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3/2/2017    Off the Street Club - Sixth Annual Trivia Night

Co-hosted by CIMA and the CAF
Enjoy a fun filled evening with your peers in the advertising industry, clients, and industry icons for a great cause, the Kids of the Off The Street Club! You’ve never seen friendly competition quite like this!

1/11/2017    CES 2017 Round-table; Now what?!

A 2017 Hot Seat Series Event The Chicago Advertising Federation is excited to announce the second CAF Hot Seat Event taking place Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at WeWork, 20 W. Kinzie. On the heels of CES 2017, Ad Age Reporter, E.J Schultz, will lead panelists through a thought-provoking discussion on the show’s highlights and discus the impact of pending technology advances on brands, platforms and media.
12/19/2016    CAF Office Closed December 23 - January 2

The CAF office will be closed for the holiday season starting Friday, December 23 to Monday, January 2. The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 3.
6/28/2016    2016 Cannes Lions Awards

Cannes Lions has released all of their 2016 awards and there are some Chicago companies that have done extremely well this year! Congratulations to all of this year's winners! Check out the winner listing.

6/16/2016    AAF Releases Top 2016 AAA Winners

Congratulations to all of this year's winners and Leo Burnett Chicago who took home Best of Show! View the full list here.

5/31/2016    SOLD OUT: Young Professionals Cannes in Chicago - June 21

Due to a high level of interest, this event is sold out. Thank you to all who registered!
When: June 21, 2016 6-9p;Where: Google Headquarters 320 N. Morgan Suite 600 Chicago

4/19/2016    May 12 - Trivia Night to Support Off The Street Club

Join CAF and CIMA as they co-host the 5th Annual Trivia Night in support of the kids the Off The Street Club. Click here to register for this fun night!

4/11/2016    2016 Advertising Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

Elected by the Advertising Hall of Fame’s distinguished Council of Judges, the American Advertising Federation announced this year’s honorees to be inducted into the 2016 Class of the Advertising Hall of Fame. An event will be held on Monday, April 11, to celebrate the honorees.
3/10/2016    CAF Board Members Named in Black Enterprise's Top Women in Advertising List

Congratulations to CAF Board Members Fay Ferguson of Burrell Communications and Lizette Williams of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (United States) on making Black Enterprise's Top Women in Advertising! (more)
3/10/2016    2016 Chicago American Advertising Awards Gala - March 16

Join us March 16 to celebrate the best ads on Chicago at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Downtown Chicago, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.! (more)
1/4/2016    Tony Weisman named recipient of the Chicago Advertising Federation 2015 Silver Medal Award

The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) is pleased to announce Tony Weisman, CEO, DigitasLBi North America, as recipient of the 2015 Silver Medal Award. The CAF Silver Medal Award honors a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his/her contributions and accomplishments. Tony will be honored at the CAF Silver Medal Award reception and dinner on January 19, 2016, at Morgan MFG in Chicago. Read more.
1/3/2016    CAF American Advertising Awards competition now open for entries

Get honored for your outstanding ad work...enter your best today! Click here for details.
1/2/2016    Annual Career Day coming in February!

CAF's 34th Annual Career Day, taking place Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Swissotel Chicago, is an intensive educational program designed to provide college students and career changers with an in-depth look at the advertising industry and a leg up on finding a job in Chicago's competitive market. Everything you need to get your advertising career on track! Read more.
12/14/2015    Yahoo! Cookin' with Native presentation focused on research and strategies

How does "Native" advertising influence your campaigns? Tony Marlow, Head of Sales Insights at Yahoo!, shared the latest findings from a proprietary native advertising research study during "Cookin'" with Native," presented by Yahoo! at the Museum of Broadcast Communication on December 10. Tony also moderated a panel of thought leaders from the publisher, agency and client sides, and how native fits their strategies. More info here.
11/18/2015    Check out CAF's Events-at-a-Glance!

