DIARY: Takin’ it to the streets: Dan Edelman gets recognized

Dan Edelman likes to tell people he’s a native New Yorker who came to Chicago on a 90-day temporary assignment. That, of course, was 40 years ago.

Dan Edelman likes to tell people he’s a native New Yorker who came to Chicago on a 90-day temporary assignment. That, of course, was 40 years ago.

Dan Edelman likes to tell people he’s a native New Yorker who came

to Chicago on a 90-day temporary assignment. That, of course, was 40

years ago.



Since then, Edelman and his firm have been a consistent and incredibly

successful Chicago presence. Now the Windy City is taking steps to

convince Edelman he’s a Chicago native.



Earlier this month, the city named part of a street Honorary Daniel J.

Edelman Place. The street is near the site of Edelman’s former office,

not far from the city’s trendy Michigan Avenue shopping district.



’You get a little old and nice things happen,’ joked Edelman, who was

also honored with a Chicago city council resolution recognizing his

contributions to PR. He’s even been feted as far away as China, where

last year he received an award from the China Public Relations

Association for his efforts to advance PR in the country.



How did it feel to join the likes of Frank Sinatra and movie critic Gene

Siskel, who also have Chicago streets named after them? ’It feels pretty

good,’ Edelman said wistfully. ’It’s been a good couple of years.’ A

bonus: Edelman’s old dean from Columbia University’s Graduate School of

Journalism surprised him by attending the street unveiling.



Edelman said he hasn’t had time since the ceremony to walk the few

blocks from his current location in Chicago’s Aon Center to take another

look at his street sign. He’s too busy doing what he’s done since 1952:

running his agency.



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