2023 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 29 years, we have honored 128 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 7, 2023, 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.


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Spotlight on the 2023 Making History Award Honorees

William J. Brodsky
Past Chairman & CEO, Chicago Board Options Exchange and Past Chairman, Navy Pier, Inc.

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

Greg Brown
Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions

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

Robert Chen
Violinist and Concertmaster, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Theodore Thomas Making History Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts

Michelle Collins
President, Cambium LLC

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

Contact Us

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

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