Happening at Jell in 2009

Atelier Jouvence Puts its Mark on the Art Institute's Modern Wing

Perhaps one of the biggest cultural landmarks of 2009 was the opening of Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Near the center of Grant Park and directly facing off against Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion, the Modern Wing is very hard to miss. MORE >

Posted December 14, 2009

Genus: a Cancer Breakthrough?

There have been myriad approaches to battling cancer over the years, and great strides in cancer management in the past decade. But can you imagine a therapy that could reverse otherwise intractable cancers without harming the patient? The scientists who formed Genus Oncology can. MORE >

Posted October 30, 2009

Commemorating Willye B. White

It was a gorgeous autumn morning on September 26. In Rogers Park, just east of the Howard “L” stop, Caribbean-style drum music filled the street. Dozens of community activists, neighborhood citizens, and civic leaders were gathering at a new Chicago Park District field house to dedicate the facility to a remarkable woman: Willye B. White, five-time Olympian and Chicago philanthropist. MORE >

Posted September 23, 2009

How Does one Become a FileMaker Visionary?

You could study FileMaker scripting night and day, and build elaborate databases in your free time. Or you could take a shortcut and just wear some special glasses that make you look…well, desperately overcaffeinated. The back story: client Chris Kubica of Application Architects originally got the idea to launch a “genius bar” at FileMaker’s annual DevCon event back in 2007. MORE >

Posted August 5, 2009

…and the Online Experience

The book was our first salvo in celebrating Grant Park Music Festival’s 75th season. The second was the complete reinvention of the GPMF Web site as a cutting-edge fan-culture site and tourist magnet. MORE >

Posted June 11, 2009

Grant Park Music Festival — the Coffee Table Book…

Did you know that Chicago has been graced with free classical concerts in Grant Park for 75 years? Or that this amazing civic tradition can be traced to a Depression-era public works program for unemployed musicians, pioneered by labor leader James C. Petrillo? MORE >

Posted June 11, 2009

The Free Spirit Media bash

May 21 was the night that Chicago’s media elite — producers, directors, agency creatives, editors, and everyone else in the video, advertising, and broadcast business — came out to shift their focus from the daily grind to a higher ground. That was the night we celebrated Focus On Our Youth, a fundraiser for Free Spirit Media, the wonderful not-for-profit dedicated to teaching all aspects of media production to under-served urban youth. MORE >

Posted May 24, 2009

Stump's Latest and Greatest

Yes, the elections are over (for now), but if you’re the type that couldn’t get quite enough of the blow-by-blows at Politico, Huffington Post, or DailyKos in 2008 — or even now, in 2009 — then you should pick up this new title from Chicago author Stump Connolly. MORE >

Posted May 16, 2009

Rebranding Credentials

Heading into their 13th year, our new client Credentials Solutions had already embarked upon a name change when we met them. Credentials had pioneered the automation of student records management with their patented online degree and enrollment verification service back in 1997. MORE >

Posted April 18, 2009

A new site for a great organization

Where does one start when it comes to describing the Carole Robertson Center for Learning? Their reach? (At their three West Side facilities, they nurture and educate hundreds of low-income families, 75% of which live below federal poverty level.) Their history? MORE >

Posted April 7, 2009

The Week Behind relaunches

Journalist, filmmaker, and author Scott Jacobs has been running an online magazine since 1992. That’s right — 1992, roughly three or four years before most of the world discovered the Web. MORE >

Posted April 3, 2009