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Chicago Humanities Festival

Get a dose of culture at the Chicago Humanities Festival October 29-November 12, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

This years’ Chicago Humanities Festival is a world class event featuring guest speakers addressing world issues, politics and culture. The Festival “connects people to the ideas that shape and define us and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human.” There will be over one hundred speakers in the city and in Evanston.

Guest speakers include: Humorist/essayist Maureen Down, “The Year of Voting Dangerously”; David Axelrod, former advisor to President Obama; Cosmic Speed and the Time of Science; Nancy Jo Sales, “The Secret Life of Teenagers”; How to Make a Spaceship; Yaa Gyasi, “Homegoing”; Environmental Catastrophe and Global Consciousness; Time Travel Beyond Physics and Fiction; Senator Barbara Boxer, Women in Government; Speed-reading Shakespeare; Composer Philip Glass: An Evening of Music and Conversation; Presto, an evening with Penn Gillette; Fighting for the Planet, Bill McKibben; comedian Trevor Noah, “The Daily Show; a musical tribute to Prince and David Bowie; and many, many more.

For tickets, a full list of speakers and events, and addresses, go online to

Make your Chicago Humanities Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.