This annual festival—which returns in 2022 with a full slate of in-person events—assembles luminaries from the fields of politics, journalism and the arts for a multi-week series of programming across the city, with events ranging from lectures and discussions to screenings and musical performances. This year’s fest theme, ”Public,” explores how people might move forward with public and private life after two years of Covid-related isolation.
Not sure which events to hit? Some of the fest’s biggest speakers—including Anita Hill, John Waters and Selma Blair—will come to Chicago during two “Festival Days” held on May 7 and May 14, when events will stretch from morning through the evening. You can see a full schedule of programming on the Chicago Humanities Festival website.