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Children's Humanities Festival


The Children's Humanities Festival continues through November 2. Events take place at the Art Institute, Michigan and Adams; Chicago Children's Museum, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand; Ogden Elementary School, 24 W. Walton; and Walter Payton College Prep, 1034 N. Wells. Unless otherwise noted, programs are $6 at the door, $5 in advance (students and teachers are admitted free with reservations). Some tickets may become available for sold-out programs; check at the venue 20 to 30 minutes prior. Tickets are available by phone at 312-494-9509, online at, or at the Tribune Store, 435 N. Michigan.


James Bruchac

The author reads from When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror: Walter Payton College Prep, 10 AM. For middle and high school students. Sold-out. Bruchac presents "Stories of the Woodlands": Ogden Elementary School, noon. For elementary school students.


"Animation Station!"

Animation workshops and short film screenings. Chicago Children's Museum, 11 AM to 4 PM. Ages six and up.

"Storybus: The Gingerbread Man"

Storytelling program. Walter Payton College Prep, 10 AM to 2 PM. Ages three to five. Free; tickets not required.

"The Legend of King Midas"

Storytelling by Megan Wells. Walter Payton College Prep, 11 AM. All ages.

Chicago Park District Poetry Project: Words@Play

Student poets perform their work accompanied by Cin Salach and Ten Tongues; Pulitzer-winning poet Philip Levine also reads and talks about his childhood experiences with poetry. Walter Payton College Prep, 2 PM. All ages.


Illustration Workshop for Families

Presented by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Eric Rohmann. Art Institute, Kraft Education Center Studios, noon. Ages five and up. Sold-out.

Musical Celebration of Caldecott Illustrators

Concert featuring the Fulcrum Point New Music Project and guest musicians Yang Wei and Betty Xiang; with readings by Ed Young (Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac) and Simms Taback (Joseph Had a Little Overcoat). Art Institute, Fullerton Auditorium, noon. All ages. Sold-out.

"Picturing Books"

Author-illustrator Eric Rohmann (My Friend Rabbit) discusses the art and craft of children's illustration. Art Institute, Price Auditorium, 1:30 PM. All ages.

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