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Thank you for attending the 2022 Chicago Public Library Foundation Awards! We hope you feel inspired by the bold stories and voices you hear in this room tonight. Scroll through this page to see the event program and dinner menu.


Hors d’oeuvres

Dual Colored Beet Skewers (V, GF)

Goat cheese, balsamic filled pipette

Manchego Vegetable Empanada (V)

Tomatillo crème

Jackfruit Tacos (VG, GF)

Green chili-braised jackfruit, avocado, jalapeño slaw, house-made BBQ, Red Corn Shell

Black Bean Salsa (VG, GF)

Whipped avocado, bite size pineapple cup

Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewer (VG, GF)

Glazed lime chicken, cilantro

Petite Mahi Mahi Tacos (VG, GF)

Chipotle coleslaw, fresh Lime, white corn shell


Peppered Bosc Pear with Shaved Parmesan (V, GF)

Roasted bosc pear sprinkled with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt, tuscan greens, shaved parmesan cheese, pepita seeds, port wine vinaigrette

Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs (GF)

Zinfandel wine sauce, vegetables and brown sugar, micro-greens yukon gratin with thyme, parmesan, and horseradish honey roasted halved brussel sprouts and carrots

Roasted Cauliflower Steak (V, GF)

Roasted fennel, apple, cilantro, truffled fingerling potatoes spicy romesco, roasted halved brussel sprouts and carrots


Assortment #1

Rapsberry & vanilla

Orange passion fruit


Hazelnut caramel

Assortment #2

Café Liegois

Morello Cherry Hazelnut

Mocha Pate Choux

Vanilla Speculoos


5:30 PM – Doors Open

6:00 PM – Cocktail Hour & Opening Remarks

  • Chicago Public Library Foundation President & CEO, Brenda Langstraat Bui
  • Event Chairs, Francia E. Harrington & Andrés Ordóñez
  • Chicago Public Library Foundation Board Chair, Bob Wislow
  • Chicago Public Library Board Chair, Linda Johnson Rice
  • Honorary Chair, First Lady Amy Eshleman
  • Host and Legendary Newscaster, Bill Kurtis

7:00 PM – Dinner

7:45 PM – Program Begins

  • 21st Century Award Honoree, Shermann “Dilla” Thomas
  • Arts Award Honoree, Rick Bayless
  • Chicago Public Library Commissioner Chris Brown
  • Carl Sandburg Literary Award Honoree, Tony Kushner, in conversation with NPR Host Scott Simon

8:30 PM – Program Ends

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