2024 Making History Awards

Each year, the Making History Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals or corporations who have left their mark on Chicago. Over the past 30 years, we have honored 144 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.

Join us on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago as we share each of our honorees’ unique stories and hear from esteemed colleagues on the importance of their contributions to our community. We will also hear from Chicago History Museum leadership and take a look at the Museum’s current initiatives and exhibitions.

The Chicago History Museum inaugurated this event in 1995 to provide vital financial support to the Museum’s operations and programs. More than 28 years later, this event is still a cornerstone of the institution, supporting the Museum’s mission to serve as the primary destination for learning, inspiration, and civic engagement to connect people to Chicago’s history and each other.


Spotlight on the 2024 Making History Award Honorees

Guadalupe Arce 44
Guadalupe Arce
President, Tropical Optical Company

The Enrico Fermi Making History Award for Distinction in Science, Medicine, and Technology

Rick Bayless 33
Rick Bayless
Chef & Restaurateur

The Marshall Field Making History Award for Distinction in Corporate Leadership and Innovation

Mary Dillon 44
Mary Dillon
President & CEO, Foot Locker

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

Leo Melamed Headshot 33
Leo Melamed
Chairman Emeritus, CME Group, Inc.

The Daniel H. Burnham Making History Award for Distinction in Visionary Leadership

Liz & Don Thompson 22
Liz and Don Thompson
President and CEO/Founder, Cleveland Avenue, LLC

The Jane Addams Making History Award for Distinction in Social Service

Contact Us

For more information on supporting or attending the Making History Awards, please contact Eric Miller, Development Coordinator, at miller@chicagohistory.org or (312) 799-2110

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