Special Events

The Shortlist

For curious, culturally savvy young professionals

Connect to the big ideas shaping today's culture with other young and diverse Chicagoans. Shortlist is CHF's community of curious, culturally savvy Chicagoans in their 20s and 30s. Stay involved throughout the year with curated experiences and special events.

The best part? Shortlist Members are involved with planning Shortlist programming— it's an excellent opportunity to help shape the festival.

Shortlist members enjoy all of the benefits of CHF Membership, including ticket presales, discounted tickets and books, as well as members lounges throughout the festival.

Upcoming Events

The Shortlist Summer Series

This series of Shortlist programs are generously underwritten by the Sinha Creative Audiences Initiative.

Pilsen Public Art Tour

Follow poet, activist, and Pilsen Public Art Tour guide Luis Tubens on an exploration of public art that fights stereotypes about Latinx communities, combats assimilation, and celebrates Mexican culture. This walking excursion through historic and contemporary public art will end with a drink on CHF at our tour guide's favorite neighborhood bar.

To purchase your Shortlist Membership, click here, or call the CHF Box Office at (312) 605-8444.

Questions? Email us at [email protected].



Photos from Past Events

May 2015 - Nick Offerman
Feb 2015 - Kim Gordon
Nov 2014 - Marjane Satrapi, Mark Bittman, & Daniel Jones
Apr 2014 - Alice Waters & Ruth Reichl
Feb 2014 - Karen Russell
Jan 2014 - Gary Shteyngart
Nov 2013 - Jonathan Safran Foer & David Axelrod
Sept 2013 - Shortlist Kickoff Party
Mar 2013 - Mad Men, Mad World
Nov 2012 - Larry Wilmore, Grant Achatz, Nate Silver, & more


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Photo by Ben Gonzales