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Meet the hearts and souls of 88. We’re a team of very different but like-minded individuals who bring diverse expertise and knowledge to everything we do, making us ready to build, elevate and extend a wide variety of service-oriented brands.
Michael McGuirePresident & CEO
I'd like to think that my greatest accomplishment is still ahead—seeing my children graduate from college, evolving the agency into something incredible, climbing Mount Everest (ok... maybe not that one). There are still great things to come!
Without question, it was the night I held my daughter (our first) in my arms. She was completely still and quiet. I just remember this feeling of absolute love and connection to this beautiful, little person. It happened again with my son, but that time there was much more screaming (on his part, not mine).
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett
Sandmeyer's Bookstore—I get my kids books there every week.
Joe PopaExecutive Creative Director
I had a college roomate who was part Native American. He had an indigenous hand-knit sweater that I openly coveted. I finally coerced a trade for a vintage leather jacket I had. I wore it once before I went home for the holiday and my mother threw it into the laundry with all of my other wash. It has since only functioned as a sock puppet.
Just one thing? My Grandfather's citizenship documents. It's the "Once upon a time" introduction to my life story. Two things? The 1954 Gibson L48 Archtop. (My Father would want me to save that one.)
Anthony Bourdain or Billy Bragg would both make great dinner guests.
The ability to wield an impressive (but not intimidating) vocabulary.
Finishing one of the books I have in various states of creation. There's a half-written, slightly illustrated children's book and the first several pages of a novel. I've done a lot more dreaming than writing.
Barbara JurgensDirector of Client Service
Barack or Michelle Obama—do I have to pick just one?
Believe it or not, listening to Shania Twain. I’m late in discovering her and love singing along to “Up!”
To sight-read piano music, and be able to play easily (I took lessons through high school).
It's a toss-up. I love the Art Institute, and particularly the Modern Wing. I also love the Cultural Center's big room with the rotunda and mosaics in the ceiling.
I've loved going to the CSO for years. Orchestra Hall is timeless and holds many memories for me.
I'm predicting my favorite is yet to be seen by me: Hamilton. I have the soundtrack and love the music. I’m seeing it in November and can’t wait.
Brian CrowleyVP, Director of Strategy
I checked that box a few years ago when I drove Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. I’m now looking for my next adventure and am open to suggestions.
As an architecture buff, I love being surrounded by our neighborhood’s impressive Chicago School skyscrapers. And I’m here every June for the Printers Row Lit Fest.
The Inland Steel Building. The Loop's first—and best?—post-WWII high-rise.
Haruki Murakami. But not as a "dinner guest." We'd go out for sushi and hit a jazz club.
Danielle ChenArt Director
I want to transform into any kind of animal and peek in to human life.
Having my family (including my dear cat) and all my friends spend a month together in Chicago.
Merchandise Mart. I love the madness of the massive size.
It was performed by Eighth Blackbird at the Museum of Contemporary Art in winter 2015. And the fact that it was just a random practice, so I can't find it anymore, makes the experience magical.
Andy YamashiroSenior Art Director
I sing to myself all the time. Usually it’s a made-up song or a jingle about my mom's dog or some inanimate object. I sing these to my girlfriend on a daily basis.
Being an illustrator. It's still a passion of mine, I just don't make the time to pursue it enough. Someday I'll make it more of a priority when I become more comfortable with the idea of not making any money.
Passing my sophomore portfolio review while pursuing Visual Communication Design in college. Nearly a quarter of my class didn't pass and I gave myself an ulcer in the process while preparing for it. It confirmed that I had chosen the right major, or, at the very least, had made it far enough that changing my major would have been a mistake at that point!
Restaurante Cuetzala Gro. Best Mexican food in my neighborhood, and for Rogers Park that's saying something! It's authentic, flavorful and the staff is very kind. The lengua in salsa verde is outstanding.
The Shoe Hospital. Best shoe shines in the city. They are artists!
Tom AstleyDirector of Creative Technology
Driving a Ferrari as fast as possible on a racetrack. I live my life a quarter mile at a time.
Running the Chicago Marathon two years in a row. I live my life 26.2 miles at a time.
Kasey’s Tavern. I live my life one pint at a time.
Brian TraversWeb Developer
There are two identical gray shirts with the Chicago Park District logo on it that I stole from my siblings. They have been washed and worn so many times they are softest shirts. The only thing that stops me from wearing them more is that they're very fragile now and one is almost see-through.
My Grandmother's signature breakfast. Eggs and toast, with Irish sausage, regular sausage and black pudding. Then her soda bread to finish.
I think Patton Oswalt would be a great dinner guest who could talk movies, pop culture or politics in hilarious and interesting ways. What would I talk about with him? Hopefully he talks the entire time.
