NEAR WEST SIDE — Lou Conte, founder and choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance Studio, will be honored at the city’s first-ever Fifth Star Awards at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
The free event will include video tributes to winners and live performances saluting their work.
The Hubbard Street Dance Studio, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., is celebrating its 37th season.
After performing in musical theater on Broadway and across the country, Conte established the Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago in 1974. In 1977, he founded what is now Hubbard Street Dance Chicago with four dancers.
Richard Hunt, a renowned sculptor; Ramsey Lewis, Grammy-winning jazz composer, pianist and radio personality; and Lois Weisberg, former Chicago cultural affairs commissioner, will also be honored.
The Fifth Star Awards are named to reference the flag of Chicago’s four stars. The symbolic “fifth star” will annually recognize some of the city’s leading artists and cultural institutions, event organizers said.
The Fifth Star Awards is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, GMC Grosvenor and Leo Burnett.
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