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”

‘CHICAGO TONIGHT’ provides local coverage of COVID

2+ CHICAGO TONIGHT, correspondent/producer Paris Schutz reports live from Chicago neighborhoods highlighting community challenges and solutions The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered everyday life for Chicagoans as they try to adjust to a new normal. Now more than ever, our communities need fact-based news and trusted information about this developing public health … Continue reading “‘CHICAGO TONIGHT’ provides local coverage of COVID”

Michael Fassnacht to serve as Chicago CMO

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and World Business Chicago (WBC) Vice Chair Mellody Hobson today announced that WBC will name Michael Fassnacht as the Chicago Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Working alongside City agencies and its public and private partners, the CMO will create a unified, citywide marketing, branding and business development strategy to elevate perceptions of Chicago as … Continue reading “Michael Fassnacht to serve as Chicago CMO”

Billy Dec launches COACT marketing agency

1+ Chicago restaurateur, club owner, media personality, actor, and all-around Renaissance man Billy Dec has launched a new Windy City-based marketing agency called COACT. Boasting of capabilities in strategic concepting and multi-channel creative ideation, the company is staffed by an impressive group of marketing veterans with an abundance of experience working on top national brands. … Continue reading “Billy Dec launches COACT marketing agency”

‘Battle For Hope’ returns to Cubby Bear on May 14

3+ The 8th annual Battle For Hope will return to the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville on May 14. Combining a live musical showcase with a jam-packed industry bash and one of the city’s most rocking fundraisers, the battle of the advertising agency bands has become a bacchanalian pre-summer tradition in the Chicago creative community. Besides … Continue reading “‘Battle For Hope’ returns to Cubby Bear on May 14”

SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski

5+ On the heels of hiring Hart Rusen as its Chief Creative Officer earlier this year, SOCIALDEVIANT is bringing on board ad industry veteran Lisa Szkatulski as Senior Strategic Planner, effective immediately. “Since our founding nearly eight years ago, we have built a ‘maker’ culture. We are committed to creating brand-right and consumer-relevant content– in … Continue reading “SOCIALDEVIANT hires strategic planner Lisa Szkatulski”

The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee

4+ Former UNLTD. creative brings agency chops to expanding and “formidable” department offerings The Colonie has added Motion Designer and 3D Artist Ashley Lee to its full-service editorial and postproduction staff. Before becoming a part of The Colonie’s expanding Motion Design Department, Lee spent two years animating and crafting content for a variety of online … Continue reading “The Colonie hires artist/designer Ashley Lee”

LA-based Optimist lands Unlimited’s Bazarkaya

4+ Will lead a team of 160 and all creative output across all of the agency’s seven hubs Güle güle, Chicago. Ad Age is reporting that Omnicom-owned We Are Unlimited is no longer the creative spawning ground for CCO Toygar Bazarkaya. After spending two years and change at DDB’s bespoke agency for McDonald’s, the Swabia-born … Continue reading “LA-based Optimist lands Unlimited’s Bazarkaya”

Almost Gold shines with major expansion

1+ Chicago-based production studio celebrates five years of creativity Design-driven production studio Almost Gold is excited to unveil a major expansion of both environment and talent. In addition to production, animation, and motion graphics capabilities, Almost Gold now offers editorial, color, finish, VO recording, and audio mix in its newly completed East Wing. The expansion … Continue reading “Almost Gold shines with major expansion”

mike’s Hard Lemonade distributes Brighter Times

2+ mike’s Hard Lemonade unveils pop-up newsstands and curated newspaper to kick off summer Want some good news today? Like really, really good news? mike’s Hard Lemonade and AOR, Havas Formula, last week, kicked off the launch of its good news, Happy Feed initiative nationwide. Say hello to The Brighter Times, a customized pop-up newsstand … Continue reading “mike’s Hard Lemonade distributes Brighter Times”

2019 Battle of the Advertising Bands

7+ Conversant’s LCA Soundsystem wins top honors at the Battle for Hope benefit show for the second year in a row Conversant in-house musical group LCA Soundsystem was declared the best advertising band in Chicago at the 2019 Battle for Hope on Friday night. Concluding one of the most impressive and suspenseful shows to date, … Continue reading “2019 Battle of the Advertising Bands”

Mike’s Hard Lemonade creates “brighter times”

2+ Online takeover of Washington Post on April Fool’s day is part of three-year-old “Drink on Bright Side” campaign by Havas Reading any newspaper these days can be a tough chore, given how much bad news there is. And make no mistake, there is a lot of bad. Chicago-based Mike’s Hard Lemonade, its media agency … Continue reading “Mike’s Hard Lemonade creates “brighter times””

AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee

2+ Expert panel of music and advertising pros will review judging results, evaluate category winners and select “Best in Show.” The AMP Awards for Music & Sound has released the lineup for its 2019 Curatorial Committee. Selected by members of the AMP Awards Committee in consultation with AMP Awards Show Chair Katy Hornaday, EVP and … Continue reading “AMP announces 2019 Curatorial Committee”

Orbitz launches new campaign… Just like that

2+ This is pretty fun. Orbitz and Havas, Chicago have launched a new 2019 campaign which continues the brand’s theme, ‘Just Like That.’ With a twist. The campaign is called, “Just like what?” Like what? Like that. Created by the Havas team of Senior Copywriter Kiley Saunders, and Art Director Miles Beauseigneur, the new campaign … Continue reading “Orbitz launches new campaign… Just like that”

The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands

5+ This year’s juried competition of agency bands will rock the Cubby Bear on May 17 The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands, the Battle For Hope, returns to the Cubby Bear on May 17. A juried music competition with rock, rap, disco, and soul overtones, the Battle for Hope raises money for Off … Continue reading “The 7th annual Battle of the Advertising Bands”

Dogs turn the tables on people for Avocados from Mexico

2+ Chicago agency creatives are stuck inside from the below-0 temperatures, but that has not stopped them from releasing their spots for the Super Bowl which features the Patriots vs the Rams this Sunday, Feb. 3. Next up, is Energy BBDO’s fun Kristin Chenoweth spot for Avocados from Mexico. A few weeks ago, Reel Chicago … Continue reading “Dogs turn the tables on people for Avocados from Mexico”

Jason Peterson hangs new shingle

3+ The controversial former CCO of Havas North America has opened a new agency called The Times Well, that didn’t take very long. According to the Chicago Business Journal, Jason Peterson has opened a new agency called The Times with with two co-founding partners, Greg Weinstein and Pat Corcoran. Weinstein previously worked in the creative … Continue reading “Jason Peterson hangs new shingle”

Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot

5+ The actor pulls off some of the best four-legged humor this side of “Best in Show” in new Super Bowl teaser from Energy BBDO Energy BBDO unleashed a Super Bowl teaser video that features Kristin Chenoweth coaching a trio of canines on the proper way to sing the Avocados from Mexico jingle. The 15-second … Continue reading “Kristin Chenoweth unleashes the dogs for Avocados spot”