Chicago Humanities Festival Announces 2020 Theme: A Year of Vision

The Chicago Humanities Festival is honored to announce its annual theme, Vision, bringing together leaders from politics, arts, sciences, and beyond, who challenge us to see our world differently.

What does it mean to have “vision”—for oneself, your country, the world, our future? How can we come together around a shared vision and why do we sometimes diverge? This year CHF will explore how individual and collective vision is shaped by history, culture, biology and technology, and how that vision can push us all toward a better world.

“As we round the corner into a new decade and the upcoming U.S. presidential election, I think people are yearning for a sense of shared purpose and direction,” says Alison Cuddy, CHF’s Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director. “So we’re excited to spend the year seeking out some of the visionary thinkers past and present who might help us not only imagine alternative realities but move toward the possibility of change.”

A full day of exciting events will kick off in the Loop on Sunday, April 19th, including with #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series Veronica Roth and ground-breaking physicist Brian Greene. Events will continue through the spring with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on April 29th; beat artist Makaya McCraven featured during another full day of programming in Hyde Park on May 3rd; and legendary singer-songwriter Tori Amos on May 6th at the Vic.

Tickets go on sale to CHF members on March 18th at 10 AM.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 24th at 10 AM.

Check back regularly at for information on securing tickets and updates on other inspiring spring programs to be announced soon.

About Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival believes that humanity thrives when people gather, connect, and open themselves to ideas that go beyond their individual experience. For 30 years, the Festival has been curating live events that allow audiences to connect with the most provocative thinkers—both established and emerging—and to see the world differently.