Navy Pier closing after Labor Day

0  Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, will implement a temporary Pier-wide closure starting Tuesday, September 8 in an effort to limit the financial burden and impact of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the organization. The closure will put a halt to all Pier-wide operations, including that of Navy Pier’s more than 70 small local businesses, … Continue reading “Navy Pier closing after Labor Day”

Navy Pier Pride returns for 5th Annual Live Celebration

3+ Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, welcomes all to celebrate Pride Month in person at the People’s Pier for the fifth consecutive year of Navy Pier Pride. On Saturday, June 27 from 1 – 10 p.m., celebrate equality, love and the LGBTQ+ community at the newly-reopened People’s Pier. This free and safe daylong celebration will include scheduled live musical performances, resources from community partners … Continue reading “Navy Pier Pride returns for 5th Annual Live Celebration”

TimeZoneOne wins two awards for Navy Pier campaigns

3+ TimeZoneOne (TZO), a global creative communications agency, has been recognized for its creative work with Navy Pier, earning two Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. The Award of Excellence honors TimeZoneOne’s work for Navy Pier’s successful “More Than You Imagine” brand campaign focusing on changing locals’ perception … Continue reading “TimeZoneOne wins two awards for Navy Pier campaigns”

TimeZoneOne named AOR for Navy Pier

2+ The tourist “must-see” destination named indie agency TimeZoneOne its Agency of Record for branding campaign With more than 9 million visitors annually, The Navy Pier is without doubt one of Chicago’s (and the Midwest’s) most popular destinations. And now the tourist “must-see” has named indie creative communications agency TimeZoneOne AOR. TZO’s first project for … Continue reading “TimeZoneOne named AOR for Navy Pier”

WTTW special traces Navy Pier’s 100 years of history

Navy Pier celebrates its 100 anniversary this year and its colorful history — from under-used shipping terminal, to military training center, to university, to rough-edged concert venue, to top tourist attraction — will be told in WTTW/11’s special Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.

“Navy Pier is one place everyone in Chicago has visited, but experienced in different ways,” comments producer Eddie Griffin, who co-wrote the 60-minute script with show host Geoffrey Baer.

HD EXPO brings NAB to Navy Pier June 8-11

HD EXPO-Createasphere’s fifth consecutive year in Chicago June 8-11 at Navy Pier brings the Midwest premiere of all the hottest NAB products from 40 leading companies presenting their latest and greatest straight from the show floor.

Free to EXPO attendees with pre-registration June 11 are the exhibit, Intensive Workshops, many panel discussions and the Quantel 3D Theatre.

One of the show highlights is a panel of experts leading the two-hour Red Gear Intensive on how to put the whole Red package together with all the pieces that go beyond the camera.

HD Expo returns for third year with technology and info-packed conferences June 6-7 at Navy Pier

Back in 2000 Kristen Petrovich said when she was dazzled by the first HD images, she saw the future. Six months later she intrepidly launched the first HD Expo in Los Angeles.

High definition is now firmly entrenched, as will be demonstrated by the 3rd annual Chicago HD Expo to be held at Navy Pier June 6-7.

The entire space of 70 exhibitor spaces has been sold out for weeks and record attendance is expected from throughout the Midwest.

Kelly assumes new post as city’s Cultural Affairs czar

The city’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), of which the Chicago Film Office is a part, has a new cultural czar in Mark Kelly, who had spent 32 years at Columbia College.

Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last July, Kelly was confirmed as Commissioner Monday by the Chicago City Council. He had moved into DCASE’s Cultural Center offices Aug. 15, following the departure of Michelle T. Boone, who resigned this summer after five years to become Navy Pier’s program and civic engagement officer.

Colonie & Beast editors among top AICE winners

“We did ourselves proud last night,” says Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter president, “not only in award-winning but in putting on a great show” – the 15th annual AICE Awards at Navy Pier with an audience of 500.

Chicago had had three top winners out of the Awards’ 33 categories.

Best of Chicago was awarded to Beast’s Angelo Valencia for DigitasLBi spot for Whirlpool.

The Colonie won twice: Brian Sepanik for GrubHub / Tandem, Inc., in the Dialog / Monolog / spoken Word category and Keith Kristinat for 71 Degrees North / Chevy Trucks in the Spec Spot category.

