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Miss Chicago 1922

Georgia Hale

The first Miss Chicago set the bar high. Georgia Hale went on to become a successful actress in the silent film era. Pictured to the right with Charlie Chaplin, she appeared in The Gold Rush and played Myrtle Wilson in the first filmed version of The Great Gatsby.

(06/25/1900 - 06/17/1985)

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1923 - Corinne Dellefield*

1924 - Margaret Leigh* - 4th Runner Up Miss America

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1925 - Margarita Gonzales*

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1926 - Mae Greene*

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1927 - Myrtle Christine Valsted*

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1936 - Genevieve Anderson*

 

1939 - Ethel Lorraine Lobdell* - Semi-Finalist Miss America

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1942 - Bette Brunk - 1st Runner Up to Miss America and Swim Award Winner

Bette pursued a career in Hollywood as Suzi Crandall. She is known for Mark of the Lash (1948), Station West (1948), and That Way with Women (1947). 

She is the oldest living Miss Chicago at 94 years old. 

(pictured)

 

1943 - Marjorie Nelson - Semi-Finalist Miss America

1944 - Elaine Steinbach - Semi-Finalist Miss America

1945 - Lee Mercer Wieland - Semi-Finalist Miss America

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Miss Chicago 1946
Cloris Leachman*
Top 16 Miss America

Cloris Leachman is by far the most famous Miss Chicago. In a career spanning over seven decades she has won nine Emmy Awards and an Academy Award for her role in The Last Picture Show (1971). She is well-known for her role as Phyllis Lindstrom on the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Phyllis. She has played in numerous films and television shows since and can most recently be seen in the role of Zorya Vechernyaya on the Starz drama American Gods. 

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1948 Miss Chicago - Lois June Nettleton.

1947 - Joan Hiatt 

 

1948 - Lois June Nettleton - Semi-Finalist Miss America

 

Lois went on to become a successful film, stage, radio, and television actress. She received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won two Daytime Emmy Awards.

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1949 - Teresa Giogian- Semi-Finalist Miss America

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1950 - Marjorie Adams - Semi-Finalist Miss America

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1951 - Adrianne Falcon - Semi-Finalist Miss America

(pictured right in front with Miss America 1951 in back)

1952 - Josephine Hoppe - 4th Runner Up at Miss America & Swim Award

1953 - Carol Joan Segermark 

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1954 - Regina Janine Dombeck - Semi-Finalist Miss America

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Regina Dombeck is an actress, known for So This Is Paris (1954) and Number Please (1961). She is pictured here with Tony Curtis.

1955 - Florence Gallagher - 2nd Runner Up at Miss America

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1956 - Sandra Jean Stuart - Semi-Finalist Miss America

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1957 - Bette Lieb 

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1958 - Audre Cynthia Deckman - Non-Finalist Talent Award

1959 - Carol Lena Rubin 

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1960 - Margaret Newton McDowell - Non-Finalist Talent 

1961 - Nancy Lee Kesler

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1962 - Donnalynn Freund - Non-Finalist Talent Award

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     - Beginning in 1967, Miss Chicago started competing in the Miss Illinois Pageant rather than going directly to Miss America - 

1967 - Sandra Mae Lekas - 2nd Runner Up at Miss Illinois & Swim Award

1968 - Norma Marvyne Bauer - Semi-Finalist & Swim Award

1969 - Karen Grannum - 1st Runner Up at Miss Illinois & Talent Award

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1970 - Janice Wix 

1971 - Anita Joyce Pankratz, Miss Illinois 1971, Talent Award

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1972 - Helen Arnold

1973 - Cheryl Benish - 1st Runner Up at Miss Illinois

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1974 - Francis Skinner - Judges Award

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1975 - Maria Danly - Semi-Finalist & Swimwear Award

1976 - Nandia Black 

1977 - Debbie Ann Niego - Semi-Finalist & Swimwear Award

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1978 - Frances Skinner 

1979 - Brigitte Elbrecht - Judges Award

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1980 - Blythe Elizabeth Sawyer, Miss Illinois 1980, Talent & Swim Awards 

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1981 - Nanci Teresa Ponne - Judges Award

(pictured right)

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1982 - Jalinda Davis - 1st Runner Up & Talent Award

1983 - Becky Bush, Miss Illinois 1983, Talent & Swim Awards 

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1984 - Ruth Booker, Miss Illinois 1984, Swimwear Award

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1985 - Sarah Ann Altman - Semi-Finalist

1986 - Jan LaVonne Murray - 3rd Runner Up & Swimwear Award

1987 - Cindi Ann Hodgkins, Miss Illinois 1987, Swimwear Award, Non-finalist Talent Award at Miss America

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1988 Miss Chicago America - Marjorie Vin

Miss Chicago 1988

Marjorie Judith Vincent

Miss America 1991

Marjorie Vincent is the only Miss Chicago to ultimately win the national title of Miss America. Her win marked the first occasion in which there were back-to-back African American Miss America winners. She was the last Miss America to be serenaded by Bert Parks. 

After her year as Miss America 1991, she focused on journalism and became a news anchor in Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois. 

