Top 5 Chicago Commercial Stars

Commercials. They tell us what to eat, what to drive, where to go, how to feel and what medications to take to deal with it all. One of the finest categories of commercial is the local commercial. What these ads often lack in budget, they more than make up for in moxie, which is actually worth more than money in some parts of the world. The stars of these advertisements often become so big in their communities that they can't go out without sometimes being sort of recognized from time to time. Nowhere is this more true than in Chicago, a city that loves its local advertising stars as much as a finely groomed mustache, a well cased meat, their teams (both athletic and news affiliated) and their lakefront, with its corresponding annual month of sunshine during which to enjoy it. And of all the Chicago commercial stars, these men clearly stand out above the rest.

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  • I didn't know that about Bob. I think that he should have a kid with the Tiger Mom and they could have a Liger, which as we know from Napoleon Dynamite, has magical powers. Great list.

  • Great list! I have to add the Victory Auto Wreckers one where the guy opens his car door and it falls off. Later, he receives "cash on the spot!" for his car, which looked like a lot to me when I was a kid, until I realized it was, like, three twenty dollar bills. Mrrrrrr...

  • In reply to ReadJack:

    I was going to mention the Victory Auto Wreckers guy, too -- a classic!

  • In reply to ReadJack:

    A couple to add to the list. The guy from the Menards commercials, and the guy from the Burt Wyman Ford tv spots, (way back in the 60's).

  • In reply to donlet:

    I thought about the Menards guy. His pros are a folksy tone and consistent banjo accompaniment. Cons: he's exists only as a disembodied voice.

  • In reply to ReadJack:

    I'll have to look that one up. I don't think I've seen it. Or don't remember it.

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