JOURNEYS October 25-November 9
Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham: Oct. 6, 2014

Join us on Oct. 6 when Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s Girls, comes to Chicago to celebrate her new book, Not That Kind of Girl. Note: This program is sold out.


25th Chicago Humanities Festival

This fall, join us on a journey of the mind. The 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys, takes place October 25–November 9, 2014.

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Birds Do It, Bees Do It...
The William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert

So much art expresses what we think of as the most human of feelings: romantic love. But our species may not be the only one that deploys the grand gesture in pursuit of a romantic partner. The animal kingdom has examples as well. Penguins, for instance, appear to propose to one another, presenting a perfect pebble to potential mates. And the male bowerbird is renowned for his unique courtship behavior—he builds a structure and decorates it with sticks and brightly colored objects to attract a companion.

To celebrate the Animal theme of the 2013 Festival, and to pay homage to grand gestures in service of love, CHF collaborators and perennial favorites Rob Lindley and Doug Peck have joined forces again. They have created what may be the first all-star cabaret revue exploring the odd mating habits of animals, paired with songs from the Great American Songbook. Hosted by Lindley and Molly Brennan (company member of 500 Clown), the concert features the brightest stars of Chicago’s theater and cabaret community.

This program is generously underwritten by a gift from Greta Wiley Flory in memory of her late husband Bill, a longtime friend and supporter of the Festival.