Chicago Ideas Week
Innovation takes center stage this week.

Feel that extra crackle of energy in the air today? If our city seems a little snappier, it’s because a bunch of big thinkers are in town for the third annual Chicago Ideas Week.

Today through Sunday, more than 200 speakers will be sparking audiences’ imaginations at venues around town--everyone from kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart to the Winklevoss twins.

How long until we’re all wearing jet packs? What’s it like to be a person who changed history? With tickets priced at just $15 for each talk, it’s worth being part of the conversation.

On our to-do list:

Money Talks Technology is changing the way we handle our finances, and at PureWow we’re determined to keep up. The future of banks, your wallet and more will be discussed on Wednesday at noon. MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Common Interests Dating service Me So Far teaches its clients that interesting people are imminently more datable. Learn how their strategies can boost your professional relationships, too, on Friday at 3 p.m. Me So Far, 101 E. Erie St.

Curtain Call Ever watched an opera and wondered what was going on backstage? This tour on Saturday at 12:45 will take you across a six-story catwalk and into the depths of the wardrobe department. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr.

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