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Since 1989, the Chicago Humanities Festival has gathered the world’s most exciting thinkers, artists and performers to explore universal themes of interest. This year’s festival called Citizens, held Oct. 24-Nov. 8, delves into what it truly means to belong—to be citizens of a neighborhood, a city, a nation, a world—in all its messiness and glory.

Nov. 3, go behind-the-music with rock icon Elvis Costello at CHF.

1. Citizen Chef, Global Foodie: Yotam Ottolenghi
Dinner parties got a whole lot better in 2011 when Yotam Ottolenghi released his Plenty cookbook. Meet the London-based chef and restaurateur, and learn about his latest project, NOPI. Oct. 24. 5PM. Tickets $20. Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston

2. Anthony McGill

Chicago native and principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic Anthony McGill returns home to perform and discuss his career, from his gig of a lifetime playing President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration to the state of diversity in classical music. Oct. 25. 7PM. Tickets $15. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

3. Chicago’s Heat Wave 20 Years Later

In Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, author Eric Klinenberg explores the factors that contributed to America’s deadliest heat wave and argues that cities must adapt or face worse incidents in the future. Oct. 25. Noon. Tickets $12. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

4. House of Cards

In her third year on the writing staff of the hit Netflix series House of Cards, Evanston-born playwright and Executive Story Editor Laura Eason talks with CHF Associate Artistic Director Alison Cuddy about writing off-Broadway and online. Oct. 27. 7:30PM. Tickets $12. Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave.

Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Times vary. Tickets from $12. 312.949.9509,