CHICAGO MAGAZINE Debuts Culture Festival in September

cflogo (1)In conjunction with its October 2015 Fall Culture Guide issue, Chicago magazine will debut the inaugural Culture Festival, an exciting day-long, five-program event that incorporates intimate performances, on-stage interviews, and audience interaction with top creative artists in Chicago and beyond. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 26, at Venue SIX10 (610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago).

“Architecture, literature, theater, comedy, music—Chicagoans are passionate about all of them,” notes Elizabeth Fenner, editor in chief of Chicago magazine. “Our Culture Festival is a logical extension of our arts coverage.”

Each ticketed event will bring 400 attendees together with notable and breakout stars via five unique programs:

  • Architecture: The State of Chicago Architecture moderated by Sarah Herda: Hear local architects Jeanne Gang and Stanley Tigerman discuss the city’s evolving architectural legacy on the eve of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.
  • Literature: The Thrilling World of Gillian Flynn
    The author of best-selling thriller Gone Girl will reveal secrets behind her dynamic writing style and will talk about upcoming projects, including television.
  • Theater: A New Frontier for Steppenwolf
    Steppenwolf’s new artistic director Anna Shapiro and actor Frank Galati will discuss the future of the Steppenwolf Theater followed by a reading from the upcoming play East of Eden.
  • Comedy: A Lincoln Lodge Reunion
    Stand-up comedians including Pete Holmes, Liza Treyger, and Kyle Kinane will talk about their comedic roots and upcoming projects in addition to performing a short set.
  • Music: An Evening with Angel Olsen ­
    The indie rock singer/songwriter will discuss her Midwestern influences, upcoming projects, and more before performing an intimate set from her most recent LP, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Each ticket to the music program will grant attendees access to a complimentary cocktail party presented by Celebrity Cruises and featuring Vitani cocktails, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and 90+ Cellars wine.

“Tribune Events Group is always looking for ways to align with Chicago’s most esteemed talent and we’re excited to take part in an event that truly is the first of its kind,” notes Sarah Harrell, Director of Events and Sponsorships at Chicago Tribune Media Group.

The event will take place at Venue SIX10 (610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago) on Saturday, September 26, from 1 to 9 p.m. Programs vary in price. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Partners and Sponsors:

The 2015 Culture Festival is presented by Celebrity Cruises. Event sponsors include Mercedes-Benz, Vitani, 90+ Cellars, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and WBEZ 91.5.

About Chicago magazine

The nation’s largest city monthly, Chicago magazine produces both award-winning, in-depth journalism and authoritative coverage of food, culture, and other lifestyle issues. Together with its website, Chicago spurs intelligent conversations about the city’s influencers, zeitgeist-defining trends, and civic controversies across all platforms. Chicago magazine is published by Tribune Publishing and is part of the Chicago Tribune Media Group portfolio of product offerings. In 2015, Chicago was awarded the John Bartlow Martin Award for Best Public Service in Journalism in a U.S. Magazine and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Investigative Reporting in a City or Regional Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists.

About Tribune Events Group

Tribune Events Group is the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s in-house events marketing team. They specialize in producing and managing custom small- and large-scale experiential events that provide brands the opportunity to connect in a more meaningful way with consumers throughout Chicago. By customizing each event, Tribune Events Group is able to accomplish their client’s marketing needs by offering an organic approach to events and promotions that create momentum in the marketplace to achieve maximum results.