Want to know what CAF events are upcoming? See what CAF has on the docket through March 2016. Make sure to save the dates! Click here for Events-at-a-Glance.
11/17/2015    Clinton Campaign hires Burrell Communications

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has hired CAF member Burrell Communications, an African American advertising and media firm. Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, the firm is owned by two African American women, McGhee Williams Osse and Faye Ferguson, both seasoned marketing and advertising professionals. Read more.
10/2/2015    CAF celebrates the 2015 Advertising Woman of the Year

The Chicago Advertising Federation, as well as colleagues, family and friends, celebrated Trish Chuipek, President, Midwest Region OMD, as the 2015 Advertising Woman of the Year. Trish was honored at a sold-out reception and luncheon on October 22 at the Radisson Blu in Chicago. Photo highlights here.
7/19/2015    SUBMIT YOUR FILM TODAY! Deadline July 31 for Advertising Community Shorts Night

The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts a competition of the best short films made by local advertising creatives. Advertising Community Shorts Night is not only a great showcase of local talent, it’s become a well-attended networking event for the regional ad community. Deadline for submissions is July 31st! Full details here

4/21/2015    A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons

A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons, running from May 9 through October 31, 2015 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The exhibition will examine the creation and evolution of the characters from their inception to contemporary use, through early commercials, vintage print ads and packaging and a wide variety of rare character memorabilia. Advertising agencies and brand historians will describe how the characters were designed and how they have evolved over the years. Details here.

3/19/2015    Chicago District Six Winners Announced

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6 has announced the 2015 American Advertising Award winners. In total, Chicago American Advertising Award winners received 30 district level awards; 18 Gold Awards and 12 Silver Awards.

Congratulations to all our winners! Click here for more details.

3/19/2015    Chicago Advertising Federation 2015 American Advertising Awards Winners Announced

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Chicago American Advertising Awards competition. More than 300 entries were submitted into this year’s program.

The winners were honored at the Chicago American Advertising Awards Reception on March 11 at Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, IL.

Click here to see the 2015 Chicago American Advertising Awards competition winners!

3/3/2015    2015 Chicago American Advertising Awards - Do You Measure Up?

Taking place Wednesday, March 11 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Chicago Advertising Federation's American Advertising Awards Reception will recognize Chicago's top advertising creative talent. Find out if you "Measure Up" in Chicago while also networking with your peers in the advertising industry. Join us for the big reveal  of this year's Best of Show...and don't miss who will be named Agency of the Year and Client of the Year! Details here.
3/1/2015    Chicago Advertising Federation set to honor the best in local ad biz

Chicago's advertising industry is set to honor its best and brightest. On Mar. 11, the Chicago Advertising Federation is hosting the host its annual awards gala at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St., a site that has proved a popular venue for the ceremony in years past. Chicago Business writer Lewis Lazare reports on the upcoming event. Read more.
2/28/2015    33rd Annual Career Day a huge success!

CAF's annual Career Day, which took place on February 20 at the Swissotel in Chicago was at near sell-out levels as David Selby, President, Managing Partner, SCC, took the stage sharing his vast experience in the world of Chicago advertising to Career Day attendees. Click here for follow-up and photos.
11/19/2014    David Selby named recipient of the Chicago Advertising Federation 2014 Silver Medal Award

CAF is pleased to announce David Selby, President, Schafer|Condon|Carter, as recipient of their 2014 Silver Medal Award. The CAF Silver Medal Award honors a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his/her contributions and accomplishments. A luncheon honoring David took place on January 22. Read more.
11/15/2014    CAF Career Day provides insight into Chicago advertising careers

The Chicago Advertising Federation's 33rd Annual Career Day, taking place Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Swissotel Chicago, is an intensive educational program designed to provide college students and career changers with an in-depth look at the advertising industry and a leg up on finding a job in Chicago's competitive market. Details here.
8/11/2014    Laura Desmond, CEO, Starcom MediaVest Group, named 2014 Advertising Woman of the Year

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce Laura Desmond, Chief Executive Officer, Starcom MediaVest Group, as the 2014 Advertising Woman of the Year. To celebrate Laura's achievement, CAF held a luncheon in her honor at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on November 12. Photo highlights can be found here.
8/5/2014    The New Visual Language: Women, Brands and Closing the Gender Gap - SELLS OUT!

