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One-on-One with Lois Weisberg

While you may not recognize the face, you're probably well-acquainted with her work. As the Commissioner of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs, Lois Weisberg has launched the Chicago Cultural Center, created Gallery 37, and brought Chicago the incredibly popular Cows on Parade exhibit. Such attractions may sound bizarre to the outsider, but don't be surprised, anything is possible in the world of Lois Weisberg.

Long before her career in city government, she started a drama troupe, published an underground newspaper, founded Friends of the Parks, ran the Chicago Council of Lawyers, and managed multiple political campaigns. Her numerous careers and magnetic personality have resulted in an intricate web of friends and acquaintances, inspiring a recent New Yorker article titled "Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg".

In this episode of Chicago Stories, our cameras follow Lois on a day at the office. Then John Callaway goes one-on-one with Lois, exploring everything from her childhood in Chicago's Austin neighborhood to her current role as Chicago's "Queen of Culture".

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