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

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

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

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

Chicago filmmakers have the #1 box-office hit this week

Chicago filmmakers Chris Charles, Columbia College Chicago Adjunct Professor Danny Kravitz, and three-time Academy Award nominee Robert Lorenz have a No. 1 box-office hit this week with the Liam Neeson thriller, The Marksman. The idea was first hatched in 2009, and the journey from script to screen was a long one. “It was ultimately our … Continue reading “Chicago filmmakers have the #1 box-office hit this week”

Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines

With the world slowly reopening, the film, advertising and TV industries are in search of answers, especially with COVID-19 and demonstrations still ongoing.  With economic and political uncertainty pushing insecurities, filmmakers, actors, and other collaborators look to the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office. This week, the Chicago Film Office website posted their Be … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office lists new production guidelines”

Chicago Film Office begins issuing permits for filming

In the following statement, the Chicago Film Office announces that it will begin issuing permits for filming, with specific guidelines. The City has indicated that Chicago’s key health metrics are on track to allow for a transition from Phase 2 (Stay at Home) to Phase 3 (Cautiously Reopen) in early June. This means that some … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office begins issuing permits for filming”

Chicago Film Office presents screenwriting competition

The Chicago Film Office, Rubinstein Law, and Emanuel Congregation present a new screenwriting competition for Chicago-based feature and television scripts. Accepting Features and TV Pilots The Chicago Film Office, Rubenstein Law Firm, and Emanuel Congregation present the Chicago Social Justice Screenwriting Competition. This competition aims to further the voice of the disenfranchised though narrative media … Continue reading “Chicago Film Office presents screenwriting competition”

Amoaku named Chicago Film Office Director

Versatile 25-year vet is the first African-American appointed to vital and visible leadership role The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced Kwame Amoaku as Director of the Chicago Film Office. Amoaku replaces longtime director of the Chicago Film Office, Rich Moskal, who retired last November. The first African American to hold … Continue reading “Amoaku named Chicago Film Office Director”

Chicago Film Office takes over Outdoor Film Fest, moves to City Hall?with promise of more to come

Rich Moskal wants to blow up your film.

The director of the Chicago Film Office is actively seeking local shorts for next year’s Outdoor Film Festival, where selections will screen before classic features in Grant Park for audiences as big as 40,000.

The Film Office will cover the cost of blowing up selected films and striking a 35mm print courtesy of I-Cubed, which is the filmmaker’s to keep and use after the festival.

Rock Island awarded $65K grant to develop Quad Cities Film Office 

In a follow-up to Reel Chicago’s story on the plans for the Quad Cities to contend for a spot in the state’s booming film and television industry, the city of Rock Island has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to develop a Quad Cities Regional Film Office.  … Continue reading “Rock Island awarded $65K grant to develop Quad Cities Film Office “

Former Blue Island hospital up for grabs as the next Chicago Film Studio

The shuttered MetroSouth Medical Center in the South Chicago suburb of Blue Island is tapped to get a new lease on life. The Florida real estate firm that holds ownership is preparing to repurpose the property by marketing it to sell as a film studio or hub for life science research. Lockwood Partners has hired … Continue reading “Former Blue Island hospital up for grabs as the next Chicago Film Studio”

PRG is hosting the Filmscape 2022 Official Afterparty 

This weekend will be the fourth year for Filmscape Chicago, the Midwest’s largest education-focused film and television tradeshow, and PRG invites you to join them for the Filmscape 2022 Official Afterparty. The 2022 Filmscape tradeshow will be held at CineCity Studios Chicago, the state of the art production facility located at 1414 South Western Avenue, … Continue reading “PRG is hosting the Filmscape 2022 Official Afterparty “

Filmscape is this weekend! Here’s the full schedule

This weekend will be the fourth year for Filmscape Chicago, the Midwest’s largest education-focused film and television tradeshow.  Bringing the best of the best of lighting, camera, audio, and grip manufacturers, along with Chicago-area production resources, for two days of completely free classes, networking, and technology. This year Filmscape will be held at: CineCity Studios 1414 … Continue reading “Filmscape is this weekend! Here’s the full schedule”

Chicago to become Mars Wrigley’s largest innovation hub in the world

Mars Wrigley broke ground on a new, best-in-class, global research and development hub adjacent to the company’s existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island. Leaders from Mars as well as key Chicago stakeholders, including Michael Fassnacht, CEO, World Business Chicago, and Alderman Walter Burnett Jr., gathered together to commemorate the milestone for the company. This multimillion-dollar investment will … Continue reading “Chicago to become Mars Wrigley’s largest innovation hub in the world”

Rock Island plans to open Quad Cities Regional Film Office

Rock Island is working on plans to set up a Quad Cities Regional Film Office. This past week, the City Council approved hiring a consultant, with the hope that eventually other communities will join. Economic Development Manager Tarah Sipes says the film and media consultant is Doug Miller, who’s been involved in bringing film productions … Continue reading “Rock Island plans to open Quad Cities Regional Film Office”

Illinois shatters record for film revenues with $630 million in 2021

Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot have announced that projected film revenues in 2021 hit a record high of $630 million, shattering pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by $70 million. Film production revenues are the costs associated with film, television, streaming, and digital media, which have steadily increased over the past 10 years. Additionally, … Continue reading “Illinois shatters record for film revenues with $630 million in 2021”

University of Chicago celebrates Juneteenth with special events

This year, members of the University of Chicago community have organized events to celebrate Juneteenth, the annual celebration that is now in its second year as a U.S. federal holiday. Juneteenth traces its origins to the reading of “General Orders No. 3” in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865—which brought news of freedom to enslaved … Continue reading “University of Chicago celebrates Juneteenth with special events”

Havas Chicago releases Just Like Me spotlighting Black creatives

In a new documentary titled Just Like Me, created and directed by Havas Chicago senior art director TTK Harris, the agency aims to spotlight the contributions Black creatives make to culture, expose the challenges many face simply because of the color of their skin and reinforce the importance of representation in advertising and design.  Just Like Me … Continue reading “Havas Chicago releases Just Like Me spotlighting Black creatives”

Chicago Filmmakers announces tuition-free Workforce Training Program

The non-profit media arts organization Chicago Filmmakers has announced it will offer a new tuition-free Chicago Filmmakers’ Workforce Training Program. The brand new educational program is supported in part through funding from the Illinois Film Office through the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Walt Disney … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces tuition-free Workforce Training Program”

Havas Chicago/Annex debuts adidas “Find Your Forum” campaign

Havas Chicago/Annex has launched a new campaign this week to celebrate THE OG premium basketball sneaker, the adidas Forum. A streetwear icon that rallied and propelled the burgeoning NYC streetwear community when it debuted in 1984, the classic and staple sneaker’s prolific history has served as the creative spark for the agency’s latest work. Adidas … Continue reading “Havas Chicago/Annex debuts adidas “Find Your Forum” campaign”

Havas Chicago’s newest wins, work, and hires

Havas Chicago announced the appointment of Lance Koenig as the creative agency’s newest chief strategy officer. The appointment comes on the heels of a series of five new business wins for the agencies Annex and Havas Chicago teams, including creative campaigns for community partners including The Museum of Science and Industry, Moors Brewing, Choose Chicago and The City of Chicago, alongside national … Continue reading “Havas Chicago’s newest wins, work, and hires”

Kwame Amoaku steps down from Film Office

This morning, Director of the Chicago Film Office, Kwame Amoaku, announced that he would be resigning from his position on Friday, June 3. He made the announcement on his Facebook page. “To Chicago Film Community I am writing this letter to inform everyone that my last day as Director of the Chicago Film Office will … Continue reading “Kwame Amoaku steps down from Film Office”

Chicago Studio City adds state of-the-art stages in a major expansion

Phase one of a major expansion is near completion at Chicago Studio City, as three new state-of-the-art stages are being added to the campus. Phase two will include an additional 66,000 sq. ft. of new stage space next year. When completed, the expansion will add a total of 185,000 sq. ft. of new production space … Continue reading “Chicago Studio City adds state of-the-art stages in a major expansion”

Leo Burnett Chicago named Top Global Agency in Creative Rankings

A stellar year for Change the Ref’s The Lost Class earned Leo Burnett Chicago the distinction of the number one agency in the world, according to The One Show 2022 Global Creative Rankings. The Lost Class also propelled Hungry Man and Bryan Buckley to the number one ranking for production companies and directors, respectively. Overall, … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago named Top Global Agency in Creative Rankings”

Finalists pitch their films for 2022 Community Builders Grant

Come celebrate the Finalists for the 2022 Community Builders Grant in STYLE, as they pitch their projects for the final stage of the grant! Get ready to PARTY! 🥳🎉 Finalists will pitch their films for a chance to win the Community Builders Grant. Prizes include $5,000 in gear credit and $5,000 cash. Join us to … Continue reading “Finalists pitch their films for 2022 Community Builders Grant”

FCB appoints Mollie Partesotti as Chief Strategy Officer of Chicago

FCB today announced that “strategic powerhouse” Mollie Partesotti has been named Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Chicago. As the CSO, Partesotti will partner with FCB Chicago President Kelly Graves and Chief Creative Officer Andrés Ordóñez to evolve the agency’s strategic offering, deliver innovative and timeless ideas for clients across all disciplines, and cultivate a dynamic … Continue reading “FCB appoints Mollie Partesotti as Chief Strategy Officer of Chicago”

The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season

The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season with screenings at NEIU and the Music Box Theater throughout the summer from May 11 thru August 31. See the full schedule and ticket information below. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SEASON FROM THE CHICAGO FILM SOCIETY Sometimes it feels like the state of cinema is one last … Continue reading “The Chicago Film Society begins their 28th Season”

Burrell names Khari Streeter as new Chief Creative Officer

Burrell names Khari Streeter as its new Chief Creative Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Streeter will lead the agency’s dynamic, award-winning creative teams in developing the strategic, impactful work that is the agency’s hallmark. A respected leader, creative visionary, storyteller and filmmaker with three decades of experience, Streeter most recently served as executive vice … Continue reading “Burrell names Khari Streeter as new Chief Creative Officer”

Free Spirit Media announces premiere screening of Bermuda at IFA Chicago

Free Spirit Media announces its first in-person public screening in over two years. In association with IFA Chicago, Free Spirit Media presents the premiere of Bermuda, a short film written by Jasmine Ogunjimi and directed by Lorenzo Leyva on May 21, 2022. On the evening of her 25th birthday, Tomi Adebiyi is surrounded by half-packed … Continue reading “Free Spirit Media announces premiere screening of Bermuda at IFA Chicago”

Mayor’s new Chicagwa Water campaign offers Chicago water in a can

The City has a new branding campaign to promote Chicago’s water quality in honor of National Drinking Water Week. Chicagwa. Lake Michigan water on a can. Area artists were asked to create label art to be used on cans of Chicago drinking water. A limited run of the Chicagwa cans has been produced all to … Continue reading “Mayor’s new Chicagwa Water campaign offers Chicago water in a can”

Chicago Filmmakers is offering a free Illinois Tax Incentives Seminar

Chicago Filmmakers is offering a free in person seminar on Illinois tax incentives for independent productions, co-presented with the Illinois Film Office and Full Spectrum Features. Followed by an info session for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. There are many reasons to film in Illinois – diverse communities and locations, Chicago sights and architecture, talented … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers is offering a free Illinois Tax Incentives Seminar”

Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 50th birthday

The Chicago Botanic Garden has experienced extraordinary growth over the last five decades and it is marking its 50th birthday in 2022 with Flourish: The Garden at 50. Starting May 13 through September 25, members, visitors, and program participants are invited to celebrate 50 years of the Garden connecting people to the natural world. “What began as an ambitious vision to … Continue reading “Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 50th birthday”

Chicago and Elisabeth Moss shine in the premiere episode of Shining Girls

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the premiere episode of the new Chicago series Shining Girls, titled Cutline Two-time Emmy winner, Elisabeth Moss is taking us on yet another suspenseful journey with Shining Girls on Apple+. The series, filmed in Chicago and at Chicago Studio City, is based on the 2013 novel by South African … Continue reading “Chicago and Elisabeth Moss shine in the premiere episode of Shining Girls”

DDB Chicago releases hilarious first spots for Orkin

The first Orkin campaign from AOR DDB Chicago is hilarious. The theme — The Best in Pests. When you have pests, call in a pro… the right pro. DDB Chicago uses humor to show the difference between a ‘pro’ and an Orkin Pro by bringing in professional Tennis pro Rianna Valdes to swat mosquitoes, Fishing … Continue reading “DDB Chicago releases hilarious first spots for Orkin”

