Ask ChicagoNow: Who is the most inspiring Chicagoan?

Ask ChicagoNow: Who is the most inspiring Chicagoan?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

Who is the most inspiring Chicagoan?

“I want to be Michelle Obama when I grow up.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“On a personal level my old man whom we lost four years ago on Saturday. But Harold Washington was the man who inspired me as a young man.” — Charles W Johnson, The Vociferous Envoy

“Oprah and I think Deena Kastor is originally from Chicago. I also have a friend who is on her fourth battle against cancer and was emancipated from her parents at 16 and another who is fighting the NFL on behalf of her former player husband.” — Alan Rubenstein, Chicago Sportist

“Jane Addams, founder of Hull House and Nobel Prize recipient for her pioneering work in social services. She is a reminder to us all about the difference one life can make in the lives of many.” — Bob Schneider, Politics Now

“I know he wasn’t born here but Barack and Michelle Obama are so inspiring to me.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Saul Bellow, Nelson Ahlgren, and Carl Sandburg immediately come to mind. But the Chicagoan that inspires me the most is President Barack Obama and his lovely wife, Michelle.” — Laura Vasilion, Talking to the World

“Mike Royko’s death still leaves a void in Chicago newspapers. Whether you loved him or despised him, you couldn’t avoid reading his acerbic, often quite funny and observant perspective of our city. He was ‘Chicago.’ A Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, he wrote for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune for over 30 years. His conversations with Slats Grobnik are classic Royko. My fantasy was to have a cold beer with him at the Billy Goat after a softball game. With all the madness going on in our city and country right now, I always think to myself, ‘What would Royko have to say about this?’ I miss his voice.” — Very Terry

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