Jim Capraro
Executive director, Greater Southwest Development Corporation
Timothy Jordan
14-year-old anti-crime symbol
Liz Phair
Helen Valdez and Carlos Tortolero
Founders, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
Chris Zorich
Bears defensive tackle; founder, Chris Zorich Foundation
Oprah Winfrey
Television personality


Dr. Gloria Jackson Bacon
Physician; founder, The Clinic in Altgeld
Gary Barnett
Northwestern University football coach

Rachel Barton
Violinist; founder, Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation
Gery Chico and Paul Vallas
President of the board, Chicago Public Schools/CEO, Chicago Public Schools

Gladys Diaz
Mother; collected books for Albert Sabin School

Rev. Wayne Gordon and Marc and Rick Malnati
High school teacher and minister/restaurateur

Roebuck “Pops” Staples
Grammy-winning blues artist


Patti Black
Chicago Police Officer
William Daley
Co-chair, Chicago ’96 DNC
Connie E. Evans
President and executive director, Women’s Self-Employment Project
Alfred Glasser
Director of education and editor of publications, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Ardis Krainik
General director, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Guadalupe Reyes
Founder, Esperanza and El Valor schools/community centers

Paul Sereno
Paleontologist, University of Chicago

Rev. Donald L. Sharp
Founder, Faith Tabernacle Housing Corporation


Henry Fogel
President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Rita Gonzalez
Executive director, Hispanics United of DuPage County
Irma P. Hall
Rev. Jeffrey Haynes and Frank Portillo
Pastor/President and CEO, Brown’s Chicken and Pasta
LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman
Documentarians, Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse; authors, Our America

Lisel Mueller
Pulitzer Prize–winning poet

Studs Terkel
Radio host, author, and oral historian


Barbara Eason-Watkins
Principal, McCosh Elementary School
Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keyser
Founders, Kids in Danger

Jim Hirsch
Executive director, Old Town School of Folk Music
Rev. Dr. Walter B. Johnson, Jr.
Founder, Alliance for Community Peace
Dr. Janet Rowley
Oncologist, University of Chicago Hospitals
Sammy Sosa
Chicago Cubs outfielder
Koko Taylor
Blues vocalist


Lou Conte
Founder, Lou Conte Dance Studio and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Barbara Gaines
Founder and artistic director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Peter Hanig
President, Hanig’s Footwear; creator, “Cows on Parade”
Captain William Pinkney
Sailor; expedition leader, “Middle Passage Voyage”
Carmen Velasquez
Founder, Project Alivio
Ephraim Wolfe and Sherialyn Byrdsong
Anti-violence activists


Margaret Burroughs
Director Emeritus, DuSable Museum of African American History
Robert Falls and Roche Schulfer
Artistic director/executive director, Goodman Theatre
Dr. Serafino Garella
President, CommunityHealth
Patti Herbst
Founder and executive director, Center for Independence Through Conductive Education
Rochelle Lee
President, Rochelle Lee Fund to Make Reading a Part of Children’s Lives
Jerry Manuel
Manager, Chicago White Sox

Raúl Raymundo
Executive director, The Resurrection Project


Bruce Iglauer
Founder, Alligator Records
Lisa Jefferson
Airfone supervisor

Sokoni Karanja
Founder, Centers for New Horizons

Eva L. Maddox and Stanley Tigerman
Interior architects and founders, Archeworks
Alex Ross
Comic book artist

Rita Simó
Founder, People’s Music School

Erin Sorenson
Executive director, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center


Robert Boone
Founder, Young Chicago Authors
Orbert Davis
Founder, MusicAlive!

