Chicago P.D. pauses filming due to positive Covid tests

Chicago P.D. is the latest TV series to fall victim to the Omicron variant Covid-19 surge, requiring a pause in production Thursday morning after a number of positive Covid tests were reported. Some of the cases were in Zone A, which includes the cast and those who directly interact with them. Our sources say that … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. pauses filming due to positive Covid tests”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for Covid-19

In a statement made on Twitter this afternoon, Mayor Lori E Lightfoot confirmed that she has tested positive for Covid-19. Lightfoot, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, said her symptoms were “cold-like” and said she will continue to work from home while following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isolation guidelines intended to guard against the spread … Continue reading “Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for Covid-19”

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

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

Local 727 Members join in the Fight Against COVID-19

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

Lightfoot announces further easing of Covid regulations

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

Chicago Med showrunners talk Covid and favorite stories

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

CDPH plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine by Dec 14

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

Meijer takes ‘Believe’ message into Covid era

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

Film Production not affected by new COVID restrictions

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

COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew

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

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

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

White Sox cancel 2021 SoxFest due to COVID

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

Abbott Labs 15 minute COVID test available in September

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

Jeremy Pinckert talks commercial shoots in COVID Era

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

Chicago reinstates COVID restrictions to combat recent rise

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

Chicago orders quarantine from high risk COVID states

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

City of Chicago memorializes those lost to COVID-19

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

Attorney General Kwame Raoul tested positive for COVID

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

PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19

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

Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads

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

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

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

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

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

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

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

Utopic partners with KOVAL distillery for COVID-19 video

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

‘CHICAGO TONIGHT’ provides local coverage of COVID

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

Chicago sports teams combat COVID ‘We Are Not Playing’

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

Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cinespace reacts after ‘neXt’ producer contracts COVID-19

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

TimberTech taps designer Bobby Berk in new ad campaign by Two by Four 

TimberTech continues to reinvent the composite decking category – which has seen rapid growth during and post Covid – in a new ad campaign created by independent, full-service agency Two by Four and featuring celebrity TV host and interior designer Bobby Berk.  Bobby appears in national broadcast, digital and print creative, letting his fans and followers know … Continue reading “TimberTech taps designer Bobby Berk in new ad campaign by Two by Four “

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 “

Chicago’s Pravda Records celebrates 38 years with music festival

This weekend, Chicago indie label Pravda Records will celebrate 38 years of music with a two-day festival of live music performances from the label’s roster, outside of Sketchbook Brewing Co.  Chicago-based journalist, broadcaster and podcaster, James VanOsdol, will MC PravdaFest Weekend which will feature favorite current artists, surprise musical reunions, food trucks, a Pravda Pop-Up shop, and a … Continue reading “Chicago’s Pravda Records celebrates 38 years with music festival”

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”

Julia Roberts & George Clooney’s ‘Ticket to Paradise’ briefly in town

Ticket to Paradise, the Julia Roberts and George Clooney rom/com is in town today and tomorrow, filming plate shots on Irving Park Road. Plate shots are background images, without the actors, filmed by a second unit team. Ticket to Paradise primarily filmed in Australia and is currently in post production. The film is said to … Continue reading “Julia Roberts & George Clooney’s ‘Ticket to Paradise’ briefly in town”

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”

Somewhere in America marks Chicagoan Brian Schodorf’s sixth feature

Somewhere in America, produced by Chicago based media company Schodorf Films, marks Chicago/Midwest Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, Brian Schodorf’s sixth feature length project. Long before the stunning flashpoint that led to a Donald Trump Presidency and ultimately the Capitol siege on January 6, Director, Brian Schodorf set out through the heartland of the nation during one … Continue reading “Somewhere in America marks Chicagoan Brian Schodorf’s sixth feature”

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”

Chuck E. Cheese kicks-off Summer of Fun with Navy Pier Concert Series

Chuck E. Cheese, the number one family entertainment venue, announced today that their second annual national live tour with Mr. Munch’s Make Believe Band will kick-off June 4 in Chicago at Navy Pier. The iconic group will return to the stage this summer to jam with families across the country, with shows in Chicago, Miami, Santa Monica and Dallas-Ft. Worth. One lucky fan will … Continue reading “Chuck E. Cheese kicks-off Summer of Fun with Navy Pier Concert Series”

