The Chicago Cultural Mile Association will hold its Autumn Reception on Nov. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago from 5 to 7pm.
A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the “I Will” Spirit of Chicago Award, first awarded a year after the great Chicago fire and subsequently given to a woman and man who display the spirit and energy that has made Chicago a great city.
“The Chicago Cultural Mile’s historic area overlooks Chicago’s magnificent lakefront as well as Millennium and Grant Parks and is a living history of innovative world leadership in architecture, design and the arts,” according to J.R. Davis, President of the Chicago Cultural Mile.
Since the early 1800’s visitors to Chicago have stayed at elegant hotels and private clubs along the famous Michigan Avenue corridor. “These venerable establishments have hosted visiting dignitaries and heads of state including United States Presidents, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, and Queen Elizabeth II whose landing from her yacht at Buckingham Fountain became known as The Queen’s Landing,” Davis continued.
This year’s Autumn Reception will feature a special posthumous presentation of the “I Will” Spirit of Chicago Award to Chicago Cultural Mile Association founder and chairman, Lawrence Pucci, who died earlier this year. The award, which was first presented one year after the Chicago Fire, was reinstituted by Mr. Pucci in 1992 and has been presented yearly.
Past recipients include Mayor Richard Daley and his wife Maggie. Pucci’s sister and business partner, Caryl Pucci Rettaliata, will accept the award on his behalf.
“Mr. Pucci was an active member of Chicago’s business, cultural and society circles. In addition to serving as chairman of the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, he ran the family custom fashion design business, Pucci Corporation, the pre-eminent custom tailoring shop for men serving an international clientele.
Started by his father in the 1920’s, the Pucci Corporation is headquartered at 333 N. Michigan Avenue, one of the first buildings on the street and where today’s Chicago Cultural Mile begins,” Davis said.
Pucci also founded the Wedgewood Society of Chicago and served as chairman of the board of the Central Michigan Avenue Association. He was on the boards of the Chicago Arts Assembly, Mitchell Museum, Chicago Arts Council, Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation, and the Little City Foundation. “Mr. Pucci’s passing leaves a hole in many lives, but his dedication and commitment to making our world and city a better place will continue to inspire,” Davis concluded.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Becker Ventures, the company responsible for redeveloping the Hard Rock Hotel and other projects in the area, are sponsoring the reception along with the Wirtz Beverage Company, China Grill, Emily Nixon Art Consultants and the Columbia College Schools of Music and Photography.
About the Chicago Cultural Mile Association
The Chicago Cultural Mile Association is a preeminent not-for-profit organization devoted to raising the awareness of the unique strengths and diverse offerings available to visitors frequenting its strategic location.
The vibrant area stretches from the Chicago River south to Roosevelt Road, and from Michigan Avenue east to the shore of Lake Michigan.