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”

Local 727 Members join in the Fight Against COVID-19

Local 727 members joined in the fight against COVID-19 at the United Center, working to convert space in Parking Lot E outside of the arena into a mass COVID vaccination center. Members assisted in the installation of a remote clinic set to serve the people of Chicago by distributing vaccinations beginning on March 9. Run … Continue reading “Local 727 Members join in the Fight Against COVID-19”

Lightfoot announces further easing of Covid regulations

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced the further easing of COVID-19 regulations for Chicago businesses. Due to sustained progress in all four reopening metrics, effective immediately, indoor capacity at bars, restaurants and other businesses can increase to 50%. … Continue reading “Lightfoot announces further easing of Covid regulations”

Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories

For the sixth season of One Chicago’s medical drama, Executive Producers and Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider worked (virtually) with their team of writers to incorporate the COVID-19 virus into the show, just as it was raging around the world in real time. From broken bones to fatal diseases, Chicago Med pulls inspiration from … Continue reading “Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories”

CDPH plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine by Dec 14

Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available with a commitment to allocate initial doses to all 34 hospitals in the city and to ensure the individuals and communities most impacted by the pandemic are prioritized in the weeks and months to … Continue reading “CDPH plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine by Dec 14”

Meijer takes ‘Believe’ message into Covid era

Retail chain Meijer launched its latest holiday commercial, You Better Not Pout,’ on Black Friday, 27th November, which chronicles a family’s attempt to celebrate a COVID-impacted Christmas. The work was created by Chicago-based independent advertising agency The Distillery Project (TDP) and doesn’t feature any imagery of stores or merchandise. Instead, the focus is on one family … Continue reading “Meijer takes ‘Believe’ message into Covid era”

Film Production not affected by new COVID restrictions

In an announcement yesterday, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) launched a new citywide strategy – “Protect Chicago” – an effort to help Chicago bend the COVID-19 curve for the second time.  “Chicago has reached a critical point in the second surge of COVID-19, demanding that … Continue reading “Film Production not affected by new COVID restrictions”

COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today a business curfew will begin Friday in the city of Chicago. On Monday, the Mayor warned residents that some coronavirus restrictions could return in Chicago if the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continue to rise. City health officials said cases have risen by more than 50 percent over … Continue reading “COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew”

‘Chicago Med’ halts filming over positive Covid-19 test

Chicago Med halted filming today when a crew member returned a positive Covid-19 test. The show will suspend production for two weeks. The positive result was yielded through a rapid test and the individual who tested positive was immediately sent home. Contact tracing, as well as other Covid guidelines, have been carried out since the … Continue reading “‘Chicago Med’ halts filming over positive Covid-19 test”

White Sox cancel 2021 SoxFest due to COVID

Following the Cubs move to cancel the 2021 Cubs Convention, the Chicago White Sox have now canceled SoxFest 2021 due to the uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic. The 28th edition was scheduled for Jan. 22-23 at McCormick Place. “Each season, the entire organization looks forward to bringing our team and fans together at our annual … Continue reading “White Sox cancel 2021 SoxFest due to COVID”

Abbott Labs 15 minute COVID test available in September

Abbott Laboratories announced that the FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for its BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 test for detection of infection. Abbott, located in Lake Bluff, will ship tens of millions of tests in September, ramping to 50 million tests a month at the beginning of October. The test, which sells for $5, is highly … Continue reading “Abbott Labs 15 minute COVID test available in September”

Jeremy Pinckert talks commercial shoots in COVID Era

Director Jeremy Pinckert of Explore goes behind the scenes for the making of commercials in the Covid Era. Explore is a full-service commercial production company located in Chicago at 311 W Superior St, Suite 218. When we embark on a new project we always feel a sense of excitement. A little necessary anxiety for the … Continue reading “Jeremy Pinckert talks commercial shoots in COVID Era”

Chicago reinstates COVID restrictions to combat recent rise

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced a re-tightening of COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services. Throughout the pandemic, data has guided every move made by the City, and the recent uptick in cases as well as surging COVID-19 … Continue reading “Chicago reinstates COVID restrictions to combat recent rise”

Chicago orders quarantine from high risk COVID states

On Thursday, July 2, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The Order will go into effect on … Continue reading “Chicago orders quarantine from high risk COVID states”

City of Chicago memorializes those lost to COVID-19

City of Chicago residents can submit stories to the online memorial, ‘Chicago Remembers’ to honor the legacy of those lost to COVID-19. The City of Chicago has unveiled a web-based, virtual memorial to remember and honor thousands of Chicagoans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The virtual memorial will host submitted stories and photos of residents … Continue reading “City of Chicago memorializes those lost to COVID-19”

Attorney General Kwame Raoul tested positive for COVID

Attorney General Kwame Raoul issued the following statement today after testing positive for COVID-19. He was sworn in as the 42nd Attorney General of Illinois in January 2019.  “After experiencing minor symptoms over the weekend, I consulted with my health care provider using telehealth services. Upon the advice of my doctor, I was tested yesterday and informed today that … Continue reading “Attorney General Kwame Raoul tested positive for COVID”

PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19

Faced with the magnitude of the global health crisis linked to the spread of COVID-19, Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is putting its skills to work to make a difference in the fight against the virus in Europe and The United States. Known for live event, entertainment and scenic production PRG is leveraging its know-how … Continue reading “PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19”

Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads

Gerety Awards has a new deadline extension to May 29. They confirm its judging will be remote this year and announced they will not be accepting Covid-19 related ads! Gerety Founders said: “An online petition called for award shows to place a ban on COVID-related entries, we agree with the sentiment that this is not a … Continue reading “Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads”

McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19

McDonald’s Corporation today announced results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020. During its investor earnings conference call live over the Internet, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said, “Following our strong performance in 2019, McDonald’s began 2020 with exceptional global momentum, and our January and February sales were reflective of that trend. Since … Continue reading “McDonald’s Q1 “significantly disrupted” by COVID-19″

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

During her appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told host Margaret Brennan while the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted the United States in unthinkable ways, the virus has been “devastating” for black communities. This can be attributed in part to the underlying health conditions that disproportionately impact people … Continue reading “Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG”

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

Right now, social distancing due to the horrendous coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, is now the norm. But the Chicago Stunt community is finding ways to still be creative while keeping a safe distance. Inspired by stuntman Aaron Toney, (Avengers: Infinity War/End Game and Black Panther), to create a “worldwide fight,” local stuntman Shawn Bernal (Batman … Continue reading “Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face”

Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video

While the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to have a damaging effect on Chicago and Illinois, post-production house Utopic has now partnered with Chicago local distillery, KOVAL, to create a video to promote the company’s response to the health. As soon as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) removed restrictions for Chicago distilleries, KOVAL converted … Continue reading “Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video”

‘CHICAGO TONIGHT’ provides local coverage of COVID

CHICAGO TONIGHT, correspondent/producer Paris Schutz reports live from Chicago neighborhoods highlighting community challenges and solutions The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered everyday life for Chicagoans as they try to adjust to a new normal. Now more than ever, our communities need fact-based news and trusted information about this developing public health crisis. … Continue reading “‘CHICAGO TONIGHT’ provides local coverage of COVID”

Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced a groundbreaking campaign, “We Are Not Playing,” in partnership with Chicago’s professional sports teams to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Each of Chicago’s hometown professional sports teams –  including the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky, White Sox – has signed on to the initiative, … Continue reading “Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’”

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn. Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the Gap, … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19”

Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19

Workers in the entertainment industry have been particularly hard hit as production sets and performance venues find themselves completely shut down as a precaution against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. According to IATSE who spoke to The Wrap, 120,000 below-the-line production people are out of work in Hollywood.  Tobin Neis is the Director of Marketing at … Continue reading “Can out of work film crews help prepare for COVID-19”

‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is hitting the media and entertainment industries hard.  With local, state and federal shutdowns occurring across the United States and theater chains closing, larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, all thriving entertainment hubs, are being impacted hardest as many in those communities – from actors to crew – … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis”

COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades

The mayor was not alone in her decision as New York City, Boston, Dallas, Dublin and other cities dropped their festivities for the holiday. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Lightfoot made her decision after days of speculation. Also included in the decision were the South Side’s Irish Parade and even the smaller Northwestern Side … Continue reading “COVID-19 claims Chicago & NY St. Patty’s Day parades”

Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19

West Side production studio Cinespace has issued a statement after a California-based female producer on the FOX TV series neXt, which has production offices on the lot, tested positive for COVID-19. “We at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios received a call last night, March 9, 2020, from FOX, a Cinespace tenant. They informed us that one … Continue reading “Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19”

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”

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”

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”

Champion celebrates iconic franchise with Reverse Weave Week

Champion Athleticwear announces Reverse Weave Week! The week, full of giveaways and collabs, will run through October 19 to acknowledge the anniversary of their most iconic patent – the Reverse Weave – which was finalized on October 14, 1952. Reverse Weave Week was created to recognize one of the most famous fashion items that has not gotten the … Continue reading “Champion celebrates iconic franchise with Reverse Weave Week”

Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!

With more than 800,000 readers submitted responses, Condé Nast Traveler recognized the City of Chicago as the #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row in the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Since 2017, Chicago has ranked number one in this category for its incredible restaurants, interesting and diverse attractions, and … Continue reading “Chicago chosen #1 Best Big City in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year!”

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 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”

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”

Reeling 39 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens tonight

Today is the Opening Day of Reeling 39! Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The festival kicks off September 23 at 7 PM with Peeter Rebane’s FIREBIRD at the Music Box Theatre. There will be a Q&A after the screening with the director Peeter Rebane. FIREBIRD is streaming virtually starting Monday, September 27th and running until … Continue reading “Reeling 39 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens tonight”

Gene Siskel Center and Midwest Film Festival partner on MFF 2021 season

The Gene Siskel Film Center will partner with the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) as the host venue for the MFF 2021 film lineup. The partnership, which was set to roll out in early 2020 but delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, will kick off Saturday, October 2, at 6pm, with a celebratory event and screening ofthe … Continue reading “Gene Siskel Center and Midwest Film Festival partner on MFF 2021 season”

New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career

Anyone with a cell phone, WiFi, and the desire to communicate can achieve the astronomical. Drawing on his success as a freelance communications consultant, author Roger Darnell has written a new book for professionals and students who want to improve their prospects in business. Published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, The Communications Consultant’s Foundation prepares … Continue reading “New book by PR guru, Roger Darnell helps build your dream career”

Chicago Humanities Festival announces star-studded Fall line-up

Chicago Humanities Festival announced a star-studded line-up of Hollywood celebs, South Side legends, and global newsmakers in a wide-ranging celebration of Chicago that will run throughout the fall. Headliners include Tony Award-winning actor and singer Sutton Foster; Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard with his brother, actor Clint Howard; Design Matters podcast host Debbie Millman; actor and former White … Continue reading “Chicago Humanities Festival announces star-studded Fall line-up”

Reeling39 fest will have vaccine policy for theater screenings

Reeling39: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens on September 23 at the Music Box Theatre and runs September 24 – 30 at the Landmark Century Centre Cinemas and virtually from September 27 – October 7. Boasting 42 shows including 33 feature films and 9 short film programs, this year’s festival includes films from … Continue reading “Reeling39 fest will have vaccine policy for theater screenings”

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”

Pritzker mandates vaccine for all healthcare workers, teachers, students

As COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates across the state continue to increase, particularly in downstate communities with the lowest vaccination rates, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced vaccine requirements for individuals in high risk settings. All healthcare workers, including nursing home employees, all pre-k-12 teachers and staff, as well as … Continue reading “Pritzker mandates vaccine for all healthcare workers, teachers, students”

