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Who's eligible for Crain's 20 In Their 20s?
Anyone working in the Chicago area who will be 29 or younger as of May 7, 2020.

I nominated someone last year. Can I nominate them again?
Yes, but only if they weren't chosen as an honoree. Previous honorees are not eligible.

What are the criteria?
We look for a cross-section of people from the wide range of industries we cover— technology, consumer products, real estate, health care, finance, etc.—who have accomplished something notable in their short(ish) careers and who have potential to go far.  We give special consideration, too, to activities outside of professional responsibilities, such as philanthropic involvement or side businesses.

How do I nominate someone?
Click here to submit a nomination through your Crain's account. If you have a Crain's account, your user name and password should be the same ones that you use to log on to ChicagoBusiness.com. If you've forgotten your user name and password, click "forgot your password?" Those who are not registered at ChicagoBusiness.com will need to create new accounts.

How much does it cost to submit a nomination?
The fee is $49.

What's the deadline for nominations?
February 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Can I call you to make sure my nomination went through?
The nomination platform will confirm receipt of a completed submission. Please resist the urge to make follow-up calls or send emails.

Can I fax or mail in my nomination before then?
No. Only submissions that come to us via the online form will be accepted.

Can I call you to pitch my candidate?
No calls, please. Reporters will call or email candidates once the 2020 nomination period closes.

Will I be informed if my nominee is NOT selected?
No. Only selected honorees will be informed in advance of publication of our annual 20 In Their 20s issue.

When will honorees be notified?
By March 15, 2020.

If I have not heard from Crain's by March 15, does that mean my nominee was not selected?
Yes, that would be a fair assumption.

When does the story appear in print?
In print: May 11. Online: May 9.

May I see examples of who's been named a 20 in their 20s in previous years?
Sure. Go to ChicagoBusiness.com/20s to see the most recent list of honorees.

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