Dawson was introduced by chairman Tom Ricketts and presented with numerous awards, including a No. 8 from the center field scoreboard.
"I owe a great deal to the Montreal organization. But this is my home," Dawson said to a sparse crowd.
Dawson spent six seasons with the Cubs beginning in 1987, when he won the National League MVP award. Despite entering the Hall with an Expos cap, Dawson showered the Cubs fans and organization with praise.
"You are the greatest fans ever," he said. "Without you I wouldn't be standing here tonight."
Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaimed the day "Andre Dawson Day" in Chicago.