City of Chicago will require all city employees to be vaccinated

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced that, effective October 15, 2021, the City of Chicago will require all City employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, joining many other major municipalities and government agencies in taking this important preventive step. While masking and social distancing requirements in the workplace remain, the best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination.   … Continue reading “City of Chicago will require all city employees to be vaccinated”

Optimus promotes Dave Buehrle to Executive Producer

Leading production and post house Optimus today announced the promotion of Dave Buehrle to executive producer, adding this title to his head of production role. As EP | Head of Production, Buehrle will lead Optimus production arm One at Optimus, working in close collaboration with Director of Sales Tim Jacobs on all production projects.  “This promotion is testament to … Continue reading “Optimus promotes Dave Buehrle to Executive Producer”

FCB Chicago wins Pro Award for Blue Bunny Summer Of Funlightenment

Marketing Resources, Inc. and FCB Chicago have won the Gold 2021 PRO Award for Best Vehicle-Based Campaign and the Silver PRO Award for Best Post-COVID Era Campaign for their work on the Blue Bunny ‘Summer of Funlightenment’ campaign.  Marketing Resources, Inc., FCB Chicago, and all the amazing partners on the project teamed up to bringing … Continue reading “FCB Chicago wins Pro Award for Blue Bunny Summer Of Funlightenment”

Home Alone reboot releases on Disney+ in time for the holidays

The reboot of Home Alone is coming exclusively to Disney+ as Home Sweet Home Alone on November 12, just in time for the holiday season. I had the extreme good fortune of working on the original Home Alone which debuted in 1990, launching a precocious and loveable young Macaulay Culkin to fame and spawning three … Continue reading “Home Alone reboot releases on Disney+ in time for the holidays”

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”

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”

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”

Newly renovated FACETS will reopen to in-person programming Sept 17

FACETS has announced it will return to presenting in-person programming on Friday, September 17 while simultaneously screening virtual cinema.  Since FACETS suspended its in-person screenings in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and transitioned to online film programming, select areas within the venue have changed their function and/or have been upgraded to reintroduce it as a dynamic … Continue reading “Newly renovated FACETS will reopen to in-person programming Sept 17”

Chicago-based Sheridan Road Productions premieres ‘The Road Dance’

The Road Dance, a WWI drama/love story, based on actual events, was developed and produced by Sheridan Road Productions, a Chicago-based development and production company. Attending the world premiere screening of The Road Dance on August 24 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) are its lead female star Hermione Corfield of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission Impossible: Rogue … Continue reading “Chicago-based Sheridan Road Productions premieres ‘The Road Dance’”

Pritzker announces $10M Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program

Governor Pritzker announced a new $10 million grants program aimed at revitalizing the hard-hit tourism industry by bringing back new and returning tourism attractions and festivals to our state. The Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program is made possible with support of federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is part of … Continue reading “Pritzker announces $10M Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program”

11 Dollar Bill out freezes The Freeze in campaign for RaceTrac and R/GA

11 Dollar Bill wins for coolest ad of the week. They teamed with R/GA and Swedish production company Hobby Film on a new campaign for RaceTrac featuring the “coolest” icon in professional sports. The funny online, social and broadcast spots introduce Freeze Blast, a new drink from the convenience store, named after its speedy character, … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill out freezes The Freeze in campaign for RaceTrac and R/GA”

Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses Godfather of Harlem

Following his work on Season 1 of Godfather of Harlem, cinematographer Jack Donnelly returned for Season 2 to focus on preserving “a consistent visual style” for the series. When Godfather of Harlem Season 2 begins, it’s February 1964, and the series’ eponymous gangster, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Forest Whitaker), has been in hiding for three months while notorious mafioso Vincent “Chin” Gigante … Continue reading “Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses Godfather of Harlem”

Producers control vaccination policies for cast and crew

With the ongoing goal of keeping casts, crews and all set workers safe, the DGA, IATSE, IBT, SAG-AFTRA, together with the AMPTP have announced they have a tentative agreement on adjustments to the COVID-19 Safety Agreement reflecting vaccination policies and other scientific advances. The modifications center on workplace practices for fully vaccinated cast and crew, … Continue reading “Producers control vaccination policies for cast and crew”

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”

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 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”

July 3rd fireworks to Celebrate Chicago’s Reopening

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announces July 3rd fireworks along the lakefront to kick off Independence Day Weekend. The event will also act as a celebration for Chicagoans whose diligence in following public health guidance has allowed City leaders to safely and fully re-open under Mayor Lightfoot’s “Open Chicago” initiative. In place of Navy Pier Fireworks, … Continue reading “July 3rd fireworks to Celebrate Chicago’s Reopening”

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”

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”

FCB continues its winning streak at Cannes Lions

The FCB Network continues its winning streak on day two of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, taking home two more Grand Prix trophies – the first, in the category of Media – Social Behaviour for FCB Chicago’s “Boards of Change,” on behalf of the City of Chicago. The second Grand Prix was awarded … Continue reading “FCB continues its winning streak at Cannes Lions”

STORY evokes everyday heroes for Pedialyte

During the pandemic, we’ve all drawn inspiration from frontline workers. In a new ad for Pedialyte and Norton Agency, Chicago, STORY director Blair Hayes tells the story of a little girl named Mia who is inspired by an everyday hero into an act of kindness. In the spot, Mia is leaving the pediatric ward of … Continue reading “STORY evokes everyday heroes for Pedialyte”

Lester Holt to be inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Award-winning journalist Lester Holt will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame for his contributions to broadcast television at the 2021 NAB Show, held October 9–13 in Las Vegas. Holt will accept the honor at the NAB Show Welcome event on Monday, October 11 at 9 a.m. PDT. Holt serves as the anchor and managing … Continue reading “Lester Holt to be inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame”

