The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019.

Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye.

Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and ranked according to the number of clicks on the thumbs-up button located next to each headline.

In addition to the individual stories, please check out our annual month-long features about Black History Month and women in the creative industries — the Black List and Reel Women. Both continued to earn some of the most popular ratings among our readers.


The Colonie gets happy with Advocate campaign

Dreams come true in new Blue Moon campaign by DDB

Kraft puts gender pay gap into nut bags

DDB celebrates State Farm commitment to doing good

Heat’s Hookup Stations spark Lolla dialogue

McDonald’s teams up with DJ Shawn Wasabi

Utopic elicits love for McDonald’s in two new spots

Banner unveils new video for Google’s Chicago lobby

Hidden Valley’s campaign of love from mcgarrybowen

Insperity’s solution for seeing employees as numbers

Leo B and Capri Sun help kids celebrate independence

McDonald’s shared fries on national FF Day

Copywriter gives self-promotion the ‘Shaft’



Chicago Film Scene growing in Lincoln Park

Betrayal: When the Government Took Over the Teamsters

Cow Lamp acquires ‘Quarter Life Crisis’

‘Bleed American’ captures youth in the Midwest

Chicago-made ‘Musician’ wins big at Vero Beach

Cooney’s ‘Runner’ leaps to distribution on Omeleto

Illinois manufacturer produces ‘Aliveness’ docuseries

Panavision helps DP create the look of ‘Late Night’

Haroula Rose’s ‘Once Upon A River’ premieres May 10

Danzig launches Cinepocalypse with sold-out show

‘No Small Matter’ back by popular demand


Beyond the red carpet of ‘Work in Progress’

Cinespace signs production deal for Netflix’ ‘Mixtape’

Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’

‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett beaten by MAGA supporters

‘American Soul’ energizes the spirit of Don Cornelius


Cinespace goes to the dogs for a day

2019 Battle of the Advertising Bands

Wright’s ‘Story of the Movie Palace’ at Music Box

2019 Best of the Midwest Awards

Tom Joyner retires with world’s largest day party

Werner Herzog to lead Master Class at Facets

The Bluesmobile returns to Joliet Prison

Cinespace President Alex Pissios honored by SOS Illinois

Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward

MK Films acquires ‘lightning-fast’ high-speed robot


The future of the Illinois film industry looks brighter

Camera Ambassador, 2112 launch partnership

Bob Carr to be inducted into AICP Hall of Fame

Cinespace signs production deal for Amazon’s ‘Utopia’


Wayne Kubacki retires from Essanay Studios

Taking off with Bottle Rocket Media

Interview with former IFO Director Christine Dudley

Behind the scenes with media pioneer Jeff McCarter

Cascio’s ‘A Tribute to Valor’ honors Pearl Harbor vets

Mark Androw’s post-AICP agenda


In Memory of Melanie Kapoor

Remembering Marc Hauser

Milos Stehlik, 1949-2019

Arturo Cubacub, President of I-Cubed, passes

Carr family hosts tribute to Bob Carr