We Catch Up with the 25 Most Intriguing People in Chicago

BY Elle Cashin, Ariel Cheung, Laura Hine, Jaclyn Jermyn and David Zivan | September 10, 2019 | People

For our 25th Anniversary issue, we're naming the top 25 people who make our city shine in ways that are second to none. Read more about each Intriguing Chicagoan below.

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Clockwise from top left: Carrie Coon (photo courtesy of Steppenwolf), Mellody Hobson (photo by Calvin Sit/Bloomberg via Getty images), Virgil Abloh (photo by Sam Grant), Tony and Sondra Karman (photo by Audia Photography)

1. Virgil Abloh

DESIGNER. ENTREPRENEUR. DJ. ARCHITECT.

2. Rick Bayless

CHEF. ADVOCATE. MENTOR. INNOVATOR.

3. Mellody Hobson

CEO. FINANCIAL GURU. TRAILBLAZER.

4 & 5. Tony and Sondra Karman

MAKERS. ART LOVERS. DREAM TEAM.

6 & 7. Carrie Coon And Tracy Letts

STEPPENWOLVES. CREATORS. THESPIANS. AWARD WINNERS.

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Clockwise from top left: Candace Jordan (photo by Maria Ponce), Theaster Gates (photo by Nan Coulter/Nasher Sculpture Center), Michelle and Barack Obama (photo by White House Photo/Alamy Stock Photo)


8. Mitch Trubisky

QUARTERBACK. CHICAGO BEAR. GAME CHANGER.

9. Candace Jordan

SUPERB SOCIALITE. COLUMNIST. ALTRUIST.

10. Theaster Gates

URBAN PLANNER. PRESERVATIONIST. ARTIST.

11. Mary Dillon

BEAUTY QUEEN. CEO. TRENDSETTER.

12 & 13. Michelle and Barack Obama

FIRST LADY. PRESIDENT. HISTORY MAKERS.

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Clockwise from left: Azeeza Khan (photo by Evan Sheehan), Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark (photo by Pele Joez), Jeanne Gang (photo Whitten Sabbatini/courtesy of Studio Gang)

14. Jeanne Gang

ARCHITECT. VISIONARY. FOUNDER.

15 & 16. Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

RESTAURATEURS. GOLD STANDARD-BEARERS. INDUSTRY TRANSFORMERS.

17. Azeeza Khan

FASHION DESIGNER. MAG MILE MAINSTAY.

18 & 19. Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark

ACE CHEFS. PARENTS. AVONDALIANS.

20. Maria Pinto

DESIGNER. RISK-TAKER. PIONEER.

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Clockwise from left: Kyle Hendricks (photo by Cal Sport Media/Alamy Stock Photo), Lori Lightfoot and Amy Eshleman with daughter Vivian (photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images)


21. Kyle Hendricks

PITCHER. CUB. DARTMOUTH GRAD.

22 & 23. Lori Lightfoot and Amy Eshleman

MAYOR. FIRST LADY OF CHICAGO. GROUNDBREAKING PUBLIC SERVANTS.

24. Ken Griffin

CEO. PHILANTHROPIST. CITY SHAPER.

25: Chance The Rapper

PHILANTHROPIST. NEWLYWED. BOUNDLESS TALENT.

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