We don't know exactly who did the picking—winners were reportedly being selected by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, as well as "select members" of the Cultural Advisory Council, a board made up of mayoral appointees—or exactly what the process was, but it's been done.
The winners are . . .
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago founder Lou Conte
• Sculptor Richard Hunt
• Composer and pianist Ramsey Lewis
• Former Cultural Affairs commissioner Lois Weisberg
• The 125-year-old Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
The awards will be given out during a free live tribute show at 7 PM on September 17 in Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion.