Ginger Tam used to joke, “There isn’t a room in Chicago that I haven’t closed.”
For decades, she sang at venues including the Ritz-Carlton, Toulouse on the Park, Green Dolphin Street and Pops for Champagne.
Once, while her clarion voice was ringing out at the Drake Hotel, Liza Minnelli and Joe Pesci walked in.
“I played for them!” she would say with delight.
Ms. Tam, 56, of Northfield, died at JourneyCare hospice in Glenview on Feb. 10 after a nearly seven-year battle with Stage 4 lung cancer.
Told she had a life expectancy of two years after her diagnosis, Ms. Tam was determined to live as long as possible for her daughter, Amelia, 14.