Check out the Chicago Humanities Festival this fall for an inspiring series of events that provide thoughtful takeaways. Now in its 26th year, this vibrant annual festival celebrates the best that human culture has to offer by showcasing some of the world’s most influential thinkers, artists, and performers every autumn. At The James, we’re passionate about fostering cultural growth and have partnered with the Chicago Humanities Festival through our Cultural Collection program.

Celebrating Citizens

Since 1990, some of the world’s most exciting thinkers, artists, and performers have gathered in Chicago each fall to celebrate ideas in the context of civic life. Each festival brings together novelists, scholars, musicians, archaeologists, historians, artists, performers, playwrights, theologians, poets, architects, policy makers, and others to offer performances, screenings, exhibits, and discussions on one theme.

This year, the theme is “Citizens” and will address a range of issues, including race in America, immigration, religious freedom, and more, in over 130 events throughout the city during late October and early November. The star-studded lineup of speakers includes award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rock and Roll Hall of famer Elvis Costello, TV personality and cookbook author Nigella Lawson, comedian Patton Oswalt, and former contributor to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Aasif Mandvi, to name just a few.

In addition, the Chicago Humanities Festival will be debuting Pilsen Day, a full day of cultural events with local partners such as the National Museum of Mexican Art, Cultura in Pilsen, and Mana Contemporary, and programs that explore the immigrant experience, gentrification, local art, and more.

Need to Know

The Chicago Humanities Festival runs from October 24 through November 8, 2015, at venues around the city. For more information and to purchase tickets for various events—many are free of charge—visit

Enjoy the full range of activities at the Chicago Humanities Festival by booking a room at The James Chicago.