Optimus leads with most local AICE Award finalists

Competing against some of the best editorial/post talent in the US and Canada, Chicago companies made a stellar showing in the list of finalists for the AICE Awards May 12 at Navy Pier.

Optimus, Cutters, The Colonie, Beast and Particle/Comma have a combined total of 13 nominations out of 84 craft categories, and the Best of Chicago.

“Little Green Men” bows on Earth Day

“Little Green Men,” a timely TV series about living green in U.S. cities, appropriately bows on Earth Day, April 22 over WYCC-Ch. 20 analog and Ch. 21 digital.

The six-part, half-hour HD series, produced by Wright Bros. Photoplay, launches with a show about the newest green technologies and life styles that come together at the Green Festival at Navy Pier in May.

Environmentalist and author Mike Nowak, the radio voice of gardening for more than a decade, co-hosts the series with Maria Elena Ponticello, host and freelance show producer for Telemundo/NBC Universal.

According to Ad:Tech, is “Citizen Kate” a blip or a buzzworthy series primed for TV stardom?

There wasn’t a whole lot of excitement at this year’s Ad:Tech, the big digital marketing conference at Navy Pier last week, headlined by the big guns in advertising, branding, metrics, publishing and search.

I’m not with an ad agency. I attended to find out what advertisers want so I can deliver it to them. Knowledge is power.

I produce a series from the campaign trail about the powerless called “CitizenKate.TV,” the outsiders’ view of inside politics.

Tickets all sold out for CIFF’s Chicago premiere of “The Dark Knight,” but you might try eBay

All 440 seats at the IMAX Theatre at Navy Pier have been sold out for the Chicago International Film Festival’s July 16 Chicago premiere of “The Dark Night.”

The block of tickets Warner Bros. allotted to CIFF were sold out within hours of the May 16 announcement to CIFF members. But you can bid on originally-priced $150 ticket being offered on eBay starting at $232.

A tribute and Visionary Award presentation to “The Dark Knight’s” writer/director Christopher Nolan will precede the screening of the two-and-a-half hour movie.

Chicago editing pioneer Bob Sinise is AICE Hall of Fame inductee during May 17 Awards Show here

The International Assn. of Independent Creative Editors (AICE) will induct Chicagoan Bob Sinise (yes, Gary’s father) into its Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony at Navy Pier May 17.

Sinise started Chicago’s first independent editing shop in the ?60s at a time when the entire film industry?especially commercials?was undergoing a seismic change.

His induction will follow ten category awards to winning spot entries submitted by members of AICE’s nine chapters, including one in Toronto, said local AICE chapter president Tom Duff, president of Optimus.

Advertising and cultural experts present new ideas at Oct. 27-29 4As conference

Leading local industry speakers combine with professors of prestigious universities to bring new thinking and global overviews to Advertising That Works, a three-day conference Oct. 27-29 at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.

Some 650 guests are expected at the 2nd such Chicago conference, a joint effort of the 4As Chicago Council, chaired by retired agency owner Bud Browning, in cooperation with New York-based Assn. of National Advertisers.

The opening gala Oct. 27 kicking off the conference is a reception and screening of the 2004 Cannes Lions commercials Wednesday, Oct.

SCC acquires PR and digital agency TimeZoneOne

0 Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) has acquired 100 percent of the operations of TimeZoneOne (TZO), a multi-faceted PR and digital agency based in Chicago with offices in New Zealand and Canada. TZO serves a global roster of clients in entertainment, hospitality, tourism and consumer goods. In addition to serving as the PR and digital agency of record for … Continue reading “SCC acquires PR and digital agency TimeZoneOne”

City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants

0 Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the recipients of the 2020 CityArts Program grants. This year, the CityArts Program is awarding general operating grants between $2,000 to $30,000 – and special project grants ranging from $2,500 to $56,200 – to 191 nonprofit organizations for a … Continue reading “City of Chicago awards $2m in CityArts Program grants”

Bears to begin games without fans in stands

1+ Expect The Bears ratings to go through the roof this year. And not because former Eagles’ Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is a QB. No, The Bears and the City of Chicago have agreed that it’s not yet the right time to welcome fans back to Soldier Field due to COVID-19. But they will … Continue reading “Bears to begin games without fans in stands”