Kidnapped Chicagoan Campaign

Explore St. Louis wanted to pull more visitors from the Chicago market. But their budget was tight. So instead of running another ad campaign inviting Chicagoans to visit, we resorted to something a little more untraditional:   


We kidnapped one of them.

This award-winning campaign used OOH/transit posters in and on buses and at key bus stops and stations along the “L” to playfully announce that one of Chicago’s own has vanished and to provide clues as to his whereabouts by driving people to visit KidnappedChicagoan.com.


The campaign generated a ton of local news coverage, 23,000 unique website visitors, and nearly 2,000 voicemails from concerned Chicagoans offering well-wishes for a safe return to Chicago.

More importantly, no one got arrested.

• Online Video

• Social Media/PR

• Website

• OOH/Transit

• Broadcast/Cable TV

My Role:  Creative Director

Copy:  Jake Edinger

Art:  Jon Hansen

This poster generated over 2000 voicemails from concerned citizens hoping to find their lost Chicagoan. They're quite entertaining.

Here are some of the greatest hits if you've got some time to kill. 

Kidnapped Voicemails
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