After a very long absence, the Art Directors Club is returning to Chicago next week in a doubly big way, thanks to the initiative of Otis D. Gibson, owner/chief creative officer of GERTRUDE and ADC executive director, New York-based Ignacio Oreamuno, whose aim is to bring the creative community together again with a variety of informative and inspiring events.
The Club’s revived new era kicks off Oct. 1, with an invitation-only Creative Directors Dinner for the city’s creative leadership. Although a major annual Mad Men event, the dinner is making its Chicago debut.
Guest of honor is advertising icon, Bob Scarpelli, former chairman and chief creative officer at DDB Worldwide, who retired in January, 2012 after 36 years with the agency.
Agencies that plan on attending to date are DDB, Leo Burnett, R/GA, The Distillery Project, Akimbo, Havas Worldwide, Sponge, Ogilvy and GERTRUDE, of course.
Then, on Oct. 3, ADC/Chicago’s second event will be another first: the screening of the ADC’s 92nd Annual Awards Arts and Craft in Advertising and the innovative Tomorrow Awards, open to all.
Gibson and Oreamuno have been in close touch for several years, having met when GERTRUDE hosted two very successful Portfolio Nights Chicago in 2009 and 2010. For the past year, ideas have flown between them on how to reintroduce ADC activities here, or “how to formalize the chapter,” as Gibson says.
The next event will take place next spring.
Tuesday’s Creative Directors Dinner takes place at the BellyQ restaurant. The $100 ticket includes hors d’oeuves, an open bar and three-course dinner.
Thursday’s “See The Future. Hear The Past.” program takes place at the Cobra Lounge, Which had been the venue for GERTRUDE’S Portfolio Nights in Chicago. Tickets are $15 for ADC members, $20 for the general public and include appetizers and an open bar for select beverages.