Chicago Fire has wrapped for the season

Chicago Fire has wrapped for the season. The cast and crew will be on hiatus for about 8 weeks. Chicago Fire had a difficult season to get through with a short shut down caused by positive Covid-19 testing, extending their shooting days beyond Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. If your’re like me, you’re wondering what … Continue reading “Chicago Fire has wrapped for the season”

Bally’s in River West wins the jackpot as Chicago’s first casino

Bally’s Casino is coming to Chicago. The city has chosen Bally’s Corporation to be the recipient of its sole casino license and the developer to create a world-class casino-resort and entertainment experience in Chicago on the site of the Tribune Publishing Center.   “I am proud to announce that Bally’s Corporation will create a world-class entertainment … Continue reading “Bally’s in River West wins the jackpot as Chicago’s first casino”

REEL WOMEN: Jen Shelley, Director of Communications Whitehouse Post

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Jen Shelley are making “Herstory.” As Director of Communications for Whitehouse Post, Jen Shelley oversees … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Jen Shelley, Director of Communications Whitehouse Post”

Jane Lynch directs Illinois Tourism campaign through STORY

Actress, producer and writer, Jane Lynch, can add “Director” to her impressive list of titles. She recently directed a series of commercials for the Illinois Tourism Middle of Everything campaign and was the primary actor. Produced for the Illinois Department of Tourism via OKRP ad agency, the comedic vignettes are part of the Middle of … Continue reading “Jane Lynch directs Illinois Tourism campaign through STORY”

The theater world mourns the passing of Chicago actress Hollis Resnik

Hollis Resnik, the Chicago based actor known for her theatre roles in Sunset Boulevard and Les Misérables, and a host of critically acclaimed performances, passed away at the age of 67. A twelve-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and the 1992 winner of the Sarah Siddons Award, Resnik played lead roles in scores of musicals at Chicago … Continue reading “The theater world mourns the passing of Chicago actress Hollis Resnik”

The 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival is this weekend

32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival in-person and online takes place March 31 – April 3, 2022! In-person screenings are held at Chicago Filmmakers firehouse cinema located at 1326 W Hollywood Ave in the Edgewater neighborhood. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime and be ready to present your order … Continue reading “The 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival is this weekend”

Leila Rahimi first female to take lead sports anchor position on NBC5

It’s a big goal for the girl’s team as multiple sources including NBC5 and Rahimi herself, announce that 39 year old Leila Rahimi has been promoted to the full-time position of lead sports anchor at NBC 5 Chicago. Rahimi will be the first female to hold the position as sports director/main sports anchor in Chicago … Continue reading “Leila Rahimi first female to take lead sports anchor position on NBC5”

IBEW Local 1220 call for strike against WTTW Channel 11

Local Union 1220 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has officially called for a Strike at Chicagoland’s PBS affiliate, Window to the World (WTTW) Communications, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined the picket lines to show her support of the union on Monday. Following nearly a year of difficult collective bargaining with the station’s … Continue reading “IBEW Local 1220 call for strike against WTTW Channel 11”

Kraft Singles launches Square It music video for their singles single

Foodies and music-lovers alike have been dancing in their kitchens to the new Kraft Singles single, Square It since it launched across streaming platforms a week ago. Now, the brand is excited to share the music video for the single. The music video was directed by Sammy Rawal and features dancer Honey Balenciaga cooking and dancing in the kitchen to the … Continue reading “Kraft Singles launches Square It music video for their singles single”

Chicago Fire, Med and P.D. take a break for two weeks. Here’s a recap

One Chicago fans will have to be content with reruns as the shows take a break from new episodes for the next two weeks. NBC Universal has shared that new episodes for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will air on Wednesday, April 6.  Back in February Steve Kern, head of scheduling for NBC, … Continue reading “Chicago Fire, Med and P.D. take a break for two weeks. Here’s a recap”

Chicago Med: pics & promo May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear

There is a new episode this week on Chicago Med titled May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear airing Wednesday at 7 PM CST on NBC 5.  Here’s the official information that NBC has made available for Wednesday’s episode: Halstead helps a patient with long-haul COVID-19 symptoms; Taylor reflects on her dating life when she learns that a patient’s daughter is … Continue reading “Chicago Med: pics & promo May Your Choices Reflect Hope, Not Fear”

Jay’s Chicago returns for a fifth season on WTTW

Chicago is full of creative and passionate people. On JAY’S CHICAGO, Jay Shefsky introduces us to some fascinating people who live and work in Chicago. Returning for a fifth season on Thursday, March 24 at 8:30 pm on all WTTW platforms, JAY’S CHICAGO shines a spotlight on ordinary people who do extraordinary things – from … Continue reading “Jay’s Chicago returns for a fifth season on WTTW”

Asian Pop-Up Cinema announces full line up for season 14

Asian Pop-Up Cinema: Season 14 will present 28 films in downtown Chicago and the north suburbs, with select films available for online streaming. The joint virtual and in-person festival opens March 13 and runs through April 10. The diverse lineup celebrates the best of Asian cinema from South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and … Continue reading “Asian Pop-Up Cinema announces full line up for season 14”

Chicago Filmmakers announces competition programs for Onion City Festival

Chicago Filmmakers announces the competition programs for the 32nd Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival, which will take place March 31 to April 3. The five competition programs will feature 35 short films exploring themes of digital media production, politics of memory, and the value of physical spaces from the United States, France, Canada, South … Continue reading “Chicago Filmmakers announces competition programs for Onion City Festival”

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 Irish Film Festival returns with in-person and virtual screenings

The 23rd annual Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF) returns to offer the best features, shorts and documentary films from The Land of Storytelling. This year’s festival is a Hybrid Event with in-person events at Theater on the Lake, The Logan Theatre and Society for Arts from March 3-6, as well as an online format with … Continue reading “Chicago Irish Film Festival returns with in-person and virtual screenings”

25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival begins this week

As the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center prepares for its 25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF), they pause to pay tribute to the people of the Ukraine. Our thoughts and hearts turn to Ukraine as we prepare to open our 25th EU Film Fest: Ways to Help … Continue reading “25th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival begins this week”

The Chicago Auto Show featured the debut of an array of vehicles

The 2022 Chicago Auto Show concluded its 10-day run at McCormick Place on Presidents Day. This month, eager attendees traveled to McCormick Place to get a look at the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and EVs, including a brand-new indoor electric vehicle test track which featured a variety of new models.  Despite facing ongoing hurdles of … Continue reading “The Chicago Auto Show featured the debut of an array of vehicles”

Lena Waithe and Indeed announce 10 filmmakers for Rising Voices

Indeed, the world’s number one job site, announced the 10 filmmaker teams selected for season two of Indeed: Rising Voices. In partnership with Emmy Award-winning writer, creator and actor, Chicago native Lena Waithe and her company Hillman Grad Productions, Indeed: Rising Voices was created to uncover, invest in and share stories created by Black, Indigenous, and People … Continue reading “Lena Waithe and Indeed announce 10 filmmakers for Rising Voices”

City removes most mask and vaccine requirements on February 28

The City of Chicago will remove the mask and vaccine requirements for certain public spaces on February 28 to align with the State of Illinois’ previously announced plans to lift the statewide indoor mask mandate on that day.  “Based on key data, it looks as if the worst of the Omicron surge is behind us … Continue reading “City removes most mask and vaccine requirements on February 28”

Will there be a One Chicago crossover event this season?

One Chicago is known to have one night each season when Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago P.D. all come together in a three hour epic crossover event, sharing one storyline, with key characters ‘crossing over’ into all three shows.  However, the past two years have been difficult on all of us as we navigate … Continue reading “Will there be a One Chicago crossover event this season?”

Uber Eats wins at the 2022 Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review

Uber Eats is a big winner in strategic ad rankings with their spot featuring Jennifer Coolidge, Trevor Noah, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nick Braun in the 18th consecutive Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review. Other brands that earned top marks included Planters, Google Pixel 6, and Doritos, continuing its legacy of creativity while linking back to its recognizable product. Not all … Continue reading “Uber Eats wins at the 2022 Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review”

Gov. Pritzker to lift statewide indoor mask requirement on February 28

With statewide COVID-19 hospitalization rates declining faster than any other point in the pandemic, Illinois is on track to lift the statewide indoor mask requirement on Monday, February 28, 2022. Mask requirements will continue where federally mandated, such as on public transit and in high-risk settings including healthcare facilities and congregate care. Masking requirements will … Continue reading “Gov. Pritzker to lift statewide indoor mask requirement on February 28”

