Addressing audience questions, Daley said his greatest regret from his time in office is "guns," a pet issue that's grown more contentious in recent months after the United State's Supreme Court overturned a Chicago handgun ban.
His proudest is "bringing people together in the '89 election," which swept him into office for a historic run.
Though asked about the controversy, Daley never explicitly mentioned Wisconsin's unexpected vote on Wednesday that moved to abolish unions. But he discussed in general terms the duties of public servants. "We work for you, you don't work for us," he told the audience.
When it came to pensions, he added, "I'm not entitled, it's not an entitlement. That's the problem in America."
Daley said he's never worked a normal 9 to 5. "If I did," he said. "You owe me overtime!"
Who's his favorite politician? He joked it's his brother Bill, who took Emanuel's spot as President Obama's chief of staff. Then he said it's his father, former long-time mayor Richard J. Daley.
Does Daley see himself running for another public office? "No," he says, but adds, "Maybe I shouldn't say that so fast."