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

For more than three decades, Burnetters have hedged their bets on Cannes Lions winners with 90% accuracy! After a supremely challenging 2020 and a year off for the Cannes Festival of Creativity, the industry’s most prestigious global awards show will have its virtual premire from June 21-25, 2021—complete with live-prgramming, on-demand content and more.  To … Continue reading “Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions”

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back (after a short hiatus due to COVID) and hosting an in-person, live screening at Burning Bush Brewery the evening of Thursday, June 17th. Those who are looking to be among actual people again while enjoying short films and craft brews under the stars are not going to … Continue reading “The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back”

Chicago students chosen as Television Academy Fellows

Three students from Chicago, IL–Mallory Baysek, Zachary Gradishar and Isabel Roney–have been selected for the Television Academy Foundation’s prestigious 2021 Summer Fellows Program. They are among just 50 students chosen from across the country by Television Academy members to participate in the program. Zachary Gradishar, of Chicago, IL, who attended St. Ignatius College Prep, is … Continue reading “Chicago students chosen as Television Academy Fellows”

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”

Open Chicago Night at the Museums this Friday night

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with Chicago museum leadership, today announced for one night only, select Chicago museums will be open late for visitors under the Mayor’s Open Chicago initiative as the city moves to Phase 5, Friday, June 11.   The move to fully reopen the city makes Chicago the largest city in the … Continue reading “Open Chicago Night at the Museums this Friday night”

Sarofsky & partners win Brand Film Award on doc series

The partners behind A Mystery to Me, an original documentary series created to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG), are extremely proud to have earned this year’s Brand Film Award for their project, in the sixth annual program’s Unbranded Healthcare category. Presented to global immunology company argenx along with Sarofsky Pictures, Kartemquin Films, Museum + … Continue reading “Sarofsky & partners win Brand Film Award on doc series”

Guidelines for Illinois Phase 5 full reopening on June 11

Phase 5 will go into effect on June 11 and mark the full reopening of all activities and businesses. Businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and seated-spectator venues will be able to operate at full capacity for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said this was a defining moment … Continue reading “Guidelines for Illinois Phase 5 full reopening on June 11”

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”

The Second City reopens their e.t.c. Theater Stage

The Second City, the world’s leader in satirical comedy, has reopened their e.t.c. stage at Piper’s Alley to audiences. The return of the e.t.c. theater with a new show, “Out of the House Party,” a blend of archival sketches and improv featuring beloved and thoroughly missed cast members, advances Second City’s reopening progress since welcoming … Continue reading “The Second City reopens their e.t.c. Theater Stage”

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!”

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”

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”

Sports fans: Where have they gone?

Much has been made of the break in professional sports between March 11th, when the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and the sports world began its shutdown, and July 23rd, when the MLB season began. Sports fans were left out in the cold. Or lockdown. The shutdown affected essentially every aspect of … Continue reading “Sports fans: Where have they gone?”

Grubhub & Restaurant Strong help restaurants reopen

Today, Grubhub, a leading food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund announced the latest phase in their commitment to supporting restaurants: the Restaurant Stronger program, a new initiative to provide $5,000 grants to eligible independent restaurants. As the industry faces new challenges post-pandemic, the Restaurant Stronger grants will help restaurants fully reopen their doors, including … Continue reading “Grubhub & Restaurant Strong help restaurants reopen”

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”

Mayor Lightfoot announces return of Lollapalooza

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Lollapalooza organizers are thrilled to announce that the world class festival will return to Grant Park at full capacity July 29-August 1, 2021.   In accordance with current local public health guidance, full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results will be required to attend Lollapalooza 2021. For patrons who are not … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces return of Lollapalooza”

Free Spirit Media celebrates 20 years of Media Magic

On Thursday, May 20, Free Spirit Media celebrates 20 years of media magic, 8,000+ participants, 50,000+ unique pieces, and 1,000,000+ views. This momentous occasion demarcates how its participants have used media to create the world they envision-past, present, and future.  Free Spirit Media, a North Lawndale based, Emmy award winning nonprofit and social enterprise has … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media celebrates 20 years of Media Magic”

McDonald’s partners with Biden on ‘We Can Do This’

McDonald’s is partnering with the Biden Administration in the national We Can Do This campaign to make access to information on vaccines even easier for the millions of customers who enjoy McDonald’s each day in the U.S. The initiative will begin later this month with the debut of COVID-19 vaccine information from trusted third parties on … Continue reading “McDonald’s partners with Biden on ‘We Can Do This’”

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”

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”

American consumers expect return to normalcy by July 4

Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space, has launched a new holiday sentiment study to understand the impact of the pandemic and vaccination status on upcoming holidays, and specifically, how people plan to celebrate, shop and spend for Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Father’s Day 2021. The sentiment survey of nearly 4,000 consumers … Continue reading “American consumers expect return to normalcy by July 4”

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”

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”

EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life

EXTRA Gum is all about shared moments of human connection—many of which have unfortunately, become distant memory due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until now: we can finally reconnect IRL! After a hard year of not seeing one another (and frankly, not being very mindful of how your breath smells) EXTRA is there to help give you … Continue reading “EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life”

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”

Chicago actress puts faith into Alzheimer’s fundraiser

This year, for her annual Alzheimer’s and Dementia Fundraiser, Chicago-based actress and author, Ina Bochian, will host a book club and a series of wellness events between April 19th and July 18th.  The raised proceeds will benefit HFC. Founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen, HFC is “a national non-profit organization whose mission … Continue reading “Chicago actress puts faith into Alzheimer’s fundraiser”

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”

Skydeck Chicago reopens with new interactive museum

EQ Office announces the exciting reopening of Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower to the public on April 23 after completing an extensive redevelopment, raising the bar once again for the world-renowned experience. The revamped Skydeck Chicago—already rated a Top 10 destination by Tripadvisor.com—will provide a can’t miss, one-stop attraction to discover and see all that the city of Chicago offers from an incomparable … Continue reading “Skydeck Chicago reopens with new interactive museum”

RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’

This week’s Chicago Med, ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’ is a crossover episode with Chicago Fire and showcases Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) having to go in the field to aid a victim on-site, Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) dealing with a complicated patient. In addition, when Carol’s (Margaret Colin) condition … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Some Things Are Worth The Risk’”

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”

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”

Bankrate appoints New Honor Society as AOR

Bankrate, a leading personal finance destination for award-winning content, rates, tools and advice, has chosen New Honor Society as its creative agency of record for the launch of its first national brand campaign since 1999. The campaign includes programmatic TV, online video and social media assets designed to drive awareness for Bankrate and position the … Continue reading “Bankrate appoints New Honor Society as AOR”

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”

RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’

Chicago Med‘s Wednesday episode Letting Go Only to Come Together begins with Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) telling Natalie’s mother a suspenseful story. He’s at the Manning house, where Natalie’s mom (Margaret Colin) is doing her best to interrogate him regarding his family. She seems to be well aware of Crockett’s backstory, and he further reveals … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago Med ‘Letting Go Only to Come Together’”

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”

Sonixphere adds Matt Brooks, Int’l Business Development

Sonixphere, the award-winning music and sound creators for advertising, series TV and film, announced that Matt Brooks has joined the company as Head of International Business Development. The addition of Matt comes at a strategic time for Sonixphere as it continues to build a global presence. Matt was previously Regional Director of Operations at Sofar … Continue reading “Sonixphere adds Matt Brooks, Int’l Business Development”

Orbitz reaffirms commitment to LGBTQ+ travel

Twenty years after launching the first LGBTQ print ad encouraging travelers to “see the world on your terms,” travel site Orbitz is debuting a new national ad campaign and call to action for LGBTQIA+ travelers as the travel industry readies for a comeback.  The campaign, titled “Travel As You Are,” invites all people to travel on their own terms, not the ones society … Continue reading “Orbitz reaffirms commitment to LGBTQ+ travel”

McDonald’s is awarding $500k in scholarships

For the second consecutive year, McDonald’s USA, through its Black & Positively Golden Scholarships Program, is awarding half a million dollars to incoming and current HBCU students. Through this initiative, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), McDonald’s is furthering its support of the next generation of leaders. According to Moving Upward and … Continue reading “McDonald’s is awarding $500k in scholarships”

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”

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”

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”

Vaccinate Abuela Chicago helping Latinx & Black families

Chicago has opened eligibility for the COVID vaccine to Group 1C: Anyone over 16 who has certain medical conditions. The group Vaccinate Abuela Chicago, is making it their goal to share resources and find appointments in the communities hit hardest by COVID-19. Vaccinate Abuela Chicago’s mission is booking vaccinations for Black and Brown Chicagoans. City … Continue reading “Vaccinate Abuela Chicago helping Latinx & Black families”

PRG opens digital studio in Chicago

Production Resource Group, LLC. (PRG), known for its technological innovations and production support for TV/Film, live entertainment, and events has announced it has opened a new digital studio in the McCook area of Chicago, adding to its network of studios in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, and Orlando. Through these studios, PRG is continuing to support brands, artists, designers, creators, and … Continue reading “PRG opens digital studio in Chicago”

Chicago Film Rep launches photography art show

Jim Deloye of The Candy Store, known across the land as independent rep for Live Action, Animation, Design, Interactive & Experiential studios has been busy in his Coronavirus QuARTintine  bubble. He’s now got a brand new photography show up at Archie’s Cafe in Rogers Park.  This new LightWerks Photography show represents Jim’s travels and adventures from places like New … Continue reading “Chicago Film Rep launches photography art show”

‘Color of Tomorrow’ promotes unity in the face of unrest

The National Museum of Mexican Art invites the public to a virtual screening of the award-winning animated short ‘Color of Tomorrow’ as part of its Storytellers 4 Unity Film Forum.  Guests will also participate in a virtual discussion about the film with the Film Director and Storyline Author, Michelle M. Collins; Artist Sam Kirk; Illinois State … Continue reading “‘Color of Tomorrow’ promotes unity in the face of unrest”

Illinois launches 14th mass vaccination site. See full list

4,747,845 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois, representing about 30% of residents 16 and up receiving their first dose. And on April 12, vaccines will be available for everyone. Illinois is launching its 14th mass vaccination site in Forest Park. Governor JB Pritzker and local officials announced the Illinois National Guard supported site, which will … Continue reading “Illinois launches 14th mass vaccination site. See full list”

Resolution Studios announces opening of The East Stage

Resolution Studios announces the opening of The East Stage, the latest addition to Chicago’s premiere production studio, servicing corporate and advertising clients alike. Measuring in at 2800 square feet, the sound-proof stage will feature a 32’ X 40’ cyclorama wall, a 20’ x 40’ movable light grid, and 200 amp power tie-ins. The East Stage … Continue reading “Resolution Studios announces opening of The East Stage”

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”

SRW announces record quarter and new partnerships

SRW, an independent, full-service marketing agency leader among natural, wellness and better-for-you-brands, today announced a slew of major client wins in Q1 2021. The ragtag bunch of hooligans now adds four more food and beverage brands to its impressive client portfolio, which already includes Simple Mills, Harvest Snaps, Kite Hill and more.  In less than … Continue reading “SRW announces record quarter and new partnerships”

Lung Association’s new PSA ‘Return to What We Love’

One year ago this week marks the moment when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Since then, more than half a million people in the United States have lost their lives to this highly infectious disease. The continued rollout of COVID-19 vaccines offers hope to end the pandemic, but widespread adoption of the vaccine in every community … Continue reading “Lung Association’s new PSA ‘Return to What We Love’”

Join the Spring Forward Happy Hour hosted by OKRP

OKRP is hosting a virtual Spring Forward Happy Hour on Friday March 12th beginning at 4pm EST on DJ Trauma’s Twitch channel. The idea is part of a formal initiative by the agency to change Daylight Savings time into a Friday celebration, giving everyone the opportunity to lose an hour of work instead of an … Continue reading “Join the Spring Forward Happy Hour hosted by OKRP”

Chan C. Smith brings her storytelling skills to Tessa Films

Chan C. Smith, a Chicago native who’s taken her skill as a storyteller to such genres as publishing, media and documentary film, is set to make her mark on the advertising scene by signing with Tessa Films. This is the director’s first representation agreement for advertising and branded content. Her signing was announced by Tessa … Continue reading “Chan C. Smith brings her storytelling skills to Tessa Films”

How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.

