Special Events

The Shortlist

For curious, culturally savvy young professionals

Connect to the big ideas shaping today's culture with other young and diverse Chicagoans. Shortlist is CHF's community of curious, culturally savvy Chicagoans in their 20s and 30s. Stay involved throughout the year with curated experiences and special events.

The best part? Shortlist Members are involved with planning Shortlist programming— it's an excellent opportunity to help shape the festival.

Shortlist members enjoy all of the benefits of CHF Membership, including ticket presales, discounted tickets and books, as well as members lounges throughout the festival.

Upcoming Events

The Shortlist at Fallfest/17: Belief

This series of Shortlist programs are generously underwritten by the Sinha Creative Audiences Initiative.

SL2 | Matt Taibbi

From hailing Goldman Sachs as “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity” in the depths of the Great Recession to his recent investigative work into police violence and the death of Eric Garner, Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi has rightfully earned his place as “Hunter S. Thompson’s heir,” as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called him.

SL3 | Liespotting Masterclass

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times. The clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counterintuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting and an honesty advocate, will lead an interactive masterclass on the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception. Bring your best lie and see if you get found out.

SL4 | Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg is the director of many feature films, including Drinking Buddies, All the Light in the Sky and Win it All. Since 2005, the indie filmmaker has averaged a feature a year and recently launched the Chicago-based Netflix series Easy. Enjoy a beer and food with Joe and your fellow Shortlist members during this intimate behind the scenes look at Season 2 of Easy.

To purchase your Shortlist Membership, click here, or call the CHF Box Office at (312) 605-8444.

Questions? Email us at [email protected].

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 Ben Gonzales