Who to See at Chicago Ideas Week


Bill Clinton, Warby Parker, Thomas L. Friedman, GrubHub, Michael Bloomberg, PayPal, Sandra Day O’Connor, Pandora ...

In the next seven days more than 100 speakers and big thinkers from forward-thinking companies, initiatives and beyond descend on Chicago to pick each other's brains and discuss innovation as part of Chicago Ideas Week.

With so much knowledge and a limited time to soak it up, here are some of the biggest-ticket items to catch Monday-Sunday.

Mayors from Chicago, Atlanta and New York City kick things off from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Oriental Theatre to discuss what makes American cities great. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor Kasim Reed, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman and TIME Magazine managing editor Richard Stengel to chat.

On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton commands Chase Auditorium from 10-11 a.m. for a one-on-one talk with Stengel.

Education is the topic on the docket from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday at University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall, where Justice Sandra Day O’Connor joins a panel about revolutionizing how we think about academic success.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is a featured panelist from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the DuSable Museum to discuss global community development.

On Sunday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and actress Fran Drescher, president of Cancer Schmancer, will discuss what's next in healthcare from noon-1:30 p.m. at Museum of Contemporary Art.

Do you think too many kids go to college? Four people, including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, debate the topic one way or another from 6:45-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Venue Six Ten at the Spertus Center.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. For many, many more great speakers and to see them streaming live, head to nbcchicago.com and search Chicago Ideas Week.

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