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Nominations for the inaugural class of the Panhandler Hall of Fame

Everywhere I go in Chicago, I seem to be greeted by panhandlers. I attract them to such a degree that I’ve kept a journal chronicling our interactions over the years. A few of them have stood out, for their ingenuity, style, or brazenness. Here, I nominate the seven most memorable recurring characters for the inaugural class of The Closer’s Panhandler Hall of Fame.


Illustrations: David Fullarton



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