Moen launches World Water Day campaign by Havas Chicago

Continuing its ongoing efforts to help one of Earth’s most precious resource – water – Moen is launching a new awareness and conservation effort on World Water Day through their CSR Mission Moen. The campaign, created in partnership with creative agency  Havas Chicago, showcases the kitchen and bath company’s commitment to save one trillion gallons of water … Continue reading “Moen launches World Water Day campaign by Havas Chicago”

INTERVIEW: Chicago’s own Jane Lynch at home in the directors chair

Jane Lynch accepted a new challenge by jumping into the directors chair and joining a growing list of talented actresses who appear in front of, and behind the camera. What better place to hone her skills than her hometown Chicago where she not only directed the spots for the new Illinois Tourism campaign for STORY … Continue reading “INTERVIEW: Chicago’s own Jane Lynch at home in the directors chair”

First ‘smoke less’ cigarette launches national pilot in Chicagoland

The first and only combustible tobacco cigarette containing minimal to non-addictive levels of nicotine and authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help adult smokers smoke less is now available through a national pilot exclusively in select Chicagoland Circle K stores. 22nd Century Group, Inc., a leading agricultural biotechnology company focused on … Continue reading “First ‘smoke less’ cigarette launches national pilot in Chicagoland”

Leo Burnett Chicago and FCB Chicago among wins at ANDY Awards

The International ANDY Awards has unveiled this year’s winners and for the first time an independent creative agency, Canada’s Rethink, received the competition’s highest honor, a GRANDY, for its work for Kraft Heinz Canada. The best in show kudo–which shines a light on the power of the idea and the execution of craft–was bestowed upon … Continue reading “Leo Burnett Chicago and FCB Chicago among wins at ANDY Awards”

Filmed in Chicago ’61st Street’ premieres on Sunday 4/10

61st Street — the AMC two-season television event with eight episodes per season is set to debut on Sunday, April 10, at 9 pm CT on AMC. The Michael B Jordan series was filmed last year at Cinespace and exterior Chicago locations. Here’s the official information that AMC has made available for Sunday’s Season 1 Episode 1: Moses … Continue reading “Filmed in Chicago ’61st Street’ premieres on Sunday 4/10”

Film Office Director brutally attacked in carjacking

Kwame Amoaku, the beloved Director of the Chicago Film Office, was brutally attacked in the early hours of Thursday morning. He posted on his Facebook page that he is currently recovering in ICU. “This a.m. I was attacked beaten and my car stolen by three kids. Thanks to all who have reached out. I’m in … Continue reading “Film Office Director brutally attacked in carjacking”

Reel Black Filmmakers’ final segment of South Side Short Film Series

Reel Black Filmmakers, a program of the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, will conclude this year’s South Side Short Film Series on Wednesday, March 23rd from 7-8:30pm via Zoom with films about families. From the mother and daughter charting a successful business path to a father and daughter’s journey across the globe to find their … Continue reading “Reel Black Filmmakers’ final segment of South Side Short Film Series”

Merri Dee Chicago’s homegrown broadcasting legend has passed at 85

American philanthropist and former WGN-TV (Channel 9) television journalist, who survived a kidnapping and murder attempt, Merri Dee passed away at age 85. Her death was confirmed Wednesday by a statement shared by WGN,  “Chicago’s Very Own, Merri Dee, was a one-of-a-kind legend. From WGN staff announcer to hosting parade telecasts, telethons and even the … Continue reading “Merri Dee Chicago’s homegrown broadcasting legend has passed at 85”

MiraLAX’s Workstipation Reform fights stress in office bathrooms

As the nation debates when America’s workforce should return to their physical offices, a surprising trend has emerged – people’s dread about pooping in their office bathrooms! In response, MiraLAX’s new ‘Workstipation Reform’ campaign wants to reduce the stress of transitioning back to the office bathroom, after we’ve gotten used to the comfort of our at-home lavatories.  … Continue reading “MiraLAX’s Workstipation Reform fights stress in office bathrooms”

What new series are setting up in Chicago and what’s leaving

What do HBO, Amazon, Hulu, Apple TV, Netflix, NBC/Uni, Sony, Disney, AMC Studios, Showtime, STARZ all have in common? They’ve all moved into town, setup shop, and made themselves a home in Chicago to shoot a tv series. I’ve lived through the ebb and flow of the Chicago film industry since the mid 80s. This … Continue reading “What new series are setting up in Chicago and what’s leaving”

Chicago Fire is about to see some new cast members in Season 10

Warning: Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for Chicago Fire episode S10 E14, ‘An Officer With Grit’ which aired Mar 2, 2022. After the events transpired on Chicago Fire episode 14, An Officer with Grit,when Lieutenant Pelham (Brett Dalton) admitted to Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) that he had made the decision to transfer to … Continue reading “Chicago Fire is about to see some new cast members in Season 10”

Connatix opens Chicago office and hires digital advertising veteran

Connatix, a leading video technology company for publishers and advertisers, announced the hiring of Mike Renfro as Head of the Midwest Region. Renfro is tasked with establishing a new office in Chicago for Connatix, servicing the company’s existing and new agency and client partnerships. A strategic marketing, sales, and ad tech professional, Renfro joins Connatix … Continue reading “Connatix opens Chicago office and hires digital advertising veteran”

Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘All The Things That Could Have Happened’

There is a new episode on this week’s Chicago Med titled All The Things That Could Have Happened airing this Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Goodwin assigns Med’s new compliance officer to a patient with a long-hauler COVID condition; Maggie helps Halstead treat a patient … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo ‘All The Things That Could Have Happened’”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for An Officer with Grit

Chicago Fire pics and promo for a new episode titled An Officer with Grit. The episode will air this Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Chief Hawkins goes above and beyond to help Brett and Violet with a problem; Kidd pursues an open lieutenant position; … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for An Officer with Grit”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for Fire Cop

Chicago Fire is back after their winter break with a new episode. Here are the pics and promo for the new episode titled Fire Cop. The episode will air this Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Severide and Seager team up to investigate a fire … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo for Fire Cop”

Chicago Public Library features Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker

Virtual event with Candace Parker kicks off a new CPL program series focused around social justice, equity and inclusivity Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced the official launch of their Voices for Justice series, a slate of programs that will engage authors, artists, thought-leaders and other experts that spark conversation on the topic of social justice.  After … Continue reading “Chicago Public Library features Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker”

Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and with the global pandemic, many couples are choosing to stream movies at home “and chill”. There are many romantic movies filmed in the windy city and we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the top ten best romantic films set in Chicago that you can … Continue reading “Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Chicago films”

NAR and Havas Chicago launch ‘That’s Who We R’ Season 4

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) launches Season 4 of their That’s Who we R campaign to assist buyers through the unexpected challenges The NAR is letting buyers know through its latest campaign, season four of That’s Who We R, that they are here to assist through the unexpected challenges and moments of the property … Continue reading “NAR and Havas Chicago launch ‘That’s Who We R’ Season 4”

World Business Chicago announces new pro-Chicago marketing campaign

World Business Chicago, the city’s economic development agency, announced the rollout of a new marketing campaign centered around the term “pro-Chicago” to highlight key economic achievements in 2021.  The ad campaign will be published online, in print, across social media and on three city expressway digital billboards today through February 22. “Anyone who knows me, knows … Continue reading “World Business Chicago announces new pro-Chicago marketing campaign”

EnergyBBDO campaign demonstrates Chicago’s influence around the world

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot just announced the launch of the “Chicago Not in Chicago” campaign to show how Chicago has inspired so many other iconic cities around the world. Developed by EnergyBBDO, this will be the first local campaign from a major metropolitan world-class city. “Chicago is truly a trailblazing city of firsts. We were … Continue reading “EnergyBBDO campaign demonstrates Chicago’s influence around the world”

Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘To Protect’

This week’s pics and promo for a new episode of Chicago P.D. titled To Protect, airing Wednesday at 9 PM CST on NBC 5. As the promo suggest, the team works together to identify the head of the brutal Los Temidos gang. While Voight dives deeper into his informant Anna Avalos, his choice could have life-threatening consequences when … Continue reading “Chicago PD: this week’s pics & promo ‘To Protect’”

Jayson Szott joins Iris Chicago as Executive Creative Director

Iris Chicago welcomes their latest addition to the team, renowned creative, with a highly enriched background, Jayson Szott, as the new executive creative director.  The hire is part of the exponential growth happening across Iris North America through a series of high profile account wins for the agency, including being named Bentley Motors agency of … Continue reading “Jayson Szott joins Iris Chicago as Executive Creative Director”

11 Dollar Bill adds René Steinkellner as Executive Producer in Chicago

11 Dollar Bill, continuing to grow its leadership team, has appointed René Steinkellner as Executive Producer at its Chicago studio. Steinkellner, who served as Executive Producer at FCB, Lord+Thomas, Chicago, for 12 years, will lead post-production, business development and client relations.  Steinkellner knows 11 Dollar Bill well, having worked with the studio on several recent … Continue reading “11 Dollar Bill adds René Steinkellner as Executive Producer in Chicago”

Chicago Med begins 2022 with No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago

Chicago Med begins the second half of Season 7 with the episode titled No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago airing this Wednesday, January 5 at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  In the first episode of 2022, Goodwin finds herself under fire after word of the Vas-COM scandal makes waves. She clashes with the new hospital compliance officer … Continue reading “Chicago Med begins 2022 with No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago”

The Best of Reel Chicago interviews in 2021

Human beings are social animals. Personal contact and social interaction with others is simply essential. In opposition, Covid created lock downs, quarantines and generally created a need to rethink how we communicate with each other. Because communicate, we must. Although we all had hopes for 2021, it has pushed, provoked, squished and forced its way upon us … Continue reading “The Best of Reel Chicago interviews in 2021”

The Best of Chicago Advertising in 2021

So, here we are at the end of another year. In 2021, we experienced more freedom from the pandemic during the spring and summer as cases lowered, but here we are, back in a kind of partial quarantine as the omicron variant spreads. While many businesses asked their teams to return to the office, advertising … Continue reading “The Best of Chicago Advertising in 2021”

Chicago will ring in the new year with largest fireworks display ever

Chicago will be welcoming the new year with the largest fireworks display ever. A 1.5-mile-long free fireworks display will begin at midnight and can be viewed along the Chicago River from Wolf Point near the Franklin/Orleans Street bridge to the east of Columbus Drive to Navy Pier. For public safety, the Riverwalk will be closed early … Continue reading “Chicago will ring in the new year with largest fireworks display ever”

Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer

DDB North America has announced the appointment of Rodrigo Jatene to Chief Creative Officer, DDB Chicago to lead creative vision, culture, and product at the region’s largest office. Jatene will partner with CEO Andrea Diquez and the Chicago leadership team, including newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer Milo Chao and Sandra Alfaro, Head of Business Leadership to create Unexpected Works for clients including Molson Coors, Mars, McDonald’s, and … Continue reading “Rodrigo Jatene joins DDB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer”

‘The Now’ series filmed in Illinois with star-studded cast now on Roku

The series The Now has every ingredient for success. The dark comedy is the creation of Academy Award winners Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly and is packed with talent. They even managed to snag Bill Murray for a recurring guest role. Rounding out the cast, Dave Franco, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Jimmy Tatro, and Daryl Hannah … Continue reading “‘The Now’ series filmed in Illinois with star-studded cast now on Roku”

Havas Chicago launches attack on negative news with Good News campaign

Havas Chicago has launched The Good Neighbor News campaign that is all about spreading positive news in a time where negative news is thriving. According to Pew Research Center, over 70% of Americans suffer from negative news fatigue. To combat, The Good Neighbor News campaign included a Time Square activation which features a constant scroll … Continue reading “Havas Chicago launches attack on negative news with Good News campaign”

Steve Slivka joins Aisle Rocket as Chief Experience Officer

Aisle Rocket, a growth-driven marketing agency that unifies creative services, data, and technology to drive results for clients, announced that it has hired Steve Slivka as the company’s new Chief Experience Officer.  Slivka brings to Aisle Rocket 20+ years of driving performance through best-in-class through the line marketing experiences. Before joining Aisle Rocket he spent seven years as Chief Creative Officer at Edelman Chicago, where he built cross-functional … Continue reading “Steve Slivka joins Aisle Rocket as Chief Experience Officer”

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced a new initiative to strengthen Chicago’s TV and film industry. The new “Chicago Made” workforce development program and public awareness campaign are based on recommendations from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force outlined … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce new Chicago Made’ TV & Film Initiative”

