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Membership at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Your guide to a curious life

Join our community of CHF Members today and receive a full year of benefits. Choose a level below or call us at 312-661-1632 to join. You can also support us by making a donation of any amount.

Friends - Gifts of $100

  • Early, exclusive box office access before the general public
  • Member discounts on Fall Festival + year-round tickets
  • Invitation to a Members-only fall preview event
  • Member Layover Lounge access between select programs
  • 10% off CHF books at program venues and year-round at Unabridged Bookstore


Student - Gifts of $50

  • Early, exclusive box office access before the general public
  • Member discounts on Fall Festival + year-round tickets
  • Invitation to a Members-only fall preview event
  • Member Layover Lounge access between select programs
  • 10% off CHF books at program venues and year-round at Unabridged Bookstore
  • Proof of full time student status is required.

To become a Student Member, call 312-661-1632 or email [email protected]


Associates - Gifts of $250

  • Includes all previous levels of benefits
  • Exclusive fall reception with CHF leadership and fellow donors
  • Two (2) VIP ticket upgrades


Benefactors - Gifts of $500

  • Includes all previous levels of benefits
  • Invitation to fall, winter, and spring receptions with fellow donors and CHF leadership
  • Four (4) VIP ticket upgrades


Laureates - Gifts of $1000

  • Includes all previous levels of benefits
  • One week of early Fall Festival ticket access—before all other member levels!
  • Six (6) complimentary VIP tickets annually


Charter Humanist - Gifts of $2500

  • Includes all previous levels of benefits
  • Two (2) all-access Red Badges that provide free admission and reserved, premier seating to all CHF programs, no reservations required, even when sold out*, all year long
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year including preview parties, behind-the-scenes encounters, and private gatherings with presenters
  • Up to 10 complimentary tickets with reserved, premier seating for your guests upon request
  • Opportunity to introduce a CHF program
  • Free Friends level membership to give as a gift
  • Recognition in the Fall Festival Program Guide and Annual Report
  • 100% tax deductibility

*Excludes the benefit gala and a very small number of other specially-priced programs. Arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure seating.



Charter Humanist Producer - Gifts of $5000

  • Total of four (4) Red Badges that provide free admission and reserved, premier seating to all CHF programs, no reservation required, even when sold out*, all year long
  • Recognition as underwriters—in CHF’s Program Guide, website, and on-site—of a program of your selection, including opportunity to introduce the program
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year including preview parties, behind-the-scenes encounters, and private gatherings with presenters
  • Up to 10 complimentary tickets with reserved, premier seating for your guests upon request
  • Free Friends level membership to give as a gift
  • Recognition in the Fall Festival Program Guide and Annual Report
  • 100% tax deductibility

*Excludes the benefit gala and a very small number of other specially-priced programs. Arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure seating.



CHF exists to provide affordable, accessible content to as many people as possible. Your financial support plays a major role in fulfilling this mission.