CHICAGO (CBS) — Former president Bill Clinton has agreed to a one-on-one interview before a live audience, as part of Chicago Ideas Week, which gets underway Monday.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, Jessica Malkin, executive director of Chicago Ideas Week, has details of Clinton’s visit.
“President Clinton is coming on Tuesday at 10 a.m. to Chase Auditorium (10 S. Dearborn St.) for an hour-long conversation with the managing editor of Time Magazine, Rick Stengel, who is going to a one-on-one interview with the president,” Malkin said.
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The Clinton event is sold out. Dozens of other topics around the city are still open in this seven-day event, sessions for school-aged children all the way through retirees to share ideas.
“Fifteen dollars per event, so it’s designed to be very inclusive,” Malkin said.
Among the other planned speakers are retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and theatre director and Steppenwolf ensemble member Anna Shapiro.
On Monday evening, there will be what is called a “Mega Talk,” with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Retired Mayor Richard M. Daley will kick off Chicago Ideas Week in Millennium Park Monday.
Malkin said Chicago Ideas Week is attracting “technologists and engineers and artists and poets. We have a session all on poetry, and we have a session on the creative process; we have Matt Nathanson, who’s a platinum-selling (musical) artist. So you have lots of different types of speakers.”
At all of the 60 events around the city, a round of meet and greet follows after every speaker is done.
Brad Keywell, co-founder of Chicago-based Groupon, came up with the idea for Chicago Ideas.
In discussing Chicago Ideas Week in August, Keywell said a gathering such as this should encourage cutting-edge entrepreneurs.
“A Kauffman (Foundation) study recently showed that over the last 25 years, nearly all of the net new jobs in the Midwest have been created by companies five years old or less,” Keywell said in August. “We need to enhance our city and regional atmosphere of collaboration, innovation and intelligent risk-taking.”
Chicago Ideas Week will feature more than 100 speakers from around the world. Events will be held at various venues in the city.