Chicagoans of the Year 2011

HEROES AMONG US: Our honorees include an ambassador to the Americas, a globe-trotting educator, an idealistic impresario, a workaholic do-gooder, a taxman with a heart, and a silenced movie critic who’s discovered a new voice

Our six Chicagoans of the Year are a dauntless bunch. Consider the most well known, Roger Ebert. Robbed of his voice, the indomitable movie critic crafted a captivating new eloquence in his online blog and acclaimed memoir. Like Ebert, each of this year’s other honorees—a healer, an impresario, an educator, a volunteer extraordinaire, and a taxman—imaginatively persevered to create something new and necessary. At a January luncheon at The Peninsula, sponsored in part by American Airlines, Chicago will celebrate the achievements of these remarkable individuals, the intrepid heroes who make our city—and our world—a better place. Click the thumbnails below for more on each honoree.

Zully Alvarado
ZULLY ALVARADO
Causes for Change International

 

Leslie Bluhm
LESLIE BLUHM
Chicago Cares

 

Robert Burke
ROBERT BURKE
Ladder Up

Roger Ebert
ROGER EBERT
Roger Ebert’s Journal and Life Itself: A Memoir

 

Gabrielle Lyon
GABRIELLE LYON
Project Exploration

 

Jackie Taylor
JACKIE TAYLOR
Black Ensemble Theater

 

Photography: Katrina Wittkamp

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