & Creative Director, The Silver Room and a host of other thought-leaders. The topics have been timely, provocative, and insightful. With topics ranging from Working Relationships and How to Make Love Work, The New Normal and What It Means to Come Out After Coronavirus, Exploring the Systemic Injustice of Period Poverty, The 1619 Project, and an assortment of other videos, they are all accessible on their website,

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This year Chicago Ideas Week hosts a virtual event with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allery and Infectious Diseases. Get to know “The Man Behind the Medicine” on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7-7:30 pm in a unique and intimate discussion with one of the country’s most influential doctors. This event will be moderated by Brandis Friedman, Co-Anchor, Chicago Tonight, and is FREE. Reservation is preferred. For Access to the event, copy and paste the following link into your browser at showtime: Please email with any questions.

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Dr. Fauci, The Man Behind The Medicine, is presented by Horizon Therapeutics and supported by WTTW-TV.
Interested in helping Chicago Ideas continue making an impact on the community? You can get involved in a few different ways: 1) Volunteer, 2) Donate; Chicago Ideas is a 501c-3 not-for-profit organization. Financial support keeps their adult and youth programming affordable, or 3) Become a member or sponsor. Individual memberships have three levels, $125, $250, and $500 annually. Four premier membership levels from $1000 to $10,000. For more information and to join, go to Follow Chicago Ideas on Instagram and Twitter, @chicagoideas.

Kim Durden is a food blogger and owner of Divine Dine Food Tours, the first and only entirely Black, woman-owned food tour agency in Chicago. Visit her website at and follow her on social media: Facebook @divinedinefoodietours | Instagram @divinedinefoodietours | Twitter @divinedinetours



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