It always excites me when someone truly understands what I’m trying to do with this project. I’ve met so many wonderful individuals in every city I’ve been to and the level of encouragement they offer me is absolutely outstanding. I always try to make it a point—that while I’m the one writing these blogs and documenting the experience—this whole project belongs to all of us. Without any of you, this thing would just be about me wandering around, and trust me, I’m way less interesting than I appear.
Though I’m only halfway through my time here in Chicago, it’s already shaping up to be one of the most interesting months I’ve had. More and more people are contacting me about meeting up, I’m getting recommendations left and right, and the city itself continues to be a wonderland of great street art and creative neighborhoods. I’ve always been a fan of this place, so it’s a lot of fun to finally be experiencing it all—from the Museum of Science and Industry and Wrigley Field to Kuma’s Corner and Millennium Park. But for me, the one location that holds a special place in my heart is Leo Burnett. After all, it’s no mistake that I quote the man behind the name as often as possible. He was—and will always be—one of the best ad writers to have ever lived.
"Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people."
— Leo Burnett
Oh and speaking of wonderful individuals, I need to thank Jeff Canzona and Ben Santoriello for treating me to some great lunches and even better conversations over the past two weeks. On Monday, I also had the pleasure of grabbing dinner with the incredibly wonderful Angela Vitzhum, who just happens to work for #TGAA sponsor, The Creative Group. It was a great time from start to finish, although as a fellow whiskey fan, I still have to introduce her to another of my sponsors, Cleveland Whiskey. I may have already mentioned this, but Angela even invited me to speak with her class at the Chicago Portfolio School next week. So, I'm greatly looking forward to that as well. And finally, despite my body trying to talk me out of it, I’m still going to run in two 5K’s this weekend. I just hope this weather holds up, because running around in muggy 90º weather doesn't sound like very fun to me.
I think my time here in Chicago is going to get rather interesting from here on out, so stay tuned and I’ll see you all at the finish line!