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1989 - Karyn Wilhelmina Dillard - 4th Runner Up

 

1990 - Tammy Renee Harris - 2nd Runner Up

 

1991 - Cheryl Lynn Majercik, Miss Illinois 1991, Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award at Miss America

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1992 - Debbie Lynn Hill - 1st Runner Up & Swimwear Award

1993 - Chuti Tui - 1st Runner Up, Swimwear & Talent Awards

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Chuti Tui has a successful acting career. Her work includes guest and recurring roles in shows such as 24, The Closer, Dragnet, Charmed, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives.

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1994 - Rosa Blasi - 1st Runner Up & Talent Award

(pictured left)

Rosa is an actress best known for her roles as Luisa Delgado in Strong Medicine, and as Barb Thunderman on the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans. 

1995 - Molie Anne Kleeberger 1st Runner Up 

1996 - Monta Monique Dixson 3rd Runner Up, Swimwear & Talent Awards

1997 - Claudine Keating Cappelle 1st Runner Up

(pictured right)

1998 - Deanna Marie Riddle Semi-Finalist

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1999 - Jade Smalls, Miss Illinois 1999, Talent Award 

1st Runner Up at Miss America

Known as Jade Simmons now, Jade is an accomplished classical concert pianist, author, arts presenter, lecturer, and arts entrepreneur branded by the Washington Post as "A clear, powerful pianist with a magnetic personality... worth seeing any time."

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2000 - Deanna Marie Riddle 

2001 - Bethany Von Behren 

(pictured left)

2002 - Jodi Marie Kurtze Semi-Finalist 

2003 - Andrea Beth Fritz, Miss Illinois 2003, Swimwear

(pictured right)

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2004 Miss Chicago IL - Michelle LaGroue.

2004 - Michelle Lane LaGroue, Miss Illinois 2004 

(pictured left)

 

2005 - Portia Renee Peters Judges Award

 

2006 - Stephanie Lynne Sharpe 

(pictured right)

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2007 - Christine Susan Boll - Top Ten, Talent Award, People's Choice Award

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2008 - Kathryn Lorenz, Miss Illinois 2008

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2009 - Imani Josey - Top Ten

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2010 - April Strong - 1st Runner Up

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2011 - Erika Uhlig - 3rd Runner Up

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2012 - Marisa Buchheit - Top Ten

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2013 - Savannah Teegarden - 1st Runner Up

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2014 - Marisa Buchheit, Miss Illinois 2014, Talent Award

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2015 - Whitney Wandland - Top Eleven

Miss Illinois USA 2017, Top Five Miss USA 2017

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2016 - Kristen One - 4th Runner Up 

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2017 - Alexandria Strother - 4th Runner Up

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2018 - Grace Etzkorn - 2nd Runner Up

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2019 - Megan Magee - 1st Runner Up

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2020 - Monica Nia Jones - 2nd Runner Up, Talent Award

(pictured right)

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Forever Chicago Titleholders

 
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2011 Miss Windy City - Hannah Smith, Miss Illinois 2011 

Top Ten Miss America

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2012 Miss Windy City - Jennifer Carr - 1st Runner Up

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2013 Miss Windy City - Ariel Fuller - Top 10 Finalist

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2014 Miss Windy City - Amanda Goerlitz - 1st Runner Up

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2014 Miss Gold Coast - Kogan Murphy - 3rd Runner Up

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2015 Miss Windy City - Michela Moe - 2nd Runner Up

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2015 Miss Gold Coast - Jori Parys 

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2016 Miss Windy City - Alexandra Kono - Top Ten Finalist

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2016 Miss Gold Coast - Isha Jog 

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2017 Miss Windy City - Mariah May

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2018 Miss Windy City - Madeline McGowan - 

Top Ten Finalist

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2018 Miss Gold Coast - Hanna Poitras

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2018 Miss Heart of Illinois - Charlotte Roberts -

Top Ten Finalist

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2019 Miss Windy City - Isha Jog - 2nd Runner Up

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2020 Miss Windy City - Megan Magee -

Top Ten Finalist

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2020 Miss Gold Coast - Allison Harrison

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2020 Miss Cook County - Hannah Huyck 

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Forever Outstanding Teens

 
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2012 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Keely Sawyer

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2013 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Grace Etzkorn

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2014 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Abby Foster

2nd Runner Up Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

2017 Miss Illinois

Top 15 Miss America

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2014 Miss Windy City's Outstanding Teen - Grace Etzkorn

2014 Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

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2015 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Sheridan Hurtig

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2015 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Peyton Tucker

2015 Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

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2016 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen -

Cassidy Raasch

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2016 Miss Windy City's Outstanding Teen -

Samantha Pokorny

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2016 Miss Windy City OT - Samantha Pkorn
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2017 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Maddie Mazzella

2017 Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

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2018 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Peyton Newman

2018 Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

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2018 Miss Chicago OT IL - Peyton Newman.
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2019 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Imani Muse

2019 Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

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2020 Miss Chicago's Outstanding Teen - Eden Wilson

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2020 Miss Windy City's Outstanding Teen - Kylie Ryder

2021 Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen

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* indicates deceased

Made possible by:

Lacy Crawford - Executive Director, Miss Chicago Scholarship Organization

Daryl Schabinger Collection

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Family & Friends of all former titleholders