Millennium Park’s Autumn Blaze Maples and Homestead Elms are beginning to lose their warm green hues. A collection of spectacular-colored crimson, orange, and sunglow yellow paint the sidewalk with expressions of fall. The harvest is upon us, now we can cherish the last leg of produce available at farmer’s markets and of course devour everything artificially pumpkin flavored. Ah, it’s finally Autumn. The weather may be cooling off, but there are still many events and commemorations to enjoy. Without further ado we present, Fall Festivals in Chicago:
On Sunday October 9, 45,000 participants will embark on a 26.2 mile journey across Chicago’s best known neighborhoods. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the race that raises millions for charities like Advocate Health Care, American Red Cross, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Though it is too late to sign up for this wonderful event, you can cheer on racers at Grant Park at 8AM, Sunday morning.
It’s the best time of the year to go to museums! For eleven days this month, Illinois residents can get up to 25% off admissions at Chicago’s best cultural institutions. This year’s museum week runs from October 13 through October 23. Other than the BIG 5 (Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Art Institute,) there are many other institutions that provide a spectacular experience for you and your family.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum located just north of Chicago. This Halloween event will showcase 1000 hand-carved pumpkins, some with Chicago icons, classic Halloween characters, garden “monsters,” and artwork representing Día de los Muertos. Check it out, October 20 through 23. (Note: you might also encounter zombies and other dangerous creatures along the pathway)
Join us for the Chicago Cultural Mile Association’s 2nd annual Halloween Gathering on Saturday, October 22. Family-friendly festivities begin at 2PM in Millennium Park, Grant Park, and George Solti Garden. Enjoy an afternoon full of mask-making workshops, acrobatic performances, a children’s costume parade, and Chicago’s Longest All Souls Train on the Van Buren Bridge between Michigan Avenue and Columbus. End the celebration with The Halloween Gathering Spectacle from 6–8PM. Be amazed by an electric procession jam-packed with ghosts, ghouls, artists, and 13 new Creative Spirit Fellows. Perhaps you might even encounter a couple of FLIRTies working, and if you do, come say boo!
The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual event organized by Cinema/Chicago. This year, the Chicago International Film Festival will be held at AMC River East 21 from October 13 to October 27. This event showcases films from around the world that were previously unavailable in Chicago. Viewers will also have the chance to meet directors, producers, writers, and cast members.
Monday, October 31 marks the 20th birthday of Boystown’s Halloween Parade. Participation is free, but registration is required to partake in the procession and costume contest. Brace yourself for an extravaganza of weird, wild, and spooky costumes, kids, and pets, oh my! The event begins at 6PM and spans across Halsted, from Belmont to Addison. Remember to get a little creative with your costume because you’ll be competing against the best of the best!
If all else fails, you can always visit a pumpkin patch to find the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (oops, er…we mean loyal readers). Take a day trip outside of the city to Goebbert’s, Sonny Acres, or Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, just to name a few! Who could say no to a day filled with apple cider donuts and hayrides? Certainly not the FLIRTies!
National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 17th! FLIRT decided this is a holiday we definitely couldn’t miss so we came up with the idea of making our own #FLIRTsundae, complete with FLIRTY oranges and more! This sundae is simple to make and tastes amazing, so get your ingredients together and create our #FLIRTsundae with us:
Step 1: Slice and Divide
Step 3: Get Ready to Scoop!
Step 4: The Final Touches
Voila! There you have it – the perfect #FLIRTsundae! If you happen to make your own sundae make sure to share with us by using the hashtag, #FLIRTsundae
Thanks to our talented interns, Kam and Paige for concocting this delicious treat!
With summer here, we are enjoying the warm weather, outdoor lunch breaks and two brand new interns! They have been with us for just over a month and they have already taken the plunge into assisting with upcoming events and FLIRT’s social media presence. Continue reading to learn more about Kam Yan Chan, our Graphic Design intern and Paige Drugas, our Digital Marketing and Production intern. We are so excited to have them as part of the team!
Kam is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago, where she majored in Graphic Design and minored in Web Development. She grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the U.S. in 2009. While living in Chicago, Kam enjoys learning about different cultures and meeting people from around the world. Her multicultural experience and interests have not only affected her personality, but also how she creates and approaches design.
