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Creating A Winning City: The Team. The Town. The Region.

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Please join Metropolitan Planning Council for an inspiring keynote address by Tom Ricketts, Executive Chairman of the Chicago Cubs, on the team’s extraordinary journey and the turnaround lessons that we can apply to Chicago’s pressing problems. The Cubs’ comeback balanced risks with short-term needs and long-term goals. This is a baseball storyone that offers ideas and inspiration for civic leaders and residents to unite and drive economic growth. In Chicago, we are, after all, one team, better together.

Tom will be joined in conversation with Natalie Moore, WBEZ’s South Side Reporter.

During the Luncheon, MPC will recognize one of Chicago’s leading corporate citizens John A. Canning, Jr., Chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, with the 2017 Champion Fighter Award. We honor him for his extraordinary civic contributions to the Chicago region through his transformative leadership and philanthropy.

Sponsorships are available! To reserve a sponsorship or for more information, please contact Janet Myers, Vice President of Philanthropy, at or 312-863-6010.

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Keynote Speaker

Tom Ricketts, Executive Chairman, Chicago Cubs

In conversation with Natalie Moore, Reporter, WBEZ

Champion Fighter Award Winner

John A. Canning, Jr., Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

MPC is pleased to acknowledge the generous contributions of our sponsors to date.

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Media Partner

Host Committee

(in formation)

Nicholas W. Alexos, Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Melissa Bean, Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Todd C. Brown, Chair, Metropolitan Planning Council Board of Governors

David R. Casper, President & CEO, BMO Harris Bank

Lester Crown, Chairman, Henry Crown & Company

Kent Dauten, Managing Director, Keystone Capital

Craig J. Duchossois, Chairman & CEO, Duchossois Group, Inc.

Michael Ferro, Chicago Tribune Foundation

Vincent W. Foglia, Foglia Family Foundation

King Harris, Harris Holdings

Jack S. Levin, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman, Schwarz Supply Source

Thomas S. Ricketts, Executive Chairman, Chicago Cubs

Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Ryan Specialty Group

Scott Swanson, President, PNC Bank, Illinois

Edward J. Wehmer, President & CEO, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Miles D. White, Chairman & CEO, Abbott

Champion Sponsor

Vince and Pat Foglia

Lead Sponsors





Steve Baird, Baird & Warner, Inc.

Booth Hansen

Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Carnahan-Daniels Foundation

Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation



Chris and Cira Conley

DLA Piper LLP (U.S.)

Draper and Kramer, Inc. 

Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP


Fifth Third Bank

First Midwest Bank

Robert Fitzsimmons / Next Generation Public Affairs

Franczek Radelet P.C.


Globetrotters Engineering Corporation

The Habitat Company

Jack and Dorothy Jiganti

Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel

Loyola University Chicago

Jim and Kitty Mann

Lee M. Mitchell, Thoma Bravo, LLC

Northwestern Medicine

Pepper Construction Co.


Presence Health

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Ellen and Jim Stirling

University of Chicago, Office of Civic Engagement