2017 Big Idea Awards



Monday, November 6th
Untitled Supper Club
6:30 – 9:30pm
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The 4th Annual Big Idea Awards are back and we’re looking for the city’s top thinkers to showcase their ideas at this ingenious event.

Keynote Speaker:

Mark Lawrence

Co-Founder & CEO of SpotHero

Get Noticed

Get your new product, invention or up-and-coming business in front of a large audience of influencers and tastemakers at our event, plus gain exposure in print and online via The Chicago Tribune.

Get Networked

Present your brainchild to fellow idea-makers and entrepreneurs. You never know who you might meet!

Get Prizes

Continue to grow your idea and get recognized by your audience by marketing your idea through the Chicago Tribune Media Group portfolio.


2018 Big Idea Awards prizes are here to help you grow your business, get your idea noticed, and get networked with like-minded individuals. Win them all or choose which ones fit your unique business needs!*

Chicago Tribune Media Group
Up To

Gain exposure through trusted print and digital advertising options to target your ideal audience.

Up To

Launch your idea with a Premium Advanced package, including pitch decks, workshop access, and networking opportunities.

Up To

Get the workspace you need to grow your idea, complete with high speed internet and unlimited coffee.

Chicagoland Chambers of Commerce
Up To

Connect with other businesses through an executive membership, marketing seminars and other events.

*See contest rules for more information on claiming prizes and prize details

Food & Drink

Ideas that are restaurant, bar,
food, or drink related.

Art & Design

Ideas for tangible products that come
from makers and industrial designers.

Giving Back

Ideas that are community, civic
or charitable group minded.

Tech & Apps

Ideas that are tech and
innovation minded.

Our 2017 Big Idea Awards Finalists

One finalist per category will be crowned a Big Idea winner.

Food + Drink

  • Dipsy Desserts
  • MaMeal
  • Lickety Spin
  • BarPass

Giving Back

  • GoCivic
  • Fictional Bird
  • CommunlNcubator
  • Elle Grace Consulting, LLC

Tech + Apps

  • Happenstance
  • ChangEd
  • DressCodeable
  • Noirefy

Art + Design

  • Raise UP
  • Lake Shore Dive
  • Tradewala
  • Dress Downs
Meet Our Finalists

Big Idea Awards 2017

Monday, November 6th at the Untitled Supper Club from 6:30 – 9:30pm

Join us as Chicago’s top entrepreneurs, innovators and dreamers present their big ideas in Food + Drink, Art + Design, Giving Back and Tech + Apps. Plus, help us crown top winners in each category by voting for your favorites.

Your ticket includes
the following:

  • Entry into the Big Idea Awards event
  • Passed and stationed appetizers
  • 2 Gentleman Jack cocktails
  • 1 Brooklyn Brewery beer
  • Access to keynote presentation with SpotHero’s Mark Lawrence
  • Opportunity to vote for your favorite Big Idea
  • Access to interactive experiences with event partners and sponsors
  • Opportunity to win a free iPad

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2017 Sponsors

Jack Daniels - Gentleman Jack1001 South StateweworkVCfund conferenceChicagoland Chamber of CommerceMedia Sponsor 1871