Chicago, Saturday, November 26, 2011. Former first lady Maggie Daley, who died Thursday, was a beloved figure in Chicago’s arts community and will be sorely missed. To honor her grace, spirit and commitment to the arts, theaters throughout Chicagoland will turn off their marquee lights for two minutes at noon tomorrow to coincide with the start of her wake at Chicago’s Cultural Center in the heart of Chicago’s Theater district. The marquees then will be relit and remain aglow until the end of her wake at 10p.m.
In a special statement, Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres noted that “The Chicago theatre community is deeply saddened to have lost Maggie Daley, a true champion for the arts and culture in Chicago. Her tireless work has impacted countless people.”
Eileen LaCario, Chair of League of Chicago Theatres and Vice President of Broadway In Chicago, praised Maggie’s conbritution to the arts this way, “Maggie’s conviction that the arts make the difference for all children is an inspiration to all of us. Maggie Daley had an extraordinary love of and commitment to the arts, and her legacy is the richness of the Chicago theater community that she did everything to support. Her grace and spirit will live in our hearts and minds, and we are all forever grateful.”
Confirmed theaters that will be participating in the marquee lights tribute include: Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, Broadway Playhouse, Oriental Theatre and Bank of America Theatre; The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University; The Chicago Theatre; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Goodman Theatre; Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre; Lookingglass Theatre; Victory Gardens Theater; and The Second City.