Everyone in ad biz, commercials expected to attend AICP show Nov. 16 at History Museum

Don’t let the fact that only three local companies?none of the big ones you’d expect to be represented?deter you from attending the 15th annual AICP Show Nov. 16 at the Chicago History Museum.

This year’s show expected to attract a record audience of 800, making it not only advertising’s, but the visual arts community’s biggest event of the year.

Centerpiece of the evening is the 90-minute reel honoring the art and technique of the commercial in 23 categories and mostly produced by the big bicoastal companied.

All the familiar advertising behemoths you’d expect to see are on the reel?Nike, Adidas, Burger King, Sprint-Nextel, FedEx. But for some inexplicable reason, perennial honorees Leo Burnett and at least one DDB/Bud spot are MIA.

Buried among the glitzy brands are three Chicago entries: lone ad agency Lapiz, Leo Burnett’s Hispanic division, and post houses, Outsider and The Whitehouse.

Outsider edited Lapiz’ honored PSA spot for the Crystal Meth Task Force, and it also provided the Midwest sponsors opening titles.

The Whitehouse edited the three Fox Sport Net spots that were included among the Advertising Excellence/Campaigns.

Nonetheless, for everyone who works in advertising and production the Chicago AICP show is the place to be, marking, too, an extravagant flourish to the end of the year.