SOLD OUT - HCC 50th Annual Award Dinner

University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.

The Harvard Club of Chicago

 requests the pleasure of your company at its

50th Annual Award Dinner

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

University Club of Chicago

76 East Monroe Street, Chicago

Michelle T. Boone
Sarah Herda

The Hon. Deval Patrick, AB '78, JD '82
Former Governor of Massachusetts


Reception - Six o’clock

Dinner - Seven o’clock

Black Tie or Business Formal Attire

For the past 50 years the Harvard Club of Chicago has honored Chicagoans who have contributed greatly to the greater Chicago community, whether in the field of the arts, education, medicine, or philanthropy.  Many of the past Awardees have made their contributions outside their normal occupation.  It is not necessary for Awardees to have a connection to Harvard.


Chicagoans of the Year in Architecture, Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and co-artistic Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Michelle T. Boone Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the City of Chicago are the Harvard Club of Chicago's honorees. The pair will be feted at the club's Annual Award Dinner on April 27th.

To paraphrase Blair Kamin, NF '13 and Architecture Critic of the Chicago Tribune, "together the partnership launched a new Chicago institution, the Chicago Architecture Biennial last October." The exhibition which closed this January was "north America's largest survey of contemporary architecture." Entitled The State of the Art of Architecture the exhibition, which was headquartered in the Cultural Center, interfaced with other Chicago institutions, namely the Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Architecture Foundation and Columbia College's Film Department, and in the process racked up over half a million visitors, outstripping its famed counterpart in Venice which requires a 6 month run to achieve the same attendance record. Our Biennial not only drew big crowds but "generated healthy debate and refreshed Chicago's reputation as a center of architectural innovation. Now the city can claim to be a global crossroads of design ideas."




The Hon. Deval Patrick, AB '78, JD '82, is originally from the South Side of Chicago.  Patrick moved to Massachusetts at the age of 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston-based organization A Better Chance. After Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick to the nation’s top civil rights post, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In 2006, in his first bid for public office, he became Massachusetts' first African- American governor. In his two terms as Governor, Patrick oversaw the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulating clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top grant, and steered the state out of recession to a 25-year high in employment. Patrick currently serves as a Managing Director of Bain Capital LLC, where he focuses on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the author of two books, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life and Faith in the Dream: A Call to the Nation to Reclaim American Values.


Regular:          $150 per person
Decade:            $50 per person (for 1st 25 reservations; College classes 2006-2015)
Decade:            $75 per person (College classes 2006-2015)
Patron:            $550 per couple (Includes two dinner tickets)

Benefactor:  $1,000 per couple (Includes two dinner tickets)

Benefactors and Patrons have priority seating and will be listed in the program.


The University Club of Chicago offers valet parking for $25.  Self-parking is available at the Grant Park North garage at the corner of Monroe and Michigan.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received during normal business hours, 3 business days prior to the event or the attendee who made the reservation will be charged due to costs associated with the reservation and/or the event itself, regardless of actual participation.

Harvard Club office:

Tel:       1-847-256-1211