Kick Ass Style for Kick Ass People
Chicago has a long, and some say a scary history. Stories of mob bosses and speakeasy hanky-panky have given the “Windy City” a reputation as a tough town. But that reputation is just half of the story of this gem that sits on the banks of Lake Michigan. Chicago has always been a friendly town with a Midwestern accent that is inviting and contagious.
Businesses love Chicago. The city has everything that New York has and more according to Pete McGuinness, an East Coast advertising executive who took the helm at DDB Chicago a couple of years ago. McGuinness, Trina Dru Gordon, the President and CEO of Boyden World Corporation, an executive search firm, as well as Governor Bruce Rauner all say the same thing about Chicago. They say Chicago is underrated when it comes business influence and new business opportunities.
A good example of the creative business atmosphere that exists in Chicago is Expresso Inc., a Northside delivery service that is giving some Chicago residents another choice when it comes to grocery shopping. Expresso Inc. is the brainchild of Majeed Ekbal, a recent graduate of American University in Washington D.C. Ekbal has teamed up with Jewel and Dominick’s grocery store chains and started a delivery service.
Expresso Inc. offers delivery service to people in Lincoln Park, the Near North area, down Michigan Ave to several downtown areas. The service goes as far west as Ashland Avenue, and Ekbal says the company will expand it service to Wilmette, Evanston, and some other affluent North Shore suburbs in the future. The cost of the Expresso delivery service is hard to beat according to Patricia Woertz, the woman that has changed grain processor, Archer Daniels Midland into a $90 billion business. Woertz says busy Chicago business people need the service Expresso offers all over the city, and Ekbal says he’s going to fulfill that need.
Mellody Hobson may be married to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas now, but she has always been one of Chicago’s top business leaders. She had the Number two job at Ariel Investments LLC, the largest minority-owned investment firm in Chicago. Hobson is another fan of Chicago’s business atmosphere. Hobson thinks the city needs more small companies like Expresso that provide services that give the people of Chicago more down time. Hobson knows a little about the service and retail businesses. She also sits on the board of Starbucks.