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Fifth Star Honors

 

Celebrate Chicago’s creativity at the Fifth Star Honors, a night of stars under the stars honoring legendary Chicago artists and cultural institutions with live performances and video tributes.

Fifth Star Awards is made possible through generous private support from Allstate Insurance Company.

 

2017 Honorees

Common Jeanne Gang Kerry James Marshall Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Photo credit: Kyle Flubacker)
Common

Hip hop artist and actor

Jeanne Gang

Celebrated architect

Kerry James Marshall

Artist

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Legendary theatre company

Rising Star Honor Roll

The City of Chicago honored outstanding youth with The Rising Star Honor Roll – a recognition program for students who show creative leadership, passion and exceptional skill in the arts. The honor celebrates the creative spirit of the next generation as an essential part of Chicago’s cultural life. View the 2017 Rising Star Honor Roll and Video.

 

2017 Performers

Che “Rhymefest” Smith John the Author Yaw Agyeman McKenzie Chinn
Che “Rhymefest” Smith

Hip hop artist and actor

John the Author

Rap artisit

Yaw Agyeman

Spiritual singer

McKenzie Chinn

Poet

Dee Alexander JC Brooks Sam Trump Nora O'Connor
Dee Alexander

Vocalist/songwriter

JC Brooks

Musician and actor 

Sam Trump

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter

Nora O'Connor

Musician

Toronzo Cannon Kelly Hogan TJ Medel Spencer Tootle
Toronzo Cannon

Blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter

Kelly Hogan

Singer/songwriter

TJ Medel

Spoken word artist/actor

Spencer Tootle

Poet, bruja, actor and improviser

Concert featuring an all-star Chicago lineup including Dee Alexander, JC Brooks, Sam Trump, Nora O’Connor, Toronzo Cannon, Kelly Hogan and others.

 


Past Honorees


2016 Honorees

Carlos Tortolero The Second City
Buddy Guy

Blues legend

Victor Skrebneski

Celebrated photographer

Jackie Taylor

Actress, educator and theater founder

Carlos Tortolero

Museum founder and educator

The Second City

Legendary improv and
sketch comedy theater

“Rising Star” Youth Award

 Joshlyn Camille Lomax

Joshlyn Camille Lomax

 

2015 Honoree Videos

Sandra Cisneros Stanley Tigerman Ella Jenkins Norm Winer The Joffrey Ballet

Sandra Cisneros

Stanley Tigerman

Ella Jenkins

Norm Winer

The Joffrey Ballet

Rising Star” Youth Award

    Abdullah Quick    
   

Abdullah Quick

 

   

2015 Honorees

Sandra Cisneros (Photo by © Alan Goldfarb) Stanley Tigerman Ella Jenkins Norm Winer The Joffrey Ballet (RAkU Fabrice Calmels & Victoria Jaiani, Photo by: Cheryl Mann)
Sandra Cisneros

Acclaimed author of several books including The House on Mango Street

Stanley Tigerman

Prominent architect, theorist and designer

Ella Jenkins

Beloved children’s music performer and educator

Norm Winer

Program director of legendary rock station, WXRT

The Joffrey Ballet

Celebrating 20 years in Chicago this season

“Rising Star” Youth Award

Abdullah Quick
Abdullah Quick

This award celebrates the achievements of Chicago youth demonstrating promise and career aspirations in the arts.

 

2014 Honoree Videos

Lou Conte Richard Hunt Ramsey Lewis Lois Weisberg
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

Lou Conte

Richard Hunt

Ramsey Lewis

Lois Weisberg

Auditorium Theatre
of
Roosevelt University

2014 Honorees

Lou Conte Richard Hunt (Photo by: Chester Higgins) Ramsey Lewis Lois Weisberg Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Lou Conte

Dancer, choreographer, founder of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Richard Hunt

Internationally renowned sculptor

Ramsey Lewis

Grammy®-winning jazz composer, pianist, radio personality

Lois Weisberg

Chicago’s cultural affairs commissioner for over 20 years

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

National Historic Landmark, celebrating 125 years

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