Dr. Hassan Najafi, dead at 86, led a team in Chicago’s first successful heart transplant in 1968, year after Dr. Christiaan Barnard made history.
“Woodie” Lee, dead at 89, was among the generation that built Chicago’s Chinatown into a center of commerce, cultural attractions and restaurants.
Old St. Pat’s had a only a few people in its pews when Red Dwyer helped plan a bash there in 1984 that grew into the World’s Largest Block Party.
Musician Morris “Butch” Stewart, who created long-running theme songs and jingles, excelled as a singer, composer and producer.
Chuck Hyde helped the Sidetrack bar on Halsted Street become one of the world’s top gay bars and a second home to members of Chicago’s LGBT community.
Casey Jones — “one of the great blues drummers of his generation” — is dead of cancer at 77. He played with blues greats Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf.
Laura Eng Sit helped operate her family’s eatery, Hoe Sai Gai, an Art Deco jewel box of a restaurant that was demolished to build the Daley Center.