Nominations for the 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans

We will open the 2019 nomination process soon.  Please check back! 

StreetWise launched a new award in 2018 to recognize and honor the 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans who make the city a better place to live and work. We sought diverse nominations from across the city and broad disciplines including: activists, citizens, business leaders, civil servants, elected officials, entrepreneurs, journalists/media, and nonprofit leaders. Click here to see the 2018 Honorees. The honorees were celebrated at the annual StreetWise fundraising gala in September 2018. You can view photos of the evening here.


StreetWise empowers people and provides resources for the homeless and at-risk populations throughout Chicago. StreetWise magazine vendors see and feel inspiration in the streets of our neighborhoods every day. They are inspired by the kindness, compassion, and support of Chicagoans as they empower our vendors to earn an income with dignity, as they are offered a hand up--and not a handout. 


Nominate your Most Inspiring Chicagoan here

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