Hazel Johnson
Founder, People for Community Recovery
Debby Moskovits
Director of environmental and conservation programs, Field Museum

Lisa Roberts and Eunita Rushing
Director of conservatories, Chicago Park District/executive director, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
Scott Turow
Death penalty reformer; author, Reversible Errors


Leo C. Harris
Musician; founder, South Side Family Chamber Orchestra
Bob Koester
Founder, Delmark Records and Jazz Record Mart
Ann Marcou
Founder, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Mary Nelson
President and CEO, Bethel New Life
Clemens Reichel
Research associate, archaeologist, and lecturer, Oriental Institute
Ron Santo
Chicago Cubs broadcaster; former Chicago Cubs third baseman
Sarita Villareal
Founder, SAVE Another LIFE


John H. Bryan
Chairman, Millennium Park, Inc.
Monica Haslip
Founder and executive director, Little Black Pearl Workshop
Ella Jenkins
Lynn Kiley
Vice president, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois

Michael Mulqueen
Executive director, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Kenny R. Ruiz
Executive director, YMCA Street Intervention Program


Chicago White Sox
World Series Champions

Hallie Amey
President, Wentworth Gardens Resident Management Corporation

James R. Grossman and Ann Durkin Keating
Editors, The Encyclopedia of Chicago

Angel Meléndez
Musician, 911 Mambo Orchestra

Ramona Purdy
Founder, Share Your Soles

Carrie Wicks
Fetal and infant mortality review coordinator, University of Chicago Medical Center


Rev. Thomas J Behrens
Founder, The Night Ministry
Keith Elliott and Harriet Ross
Dancers; organizers, Dance for Life
Dr. Todd Kuiken
Surgeon, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Maria Pesqueira
President and CEO, Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Julieanna Richardson
Founder, The HistoryMakers
Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro
Chef/artist; founders, Common Threads
Kimo Williams
Former soldier, composer, Buffalo Soldiers


Marca Bristo
President and CEO, Access Living
Kathleen Casey
Founder, Bear Necessities
Kendall Ciesemier
Founder, Kids Caring 4 Kids
Paula Fasseas
Founder and chair, PAWS Chicago

Haki Madhubuti
Poet; founder, Third World Press
Charlie Trotter

Modesto “Tico” Valle
Founder, Center on Halsted


Timuel Black
Editor and compiler, Bridges of Memory
Jay Franke and Lar Lubovitch
Founders, Chicago Dancing Festival

Nancy Gianni
Founder, GiGi’s Playhouse

Diane Limas
Member, Albany Park Neighborhood Council
Jackie Shen
Chef and Philanthropist

Mavis Staples


Grahm Balkany
Architect and preservationist
Sara Foszcz
Founder, Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program
Sam Harris
Founder, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Ramsey Lewis
Jazz musician
Annette Nance-Holt and Ronald Holt
Founders, Purpose Over Pain


Susan Axelrod
Co-founder and president of CURE
Gunny Harboe
Preservation architect

Daniel Ivankovich
Orthopedic surgeon

Tim King
Founder and CEO, Urban Prep Academies

Neli Vazquez-Rowland
President, A Safe Haven foundation

Rocky Wirtz
Owner, Chicago Blackhawks


Zully Alvarado
Founder and president, Causes for Change International
Leslie Bluhm
Co-founder, Chicago Cares
Robert Burke
Founder, Ladder Up
Roger Ebert
Film critic and author

Gabrielle Lyon
Founder, Project Exploration
Jackie Taylor
Founder, Black Ensemble Theater


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

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

Rony Monzon
Freshman, Phoenix Military Academy

Regina Taylor
Writer and director, Crowns

Donnita Travis
Founder, By the Hand Club for Kids
Ken Vandermark
Composer and saxophonist


Jeff Aeder and Jennifer Levine
Founders, Wolcott School
Sandy Goldberg
Founder, A Silver Lining Foundation
Buddy Guy
Blues guitarist; owner, Buddy Guy’s Legends
Indira Johnson
Founder, Ten Thousand Ripples
Lulú Martinez
Student, University of Illinois at Chicago


Juan Andrade
President, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Rosemary Connelly
Executive director, Misericordia
Stuart Dybek
Author and poet
The Jackie Robinson West Baseball Team
Little League National Champions
Amy Lehman
Founder and CEO, Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic