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62. Francie Comer

Francie Comer

AGE: 76
OCCUPATION: Philanthropist

The widow of Lands’ End founder Gary Comer not only bestows astronomical sums on city institutions but does it with panache. Grant Park’s beloved Summer Dance series? Comer’s suggestion. Daley’s 2011 farewell gala, which raised more than $1 million for the Art Institute? Her idea too.

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Photograph: Shauna Bittle/Chicago Tribune

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