You may not realize that where you live may also determine how happy you are. Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and … Continue reading “How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.”

Grubhub expands commitment to women culinary leaders

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Grubhub is strengthening and expanding its commitment to grow the number of women-led restaurants, especially those impacted by COVID. It was four years ago with the creation of RestaurantHER that Grubhub first started using its technology platform to drive change and respond to the issues facing women in the restaurant industry. … Continue reading “Grubhub expands commitment to women culinary leaders”

OKRP names Elena Robinson Head of Production

O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has hired highly regarded production leader Elena Robinson as its Head of Production with the goal of redefining, expanding, and growing its production capabilities. Robinson takes over leadership of both the agency’s production work for clients and its independent production capability from long-time agency exec Scott Mitchell. Mitchell will refocus on … Continue reading “OKRP names Elena Robinson Head of Production”

Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site

The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks will be used as a mass vaccination site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity for the hardest hit populations. The Biden Administration is opening pilot Community Vaccination Centers across the country. The United Center site will open on March 10 with the capacity to administer … Continue reading “Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site”

NBC Chicago launches docuseries “Vaccinated State”

Amid continued questions about the Coronavirus vaccine in Illinois, NBC Chicago explores the issues and response to one of the most sought-after medicines of our lifetime in a new docuseries, Vaccinated State. Vaccinated State launched Sunday, February 21, on NBC Chicago’s Roku and Apple TV channels, documents the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois, … Continue reading “NBC Chicago launches docuseries “Vaccinated State””

Production set to begin on Zen Room this spring

Production of new single-cam, mockumentary style comedy series Zen Room is set to commence early March after news of Cheri Oteri (former SNL cast member, Grown Ups 2) joining the cast as lead, executive producer, and writer. While plenty of film production has been shuttered due to Covid-19, actress and writer Ashley Joyce (Gilmore Girls, … Continue reading “Production set to begin on Zen Room this spring”

Janet Davies leaves WLS-7 after 37 years

After almost 37 years, Janet Davies has announced in a Facebook post that she is no longer affiliated with the ABC owned Chicago station WLS. Her post followed the station’s recent decision not to renew her contract as a freelance employee after her status as a full-time employee ended in 2013, when ABC 7 cancelled … Continue reading “Janet Davies leaves WLS-7 after 37 years”

Tandem’s Tyler Jay brings big comedy in JShip spot

Chicago-based JShip, a new online shipping service, has launched its first marketing campaign, featuring a new spot and social content directed by Tyler Jay, Commercial Director and Principle at Chicago-based Tandem, Inc. JShip’s agency of record, Detroit/San Diego-based D/CAL selected Tandem to execute their script and began collaborating with Jay in late 2020. “It was … Continue reading “Tandem’s Tyler Jay brings big comedy in JShip spot”

‘Postcards From Home’ personalizes the pandemic

Chicago-based filmmaker Richard Cohen explores the depths of isolation in Postcards From Home, a series of one-act vignettes about the affects of the pandemic. The ten-minute episodes feature intimate testimonials from characters explaining how COVID has affected their lives. Black Blue Man is an African American consumer’s awkward trip to a car dealership. Southern Popcorn … Continue reading “‘Postcards From Home’ personalizes the pandemic”

LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago

This Black History Month, AT&T Dream in Black presents the return of Black Future Makers, a future-forward celebration of inspirational people in the culture. The campaign was announced via a commercial celebrating frontline workers and everyday heroes from Chicago in a spot voiced by NBA superstar, philanthropist and entrepreneur LeBron James. James is also one of this … Continue reading “LeBron James, AT&T celebrate Black Chicago”

Backyard Productions signs Director/DP Max Gutierrez

Backyard Productions announces that Award-winning Director/DP, Max Gutierrez, noted for his authentic lifestyle and warm family oriented work, has signed with the internationally acclaimed production house. With a passion for visual storytelling and capturing authentic slice of life moments, Max approaches his craft with a steadfast vision for finding the truth in a scene, having … Continue reading “Backyard Productions signs Director/DP Max Gutierrez”

‘Chicago Fire’ releases photos from new episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago Fire season 9 episode 6. Titled Blow This Up Somehow, Gallo (Alberto Rosende) makes a split-second decision during a dangerous fire rescue leaving Casey (Jesse Spencer) steaming that his direct orders were not obeyed. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) feels a strain in her relationship with Severide. … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire’ releases photos from new episode”

Cheetos wins 2021 Kellogg School Super Bowl Review

Don’t get Super Bowl fatigue just yet. There’s a little bit more to our roundup. Cheetos is the big winner in strategic ad rankings with its “It Wasn’t Me” ad in the 17th consecutive Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review. Other brands that earned top marks include Amazon, Bud Light Seltzer, Doritos, and Indeed. Not all advertisers had … Continue reading “Cheetos wins 2021 Kellogg School Super Bowl Review”

‘Chicago P.D.’ releases photos from upcoming episode

NBC has released new photos from this week’s upcoming Chicago P.D. Season 8 Episode 6. Titled Equal Justice, Halstead and Ruzek try to infiltrate a crime ring and encounter a complicated situation. The team recruits an unlikely ally to help solve a murder. ALSO READ: Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories NBC‘s streaming … Continue reading “‘Chicago P.D.’ releases photos from upcoming episode”

