Chicago Ideas Week Sessions I Can’t Wait For

Chicago is home to so many opportunities for collaboration and sharing ideas with other people. One of those opportunities is Chicago Ideas Week, a whole week of inspiring talks, panels and hand-on workshops with all sorts of inspiring speakers — from artists and inventors to scientists and entrepreneurs. I’ve attended Chicago Ideas Week events for the past two years and have had the opportunity to hear from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, Honest Tea co-founder Barry Nalebuff, and a host of other passionate, inspiring folks speaking on topics ranging from overcoming obstacles and reinventing themselves to making the leap into entrepreneurship.

I’ve always left these events feeling inspired and ready to set the world on fire. Which is why I was so excited when they announced the agenda for this year’s event, which will be held October 13-19 in venues across the great city of Chicago. There are so many great sessions on the agenda, but these are the three that really caught my eye.

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Chicago style advertising

I love when brands use a local twist in their advertising campaigns. It makes me feel like they went the extra mile to connect with local consumers rather than just blanketing the whole country with the same message. It’s like they get me.

Sprint is running a campaign right now called Built for Chicago. They’ve got ads on CTA trains and buses, bus shelters, train stations and a plethora of other outdoor locations. Each ad issues a challenge — tweet a photo or vine video of a specific Chicago-themed subject using the hashtag #BuiltForChicago.

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