Join a host of top speakers in Illinois for Chicago Ideas Week, as global thought leaders meet to examine pressing issues and provocative ideas.

Kicking off on Monday, 16 October, hundreds of speakers will be taking to stages across the city to share their thoughts with you.

Organised by Chicago Ideas, a movement started to transform the world through the sharing of knowledge, Chicago Ideas Week offers a little bit of everything.

Speakers hail from a range of industries. Topics include politics, journalist, food and hip hop, among others.

So long as they have something to say that inspires and educates the event’s 30,000+ knowledge-hungry attendees, it’s fine by Chicago Ideas.

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What to see at Chicago Ideas Week

With not long to go until Chicago Ideas Week gets underway, tickets have started to sell out for some of the more popular events.

However, with over 200 events taking place throughout the week, there are still plenty of great talks, performances and activities to catch. Tickets will set you back by $15, but most offer brilliant value for money.

Here are just a few of many great events worth attending at Chicago Ideas Week:

 Hyperception: Sensory Illusions

Tuesday, 17 October – 1am London time at the Ambassador Chicago hotel

Local magician Jeanette Andrews will guide you through a sensory performance that is directed entirely by the audience. Use your knowledge to move the story along as Andrews performs tricks and illusions that promise to leave attendees speechless.

Tickets are currently available here.

Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life Through Science and Creativity

Wednesday, 18 October – 7pm London time at the Field Museum

See how Lee Burnett combined science and creativity to put together the “Specimens” exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum. Not only will you get behind-the-scenes access to the natural history display, but you will also learn what goes into creating a successful museum exhibit.

Tickets are currently available here.

Mural Painting with Matthew Hoffman

Friday, 20 October – 6pm London time at North-East Corner of Central & Corcoran

Paint a picture with Chicago-based street artist Matthew Hoffman. The popular artist will be taking to the streets of Austin to transform the neighbourhood through art and he needs your help.

You don’t need a ticket to attend. Just turn up and wear something that you don’t mind getting messy. Find out more here.

Life’s Big Questions

Thursday, 19 October – 1am London time at Harris Theatre

What is the meaning of life and what happens when we die? Details are slim. However, it’s only right to explore the most challenging questions of all at a festival focused on asking challenging questions.

Tickets are currently available here.

The State of Our Union

Tuesday, 17 October – 1am London time at Harris Theatre

Former British politician David Miliband leads a panel of charity and organisation leaders as they discuss what it means to be an American. During what is a turbulent and divisive time for the United States, this one should be interesting.

Tickets are available here.

If none of these events catch your eye, there are plenty of other options. Just head over to the Chicago Ideas website and take a look at what’s going on.