FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries

3+ The coronavirus pandemic is a public health crisis unlike any that Chicago has faced in living memory. How are our citizens reacting to its challenges, and who is stepping forward to help keep the city safe and functioning as COVID-19 sweeps through Chicago, America, and the rest of the world? In a multi-part digital … Continue reading “FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus new WTTW digital docuseries”

New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set

4+ An NBC staff member whose name we cannot release has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is currently in Chicago undergoing treatment. The staff member, who was in a department that effected all three Dick Wolf Chicago shows, is from California and has been in Chicago since the Christmas hiatus. He is said … Continue reading “New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set”

McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers

1+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the McDonald’s Corporation today announced a new donation of 750,000 N95 face masks to support healthcare professionals and personnel as well as first responders aiding in the citywide response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The City of Chicago will add these masks into its repository and determine where allocations are … Continue reading “McDonald’s donates 750,000 masks for frontline workers”

Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’

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

Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas

3+ Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot is educating the City of Chicago on how she’s staying home and saving lives through baking, decorating, playing music and sipping tea. Through a series of PSAs the Mayor promotes home activities and social distancing as cities across the country move to bend the curve of the pandemic. To produce … Continue reading “Mayor puts foot down in witty new PSAs from Havas”

Serta, Leo Burnett want you to “stay home, send beds”

2+ As COVID-19 continues to spread through communities, health care workers struggle to provide resources from their patients and themselves. In addition to last week’s announcement of a 10,000-bed commitment to the state of New York, Serta Simmons Bedding in collaboration with Leo Burnett, has launched, “Stay Home, Send Beds.” The Institute for Health Metrics … Continue reading “Serta, Leo Burnett want you to “stay home, send beds””

When Dressed for Success means pajamas

5+ Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. We now work, live, exercise and entertain ourselves in our homes. This is the new normal. In this new on-going series, we check in on ad agencies, production companies, post-houses, and anyone else who wants to talk about their personal experiences during this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading “When Dressed for Success means pajamas”

The New Normal – Sarofsky Studios

4+ Editor’s Note: The world changed right before our very eyes. In a span of three weeks, movie theaters closed. Restaurants went to delivery or take-out only. Non-essential businesses shut down. States ordered individuals to stay home. Unemployment has skyrocketed. Wall Street is shook. Disneyland and Disneyworld closed indefinitely. We now work, live, exercise and … Continue reading “The New Normal – Sarofsky Studios”

Jane Lynch, Jason Beghe “in” Illinois PSAs from OKRP

2+ Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called ‘All in Illinois’ to reinforce the state’s core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy, the campaign is a way to unite residents across the state and … Continue reading “Jane Lynch, Jason Beghe “in” Illinois PSAs from OKRP”

‘Shooting Heroin’ is hosting a Virtual Live Red Carpet

3+ Shooting Heroin, one of the first narrative feature films on the current opioid epidemic in North America, is hosting a virtual Live Red Carpet Premiere with cast and crew on April 3 at 2:30pm PDT. Shooting Heroin, written and directed by Spencer T. Folmar (Generational Sins) tells the story of a small-town Pennsylvania community that comes … Continue reading “‘Shooting Heroin’ is hosting a Virtual Live Red Carpet”

Cottonelle, FCB asks Americans to #ShareASquare

1+ As the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to put additional stress on consumers around the world to locate their most essential products, Cottonelle is calling on Americans to #ShareASquare to alleviate the toilet paper needs of friends and neighbors. The #ShareASquare social media initiative, from AOR FCB Chicago, is meant to celebrate acts of … Continue reading “Cottonelle, FCB asks Americans to #ShareASquare”

Trans Lifeline, Burnett address isolation crisis

2+ As we all isolate ourselves for COVID-19 quarantines, it’s opened up the discussion about what a lack of community and connection can do to our mental health. But what if the communities that make us feel seen and safe were less visible to begin with? In 2019, only 4% of the general U.S. population said … Continue reading “Trans Lifeline, Burnett address isolation crisis”

McDonald’s assures its customers they are here

0 After a weekend that saw 31 more known deaths and 1,570 new known cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 reported in Illinois — including the loss of an infant and the state’s largest single-day increase in new cases, Chicago-based McDonald’s is sending out a message of hope to its customers. McDonald’s wants to assure its customers that the QSR … Continue reading “McDonald’s assures its customers they are here”

UPDATED: Second City, Annoyance, iO, ComedySportz go virtual

2+ When audiences and comedy lovers think Improv, they usually think Chicago, home to popular destinations like the infamous The Second City and iO Comedy.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that the closures of all schools, theaters, and public venues has also hit the improv world hard.  Not only has the COVID-19 Pandemic forced these popular … Continue reading “UPDATED: Second City, Annoyance, iO, ComedySportz go virtual”

Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository

7+ Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is donating 20,000 square feet of studio space to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for storage of food boxes for families affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On Friday, officials announced eight more deaths in Illinois related to the pandemic and 1,105 more cases statewide, raising the death toll to … Continue reading “Cinespace donates 20,000 sq. ft. to Food Depository”