Chicago Ideas announced this week that Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the lifestyle brand goop, Gwyneth Paltrow, CEO of goop, Lisa Gersh and Top Chef’s Emmy-nominated host and author Padma Lakshmi will join the Curiosity Series lineup. Other confirmed speakers include The Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook, The Root’s Questlove and cultural commentator Chuck Klosterman.

The Chicago Ideas Curiosity Series features a program of entertaining and thought-provoking Conversations with speakers exploring a variety of topics, February through June. The series kicked off to a sold out audience at the first event of the season, A Conversation with L.A. Reid, on February 17. Keeping with Chicago Idea’s mission to provide accessible world-class programming, most Curiosity Series tickets cost $15 and events take place at Morningstar, Venue SIX10 and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Visit to purchase tickets to these additional events:

  • Inside goop with Gwyneth Paltrow and Lisa Gersh – In 2008, goop started as a weekly email from Gwyneth Paltrow’s kitchen table. Since then it has grown into a preeminent lifestyle website that seamlessly blends the editorial and shopping experience. Paltrow sits down with the CEO of goop, Lisa Gersh, in an hour-long Conversation to share how they have built a global brand. Get insider access to entrepreneurship and business secrets from the incredible minds behind this hallmark for contextual commerce. April 14, 6:30–7:30pm, $50*, Venue SIX10. On sale now. Ticket price includes a copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest cookbook, It’s All Easy.
  • Food for Thought with Questlove and Padma Lakshmi – Prolific musician, culinary entrepreneur and best-selling author Questlove brings his love of creativity and boundless curiosity to the Chicago Ideas stage in a culinary Conversation moderated by Top Chef’s Emmy-nominated host and author Padma Lakshmi. This food-focused event will give attendees a taste of what Questlove learned through his conversations with ten of the most innovative chefs in America. Hear all about their creative processes and how they view the world through their art. April 20, 6:30–7:30pm, $15, Venue SIX10. On sale now. Book signings for Questlove’s somethingtofoodabout and Padma Lakshmi’s Love, Loss, and What We Ate to follow.

For the full schedule of the Curiosity Series, visit

Chicago Ideas is a year-round platform for turning ideas into actionable results. Featuring globally recognized speakers and interactive experiences, it is a space for innovators, thinkers, doers and interested citizens from across Chicago, the greater Midwest and the world. Its goal is to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, create new connections and collaborations and establish a Community of Curiosity. Chicago Ideas is a 501c3 organization.

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