Hometown: Hong Kong
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Thing about Chicago: Summer
Secret Skill: Finding books in the library
What I hope to learn at FLIRT: The role that graphic design plays in event production and how FLIRT’s ideas are communicated through design
Paige has a passion for creativity. Whether she is drafting advertising campaigns at school, or illustrating acrylic paintings to sell or gift to others, she strives to ignite cognition and curiosity in people. In her free time, Paige enjoys online shopping, volunteering at animal shelters, and watching the ID network.
Hometown: I grew up in the southwest suburb of Tinley Park, also known as “The Best Place to Raise Your Kids in Illinois” according to BusinessWeek magazine.
Favorite thing about/to do in Chicago: I enjoy long walks along the lake front – from the Museum Campus, to the Buckingham Fountain, to the boat docks. I also love exploring the Macy’s on State St – it is a favorite destination of mine!
Favorite food: I love Rigatoni Ala Vodka – It’s a fabulous pasta dish, especially when topped with a little grated parmesan cheese. For dessert, I enjoy ice cream of all flavors and sizes. Who ever said it was a seasonal treat lied; you can easily enjoy it year-round!
Secret Skill: I love to doodle, draw, and paint. I can easily spend a few hours on a piece, especially if I know it is going to be someone’s present.
What I hope to learn at FLIRT: While at FLIRT, I hope to become a better writer, strategist, and event coordinator. I am determined to learn as much as I can about event design, social media campaigns, and anything else thrown my way!
The majority of the time, Halloween is associated with vampires, jack-o-lanterns and ghosts, and the creativity behind the holiday is often forgotten, but for The Halloween Gathering, this was not the case. Leading up to this past Halloween, FLIRT was selected as the agency responsible for all of the visual branding for the event, allowing us to really show our creativity as well as assist with such an amazing and original event here in Chicago.
This event is made possible by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, a foundation committed to bringing awareness to the part of Michigan Avenue south of the Chicago River, known as the “Cultural Mile”. This vibrant section stretches along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Roosevelt and eastward to the Museum Campus. It houses numerous creative institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago; historic real estate such as The Fine Arts Building; and public service monuments such as a the Cultural Center. The Halloween Gathering is intended to bring all of these units of Chicago’s creative community together to celebrate the artists’ holiday through workshops and theater performances during the day and a spectacle parade at night that included 80 of Chicago’s artistic groups.
FLIRT was able to contribute to this event in some of the ways we know best. Our responsibilities included assisting with overall event and stage production as well as designing the visual branding/promotions for the event. From directional signage throughout Millennium Park to advertisements on CTA buses and train cars – we created it all! Our favorite bit that was conjured up was the theme logo for the event. What we call the “Creative Skull” (pictured right) is an original logo that encompasses all of the stunning aspects of the Chicago Cultural Mile. It includes Sue from the Field Museum, The Tiffany ceiling found in The Cultural Center, one of the famous Art Institute lion statues and more. But our excitement about this event didn’t come to an end when all the branding was complete. We could not wait to see it all come together after the months of preparation with the Chicago Cultural Mile Association.
During the day we were blown away by the masses of people creating crafts in the Conjure Tent, viewing theater performances at the Wrigley Stage and partaking in dance workshops at the Enchant Stage. Once evening hit, everyone then gathered for the spectacle parade along Columbus Drive, which was packed with dancers, artists and even flame throwers. Seeing this diverse group of people come together to celebrate this holiday was truly remarkable, and we can’t wait to get started on plans for next year!
Just over a week ago, our city saw its 4th annual Chicago Ideas Week. From the inspiration of Brad Keywell and to a slightly lesser degree Eric Lefkofsky, founder of Groupon, this magical week brings to world-renowned speakers and hands-on labs and experiences to our city for a curiosity-packed week once a year. Each is designed to inspire the imagination while also provoking and challenging conventional thinking.
At FLIRT, we pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking agency, so we encouraged the entire staff to attend several CIW events to help us to explore our curiosities and expand our thinking. The goal? Apply our stimulated imagination to our clients’ events and internal communications planning. After all, aren’t inspired ideas, beyond great strategy and flawless production, the hallmark of any great communications agency?