Some of the most cutting-edge entrepreneurs in Chicago gathered for our latest IVY Innovator Dinner, presented by Cadillac. Celebrating industry leaders, the dinner brought together the next generation of visionaries for an engaging night of conversation and collaboration at Nico Osteria. The evening’s guests included Jayna Cooke, CEO and Founder of Eventup, whose company is transforming vacant apartments and houses into radical event spaces. Listings have included Katherine Hepburn’s four-story mansion, Lady Gaga’s old modern architecture apartment, and the former home of Bob Dylan.

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Other guests included Nicole Yeary, Founder and CEO of Ms. Tech; Beau D’Arcy, President and Co-Founder of Breakwater Chicago; Heiji Choy Black, Fashion and Style Director of Chicago Magazine; Yuri Malina, Co-Founder of SwipeSense; Brooke Scheyer, Director of Programming of Chicago Ideas Week; John Coyle, Silver Medal Olympian and Chicago Ideas Week Speaker; and Adrienne Eckert Petersen, Founder and CEO of Skirt PR.

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IVY’s Innovator Dinners bring together great minds in tech, film, and design, in an effort to spark friendship, camaraderie, and collaboration between top innovators, who might otherwise never cross paths. In partnership with Cadillac, and through support from Shinola and WIRED, the dinners are designed to advance the projects of the attendees and create long lasting bonds.

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Visit our website to see a full photo gallery from the event. To learn more about the IVY Innovator program, presented by Cadillac, visit IVY.com/awards.

IVY is dedicated to fostering a community for thriving people—inspiring connection, collaboration, and growth. To learn more, visit IVY.com.