AICP Chicago Draws More Than 1200

AICP Chicago Draws More Than 1200

Whether it’s the show, the food, the drink, or the company another capacity crowd descended on the Chicago Cultural Center for the annual AICP Show Chicago last night.

More than 1,200 guests attended the 26th annual fete celebrating the best creative work at one of the best venues in the city overlooking Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park. SCREEN has the first collection of photos from the event on our Facebook site here.

“It was gratifying to see such a strong turnout to admire the best work produced last year. The Show reel demonstrated that creativity has blossomed in many formats beyond the scope of a :30 TV commercial,” said Mark Androw, AICP Midwest Chapter President. “It was nice to see FCB/Chicago honored for their work for K-Mart.”

It was easy to make the mistake of drinking 312 beer when the bar also included two beers from local brewery Revolution including the seasonal “Fistmas” – perhaps a bit early with Thanksgiving next week, but still...oh, and there were boozy snow cones too.

Then there was the food, of course, both passed appetizers (including some sort of prosciutto/egg thing which was awesome and we're told is actually a "Crispy Prosciutto Cup with a quail egg") and for dinner shrimp tacos (awesome) and BBQ pork sandwiches on rolls or BBQ chicken sandwiches biscuits depending on your preference.

Attendees, as in past years, sloshed back and forth between the south room of the Cultural Center (bar and appetizers) and the food in the north room. With so many people to see and so much to eat and drink it’s always easy to forget there’s a show to appreciate.

Every year, the categories may have up to three winners, with the exception of Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial and Advertising Excellence/Campaign, which may have only one honoree each, making those pieces “Best in Show.”

• A campaign for Old Spice – comprising the ads “Constant Shower,” “Watermelon” and “Architect,” all directed by Steve Rogers, and produced by Biscuit Filmworks and Revolver for Wieden+Kennedy – was honored in Advertising Excellence/Campaign.

“The Epic Split” for Volvo Trucks out of Forsman & Bodenfors and directed by Andreas Nilsson of Folke Film, was honored for Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial.

• A Curator’s Recognition was given to Intel’s “Look Inside: Mick Ebeling,” via Venables Bell & Partners, and directed by Mick Ebeling and Lucy Walker of The Ebeling Group by a unanimous vote of the AICP Show Curatorial Committee.

Of course, a full list of this year’s AICP Show and AICP Next Awards winners – along with the entire AICP Awards archive – are available at

And SCREEN’s photos from the party are, again, live on our Facebook site here.