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Chaka Khan Has Her Way In Hyde Park

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Chicago native Chaka Khan, also known as the "Queen of Funk-Soul", is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.

On Saturday, July 27 at 2pm, Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets will be named Chaka Khan Way. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and other city officials, business and community leaders and friends are expected to attend the ceremonial unveiling honoring the ten-time Grammy Award winning artist.

“The fourth ward has a great legacy of entertainers, artists and others that have contributed to the cultural fabric of this country and, to a great extent the world,” Burns said in a written statement. “For over four decades, Chaka Khan has been and continues to be an incredible artistic presence.”

On Sunday, July 28, Khan will be honored in a ceremony proclaiming that day “Chaka Khan Day.” The Sunday ceremony will take place downtown at Millennium Park including a concert at Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 6:00 pm.  The concert is free to the general public.  For more information, click here.