TropiCuba. They have dynamite Cuban and steak sandwiches. It is definitely the first place we think of when we are ordering out and the one we default to if my wife and I can't decide.
I am currently trying to teach myself Spanish.
Going to Italy. (And I finally did it this year!)
My four children, who have turned into wonderful adults that I am extremely proud of.
The Art Institute
Rose Angelis, it is cozy and has a beautiful patio filled with flowers in the summertime. I can walk there from my house.
Starbucks. They all know me in there and on many occasions have my drink started when they see me coming in.
I would love to have dinner with Chelsea Handler, the no nonsense, hilarious comedian! She would be a very fun guest to have and the conversation could go anywhere, which would make it even more interesting!
The ability to stop time and start it again whenever I wanted. Need a little more sleep? Stop time. Running late? Stop time. Doing anything and just want to stop time? Stop time! (Also, in this scenario I'd be able to move around and do what I wanted when time was stopped.)
I would save a series of pictures of my dog I had growing up named Shadow, and his dog collar. He lived for 14 years and I always came home from school to find him in bathtubs around our house. He was not the most coordinated dog so I was always left wondering how he got in the tub? I couldn't risk losing those! They are hilarious and priceless.
I Love Bar Pastoral. It's down the street, they have amazing cheese and wine selections, if you want a quick bite they have great sandwiches, and it's the first place we think of when we want to eat out!
Elizabeth PatersonGroup Account Director
Not clothing, but I treasure two special pieces of jewlery that were handed down to me. The first being my maternal grandmother's wedding ring that I wear everyday, and the second is a ring from my paternal grandmother that my parents had reset for my 30th birthday.
White House staff member turned culinary contessa Ina Garten.
Travel to Scotland to explore the country and trace my family’s ancestry.
Summers in Northern Michigan with my family growing up are memories I hold close to my heart.
A tiny vegetarian restaurant called Mana Food Bar. The atmosphere is intimate, and they elevate vegetarian fare so much so that non-vegetarians won't miss their meat.
Just Salads. It's like Disney World for leafy green lovers like myself.
Terry BoydAssociate Creative Director
Being able to multitask as well as I sometimes think I can.
Living in New York City. I love Chicago, but the energy and art offerings—both in museums and galleries—are at a whole different level in New York.
Lula Cafe. They opened in 1999, doing inventive, thoughtful, farm-to-table cuisine before it existed as a category, and paved the way for the Logan Square culinary community that has since developed.
The Fine Arts Building. It’s a gorgeous rabbit warren of artist studios, instrument makers, music and dance teachers, performance spaces and more. And it has possibly the last elevator operator in Chicago.
Anne FlavinArt Director
Aside from teleportation (obviously), I'd love to have a photogrpahic memory.
Illustrating a children's book. My family and I are always tossing around scenarios that would make great children's books. My brother and I are currently hooked on creating a story about two grumpy trouts.
I won every art contest that I entered in elementary school. My favorite winning piece was a poster promoting health foods which featured an apple leading a jazzercise class to a room of other fruits and vegetables.
As kids my brothers and I spent many summers visiting our grandparents in New Mexico. We filled our days by racing Hot Wheels in my grandmother's garden, walking to a comic book store at the end of the street, and eating apricots picked off the neighbor's tree.
A memorable show was The National at Music City Hall in Cincinnati.
Erica PelletierAccount Director
Sitting on the edge of the Piazza di Michelangelo in Florence overlooking the city at sunrise my last night of study abroad in college.
Edgewater Beach Hotel—it's an old pink hotel off Lake Shore Drive that looks like the Grand Budapest Hotel.
Blue Agave in the Gold Coast reminds me of growing up in Texas. And they have such good queso and tacos.
Revival Food Hall is the prettiest place, with the chandeliers and the gold accents, and there are so many fantastic mini-restaurants.
The early 1920s to live-up the flapper days. Great Gatsby without the drama.
Taylor MackeyAccount Executive
Travel to all seven wonders of the world. I was able to visit Machu Picchu in 2018 and it was a completely surreal experience. Now I'm dying to see the other six.
I would sit down with Berenice Abbott, a photographer who captured New York City in the 1930's. I'd love to know the stories behind her photos and the details/gossip of her bohemian lifestyle.
It recently closed, but a sandwich shop in Grand Rapids, MI called Marie Catrib's. They had The Larry David- a lentil burger topped with spicy tomato jam, garlic veganaise, and loads of veggies. I still dream about it.
A dinner with five close friends from college. We cooked a simple meal, drank cheap wine, and laughed all night. We live around the country now and don't see each other often, so that memory is really special.