The Passing of Lois Weisberg

The Passing of Lois Weisberg

Lois Weisberg, the hand behind some of Chicago’s most iconic cultural events, died Wednesday. She was 90. Weisberg served as commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Richard M. Daley from 1989 to 2011 — longer than anyone else in the mayor’s cabinet. As commissioner, she oversaw the launch of Blues Fest and Taste of Chicago. She also helped found Friends of the Parks and created the Chicago Cultural Center. Along with first lady Maggie Daley, she launched what would eventually become the After School Matters program. Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune and Michelle Boone, director of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and special events joins Tony to reflect on her legacy.