11/18/2010 05:40 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Magazine Names 'Top 40 Chicago Pioneers' (PHOTOS)

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Chicago magazine has been releasing some great "Top 40" Chicago lists throughout the year, from restaurants to movies to architecture. Its December issue will feature the ultimate list, the Top 40 Reasons To Love Chicago (they starting rolling out a few of these reasons this week.)

For now, we take a look at their list of Chicago icons of the last forty years. The "Top 40 Chicago Pioneers, 1970-2010" list features some surprises around the top, and some names you couldn't imagine the list doing without.

Take a look at a few of the highlights below, and then head over to Chicago mag for the whole list. Let us know: who's overrated? Who got short shrift?

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