Pictures are the language of our generation – a powerful cultural force in an age where advertising and social media have saturated us with visuals. But what message do our images send? Visual media often portrays women as sexualized, sidelined or in supporting roles, and research shows that the more media a girl consumes the less options she believes she has in life. Fortunately, this is changing. On social media, where females are the majority of users, young women are using the language of images – from memes to GIFs to the rise of the #uglyselfie -- to shift perceptions about gender and power. Through visual language, YOU have the power to effect change, too. Join image anthropologist Pam Grossman, the director of visual trends at Getty Images, and award-winning journalist Jessica Bennett, contributing editor for the women’s empowerment nonprofit Lean In, to examine the changing relationship we have with images – and how we can all use our creativity to shape the future.
8/4/2014    EVENT UPDATE: An evening discussion with Anise Wiley-Little, author of Profitable Diversity Thursday

In Profitable Diversity, Anise Wiley-Little examines the intersection of diversity and business and provides an insightful look into diversity and inclusion from a personal, yet provocative, point of view. Wiley-Little also offers detailed strategies to learn more about the complexities of our similarities and differences, and discusses why they should matter to our corporations and communities.

6/16/2014    BMA Chicago Chapter Event: Continuing the BMA14 Conversation

You’re invited to join CAF and BMAChicago on June 18 at Google to hear highlights of Top Trending BMA14 conference topics: Sign up here & use the code: BMACAF to receive the special rate. 

6/2/2014    AAF Announces National American Advertising Awards Winners

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) presented its 2014 American Advertising Awards on May 31, 2014 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, as part of AAF's national advertising conference.

Among the national winners, Chicago agencies received 18 awards including 7 gold and 11 silver awards.  Chicago winning agencies included: Burrell Communications, Cramer - Krasselt, Energy BBDO/Xi Chicago, JWT Chicago, Leo Burnett Chicago, TRIS3CT, and Y&R Midwest. Congratulations to all the 2014 winners! For a complete list of national winners, click here.

3/19/2014    American Advertising Awards Reception Highlights

Chicago's top advertising creative talent was well represented at the Chicago American Advertising Awards Reception on March 13, 2014 at the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications. The American Advertising Awards Reception not only celebrates the Chicago competition winners and honorees, it celebrates the best in the advertising industry. Click here for highlights.
3/19/2014    AAF District Six Winners Announced

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6 has announced the 2014 American Advertising Award winners. In total Chicago received 35 awards; 17 Gold Awards and 18 Silver Awards at the district level. Click here to read more.
3/14/2014    2014 Chicago American Advertising Awards Announced

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Chicago American Advertising Awards competition. More than 300 entries were submitted into this year’s program. The winners were honored at the Chicago American Advertising Awards Reception on March 13 at Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, IL. Please click here for list of winners.
3/13/2014    Membership keeps you connected

The Chicago Advertising Federation is one of the country’s oldest and largest advertising organizations, representing more than 100 companies and touching thousands of advertising professionals. The mission of the Chicago Advertising Federation is to foster momentum in Chicago’s advertising community. Membership keeps you current and connected with our dynamic and vibrant advertising community. Click here for membership benefits and options.
12/18/2013    Rishad Tobaccowala named recipient of the 2013 Silver Medal Award

The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) is pleased to announce Rishad Tobaccowala, Chair of DigitasLBi and Razorfish, as recipient of their 2013 Silver Medal Award. Read more.

11/12/2013    AAF Introduces the American Advertising Awards

As retailers gear up for the holiday season, America’s advertisers, agencies, suppliers and local advertising clubs are preparing for their industry’s biggest “holiday” – its largest advertising competition. Read more.
10/24/2013    Five Questions with Susan Credle of Leo Burnett

The award-winning Chief Creative Officer talks to the Yahoo! Advertising blog about purpose-driven brands, the origin of Allstate’s “Mayhem” campaign, and how creativity can change human behavior. Read more.
10/15/2013    How do visuals impact your content marketing?

