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Rocco's Kind of Town (Chicago is . . . )

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Chicago native and 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mavis Staples is actually a second-generation honoree---her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples received the award in 1998. Photo by Tom Pich

Chicago's no slouch when it comes to nicknames---The Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, Chi-Town, to name a few. And you might as well go ahead and add "The City Where Art Works" to that list.

Rocco will have more to say on that next week, I'm sure, when he returns from his latest Art Works trip to that great big town by that great big lake (to borrow a line from Pal Joey). The chairman is visiting Chicago at the invitation of the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. This leg of the Art Works tour will focus on the role of the arts in creating and sustaining vibrant urban centers.

On the agenda? Visits to Street Level Youth Media, the Chicago Architectural Foundation, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, among other local arts organizations. The chairman also will attend an event honoring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. (And hopefully, there's a stop or two planned for some deep-dish pizza and Garrett's popcorn.)

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