Sticky is located in the first planned suburban community in the United States — scenic and historic Riverside, Illinois.

Why have our agency in a town known as The Village In The Forest?

Well, it’s incredibly central and convenient. We’re just down the street from home, and just a 20-minute train ride to and from Union Station in Chicago.

If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Lake House” starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, that’s our train stop.

More important, this idyllic setting inspires and gives us the freedom to do what clients pay us to do and what we like to do most — create.

The time and energy we save getting to and from work, we use to get to work. For us, it’s a place with space minus distractions and disruptions.

And our clients get the same big agency experience and better value.

Thanks to digital smoke signals, we are able to serve local, national and international clients, from places as distant as Bentonville, Arkansas to Bordeaux, France to Beijing, China.

We’ve created everything from new TV campaigns to new brands, websites to apps, identity kits to packaging design, for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups.

Along the way, we’ve received an Emmy nomination (the third for our people), created The Chicago Tribune’s favorite film for the Chicago 2016 Summer Games bid to the IOC, and produced, directed, and edited a 1930-era short film for a soda company.

And when we need to recharge our batteries, 1600 acres of parks and charming winding roads — lit at night by the original gas lamps — await outside.


Riverside was designed in 1869 by Frederick Law Olmsted (left) and Calvert Vaux (right), who were famous for designing urban parks, including Central Park in New York City, and the grounds for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. The village was incorporated in 1875, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

In 1863 the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad was built heading southwest from downtown Chicago to Quincy, Illinois. This new access to transportation and commerce brought about a significant housing and construction boom in what was once farmland far from the bustle of the big city.

The New Depot At Riverside

In 1868, Emery E. Childs formed the Riverside Improvement Company, and purchased a 1,600-acre tract of property along the Des Plaines River and new rail line. The site was highly desirable due to its natural oak-hickory forest and proximity to the Chicago Loop. The company commissioned Olmsted and Vaux to design a rural bedroom community.

Refectory Veranda And River View

The town’s plan, completed in 1869, called for curvilinear streets, following the land’s contours and the winding Des Plaines River. It also accorded for a central village square at the main railroad station, a Grand Park system with several large parks, and 41 smaller triangular parks and plazas throughout town for additional green spaces.

View In The Grand Park

Major residential development came again in the 1920s and late 1930s, when many modest houses were constructed on smaller parcels. The remaining residential areas were developed during the post–World War II boom. The village housing varies from bungalows to Victorian and early-twentieth-century mansions that attract architectural tours. Fifty-six homes and buildings in town have been designated local landmarks, including two National Historic Landmark homes designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

View Of Long Common And Junction of Roads
(Sticky is at 7 Longcommon.)

(Illustrations from Riverside in 1871 with a Description of its Improvements, Office of The Riverside Improvement Company, 73 Clark St., Chicago.)

(Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)