Special Events

The Shortlist

For curious, culturally savvy young professionals

The Shortlist is an intro to the Chicago Humanities Festival for Chicagoans in their 20s and 30s. Dig deeper at exclusive events hosted by our Shortlist Committee.

Upcoming Events

The Shortlist Package – Fallfest/16: Speed

Connect with premier podcaster and advice columnist Dan Savage on sex and relationships, Master of None star Lena Waithe on race and culture, and dispensary owner Wanda James on the politics of pot.

Party with us at the Shortlist Kickoff at Haymarket Pub & Brewery to learn more about the Shortlist Package and chat with our fantastic network of smart and engaged young professionals. Kickoff tickets are just $15 and get you a live preview of the Shortlist Package, trivia, snacks, and a Haymarket brew! As a special bonus, we’re offering a discount on Shortlist Package tickets – available onsite only at the Kickoff!


Program Schedule

Kickoff Tickets: $15

Shortlist Package: $45

To purchase the Shortlist Package, simply add the following events to your basket and the discount will automatically apply.

  • Wed, Oct 5 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM 101 Shortlist Kickoff
  • Mon, Oct 31 | 8 – 9 PM 401 Dan Savage: Savage Love
  • Sun, Nov 6 | 1 – 2 PM 605 Lena Waithe: Chicago's Rising Star
  • Wed, Nov 9 | 6:30 – 8 PM 703E Shortlist Party in the Library
  • Wed, Nov 9 | 8 – 9 PM 703 The Politics of Pot

  • Tickets are limited! Reserve your spot today and we’ll see you at Fallfest!


    Who Makes the Shortlist Happen?

    Meet the Shortlist Committee—enthusiastic leaders who are committed to increasing young professional attendance at CHF.


    Photos from Past Events

    May 2015 - Nick Offerman
    Feb 2015 - Kim Gordon
    Nov 2014 - Marjane Satrapi, Mark Bittman, & Daniel Jones
    Apr 2014 - Alice Waters & Ruth Reichl
    Feb 2014 - Karen Russell
    Jan 2014 - Gary Shteyngart
    Nov 2013 - Jonathan Safran Foer & David Axelrod
    Sept 2013 - Shortlist Kickoff Party
    Mar 2013 - Mad Men, Mad World
    Nov 2012 - Larry Wilmore, Grant Achatz, Nate Silver, & more


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    Photo by Al Zayed

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