Getty Images, in conjunction with the Chicago Advertising Federation, will provide a candid look at what content marketing is; its relevance, opportunities and obstacles. Don't miss this event, taking place November 6, 2014 at the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communication. Click here for details.
10/14/2013    32nd Annual Career Day set for February 21, 2014

The Chicago Advertising Federation's 32nd Annual Career Day, taking place February 21, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel Chicago, is an intensive educational program designed to provide college students and career changers with an in-depth look at the advertising industry and a leg up on finding a job in Chicago's competitive market. Click here for details.
10/8/2013    Leo Burnett's Susan Credle honored as Ad Woman

Leo Burnett Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle was given an elaborate salute at a luncheon where she was honored as 2013 Chicago Ad Woman of the Year — a recognition the Chicago Advertising Federation bestows annually on a deserving female ad executive. More than 600 local ad executives attended Monday's event— a record number. Lewis Lazare, reporter, Chicago Business Journal, covered the event. Read the full story here.
9/30/2013    What are you doing to market to millennials?

If brand marketers want to succeed with the Millennial consumer, they’ll need to understand and influence the trends, concerns and habits of that generation. In this panel discussion, you’ll hear how Millennials are seeking, sharing and creating content, and key takeaways to design experiences with impact. Click here for details and registration.
9/25/2013    2013 Advertising Woman of the Year announced

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce Susan Credle, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, as the Chicago Advertising Federation's 2013 Advertising Woman of the Year. 2013 marks the 56th year of presenting this award to a woman in the advertising profession who has provided outstanding leadership. To celebrate Susan's achievement, there will be luncheon held in her honor on Monday, October 7 at the Hilton Chicago. For details, click here.
9/5/2013    Yahoo! unveils new logo

After 18 years, Yahoo! revealed its new logo on September 5. The goal for Yahoo! was to stay true to their roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embrace the evolution of their products. Read about the evolution of the new Yahoo! logo here.
6/26/2013    2013 AAF National ADDY Award winners announced!

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) presented its 2013 American Advertising Awards (formerly the National ADDY Awards) for advertising creative excellence on June 8, 2013 at the Arizona Biltmore, as part of ADMERICA! 2013, AAF's national advertising conference. Click here for full article.
6/6/2013    Webinar: Ask Anything You Want about the Yahoo! Bing Network

Want to learn about the best SEM practices and latest search ad formats? Attend Yahoo!’s Search webinar on 6/25. Register today!
5/7/2013    Shakespeare Goes Hip Hop

Every day you're asked to think outside the box. Here’s some supercharged inspiration: Chicago Shakespeare Theater's OTHELLO: THE REMIX. A DJ spins hip-hop, and electronica tunes in a rap redo of the Shakespeare classic. The play stays true to the story, but manages to turn iambic pentameter into rap – all with the backstory of Othello being the biggest new artist of a music label.  Special discount for CAF members: save $5 on a ticket to the recently extended OTHELLO: THE REMIX at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Now until May 19. Get your tickets here. Use offer code PARTNER.
4/25/2013    Entries are now open for Yahoo!’s 2013 Young Media Stars competition

Yahoo!’s Young Media Stars competition honors up-and-coming digital media professionals. Three winners will receive widespread industry recognition and be Yahoo!’s guests at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, career-boosting experience. Enter now! Click here to see short video from last year’s winner.
4/5/2013    ADDY Winners Announced by AAF – District 6

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6 has announced the 2013 ADDY Award winners. In total Chicago received 36 awards; 17 Gold ADDY® Awards and 19 Silver ADDY® Awards at the district level. Click here for more details.
3/19/2013    Chicago ADDY Awards reception honors the best

Chicago's top advertising creative talent was well represented at the Chicago ADDY Awards Reception on March 14, 2013 at the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications. The ADDY Reception not only celebrates the Chicago competition winners and honorees, it celebrates the best in the advertising industry. Please click here for highlights.
3/19/2013    Chicago ADDY Awards winners announced

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 ADDY Awards. Over 350 submissions were entered into the 2013 Chicago ADDY program and the top winners were recognized at the ADDY Awards reception, which took place March 14 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Click here for the winners.
3/13/2013    Fuel Keynote & Expo - A new BMA Chicago event

Get ready to accelerate your thinking with Fuel – a new event from the Business Marketing Association Chicago, featuring an evening keynote, high-tech expo for marketers, cocktails and networking. Click here for details.
3/13/2013    Onsite registration only available for ADDYs reception

Chicago ADDY winners will be honored at the ADDY Awards Reception, taking place March 14, 2013 at Museum of Broadcast Communications. Onsite registration only please.

