We love talking about commercials here at MWTVG because they are such a big part of TV and when they are really good or really bad, commercials are some of our strongest TV memories. Being that we are from the midwest, Chicago specifically, I wanted to pay homage to some of the most classic Chicago TV commercials from the past. My love of TV got started when I was young when most of these commercials were running on TV. If you are from Chicago and are of a certain age, you no doubt know these classic Chicago TV commercials as well. Chicagoans, let me know if I have missed any classics you remember from your youth. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit 20 classic Chicago TV commercials.
Boushelle Carpet Cleaning
There was a time back in the day when you used to have to call someone out to clean your carpets. Now of course you can buy vacuums and carpet cleaners that are as good or better than anything industrial so for the most part, carpet cleaning companies have gone the way of the do do. This is a commercial that when you first start watching it you might not remember. When you hear their jingle though and you were in Chicago in the 70s, you’ll remember. This classic Chicago TV commercial ran back in 1978:
Nick Celozzi and Maury Ettleson operated what was for a time, the #1 Chevrolet dealership in the entire country. In their heyday, they spend $1 million a year on advertising. Spending so much money is why they were on TV so much that we all know they were located at the corner of York and Roosevelt Rd and their dealership was the place where you always save more money. Sadly, Celozzi and Ettleson had a falling out and parted ways in 2000 but they leave behind a lasting legacy of Chicago commercials. This one is from 1985:
McDade & Company
People from Chicago did you have one of these near you? These guys ran commercials regularly and during the Christmas season? 1/2 of all commercials on TV seemed to be from McDade’s. This one is from 1985. Check out the products:
Is there anything more 80s than a waterbed commercial? Maybe if someone was rapping about their waterbed while wearing parachute pants and their Vuarnet sunglasses. This classic Chicago TV commercial is from 1985:
Howard Pontiac Elmhurst. Where? On Grand Avenue. In 1978 Howard Pontiac embarked on an advertising campaign called the “Howard’s mother loves you” campaign. Howard’s mom would appear in commercials (I can’t find anything on whether it was actually his mom or not) and she would end every commercial with the “on Grand Avenue” tag. The dealership started giving any customer that bought a car chocolate chip cookies from Howard’s mom. It’s a tradition that continues today even though this ad campaign has been long gone from TV. This classic commercial is from 1987: