Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago’s 4th of July events

3+ Fourth of July signature events include a virtual House music festival, a virtual “Independence Day Salute” concert event, and at-home Salsa dance parties across Chicago.  Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the City’s signature Fourth of July holiday events including a virtual House music festival, a … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces Chicago’s 4th of July events”

Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago ready to move to phase four

3+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that Chicago is on track to transition to phase four of the “Protecting Chicago” framework on Friday, June 26, alongside the rest of Illinois. The guidelines are aligned with the State-issued guidelines, with additional specificity included for Chicago’s context, which … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago ready to move to phase four”

Lightfoot slams Teachers Union for “racist” tweet

2+ “Ruh-roh.” Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot put the Chicago Teachers Union on blast as she deemed a Tweet and an Instagram post from the union as “clearly racist.” The tweet shows a full-color cartoon version of Lightfoot bound by a rope (let’s reiterate an African American woman bound by white people with a rope), … Continue reading “Lightfoot slams Teachers Union for “racist” tweet”

Lightfoot makes $10M commitment to small businesses

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, and local partners to announce the launch of ‘Together Now: Chicago’s Fund to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods.’ In collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust, the City of Chicago is launching the Together Now fund to unite money raised … Continue reading “Lightfoot makes $10M commitment to small businesses”

Mayor Lightfoot doubles down on Trump comments

2+ Friday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had some choice words for President Donald Trump’s vile and divisive rhetoric he has been spewing on his Twitter account. The Mayor said, “I have two words, one begins with F and it ends with U.” While addressing the media about the weekend’s violent protests and looting, Lightfoot doubled … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot doubles down on Trump comments”

Mayor Lightfoot has two words for Trump – “F U”

6+ During a press conference held today, Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out at President Donald Trump for his tweet which promoted violence against Minneapolis protestors angered over the killing of George Floyd. The Mayor, who is never one to hold back said, “I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot has two words for Trump – “F U””

Mayor Lightfoot releases guidelines for phase 3 reopening

1+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials from around Chicago, today released industry-specific guidelines for businesses, employees, and customers to follow as the city prepares to begin safely reopening in early June. Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot releases guidelines for phase 3 reopening”

FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’

2+ The Obamas and Oprah are among the Chicago celebrities reading children’s books across the Chicago Public Library social channels. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Library (CPL), one of the largest libraries in the US with over 385 professional librarians, and the CPL Foundation have partnered to host ‘Live from the Library,’ a daily … Continue reading “FCB & Mayor Lightfoot launch ‘Live from the Library’”

Mayor Lightfoot announces plans for reopening Chicago

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework – organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan – will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces plans for reopening Chicago”

Lightfoot launches weekly series ‘Stay Home. Hit Play.’

4+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Citadel today announced the launch of Stay Home. Hit Play., a twice-weekly video series on WTTW that will bring engaging, educational programming from Chicago institutions to students and families across the city. The series will partner with the city’s museums and cultural institutions to invite students to go behind the … Continue reading “Lightfoot launches weekly series ‘Stay Home. Hit Play.’”

Mayor Lightfoot launches citywide ‘Make a Mask’ drive

3+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) today announced that the City of Chicago is launching the “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” citywide cloth mask drive on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Through the citywide drive, residents can make and donate homemade … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot launches citywide ‘Make a Mask’ drive”

Mayor Lightfoot is back with more stay-at-home tips

2+ Welcome to Week number five of staying-at-home due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. While Chicagoans are hunkered down, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been busy with creative agency partner Havas Chicago creating another lighthearted PSA. The goal this time – inspire the city to stay home and fill out their Census forms. The Mayor, … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot is back with more stay-at-home tips”

Chicago gets creative with Mayor Lightfoot memes

6+ Lock them up in a room for a while and Chicagoans will get into mischief. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has taken on the serious roll of protecting the citizens of Chicago from the spread of the coronavirus. She’s been driving a firm message for everyone to stay at home and they are poking back. Instagram … Continue reading “Chicago gets creative with Mayor Lightfoot memes”

Spaceship Town & Minimal join for Nice Lena & Friends

3+ Filmed entirely in isolation, in a bedroom, bathroom, and the alley, ‘Friends on a Shelf’ alleviates the loneliness and monotony of isolation. Chicago-based boutique production company Minimal produced a spot for a small independent craft and consignment shop in Evanston, Illinois called Nice Lena & Friends. Directing duo Spaceship Town helmed the ad, with one half … Continue reading “Spaceship Town & Minimal join for Nice Lena & Friends”

Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD

1+ With 699 arrests, more than 80 people shot, a dozen killed and even more injured this was one of Chicago’s deadliest weekends in recent memory. As mayhem and chaos spread across the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago P.D. and eventually, the National Guard attempted to maintain peace as more than 3,000 protestors, … Continue reading “Chicago devastated, Cusack allegedly assaulted by CPD”

When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices

1+ When We All Vote, a national nonpartisan organization, launched Civic Cities, a new initiative that encourages mayors to use their voices, governing authority and convening power to mobilize civic leaders, business leaders and community members to increase voter participation in their communities. The initiative launched with a bipartisan group of 31 founding mayors from across … Continue reading “When We All Vote encourages mayors to use their voices”

Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée raises $640k

2+ Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée is a one-of-a-Kind Online Fundraiser Entertains with Live Music, Celebrity Guests and Surprise Appearances. (Video of event below) Steppenwolf Theatre Company replaced its 2020 Gala with a live online event, Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée, celebrating the power of theatre and raising vital funds to keep it … Continue reading “Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée raises $640k”

Industry thoughts on getting back to work safely

3+ A message from the Illinois Production Alliance. As a film industry professional, you no doubt have seen, read or been sent a wide array of proposed production safety guidelines. That is one of several issues that studio stakeholders and the workforce are grappling with as they discuss readiness to restart production.  It is anticipated that … Continue reading “Industry thoughts on getting back to work safely”

Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Burrell posts powerful COVID-19 video on IG”

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’”