3/12/2013    Off the Street Club Trivia Night taking place in May

Join us for the second annual OTSC Trivia Night Fundraiser! 100% of the proceeds will go toward sending kids from the OTSC to camp this summer. Send your whole team to support this great organization. Tables of 10 available. Do it for the kids! Click here for more information.
2/26/2013    31st Career Day CAF's biggest yet!

CAF's Career Day is the event for students and career changers looking to develop their advertising careers. Sold out again this year, the activity on Feb. 22 at the Renaissance Hotel was non-stop. Click here  for photo highlights of the event.
1/19/2013    Five Questions for John Muszynski of Starcom MediaVest Group

The chief investment officer at Starcom MediaVest Group Exchange talks to the Yahoo! Advertising Blog editors about redefining scale, demonstrating results and accountability, and winning Chicago’s most esteemed advertising award. Click here to read.
12/4/2012    Final slate of Chicago ADDY competition judges announced!

Take a look at the industry professionals who will be judging the Chicago ADDYs! Click here for list.
11/25/2012    John Muszynski named recipient of 2012 Silver Medal Award

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce John Muszynski, Chief Investment Officer, SMG Exchange (SMGx), as recipient of their 2012 Silver Medal Award. The Silver Medal Award honors a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for his/her contributions and accomplishments. John will be honored at the Chicago Advertising Federation Silver Medal Reception and Dinner at the Swissotel on January 17. Read about John's award in the Chicago Business Journal here.
11/15/2012    Off the Street Club Holiday Luncheon taking place December 6

For over 110 years, Off the Street Club has been dedicated to kids that live on the west side of Chicago. It's a safe place where children can play, grow and learn. A wonderful place that is making a huge difference. Show your support - don't miss the 2012 Holiday Luncheon. Click here for details.
10/20/2012    2013 Chicago ADDY Awards - Call for Entries

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce that the 2013 Chicago ADDY Awards program is now open for entry submissions. The Chicago ADDY Awards honor Chicagoland's advertising trailblazers and innovators. Gain local and national recognition! Submit now!
10/5/2012    Chicago ADDY sponsorships available

Sponsoring Chicagoland's most well-respected advertising awards competition puts you front and center of Chicago's top agencies and creatives. Click here for sponsorship details.
10/3/2012    2012 Ad Woman of the Year honored

The Chicago Advertising Federation honored Jackie Woodward, Vice President of Media & Marketing Services, MillerCoors, as the 2012 Advertising Woman of the Year at Chicago's Swissotel on October 1. Click here for recap and photos.
8/22/2012    Getty Images event focused on photography and social media

Join Pam Grossman, Getty Images’ Creative Planning Manager of North America, as she explores visual trends in the Age of Hyper-Connectivity. I Did This, I Want This, I Am This: How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Look, taking place September 26 at the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications, addresses how the world of instant image communication is changing the way brands communicate visually. Click here for details and registration.
6/30/2012    Connected Devices Panel

On Wednesday, June 27th, the Chicago Advertising Federation, in partnership with Yahoo!, hosted a panel discussion on Connected Devices at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Click here for event follow-up.
6/24/2012    BlogWell - How Big Brands Use Social Media

BlogWell features 8 great case studies on corporate social media from FedEx, MillerCoors, U.S. Cellular, 3M, American Family Insurance, Reebok, Kraft Foods, and Aetna. This event is all about how big brands use social media. Click here for details.
6/23/2012    Five Questions for Chris Scott of Progressive

Progressive's manager of Emerging Media discusses multi-screen marketing, social gaming, and Flo as a pop icon. Engaging interview is featured on the Yahoo! Advertising Blog here.
6/22/2012    Forrester Wave: Demand-Side Platforms Report available for download

Download your copy of The Forrester Wave™: Demand-Side Platforms, Q4 2011, and find out why DataXu was ranked #1 and named a Demand-Side Platform leader by the independent research firm, Forrester. NOTE: You will need to provide your name, company and e-mail address to download the report.
6/11/2012    National ADDY Award winners announced

The American Advertising Federation is pleased to announce the 2012 national ADDY Award winners. Click here for details.
6/4/2012    Connected Devices Panel gives you insights into mobile/tablet/TV interactivity

Get the latest consumer best practices and updates on mobile, tablet, and Connected TV advertising. This must-attend event is your opportunity to get valuable knowledge about the changing landscape and challenges advertisers face in this multitasking world. Click here for details. In partnership with Yahoo!.
6/4/2012    Celebrate Ad Age's Best Places to Work

Celebration luncheon, taking June 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, will bring together leaders from the Best Places to Work to share stories about the culture they have created for their staffs as well as experts on the topics of workplace culture and talent from salaries, retention, recruitment and diversity. Click here for details.
4/6/2012    Enter Yahoo!'s Young Media Stars Competition for a Chance to Win a Trip to Cannes!

Are you a young digital media planner working in an agency environment at a pre-manager level? If so, enter Yahoo!'s Young Media Stars Competition now! The winners will join Yahoo! at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, June 17-20. Click here for details and entry information.
3/28/2012    OTSC Trivia Night Fundraiser taking place in May

Don't miss the first Annual Off The Street Club (OTSC) Trivia Night fundraiser, taking place May 3 at Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. 100% of the proceeds will go toward sending kids from the OTSC to camp this summer. Change a kid's life! Details and registration here.
3/27/2012    Ron Bess honored at Silver Medal Award Luncheon

The advertising community came together to celebrate award recipient Ron Bess, President, Euro RSCG North America, and CEO, Euro RSCG Chicago, on March 23 at the Drake Hotel. Click here for event photos.
3/26/2012    Chicago Advertising Federation members named Advertising Age’s “Best Places to Work."

Digitas, Laughlin Constable, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather, Starcom & Tris3ct were part of Advertising Age's 2012 Best Places to work. Click here for complete details.

3/22/2012    Five Questions for Ron Bess of Euro RSCG North America

The Chicago Advertising Federation's Silver Medal Award Winner on the best ads of 2011 and best practices for 2012. Click here for Q&A with Ron Bess, recently published on the Yahoo! Advertising Solutions Blog.
3/20/2012    ADDY Winners Announced by AAF – District 6

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6 has announced the 2012 ADDY Award winners. Michelle Kreinbrook, AAF District 6 Indiana Lt. Governor and ADDY chair, said 158 awards were presented in the annual competition that celebrates creativity in advertising. Chicago took 25 of the 34 Gold ADDYs awarded at the district level. Click here for more details.
3/20/2012    Be a Part of ADMERICA! 2012

ADMERICA! 2012 will explore the innovations made in the fields of advertising, marketing and communications through the use of music, apps, movies, television, gaming, social media and sports. Click here for more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities.
3/17/2012    Speaker Series: The Creation of Mayhem

Chicago Advertising Federation's recent speaker series, "The Creation of Mayhem," gave attendees an insider's look at the process behind the development of this award-winning campaign. Click here for event follow-up.
3/17/2012    Silver Medal Reception Luncheon taking place on March 23

Originally scheduled for January 20, CAF is pleased to announce that the Silver Medal Award Reception and Luncheon honoring 2011 award recipient Ron Bess, has been rescheduled for March 23, 2012. Come celebrate Ron's achievement! Click here for details.
3/8/2012    Over 300 attend Career Day

The 30th Annual Career Day, which was sold out, prompted attendees to use Twitter to communicate with each other in real time during the event. Click here for highlights.
3/5/2012    Career Day attendees leave inspired

In a recent blog, Devin Mulertt discusses her experience at Career Day in February. Click here to read blog post.
2/17/2012    Chicago ADDY Award winners announced

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Chicago ADDY Awards competition. More than 300 entries were submitted into this year’s Chicago ADDY program. Winners were honored at the Chicago ADDY's Reception on February 16. Click here for winners.
1/3/2012    Banner future for digital advertising

When Sprint Nextel moved its $1.1 billion account from San Francisco-based Goodby, Silverstein & Partners to Chicago Advertising Federation members Digitas Chicago and Leo Burnett, it was one of the biggest wins in Chicago advertising history. Click here for Chicago Tribune article.
12/15/2011    Marketers ask, Yahoo! answers

Get trends, best practices and tips from Yahoo!'s most popular 2011 research studies. Click here for information.
11/30/2011    Ron Bess named CAF 2011 Silver Medal Award recipient

