Ten 2017 Chicago Ideas Week Labs You Can’t Miss

Chicago Ideas Week’s Labs are interactive, unique experiences at some of Chicago’s most cutting edge businesses, institutions and cultural centers. Lab tickets sell out fast, so become a member today to get early access on August 29! Here’s a rundown of some the 2017 Labs we’re most excited about.


Blue Men Without Makeup

Get up close and personal with worldwide phenomenon Blue Man Group. Not only will you get to see the “Blue Men” without their makeup, you’ll get to find out about their process and even learn some of their famous throwing tricks.

Oprah Show Secrets

Perfect the art of charming a crowd with former “Oprah Winfrey Show” Audience Producer Sally Lou Loveman. Whether you’re a public speaking novice or pro, you’ll learn surprising ways to speak with confidence and wow any audience.

A “High” Dive

Visit medical marijuana dispensary Dispensary 33 and dig into the practical application of medical cannabis while taking in the latest cannabis gadgets and learning to differentiate various strains by smell. What you don’t know might surprise you! 10/20 Lab Open to public, 10/21 Lab is Members Only

Greenhouse Guests

Explore Method Plant & Gotham Greens Factory, Chicago’s multi-acre climate controlled greenhouse facility. Find out what it takes to yield 10 million heads of leafy greens and herbs year-round for local businesses.

Interact with Digital Survivors

Be the first to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s newest exhibit, the Take a Stand Center, where you can digitally interact with survivors using groundbreaking voice recognition technology.

Ballet Behind the Scenes

Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Joffrey Ballet. Watch a rehearsal, learn how physical intelligence and movement theory impact ballet and get the chance to pick the brains of professional ballet dancers. MEMBERS ONLY

Chicago’s Best Eats

Join ABC 7 Chicago’s Steve Dolinksy, the “Hungry Hound,” in the food crawl of your dreams. Eat your way through Chicago’s tastiest restaurants in Uptown or North Center. 10/21 Open to Public, 10/22 Members Only

Video Games from the Other Side

Ever wonder how video games are made? Learn how to develop your very own video game from start to finish with Iron Galaxy Studios.

An Afternoon at Mike’s

Go behind the scenes at Mike’s Hard Lemonade as they open the doors of their Chicago headquarters for an exclusive tour. Finish the day with a little mixology, featuring tastings and a chance to create your own cocktail.

Get Radio Ready

Perfect your radio voice at iHeartMedia. During this Lab, you’ll get a tour of their Chicago studio, get tips and tricks for going on air, and even record a commercial for their overnight shift.

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