The 2023 Defender Stories that Defined Our City: The People We Lost

In 2023, we lost more of our heroes, luminaries who distinguished themselves in the arts, business, media and music. 

They were titans in their respective industries whose contributions will continue reverberating beyond our city’s borders. 

Their works will endure perpetually as poetry on the page, haircare products on our shelves, characters on big and small screens and sculptures — forged in copper, stone and steel — that adorn our public spaces throughout the globe. 

We compiled the obituaries we wrote in 2023 to honor these giants who bore some connection to our Chicago, either through birth, residence or work. 


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