It's still happening. Which -- given the somewhat less than rosy state of Chicago's advertising industry -- is something of a minor miracle. We're talking about the Chicago Creative Clubs Awards ceremony, slated for Sept. 10, 2009 at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown, a venue that couldn't be more different than the considerably more capacious Soldier Field, where the 2008 awards show was held. The Riviera will certainly provide a more theatrical environment for the show.
Given who is leading this year's award show, intended to honor the best creative from among the city's various ad shops, it should not be surprising that a different tack is being taken. Renegades one and all, the triumvirate spearheading the planning for 2009 CCC show includes Liz Ross, late of Tribal DDB; Matt Brennock of Fusion Idea Lab/Chicago, and Katie Juras, a locally- based producer who was at Element 79 until December of last year.
The three powers-that-be behind the 2009 CCC show are trying to establish a different template for this year's award ceremony, even to the point of calling it the "No Show." "We want this to be less your typically indulgent ego fest, and more about the ad community in Chicago as a whole," explained Brennock, who also indicated production and media people and clients would be welcome to attend along with agency types.
No decisions have been made about a host yet, but the trio of organizers hopes to come up with a presenting sponsor that could help defray the not inconsiderable cost of mounting an awards show. The evening's producers also want to keep entry fees as reasonable as possible to encourage agencies large and small to enter their best work.
Brennock also tells us the show organizers have created a Facebook group to further bring together the city's ad community. The group's name is "Second City My Ass," and Brennock told us the group's muse is said to -- somewhat tongue in cheek we presume -- Rosemarie Ryan, the JWT honcho who shall live in infamy for marching into town, shutting down the storied JWT/Chicago and then telling the world she hadn't a clue why the shop couldn't make it. No clue? Astounding.