Avenue recruits instigators: those with the curiosity, capacity and confidence to manifest great ideas. We hire concepters and collaborators, specialists and polymaths. If this sounds like you, we’d love to have you on our side.
We’re all in. Expect to fully immerse yourself into the client’s business, dig a little deeper and push a little harder. Strategist, designer, writer or manager—we know the best teams are multi-disciplinary, and that a good idea can come from anywhere. At the end of the day, you’ve made an impact. You’ve made B2B better. Now doesn’t that feel good?
We work hard to make a difference in our clients’ businesses. But we make time for fun, too—Free Lunch Thursday, Club Sandwich, Dog Days and celebrations for our favorite holidays, like Halloween. We recognize one another with Action Hero Awards (that nomination might even win you a trip to Mexico). And you’ll always find lively conversation and plenty of bananas at Magical Friendship Island.
A few of Avenue’s golfers took the afternoon off and hit the links at the yearly Clarke Cares Foundation annual golf outing. Proceeds from the outing were used to purchase mosquito bed nets to protect families from malaria and lymphatic filariasis. The birdies might have been elusive but the fun and good vibes weren’t.
This year’s summer outing took us to sunny Ohio St. Beach, where we took over as many cabanas as possible while eating all the foods, ever. Our competitive fires were stoked with games such as Bags and Kubb, an old Viking game featuring tossed sticks. Because fun in the sun means Viking-themed games, right? Right.
The recognition of one’s peers. The glory of a golden crown. The applause and…an all-expenses-paid vacation, including three extra vacation days! Account Director Justin Wells walked away with the Action Hero of the Year award after his name was drawn from among the hundreds of peer nominations submitted over the prior 12 months. Congrats, Justin.
John McHugh recently came back to Avenue as a Creative Director, after a stint as Design Director for a major ad agency. Why? “In advertising,” John explained, “Design is perceived as a veneer. Here, design leads to tangible change in behaviors and perceptions. I wanted to be able to affect brands on a deeper level and that’s just what we do at Avenue.”
Avenue enjoys very collaborative, creative client relationships. The latest proof: taking home the gold at the Transform Awards, a global branding competition that honored our work with TransUnion for “Best Internal communications during a brand development project.”
Avenue hosted Nadine Ekrek, our favorite copywriter and creative strategist for a Free Lunch Thursday. Nadine delivered a lively refresher on ways to think about creative positioning, crafting the main message and keeping the creative brief, brief.
Bearded “ladies.” Fire breathers. Creepy clowns. Zombie carousel horses? There was no shortage of circus freaks at Avenue’s Haunted Circus Halloween Bash this year, which featured a big top tent, funnel cakes and carnival-inspired games with great prizes—like iPads and hot sauce. Ah, Halloween. Only 364 days until next year’s party!
Kick back, take in the scenery — and watch for low bridges. The Summer Outing returned to Avenue with a boat trip on the Chicago River. Break-dancing (kind of) occurred on deck. There were plans around a strategic, but short-lived, mutiny. Pink drinks were had. All in all, the people of Avenue decided we wouldn’t make good pirates, but Chicago has beautiful views.
So, how much can an intern learn? Kelsey Heilman (University of Illinois) researched how thought leaders think and what it takes to establish leadership. Graphic design intern Sara Petrolis (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) reported a serious sharpening of her typography skills. Oh, and they found out exactly how much the A-team can eat on Free Lunch Thursday.
Avenue hosted an outreach event for Illinois B Corporations, for-profit businesses dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Members and interested parties convened in our Hub to discuss furthering their missions and learn what it takes to become part of this growing movement. Beverages were provided by our B Corp friends at New Belgium Brewing.
You read it right. We managed to stretch this underrated one-day holiday to a full week. From festive décor and margarita breaks to salsa-n-guac happy hours and trivia—each day featured a micro celebration. A treat-filled piñata brought the week to a sweet close.
Authentic Merengue is one of the simplest Latin dances to learn. Our assessment: not so much. But our office manager and resident dance instructor Jackie did her best with what she had. We held hands awkwardly and laughed until we cried, all while reassuring ourselves: sometimes it’s good to break out of our comfort zones.
Avenue spent Free Lunch Friday making healthy lunches for the Inspiration Corporation, an organization that provides assistance to impoverished or homeless people. On an assembly line that would’ve made Henry Ford proud, Team Ham edged out the other teams, creating an impressive 2.5 lunch bags per minute. (Last place Team Turkey says: Hey, you can’t rush perfection.) Learn more about Inspiration Corporation here.
Amidst much revelry, Avenue’s Action Hero of the Year has been crowned. Designer Jane Nagle’s name was drawn from the pool of 563 peer nominations collected throughout the year. This worthy A-teamer will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Mexico (...or might it be Cuba?) and an extra three vacation days for her trip. ¡Felicidades, Jane!
