From July 31st-August 3rd, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago, Chicago Ideas Week, 1871, and Lollapalooza invite 125 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

    7 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.

Previous Speakers

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Previous Company Visits

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Previous Company Showcase

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Who was in Attendance?

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Universities Represented in 2013

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Purde University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern Unviersity
  • University of Michicagn
  • Cornell University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Columbia University
  • Depaul University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio State University
  • The University of Southern California
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Xavier University
  • Yale University

What Went Down

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Alumni Stories

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ThinkChicago seeks university students 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 May 7th to be considered for the ThinkChicago program.

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