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Chicago Ideas & Open House Add Culture in October

Get cultured and expand your mind this October in Chicago

OCTOBER 2017 – Continuing its position as a global cultural powerhouse, Chicago will play host to a couple of fantastic events this October. Each fall, curiosity seekers, knowledge hunters and general information enthusiasts mark their calendars and fill their schedules to absorb all they can from a wide swath of speakers who descend upon the Windy City. With the following events, Chicago sees its collective brainpower swell and boy does it feel good.

Chicago Ideas Week
What: This weeklong series covers a range of topics — politics, equality, business, creativity, science, food, sexuality, poverty and so much more. Dozens of luminaries — including comedian Aasif Mandvi, Teen Vogue editor in chief Elaine Welteroth, cosmetics guru Bobbi Brown, Whole Foods founder John Mackey and fashion designer Zac Posen — will take stages and podiums at venues across the city and participate in panel discussions, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, TED Talk-like seminars and more.
When: Oct. 16-22
Where: Various locations
Cost: Tickets generally cost $15 per talk (see the full schedule), where the all-day Edison Talks on Oct. 20 costs $189 with lunch included.

Open House Chicago
What: Back again for another exciting year, Open House sees 200 buildings — homes, skyscrapers, monuments, religious institutions, theaters, offices, hotels and other buildings — open their doors to give us a peek at normally closed spaces. You’ll absorb so much history over the course of two days hitting venues in neighborhoods all over the city — North, South and West sides — you’ll want to continue your civic exploration throughout the year.
When: Oct. 14-15
Where: Locations all over Chicago
Cost: Free

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