MHA 2021 Full Program

Each year, the Making History Awards celebrates the accomplishments of individuals or corporations who have left their mark on Chicago. Over the past 27 years, we have honored 122 individuals from all walks of life for their enduring contributions to art and culture, sports, business, and civic life. We have also celebrated 13 companies for their historic corporate achievements. This year we shared each of the unique stories of three special honorees and heard from their esteemed colleagues on the importance of their contributions to our community. We also took a look inside the Museum’s current initiatives and exhibitions, and learned a bit more about new President and CEO Donald Lassere. Please enjoy the video above to watch the entire 2021 program, or each honoree presentation below.

This event provides critical support in our mission to protect, preserve and showcase the rich and multi-faceted history of Chicago. We thank all of our 2021 donors below for making this year another great success. We look forward to sharing and celebrating the stories of another deserving group of Chicagoans, in person, next June 2022.


2021 Making History Award Honorees

Kenneth C. Griffin

Founder & CEO, Citadel

The Bertha Honoré Palmer Making History Award for Distinction in Civic Leadership

Presented by James A. Gordon
(Founder & Managing Partner, The Edgewater Funds)

Julieanna L. Richardson

Founder & President, The HistoryMakers

The John Hope Franklin Making History Award for Distinction in Historical Scholarship

Presented by Gary T. Johnson
(President Emeritus, Chicago History Museum)

Ryne D. Sandberg

Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago Cubs

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Sr. Making History Award for Distinction in Sports

Presented by Crane Kenney
(President, Business Operations, Chicago Cubs)

2021 MHA Committee / CHS Board Members

Contact Us

For more information on supporting or attending the Making History Awards, please contact Eric Sharp, development coordinator, at [email protected]  or 312.799.2110 

2020 Making History Awards

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