Great Ideas Kick-off Party
Friday April 20th 2018, 6:00 pm9:00 pm

It is essential to celebrate and share the ideas that unite us, inspire us, and caution us; to consider ideas that transcend our individual worldviews and establish a common ground that binds us. A reimagining of Container Corporation of America’s stunning advertising campaign, Great Ideas of Western Man, Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container highlights a broad spectrum of human thought and reminds us that, sometimes, looking to the past helps to comprehend the present.

 

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 2018
Great Ideas Kick-off PartyFriday April 20th 2018, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
AIA Chicago: Anthony Viola, 2017 Dubin Family Young Architect Award RecipientWednesday April 18th 2018, 5:45 pm7:30 pm
Amazon’s Kryptonite: How Emotional Branding Creates Customers for LifeWednesday April 11th 2018, 5:30 pm8:00 pm
Envisioning New Spatial Organizations by MAS ContextWednesday February 14th 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Tiffany Funk and Chris TottenTuesday February 13th 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsThursday February 8th 2018, 6:00 pm9:30 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsThursday February 1st 2018, 6:30 pm9:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: VGA Gallery with Jonathan KinkleyTuesday January 23rd 2018, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
 2017
Chicago Design Market: Holiday Happy HourThursday December 21st 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsTuesday December 19th 2017, 6:00 pm9:30 pm
50,000feet Holiday Open HouseFriday December 15th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsThursday December 14th 2017, 6:00 pm9:30 pm
ChiDM Presents: Evolution of Pac-Man with Tim LapetinoTuesday December 5th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Hey! Make! with LeAnne WagnerSaturday December 2nd 2017, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
ChiDM Presents: VGA Gallery with Chaz EvansWednesday November 15th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Fragment(s): LiveOctober 14th – November 4th 2017
On Art Run: Chicago, for ChiDMTuesday October 24th 2017, 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Bamboo Bundling Craft WorkshopOctober 14th–21st 2017
Opening—HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern CultureFriday October 20th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Play Lab to Experiment with Home SpaceOctober 14th–20th 2017
The Lineage of Inspiration: From Tradition to InnovationSaturday October 14th 2017, 12:30 pm2:00 pm
Preview—Confluence • 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong KongFriday October 13th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Second Coffee Too Soon—Screenprints by Jay RyanFriday August 25th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Design Market Happy HourFriday August 11th 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Volunteer Celebration!Thursday August 10th 2017, 5:00 pm8:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: TypeHikeTuesday August 1st 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Confrontations Season 3, No. 2 — Not Not PoliticalSaturday July 29th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Clutch GalleryThursday July 27th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: OpenboxTuesday July 25th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
An evening with the Jason Seed StringtetSaturday July 22nd 2017, 7:30 pm9:30 pm
ChiDM Presents: Organizing for ActionThursday July 20th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Frank Lloyd Wright TrustTuesday July 18th 2017, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
ChiDM Works with Office of Experience! Color TheorySaturday July 15th 2017, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Happy Hour at Chicago Design MarketThursday July 13th 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Chicago Children’s MuseumThursday June 29th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Architectural Walking Tour & Pub CrawlSaturday June 10th 2017, 3:00 pm6:00 pm
ChiDM Works: The Art of the RisographSaturday June 3rd 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Beats and Beets: Hip-Hop as a Gateway to Food EducationThursday June 1st 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Longhand: A hand- and letter-writing workshopSaturday May 20th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Private Tour + Open Studio—Glasner StudioSaturday May 6th 2017, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
(Re)Defining Design—Toward Innovation with PurposeTuesday May 2nd 2017, 6:00 pm8:30 pm
ChiDM Presents: Chris Pullman on Dan FriedmanSaturday April 29th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Opening Party for Dan Friedman: Radical ModernistFriday April 28th 2017, 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Type TectonicsMonday April 17th 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Test Play for Competition KitchenFriday April 14th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Great Ideas of Humanity at Lost Arts!Friday March 31st 2017, 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Movie Night: Between the FoldsThursday March 23rd 2017, 5:30 pm8:00 pm
