Kim Kardashian West will be coming to the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph) on October 18th to talk about the success and impact of her brand. Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow (Thursday 9/21) for $15. Get all the info below or at ChicagoIdeas.com.

Kim Kardashian West with Pulitzer Prize-winner Robin Givhan, Actor & Comedian Aasif Mandvi, & Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth set to speak in Chicago October 16-22

CHICAGO – September 20, 2017 – Public tickets for the world’s largest affordable ideas festival – Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) – are on sale now with most tickets offered at $15. The seventh annual program from October 16-22 will include 150 events on topics ranging from life’s big questions to financial technology; foreign affairs to the future of football.

Added to the lineup are:
Businesswoman and media mogul Kim Kardashian West in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan;
Revolutionary Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth hosting “A Seat at the Table: Finding Equal Footing through Storytelling” with Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John and 2017 Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe;
Actor, Comedian and Writer Aasif Mandvi, and “Miracle on the Hudson” survivor and Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias at “Life’s Big Questions”;
Fat Tiger Co-Founder Joe Freshgoods joining fashion innovator Dapper Dan, and Co-Founder & CEO of Super Heroic Jason Mayden at “From Catwalks to Pop-ups: How Streetwear Set the Pace for High Fashion;
Film executive Charles D. King, the producer responsible for the upcoming film Mudbound and Academy Award-winning Fences at “Innovating from Within: When the Entrepreneurial Spirit Never Stops”; and
Retired Chicago Bears Linebacker Otis Wilson and NBC’s Peggy Kusinski joining neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, M.D., and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp at “The Future of Football.”

Public tickets for most events are on sale now. Chicago Ideas Members will have early access to “In Conversation with Kim Kardashian West” today, with public tickets for that program on sale Thursday, September 21.

“Core to our mission is presenting a wide range of ideas from a broad spectrum of thought leaders to inspire action within our audience,” said Chicago Ideas Chief Operating officer Nadine Apelian Dobbs. “We’re thrilled to welcome so many speakers who have been such transformational forces in their respective fields.”

Chicago Ideas also released tickets to various social events during the week, including a free Official After Party; free Meet-ups in conjunction with The Field Museum to foster conversations between festival attendees; and the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” series of events at top-tier local restaurants.

More than 30,000 attendees from Chicago, the Midwest and across the world are expected to attend Chicago Ideas Week. Onstage events will be hosted at the Harris Theatre, Venue Six10 and Morningstar, with hands-on Lab events hosted at dozens of venues throughout the city.

Tickets and the full schedule of events are available at ChicagoIdeas.com. Join the conversation online by using #ChicagoIdeas, and follow @ChicagoIdeas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information.


Chicago Ideas is a nonprofit platform built on one core belief: When audiences of every background have access to thought leaders and innovative ideas, people have the power to spark change in the world. Chicago Ideas is hosting Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) October 16-22, which is the largest affordable ideas festival in the world, connecting attendees to more than 200 world-renowned speakers—but Chicago Ideas’ efforts extend much further. Whether it’s the Curiosity Series in the spring, over 100 Labs that offer exclusive looks into Chicago-based businesses and cultural institutions, a year-round YOU(th) program that promotes leadership and personal development among under-represented Chicago high school students or a digital news platform that highlights innovative people and organizations, Chicago Ideas is helping make visionary ideas accessible to everyone. Chicago Ideas is a 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more about becoming a member at Chicagoideas.com/membership.