july 27 & 28 Chicago, IL

20x2 On Tour This July

Seventeen years ago, the team behind 20x2 set out to celebrate the creativity lurking in each of us by mining it—two minutes at a time—from household names and fresh faces alike.

For two nights this July (July 27th & 28th), we're taking over the Upstairs lounge at the Virgin Hotel Chicago for our first-ever back to back creativity showcases. We'll bring together writers, filmmakers, musicians, local legends and more, each sharing their unique take on the question of the evening.



July 27, 2017
What Are You Waiting For?

From hot takes on freezing winters to rock anthems on the one that got away, our twenty come clean in memorable and surprising ways.

Event Details
July 28, 2017
What's The Story?

Cozy up to a storyteller and you'll never know an unrealized adventure. Join 20x2 for twenty plot twists and backstories you never saw coming.

Event Details
Upstairs Logo 25th Floor at Virgin Hotels
203 N. Wabash
Chicago, Illinois 60601


No passwords. But you’ll feel like you need one as you delight in the debauchery of this sexy Chicago speakeasy. Laced with live music, craft cocktails and mischievous nightly acts, it’s time you slip away and sneak Upstairs.

Sponsorship

Limited sponsorships are available. If you are interested in being a sponsor for these or a future 20x2 show, contact Kevin Newsum for more information.

  • Title Sponsor of both showcases
  • Top of Show address & mention
  • Name recognition & corporate logo on all promotional materials
  • On-site banner/booth placement
  • Sponsor page link on 20x2.org
  • Special mention as Premiere Title Sponsor in all media releases
  • 5 VIP tickets
  • Bottom of the show mention
  • Exclusivity in your industry
  • Right of first refusal for Title Sponsorship next SXSW event
  • Sponsor of both showcases
  • Top of Show mention
  • Name recognition & corporate logo on all promotional materials
  • On-site banner placement
  • Sponsor page link on 20x2.org
  • 3 VIP tickets
  • Bottom of the show mention
  • Exclusivity in your industry
  • Single show sponsorship
  • Top of Show mention
  • Logo on all promotional materials
  • Sponsor page link on 20x2.org
  • 2 VIP tickets
  • Bottom of the show mention
  • Single show sponsorship
  • Primary mention during two in-show audience participation segments
  • Logo on all promotional materials
  • Sponsor page link on 20x2.org

Our Team

A moderately oiled machine.


Kevin Newsum

Kevin Newsum

20x2 Founder & Host

Jeff Rider

Jeff Rider

Show Director & Video Archivist

Mark Couvillion

Mark Couvillion

Technical Director & Designer

Andrew Huff

Andrew Huff

20x2 Chicago Producer

What is This About?

Since our first show at SXSW in 2001, 20x2 has grown to include an ever-expanding list of participants. Our team works with featured artists to conjure a framework for creative exploration. With each show, the question and participants change, but their ability to surprise and amaze us never does.

Two minutes may fly by or stay with you forever, and it's that gift of perspective that 20x2 speakers capture so uniquely. If you've never seen a 20x2 show, we invite you to catch our next one. And if you're interested in bringing 20x2 to your city, drop us a line.

Our Sponsors



Location
  • Upstairs @ Virgin Hotels Chicago
  • 203 N. Wabash Chicago, IL