Become a Volunteer

Step 1: Please apply online using the CHF Online Volunteer Application Form.


Step 2: Access your schedule and assignments using your Online Volunteer Account.

Please allow 8 to 10 days to process your application and for assignments to be posted.

CHF volunteers:

Each year the Festival needs over 300 volunteers to greet and usher patrons, manage crowds, and sell tickets at Festival events. Chicago Humanities Festival is thrilled to announce our first ever Spring Festival,  Style. Join us April 28-May 1 in declaring "Style matters", come volunteer, and have a wonderful time while working for the festival. In our 26 year history, we have presented over 3,000 outstanding speakers, including: 10 Nobel Laureates; 73 Pulitzer Prize winners; 56 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows; 34 Academy Award, Tony, and Grammy winners; and 18 James Beard Award winners. Our dedicated YouTube channel has had over 3.75 million views.

The Chicago Humanities Festival would not be possible without dedicated volunteers who work to create an organized and pleasant atmosphere at every program. We invite you to work alongside leading thinkers and performers, share your passion for the humanities, and help bring outstanding cultural programming to your community by volunteering.

CHF volunteers receive free Festival tickets–2 tickets for shifts with one program, and 4 tickets for shifts with 2 programs (8 tickets maximum).

Age Requirement

We do not have a youth volunteer program or opportunities to complete school service hours at this time. All individual volunteers and members of volunteer groups must be 18 years of age or older.



For more information contact Saloni Dar at 312-661-1019 or [email protected]

Download the CHF Volunteer Handbook for more details on CHF's volunteer program.