From July 31st-August 3rd, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago, Chicago Ideas Week, 1871, and Lollapalooza invites 150 university students from across the country to take a tour of Chicago’s fast growing tech scene and attend the 3-day Lollapalooza music festival.

  • Countdown

    105 days

    Until ThinkChicago

  • Date & Time

    July 31st to August 3rd

  • Location


    222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor Chicago, IL 60654 (map)

Why You Want to Come

Chicago is a Hub of Tech Innovation

Chicago is a place where young entrepreneurs grow big ideas, transform industries and shape technology and business as we know it. Attendees of ThinkChicago will have the opportunity to attend company career fairs, meet Chicago-based businesses, and participate in panels featuring Mayor Emanuel, industry leaders, and Chicago-based technologists.

About ThinkChicago

"There is nothing more important than attracting young leaders to our city."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

We invite you to get a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s cutting-edge companies, like Groupon, GrubHub, Threadless, and Google. Great talent feeds this creative flame – so we want you to choose Chicago as the city where you launch your career.

Alumni Stories


ThinkChicago seeks candidates who are enthusiastic about digital technology, computer science, innovation or entrepreneurship and have demonstrated a commitment to achievement and excellence in their field. Please submit an application by April 30th to be considered for the ThinkChicago program.

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