Explore Chicago's Innovation Ecosystem
Chicago is a hub of tech innovation, a booming center for cutting edge companies like Groupon, GrubHub, Threadless and Google to thrive – where young entrepreneurs grow big ideas, transform industries and shape technology and business as we know it. From October 15-17th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Ideas, the University of Illinois, World Business Chicago and 1871 will invite 150 university students from across the country to tour Chicago’s fast-growing tech scene. Attendees of the ThinkChicago program will have a chance to visit business headquarters, directly engage with local tech entrepreneurs and meet the leaders of some of today's most innovative tech companies. Mayor Emanuel and Chicago-based technologists and entrepreneurs will host a series of discussions including a panel where ThinkChicago students will pitch tech solutions that could improve the quality of life for Chicagoans.