A legendary triple play
An early happy birthday to Ernie Banks. ‘‘Mr. Cub’’ will celebrate his 79th on Sunday.
He soon will become a Legendary Landmark, too, or something like that, officially — as if he isn’t one already.
Banks, Chicago Marathon founder Lee Flaherty and actor/writer/ director Harold Ramis will be honored at Landmarks Illinois’ fifth annual Legendary Landmarks Gala.
The event will be March 6 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe.
Banks is the first sports figure to achieve ‘‘Legendary Landmark’’ status. Tickets ($500 per person) to the black-tie event, which Bob Sirott will emcee, may be purchased by phoning (312) 922-1742.
‘‘This year we are thrilled to honor three individuals whose work has not only benefitted the city of Chicago, but has impacted individuals across the nation and the world,’’ organization president and CEO Jim Peters said. ‘‘They are three incredibly accomplished men who have left a permanent mark with their outstanding contributions.’’
Proceeds benefit Landmarks Illinois, which is dedicated to preserving historically meaningful treasures. Generally that refers to sites, buildings and areas, but Quick Hits would have to think Banks somehow fits, too.