Chicago-based UScellular featured in new season of Undercover Boss

Chicago-based UScellular, the fourth largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, will be featured in the upcoming season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning reality television series, Undercover Boss. Chief Executive Officer Laurent “LT” Therivel is featured in the episode as he goes undercover with associates in the company’s retail sales, customer care and engineering organizations. … Continue reading “Chicago-based UScellular featured in new season of Undercover Boss”

Chicago Med recap of winter finale ‘Secret Santa Has a Gift for You’

It’s that time of year again! Decorate the tree, get a nice cup of cocoa, and cozy up on the couch to watch the One Chicago dramas presenting their holiday episodes. Chicago Med did not disappoint with their final episode before holiday hiatus. Chicago Med, Fire and P.D. will return with new episodes on Wednesday, … Continue reading “Chicago Med recap of winter finale ‘Secret Santa Has a Gift for You’”

Chicago Independent Producers Lab accepting applications for 2022

Full Spectrum Features has opened applications for the 2022 Chicago Independent Producers Lab, a nine-month project incubator designed to cultivate inclusive, diverse voices in Chicago’s independent film industry. The lab, in partnership with the Chicago Film Office, offers industry mentorship, ongoing organizational support, and practical training delivered through immersive workshops. To apply, producers must have … Continue reading “Chicago Independent Producers Lab accepting applications for 2022”

List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5

The 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards will be a virtual presentation held on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. Comedian Pat McGann, the South Side Chicago native who hosted the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2020, returns to emcee the show this year and legendary Bob Newhart is expected to make a guest appearance. The virtual presentation … Continue reading “List of nominees for the 63rd Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Dec 5”

Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program

ViacomCBS announced the seven writers selected to participate in the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program for 2021-2022. Currently in its 18th year and helmed by the ViacomCBS Office of Global Inclusion, the program provides mentorships, access and opportunity for writers. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with ViacomCBS executive mentors, who help them develop a new piece … Continue reading “Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program”

City of Chicago announces return of the Kathy Osterman Awards

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the return of the Kathy Osterman Awards, which will recognize City Employees across various departments who exceeded expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award luncheon, the first since 2014, will honor employees who demonstrated integrity, innovation, leadership, teamwork, mentorship, and compassion during the city’s response to COVID-19. Ten winners and … Continue reading “City of Chicago announces return of the Kathy Osterman Awards”

Lightswitch Video launches $5000 grant for Chicago filmmakers

Lightswitch Video, a Chicago-based video production company, launched The Full STEM Ahead Filmmaker’s Initiative. The first-year initiative is designed to encourage STEM education and careers in STEM, and to also cultivate the careers of the filmmakers of tomorrow in the process.  One grant recipient (ages 15-25) will receive a $5,000.00 grant to produce a short-form … Continue reading “Lightswitch Video launches $5000 grant for Chicago filmmakers”

Tessa Films and TimeZoneOne launch State of Illinois campaign Greatest Gift

With the holiday season approaching, the State of Illinois launched a new awareness campaign promoting the COVID-19 vaccine as the “greatest gift” you can give this year. Kids age 5 and up are now eligible for the life-saving vaccine, and doses are widely available across the state of Illinois – from first doses to pediatric … Continue reading “Tessa Films and TimeZoneOne launch State of Illinois campaign Greatest Gift”

Patrick John Flueger of Chicago P.D. returns to the world of 4400

Worlds are colliding! Fans of the original series The 4400 will be delighted to see Patrick John Flueger of Chicago P.D. return to the world of 4400, in the reimagined reboot of the 2004 USA series, which is now on the CW. While fans enjoyed Flueger’s portrayal of Shawn Farrell in the original series, he … Continue reading “Patrick John Flueger of Chicago P.D. returns to the world of 4400”

Kartemquin Films names Betsy Leonard as Executive Director

Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago-based documentary nonprofit organization, today named Betsy Leonard as Executive Director. Leonard will begin on December 1st, overseeing all aspects of operations, programs, and serving as Executive Producer on all of Kartemquin’s documentaries. Founded in 1966 as a documentary collective, Kartemquin helps develop filmmakers, produces films, and advocates for the field … Continue reading “Kartemquin Films names Betsy Leonard as Executive Director”

Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘What Happened At Whiskey Point’

This week’s new episode of Chicago Fire titled What Happened At Whiskey Point is airing Wednesday at 8 PM CST on NBC 5. Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Severide and Herrmann clash over office space. Boden looks at Pelham’s past as he considers making him permanent. Gallo’s resentment of Pelham comes to a head. … Continue reading “Chicago Fire: this week’s pics & promo ‘What Happened At Whiskey Point’”

Sandra Alfaro is the latest addition to the DDB Chicago team

DDB North America today announced that Sandra Alfaro has joined DDB Chicago as Head of Business Leadership. Alfaro will oversee leadership and growth for the region’s largest office, reporting directly to DDB Chicago CEO Andrea Diquez. Alfaro’s appointment follows the addition of Milo Chao, who joined as Chief Strategy Officer in September. Diquez said, “We are focused on building … Continue reading “Sandra Alfaro is the latest addition to the DDB Chicago team”

Burns Group welcomes Arturo Gigante as Chief Creative Officer

Independent agency Burns Group welcomes their first ever Chief Creative Officer, award-winning creative industry veteran Arturo Gigante. The hire comes as BG has added numerous new clients to its roster and is experiencing organic growth from its established client base.   “Burns Group has always been a strategic powerhouse, and hiring Arturo means that our pursuit … Continue reading “Burns Group welcomes Arturo Gigante as Chief Creative Officer”

Two by Four bolsters leadership in Chicago Headquarters

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

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”

Chicago’s love/hate relationship with major film productions

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

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!”

