Box Office: (312) 494-9509

Accessibility

At the Chicago Humanities Festival, we strive to eliminate barriers to participation related to age, income, and different abilities.

For more details about a specific venue, visit our Venues page.


Requesting An Accommodation

If buying tickets online, first add an event to your basket. On the Add To Basket page, you may follow the link "Click here to request an accessible accommodation for mobility, hearing, or vision" to fill out an accessibility request form for that event. See example below.

If buying tickets by phone, request accommodations from the audience services representative at 312-494-9509.

Additional information can be requested at [email protected]. Please note that ticket orders cannot be processed by email. Tickets should be purchased online or by phone.

Example of event page with red arrow pointing to link called "Click here to request an accessible accommodation for mobility, hearing, or vision" just above the Add To Basket button.

Mobility-Related Services

Wheelchair-accessible: We select venues with wheelchair-accessible entrances, seating, and restrooms. Most of our venues are general admission seating. We reserve seats for anyone using a wheelchair or motorized scooter and their guests.

Aisle seats: We will reserve seats on an aisle or another desired location that provides better access for you and your guests.

Hearing-Related Services


Assistive Listening Devices: At compatible venues, we offer assistive listening devices. Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound transmitted by the microphone while eliminating ambient noise. You can choose to wear the device with headphones or a neck loop. Neck loops are compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants with T-Coil technology. ALDs are obtained from the Box Office table on the day of your event. CHF is able to fulfill ALD requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Sign Language Interpretation: We will provide sign language interpretation for events upon request, seating you and your guests within good vantage point of the interpreter. If possible, please submit your request for sign language interpretation at least one week before the event.

Open Captioning: Open captioning is a service that displays dialogue and describes other relevant sounds on a large screen near or above the stage. Captions are typed in real-time by a professional captioner in the venue. Open captions provide access for people at any stage of hearing loss. If possible, please submit your request for open captions at least one week before the event.

Seating Close to Stage: If you would like to sit close to the stage for lip reading, we are happy to reserve seats for you and your guests.

YouTube Closed Captions: Videos of our past programs have been archived on the Chicago Humanities Festival YouTube channel. Through the open access website Amara, volunteers help us add closed captions to our videos. Join our captioning community!

Vision-Related Services


Service Animals: We welcome service animals and will reserve seats with ample adjacent space.

Seating Close to Stage: If you would like to sit close to the stage due to low vision, we are happy to reserve seats for you and your guests.

Large Print or Braille Programs: If print materials will be distributed at our events, we will do our best to provide large print or braille versions upon advance request. If you would like our seasonal program brochure in large print, please contact us by phone or email to let us know.


Tell Us More


If you would like to see additional accessible services at the Chicago Humanities Festival, or have experience with existing services, please give us your feedback at [email protected] or by calling our Box Office at 312-494-9509.