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The Annual Luncheon: An MPC tradition

The Annual Luncheon is the Metropolitan Planning Council’s signature event. Featuring a keynote speaker or panel with expertise on issues of regional and economic importance, the event raises valuable operating revenue for MPC initiatives. The luncheon attracts approximately 1,000 business, civic, public and community leaders who attend to hear influential speakers and to honor a leader from Chicago's civic community.

Past speakers include President Barack Obama (during his 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate); Thomas Mars, executive vice president of Walmart; Julia Stasch, President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation; and Tom Ricketts, Executive Chairman of the Chicago Cubs. Honorees include King Harris, Miles D. White, Andrew J. McKenna, Frank Clark and Lester Crown. In major election years, MPC's Annual Luncheon hosts political candidates in a non-debate format.

Previous Annual Luncheon events

Sep 19, 2019 Thursday
MPC's 2019 Annual Luncheon

Hilton Chicago

Speaker: Raj Chetty, the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Director of Opportunity Insights
Honoree: John W. Rowe, Champion Fighter Award

Sep 12, 2018 Wednesday
The Creativity Factor: How Art and Culture Impact Communities

Hilton Chicago

Speaker: Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Moderator: Joy Bivins, Chief Curator of the International African American Museum
Honoree: Patrick G. Ryan, Champion Fighter Award

Sep 22, 2017 Friday
Creating A Winning City: The Team. The Town. The Region.

Hilton Chicago

Speaker: Tom Ricketts, Executive Chairman of the Chicago Cubs
Moderator: Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s South Side Reporter
Honoree: John A. Canning, Jr., Champion Fighter Award

Jan 9, 2017 Monday
Challenging Inequality, Driving Growth: The Economic Implications of Segregation

Sheraton Grand Hotel

Speakers: Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation Julia Stasch, President of MacArthur Foundation
Honoree: Chairman King Harris, Champion Fighter Award
Burnham Award Winner: The Pullman Community

Jun 3, 2015 Wednesday
Investing in Chicago's Future

Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Speaker: J.B. Pritzker
Honoree: Miles D. White, Champion Fighter Award

Aug 28, 2014 Thursday
Pat Quinn & Bruce Rauner answer

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

Speaker: Illinois Governor Candidates Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner
Honoree: W. James Farrell, Champion Fighter Award

Nov 1, 2013 Friday
Accelerating Change

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Speaker: Margo Georgiadis
Honoree: Andrew J. McKenna, Champion Fighter Award
Burnham Award Winner: City of Chicago’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the Chicago Cultural Plan

Jul 25, 2012 Wednesday
The Cities That Work

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Speakers: Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Honoree: Frank Clark, Jean Allard Regional Trailblazer Award
Burnham Award Winner: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for its GO TO 2040 regional plan

Jun 27, 2011 Monday
What, Where and How? Rethinking the Retail Landscape

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Speaker: Tom Mars, Executive VP and CAO, Walmart U.S
Moderator: Jesse Ruiz, Vice Chair of MPC’s Board of Governors
Burnham Award Winner: Magellan Development for their Lakeshore East master plan

Jun 21, 2010 Monday
Illinois: Is there a cure?

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Speakers: Illinois’ U.S. Senate Candidates Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk, & LeAlan Jones
Moderator: Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief

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