Fannie May, Chicago’s favorite chocolate now available nationwide

Our Reel 360 office in Hollywood is thrilled at the news that Fannie May, the premium confectionery brand born in Chicago in 1920, is launching a new Direct-to-Consumer website so everyone across the country can experience Fannie May’s unparalleled confections that are crafted with love, passion, and the very best ingredients. On the new fanniemay.com, consumers can … Continue reading “Fannie May, Chicago’s favorite chocolate now available nationwide”

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”

Guinness announces Chicago taproom in West Loop

Irish heritage, tradition, grit, and resilience all run deep in Chicago, and in the not-too-distant future, so will Guinness roots. This great American city will be the home to the new Guinness Chicago Taproom, slated to open to the public in 2023 in the city’s lively West Loop neighborhood. Located at 375 N. Morgan Street, the 15,000-square-foot … Continue reading “Guinness announces Chicago taproom in West Loop”

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

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

Chicago PD: What’s in store for the premiere of Season 9

After a long summer of waiting for new episodes, the Chicago P.D. Season 9 premiere is almost upon us with just a couple of days from the start of the new season and the return of One Chicago Wednesdays! In this Season 9 premiere, officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fights for her life as the … Continue reading “Chicago PD: What’s in store for the premiere of Season 9”

Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes

Chicago Med returns for its Season 7 on September 22, but when the One Chicago medical drama returns there are going to be two beloved characters Dr. Natalie Manning, and Nurse April Sexton notably missing from the halls of Gaffney Medical Center as well as the introduction of two new cast regulars. After six seasons … Continue reading “Chicago Med: How Season 7 deals with major cast changes”

Stephani Estes promoted to EVP, GM Cramer-Krasselt Chicago

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

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

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

9/11 Museum to open in Chicago area

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

Chicago Entertainment Lawyer, Linda Mensch dies in tragic accident

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

City of Chicago sues Grubhub and DoorDash for deceptive tactics

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

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”

PAWS Chicago launches Dogenations for donations via cryptocurrency

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

Tariq Hassan returns to Chicago as Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s

Tariq Hassan has been hired as USA’s Chief Marketing and Digital Customer Experience Officer for McDonald’s USA. Although his career has taken him around the world with stops in a number of cities, Chicago holds a special place in his heart. Here’s five things to know about McDonald’s USA’s incoming Chief Marketing and Digital Customer … Continue reading “Tariq Hassan returns to Chicago as Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s”

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

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

ONE School opens applications for Fall in Chicago

Following a successful first year, ONE School, the groundbreaking free portfolio school for Black creatives, has opened applications for its Fall 2021 programs run out of Atlanta and Chicago. The results-oriented online program has already made a substantial contribution to adding diversity to the industry: six cohorts run out of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and … Continue reading “ONE School opens applications for Fall in Chicago”

Technology leader Cisco selects Chicago as new midwest regional hub

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

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

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

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce calls on businesses to vaccinate

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

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

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

Star-studded doc honors life and career of Chicago’s Michael Madsen

There is an impressive group of Hollywood’s A-List in the new documentary American Badass: A Michael Madsen Retrospective. Among those who honor the life and career of Michael Madsen are Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta, Ron Perlman, Virginia Madsen, Charlie Sheen, William Baldwin, Paul Sorvino, the late Harry Dean Stanton, Daryl Hannah, Chuck Zito. Born in … Continue reading “Star-studded doc honors life and career of Chicago’s Michael Madsen”

CIFF launches Chicago Industry Exchange and CIX:Lab

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

5 things to know about McDonald’s new Chief Customer Officer

McDonald’s Corporation announced the creation of a new Customer Experience team to transform the way customers engage with the McDonald’s Brand. This team brings together the Company’s Data Analytics, Digital Customer Engagement, Global Marketing, Global Restaurant Development and Restaurant Solutions. To lead the new team, McDonald’s has promoted Manu Steijaert to the newly created role … Continue reading “5 things to know about McDonald’s new Chief Customer Officer”

Chicago Med announces new cast changes for Season 7

After the shocking departures of Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto near the end of Season 6 of Chicago Med, we all knew that those empty positions would need to be filled before filming begins. Chicago Med new cast openings have been filled by Guy Lockard (The Village and The Blacklist) and Kristen Hager (Condor and … Continue reading “Chicago Med announces new cast changes for Season 7”

Annual Blue Whiskey Film Festival opens this weekend

The 11th Annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) returns this weekend with nightly screenings of the festival’s 2021 official selection films running July 24-30 at Chicago Filmmakers (1326 W. Hollywood Avenue, Chicago). Blue Whiskey will present over 30 films with character-driven stories from around the globe during the in-person event, including seven outstanding indie films made … Continue reading “Annual Blue Whiskey Film Festival opens this weekend”

Chicago’s original madman Joel Raphaelson has died

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

Geletka+ continues its expansion in west loop office

Geletka+, Chicago’s fast-growing creative collaboration agency, continues its expansion in Chicago’s west loop neighborhood with a new office designed for team collaboration and hybrid work. The new office boasts group working spaces, vari standing desks, flexible seating, and as much tech as they could fit into one area. Local and national art, a core part of Geletka+ … Continue reading “Geletka+ continues its expansion in west loop office”

Top Hollywood PR firm opens Chicago office

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

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”

2112 launches SyncChicago to support music licensing

2112 and the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE) announced the launch of SyncChicago, an initiative to grow Chicago’s commercial music licensing industry. Funded by a Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) CityArts Program grant in support of the Year of Chicago Music, SyncChicago will focus on promotion, advocacy, and education to increase revenues … Continue reading “2112 launches SyncChicago to support music licensing”

One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils

FCB Chicago received eight One Show Gold Pencils this year.  They include four Golds with FCBX, Lord + Thomas and Current Global, all in Chicago, for the City of Chicago “Boards of Change” (three in Design, one in Digital Craft), three with FCB New York, Lord + Thomas, and Myles Beeson, both in Chicago, for Michelob ULTRA “Contract for Change” in Integrated, … Continue reading “One Show: FCB Chicago wins eight Gold Pencils”

Coors celebrates reopening with Chicago Chill Day

After many long months of limited capacity and necessary restrictions, we are ready to return to all the places and things we love about our hometown of Chicago. To celebrate the move to Phase 5 this weekend, join Coors Light and Arc Worldwide this Saturday, June 12 to celebrate “Chill Day” across Chicago’s unique neighborhoods and the greater metropolitan … Continue reading “Coors celebrates reopening with Chicago Chill Day”

JohnsonRauhoff expands into Chicago market

Michigan based, JohnsonRauhoff (JR), is leveraging what the strategic content agency calls “enduring trends” from the pandemic to inform the response to the recent growth it is experiencing across the organization’s offerings. The company is expanding into Chicago by hiring Marcos Cuellar, an experienced account and business development manager who will remotely work on various accounts while also … Continue reading “JohnsonRauhoff expands into Chicago market”

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”

Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended

After a difficult year due to the global pandemic, the One Chicago family should be congratulated for providing their loyal viewers with top notch storytelling, excitement and suspense in this latest season, which culminated in an incredible prime time event.  Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for the season finale of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, … Continue reading “Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. how they ended”

