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On July 18th, join Chicago's top innovators to experience next year's trends before they happen.
85% rate Future Festival as the "best business event they've ever attended."
Jeremy Gutsche Future Festival Our Chicago Innovation Conference is a 1 Day Accelerated Program that brings Chicago innovators the best of our epic Future Festival - Trend Hunter's multi-day trends, insight and innovation mega-event. This is our second year bringing the accelerated trends & innovation conference to Chicago, so it's a great opportunity to experience next year's trends from the #1 trend firm while prototyping your future." – Jeremy Gutsche, CEO & NY Times Bestselling Author
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Our Chicago Innovation Conference

Our Chicago Innovation Conference will begin with a morning of innovation frameworks and trend conference content, including our 6 Patterns of Opportunity and the 18 megatrends that are shaping the world. Then, we'll work through a full day of more specific trend content leading up to an epic Future Party to cap off the day. Every Chicago attendee will also be getting an individual Trend Hunter assessment and $4,000 of takeaway materials.

future festival attendee chicago tribune "The workshops Jeremy ran, coupled with the Trend Hunter research and Future Festival also created opportunities for our team and expanded our people's thinking." – CEO
future festival attendee budweiser "Any senior executive would benefit hugely from taking a couple of days and attending Future Festival." – Global VP of Innovation

Why visit? Get our picks of a dozen experiences for after the Chicago innovation conference.

Chicago Innovation Conference Venue
Looking to explore Chicago innovation?
If this is your first time in Chicago for Trend Hunter’s innovation event, make sure to check out the innovative spots that the Windy City has to offer. Check out Under Armour’s Brand Shop, which comes complete with a wearables bar to let you test out the latest tech. Alinea Restaurant is another gem of the city, offering molecular gastronomy and a variety of traditional foods that are deconstructed into new shapes, colours and textures.

Plus, explore a dozen unique Chicago locations for innovation in our Future Festival conference trend book!

Innovation Conference Locations

The Arclight Cinema is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Dedicated to redefining the movie theatre experience, the venue is equipped with a number of extras. The Cafe, for example, offers guests a selection of wines, bottled beers, and cocktails.

Lunch and the Future Festival Afterparty will be conducted in Yard House — a high-end sports bar that features an extensive selection of beer, as well as a huge menu of American dishes.
Arclight Cinema
1500 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

Schedule for Chicago 2019


Morning
Networking Breakfast
How to Win the Future
Networking Break
Future of Generations: The Evolution of Millennials, Boomers, Xs & Zs
Future of Play: Play, Nightlife and Entertainment
Future of Marketing: Hyperconnectivity & Becoming Consumer-Centric
Networking Lunch
Afternoon
Future of Life: Lifestyle Trends, Wellness & The Future Family
Future of Shop: Retail Innovation, Omnichannel & Marketing
Future of Work: Experience, Excellence & Engagement
Networking Break
Future of Innovation Tactics, Frameworks & Best Practices
The Super Future: AI, Robots, Globalization and the Mechanized Future
Networking After-Party with Cocktails & Appetizers
Networking Breakfast 7:30am
Meet and mingle with other attendees over a continental breakfast and a hot cup of joe.
How to Win the Future 8:30am
What great ideas are so close within your grasp? Most people don’t realize it, but you are much closer to new opportunity — and disruption — than you might think. As Bill Gates describes, business is going to change more in the next ten years than it has in the last fifty. In this highly rated keynote, you will learn how to stay ahead.
Networking Break 9:50am
Future of Generations: The Evolution of Millennials, Boomers, Xs & Zs 10:10am
Stop using labels like ‘Millennials.” Gain insight while uncovering new ways to think about modern consumers, what motivates them, and how to more accurately target them. Deep-dive Trend Hunter's Micro-Generations to unveil a more sophisticated approach to consumer behavior and segmentation.
Future of Play: Play, Nightlife and Entertainment 11:05am
Consumers of all sorts are prioritizing unique, worthwhile experiences over products. Dive into the evolution of entertainment expectations across travel, nightlife, leisure and all things fun and how that will impact and influence a variety of industries.
Future of Marketing: Hyperconnectivity & Becoming Consumer-Centric 11:30am
Modern technology has shifted how consumers engage with brands, and it’s no longer enough for ads to be entertaining and memorable. Uncover tactics for leveraging the future of marketing tech, authenticity and brand love to create impactful marketing strategies.
Networking Lunch 12:00pm
Future of Life: Lifestyle Trends, Wellness & The Future Family 1:00pm
Learn about the key drivers of consumer behaviour and how that is impacting wellness, travel and technology in the era of the personal brand. We’ll dive into what is motivating purchasing decisions, loyalty and how to create a meaningful connection to consumers.
Future of Shop: Retail Innovation, Omnichannel & Marketing 2:00pm
In order to understand the future of retail, forget what you think you know about siloed, multi-channel approaches, and accept that omnichannel – the creation of seamlessly interchangeable platforms across all entities – is the foundation for successful retailers.
Future of Work: Experience, Excellence & Engagement 2:30pm
Explore the ever-evolving dynamics of today’s workforce and learn why your organization’s success depends on understanding and applying the 4 ‘E’s of modern work culture. Be prepared to learn statistics and implications gleaned from the Trend Hunter Innovation Assessment, revealing what’s holding you back from building your best team yet.
Networking Break 3:00pm
Future of Innovation Tactics, Frameworks & Best Practices 3:30pm
Leaders today are under increased pressure to find winning innovation strategies, but there are few avenues to learn how others do it. Gathered from personal interviews with today's business leaders, this session focuses on reporting actual innovation techniques used in business today.
The Super Future: AI, Robots, Globalization and the Mechanized Future 4:00pm
Jeremy Gutsche closes the conference by painting a picture of what the world could become in the more distant future. Extrapolating upon the insights that Trend Hunter projects will shape the foreseeable future, Jeremy touches on everything from technology to culture; focusing on opportunities that can be leveraged for the better of society, our pursuits and the planet.
Networking After-Party with Cocktails & Appetizers 4:30pm

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