City of Ideas: Happy Hour!Thursday February 23rd 2017, 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Colonizing Heritage: Adaptive Reuse of Myanmar’s ArchitectureWednesday February 22nd 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Not Just Another Book… Mapping Swiss Graphic Design HistoryMonday February 13th 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dgenerator ConfrontationsSaturday February 11th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
ChiDM Loves Color!Saturday February 4th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Archeworks, Disruptive IntentWednesday February 1st 2017, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Canada: Modern Architectures in HistoryFriday January 27th 2017, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Edgar Miller: The DesignerThursday January 26th 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Graphic Conservation CompanyWednesday January 18th 2017, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Fresh Futures: Vladimir Radutny, AIAWednesday January 11th 2017, 6:00 pm7:30 pm
 2016
Second Annual Holiday Yard SaleSaturday December 17th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
50k Open House, featuring ChiDMFriday December 16th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Poetry Foundation, Poetry and ArchitectureThursday December 15th 2016, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Douglas SniderWednesday December 14th 2016, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Art of the Risograph—Student MembersSaturday December 10th 2016, 4:00 pm7:00 pm
Volunteer Appreciation event at the WhistlerFriday December 9th 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Members Only Tour of Spectacular VernacularTuesday November 22nd 2016, 5:15 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Seed/Armstrong Duet: Writing Dancing Music About ArchitectureSaturday November 19th 2016, 2:00 pm3:00 pm
MAS Context: CouplingsWednesday November 9th 2016, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Journey Mapping for Better Experience DesignMonday November 7th 2016, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Seek Conference 2016Wednesday November 2nd 2016, 9:00 am9:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Vladimir BelogolovskySaturday October 29th 2016, 1:00 pm2:00 pm
City of Ideas: Opening Night Party!Friday October 28th 2016, 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Mile Halloween Gathering ParadeSaturday October 22nd 2016, 4:30 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Ideas Week Lab: Office of ExperienceSaturday October 22nd 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Open Source Furniture: Enzo Mari Workshop at Lost ArtsSaturday September 17th 2016, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Chicago Design Works: Office of ExperienceTuesday August 30th 2016, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Behind the Scenes with Cards Against HumanityWednesday August 24th 2016, 7:30 pm9:30 pm
Unfolded Closing Reception—Summer’s not over!Thursday August 18th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Design Works: Student bookbinding workshopSaturday August 6th 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Origami Workshop with Katy HigginsSaturday July 23rd 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Mohawk presents: The Strathmore ArchiveThursday July 21st 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Art of the Risograph: Free Workshop!Thursday June 23rd 2016, 4:00 pm7:00 pm
Wide Range: ChiDM × AIA LectureTuesday June 21st 2016, 5:30 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM × STA Chicago: Risograph WorkshopFriday June 10th 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Your Stories: Live Podcast with the Nerdologues, Design Week EditionWednesday June 8th 2016, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
AIGA Chicago: Breakfast Club at ChiDMWednesday June 8th 2016, 8:00 am10:00 am
ChiDM × Pantone: Intro to Color Theory WorkshopSunday June 5th 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Design Week Kick-off at Chicago Athletic Association!Friday June 3rd 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Unfolded Opening Reception: Spring FlingThursday April 28th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Heft, Gravy & Swing: Ian LynamWednesday April 20th 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Message for Details: Underground improv comedySaturday April 16th 2016, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
ChiDM × Chicago Public Library: Maker LabThursday April 14th 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Office of Experience Workshop: Telling Stories with DataTuesday April 12th 2016, 5:30 pm8:30 pm
Mixer at the Whistler!Tuesday March 22nd 2016, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Design Works: Student Risograph workshopSaturday February 6th 2016, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
New Horizon: Closing receptionThursday January 28th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Your Stories: Live Podcast with the NerdologuesSaturday January 23rd 2016, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