Film studio planned for Marshall Field’s warehouse

Knickpoint Ventures, owner of the sprawling 22-acre former Marshall Field’s warehouse complex on the Northwest Side, plans to create a film production campus on the site. Chicago Tribune has reported that real estate developer Knickpoint, who has owned the property at 4000 W. Diversey Ave. since 2018, are in preliminary discussions with members of Mayor … Continue reading “Film studio planned for Marshall Field’s warehouse”

Film and TV workers classified as Group 1C for vaccine

UPDATED INFORMATION: As previously reported in Reel Chicago, the Mayor’s COVID-19 Recovery Task force and State of Illinois DCEO have designated Film Production as essential and film production workers as essential workers. The concern now is where do we fit in the Organizational Structure for the vaccine distribution? In a flurry of communication between the … Continue reading “Film and TV workers classified as Group 1C for vaccine”

Super Bowl consumer spending down

Chicago-based Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space, has launched a consumer sentiment study to understand how consumers plan to watch and spend regarding Super Bowl LV. Overall, there will be fewer repeat watchers, fewer gatherings, and less planned spend. Numerator polled 1,500 past Super Bowl viewers, evaluating responses using psychographic … Continue reading “Super Bowl consumer spending down”

Coors Light, Seltzer Big Game ad runs in dreams

During the Super Bowl, commercial breaks are notoriously swamped with beer advertisements. A certain, other beer brand seemingly controls the ad space – so much so that Coors is legally locked out from playing on TV screens nationwide during the Big Game. However, AB has announced it is sitting out Super Bowl LV this year. … Continue reading “Coors Light, Seltzer Big Game ad runs in dreams”

IATSE joins the effort to build vaccinations sites

As the largest labor union in America representing stagehands, certified riggers, and other craftspeople who work behind-the-scenes in conference centers, arenas, and theaters, IATSE is formally offering their infrastructure and labor to the White House and FEMA in the effort to build or convert vaccinations sites across the country. IATSE letter to the White House The President The … Continue reading “IATSE joins the effort to build vaccinations sites”

Singer Carly Glenn releases song/video about body image

Chicago’s Carly Glenn and director, Kendall Goldberg, teamed up as creative storytellers and great friends to film Carly’s new music video for her new single, Girl In The Mirror. Carly’s inspiration for this song was derived from the anxiety and isolation that consumed her through 2020. For anyone who has ever struggled with mental health, … Continue reading “Singer Carly Glenn releases song/video about body image”

Evanston Indie bookstore flips ‘You’ve Got Mail’ theme

When Nina Barrett opened a new branch of her independent bookstore Bookends & Beginnings on the main commercial street of downtown Evanston this weekend, she defied the trend of small-business collapse in the time of COVID. She also reversed the narrative arc of the popular 90s rom-com—You’ve Got Mail—in which an aggressive new chain bookstore drove a beloved … Continue reading “Evanston Indie bookstore flips ‘You’ve Got Mail’ theme”

Upcoming schedule and storylines for Chicago Med

Since returning to production in October, Chicago Med has had more than its share of delays from the Covid-19 virus. The onset of the coronavirus in March, halted production before they were able to complete filming Season 5. After just one week into production on Season 6, the first of Dick Wolf’s One Chicago series was forced to hit the pause button again when … Continue reading “Upcoming schedule and storylines for Chicago Med”

M.A.D.D. Rhythms kicks off 20th season with King tribute

Chicago’s premiere tap collective, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, has announced its 20th Anniversary Season. In 2021, the company continues to make a difference dancing rhythms with its yearlong celebration featuring video premieres, special events coinciding with a new documentary and M.A.D.D Rhythms publishing debut, social media happenings, classes and the Chicago Tap Summit. Bril Barrett, founder of M.A.D.D. … Continue reading “M.A.D.D. Rhythms kicks off 20th season with King tribute”

‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker

Cinedigm has announced the release date for its recently acquired film – 100 Days to Live, a taut psychological thriller set in the world of suicide prevention and mental health. The film, which was shot over 3 weeks in Chicago, stars Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Rizzoli & Isles), Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf, Daredevil), Heidi Johanningmeier … Continue reading “‘100 Days to Live’ directorial debut for Chicago filmmaker”

City announces $2.5 million arts fund

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced $2.5 million in funding opportunities for Chicago artists and arts organizations. A new “Artist Response Program,” opening January 11, will provide $750,000 to support art that respond to the recent health, economic and humanitarian crises. The program includes … Continue reading “City announces $2.5 million arts fund”

Canon, FCBX present digital experience for CES

In partnership with FCB and its experiential arm, FCBX premiered an interactive digital experience through five unexpected experiences and innovation cornerstones to celebrate how people can use Canon products and solutions to help redefine the limits they face. Attendees will be inspired to transcend limits by capturing the marvels of space, the splendor of wildlife, … Continue reading “Canon, FCBX present digital experience for CES”

2020 in Review: Mary Caddy of The Colonie

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Mary Caddy of The Colonie”

2020 in Review: Director, Jeremy Pinckert of Explore

Editor’s Note: In 2020, the world changed right before our very eyes. Ad agencies, production companies and post houses were forced to adapt and begin a “new normal” working, living, exercising and entertaining out of home. Now that we have just entered 2021, we asked around our industry friends to reflect back on the year and … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Director, Jeremy Pinckert of Explore”

WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago

In Chicago, your birthplace often determines your destiny. Children born in one West Side census tract between 1978 and 1983 grew up to have a median annual household income of $16,000, according to Opportunity Insights. WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago in a documentary series, reported stories, expert talks, and community discussions. In FIRSTHAND: Living in … Continue reading “WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

2020 in Review: Remembering Who Left Us

Whether you stay in Chicago to make your mark or leave to make your impact felt somewhere else, you are still Chicago. 100%. It’s a badge of honor anyone from the city, that is second to none, wears proudly. When you win, we cheer for you. And when we lose you, we cry and hug … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Remembering Who Left Us”

