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Remembering Lois Weisberg

Written by
Kris Vire

This week, Lois Weisberg passed away at the age of 90. Weisberg served for more than two decades as the influential commissioner of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Richard M. Daley; it would be hard to name anyone who's had more of an impact on the city's cultural life in the last three decades.

Weisberg was famously the subject of a 1999 New Yorker profile by Malcolm Gladwell, titled "Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg." We also profiled her, in March 2011, not long after she'd stormed out of her job in protest of Daley's merging her DCA with the Mayor's Office of Special Events. While considering her enormous legacy to the city, it's worth revisiting James Warren's "Life after Lois."

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