Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

Chaka Khan, legendary singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, will visit Chicago later this month for a street naming ceremony and established day proclamation.

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.

“I owe this city so much, and I’m deeply honored by this tribute.” Khan said in a written statement. “Chicago will always be a part of me, and with this street naming, I now will always be a part of it. It’s a blessing to me and my family.”

After the proclamation, as a thank you to the city where Khan said, “it all began for me,” she will perform a free concert. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Chaka Khan’s career in music and entertainment.

d.phillips@hpherald.com