The 16th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, this year themed “Home and Away,” runs 10/29-11/13, offering dozens of lectures, readings, and discussions by an international coterie of writers, artists, and scholars as well as film screenings and theatrical and musical performances. All programs are $5 in advance, $6 (cash only) at the door, unless otherwise noted. (Tickets for some sold-out programs may become available; check at the venue no later than 30 minutes before the program.) Tickets can be ordered by phone at 312-494-9509 or online at Call 312-661-1028 for more information. Following is the schedule through 11/3; a complete schedule is available at


“Called Home”: Mies Van Der Rohe Society Graceland Cemetery Tour Led by a Chicago Architecture Foundation docent. Graceland Cemetery, Clark & Irving Park. 2 PM Sold out.


“The World Through Cabaret Eyes” Lecture-performance by soprano Jennifer Goltz and musicologist Stephen Moore Whiting. Northwestern Univ. Thorne Auditorium. 4:30 PM

ASCAP Cabaret: “Take It Away!” Musical-theater performances featuring actors Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie and songwriters Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel; hosted by singer Liz Callaway. Northwestern Univ. Thorne Auditorium. $10. 7:30 PM Sold out.


RRichard Florida (The Rise of the Creative Class) talks about The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent. First United Methodist Church. noon

“At Home on the Stage” Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble members Joan Allen, Amy Morton, and Martha Lavey read letters, diaries, and essays by notable women of the 19th century. Northwestern Univ. Thorne Auditorium. A reception follows. 7:30 PM Sold out.


First United Methodist Church 77 W. Washington

Northwestern Univ. Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago