IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry

IFA Chicago’s inaugural Fall Into Film Block Party event, celebrates the growth of the film industry in Chicago, the arts, creatives & filmmakers, and the local community. Whether you are a creator/filmmaker, member of the community, sponsor, business in the neighborhood or a local community member…all those looking to support our mission – this event … Continue reading “IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry”

Yolonda Ross on shaving her head for The Chi & $100k breast cancer donation

Yolonda Ross, star of the ground-breaking Showtime series The Chi, announced with Rhonda Feinberg, a special donation of $100,000, funded by The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, to three grassroots organizations serving women of color who are living with breast cancer. Based on personal life experiences and in tandem with her performance as “Jada” on … Continue reading “Yolonda Ross on shaving her head for The Chi & $100k breast cancer donation”

Official photos of the Chicago P.D. cast for Season 9

Welcome back! The entire cast of Chicago P.D. has returned for Season 9. The season 9 premiere welcomed the start of the new season and the release of the official cast photos. The team returns with Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fighting for her life as the team scrambles to find her kidnapper, and Sergeant … Continue reading “Official photos of the Chicago P.D. cast for Season 9”

The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the opening night film at its Opening Night at the Drive-In presentation, and more highlights of the 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year, the Festival expands to venues across Chicago, including AMC River East 21; the Music Box Theatre; and the Gene Siskel Film Center; … Continue reading “The Chicago International Film Festival announces Opening Night film”

The Chicago Film Critics Association welcomes three new members

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, released their roster for 2021-2022 today, announcing the acceptance of three new members.  The new critics represent a new generation in Chicago-based film criticism and bring their voices to one of the country’s … Continue reading “The Chicago Film Critics Association welcomes three new members”

70,000 rubber ducks will splash into the Chicago River on Aug. 5

70,000 rubber ducks are about to splash into the Chicago River off the Columbus Bridge for the 2021 Chicago Ducky Derby presented by Jewel-Osco to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Rubber ducks are available for adoption for $5 online at www.chicagoduckyderby.com and in person on race day beginning at 9 a.m. at 401 N. Michigan Avenue. Sales close prior to Splashdown on … Continue reading “70,000 rubber ducks will splash into the Chicago River on Aug. 5”

Lena Waithe announces SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for Season 5

As the Season 4 finale of The Chi ended with a cliffhanger on Sunday, series creator Lena Waithe announced the news during an Instagram Live that SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for season 5. “Season 5 of The Chi is coming. It is done. It is written,” Waithe told fans, thanking them for their loyalty and viewership. … Continue reading “Lena Waithe announces SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for Season 5”

The Chi Season 4 finale promises to end with a cliffhanger

In preparation for the season finale of The Chi, fans have been speculating what we can expect. Is Douda about to set Trig up? Can Dre forgive Nina? Will Emmett be enough for Tiff? And what’s going to happen with Jada? One thing we know for certain is that there WILL be a cliffhanger.  The … Continue reading “The Chi Season 4 finale promises to end with a cliffhanger”

SHOWTIME / The Chi makes $500k donation to Greencorps Chicago

SHOWTIME, and cast members from its Chicago-based hit show The Chi, along with community leaders, today to announce a $500,000 donation from the network to the City’s Greencorps Chicago green job training program and the Chicago Public Art Group. The funding will support and invest in the City’s South and West sides, which have served … Continue reading “SHOWTIME / The Chi makes $500k donation to Greencorps Chicago”

Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon at the Chicago Auto Show

Jeep 4×4 capability is legendary, and the brand continues its leadership position as the most capable 4×4 in the world. As the brand continues its 80th Anniversary this year, it is elevating its capability game yet again with the introduction of the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show on … Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon at the Chicago Auto Show”

The Chi recap: ‘Native Sun’

From Emmy winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. This week’s episode, ‘Native Sun‘ opens with Kevin (Alex Hibbert) and Jake (Michael Epps) are serving in-school suspensions. Kevin was suspended for his … Continue reading “The Chi recap: ‘Native Sun’”

The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side

Film and TV production in Chicago is 100% up and running, and expanding to the south side. The executive producer of The Chi television series, Derek Dudley is joining forces with Loop Capital Chairman and CEO, Jim Reynolds with plans for a film studio that they expect will bring thousands of jobs to the South … Continue reading “The Chi producer plans $60M film studio on South Side”

Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’

If you’re a fan of Showtime’s The Chi , then you are very aware of track-suit wearing, bluetooth earpiece toting, baby daddy of Emmett, Darnell. Since joining in Season 2, veteran actor Rolando Boyce has played the colorful, always-loaded-with-an-opinion character, with a mixture of genuineness, heart and comedy. Boyce is no stranger to the South Side … Continue reading “Going South Side with Rolando Boyce of ‘The Chi’”

Official trailer for THE CHI 4th season premiere Sunday

SHOWTIME released the official trailer for the fourth season of the Chicago hit drama series THE CHI. Created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common, THE CHI  returns on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. THE CHI is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents … Continue reading “Official trailer for THE CHI 4th season premiere Sunday”

Judges needed for the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards

The Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be opening their 2021 contest for entries in late April. Judging is a great way to figure out what work you may want to submit. It’s also a great way to get story ideas and creatively think about your craft. All judging is done online and completed by only those who have … Continue reading “Judges needed for the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards”

Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid – Rose Bowl special

Taped in a drive-in set-up during the pandemic at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the special is an hour-long roller coaster of things that have made Dave Helem, the comedian and former math teacher, who he is. From his glory days in the classroom, to how protesting doesn’t look the same for everyone, and … Continue reading “Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid – Rose Bowl special”

Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies

David Rodriguez, a director and producer for series such as TNT’s Animal Kingdom, Showtime’s The Chi and Starz’s Power, has died. He was 50. Rodriguez died on Oct. 29 from complications from a stroke. He is known for his work as a director, producer, and writer in a myriad of film and television shows. He … Continue reading “Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies”

The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend

The 48 Hour Film Project takes place in Chicago this weekend and you can still be a part of it! Filmmakers are taking over Chicago and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have a single weekend – this one – to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed … Continue reading “The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project begins this weekend”

The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

SHOWTIME has picked up THE CHI for a fourth season. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common. Season three of THE CHI was up double-digits across platforms over last season and doubled its audience on streaming platforms. Season three cast included Ntare … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

Season 3 premiere of Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’

“The Chi” Season 3 premieres this Sunday, June 21st at 8 PM CT on Showtime.  Created by Chicago’s own Lena Waithe and filmed entirely in Illinois, “The Chi” is a coming-of-age drama series about a group of Black teenage boys from the city’s south side. An average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to … Continue reading “Season 3 premiere of Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’”

Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area

Macy’s is reopening to customers and communities in the Chicago area, offering a curated assortment of must-have beauty, fashion, accessories and home, plus the perfect items to click and pick-up, just in time for Father’s Day. Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidance, select Macy’s stores will be open to the … Continue reading “Macy’s is reopening for Father’s Day in the Chicago area”

The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge

David Eigenberg hosts a trivia game for contestants from Chicago Fire: Kara Killmer and Miranda Rae Mayo. Chicago P.D.: LaRoyce Hawkins, Jason Beghe and Tracy Spiridakos. Chicago Med: Dominic Rains, Brian Tee and Nick Gehlfuss. All while raising money for myfooddrive.org As part of their continued efforts to support the community, the One Chicago family … Continue reading “The Chicago Med, Fire & PD Food Bank Trivia Challenge”

The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote

In an email sent today by the Chicago Advertising Federation Executive VP, Richard Roche announced that effective immediately in order to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 their office will be working remotely. In a detailed outline, he stressed their concerns for the health and wellbeing of their staff, members, event attendees and industry partners. … Continue reading “The Chicago Advertising Federation goes remote”

SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed

Pepe Vargas, the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival sadly announced the postponement of the 36th annual festival. Due to the concerns for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the festival originally scheduled to open on April 16 through April 30 at AMC River East 21 Theatres, will be pushed to … Continue reading “SEE UPDATE: the Chicago Latino Film Fest is postponed”

Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney

Angie Gaffney chaperones a lot of dreams in the Windy City. As Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance — an organization recently formed by combining the Independent Filmmaker Project with Stage 18 — she helps people achieve their goals, and their goals are to make movies. Or short films. Or pilots. Or web … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with the Chicago IFA’s Angie Gaffney”

Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series

Jennifer A. Goodman and Ryan Atkins traveled separate journeys before finding one another and partnering up to create Conrad, a highly anticipated Crime Drama television show that recently finished filming in Chicago. Conrad tells the story of Kate Conrad, a rookie police detective in a male-dominated environment who fights to prove the innocence of her … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series”

Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three

In less than two minutes, the new trailer for season three of THE CHI showcases Chicago as one of the most dazzling, diverse, and passionate cities on earth. Cut to the uplifting beat of hometown superstar Lupe Fiasco’s The Show Goes On, layers of the Windy City unfold as skyline views, church celebrations, and family … Continue reading “Showtime releases trailer for ‘THE CHI’ season three”

Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards

World-class studio’s Manager of Ops, Dino Mirkopoulos, to attend 2019 Awards Screening at Music Box Theatre on September 25th The Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings return to the Music Box Theatre September 22nd through the 23rd with the Red Carpet Best of Chicago Awards taking place on September 25th. The screenings spotlight 45 … Continue reading “Cinespace at the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project Awards”

The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone

By ridding film sets of discrimination and harassment, we’ll all have more great content to choose from As soon as the Chicago Media Standards were unveiled at Stage 18 last Thursday night, they began making an impact that will eventually bring joy to everyone who loves movies. The Chicago Media Standards is a code of … Continue reading “The Chicago Media Standards are a win for everyone”

‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired

Star of Showtime series fired by network agent, management team and Netflix for misconduct on set Variety is reporting that The Chi star, Jason Mitchell, will not be returning for Season 3 as he faces possible misconduct allegations. Season 2 of the Showtime ensemble show, filmed here on location, premiered last month and will continue … Continue reading “‘The Chi’s’ Jason Mitchell fired”

It’s Showtime for ‘The Chi’ which has been renewed

Chicago production community will have a busy season as hit Showtime series was renewed for a 3rd season along with Fox’s renewal of ‘Empire’ Showtime has announced has picked up the hit drama series The Chi for a third season. In a statement released today, network president Gary Levine said this about the series, which … Continue reading “It’s Showtime for ‘The Chi’ which has been renewed”

‘The Chi’: bringing life on the streets closer to home

Cinematographer Abraham Martinez gets it done with help from Panavision’s Light Iron One of the strengths of the acclaimed series The Chi, created by Lena Waithe, is its multifaceted take on the experiences of living in Chicago’s South Side. It also does not shy away from the big issues that impact the city. Indeed, the … Continue reading “‘The Chi’: bringing life on the streets closer to home”

Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’

South Side native who plays Darnell describes the opportunity as an “important” and “beautiful” homecoming. Veteran actor Rolando Boyce has joined the cast of Showtime’s The Chi for season 2 as Darnell, Jacob Latimore (Emmett’s) father. Boyce is a native of the South Side and a veteran of the Windy City theater scene. He started … Continue reading “Actor Rolando Boyce returns home for ‘The Chi’”

The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival

CIFTV’s four-day program offers a diverse, relevant, and entertaining weekend showcase The 2nd annual Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival will return to Columbia College April 4-7. Founded on a mission to supply Chicago with “a quality international independent film festival,” the four-day event promises a diverse, relevant, and entertaining showcase of documentaries, television concepts, … Continue reading “The Chicago Independent Film and TV Festival”

The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’

LeBron James scores off an assist from a Windy City boutique that launched Michael Jordan’s off-court media stardom In many ways, the thrill ignited by LeBron James’ decision to produce a Space Jam sequel started in suburban Oak Park, IL, nearly three decades ago. That was where, in 1992, Chicago-based Creative Director Bernie Pitzel heard … Continue reading “The Chicago advertising connection to ‘Space Jam’”

The Chicago European Union Film Festival

The 21st annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) at the Gene Siskel Film Center raises the curtain for 61 Chicago premieres in its newly renovated theaters, March 9 through April 5. Films represented by all 28 EU nations will give audiences thought-provoking, topical, poignant and hilarious stories, reminding us that while we may live … Continue reading “The Chicago European Union Film Festival”

Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two

Showtime has ordered a second season of The Chi, a coming-of-age drama set in Chicago that has averaged four million weekly cross-platform viewers since debuting on January 7. Featuring an ensemble cast and multiple storylines, the series is not only produced entirely within the Windy City, but it also showcases a legion of homegrown talent. … Continue reading “Showtime: “The Chi” is on for season two”

Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi”

Although Periscope editor Michael Thomas James got a year’s worth of sneak peeks at The Chi while finessing the show’s dailies during the wee hours of most mornings in 2017, he is still enthusiastic about the Showtime series’ premiere on Sunday night. “When I first saw the footage, it got me super excited to be … Continue reading “Behind the dailies (and long nights) of “The Chi””

No second season for ‘The Chicago Code’ series

FOX TV Monday night did what was not unexpected by canceling freshman entry, The Chicago Code, due to ratings that started out so-so and didn’t improve. While everyone involved with the show, and especially the IFO which has its hopes pinned on series television shooting here, they knew in their hearts that while the Chicago scenes were impressive, the plotline was not.

Two days, 43 speakers, 1,500 attendees to see the future at the Chicago New Media Summit

Forty-three experts will bring the future of new media in all its forms into the present for the 1,500 attendees expected to attend the Sept. 15-16 Chicago New Media Summit at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

They will explore the opportunities at hand created by the convergence and emergence of new digital components and industries, said Summit founder/president John Patterson.

There at the beginning of the Chicago Film Office, Debbie Beck retires after an impressive 28 years

AFTER A REMARKABLE 28 YEARS, DEBBIE BECK retired Friday from the Chicago Film Office without fanfare.

She had joined in June, 1980 a scant three months after the office was officially created by Mayor Jane Byrne as an adjunct of the police department and was headed by a police sergeant, Sam Babich.

Beck shared an office with police officers Babich, Jim Cunningham and Tom Flanagan in cramped space on the eighth floor of City Hall.

Toronto’s Zig agency buys Hadrian’s Wall; Lynch and Carli continue to lead the Chicago office

Hadrian’s Wall has come down in the best way possible. Hot Toronto creative agency Zig purchased majority interest in the feisty, five year-old Chicago boutique, effective Nov. 20.

Hadrian’s Wall founders Kevin Lynch and Steve Carli remain as principals and Carli is also managing director of the Chicago office.

Zig’s philosophy is “ideas in their most powerful form,” and bills itself as “the small agency working for big brands. Indeed, it’s A-list client roster includes Ikea, Molson, Best Buy Canada, Unilever and Virgin Mobile Canada.

Walking 60 feet above the Chinese desert: Deborah Stratman on her amazing “Kings of the Sky” doc

Deborah Stratman didn’t speak the language or know anyone in the Western Chinese Taklamakan desert when she went there alone in 2001 to shoot her documentary “Kings of the Sky.”

Without a translator, the UIC film teacher spent four months on tour with a circus troupe led by Adil Hoxur, the leading practitioner of Dawaz, the traditional tightrope-walking style of the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority.

In “Kings of the Sky” Stratman paints an impressionistic portrait of Hoxur and his art, symbols of cultural and nationalist pride for the oppressed Uyghur.

A chat with the writer of Yolonda Ross short film, Desmond’s Not here Anymore

Desmond’s Not Here Anymore is a harrowing short film about a mother battling Dementia and a daughter carrying a trauma she ironically cannot forget.  Penned by first-time screenwriter, Lindiwe Suttle Müller-Westernhagen, and directed by Mmabatho Montsho,  Desmond’s Not Here Anymore is a gothic family drama about the interplay between a devoted, resilient daughter, Abigail (The Chi’s Yolonda … Continue reading “A chat with the writer of Yolonda Ross short film, Desmond’s Not here Anymore”

Halloweek celebrations return with Upside Down & Arts in the Dark

Halloweek activities will begin October 23 with the 3rd annual UPSIDE DOWN Parade from 12-3 PM in Washington Park and conclude on October 30 with the return of Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade on State Street from 6-8 PM. Both parades are presented by Mayor Lightfoot and Blommer Chocolate Company and produced by Luma8. … Continue reading “Halloweek celebrations return with Upside Down & Arts in the Dark”

Two by Four bolsters leadership in Chicago Headquarters

Independent, full-service agency Two by Four is continuing to assemble a powerhouse leadership team in their Chicago office. The agency announced today that Jessica Romaniuk has been named President of the Chicago office, while Amy Corbett has been promoted to Director of Client Services and Annie Tsikretsis has been elevated to SVP, Director of Production. Romaniuk will … Continue reading “Two by Four bolsters leadership in Chicago Headquarters”

Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’

Chicago filmmakers release the Indie crime drama feature, The Cleaner. Distributed by 1091 Pictures, the story follows a middle-aged house cleaner who gets caught up in a violent crime after being hired to locate a client’s estranged son.  The Cleaner stars King Orba (DC’s Stargirl), Shelley Long (Modern Family), Shiloh Fernandez (Burn), Luke Wilson (Old … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers release crime drama/mystery ‘The Cleaner’”

Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center announces the full festival schedule for its 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place both virtually and in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center from November 5 through December 2. The festival’s month-long showcase of Black stories will feature … Continue reading “Full festival schedule for the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

57th Chicago International Film Fest announces competition juries

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the esteemed members of the juries for its competitions, featuring acclaimed filmmakers and industry luminaries from around the globe. Juries shall award Gold and Silver Hugo Awards in the following competitions: International Competition; OutLook; City & State; and Short Film Competitions.  The International Competition Jury will award the Gold Hugo … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Fest announces competition juries”

Chicago’s love/hate relationship with major film productions

Chicago’s disenchantment with filmmaking, and how Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the largest film studio in the U.S. partners with their neighbors. The film industry has steadily been growing into a booming business for the City of Chicago and while the business has provided a substantial increase in revenue and jobs for Chicagoans, not everyone is … Continue reading “Chicago’s love/hate relationship with major film productions”

Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween Kills to open CIFF After Dark

The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) announced the Opening Night After Dark feature, Halloween Kills, the new chapter in the iconic four-decade horror franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis and co-written and directed by David Gordon Green.  In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade … Continue reading “Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween Kills to open CIFF After Dark”

Full Spectrum Features announces Unbound Sound expanded cinema

Full Spectrum Features (FSF) announces Unbound Sound, an expanded cinema event co-presented with Comfort Station Logan Square and in partnership with the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Unbound Sound builds on the well-loved tradition of presenting movies with the accompaniment of live music. Updating this … Continue reading “Full Spectrum Features announces Unbound Sound expanded cinema”

Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion

AbelsonTaylor has appointed Yolanda Macias, a specialist in workplace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), to the newly created position of director of diversity and inclusion. Macias will develop initiatives that promote and sustain DEI objectives across all levels of the agency, working in partnership with department directors, managers, and other key staff. She will also … Continue reading “Yolanda Macias joins AbelsonTaylor as first Director of Diversity and Inclusion”

Roger joins forces with SG+Partners for midwest representation

Creative agency Roger has signed with SG+Partners for Midwest commercial representation. Roger joins a collective of premier production, post, and VFX talent represented by SG+Partners, led by Sarah Gitersonke.  “Combining top-tier talent, animation, live-action, and editorial, Roger is a fully integrated powerhouse that’s been on fire lately with their latest for Disney+, HBO, and General Mills,” says Gitersonke, who … Continue reading “Roger joins forces with SG+Partners for midwest representation”

Filmmaking in Chicago is ‘significantly up’ with record breaking production

At the September 30th Committee on Budget and Government Operations meeting Retiring Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly said filmmaking is “significantly up” in Chicago. A record 15 television productions are currently in the city including 61st Street, The Chi, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Work in Progress, Paper Girls, Light Years, … Continue reading “Filmmaking in Chicago is ‘significantly up’ with record breaking production”

Bitcoin of America is new sponsor for Blackhawks Post-Game radio show

Bitcoin of America recently announced their new entitlement of The Chicago Blackhawks Radio Post-Game Show. The popular Bitcoin ATM operator is taking major steps to incorporate cryptocurrency into sports and are even hoping to bring in a new audience. The ATM operator will be featured around the United Center and active on the post-game show. Their … Continue reading “Bitcoin of America is new sponsor for Blackhawks Post-Game radio show”

Big Hurt buys Field of Dreams

Former White Sox Frank Thomas has made another clutch hit. The baseball legendary Hall of Famer has now purchased a controlling interest in the Field of Dreams Movie Site located in Dyersville, Iowa. The transaction was announced Thursday. The purchase from the previous owner, Go the Distance Baseball LLC and sister company, All-Star Ballpark Heaven, … Continue reading “Big Hurt buys Field of Dreams”

Doreen Domask joins Fusion92 as Senior VP – Media & Activation

Fusion92, a Chicago-based marketing innovation company, announced Doreen Domask joined the firm as Senior Vice President – Media & Activation. She will lead Fusion92’s suite of media services that provide an omnichannel, results-driven approach for clients to bring experiences to their audiences.    Domask assumes the responsibilities held previously by Meghan McCarthy, who will be … Continue reading “Doreen Domask joins Fusion92 as Senior VP – Media & Activation”

‘Born in Chicago’ pays loving tribute to the origins of Chicago blues

Born In Chicago, the music documentary with deep roots in the Chicago music and production communities, will have its U.S. premiere October 11, 2021 at the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival.  The film is produced by Northbrook, IL-based Out The Box Records. Co-directed by Grammy-nominated Chicagoan John Anderson (Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE) and San Francisco-based … Continue reading “‘Born in Chicago’ pays loving tribute to the origins of Chicago blues”

The Bears are on track to leave their Soldier Field home of 50 years

In a giant step that could ultimately move the Chicago Bears from their Soldier Field home of 50 years to the Arlington Park Racetrack, the Bears and Churchill Downs have signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the entire Arlington Park land parcel in the Village of Arlington Heights. After consideration of multiple bids on … Continue reading “The Bears are on track to leave their Soldier Field home of 50 years”

Big Drop goes big for Chicago’s first National Non-Alcoholic Beer Day

Big Drop Brewing Co., the world’s first craft brewery dedicated to non-alcoholic beer, is giving away free cases of non-alcoholic beer, Big Drop Pine Trail Pale and Galactic Extra Dark to block party hosts across the Chicagoland area through October. Big Drop has created National NA Beer Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 to showcase the radical innovation in … Continue reading “Big Drop goes big for Chicago’s first National Non-Alcoholic Beer Day”

Barack and Michelle here for ground-breaking of Obama Presidential Center

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama will be in Chicago this week to attend the groundbreaking festivities for the Obama Presidential Center taking place on place on Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28. The City of Chicago has begun its pre-construction work in the Jackson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South … Continue reading “Barack and Michelle here for ground-breaking of Obama Presidential Center”

57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival announced the program for Industry Days, to be held October 14 – 17, 2021, with an impressive list of guest speakers to inspire and illuminate the film and entertainment community.  Highlights include this year’s Keynote talk with Brenda Gilbert, President and Co-Founder of BRON Studios, which has received six Academy … Continue reading “57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days”

Chicago Critics Film Festival returns to Music Box Theatre

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, announces the first six films selected for the 2021 Chicago Critics Film Festival. First titles include highly anticipated films like the Chicago premiere of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s THE LOST DAUGHTER, Venice Film Festival winner … Continue reading “Chicago Critics Film Festival returns to Music Box Theatre”

Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the full lineup of its 57th edition, running October 13 – 24, 2021. This year’s Festival expands across the City, with screenings at AMC River East 21, Music Box Theatre, Gene Siskel Film Center, drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen, and neighborhood pop-up screenings at Bronzeville’s historic Parkway … Continue reading “Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup of 57th edition”

FACETS announces late night series: Alternative Horror Essentials

FACETS, newly reopened and welcoming back the Chicago film community, will present a new late night screening series starting Thursday, October 7, 2021.  The series comes just in time for Halloween, starting off with an Alternative Horror Essentials program featuring 5 films. Tickets cost $5/person for each show, and FACETS Members get in free to the first two … Continue reading “FACETS announces late night series: Alternative Horror Essentials”

Nine time Emmy award winner Allison Payne has passed at age 57

Nine time Emmy award winner Allison Payne, the former anchor at WGN, passed away earlier this month at age 57, her former employer announced over the weekend. Payne was with WGN-TV in Chicago for 21 years, covering everything from politics to sports. According to WGN, she traveled to Kenya for a story on former President … Continue reading “Nine time Emmy award winner Allison Payne has passed at age 57”

Veronica Wolski, COVID-19 vaccine critic, dies of COVID

Veronica Wolski, a Chicago activist and well-known QAnon supporter who spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, died of the virus early Monday. The Chicago woman, at the center of the Ivermectin firestorm, was just 64-years-old. A Cook County medical examiner’s office representative reported she died of pneumonia brought on by her COVID-19 infection, and hypothyroidism was … Continue reading “Veronica Wolski, COVID-19 vaccine critic, dies of COVID”

Squeak E. Clean promotes composer Julie B Nichols to Creative Director

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has promoted Julie B Nichols to Creative Director after two years as a senior composer with the company. A renowned Chicago-based composer, songwriter, director and producer, Nichols has over a decade of experience as a well-rounded musician composing across commercials, film, live theater and her with band The Chicago Soul … Continue reading “Squeak E. Clean promotes composer Julie B Nichols to Creative Director”

Stephani Estes promoted to EVP, GM Cramer-Krasselt Chicago

Cramer-Krasselt (C-K), the nation’s second-largest independent marketing and communications agency, has promoted Stephani Estes to the position of executive vice president, general manager of the agency’s Chicago headquarters. Estes was promoted to associate general manager in January 2021 and will take over full management duties of the Chicago office from C-K’s President and COO Karen Seamen who will focus on overall agency operations and … Continue reading “Stephani Estes promoted to EVP, GM Cramer-Krasselt Chicago”

One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer

NBC has released a dramatic new trailer promoting the upcoming new season of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD.  This emotionally charged teaser brings together the cast of all three One Chicago dramas. With less than two weeks until the season premiere, we get our first look at scenes from the upcoming Season 10 of Chicago Fire, Season … Continue reading “One Chicago Wednesdays are back soon. Here’s the new trailer”

9/11 Museum to open in Chicago area

Chicago native Gary Marlon Suson, an FDNY Hon. Battalion Chief who served 7 months as the official photographer at Ground Zero for the FDNY is donating a large cache of his image collection for the 9/11 Museum set to open at Barrington High School in Illinois. The opening on September 10, 2021 will honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks … Continue reading “9/11 Museum to open in Chicago area”

Home Studios: Choosing the right interface

So now we have talked about microphones and set up a small home studio space.  But if the microphone doesn’t have a headphone jack, what do you do?  That means you don’t have a USB mic, but one with an XLR connection.  You need an interface or preamp, or I/O box.  If you choose a … Continue reading “Home Studios: Choosing the right interface”

Chicago Entertainment Lawyer, Linda Mensch dies in tragic accident

Linda Mensch, Chicago entertainment attorney at the firm Mandell Menkes LLC, and board member with A Safe Haven, the homelessness prevention organization, died last week in a hit-and-run while leaving the Garfield Park Conservatory. Witnesses said that Mensch and a friend were crossing the street in the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue, near … Continue reading “Chicago Entertainment Lawyer, Linda Mensch dies in tragic accident”

Navy Pier announces free Fall programming schedule

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is packing in the fall fun with a full roster of free public programs from September through November, including outdoor movies, live music, extended fireworks and more. Navy Pier was able to add several new programs to this year’s fall programming schedule providing the Chicagoland community and guests access to free, … Continue reading “Navy Pier announces free Fall programming schedule”

Facets returns to in-person programming with Anne at 13,000 Ft

FACETS announced that the 46-year-old organization has selected the film Anne at 13,000 Ft. by Canadian director Kazik Radwanski to mark its long-awaited return to in-person programming, following an 18-month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic. .  Anne at 13,000 Ft. will have its Chicago premiere from Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19; it will play again from … Continue reading “Facets returns to in-person programming with Anne at 13,000 Ft”

City of Chicago sues Grubhub and DoorDash for deceptive tactics

On Friday, August 27, 2021, Mayor Lightfoot, Acting Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Ken Meyer, and Corporation Counsel Celia Meza announced that the City of Chicago has filed two lawsuits against Grubhub and DoorDash. These lawsuits are the result of a collaborative investigation led by BACP and the City’s Law Department. They are … Continue reading “City of Chicago sues Grubhub and DoorDash for deceptive tactics”

Full Spectrum Features announces selections for Chicagoland Shorts

Full Spectrum Features (FSF) announces the films and filmmakers selected to take part in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7, an annual short film collection featuring boundary-pushing, emerging filmmakers from around Chicago. The world premiere will take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Thursday September 2 at 7PM. Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7 includes:“35” by Eseoghene … Continue reading “Full Spectrum Features announces selections for Chicagoland Shorts”

It’s a wrap for an impressive weekend at Filmscape 2021

Filmscape 2021 has wrapped and the overall consensus is A+ on all accounts. The exhibitors, in-person and online classes, speakers and moderators, hands-on demonstrations, and overall content was exceptional. Even the weather was perfect, topping off an inspiring weekend. The in-person interaction that allowed for networking is something that has been sorely missed. Nice to … Continue reading “It’s a wrap for an impressive weekend at Filmscape 2021”

Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day

The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”

PAWS Chicago launches Dogenations for donations via cryptocurrency

PAWS Chicago, the organization dedicated to building No Kill animal communities in Chicago and beyond, is now enabling Dogenations – or donations via various forms of cryptocurrency – ahead of the unveiling of its new state-of-the-art hospital for homeless animals, the PAWS Chicago Medical Center. To launch this new offering and drive incremental donations, PAWS … Continue reading “PAWS Chicago launches Dogenations for donations via cryptocurrency”

CoinFlip the fastest-growing biz in Chicago moves into the Old Post Office

CoinFlip, the world’s leading cryptocurrency ATM operator and the fastest-growing company in Chicago, today joined Governor JB Pritzker and local leaders to announce a new 44,000 square-foot headquarters located in the Old Post Office downtown. CoinFlip’s new headquarters represent a long-term commitment to the State of Illinois, with the largest lease by a cryptocurrency company … Continue reading “CoinFlip the fastest-growing biz in Chicago moves into the Old Post Office”

Marie-Alice ‘Lisa’ Armand joins Third Street as director of Client Success

Former CP+B advertising executive Marie-Alice ‘Lisa’ Armand has joined Third Street as the Chicago Attention Agency’s director of Client Success. A 15-year veteran of account management, most notably at CP+B, Lisa has returned to agency life from a successful real estate career. In this newly formed role, she will ensure relationships are strong and strategies … Continue reading “Marie-Alice ‘Lisa’ Armand joins Third Street as director of Client Success”

CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend

Filmed in Chicago, Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman.  Filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, next year’s The Marvels) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.    CANDYMAN – in Theaters Only August 27 For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized … Continue reading “CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend”

Technology leader Cisco selects Chicago as new midwest regional hub

Cisco, a worldwide leader in technology, has announced Chicago as the company’s Midwest regional hub — complete with new offices in Chicago’s famed Old Main Post Office. The announcement was made by Gerri Elliott, EVP & Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Cisco, and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.   Cisco will move its regional offices from Rosemont into … Continue reading “Technology leader Cisco selects Chicago as new midwest regional hub”

Baseball history is made as Sox play the Yankees at the Field of Dreams

It was like a scene out of a movie, as Kevin Costner welcomed the Chicago White Sox and NY Yankees who entered the field to play in the MLB at Field of Dreams through the same Iowa cornfield that was featured in the blockbuster movie. Major League Baseball hosted the game, featuring the Yankees playing … Continue reading “Baseball history is made as Sox play the Yankees at the Field of Dreams”

Editor Ariana DeSimone of Optimus teams with Chance the Rapper

After walking away with three Grammys for his 2016 record, Coloring Book, Chicago artist Chance the Rapper set out to perform a concert like no other. The private concert was held at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios back in 2017 for a select group of fans and intentionally staged and filmed as a movie, Magnificent Coloring World. … Continue reading “Editor Ariana DeSimone of Optimus teams with Chance the Rapper”

Meet the builders creating baseball magic at the Field of Dreams

You could say that the August 12 MLB at Field of Dreams game has been decades in the making. Ever since those famous lines were spoken, “If you build it, he will come…” the landscapes of Iowa and its magical cornfields have left an imprint on the minds of baseball fans the world over. For most, seeing an … Continue reading “Meet the builders creating baseball magic at the Field of Dreams”

Interfirst plans to hire 250 Chicago area teachers as mortgage loan officers

Interfirst – a leading digital mortgage company – announced plans to hire up to 250 teachers searching for a new career from across the Chicago area as mortgage loan officers. This is a major part of its initiative to invest $5 million to expand its presence in the region. “Teachers build personal relationships with people in their community every … Continue reading “Interfirst plans to hire 250 Chicago area teachers as mortgage loan officers”

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce calls on businesses to vaccinate

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is calling on businesses to review and implement policies that require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the worksite, unless a valid health or religious reason is presented, or have stringent masking and testing protocols in place. “Vaccines have been essential in the fight against COVID-19 and it’s time … Continue reading “Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce calls on businesses to vaccinate”

Explore produces direct-to-brand creative for ‘We Can Help’

Creative production company Explore recently produced a commercial campaign for 1st Source Bank which aired during the 2021 Olympic Games, broadcast on the NBC network from Tokyo, Japan.  The spots were unique because they were contracted directly between the production company and the brand, but still exhibited an agency-level feel from both messaging, creativity, and … Continue reading “Explore produces direct-to-brand creative for ‘We Can Help’”

Flashpoint Chicago will close in May 2022 after the spring semester

In a sad turn of events Flashpoint Chicago, located on the campus of Roosevelt University, is closing its doors in May of 2022 after the spring semester. Flashpoint Chicago began in 2018 as a branch campus of Columbia College Hollywood. Columbia College Hollywood is a private liberal arts college, originally established in 1953 as a Los Angeles satellite … Continue reading “Flashpoint Chicago will close in May 2022 after the spring semester”

11 beers from Molson Coors have been retired. Is yours on the list?

After a recent earnings report the Chicago based Molson Coors company has done some number-crunching and axing of some of our favorite economy beers. Miller High Life Light, and Icehouse Edge join a total of 11 national and regional brands about to be retired. According to the Molson Coors blog post, CEO Gavin Hattersley said, … Continue reading “11 beers from Molson Coors have been retired. Is yours on the list?”

CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the formation of the organization’s Chicago Industry Exchange (CIX), the new name for its year-round industry programming, along with the launch of CIX:Lab The CIX:Lab is a year-long creative development lab focusing on 4-5 feature film projects made by diverse voices and underrepresented filmmakers in the region. CIX will build on … Continue reading “CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab”

Coloring the world with The Colonie’s Jennifer Gaida

In an industry dominated by men behind the camera, female colorist and editor Jennifer Gaida is a rarity. Gaida is currently a colorist at Chicago-based, The Colonie, a full-service post-production facility specializing in creative editorial, motion graphics, color grading, VFX and finishing. Founded in Chicago in October of 2008, the post-house was established to create … Continue reading “Coloring the world with The Colonie’s Jennifer Gaida”

Netflix orders 16-episode season of Chicago Party Aunt animated series

Netflix announced the new adult animated comedy Chicago Party Aunt will premiere on Sept. 17, from the studio behind Big Mouth (Titmouse).   The half-hour animated comedy follows Diane Dunbrowski, AKA Chicago Party Aunt, staying true to her mantra ‘If life gives you lemons, turn that shit into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.’ Netflix has just ordered a … Continue reading “Netflix orders 16-episode season of Chicago Party Aunt animated series”

Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls

Grammy Award winner and Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of Apple TV Plus’ Shining Girls, a metaphysical thriller based on the 2013 novel by Lauren Beukes.  Soo will be starring as the intelligent and sure-footed Jin-Sook, who does research at the Adler planetarium, Soo joins previously announced cast members Elisabeth Moss, Wagner … Continue reading “Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls”

We can’t be Prince… but we can learn to work the mic

Mic performance tips from an engineer, Dave Kresl on how to get better in the studio. So we have selected a microphone and set up a home studio, now what?  Well get to cranking out auditions and recordings!  One of the best outcomes from doing a lot of them is that your microphone technique gets … Continue reading “We can’t be Prince… but we can learn to work the mic”

Exclusive photos of Chicago Fire first day of filming

The 10th season of Chicago Fire has officially begun and what better location to film on the first day than Engine Company No. 51. It was a beautiful summer day in Chicago, 73° and partly sunny when Engine 51 pulled out of the station house yesterday morning. The cast looked relaxed and refreshed and the … Continue reading “Exclusive photos of Chicago Fire first day of filming”

Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med begin filming the new season

Welcome home! The cast and crew of Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med have returned for the new season and are prepping at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios to begin filming this week. Last season was a struggle to get through the new Covid guidelines, a delayed start to filming and a reduced number of only 16 … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med begin filming the new season”

South Shore’s Regal Mile Studios receives city approval

The Regal Mile Studios, a proposed $60 million film studio planned for Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood received preliminary approval from a Chicago commission. The Plan Commission unanimously approved a proposal for a “state-of-the-art media campus” with 220,000 square feet of studio space on a 6.5-acre plot in the far southwest corner of South Shore. A … Continue reading “South Shore’s Regal Mile Studios receives city approval”

Chicago’s original madman Joel Raphaelson has died

He played a pivotal role in Chicago’s advertising resurgence in the 1980s when he helped open the office for Ogilvy. We cheered him then, now we mourn his loss. Former advertising exec Joel Raphaelson died of heart failure July 8th in New York City. He was 92. The announcement, which was broken by Ad Age, … Continue reading “Chicago’s original madman Joel Raphaelson has died”

Chicago Auto Show has better than expected attendance

The Chicago Auto Show opened to the public today better than anticipated attendance. The long awaited 2021 Special Edition is taking place July 15-19 inside McCormick Place’s West Building and outdoors along Indiana Avenue. This marks the first time in history that the show, traditionally hosted in February, will be held in the summertime, taking advantage of … Continue reading “Chicago Auto Show has better than expected attendance”

Chicago film community mourns loss of Jeff Marpé

The Chicago film community is sadden by the loss of film pioneer Jeff Marpé, executive producer, director and founder of Line 9 Productions who passed away suddenly on July 14th. Jeff’s sudden passing came as a shock to his family, son Breydon age 23, daughter Kali age 20, and ex-wife Rose who said that Jeff had … Continue reading “Chicago film community mourns loss of Jeff Marpé”

Attend a Red Carpet screening of The Breakfast Club

Get your hair crimpers, neon shades, double Izods, acid wash jean jackets, and Tretorn sneakers ready for a fun evening with the Chicago screening of The Breakfast Club, along with Anthony Michael Hall who is in Chicago filming his new movie, The Class. On Monday, July 26th  6:00pm, Generation Z meet Generation X at the Classic Cinemas … Continue reading “Attend a Red Carpet screening of The Breakfast Club”

Work in Progress Comedy Showcase at Navy Pier

When it comes to comedy, Chicago is no second city—we take center stage. Celebrate our city’s local talent with a comedy showcase featuring sets from up-and-coming voices curated by improv mainstay Abby McEnany, whose hit Showtime series Work in Progress is set and filmed in Chicago. To kick off the show’s second season, join CHF at Navy … Continue reading “Work in Progress Comedy Showcase at Navy Pier”

Top Hollywood PR firm opens Chicago office

Lobeline Communications, a top Hollywood entertainment public relations firm that has worked with stars like Brad Pitt and Van Morrison, expands to the Midwest market with the opening of its newest office in Chicago. Leading the Midwest office is Hollywood publicist and innovator Shaun Kimbrow who has managed publicity efforts for many of the country’s most prominent brands and … Continue reading “Top Hollywood PR firm opens Chicago office”

Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator program picks two alumni

Kartemquin Films announces the two projects that will participate in the second year of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator: Freedom Hill by director Resita Cox and Still Searching  by director Latoya Flowers. The Accelerator program offers two alumni of Kartemquin’s acclaimed Filmmaker Development Programs $20,000 each towards production, and mentorship through 2021 within the award-winning Kartemquin collaborative … Continue reading “Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator program picks two alumni”

Chicago athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior

A total of 13 athletes who manage, coach or train at Chicago-based Ultimate Ninjas gyms will compete on Season 13 of the NBC wildly popular American Ninja Warrior (ANW) show. Two of the athletes, Maggie Owen, age 15, from the Chicago area and Sam Folsom, age 18, of St. Louis are youth who were selected … Continue reading “Chicago athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior”

Joanna Hernandez joins WTTW as an on-air reporter

Joanna Hernandez has joined WTTW as an on-air reporter for its flagship news and public affairs program Chicago Tonight. Hernandez will produce and appear in general assignment news and feature stories, provide live reports from both the studio and the field, and report on the many diverse communities and neighborhoods in the Chicago region for WTTW News. … Continue reading “Joanna Hernandez joins WTTW as an on-air reporter”

Noisefloor talks about growth and their new facility

Noisefloor had an incredible 2020 despite the pandemic. Their fast-growing clientele and workload has caused a need to make a move and expand their facility. Still in the heart of River North, Noisefloor has found their new home at 320 W Ohio St. This building had the key resources Noisefloor needed to continue working on … Continue reading “Noisefloor talks about growth and their new facility”

Britt Nolan leaves DDB, returns to Burnett

Both Adweek and Ad Age are reporting that DDB North American CCO Britt Nolan is rejoining Leo Burnett Chicago as president and CCO, almost exactly two years to the day he left. According to the reports, Nolan will oversee the creative output and manage the Chicago office while supporting the global Leo Burnett network. He … Continue reading “Britt Nolan leaves DDB, returns to Burnett”

Who’s in and who’s out on Chicago Med for season 7

Chicago Med will return for season 7 with five of its incredibly talented original cast members. According to Deadline S. Epatha Merkerson, Oliver Platt, Nick Gehlfuss, and Brian Tee have all signed new contracts for season 7 & 8. Remaining original cast member Marlyne Barrett has one more year on her existing contract and also … Continue reading “Who’s in and who’s out on Chicago Med for season 7”

Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week

Paper Girls completed filming scenes in Wheeling this week. According to a tweet from the Wheeling Police and Fire Department, production ended last night. The new Olive Productions /Amazon Studios /Legendary Entertainment series Paper Girls will continue filming in the Chicago area through mid September. “That’s a wrap! Film crews from Olive Productions, LLC in … Continue reading “Paper Girls filming scenes in Wheeling this week”

The Bear: Production begins around Chicago

The new FX pilot, The Bear, has started filming around the Chicago area. The new Disney-owned series stars former Shameless star, Jeremy Allen White, as a young chef who returns to Chicago to run the family restaurant in the half-hour series. FX gave the project a pilot order in March. The series comes from Ramy executive producer/director Christopher … Continue reading “The Bear: Production begins around Chicago”

Home Studios: Choosing an XLR mic

After a year into the pandemic, actors, narrators, and voiceovers are using their home studios more than ever for auditions and production. The main component of a home studio is the microphone and there are two main types, XLR and USB. The difference is in the connection. A USB microphone converts the sound of your … Continue reading “Home Studios: Choosing an XLR mic”

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner

After months of careful consideration & hundreds of community votes, Camera Ambassador introduces this year’s 2021 Community Builders Grant winner Link Wolfe.  His team’s project Zero Mile Mark is a horror short film about a troubled teen who is forcibly sent to a wilderness retreat program in the woods for “rehabilitation.” We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading “Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner”

Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city

Chicago creatives are the recipients of 15 Cannes Lions International Festival Awards, including the Titanium Lion – the top creative award in the world for the “Boards of Change” work. In addition to the awarded Cannes Lions, the City of Chicago was recognized at The One Show 2021, receiving one Grand Prix, four gold, four … Continue reading “Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city”

Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular

After we reported the news that Chicago Fire Series Regular, Adriyan Rae exited Chicago Fire on “great terms” at the end of March, fans have been anxiously anticipating to hear if Violet would officially become a permanent fixture on the NBC hit show. It was announced by TVLine on Friday that Hanako Greensmith, who plays … Continue reading “Hanako Greensmith returns as Chicago Fire series regular”

Chicago Bears, BetRivers, Rivers Casino in partnership

The Chicago Bears, Rush Street Interactive, Inc., a Chicago-based gaming company that operates BetRivers.com, and Rivers Casino, Chicago’s leading casino, announced today that they have agreed to a multi-year exclusive partnership. The agreement is the Bears’ first multi-year exclusive deal in the Sportsbook and Casino categories and makes BetRivers the Bears’ Official Sportsbook Partner and Rivers Casino the Bears’ … Continue reading “Chicago Bears, BetRivers, Rivers Casino in partnership”

Navy Pier plans lots of fun but no fireworks on July 4th

Navy Pier is set to celebrate Independence Day this year with a full weekend of family-friendly programming and activities, including live music, dance performances and more as part of its nonprofit mission to provide the community with access to free arts and cultural programs. However, the Pier will not host a fireworks show on Saturday, … Continue reading “Navy Pier plans lots of fun but no fireworks on July 4th”

Steven Spielberg sets multiple feature deal with Netflix

Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker synonymous with big-screen enchantment, has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for the streaming giant.  The partnership, one long courted by Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, is a major get for the company that, amid increasing … Continue reading “Steven Spielberg sets multiple feature deal with Netflix”

Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details for City programs previously announced as part of “Open Culture” — just one component of the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.  … Continue reading “Chicago’s Open Culture artist lineups and programs”

Ford Maverick makes debut at Chicago Auto Show

Following the virtual reveal of the 2022 Maverick last week, Ford announced that the all-new compact pickup truck will make its global auto show debut at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show, to be held July 15-19 at McCormick Place. The Maverick adds to Ford’s already engaging vehicle lineup, including the all-new F-150, all-electric F-150 Lightning, Bronco, Bronco … Continue reading “Ford Maverick makes debut at Chicago Auto Show”

ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15

ION Television has added Chicago Fire to its lineup, marking the first broadcast syndication deal for the long-running fan favorite series. Its agreement with NBCUniversal Global Distribution gives ION all nine seasons and 195 episodes of the popular drama from Dick Wolf’s highly successful One Chicago franchise.  ION will air Chicago Fire on Tuesdays beginning June 15, with episodes all day beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Chicago Fire joins sister series Chicago … Continue reading “ION Television lands Chicago Fire, series debuts June 15”

The Music Box Theatre has plans for a big weekend

Whether you venture out on Open Chicago weekend or plan to stay in, Music Box has an awesome lineup of entertainment. From the creator of HAMILTON and the director of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the joyous new musical IN THE HEIGHTS opens this weekend at the Music Box! Rated 97% FRESH on RottenTomatoes, this exuberant story of young dreamers … Continue reading “The Music Box Theatre has plans for a big weekend”

TracyLocke names Tina Manikas as new President

Leading commerce and communications agency TracyLocke has announced the appointment of Tina Manikas as its new U.S. President effective immediately. In this new role, Manikas will focus on driving agency growth through innovation, leveraging her over 20 years of multi-category experience to increase the agency’s capabilities and maximize its growing portfolio. In addition, Manikas will … Continue reading “TracyLocke names Tina Manikas as new President”

Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med

As an executive producer and director on Chicago Med, Michael Pressman is a chameleon when it comes to creating television. He has worked behind the camera on half a dozen series, and is a key figure in developing the characters viewers have come to love. While they were preparing to shoot the finale for this … Continue reading “Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med”

Chicago filmmakers’ Monuments opens at Siskel Center

This Friday, June 4, is the exclusive Chicago streaming engagement of Monuments, from local filmmaker and Gene Siskel Film Center alum Jack C. Newell (Open Tables, 42 Grams), and Chicago Producer, Angie Gaffney (Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance). The road film, featuring many Chicago landmarks and faces, stars David Sullivan (Primer, Flaked, Sharp Objects) as a college … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers’ Monuments opens at Siskel Center”

World famous Bud Billiken Parade and Festival is Back!

Chicago’s youth will march alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, and a number of other local and national stars in the 92nd Annual Bud Billiken Parade on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Back to School, Back to Life, Back to Bud Billiken.” Produced by the Chicago Defender Charities, it is the largest … Continue reading “World famous Bud Billiken Parade and Festival is Back!”

2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend

22 beaches have officially opened for the 2021 season. The return of beach season is another step forward with Open Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot‘s initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. This marks the first time Chicago beaches have opened for public use since September 2, 2019, due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. The 2021 beach … Continue reading “2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend”

Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago

As we say goodbye to our favorite heroes from One Chicago for the summer, it’s fun to look back on all the amazing TV shows set in the Windy City over the years. Chicago has been a production powerhouse for decades and has given us some of the best movies and TV shows that were … Continue reading “Our Top 10 list of the best TV shows set in Chicago”

Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant

Chicago’s Full Spectrum Features has received a generous award from the NBCUniversal Foundation to support their Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a partnership with the Chicago Film Office. The Chicago Independent Producers Lab broadens the professional networks and producing expertise of participants through a series of hands-on workshops and one-on-one sessions with local and national industry … Continue reading “Full Spectrum receives NBCUniversal Foundation grant”

Kevin Clark, drummer in School of Rock, dies at 32

Kevin Clark, who played high-strung drummer Freddy Jones (aka “Spazzy McGee”) in the 2003 comedy School of Rock, was killed in an accident earlier this morning. He was 32.  According to the Chicago Sun-Times who reported the story, Clark was out for a bike ride early Wednesday morning, when a 20-year-old unidentified woman driving a … Continue reading “Kevin Clark, drummer in School of Rock, dies at 32”

Jeep & Ram Trucks Test Tracks at Chicago Auto Show

Fan-favorite attractions such as the Camp Jeep and Ram Trucks Territory test tracks will return to the 2021 Chicago Auto Show special edition, scheduled for July 15-19 at McCormick Place. This news comes approximately two weeks following the official announcement that the show will be allowed to open its doors to fans this summer. The Chicago Auto … Continue reading “Jeep & Ram Trucks Test Tracks at Chicago Auto Show”

