About the Publicity Club of Chicago
The Publicity Club of Chicago is the network of inspired Chicago-area professionals making up one of the nation’s largest independent public relations membership organizations.
Our hundreds of corporate and individual members represent PR, marketing and communications practice at boutique to worldwide firms, corporate offices and businesses, associations, non-profit organizations and independent consultancies throughout the metropolitan region.
We provide year-round education, networking, recognition and more for the Chicago region’s communications industry through:
- The popular PCC Monthly Luncheon Series, featuring panel discussions with top practitioners, journalists and other experts on hot-button communications issues, trends and challenges.
- The Golden Trumpet Awards, the Midwest’s most prestigious awards program honoring distinguished achievement in public relations and communications. Judged and selected from hundreds of entries by Chicago’s top practitioners, these coveted awards are presented annually for excellence in categories representing the full range of PR, marketing and communications practice.
- Ongoing personal and online networking through our programs, events, online communities and PCC offerings including Jobs in PR, membership directory and more.
All of these programs are provided through our members providing their time and expertise on the PCC Board of Directors and committees; serving as speakers, panelists and awards judges; engaging in our online communities and events; and much, much more.
Established in 1941, PCC and its members are Chicago’s public relations community. If you’re not a member, we invite you to join us today.
Welcome to PCC!
As President of the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC), it gives me great pleasure to personally welcome you to the finest public relations organization in America!
Since we were established back in 1941, it is fair to say that anyone who is anyone in Chicago public relations has been a member or participated in PCC activities during the past 77 years.
A consistent theme from PCC’s earliest days to the present, is that we offer our members top-notch monthly luncheon programs featuring an outstanding variety of guest speakers from the media and communication worlds; informative seminars and educational programs for professional development; and unsurpassed networking opportunities.
PCC board members join myself in taking enormous pride in serving as goodwill ambassadors for our club!
Speaking of our board, I wish to thank PCC Vice President Deb Lawrence for the exemplary job she has done in keeping our website up-to-date.
Please reach out to me anytime with questions or suggestions. My phone numbers are 312/405-3088 (cell) or 773/693-0191 (home). My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Meantime, I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming PCC event!
2018 PCC President
Senior VP, PR, Chicago Lighthouse
& Adj. Professor, Columbia College Chicago
Free Press & Free Speech Must Be Preserved
CHICAGO – As the nation’s largest independent association of communication professionals who represent a diverse group of clients and organizations, we avoid getting involved in partisan politics.
However, the position the new administration has taken on the mainstream media by characterizing it as “the opposition” and its attempts to limit access to several key press outlets has sent chills up our collective spines.
Not only is freedom of speech the bedrock of our profession, it is one of the most cherished American values that is essential to the success of our democracy.
It goes without saying that a free and energetic press serves as a watchdog on both government and business, reinforcing our fundamental right to know. This is what makes us different from Russia, China, North Korea and other countries where free speech is severely restricted.
We strongly encourage the president and his advisers to respect the critical role that the media plays and to engage in a civil, open and transparent relationship for the good of the American people.
Board of Directors,
Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC)