July 21, 2014

City Of Chicago to Honor Exemplary Artists and Arts Institutions at Inaugural Fifth Star Awards, Sept. 17 at Millennium Park

Live show will feature tribute performances in a free public celebration at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Jamey Lundblad    312.744.2493 jamey.lundblad@cityofchicago.org

Fifth Star AwardsMayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) unveiled plans today to honor exemplary Chicago artists and arts institutions who have made significant contributions in arts and culture, at a free public celebration at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street). The inaugural Fifth Star Awards will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm, featuring a diverse lineup of performances in tribute to the honorees.

“This is a celebration of Chicago, for Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The Fifth Star Awards honors artists whose work has forever changed and enhanced our city; artists who have made Chicago their muse, their stage and their canvas; artists who have been our ambassadors, bringing Chicago to the rest of the world, and the world to Chicago; and artists who have inspired and mentored new generations of artists who call Chicago home.”

Fifth Star Awards is made possible through generous private support from Allstate Insurance Company and GCM Grosvenor– with in-kind support provided by Leo Burnett Chicago. As the Fifth Star Awards creative partner, Leo Burnett created the name and designed the visual identity for this annual initiative.

Why the name “Fifth Star Awards?”

“Over the years, there have been many ideas proposed for a fifth star on Chicago’s iconic flag,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of DCASE. “These ideas all share one thing in common: They represent a city always in search of new moments of growth, transformation and enlightenment. And while there are no plans to add a fifth star to our flag, we believe there is beauty and magic in the quest for one.”

Fifth Star Awards coincides with EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art (September 18–21), and EXPO ART WEEK, a citywide showcase of Chicago’s art and cultural community (September 15–21).

Recipients of the inaugural Fifth Star Awards will be announced soon, as will the full lineup of performances. For details, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase or millenniumpark.org.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.


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