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce Ron Bess, President and COO, Euro RSCG North America, and CEO, Euro RSCG Chicago, as recipient of the 2011 Silver Medal Award. Help celebrate Ron Bess at the CAF Silver Medal Luncheon January 20th at the Drake Hotel in Chicago! Click here for details.
11/8/2011    CAF to co-host 9th Annual Acronym Bash

Taking place December 6 at the Mid-America Club, the Acronym Bash benefits the Chicago Children's Hospital. CAF members receive a special rate to attend this holiday event of the year. Click here for details.
11/7/2011    Chicago Tribune article features Ron Bess of Euro RSCG Chicago

Ron Bess, CEO, Euro RSCG Chicago, is a well-schooled leader and the Chicago advertising community's biggest booster. A recently published Chicago Tribune article focuses on his rise in the industry. Click here to read complete Chicago Tribune article.
11/6/2011    Medill IMC Talent Q Symposium taking place November 15

Exploring the talents, skills, and attributes of the people behind today’s effective marketing and communications programs, Medill's IMC Talent Q Symposium includes graduating IMC students presenting research findings as well as a panel of experts discussing their take on recruiting and retaining top talent. Dana Anderson, SVP Marketing Strategy and Communications, Kraft, kicks off the evening with a talk on "Leap." Click here for more information.
10/25/2011    AAF 2011 Advertising Hall of Achievement Recipients Announced

9/22/2011    Cannes Lions & Cocktails event announced

CAF Cannes Lions 2011 honors the Chicago Ad community represented at Cannes in June. Don't miss Cannes Lions & Cocktails on 10/25 at the Hotel Sax. Click here for info and registration.
9/1/2011    Advertising Age announces 30 Best Places to Work

CAF members on the list include: Digitas, Leo Burnett and Valassis. Click here for complete list.
8/24/2011    Reception, luncheon to honor 2011 Advertising Woman of the Year

The Chicago Advertising Federation is honoring Lisa Donohue, CEO, Starcom, and recently named 2011 Advertising Woman of the Year, with a reception and luncheon at the Hilton Chicago on October 7. Luncheon attendees can reserve single tickets or tables of 10. For details and registration, click here.
8/7/2011    Chicago ad shops hope storyline stays upbeat

Chicago Tribune takes a look at the set backs and growth of ad shops here in the city. Chicago Advertising Federation members provide focus for recent article. Click here to read.
8/3/2011    Chicago Advertising Federation names 2011 Advertising Woman of the Year

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce Lisa Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, Starcom USA, as the 2011 Advertising Woman of the Year. 2011 marks the 54th year of presenting this award to a woman in the advertising profession who has provided outstanding leadership. Click here for details.
7/27/2011    Rahm Emanuel "wows" crowd at July Speaker Series Event

Over 300 advertising professionals attended the Chicago Advertising Federation's July 26, 2011, Speaker Series Event, featuring Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In recognizing the global strength of Chicago and its advertising community, "Chicago," said the Mayor, "is distinct in that it is the only inland city with a true international business footprint." Click here for event recap and photos.
7/7/2011    July CAF Speaker Series luncheon to feature Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

On July 26, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, Mayor Emanuel will discuss business growth in Chicago and its impact on the city's advertising industry. Seating is limited. Click here for details.
6/15/2011    Leo Burnett wins National 2011 ADDY Best of Show

The American Advertising Federation presented its 2010–2011 National ADDY® Awards for advertising creative excellence at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel as part of ADMERICA!, the Federation's annual national advertising conference. Click here.
6/6/2011    CAF Congratulates Chicago's National ADDY Award Winners!

Chicago National ADDY Award winners were honored with the best of the best from across the country at the National ADDY Awards Show & Gala on June 4, 2011 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. Click here to view a list of winners.
5/4/2011    Judging for National ADDYs this week!

Winners will be announced June 4th at the AAF National Conference. Click here for details.
4/27/2011    Radio!On Workshop taking place May 19

If you write or produce radio, you'll want to register for the Radio On! Mercury Awards workshop, taking place May 19 in Chicago. Click here for details.
4/8/2011    2011 ADDY Winners Announced by AAF District 6. Chicago dominates!