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

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

Vinyl & OKRP launch Illinois Office of Tourism campaign

Vinyl, a Songtradr company that provides direct access to creative talent, commercial music licensing, pre-cleared music, sonic branding, and custom composition, announced today the commercial license of “Time for Me to Fly” by REO Speedwagon for the new Illinois Office of Tourism ad spot. The ad titled “Time for Me to Fly” encourages families to … Continue reading “Vinyl & OKRP launch Illinois Office of Tourism campaign”

Havas Chicago appoints Myra Nussbaum first female CCO

Havas Chicago has announced the appointment of Myra Nussbaum as chief creative officer – the first female CCO in Havas’ North American network. Nussbaum brings more than 15 years’ experience making work that moves at the speed of culture based in the philosophy that creating a strong, simple message has the power to break through … Continue reading “Havas Chicago appoints Myra Nussbaum first female CCO”

Chicago’s beloved architect Helmut Jahn has died

AIA Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner Helmut Jahn, a prominent German modernist/postmodernist architect who designed an Illinois state government building (James R. Thompson Center) and worked on the design of the FBI headquarters in Washington, was killed in a bicycle accident involving two vehicles as he was riding his bicycle outside Chicago according to the … Continue reading “Chicago’s beloved architect Helmut Jahn has died”

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”

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 Independent Producers Lab selects 5 producers

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

Doc featuring life of Chicago LGBTQ+ leaders Art and Pep

A teaser and website for the new film Art and Pep was just released, giving a first glimpse into the documentary that will feature the life and love of LGBTQ+ civil rights leaders, Art Johnston and José Pepe Peña, owners of the iconic Sidetrack bar in Chicago. For more than 40 years, Johnston and Peña … Continue reading “Doc featuring life of Chicago LGBTQ+ leaders Art and Pep”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’

This week’s Chicago P.D., Due Process begins with Voight (Jason Beghe) participating in a press conference being held by Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) where she talks about how she’s very proud of the process and her dedication to “transparency” and the “rule of law.” She’s questioned about accountability when a journalist mentions … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Due Process’”

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”

Chicago’s Paul Raci wins Spirit Award for Metal

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

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’”

Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’

In this recap of Wednesday’s Chicago Fire episode “A Couple Hundred Degrees” Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is teaching a course at the fire academy, and begins a drill where the recruits have to climb up several flights of stairs, pick up a human sized mannequin, and carry it back down the stairs.  A recruit named Mercer … Continue reading “Recap: Chicago Fire ‘A Couple Hundred Degrees’”

Kimberly-Clark moving into Chicago’s Fulton Market

Kimberly-Clark, maker of trusted brands including Huggies, Cottonelle, Kleenex and Depend, will expand their presence in Chicago with a new commercial center for its North American consumer products business. “Kimberly-Clark’s move to Illinois is just the latest sign that our investments in talent, innovation and digital infrastructure are not only paying off for residents but … Continue reading “Kimberly-Clark moving into Chicago’s Fulton Market”

RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Signs of Violence’

Chicago P.D. Signs of Violence aired on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and centered on Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) as she was triggered by a missing persons case which forced her to address her childhood traumas as she tries to navigate her relationship with her partner/boyfriend Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). Chicago P.D. opens with Hailey and … Continue reading “RECAP: Chicago P.D. ‘Signs of Violence’”

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’”

The Parker Andersons & Amelia Parker Chicago-based duo

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, announced a gamechanger with the premiere of a duo of new single-camera family comedies – The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker. The two interwoven scripted series highlight events in the life of a blended multicultural, interracial family from two different perspectives.  This completely new and … Continue reading “The Parker Andersons & Amelia Parker Chicago-based duo”

Chicago’s newest largest firehouse is open for operations

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

REEL WOMEN: Lisa Masseur, EP/Founder Tessa Films

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2021 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory.” Production sage with an eye for … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Lisa Masseur, EP/Founder Tessa Films”

Michael B. Jordan’s ’61st Street’ filming at Cinespace

The Michael B Jordan AMC drama series 61st Street has begun shooting at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. 61st Street, which has been ordered as a two-season television event series with eight episodes per season, is a propulsive courtroom drama that follows Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system.   … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan’s ’61st Street’ filming at Cinespace”

New stills from tonight’s Chicago PD ‘Protect and Serve’

One Chicago is back this Wednesday with new episodes and NBC has released new stills from this week’s exciting Chicago PD Season 8, Episode 8, ‘Protect and Serve‘. In the episode, veteran police officer Dave Wheelan pulls over a young Black college student on a traffic violation. The situation quickly escalates out of control and ends with a shooting, … Continue reading “New stills from tonight’s Chicago PD ‘Protect and Serve’”

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”

New Havas Chicago: National Association of Realtors

Havas Chicago is debuting new creative work with the National Association of REALTORS® for 2021. It shows consumers how REALTORS® “open doors to opportunity” for the clients they work with and the communities they serve, thus highlighting the REALTOR® impact on individual lives within and beyond the transaction.  The new TV commercials (listed below, along with … Continue reading “New Havas Chicago: National Association of Realtors”

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”

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”

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”

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: Film Editor Bill Ebel reflects back

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: Film Editor Bill Ebel reflects back”

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”

REVIEW: ‘Trial of Chicago 7’ is compelling entertainment

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a compelling courtroom drama that is filled with crisp dialogue that debuted on Netflix a month before the election. While Trump’s Justice Department labeled the film as political propaganda, writer/director Aaron Sorkin’s latest shows how much has not changed when it comes to our judicial system. Up to … Continue reading “REVIEW: ‘Trial of Chicago 7’ is compelling entertainment”

Havas Chicago bolsters Executive Leadership team

Havas Chicago announces the appointment of two key executives to round out a dynamic and diverse leadership team with proven abilities to drive the agency’s future growth and success. Lilia Arroyo Flores joins Havas Chicago as chief strategy officer and Maisha Pearson joins as chief client officer. “At Havas Chicago, we’re focused on operating as … Continue reading “Havas Chicago bolsters Executive Leadership team”

Our Top 10 Chicago Christmas films

There’s nothing like Christmas in Chicago and Hollywood filmmakers have produced several films set in Chi-town, the midwestern city who embraces many warm and small town traditions that make transplanted Chicagoans across the nation feel homesick. So curl up on your couch with your remote and a nice cup of hot cocoa and enjoy these … Continue reading “Our Top 10 Chicago Christmas films”

Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago

Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported by Chicago Operations Manager Stan Glapa. Sharon Walker Retires Borys’ appointment … Continue reading “Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys named VP/GM Panavision Chicago”

Barack Obama surprises Chicago high school students

Barack Obama surprised Chicago Public Schools high school students during a virtual assembly when he dropped in to announce that all CPS high school students will receive free access to digital copies of ‘A Promised Land’ President Obama’s riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making during his time in office. All CPS high school … Continue reading “Barack Obama surprises Chicago high school students”

Chicago turns Black Friday into Black Shop Friday

The Chicago Urban League in partnership with the City of Chicago and Chicago agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul, joined together to announce the launch of Black Shop Friday, a new program encouraging Chicagoans to shop at Black-owned businesses on the day after Thanksgiving, November 27th – widely known as “Black Friday.”  A new website BlackShopFriday.com … Continue reading “Chicago turns Black Friday into Black Shop Friday”

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”

Tandem’s Tyler Jay films three spots for KSV

In early 2020, the independent creative agency, KSV asked Tandem, Inc. and commercial director Tyler Jay to produce, through finish three :30 live action spots.  “This production was a long time coming,” said Tyler Jay. Two days before filming back in March, COVID shut it down, on the day of the pre-pro meeting. Then, mid-August … Continue reading “Tandem’s Tyler Jay films three spots for KSV”

“We did it Joe!” Chicago reacts to the news

In celebration across the country, the overwhelming reaction to the news that Joe Biden won the presidential election was met with cheers, honking horns and dancing in the streets. In an unprecedented response, people yelled from balconies, banged pots and pans, and gathered in the streets in celebration. The morning began with a phone call … Continue reading ““We did it Joe!” Chicago reacts to the news”

Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

A Black Harvest Feast, opening night program on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm, is hosted by NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter, our Master of Ceremonies, and features a unique parade of filmmakers in a virtual red carpet to kick off the festivities.  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshlman serve as the honorary … Continue reading “Opening Night: 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival”

New photos from One Chicago’s Premiere Night

Next week, TV’s highest rated night of drama returns to WMAQ NBC-5. Filming on One Chicago Night, which includes Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. has been underway at Cinespace Studios for approximately a month and a half now. With premieres scheduled for next Wednesday, November 11, NBC has provided Reel Chicago with new … Continue reading “New photos from One Chicago’s Premiere Night”

‘City So Real’ Chicago’s problems are America’s problems

Molly Given, of the Philly Metro interviews Chicago filmmaker Steve James about his latest film, ‘City so Real‘ Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James’ (Hoop Dreams, America to Me) fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making … Continue reading “‘City So Real’ Chicago’s problems are America’s problems”

Applications open for Chicago Independent Producers Lab

Applications are now open for the 2021 cycle of the Chicago Film Office’s Chicago Independent Producers Lab. Participating producers will have the chance to work with industry professionals to grow their network and expertise in different areas of independent film producing.  Full Spectrum Features and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recognize producers … Continue reading “Applications open for Chicago Independent Producers Lab”

Chicago teen has winning campaign for “settling”

While his bid for the White House is nowhere near as polarizing as when Hilary Clinton ran against President Donald J. Trump in 2016, there are those (looking at you Bernie and Warren supporters) who are still lukewarm on former Vice-President Joe Biden. With just about three weeks to go until election, many (and rightfully) … Continue reading “Chicago teen has winning campaign for “settling””

Havas Chicago names McGarry as Chief Growth Officer

Furthering its commitment to building iconic brands through craft and culture, Havas Chicago has named Jamie McGarry as Chief Growth Officer to help ignite a new phase of growth for the agency. McGarry will serve as a key member of Havas Chicago’s executive leadership team, contributing to the agency’s overall strategic vision, performance and growth. … Continue reading “Havas Chicago names McGarry as Chief Growth Officer”

Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square

Chicago Immersive, in collaboration with interactive travel agency First Person Travel, is proud to announce the new interactive walking tour WANDER: Lincoln Square—A Chicago Walking Experience. This guided tour of the North Side neighborhood includes live agents and prerecorded historical scenes to facilitate exploration of the town’s present with the discovery of its past. Each showing will include up to 20 … Continue reading “Chicago Immersive presents WANDER: Lincoln Square”

Chicago launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks

The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago and encourage mask wearing—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to … Continue reading “Chicago launches Snapchat Lens to encourage masks”

Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events

The Year of Chicago Music will celebrate Chicago’s Jazz and World Music Festivals with virtual performances over the Labor Day holiday and Sundays throughout September. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today new and reimagined Jazz and World Music events as part of the Year of … Continue reading “Chicago’s new and reimagined World Music Events”

City of Chicago to Assess Memorials and Monuments

The City of Chicago announced a racial healing and historical reckoning project to assess the memorials, monuments and other art across Chicago. The project will grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections, and will provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial … Continue reading “City of Chicago to Assess Memorials and Monuments”

Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual

The Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, today announced this year’s Industry Days will be held virtually for a global audience, October 12-18, 2020. Early Bird accreditation is now available for qualified participants to secure registration at the lowest price. Registration prices will increase to the regular rate on August 21. Film and media professionals interested in … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s Industry Days goes virtual”

Chicago broadcasting icon Hugh Downs passes at 99

He was a pioneer of broadcasting whose career would span a century. On July first, we lost 99-year-old TV News legend Hugh Downs. Downs passed away peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Downs was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1985 for having logged the most hours on network television, with more than … Continue reading “Chicago broadcasting icon Hugh Downs passes at 99”

Indie Film Town Hall: Legal and Insurance Challenges

The Indie Film Town Hall series brings together Chicago’s independent film and media-making community during these difficult times.  In a series of lunchtime meetings over Zoom, members of Chicago’s indie film and media organizations will discuss the challenges that face our industries and actions we are taking in support of each other and Chicago-area creators. … Continue reading “Indie Film Town Hall: Legal and Insurance Challenges”

Havas Chicago/Moen campaign – #UnlockWaterForAll

In a new campaign created by Havas Chicago, #UnlockWaterForAll, Moen is encouraging people to send a letter to Congress at FoodAndWaterAction.org, urging them to issue a national moratorium on water shutoffs during this time.  In creating the campaign, Havas leaned into the universal human truth that water is a basic right and people with fewer resources … Continue reading “Havas Chicago/Moen campaign – #UnlockWaterForAll”