New Adventures for 2015

What Are TEDxNaperville Adventures?

TEDxNaperville Adventures are no-cost, mentally stimulating field trips for adults with your fellow attendees to explore the fascinating things going on right in our local area. Included with your ticket purchase, adventures take place the morning of the conference and end with enough time for a quick lunch and travel to our venue for the main conference. Though new adventures are added each year, we try to keep some the same for those who didn’t get to attend the previous years.


How and When Do I Sign Up to Attend One?

Adventure signups take place at ticket purchase and are included at no cost as part of your ticket. One adventure per ticket holder. Some adventures will sell out quicker than others, so make sure to purchase your tickets early to reserve a seat on your desired adventure. All adventures take place the morning of the conference and you are responsible for travel to and from your adventure location. Detailed information on meeting locations for your adventure will be emailed to you roughly a week before the adventure. Only those signed up for an adventure will have access to that adventure. No walk-ins allowed.


What Adventures Are Offered for TEDxNaperville 2015?


Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL)
This adventure is now full. Please sign up for the wait list or another adventure.
30 Spaces Available
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Argonne Information Center, Northgate Road
Explore this bastion of scientific progress and learn about where elite teams of scientists, researchers, and engineers are tackling some of the world’s most difficult problems. You’ll explore the MAX fluid dynamics laboratory, the nuclear reactor safety testing area where meltdowns are produced, the on-site exhibit of the first controlled nuclear chain reaction and reactors (which Argonne helped design), the Advanced Photon Source, and 2015 speaker Jack Gilbert’s microbiome work.
Requirements: Close-toed shoes, Driver’s license or other photo ID
Notice: Exact areas of access for this adventure are subject to change if scientific testing is in progress.


Brightleaf Homes High-Performance Living Space (Brookfield, IL)
15 Spaces Available
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Location: 9540 Jackson Ave.
Head out to Brookfield to meet the Brightleaf Homes’ founders on-site. There, you’ll explore a hyper-efficient living space, seeing samples of building materials and technology, models that illustrate high-performance construction techniques, lots of media about high-efficiency housing, and utility usage information.  You’ll learn about some of the advanced techniques required to win a Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award, which Brightleaf Homes did this year, as well as what’s needed for energy-efficient living spaces that increase comfort, health, are more durable, and are more sustainable.


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Batavia, IL)
This adventure is now full. Please sign up for the wait list or another adventure.
40 Spaces Available
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Location: Wilson Hall, Road a-1
Get an in-depth tour of our nation’s leading particle acceleration facility and learn where the frontier of science is being discovered. You’ll receive a tour of the Wilson Hall 15th floor, Atrium, the Remote Operation Center for CERN, the Muon and Neutrino experiments, the Pre-Accelerator, the Linac and the Main Control Room. Additionally, you’ll visit the Industrial Complex, where you’ll observe state-of-the-art superconducting radio frequency accelerating systems and magnets being built and tested.


Green Earth Institute Farm (Naperville, IL)
40 Spaces Available
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
See the 60-acres of organic fields, greenhouses, renewable energy generators, water conservation systems, and more. Learn about the techniques of organic farming and what differentiates this from the conventional approach. Environmental sustainability is a central goal at the Institute, and through this adventure, you’ll explore the what, why, and how of sustainable agriculture.


Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
This adventure is now full. Please sign up for the wait list or another adventure.
16 Spaces Available
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: HTC Building, near Fawell Parking Lot E
Today’s police officers face challenges that barely existed a decade and a half ago – digital technologies, cyber crimes, school shootings, terrorism threats and a cultural shift in the way police are viewed. Explore the Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage and step into the shoes of law enforcement officers by experiencing our state-of-the-art training simulator.
Notice: Adventure includes virtual police situations that simulate real-world scenarios. Mature audiences advised.


Naperville Public Library & Idea Lab  (Naperville, IL)
30 Spaces Available
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Location: 3015 Cedar Glade Drive
Explore the digital media studio at Naperville Public Library’s 95th St. library, featuring a variety of hardware and software available to help shift into the digital world. Learn how to create, scan, modify and print 3-D objects, convert old VHS tapes, DVD’s, vinyl records and cassette to digital format, learn to code, record podcasts, or film using professional green screens and lighting. You’ll be amazed at what can be done and learned at the library down the street and how libraries are actually at the forefront of technology and experimentation.


Solemn Oath Brewery (Naperville, IL)
50 Spaces Available
Times: 9:00am – 10:00am & 10:00am – 11:00am (Not accepting time placement requests)
Location: 1661 Quincy Ave. #179
A behind-the-scenes look at one of the rising stars in the craft brewing world, right here in Naperville. CEO and 2013 speaker John Barley will guide you through a tour of their facility and current expansion process, as well as the brewery’s origins, and beer-making process. Sorry, no beer tasting will be available.


Sourcebooks  (Naperville, IL)
This adventure is now full. Please sign up for the wait list or another adventure.
30 Spaces Available
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: 1935 Brookdale Road, Suite 139
Learn about how a book publisher works and hear about some of the shifts this innovative organization has made thoroughout the ebook revolution. From being an early leader in the eBooks space and developing New York Times bestselling poetry books (nearly unheard of) to staring and growing the Put Me In The Story personalized books platform, learn about the unique work this publisher is doing, right here in Naperville.


Stickney Water Reclamation Plant (Cicero, IL)
31 Spaces Available
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: 6001 W. Pershing Road
So what? Just because it smells you think it won’t be an amazing adventure? Time to reconsider. Explore the people, facilities, labs, and science behind providing some of our most basic human needs and allowing modern society to function. You’ll discover how one of the most massive and technically advanced infrastructure achievements in the world is right in our back yard, processing wastewater for millions throughout the Chicago area, including you.


TEDxNaperville 2015 “Shift” takes place on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Yellow Box from 1pm – 7:00pm with a reception directly following the conference. For more details on our upcoming conference, visit our 2015 Conference page.