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Hello. It's Bill Kurtis Day in Chicago.

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 7, 2011 10:30PM

Bill Kurtis at Chicago Gourmet's 2008 opening night, likely over-enunciating "Mercat a la Planxa." (Chuck Sudo/Chicagoist)

Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Michelle Boone declares today "Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra Day" in honor of the WBBM-TV anchorman, investigative reporter, television journalist and his longtime companion.

Kurtis, born William Horton Kuretich, has become a local legend. That's actually an understatement, given his rich baritone narrated Will Ferrell's Anchorman and was heard on AT&T commercials until he rejoined CBS 2 two years ago. Here are some of our favorite Kurtis moments.

Criss Angel Blows Bill Kurtis' mind.

Here's Kurtis touting his grass-fed Tallgrass Beef.

Here's Kurtis narrating a WGN Morning News parody.

Via Rick Klein at the Museum of Classic Chicago Television, here's a clip of Bill Kurtis and Walter JAcobson anchoring the 10 p.m. news the night of John Lennon's death.

Finally, here's Kurtis getting meta with Ferrell, in character as Ron Burgundy.