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What will the world look like in 30 years? Get an in-depth look with this special offer from the CAC and Chicago Ideas. Your joint ticket gives you access to CAC exhibits and the “Idea: What will the world look like in 2050?” program on Oct. 14.

$27 public (includes CAC admission)
Harris Theater / 205 E. Randolph Street Chicago IL

Explore amazing ideas for the future with the CAC and Chicago Ideas. Read architects’ predictions for Chicago in the “From Me to We: Imagining the City of 2050” exhibit at the CAC. Then, attend a special Chicago Ideas Week Talk with futurists, scientists and policy makers who will offer an in-depth look at our future on this planet. Program and Exhibit Pass: CAC + Chicago Ideas Week | $27

  • One-day admission to the Chicago Architecture Center (includes “From Me to We” exhibit)
  • Admission to Chicago Ideas Week program “Idea: What will the world look like in 2050?” program from 12-1:30pm on Monday, Oct. 14 at the Harris Theater


SPEAKER: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson 
Marine Biologist; Founder of Ocean Collectiv & Urban Ocean Lab

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., is a marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist. She is founder of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice, and Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank focused on coastal cities. She has been a resident at TED and a scholar at the Aspen Institute, was named to the Grist 50 and UCSD 40 Under 40 Alumni, and has held policy positions at the NOAA and EPA. Her work and op-eds have been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Outside, Nature, Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian and she blogs with Scientific American, and National Geographic.


SPEAKER: Massimo Lepore
Co-Founder, TAMassociati

Massimo Lepore

Massimo Lepore is the co-founder of TAMassociati, an architecture office that specializes in socially oriented projects. A project designer and consultant in planning strategies for urban spaces, he is currently involved in developing practices and experiences for the re-use of public spaces. In addition, he works as a designer and communication expert in “design for all” projects and research connected to nonprofit organizations.


SPEAKER: Bina Venkataraman
Science, Technology & Society Professor, MIT

Bina Venkataraman

Bina Venkataraman teaches in the program on Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and is a fellow at New America. A former journalist for the New York Times and the Boston Globe who also served as senior adviser for climate change innovation in the Obama White House, she is now director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.


 SPEAKER: Francoise Baylis
 University Research Professor, Dalhousie University

Francoise Baylis

Francoise Baylis is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, as well as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Baylis was one of the organizers of, and a key participant in, the 2015 International Summit on Human Gene Editing. She is a member of the WHO expert advisory committee on Developing global standards for governance and oversight of Human Genome editing. She is the author of Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing.


SPEAKER: Jamie Metzl
Author & Technology Futurist

Francoise Baylis

Jamie Metzl is a leading futurist, geopolitical expert, science fiction novelist, senior fellow of the Atlantic Council, and member of the World Health Organization’s expert advisory committee on human genome editing. He previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and with the United Nations in Cambodia. His book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity explores the implications of advancements in bioengineering on our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics.

  • Ticket purchase must be made on
  • Confirmation emails will include ticket information and details for CAC admission.
  • A separate confirmation email will at least 48 hours prior to the Chicago Ideas Week event with  your ticket to the Chicago Ideas program.
  • CAC admission must be redeemed on or before Monday, Oct. 28.
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