Ticketing Policies

How to Order Tickets


Browse available tickets on the Tickets page, 24 hours a day

Online orders are processed in the order they are received within three business days.

By Phone

Call 312-494-9509, Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm


In advance
Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express. A $6 processing fee per transaction will be added to all orders (including teacher and student orders).

At the door
Ticket sales at the door are cash only and subject to availability.

Student and Teachers

Free and reduced-price tickets are available for students and teachers to many programs (with valid ID).


Free tickets to many programs are available to 2014 registered Festival volunteers. Volunteer ticket orders must be made over the phone at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Educational Groups

Educational groups may be entitled to free or reduced-price tickets. Educational groups may contact the Group Tickets line at 312-494-9509 to make arrangements.

Processing Fee

A handling fee of $6 is applied to all ticket orders (per order, not per ticket). This fee is used to offset the costs of ticket stock, postage, and the seasonal box office staff. We appreciate your understanding that this fee is necessary for our non-profit organization to support the high volume of orders we receive every fall.

Ticket Policies

All ticket sales are final. Tickets are nonrefundable except in the event of a program’s cancellation. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have purchased a ticket, please call the box office at 312-494-9509 for information on exchanging or donating tickets.

Ticket holders and Red Badge members are only guaranteed admission until 10 minutes prior to the program’s start time. Unclaimed seats may be reassigned.

CHF limits its advance reservations and ticket sales to venues’ capacities. Seats may be available at sold-out programs. If available, tickets will be sold at the door to the wait list or on a first-come, first-served basis, 10 minutes prior to the start of each program.

Due to external variables, programs, dates, venues and presenters are occasionally subject to change. For up-to-date program information, please visit the Tickets page.


In addition to an invaluable behind-the-scenes Festival experience, all volunteers receive free Festival tickets, based on shifts worked. To volunteer, visit the Volunteers page, send an email to [email protected], or call 312-661-1019.


The Chicago Humanities Festival strives to ensure accessibility for all our patrons. Most venues offer wheelchair-accessible seating and restrooms. To inquire about a specific venue, or to make a specific accessibility request, including hearing devices, please fill out our accessibility request form or call 312-494-9568 at least one week in advance of the program date.