Chaka Khan Day proclaimed in Chicago

  • Singer Chaka Khan arrives at the BET Honors red carpet at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Singer Chaka Khan arrives at the BET Honors red carpet at the Warner Theatre… ((Olivier Douliery/Abaca…)
July 24, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will get her very own special day in Chicago.

A resolution adopted Wednesday by the City Council proclaims July 28 as Chaka Khan Day for the Chicago native in honor of her musical and entertainment achievements over 40 years. She is set to perform a free concert on Sunday at Millennium Park.

Khan is known for hit songs including "I'm Every Woman" in 1978, "Ain't Nobody" in 1983 and "I Feel for You" in 1984, and has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Mary J. Blige.

Last month, the City Council designated South Blackstone Avenue from 50th to 51st streets as the honorary Chaka Khan Way. The ceremonial unveiling of the honorary street on the west side of Kenwood Academy where she attended high school is scheduled for Saturday.

"Chicago is where it all began for me," Khan said on her website. "As a young girl, I sat in my living room in my house on Carpenter Street learning jazz and other music genres. I owe this city so much, and I'm deeply honored by this tribute. 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.  We are profoundly grateful to all the people of Chicago." 

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