November 1, 2014
Deepak in the News

Deepak Chopra to Talk Hunger, Ceativity in Chicago.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, the physician who embraces spirituality, will speak at Chicago Ideas Week next week and at an event at Navy Pier to benefit the Akshaya Patra Foundation.


The nonprofit group raises funds for school meals in his native India. I talked to the doctor by phone this week about his support of the program and his connection to Chicago.

As an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, he visits regularly for weeks at a time.

“I like to go downtown. I love the food. And I come here with Oprah to film occasionally in Harpo Studios. Chicago is a regular hang-out place for me,” he said, referring to his friend and TV host Oprah Winfrey.

On Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Chopra will speak at Navy Pier on the importance of getting healthy meals to children in India.

“These kids would never go to school without a meal. They would go hungry and not be educated. It's an important program,” he said of Akshaya Patra.

Chicago restaurateur Alpana Singh will moderate that discussion.

That event coincides with Chicago Ideas Week, where on Oct. 19, at noon, he'll address the topic of creativity during a panel discussion. Dr. Chopra spoke last year, too, at the invitation of Ideas Week founder Brad Keywell.

One subject he's likely to share while visiting Chicago is his work in New York promoting Urban Yogis, a program that gets teens in urban communities to take up meditation.

"Every day they do yoga and meditation and make a commitment to peace," he says. "It's working."

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