 2015
ChiDM Holiday Yard SaleFriday December 18th 2015, 4:00 pm7:00 pm
Distortion Social: A tøpographic scene from 50k × ChiDMFriday November 20th 2015, 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Panel Discussion at the Arts Club: We Built this CityTuesday November 10th 2015, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Message for Details: Underground improv comedySaturday November 7th 2015, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
Chicago Emerging Museum Professionals LabWednesday October 21st 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Open Source Furniture: Enzo Mari WorkshopTuesday October 13th 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Panel Discussion with New Horizon architectsSaturday October 3rd 2015, 2:00 pm3:00 pm
New Horizon: Opening ReceptionFriday October 2nd 2015, 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Art Paul Loves to Wonder: Opening ReceptionSaturday September 19th 2015, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Open Source Furniture: Enzo Mari WorkshopSaturday August 29th 2015, 10:00 am2:00 pm
Workshop: Urban Agriculture with City Farm ChicagoSaturday August 22nd 2015, 10:00 am2:00 pm
Reception to New Horizon: Architecture from IrelandThursday July 23rd 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
A Day in the Life of a Curator: Apple Store TalkThursday July 16th 2015, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
The Good City Panel: What Can We Do For ChicagoTuesday July 14th 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Lights Out: Design Week Closing ReceptionFriday June 19th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Your Stories: Live Podcast with the NerdologuesWednesday June 17th 2015, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
ACTIVATE with Chicago Loop AllianceFriday June 12th 2015, 5:00 pm10:00 pm
The State of Detroit: Friends & Family ReceptionWednesday May 13th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Ask me Anything! with Debbie MillmanThursday May 7th 2015, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Guideline: Student Portfolio ReviewTuesday April 7th 2015, 6:00 pm8:30 pm
Book Release: An Evening with John MasseyTuesday March 24th 2015, 6:00 pm8:30 pm
Member Reception, Print ExchangeThursday February 26th 2015, 6:30 pm9:30 pm
Workshop: ChiDM Loves Fashion!Thursday February 5th 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Workshop: ChiDM Loves Interiors!Saturday January 24th 2015, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Workshop: ChiDM Loves Color!Saturday January 17th 2015, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Creative Cloud: From Print to Web to Object DesignerThursday January 8th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Adobe Creative Cloud: From Print to Web to Object DesignerThursday January 8th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
 2014
Lecture: ChiDM Loves Paul PrejzaWednesday December 17th 2014, 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Fundraiser: Designing Hope for ChicagoMonday December 8th 2014, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! Preview NightWednesday November 12th 2014, 6:30 pm9:30 pm
Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! Member ReceptionWednesday November 12th 2014, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
Guideline: Student Portfolio ReviewMonday October 27th 2014, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Starts/Speculations in Film: Expanding the ConversationWednesday September 24th 2014, 6:30 pm9:00 pm
Starts/Speculations: Catalog Release PartyThursday September 18th 2014, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Ideas Book Club Series: Veronica RothThursday September 18th 2014, 11:30 am1:00 pm
Neil Dixon Smith: Presented at Stage 37Tuesday August 5th 2014, 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Living in Pretend: Presented at Stage 37Tuesday July 29th 2014, 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Starts/Speculations: Opening ReceptionFriday June 13th 2014, 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Starts/Speculations: Private Member ReceptionSaturday June 7th 2014, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Lecture: Jan en RandoaldTuesday April 15th 2014, 6:00 pm7:30 pm
 2013
Adobe Workshop: Create NowTuesday June 18th 2013, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Work at Play: Design Week Kick-off ReceptionMonday June 10th 2013, 7:00 pm11:00 pm
Design Talk: Marian BantjesSaturday June 8th 2013, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Work at Play: Announcement PartyThursday May 2nd 2013, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Typeface Screening: Hamilton Wood Type FundraiserTuesday January 15th 2013, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
 2012
U.S.: More Hope with Rick Valicenti at Inland SteelThursday November 1st 2012, 5:00 pm10:00 pm
Adobe Presents: Creative Cloud and CS6 for DesignersWednesday June 20th 2012, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Design Talk: Debbie MillmanWednesday June 13th 2012, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Inaugural Exhibition: Opening ReceptionMonday June 11th 2012, 7:00 pm11:00 pm