DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > chicago ideas 2019

Examine today's pressing issues at Chicago Ideas Week 2019

Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of the College of Law, introduces the Chicago Ideas Week event
Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of the College of Law, introduces the Chicago Ideas Week event "The Court of Popular Opinion: How the Supreme Court Rules," on Oct. 18, 2018. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
Chicago’s premiere ideas festival is back Oct.12-17, and beginning today, members of the DePaul community receive a 15 percent discount on $15 tickets. Get a front row seat to the conversations affecting the local community and society as a whole as global thought leaders -- such as Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, and author JD Vance -- gather in Chicago to discuss a wide-range of topics from culture and entrepreneurship to policy and technology.

For the third consecutive year, DePaul will serve as one of the sponsors of Chicago Ideas Week, encouraging critical discussions and providing DePaul’s civic-minded faculty, staff and students an opportunity to connect with issues that are important to them.

Faculty and staff can use code DPU98DSC when buying tickets at Tickets purchased with this code grant participants reserved seating and exclusive access to Menlo Lounge at the Harris Theatre.

Students also will receive a 15 percent discount by using the unique code DP89DSCG to book tickets to any of the stage programs.

While speakers for this year's events are still being finalized, noteworthy programs on the schedule include, "Should Policy have a Conscience?" with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, advocate and author Chelsea Clinton and author JD Vance; "Resilience is the Secret to Success" with a member of the now exonerated Central Park 5 Yusef Salaam; "Does Activism Make a Difference" with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas; and "An Evening with Jessica Lange." 

Over the last two years, more than 750 members of the DePaul community used their discount to attend Chicago Ideas events with speakers such as International Rescue Committee President David Miliband, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Parkland shooting survivor and March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth and actress and Emmy-winning screenwriter Lena Waithe. Past speakers also have included President Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Bryan Cranston, Martha Stewart, George Lucas, Sandra Day O’Connor, Mike Bloomberg, Rep. John Lewis and many others.

Organized by the nonprofit Chicago Ideas, the week of programming is billed as "the world's most accessible ideas festival" for its nominal cost to attend. Each year, Chicago Ideas attracts nearly 30,000 attendees and 150 world-class speakers who are engaged and passionate about the future. Each of the events happening during the week provides a platform to educate, inspire creativity and allow for new ideas to be discovered.

To learn more about Chicago Ideas Week and to see this year’s schedule of events, visit