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 the new CoPresidents of the Publicity Club of Chicago, we wanted to welcome in 2019 for PCC, one of the finest public relations organizations in America. Since PCC was established in 1941, it’s fair to say that anyone who is anyone in Chicago public relations has been a member or participated in PCC activities over the years.
PCC continues to offer top-notch luncheon programs, mixers, and other professional development opportunities plus the ability to network and connect with others in the PR and media world. Among the highlights of the Publicity Club of Chicago are former President Jimmy Carter speaking at the Golden Trumpet Awards, 60 Minutes creator Don Hewitt advising members on what to do if 60 Minutes calls, International influencer Oprah Winfrey, former Chicago Mayors Daley, Washington, and Byrne addressing PCC, and many more.
2019 promises to be an exciting year as we celebrate the 60th Annual Golden Trumpet Awards with a star-studded ceremony featuring live entertainment, after party, and special awards categories. An awards ceremony not to miss!
You’re part of what we believe to be one of the best networking organizations in Chicago for communications professionals, bringing together agency, corporate, non-profit, and media. We are proud to serve as CoPresidents. We welcome any ideas, suggestions, and tips on making PCC better and continuing the tradition of excellence.
Anna Marie Imbordino
Jim O’Reilly
CoPresidents, Publicity Club of 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)