Rose Farina, longtime Chicago cultural arbiter, dies at 88

Nov 12, 2019 267

BY: Mark Farina

Rose Farina — the longtime director of programs and exhibits at the Richard J. Daley Center in Downtown Chicago and the creator of the Weekday "Under the Picasso" free noontime entertainment programs — died on Nov. 2. She was 88. She was the mother of four sons, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and the devoted wife of former Chicago alderman, World War II army veteran and civic leader Louis Farina.

The couple was married for 60 years. Rose Farina began the wonderful noontime programs in what was then the Civic Center Plaza at the request of Mayor Richard J. Daley. She had previously worked as the ethnic coordinator for the Chicago Bicentennial Committee from 1975 to 1976. 

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