Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
As Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs since 1989, Lois Weisberg serves as a member of the Mayor's cabinet and supervises a municipal department that is charged with making the arts accessible to all, and with promoting the City of Chicago through its distinguished and diverse art and cultural attractions. Cmsr. Weisberg's many accomplishments include establishing the Chicago Cultural Center, making Chicago a national model in cultural tourism through cultural exchanges, initiating public art exhibitions such as Cows on Parade, developing Chicago Neighborhood Tours, creating the Chicago Coalition of Community Cultural Centers, Gallery 37, the Chicago Sister Cities International Program and many other nationally known initiatives.
Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Ms. Weisberg served as the Mayor's Assistant for Special Projects, as Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events where her initiatives included Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Gospel Festival, citywide neighborhood festivals, and the Chicago Holiday Sharing It Program. She is the recipient of numerous local and national awards including an award for extraordinary support and service to theatre in Chicago; the League of Women Voters Civic Contribution Award, Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year Award, the Harold Washington History Maker Award, the Chicago Tribute "Chicagoan of the Year" award, and many others.