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The Halo Awards is a first-of-its-kind Grammy-style event and fundraiser to honor and celebrate Chicago's “heroes of medicine” for their tireless efforts to turn their research into treatments that help people live better lives. This is not your typical award show. 

At the Halo Awards, the scientist is celebrity.

100% of ticket proceeds support research being conducted by the three award recipients.

About Awards

5 - 6pm: Cocktail Reception

Featuring Beyond Curie exhibit by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, neuroscientist-turned-designer and two-time TED speaker;

Complimentary hor d’oeuvres and libations from local food artisans and craft beer specialists

6 - 7:30pm: Main Event

Honoring three “Heroes of Medicine;”

Celebrity host, special guests and live performances

8 - 11pm: Post-Show Party

Featuring medicinal-themed cocktails and one of Chicago's most beloved DJs

Program Schedule

Three scientists from Chicago-area universities and research institutions will be honored for their steadfast efforts to advance their research across the so-called valley of death in medicine.

Nomination requests were sent to:

  • University of Chicago
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Rush University
  • University of Illinois - Champaign 
  • University of Illinois - Chicago

The Honorees

Nominate a Scientist

Submit your nomination for a scientist

Brad Weisberg

CEO, Snapsheet

Carrie Kennedy

Exec Producer, Chicago Ideas

Brian Ficho

Co-Founder, Aptitude 8

Ashish Rangnekar

CEO, Benchprep

Bill Pascatello

Partner, Lightbank

Greg Caplan

CEO, Remote Year

Joey Hawilo

Founder, TruePatient

Abby Ross

Co-Founder, ThinkCERCA

Andrew 'Finnigan' Hart

Director, C-4 Analytics

Executive Committee

Thank you to our Chicago leaders for making this event possible

Michael Senical

Corp Dev/Innovation, Astellas

Jonny Imerman

Co-Founder, CLOZTALK

Jeremy Smith

Co-Founder, Spothero

Desiree Vargas Wrigley

CEO, Pearachute

Leeatt Rothchild

CEO, Packed with Purpose

Alya Adamany Wood

Exec Director, ChicagoNEXT

Amy Kabaria

Attorney at Law

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