Jack Rohan edged John Bufalino in the final week of the season to claim the title, a winner’s payday, and bragging rights for a year.
New investment has come to the building Avenue calls home in Chicago. Enhancements are happening in the building, including a formal lobby, a larger main elevator and first floor retail. The updates are scheduled to finish soon, and we look forward to sharing an elevator with someone without playing briefcase jenga.
Nobody holds back when it comes to costumes at Avenue’s Annual Halloween Bash. Especially our shirtless, hairy, and very scary Philip Black, who snagged the prize for best costume for the second year running. He wasn’t brave enough to ride the ‘L’ in his costume, but we bet the cab driver won’t forget that fare.
Avenue's creative team recently attended Chicago's Brand New Conference alongside some of the most influential creatives from around the world. The conference is an extension of the popular branding blog Brand New, which awarded Avenue two wins earlier this year.
Renowned sociologist James Bowie recently gave a lecture at Avenue organized by The Society of Typographic Arts. His retrospective presentation of the Trademarks/USA led to a discussion of trends in corporate identity design in the early 60s, and drew comparisons to design and branding today.
Our work for TEDx Midwest recently won Communication Arts magazine’s Design Annual Award of Excellence in Public Service. It was also named a Merit Winner by the How Design Awards. We wanted to turn hidden gems into something powerful for TEDx, and it looks like the team created a gem of their own! More information here.
This month the Avenue team — along with over 1,000 other Chicago companies — participated in the Bike Commuter Challenge. Almost half the office braved vicious Chicago potholes to log 215 miles and reduce carbon emissions, if only for a week. More info here.
Meet Eunice (right). She now knows how to build a book cover from scratch. Artist, photographer and writer Linda Barrett (left) taught us the art of book making and binding. Turns out, it’s harder than it looks. Just another Free Lunch Friday at Avenue. You can check out Linda's work here.
Avenue hosted the launch event for Redacted: the newest (and already largest) copywriter association in Chicago. It started with a handful of Avenue writers who saw the lack of a true copywriter community, and hit the next level when 50+ copywriters gathered at our office for the inaugural event. Check out Redacted here: redactedcopy.com
We celebrated another successful year at Avenue the only way we know how: a party. Everybody and their +1 came out to Bar Toma to toss authentic Italian pizzas. So many carbs, but so much fun. You should come next year.
This is Kyle. He just won Avenue's annual Action Hero award and an all-expenses-paid vacation to Mexico.
Interested? Here's how it works: Work hard. Get nominated by your co-workers. Win the drawing. Go to Mexico. Easy.
Another Fantasy Football season, another big payday for two lucky Avenuers: Libby Scales and Justin Wells. To the losers, there’s always March Madness.
Our kitchen floors are a little cleaner on Fridays when people bring their dogs into the office. But be careful. They don’t always wait for you to finish your meal.
Avenue hosted a full-on Thanksgiving lunch to say farewell (er, farväl) to Pontus, our favorite Swedish intern of all time.
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We partnered with Greater Good Studio to host a Design-a-thon for the First Five Years Fund—an early childhood education plan. The goal: build Congressional support by visualizing the magnitude of the issue and the urgency for action. Learn more and see our winning entry.
For the third consecutive year, Avenue helped bring the TED experience to Chicago with TEDxMidwest. This exclusive event gathers influential, global figures to share ideas and incite groundbreaking change. See the work here.
Avenue created this video on effective brainstorming for internal training and it's gotten high marks for humor as well. So we made it public here.
Avenue beat out 700 entries from around the world with not one, but two of the 75 elite Brand New Awards. The winning entries were for the development of a new identity and guidelines for Antron®, a commercial carpet fiber manufacturer. Check out our winning submission.
Beazley Phillips! Each year, one lucky Avenuer is given the Grand Action Hero award and an all-expenses-paid vacation. Beaz is headed to Jazz Fest in New Orleans for 10 days of sun and foot-tapping tunes. No, we’re not jealous at all.
Avenue’s work on rebranding the Antron® corporate identity system won the Merit Award at the One Club Design Show. Avenue’s work was in good company, with designs considered from industry-leading finalists Apple, Leo Burnett, and BVD. For a complete list of winners, visit www.oneclub.org
HOW Magazine named Avenue to its list of International Design Award winners. Avenue was given three Outstanding Achievement awards: the first for a commemorative t-shirt created for Recycling Services, and two more for developing a new brand identity and collateral for Antron®, a commercial carpet fiber manufacturer. Winning submissions appear in the March issue of HOW Magazine.
The Society of Typographic Arts announced their outstanding achievements in Chicago design, presenting Avenue with two of their 30 awards. Selected from more then 300 entries, our recognized work with Antron®, a commercial carpet fiber business, included a new brand identity and collateral. You can see our winning efforts here.