Save the Date:Wednesday June 2, 2021 

Each year, the Making History Awards celebrates the accomplishments of individuals or corporations who have left their mark on Chicago and made it a better place to live. Join us on June 2, 2021 as we share each of their unique stories and hear from esteemed colleagues on the importance of their contributions to our community. Details on event program to follow.

We hope you will stand with us and lend your support to our largest annual fundraiser again this year. Commitments to the Making History Awards go directly to support the Chicago History Museum's mission to share Chicago stories and serve as a hub of scholarship, learning, inspiration, and civic engagement.


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
(Edgewater Funds Founder)

Julieanna L. Richardson

Founder & President, The HistoryMakers

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

Presented by Gary T. Johnson
(CHM President Emeritus)

Ryne D. Sandberg

Chicago Cubs, Baseball Hall of Fame

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

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

Thank You to Our 2020

Sponsors and Donors

2020 MHA Committee 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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