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6 has announced the 2011 ADDY Award winners. Out of 156 winners, Chicago represented over one third of winning creative! Click here for details.

3/15/2011    CAF Chicago ADDY update, event photos & duplicate trophy orders now available!

Chicago ADDY Award winners were announced during the Chicago ADDY Awards Reception in Chicago on March 10. Best of Show, Special Judges Citation of Excellence, Gold and Silver winners have been posted here.
3/11/2011    Chicago Sun-Times praises CAF ADDY Awards Reception

In his Chicago Sun-Times Media Mix column, Lewis Lazare reported that the Chicago ADDY Reception's "focus [was] exactly where it should be -- on the work and a simple, unfussy reception to honor the winners and celebrate the Chicago advertising community." Click here for Lazare's for column.
3/10/2011    Allstate ads win Chicago ADDY Best of Show Award

Click here for Chicago Sun-Times article.
2/22/2011    Chicago Addy's reception showcases winning entries

Reception celebrating Chicago's finest work and the creatives behind it takes place Thursday, March 10! Don't miss it. Details here.

2/18/2011    Judges appraise Chicago Addy entries

Judges have their work cut out for them as they evaluate over 350 submissions that are vying for National Addy Gold. Click here for updates!
2/3/2011    Blizzard extends Chicago ADDY entry deadline!

12/15/2010    29th Annual CAF Career Day taking place February 11

CAF's 2011 Career Day is SOLD OUT! Details for 2012 will be available soon!
11/19/2010    Enter the Chicago ADDY Awards competition!

The heat is on! Over 40 Chicago-area agencies have submitted multiple entries so far! Don't be left behind! Click here to enter now.
11/16/2010    Chicago advertising community well-represented at the CAF Cannes Lions

The Chicago advertising community was well-represented at the CAF/USA TODAY Cannes Lions cocktail party at Sax Chicago on October 12. Click here for details.
11/16/2010    Howard Draft honored at CAF Silver Medal Award Dinner

Chicago advertising professionals joined CAF in honoring Howard Draft, Executive Chairman, Draftfcb, at the CAF Silver Medal Award Dinner on November 11th at the Drake Hotel. Click here for details.
11/15/2010    Off The Street Club Holiday Luncheon

Don't just save the date. Save the day. Click here for more information.

10/29/2010    CAF Advertising Woman of the Year Luncheon honors Nina Abnee

CAF's 2010 Advertising Woman of the Year Luncheon, which took place on October 1st at the Renaissance Hotel, honored Nina Abnee, Executive Vice President, Account Management, Leo Burnett. Click here for details, photos.
10/14/2010    BtoB online catches up with Howard Draft

BtoB talked to Howard Draft, Executive Chairman, Draftfcb, about the future of direct marketing from an agency perspective. Click here to watch video.
9/29/2010    Don't forget to participate in the CAF feedback survey for a chance to win a great prize!

The Chicago Advertising Federation is committed to offering the most worthwhile programming and events. Thank you for your support!
9/14/2010    CAF names Leo Burnett’s Nina Abnee 2010 Advertising Woman of the Year

Register now for the CAF Ad Woman of the Year Reception & Luncheon, taking place October 1 at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago.
9/13/2010    CAF/USA TODAY Cannes Lions Event taking place in October

Please join the Chicago advertising community for a cocktail party - taking place at Sax Chicago on October 12- celebrating the Chicago-based winners of the Cannes Lions award. Click here for details.
9/12/2010    Effective Marketing Communication Symposium and Celebration

Northwestern University's Medill IMC program is taking place October 26 at the university’s Thorne Auditorium. This event is a celebration of Effective Marketing Communications. Sponsorship partner opportunities are available. Click here for more information.
9/8/2010    CAF 2010 Silver Medal Award Winner of the Year announced

The Chicago Advertising Federation is pleased to announce Howard Draft, Executive Chairman, Draftfcb, as recipient of the CAF 2010 Silver Medal Award. CAF is hosting a dinner in Howard Draft's honor on November 11, 2010, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Click here for details and dinner registration.
7/1/2010    New location for CAF headquarters

We have a new address! Click here for new location and contact details.
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