COX + Picture North + FCB Chicago sending hugs in new campaign

COX Communications teams up with FCB Chicago and Picture North to show how technology can provide new ways of connecting. What does a hug mean? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the way people think about hugs has drastically changed. As lockdowns have come and gone, there has been a collective strain on relationships, forcing citizens across … Continue reading “COX + Picture North + FCB Chicago sending hugs in new campaign”

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”

‘Alexa, What Is Love?’ the Ad Council’s new Love Has No Labels campaign

As Valentine’s Day grows near, the Ad Council announced it is working with Amazon Ads on its Emmy-Award winning Love Has No Labels initiative to spread messages of love and inclusion across the world. Amazon’s Alexa has been asked millions of questions about love, and the newest campaign, Alexa, what is love?, aims to encourage people to take … Continue reading “‘Alexa, What Is Love?’ the Ad Council’s new Love Has No Labels campaign”

Showtime cancels Wachowski’s Work in Progress before 3rd season

As broadcast networks, streamers and cable outlets prepare for the 2022-2023 season, they will begin greenlighting pilots and series while canceling others. Unfortunately for the Chicago production community, the news is not great for Lily Wachowski’s, Work in Progress. The showrunner announced Thursday on her Twitter account that Showtime had not renewed the series co-created … Continue reading “Showtime cancels Wachowski’s Work in Progress before 3rd season”

FACETS announces submissions are now open for CICFF39

FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival announces that submissions are now open for CICFF39. CICFF is the first Academy-qualifying children’s film festival in the world. The festival presents the best, most innovative international films for kids and teens, seeking out films that both entertain audiences and challenge them to widen their perspectives. CICFF invites film submissions … Continue reading “FACETS announces submissions are now open for CICFF39”

Chicago P.D. returns to filming as Chicago passes peak of omicron surge

Sources at Chicago P.D. confirm that the cast and crew have returned to filming after a brief break in production caused by positive Covid-19 testing. All are reportedly doing well and Reel Chicago spotted our Chicago P.D. cast and crews filming on a west side location this Tuesday. As we reported last week, there was … Continue reading “Chicago P.D. returns to filming as Chicago passes peak of omicron surge”

FCBX and Joseph Gordon-Levitt collaborate with Canon at CES

Canon, in partnership with FCB and its experiential practice FCBX have teamed up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to debut Canon’s latest hybrid work system AMLOS (Activate My Line of Sight) via a virtual, real-time writers’ room at CES, the annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association which was held January 5-8 at the Las … Continue reading “FCBX and Joseph Gordon-Levitt collaborate with Canon at CES”

Illinois launches On the Fence campaign to encourage vaccinations

The State of Illinois launched a new vaccine awareness campaign to explain the power of the life-saving vaccine. The ‘On the Fence’ campaign, produced by Tessa Films, features 18 meaningful stories from Illinoisans who were initially hesitant but are now fully vaccinated. As health experts continue to advise unvaccinated individuals to get their life-saving shot, … Continue reading “Illinois launches On the Fence campaign to encourage vaccinations”

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”

How to recycle your Christmas tree and broken holiday lights

Not sure what to do with your live tree and old or broken light strings post-holidays? There are many opportunities to recycle these items in Cook County. Make your holiday season a little more sustainable this year by keeping holiday waste out of the landfill. Drop-off sites open to all Cook County residents: Make sure … Continue reading “How to recycle your Christmas tree and broken holiday lights”

Reel Chicago remembers those who have left us in 2021

Reel Chicago remembers and celebrates the friends and loved ones of our community who no longer make the journey with us. They made us laugh. They made us love. They made us sing. They made us cry. They made us think. Some entertained. Some showered us with their creativity. Some made us think differently. Some … Continue reading “Reel Chicago remembers those who have left us 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”

Celebrity moms star in The Second City PSA ‘Get Vaccinated’

The Second City joined celebrity moms in a new public service announcement that encourages parents and their children ages five through adulthood to get vaccinated now, particularly as omicron cases are on the rise. The PSA was produced and created by The Second City and sponsored by Made to Save, in partnership with YourMomCares and the #WeCanDoThis COVID-19 vaccine … Continue reading “Celebrity moms star in The Second City PSA ‘Get Vaccinated’”

Loyola Press book inspires Netflix docuseries ‘Stories of a Generation’

In a post-COVID world, multigenerational dialogue, intergenerational storytelling, and recording and sharing elder wisdom is becoming increasingly important. A book published by Loyola Press in 2018 became the inspiration for Stories of a Generation, a new Netflix docuseries with Pope Francis. The 4-part series will be available beginning December 25th in all countries where Netflix is available, … Continue reading “Loyola Press book inspires Netflix docuseries ‘Stories of a Generation’”

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”

A Carpenters Christmas holiday concert at Lund Auditorium

Powerhouse vocalist Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are keeping The Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage with spot-on renditions of their unforgettable Christmas tunes. Appearing this Sunday, December 12 at 7:30PM A Carpenters ChristmasDominican UniversityLund Auditorium7900 W Division StRiver Forest Tickets can be in purchased in advance … Continue reading “A Carpenters Christmas holiday concert at Lund Auditorium”

Home Alone home is offered on airbnb and hosted by Buzz

If you’re lucky and fast enough, you can be left Home Alone by booking a one night stay for you and 3 of your friends, family members, or mischief makers at the home of the greatest Christmas movie of all time! Recently Airbnb announced that “Big brother Buzz McCallister will join thousands of Hosts on … Continue reading “Home Alone home is offered on airbnb and hosted by Buzz”

Digital Cinema Society and Atomic Studios hold live educational event

With the safety and success of their first post-pandemic in-person event last month in L.A., the Digital Cinema Society has taken their show on the road and scheduled a DCS Chicago event at Atomic Studios The free of charge event features Infinity Photo-Optical Lenses – Blackmagic URSA 12K – DaVinci Resolve – OWC. RSVPs are … Continue reading “Digital Cinema Society and Atomic Studios hold live educational event”

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”

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”

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”

Home Alone local cast headlines holiday program at Symphony Center

Home Alone in Concert this Thanksgiving weekend starts off the robust schedule of holiday programming for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) at Symphony Center. Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in John Williams’ Academy Award-nominated score while the beloved holiday film is shown on the big screen (November 26-28). Chicago actors Tracy J. … Continue reading “Home Alone local cast headlines holiday program at Symphony Center”

Randolph Street Market returns with Mag Mile Pop-Up

Randolph Street Market lights up the Magnificent Mile with three Holiday Market weekends.  After a 2 year break, Randolph Street Market comes back to Chicago and will be decking the halls this holiday season for three weekends December 4 & 5, 11 & 12, and 18 & 19 at 830 N. Michigan Avenue, formerly the … Continue reading “Randolph Street Market returns with Mag Mile Pop-Up”

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade returns with hundreds of talented performers

This year marks the 87th year of the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade with hundreds of talented performers from near and far. Several hundred thousand Chicagoans and visitors are expected to line the streets in celebration of this time-honored event.  On Thursday, November 25, the free, family-friendly event will kick off at 8 a.m. on the corner … Continue reading “Chicago Thanksgiving Parade returns with hundreds of talented performers”

Disney in Chicago with BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Happy kids of all ages will return to Michigan Avenue on Saturday, November 20 for 30th Annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This official start to the holiday season is produced by The Magnificent Mile Association. The festive, free weekend filled with family-friendly fun culminates with the memory-making parade as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World … Continue reading “Disney in Chicago with BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival”

Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest

Macaulay Culkin is trending, but not for hilarious social media shenanigans, or his latest project, but for his appearance at the Gucci Love Parade in Los Angeles last week. The star studded parade also included celebrities such as Jared Leto, Lizzo, Salma Hayek, Billie Eilish, James Corden, Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, just to name … Continue reading “Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest”

DOC CHICAGO: mini-conference by and for Chicago Doc filmmakers

After a year’s hiatus, DOC CHICAGO returns to bring Chicago-area documentary filmmakers together to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and connect. The free hybrid mini-conference runs Friday, Nov 5 – Sunday, Nov 7. Friday afternoon’s sessions and Sunday’s grant writing workshop will be held online, while an in-person gathering will take place on Saturday, … Continue reading “DOC CHICAGO: mini-conference by and for Chicago Doc filmmakers”

Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program deadline November 10

The Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program will provide 450 – 500 relief grants to low and moderate income artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include freelance artists, arts administrators, teaching artists, artisans, curators, independent cultural producers and creative industry technicians such … Continue reading “Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program deadline November 10”

PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs

PrideArts announces the PrideArts Fall Film Festival, a month long festival of 32 films from 9 countries that will stream online in four segments, each available online for one week. Films address a wide range of issues and situations that are common across many cultures: defining oneself as an LGBTQ person, family relations, forming and … Continue reading “PrideArts Fall Film Festival will stream in four weekly programs”

Top urologists encourage men to save their boners by getting vaccinated

In a new irreverent PSA that gets our pick for Reel Ad of the Week, a collective of nation’s urologists warns of the effects of COVID on the penis. In the ongoing effort to get more of the nation vaccinated, a group of urologists have banded together to try a completely different approach. Urologists United For … Continue reading “Top urologists encourage men to save their boners by getting vaccinated”

IFA Block Party celebrates the growth of the Chicago film industry

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

Halloweek celebrations return with Upside Down & Arts in the Dark

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

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

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

Champion celebrates iconic franchise with Reverse Weave Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

57th Chicago International Film Festival announces Industry Days

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

Chicago Critics Film Festival returns to Music Box Theatre

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

Reeling 39 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival opens tonight

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago Humanities Festival announces star-studded Fall line-up

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

Reeling39 fest will have vaccine policy for theater screenings

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

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

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

Pritzker mandates vaccine for all healthcare workers, teachers, students

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

City of Chicago will require all city employees to be vaccinated

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

Optimus promotes Dave Buehrle to Executive Producer

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

FCB Chicago wins Pro Award for Blue Bunny Summer Of Funlightenment

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

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

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

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

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

Meet the builders creating baseball magic at the Field of Dreams

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

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce calls on businesses to vaccinate

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

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

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

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

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

Pritzker announces $10M Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program

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

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

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

Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses Godfather of Harlem

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

Producers control vaccination policies for cast and crew

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

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

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

Chicago Auto Show has better than expected attendance

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

Chicago athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior

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

July 3rd fireworks to Celebrate Chicago’s Reopening

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

Camera Ambassador announces Builders Grant winner

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

Chicago creatives bring home 15 Lions for their city

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

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

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

FCB continues its winning streak at Cannes Lions

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

STORY evokes everyday heroes for Pedialyte

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

Lester Holt to be inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

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

Leo Burnett unveils 2021 Cannes Lions Predictions

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

The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back

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

Chicago students chosen as Television Academy Fellows

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

The Music Box Theatre has plans for a big weekend

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

Open Chicago Night at the Museums this Friday night

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

Sarofsky & partners win Brand Film Award on doc series

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

Guidelines for Illinois Phase 5 full reopening on June 11

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

Spotlight: Michael Pressman EP/Director Chicago Med

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

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

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

World famous Bud Billiken Parade and Festival is Back!

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

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

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

2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend

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

Sports fans: Where have they gone?

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

Grubhub & Restaurant Strong help restaurants reopen

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

Jeep & Ram Trucks Test Tracks at Chicago Auto Show

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

Mayor Lightfoot announces return of Lollapalooza

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

Free Spirit Media celebrates 20 years of Media Magic

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

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

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

Fully vaccinated patrons are exempt from capacity limits

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

Navy Pier Flyover links north & south Lakefront Trail

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

It’s a wrap for the season on One Chicago

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

American consumers expect return to normalcy by July 4

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

Regional Leaders partner on Visit Chicagoland campaign

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

Music and more, summer events reopen across Chicago

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

EXTRA Gum offer fresh start to post-pandemic life

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

Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place in July

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

Mayor Lightfoot announces the launch of Open Chicago

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

Chicago actress puts faith into Alzheimer’s fundraiser

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

How two Chicago guys made a #1 box office hit

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

Skydeck Chicago reopens with new interactive museum

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

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

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

Chicago Park District announces “Arts 77” arts reopening

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

Burnett, DDB, FCB represent Chicago at Andy Awards

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

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

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

Bankrate appoints New Honor Society as AOR

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

Underthink’s PSA encourages childhood immunizations

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