2017 Year in Review

It seems like 2017 began with the February passing of Ruth Ratny, the founder of Reel Chicago.

The film, music, advertising and production communities honored her memory with remarkable passion, the whole time continuing to demonstrate the dedication, creativity, and support that made her so proud of the city.

The ensuing months were full of big news. Women marched, hurricanes raged, brands got spanked and films got made. Barbara Roche took over as Publisher of the magazine and has been carrying on the mission started by her friend of three decades ever since.

Here’s a look back at Reel Chicago’s coverage of key moments in 2017.


Tom Burrell

Tom Burrell inducted to One Club Hall of Fame

A day in the life of Cinespace

Chicago Media Standards: An Open Letter to the Film Community

WYCC sold for $100 million less than worth

Female Filmmakers Win Big at BMAs


"Brown Girls"
“Brown Girls”

The shop that built the “Teddy Gun”

Steve Harvey axes entire staff

Getting creative in Cook County Jail

HBO picks up Brown Girl series set in Chicago

Escape Pod top Midwest agency of the year

Kwielford temporary director of MIFF


Potenza Productions
Potenza Productions

Wonder Women embrace Wonder Woman

Dwelling within Chicago’s Public Housing Unit

Chicago honors music pioneer Vince Lawrence

Potenza and Daily Planet win Chicago Emmy’s

Framestore Focuses on Chicago

Selikow leaves Burnett for DDB


John Malkovich as the Log Lady (Sandro Miller)
John Malkovich as the Log Lady (Sandro Miller)

Ogilvy wins 17 Clios

Brands see red over white supremacist movement

Sandro Miller channels David Lynch with John Malkovich

Millerlite returns to DDB

Kurt Fries named CCO of mcgarrybowen Chicago


Laurel Flatt
Laurel Flatt

Chicago’s FCB and Ogilvy win big at Cannes

The Journey to Advertising Woman of the Year

McD’s AOR hires Toygar Bazarkaya as CCO

We are Unlimited debuts big rappin’ McD’s campaign

Kartmequin sends two films to Sundance


Ruth L Ratny
Ruth L Ratny

Chicago’s Lena Waithe makes history

Comedy Central launches Chicago-based series

Hard rockin’ AbelsonTaylor band Hard to Swallow wins 2017 Battle for Hope

Barbara Roche takes over as publisher of Reel Chicago

Hundreds honor Ruth Ratny