December was a busy month! On December 6th, our amazing 2017 partner, agencyEA, hosted a special evening event in partnership with CreativeMornings/Chicago, the Obama Foundation and Shutterstock. With just a few hours and a table full of supplies, five teams of Chicago creatives were tasked with creating and presenting concepts for campaigns to inspire active citizenship. The winners, the team called #CitizensIRL, walked away with Golden Tickets to a 2018 CreativeMornings/Chicago event, and plans for a private reception in the Savage Smyth space.

Last night's #clientcitizen event, put on by our 2017 local partner @agencyea in collaboration with @obamafoundation and @shutterstock, was amazing! -- Seeing what a few small groups of creative Chicagoans can come up with in a few hours is nothing short of inspiring. Congrats to the winning Team 4, who presented their campaign for inspiring active citizenship, called #CitizensIRL. The group will receive golden tickets to 2018 @chicago_cm events, and a private reception in the very cool @savagesmyth space we've enjoyed for many events this year! -- Special shoutout to our local sponsors who help us pull these events off month after month! @lyftchicago for providing discounted rides, @honeygrow and @darkmattercoffee for always-delicious goodies and caffeine, @greensheepwater for bottled water, and @palmerprinting for the clever nametags. CreativeMornings/Chicago thanks you! 💛

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On the 16th, we held our last CreativeMornings event of 2017: Audience Takes the Stage. Three members of the CM/Chicago community took us on interesting journeys into #CMContext. Bruno Pieroni talked about the creativity that emerges from constraints (and had some fun creating a presentation entirely in haiku format). Daniel Orbach talked about what designers can learn from fighter pilots, and Marta Cuciurean-Zapan discussed “design fictions,” and how designers can approach the challenge of designing for worlds, environments or circumstances that don’t exist yet. It was a fascinating end to a great year. Thanks for joining us, creatives– we’re so excited for what 2018 holds!