Chicago Creative Club sets July 29 entry deadline

Top agency creatives from around the U.S. will judge the the Chicago Creative Club/Chicago Ad Federation’s third annual competition honoring the area’s best advertising and design work. The awards ceremony will be held Sept. 29 at the Auditorium Theatre. Entry deadline is July 29.

“The CCC’s mission is to honor and uphold the highest standards for creativity in Chicago, for all outsiders to envy,” said Marlena Peleo-Lazar, McDonald’s top creative, a CCC founding member and CAF board member. “That’s why we’re so pleased to have recruited several of the industry’s most talented and awarded creative leaders to judge the work we produce here.”

The 2005 CCC jury includes: Joe Duffy, chairman, Duffy & Partners, Minneapolis; Ann Hayden, EVP/ creative director worldwide for General Mills at Saatchi & Saatchi, New York; John Matejczyk, EVP, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco; Peter McHugh, CCO, Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis; Guy Seese, senior partner/ECD, Cole & Weber Red Cell, Seattl; and Martin Strazovec, EVP/CCO, Draft Toronto.

To preserve impartiality, all jury members live and work outside of Chicago. Judging will be conducted virtually over a custom-built Web site that houses all nominated work.

Judges will evaluate work based on the level of creativity and the results achieved in multiple categories, from television, radio, print, direct, nontraditional, and interactive marketing to photography, illustration, typography, corporate identity, and package design.

Since the standards the CCC has set are very high, DDB used the theme “IT’S A TOUGH TOWN” for the 2005 poster and Call for Entry, which tip their fedoras to the city’s gangster past. In the poster, 1920’s-era law enforcement types surround a body with advertising storyboards lying next to the unfortunate “perp.”

Exclusive membership in CCC, formed in 2003, is attained only by winning a Brick, an award of substance and a symbol of excellence in the one of the world’s biggest, toughest and most prolific advertising/design marketplaces.

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