By Jenny Berg Posted April 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
CHICAGO Some of Chicago’s most cherished traditions, the events in this list elevate the city’s character and profile. From Common Threads’ World Festival, which brings celebrity chefs together to raise funds for children, to the international-press-garnering Lollapalooza, these are the gatherings the media reports on each year, corporations clamber to back, and philanthropists make a point to attend. Last year was a difficult one for most, but these events went on regardless; and in many cases, the planners behind them rolled up their sleeves and came up with clever new ways to lure guests, draw sponsors, and raise funds. Here’s a look at those who proved that when the going gets tough, events can go on—sometimes, more successfully than ever.