Morgan Freeman to be Honored in Chicago


Morgan Freeman is heading to the Windy City this summer…

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will present the Renaissance Award to Oscar Award-Winning Actor Morgan Freeman on Saturday, June 7, at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey will perform the honor of presenting the award to Mr. Freeman. Co-chairing the event, again this year, are Gene Siskel Film Center Supporters/Advisory Board Members Eda Davidman and Melissa Sage Fadim. The evening’s events will feature dinner followed by a Q&A with Mr. Freeman that covers his entire acting career including film clips. Last year’s event honored Gwyneth Paltrow, whose discussion was led by Amanda de Cadenet.

“Morgan Freeman is a true living legend,” says GSFC of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “In a film career that spans more than four decades and an incredibly diverse canon of roles, audiences have come to expect that Mr. Freeman will deliver performances that are insightful, moving and always memorable.  The instantly recognizable, deep resonance of his voice brings a distinctive richness to every film he appears in or narrates. It is a great honor for us to be able to welcome him to Chicago as we salute him for mesmerizing movie-goers for so many years.”

For additional information and tickets, please visit the Gene Siskel Film Center.


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.