Vizzy sends-off 2020 with Vitamin C Graduation remake

That’s right, the first hard seltzer with antioxidant vitamin C and Vitamin C herself have recreated the 2000s karaoke classic so we can all graduate from 2020.  We all know that 2020 is a year to remember (or forget), so Vizzy Hard Seltzer wants to help you kick it to the curb with the ultimate … Continue reading “Vizzy sends-off 2020 with Vitamin C Graduation remake”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360

No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. Because we reported on … Continue reading “Merry Christmas from Reel Chicago + Reel 360”

Lightfoot & DCASE brings Chicago holidays home

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are pleased to present “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays,” presented by Powering Chicago: IBEW Local 134/NECA with support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority. “Millennium Park at Home: Chicago Holidays” program is produced by Kurtis Productions … Continue reading “Lightfoot & DCASE brings Chicago holidays home”

The Mill announces new appointments globally

The Mill announced several new appointments within its global colour team. Across the globe, The Mill now has 11 Colourists, all of which have a distinct and unique style and are made available to creative partners globally via The Mill’s remote grading setup. ALSO READ: Liz Roche appointed to GM and CSO of Havas CX … Continue reading “The Mill announces new appointments globally”

Meteorologist, Tom Skilling thriving after weight loss

WGN weather anchor Tom Skilling is shocking viewers with his dramatic weight loss. Citing his health as his primary concern, the Chicago meteorologist underwent gastric bypass surgery in March. He has since lost 110 pounds. The station aired an 8 minute segment in which medical reporter Dina Bair detailed Skillings journey. Skilling had been struggling … Continue reading “Meteorologist, Tom Skilling thriving after weight loss”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and include … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

2112 partners with Comcast Business on a Startup Studio

2112, Chicago’s business incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in creative industries, has partnered with Comcast Business on the development of a Startup Studio, with additional support provided by Shure, Wintrust, Hughes Foundation, and Karp Designs. Conceived to support the transition to digital in response to COVID-19, the studio will provide free access to … Continue reading “2112 partners with Comcast Business on a Startup Studio”

Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants Program Round 2

The City of Chicago, with support from the Walder Foundation and the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund and in partnership with Accion, has established the Performing Arts Venue Relief Program to provide support to this critical part of the arts and culture sector. The Performing Arts Venue Relief Program will distribute $10,000 grants to up … Continue reading “Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants Program Round 2”

Sarofsky talks details on doc series, ‘A Mystery to Me’

The filmmakers behind A Mystery to Me, a new documentary series that aims to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG), give details on their innovative production approach behind the heartfelt project. Following last month’s debut as part of the Chicago International Film Festival, on Nov. 17, the series will premiere on MG-United.com, … Continue reading “Sarofsky talks details on doc series, ‘A Mystery to Me’”

Pritzker announces commitment to digital equity

Governor JB Pritzker announced a new Digital Equity Package, enlisting state, local, nonprofit and philanthropic support to address gaps in digital access, adoption, and affordability for high-speed internet access. The comprehensive approach is designed to help communities identify and address existing broadband equity gaps, as well as to leverage new and existing sources of funding … Continue reading “Pritzker announces commitment to digital equity”

AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19

One of the most exciting stops on the AICP tour happens every year in Chicago. It’s one of the few opportunities for those in production, advertising and film to gather together, share a cocktail or four and just hang. This year, with a pandemic raging and cases on the rise again, the AICP Midwest Show … Continue reading “AICP Midwest Show is this Thursday, November 19”

Jazz Kitchen: When Justice is the Message, November 18

It hardly seems possible to imagine social justice advocacy without music and art. Creating at the intersection of artistic practice and social justice is an essential impulse for many artists. Whether overt or embedded in the very impulse to create (or both), the role of artists/creatives in advancing justice is fundamental to the history of social … Continue reading “Jazz Kitchen: When Justice is the Message, November 18”

Artist Jeremih hospitalized in hometown Chicago ICU

Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent and more stars showed support for Jeremih amid a report that he is hospitalized with coronavirus. “Pray for my boy @jeremih he’s not doing good this covid s–t is real,” 50 Cent, 45, wrote via IG on Saturday, November 14. “He’s in ICU in Chicago.” Chance the Rapper, 27, made … Continue reading “Artist Jeremih hospitalized in hometown Chicago ICU”

‘Ordinary Joe’ has begun filming in Chicago

A line of production vehicles stretched for a quarter-mile on Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago, where scenes for the upcoming NBC drama Ordinary Joe were being filmed this week.   Written by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, the series is scheduled to premiere in 2021. It stars James Wolk as Joe Kimbrough, and explores three parallel … Continue reading “‘Ordinary Joe’ has begun filming in Chicago”

Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’

With a new wave of COVID-19 sweeping the nation and concerning trends here in Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker launched a new awareness campaign. ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ created by O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul encourages residents to take safety precautions throughout the upcoming holiday season to protect themselves and their families — and ultimately save lives.  The Illinois … Continue reading “Gov. Pritzker Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’”

‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro

Felix Piñeiro has signed on to direct ​Doll Eyes​ written by award-winning screenwriter Amir Mohabbat. The horror film follows a developmentally disabled man who protects his sister from an abuser with “unique, desired eyes.” Piñeiro is a two-time DCASE Grant recipient and Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Filmmaker in Residence Award. His latest project is … Continue reading “‘Doll Eyes’ come to life for Chicago director Piñeiro”

Eggs are the holiday gift they are cracked up to be

Launching on November 10th, the American Egg Board’s new campaign, and our Reel Ad of the Week, is “The Gift of Eggs.” The LOL campaign from Energy BBDO pokes fun at holiday extravagances in order to celebrate what really matters during the season — family, friends, special memories together and FOOD! The campaign’s two short … Continue reading “Eggs are the holiday gift they are cracked up to be”