Barbara Koenen
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Guess what? I am retiring from the City of Chicago as of June 30, 2016. What a ride it has been!

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It has been over 20 years that the City recognizes my service, and 23 years that I do. I like to say I have worked for the City 19 1/2 years longer than I thought I would, and for much of that time I was amazed that I was actually being paid to do work that was so much fun and so rewarding, for a city I love and the artists and organizations who animate it in so many important and valuable ways. I am always touched when some artist introduces themselves and tells me about how something or other really helped or impacted their life. It is wonderful to have had the opportunity to make a difference.

Now it is time to retire. I look forward to doing interesting things in the private sector and thank you all for the support you have given me during this wild, wild ride.

My last day will be June 30, 2016. Join me for a Potluck Picnic at Promontory Point on Sunday July 17 starting at 2pm. Bring your snacks and your swimsuit!

All the best,

Barbara Koenen

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