What are TEDxNaperville Adventures?

Adventures are specially-designed, mentally-stimulating excursions to local, suburban Chicago hotspots the morning of the conference. One Adventure is included for free as part of your TEDxNaperville ticket and is selected during purchase. Adventures change annually and offer exciting journeys into local businesses, community organizations, and scientific institutions doing fascinating work.

Signing Up

You’ll select an Adventure to attend during your ticket purchase. Some Adventures sell out quickly, so buy early to get your first pick.

Time & Location

Meeting details will be emailed to you 1-2 weeks before the conference. Most Adventures run 9:00-11:00am before the conference.


You’re responsible for travel to and from your Adventure. All Adventures are within 35 minutes driving range of the conference.


Only those signed up for a specific Adventure will have access to it. No walk-ins allowed. Wait lists not available for full Adventures.

Adventures Featured in 2017

Argonne National Laboratory
30 Spaces Total

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first artificial nuclear chain reaction, during an experiment led by Enrico Fermi, Argonne National Laboratory’s first director. Today, nearly every commercial reactor in operation was developed from Argonne research. Come explore the history of nuclear energy and get a glimpse of Argonne’s role in the development of next-generation nuclear energy technologies.

  • Time: 8:45am – 10:45am and 9:15am – 11:15am (Not accepting time placement requests)
  • Location: Argonne Information Center, Northgate Road, Lemont, IL
  • Requirements: Closed-toe shoes, driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID, Ages 16+
  • Note: Exact areas of access for this adventure are subject to change if scientific testing is in progress.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
40 Spaces Total

You’ll gain access to Wilson Hall’s 15th floor, Atrium, Remote Operation Center for CERN, Remote Operation Center for Muon and Neutrino experiments, the Pre-Accelerator, Linac, and Main Control Room areas. Attendees will also visit the Silicon Detector Facility, which specializes in assembly and testing of both silicon and superconducting detectors, with applications in high energy physics, medical imaging, and astrophysics.

FONA International
40 Spaces Total

Do you love science and learning how your body interacts with the food you eat? We’ll provide insights into why food contains flavors and how our senses interact with the food we eat every day.  Come join us for a tour of FONA. Find out how flavors are made and the processes that go into creating taste.

IN2 @ the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
30 Spaces Total

Tour Illinois’ first high school innovation center at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Learn new techniques to spawn creativity, play IMSA’s original speed entrepreneurship game, Ventures 2 Vultures, and create a new product from the contents of our “Mystery Box.”  This is a hands-on, minds-on adventure, not a sit and get, so come ready to participate!

Launch Digital Marketing Workspace & Lunch
50 Spaces Total

Did you know the 39th fastest growing private company in the U.S. is right here in Naperville? Take a tour of the modern workplace that has seen Launch Digital Marketing (LDM) and Dealer Inspire (DI), two sister companies under the same roof, grow from 3 employees to 400 in just 5 short years. LDM and DI employees will reveal the unique approach to their work (websites and digital marketing), office culture, and people operations philosophy — and they’ll even give you a crash course on website coding!

Make-It-Here MakerSpace
30 Spaces Total

Have you ever wondered how things get made? Like how to turn a piece of metal into a beautiful sculpture, or how an ordinary piece of wood becomes furniture? Make-It-Here is a do-it-yourself project and creation facility that helps you learn and build anything you can dream up, from electronics and metal work to printing and assembling your own furniture. At Make-It- Here you can bring life to your own creations. This behind-the-scenes look at this 12,500 sq. ft. facility, led by founder Mike Hanes, will show you how and where to literally build your own ideas.

Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Library and Tech Buffet

40 Spaces Total

Explore Naperville Public Library’s newly-renovated 95th Street library and updated tech buffet, featuring a green screen room, sound recording studio and tech buffet. Customers have access to a variety of specialty hardware and software for both personal and professional use. Increase business exposure by using software to design websites, business cards, logos, commercials or jingles. Turn ideas into 3-D images with the 3-D software and printer. Preserve memories by converting them to digital format. All are available at your local library!


Solemn Oath Brewery
50 Spaces Total

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.

  • Times: 9:00am – 10:00am and 10:00am – 11:00am (Not accepting time placement requests)
  • Location: 1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville, IL
  • Note: Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide beer tasting on this adventure

30 Spaces Total

Join us at the Sourcebooks headquarters in Naperville to learn about the book publishing process, hearing from one of the industry’s most innovative book publishers and how they’ve been able to gain exposure for their authors and books. You’ll also learn about the ways Sourcebooks uses data to create new opportunities (including being an early leader in the ebooks space) and develops New York Times bestselling poetry books (nearly unheard of), and how Sourcebooks started and continues to grow “Put Me In The Story”, the #1 personalized books platform.

TEDxNaperville 2017 Full Spectrum takes place on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Yellow Box in Naperville from 1:00pm – 7:00pm with a reception directly following the conference. For more details on our upcoming conference, visit our 2017 Conference page.