DCASE Millennium Park Fifth Star Awards

Chicago has an undeniably rich art culture, home to some of the world's greatest art museums and famous outdoor pieces the public can enjoy. To honor such a distinctive art tradition as well as celebrate the artists whose creations have inspired millions, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park will be holding the inaugural Fifth Star Awards, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

Presented by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Fifth Star Awards will be a unique, free event featuring a diverse lineup of performances that will pay tribute to the award honorees. Lou Conte, Richard Hunt, Ramsey Lewis, Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University will have the spotlight put on them for their extensive contributions to the arts in Chicago, having become ambassadors for the city's cultural offerings for many years.

The name "Fifth Star Awards" comes from the many proposed ideas for a fifth star being added to Chicago's iconic flag, according to Michael T. Boone, Commissioner of DCASE. The one unifying theme from all these is the representation of a changing, growing, evolving city. Chicago is a vanguard constantly in search of enlightenment, of ways to stretch its boundaries, and the Fifth Star Awards is a celebration of those who have been at the forefront of that mission.

A full lineup of performers will be announced soon - for details, check cityofchicago.com/dcase

Photo by Patrick Pyszka