Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, a Chicago native, will perform at the closing night party for international travel buyers, suppliers and journalists attending IPW, a five-day event under way at McCormick Place.
Originally, house music legend Frankie Knuckles, who died March 31, was to perform at the party Wednesday at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Alan King, one of Chicago’s original house music DJs and an early member of the DJ crew, “The Chosen Few,” will perform a tribute to Knuckles before Hudson goes on as the closing act.
The plans were announced at an IPW luncheon Monday by executives of Choose Chicago, the not-for-profit that markets Chicago as a destination for tourism and conventions.
Knuckles was immensely popular in Europe. To honor his memory, organizers said they will still use event lanyards with his name on them, said Choose Chicago spokeswoman Meghan Risch. The item is intended as a keepsake.
"It is a huge loss for the city," Risch said, "but we're going to celebrate him."- Tribune reporter Ellen Jean Hirst contributed to this report.