Chicago filmmaker Kamelya Alexan screens doc at MFF

Chicago Producer/Director Kamelya Alexan is no stranger to the film festival world. Having an award winning short, Before the Fall screened around the world, filmmaking never stops. Her current project Changing the Disciple will be screening at the Midwest Film Festival ( MFF ) this Thursday, May 27th. Changing the Disciple is a documentary short … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Kamelya Alexan screens doc at MFF”

Ida B. Wells ‘Chicago Stories’ premiere tonight on WTTW

On Friday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on all WTTW platforms, Ida B Wells, a one-hour Chicago Stories special and companion website, paints a deeply humanizing portrait of a woman who was uncompromising in her quest for justice. The program tells her story through interviews with her descendants and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the Ida B Wells … Continue reading “Ida B. Wells ‘Chicago Stories’ premiere tonight on WTTW”

Fully vaccinated patrons are exempt from capacity limits

In addition to the increased capacity that comes with the Chicago Bridge Phase, businesses will have the option of not counting fully vaccinated individuals towards COVID-19 capacity limits for all industries. Restaurants and bars will also be able to seat parties larger than ten people if all patrons are fully vaccinated.  This next step is possible … Continue reading “Fully vaccinated patrons are exempt from capacity limits”

Navy Pier Flyover links north & south Lakefront Trail

Years in the waiting, the amazing Navy Pier Flyover is officially open. The transformative pedestrian and bike bridge links the two halves of Chicago’s signature Lakefront Trail and creates an uninterrupted, 18-mile ribbon from 71st Street to Hollywood Avenue. “The Lakefront Trail is undoubtedly one of Chicago’s crown jewels—a reputation that has only been amplified thanks … Continue reading “Navy Pier Flyover links north & south Lakefront Trail”

16th CineYouth Festival announces winners

CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced award winners for its expanded 2021 edition, comprising films accepted for the pandemic-preempted 2020 edition plus a new slate of films submitted for the 2021 festival. These include Best Drama winners She Who Wasn’t Tamed (2020) by 19-year-old Saleh Kashefi of Iran and The Pleasure of Killing Bugs (2021) by 21-year-old Leonardo Martinelli from Brazil. Best Animation went … Continue reading “16th CineYouth Festival announces winners”

It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago

Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med officially wrap today for the season. Congratulations to the cast and crew. You are our heroes! 2020 was a hard year for everyone on the planet. Keeping our favorite TV shows on the air through these difficult times was a HUGE endeavor for all involved. While the actors … Continue reading “It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago”

Regional Leaders partner on Visit Chicagoland campaign

Nine tourism organizations have partnered to launch a summer campaign to encourage travel to and around northeastern Illinois. The Visit Chicagoland campaign, themed The Only Thing Missing Is You, is designed to promote awareness and generate interest in luring visitors back to the region’s many sights and experiences.  Through this collaboration of regional leaders, the new leisure tourism campaign highlights local attractions … Continue reading “Regional Leaders partner on Visit Chicagoland campaign”

Chicago director, Christian Taylor screening at GI Fest

The directorial debut of Chicago native Christian Taylor with The Girl Who Wore Freedom is an education on empathy. This documentary being shown at the GI Film Festival San Diego tells the untold WWII stories of the men, women, and children of Normandy, France, who lived through German occupation, the D-Day invasion, and the liberation … Continue reading “Chicago director, Christian Taylor screening at GI Fest”

Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago

“Open Culture” signals the reopening of summer events in Chicago’s diverse and legendary cultural scene with music, dance, public art, markets, and more at Millennium Park and venues citywide. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Choose Chicago, and Chicago’s cultural community announced “Open Culture” — the next phase … Continue reading “Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago”

Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place in July

The Chicago Auto Show, a marquee event that draws tourists from around the world, returns to McCormick Place marking the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Chicago Auto Show will be held at McCormick Place from July 15 to 19 and will incorporate several innovative safety features – including … Continue reading “Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place in July”

Mayor Lightfoot announces the launch of Open Chicago

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the launch of Open Chicago, the latest initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. Open Chicago’s initial programming will feature activated, re-imagined, and pop-up spaces for Chicago residents to enjoy. These spaces will either build on ongoing Chicago traditions, are expanded from programs that launched last year, or … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces the launch of Open Chicago”

Young Professionals Coffee Chat with CAF Rising Stars

Get your coffee ready and join the CAF YP’s on May 6th, 2021 The Chicago Advertising Federation Rising Stars Award recognizes the talents and contributions of four, next-generation women, coming up in the marketing, sales, media, and advertising industries. They are the creators and innovators bringing fresh thinking, ideas, and execution to the communications industry, … Continue reading “Young Professionals Coffee Chat with CAF Rising Stars”

The Tattooed Torah produced & animated by 11 Dollar Bill

The Tattooed Torah, brilliantly animated and produced by 11 Dollar Bill, is based on the children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg. Like the book, the film is meant to educate children about the Holocaust through the true story of a small Torah that was confiscated by the Nazis during World War II yet miraculously survived. Narrated … Continue reading “The Tattooed Torah produced & animated by 11 Dollar Bill”

Matt Kuttan joins ICF Next as partner and ECD

Agency veteran, and Reel Chicago friend, Matt Kuttan just joined ICF Next in Chicago as Partner and Executive Creative Director. After years at Leo Burnett, Saatchi X and Burrell, Matt brings omnichannel and multicultural expertise to this consulting agency best known locally for highly creative PR, social and influencer work. Reel Chicago had a chance … Continue reading “Matt Kuttan joins ICF Next as partner and ECD”

Chicago Independent Producers Lab selects 5 producers

Full Spectrum Features, the Chicago-based non-profit committed to driving equity into the film industry, announced the five producers selected for its second annual Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a year-long project incubator designed to cultivate Chicago’s vibrant independent film industry. In partnership with the Chicago Film Office’s Independent Film Initiative, the Lab offers one-on-one customized mentorship … Continue reading “Chicago Independent Producers Lab selects 5 producers”

RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’

This week’s Chicago Fire, Natural Born Firefighter opens with Casey (Jesse Spencer) finally seeing a doctor while Brett (Kara Kilmer) sits impatiently in the waiting room. He explains to the doctor that he’s having vision issues, and the doctor sends him to get an MRI because it’s possible he’s having “temporal lobe seizures” that could … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Fire ‘Natural Born Firefighter’”

How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit

Reel Chicago talks with the Chicago writing team Danny Kravitz and Chris Charles about how they managed to take The Marksman to the #1 box office hit. Universal Pictures is releasing the film on digital platforms on April 27 followed by on-demand platforms and Blu-ray/DVD on May 11. In anticipation of the digital release of … Continue reading “How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit”

Chicago makes plans to welcome a new casino resort

Chicago aims to welcome a new casino resort by 2025. The City of Chicago today officially issued a Request for Proposal for the opportunity to apply for the sole casino license in the country’s third-largest metropolitan market. The selected partner will be able to propose its optimal site for the project, pending the approval by … Continue reading “Chicago makes plans to welcome a new casino resort”

Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal

Chicago was once again represented at an awards show and no, the film didn’t begin with Trial or Ma. After being shut out of Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and winning a BAFTA, Chicago-born Paul Raci won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his critically-acclaimed performance in Sound of … Continue reading “Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal”

CineYouth Festival unveils lineup for global event

Celebrating its 16th edition in 2021, CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced a striking and diverse selection of 102 international short films for the festival’s first virtual edition. For its largest edition yet, CineYouth is expanding to a full week, running May 6-13, 2021, with films available to stream globally. The festival will highlight new … Continue reading “CineYouth Festival unveils lineup for global event”

37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins

The 37th Chicago Latino Film Festival announces the winners and runners-up for the Audience Choice Awards. The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature went to The Heist of the Century, Argentinian director Ariel Winograd’s heist comedy about the most famous and audacious bank robbery in Argentina’s history starring Guillermo Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes) … Continue reading “37th Chicago Latino Film Audience Choice Award wins”

Chicago Park District announces “Arts 77” arts reopening

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, DCASE, and the Chicago Park District announced “Arts 77” — a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million to support local artists and organizations. Additional updates regarding financial grants and programs to support arts recovery will follow in … Continue reading “Chicago Park District announces “Arts 77” arts reopening”

Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards

The Andy Awards announced their winners on April 12 and Leo Burnett, DDB Chicago and FCB Chicago represented the windy city for their work on Kraft Heinz Country Time, Miller Lite and Coors Light respectively. Burnett The Chicago office took home an Idea Andy for their work on Country Time Lemonade’s Littlest Bailout. , which … Continue reading “Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards”

Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios welcomes several new productions to its growing campus.  As the Dick Wolf, One Chicago series prepares to wrap soon for the season, Cinespace announced four new series filming at its facilities. The Midwest’s production hot spot and second-largest film studio outside of Los Angeles in North America, recently added another 105,000 … Continue reading “Cinespace is up and rolling with 4 new series and more”

Music Box Theatre showing trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees

The Music Box Theatre is giving you a chance to see a trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees on the big screen! From April 16th – April 22nd only, you can catch screenings of the beautiful and poetic Best Animated Film nominee WOLFWALKERS, the powerful Best International Film nominee QUO VADIS, AIDA?, and special 35MM presentations of Aaron Sorkin’s timely THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO … Continue reading “Music Box Theatre showing trio of 2021 Oscar Nominees”

REVIEW: Family, friendly Thunder Force

Warning: contains spoilers. Last week Netflix released the Chicago-set feature film Thunder Force, starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy as well as an extensive cast of recognizable faces. This family friendly, slapstick, “action and adventure comedy” is currently ranked #1 in the U.S. in Netflix’s top ten trending list.  And … Continue reading “REVIEW: Family, friendly Thunder Force”

Handmaid Tale’s Moss to shoot new series in Chicago

Cameras are set to roll next month on the new Apple series The Shining Girls starring Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Invisble Man), for its streaming service. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is set to produce. Described by Los Angeles-based MRC Entertainment as “a metaphysical thriller,” and not to be confused with the … Continue reading “Handmaid Tale’s Moss to shoot new series in Chicago”

DePaul grad screens ‘Tom of Your Life’ at Music Box

Written and directed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Jer Sklar, Music Box Theatre will screen Chicago comedy Tom of Your Life from May 7-13. Featuring an original soundtrack with 11 original songs from his local band The Blackstrap Molasses, Sklar also edited, produced and stars.  Tom of Your Life tells the story of a baby who inexplicably ages four years on each hour. … Continue reading “DePaul grad screens ‘Tom of Your Life’ at Music Box”

Underthink’s PSA encourages childhood immunizations

The American Academy of Pediatrics today released TV public service announcements portraying parents who get their children caught up on their vaccines as animated superheroes, the latest installment in the AAP’s Call Your Pediatrician campaign urging childhood immunizations. Getting children caught up on all of their immunizations is one of the most important things that … Continue reading “Underthink’s PSA encourages childhood immunizations”

Filmscape announces Gary Adcock as Executive Director

Veteran filmmaker, photographer, and revered tech consultant, Gary Adcock has been appointed Executive Director of Filmscape, the gear and education expo that brings equipment expertise, and community together. Gary has been an influencer in the Chicago Production Community as a consultant and educator for more than 2 decades. He brings a range of resources from … Continue reading “Filmscape announces Gary Adcock as Executive Director”

Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU

Chicago State University (CSU) connects local film and television professionals with industry leaders during a free virtual four-day Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference, April 27-30. Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre Department at CSU, this power-packed event features keynote speaker Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks. Among … Continue reading “Black Media & Entertainment Industry Conference at CSU”

Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director

Today, Josh Mandel, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Mill has announced new senior leadership for the global production studio’s midwestern arm, appointing Tracey Khan as Managing Director for the Chicago-based studio. Tracey steps into the role with over a decade of experience at The Mill, having originally started in London before being … Continue reading “Mill announces Tracey Khan as Managing Director”

Chicago Riverwalk reopens today to residents and visitors

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced that the City is reopening its ever-popular Chicago Riverwalk for the use of residents and visitors. Starting today, the City will begin a phased-in approach to vendor reopening, allowing for full service by the end of May. In accordance with guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), social … Continue reading “Chicago Riverwalk reopens today to residents and visitors”

Cubs Marquee Sports Network says ‘We Get All of It’

Marquee Sports Network, the exclusive television home of Chicago Cubs baseball, has launched a new multi-platform advertising campaign as the TV network enters its second season, and first with a full 162-game schedule. The campaign centers around the tagline We Get All of It, acknowledging not only Marquee’s commitment to covering the team around the … Continue reading “Cubs Marquee Sports Network says ‘We Get All of It’”

Laughlin Constable named a top place to work in Chicago

Laughlin Constable, a full-service, independent creative agency, announced that it has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago’s “Best Places to Work” in 2021. “This past year has been challenging for everyone in many ways and for us to be recognized as a top place to work at a time when everyone was home, reflects … Continue reading “Laughlin Constable named a top place to work in Chicago”

Mayor Lightfoot honors Chicago’s women community leaders

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined other City and community leaders for a celebratory virtual event to commemorate Women’s History Month by honoring 24 community leaders for their commitment to supporting and advocating for the City of Chicago.  “As only the second female Mayor of Chicago, I know that the success of our great city has … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot honors Chicago’s women community leaders”

Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations

The City of Chicago announced today that the new state of the art firehouse designated as Engine Company 115 is open for immediate operations. Located at 1024 West 119th street, this structure is the largest firehouse ever constructed in the city proper at 27,000 square feet. Engine company 115 will house 2 Engines, 1 Tower Ladder, 2 … Continue reading “Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations”

CAF’s 2021 American Advertising Award Winners

The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) announced the winners of the local 2021 American Advertising Awards (AAA). One of the industry’s largest creative competitions, AAA rewards the spirit of creative excellence in advertising, seeing tens of thousands of submissions from both professional organizations and students each year. CAF gold and silver winners were advanced to the District 6 … Continue reading “CAF’s 2021 American Advertising Award Winners”

Walgreens teams with John Legend on vaccine promotion

Walgreens announces the “This Is Our Shot” campaign with John Legend to remind Americans that the vaccine is the nation’s opportunity to help bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Legend shares Walgreens commitment to ensuring vaccine equity to help address hesitancy for individuals still uncertain about whether the vaccine is right for them.  The … Continue reading “Walgreens teams with John Legend on vaccine promotion”

Burrell taps The Colonie for ‘Black Experience on Xfinity’

Burrell Communications recently returned to The Colonie, tapping the talents of editor Graham Chapman and the Chicago-based company’s design team for the multi-platform launch of ‘Black Experience on Xfinity’ (BEOX). The package of broadcast and social media spots introduces a first-of-its-kind collection of movies, TV shows news, and more celebrating Black culture. The campaign departs … Continue reading “Burrell taps The Colonie for ‘Black Experience on Xfinity’”

Film and TV workers now eligible for vaccine

The City of Chicago officially entered phase 1c of the vaccine rollout on Monday, March 29th meaning all essential workers and adults with underlying medical conditions are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Film and TV workers are classified as Group 1C for vaccine. The City has announced that two new mass vaccination sites will open in … Continue reading “Film and TV workers now eligible for vaccine”

Vaccination site BY union workers FOR union workers

Chicago launches the nation’s first vaccination site run BY union workers FOR union workers. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined with the Chicago Federation of Labor to announce the opening of a new vaccination site for union essential workers as Chicago expands eligibility under Phase 1c. The vaccination site, located at the International Union of Operating … Continue reading “Vaccination site BY union workers FOR union workers”

Waukegan native lands guest star role on Chicago P.D.

Jocelyn Zamudio, a Waukegan native, landed a guest star role on a Chicago P.D. this week. Jocelyn, who presently lives in Chicago, is a graduate of UIC where she majored in Theatre, minored in Law and Society, and was a student athlete on the cheer team. “This is far from an individual achievement. This is … Continue reading “Waukegan native lands guest star role on Chicago P.D.”

The CW reboot ‘The 4400’ to shoot in Chicago area

More production news (and potential jobs) for the Chicago production community. After the success of the CW reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger starring Supernatural’s co-leading man Jared Padalecki, Riverdale’s co-executive producers Ariana Jackson and Anna Fricke have been given a straight-to-series order to The 4400, a reimagining of the 2004 USA Network drama. Jackson executive … Continue reading “The CW reboot ‘The 4400’ to shoot in Chicago area”

Chicago Filmmakers seeks projects for CDMPF grant

Chicago Filmmakers announces the 2021 call for applications for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF), a grant designed to support Chicago-based filmmakers and digital media artists whose work encourages social change. The fund will award up to $100,000 in cash grants to support locally-made, web-based digital media projects.  The application window will be open … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers seeks projects for CDMPF grant”

Chicago Alfresco initiative will increase outdoor dining

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, with Choose Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation, today announced Chicago Alfresco, an initiative to increase outdoor dining area and the opportunity for businesses and community organizations to design creative long-term outdoor spaces.  This new program builds on Mayor Lightfoot’s commitment to support businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, in … Continue reading “Chicago Alfresco initiative will increase outdoor dining”