Chicagoans of the Year 2012

With recent headlines too often focusing on shootings and assorted bad guys, it’s high time to single out some people who have made good—no, amazing—things happen in Chicago this year. They include a low-key philanthropist, a community-minded playwright, an innovative jazzman, a dedicated educator, and a young teen and a pediatric surgeon linked by acts of bravery. Chicago will celebrate the achievements of these special six in a December luncheon at the Peninsula Chicago, sponsored in part by Spex. It’s impossible to read about them and not be inspired.

Ann Lurie
ANN LURIE
Donor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

 

Rony Monzon
RONY MONZON
Freshman, Phoenix Military Academy

 

Regina Taylor
REGINA TAYLOR
Writer and director, Crowns

Ken Vandermark
KEN VANDERMARK
Composer and saxophonist

 

Donnita Travis
DONNITA TRAVIS
Founder, By the Hand Club for Kids

 

Donald Liu
DONALD LIU
Late surgeon in chief, Comer Children’s Hospital

 

Photography: Taylor Castle

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