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In October, a nexus of minds enter a discussion with the hope of sparking an entrepreneurial platform similar to Silicon Valley ... but in the Midwest. It's the inaugural Chicago Ideas Week . "Welcomes the brightest innovators, leaders, change-agents and ideas to the city that nurtures them," trumpets the event website. "It's an enlightening experience that delivers education, inspiration, networking and hands-on experiences to the Chicago citizens and everyone who makes Chicago their home for this unforgettable week."