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Elena Chaikin


Chicago, IL


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I tell stories through design, illustration, and creative concepts. I love thinking of ways to communicate to audiences and consumers. I always want to spark change in their brains--to get them to think, reflect, take action.


I worked on campaigns for brands such as Infiniti; Skin Dimensions; Cirque du Soleil; Silver Lake Forward; An Untitled LA River Project; “Table of Hope,” a proposal for Obama Presidential Center; and more.


I have a bachelor's degree in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago.  I recently finished my master's degree at DePaul University in Public Relations & Advertising.

At DePaul University, some of the projects I worked on included pitching new marketing ideas to Community Roots Demonstration Garden, Chicago Park District; Created a re-branding pitch for the Chicago Cultural Alliance; Developed an executive profile for Gagen MacDonald’s Let Go & Lead project; Designed a re-branding campaign for Grizzly Coolers; and Designed a concept pitch for “Old Spice for Women.”

DePaul University is recognized by the PRWeek Awards as one of the top five public relations
programs in the U.S., including being named 2018 Outstanding PR Education Program of the Year.

At Columbia College, the most important thing I learned is the value of storytelling and how to tell stories in a profound way. Stories can be told in any medium. 

What I love most about the industry are the opportunities to collaborate in teams, the chances to provide marketing and branding solutions for companies and brands; and the opportunities to really help people succeed--not just clients but colleagues, too. I value honest work ethics, hard work, and future potentials. I try to stay on top of modernization in the industry, which I think is really important. 

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