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Elise O’Connell Crowned Miss Chicago 2023

She will compete at the Miss Illinois pageant from June 6-10, 2023.

Elise O'Connell, Miss Chicago 2023
Elise O'Connell, Miss Chicago 2023

Elise O’Connell took home the title of Miss Chicago 2023 at the 101st competition on Saturday, January 7, 2023. She was also the recipient of the Jade Smalls Simmons Talent Award for her vocal performance. Elise was crowned by last year’s winner, Makalyn Heaslett, at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, Illinois.

“I’m completely honored and feeling really blessed,” Elise told Chicago Southsider during a live interview after the pageant. “I started as a Miss Illinois princess 15 years ago. To be here now and to be able to say that I am going to Miss Illinois is kind of crazy. I’m really excited to hit the ground running with my social impact initiative.”

Elise O'Connell, Miss Chicago 2023
Elise O’Connell, Miss Chicago 2023

Elise’s on-stage performance proves she’s not a stranger to pageantry. She served as Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen 2014 and created an organization called “Peers for Peace” to speak out against bullying in her state. In 2018, she represented South Central in the Miss Wisconsin pageant. The following year, she represented Southern Lakes and placed second runner up at the state pageant.

Elise will promote her social impact initiative, The Overlooked Side Effect – Children of Cancer Patients, during her reign. In June, she will represent Chicago at the Miss Illinois pageant that will take place at the Marion Civic Center.

Miss Chicago Competition Results

2nd Runner Up: Marisa Miles

1st Runner Up: Mbayi Aben

Miss Cook County: Madelyn Steurer

Miss Gold Coast: Annie Kamps

Miss Windy City: Imani P. Muse

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