Andersonville Honors Gala

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Honors Awards

Nominations now open!

2016 marks 51 years of the Andersonville community, and for its 5th annual Andersonville Honors Gala, the Andersonville Development Corporation, soon to be reborn as the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance, is excited to partner with Andersonville’s own Neo-Futurists, 2014 Honors winner of Arts Organization of the Year.  Held on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 pm at the theater’s longtime home at 5153 N. Ashland, the evening will include a performance of a one-of-a-kind, Andersonville-themed Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, the Neo-Futurust’s groundbreaking and ever-evolving attempt to perform 30 Plays in 60 Minutes that is the longest-running show in Chicago theater history (26 years+!). The Gala will also feature great food and drink from Andersonville businesses, a fantastic silent auction, and, of course, the presentation of the 2016 Andersonville Honors Awards, recognizing outstanding businesses and individuals in Andersonville.


Tickets, at $50 per person, will go on sale in late February and all proceeds will benefit the innovative work of the 501(c)3 Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance and its eco-Andersonville programs.

Before you attend the event, NOMINATE the winners of the following awards categories:

  • Welcome Addition Award, for best new business to open in 2015
  • Good Neighbor Award, for the business that best exemplifies the spirit of community support and customer service
  • Arts Organization of the Year
  • Service Organization of the Year
  • Best Place to Eat
  • Best Place to Drink
  • Best Place to Shop
  • Hidden Gem Award, for the best business that is a little “off of the beaten path”

Nominate your favorite locals, now!

Nominations will be gathered until Sunday February 14, and finalists will be voted on from February 19 though March 4 at 12:00 noon!

In addition to businesses, the winners of the following two awards will also be presented at the Andersonville Honors Gala:

  • The Eco-Andersonville Award, honoring a business or organization who has invested the most to lessen its carbon footprint. The recipient of this award will be chosen by the Eco-Andersonville committee of the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance (Andersonville Development Corporation).
  • The Mathiasson Community Service Award, established to honor Kurt Mathaisson, affectionately known as the “Mayor of Andersonville,” is an award the Chamber bestows on an INDIVIDUAL who most exemplifies Kurt’s devotion and commitment to the ongoing vitality of the Andersonville community. Nominations will come from the community at large; the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Board will select the winner.

If you are a local business or individual who would like to Sponsor the Andersonville Honors Gala, or Donate an item for the silent auction or food or beverage for the event itself, please find that form here.