September 26, 2015—In conjunction with the October Fall Culture Guide issue, Chicago magazine debuted the inaugural Culture Festival, an exciting day-long, five-program event that combined intimate performances, on-stage interviews, and audience interaction with top creative artists from Chicago and beyond. Each ticketed program brought attendees together with notable and breakout stars in architecture, literature, theater, comedy, and music. At Venue SIX10, guests were encouraged to enter media sponsor WBEZ’s contest to win tickets to cultural happenings in the city and presenting sponsor’s Celebrity Cruises’ contest to win a $500 gift certificate for TUMI luxury luggage. Prior to the evening’s music program, Celebrity Cruises hosted a VIP reception where performers dazzled the crowd with contortionism and aerial artistry set to music by a Chicago Sinfonietta quartet. VIP guests also sipped wine from 90+ Cellars and cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Vitani.