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Some events you can still check out at Chicago Ideas Week

Updated: November 11, 2012 6:25AM

Chicago Ideas Week, founded in 2011 by Groupon co-founding backer Brad Keywell, offers hundreds of events for big thinkers and doers to inspire innovation in the local economy.

The weeklong event includes panel discussions and field trips — each at $15 admission — to local labs, businesses and tourist sites.

The eclectic field trips are meant to offer otherwise unavailable experiences, Keywell said.

Among talks that are still open:

† Water: The Ripple Effect, starting at noon Wednesday at the Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, on the worldwide water crisis and steps everyone can take to solve it.

† Art: How it Moves, starting at noon Wednesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, about how art can be used for good, protest and to inspire change.

† Health & Wellness: Power to the Patient, presented by Walgreens, 10 a.m. Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, discusses how people are managing their own health by using technology.

Among labs and field trips that are still open:

† Adler Planetarium and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications co-host a behind-the-scenes presentation of Deep Space Adventure, 9 a.m. Thursday at the planetarium, 1300 N. Lake Shore Drive.

† City Winery tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at making wine. Must present valid ID and be 21 or older, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph.

† Fab Lab offers a hands-on, behind the scenes tour of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Fab Lab, with printers, laser cutters and milling machines, 4 p.m. Friday at the museum, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive.

Sandra Guy

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