City of Chicago Honors
By Laura Butchy
Daniel J. Edelman
'60 holds his street sign
during ceremonies honoring the public relations pioneer in Chicago
earlier this year.
You’ve heard of hanging out your shingle? Well, the
Chicago City Council has hung out a street sign for Dan Edelman
section of St. Clair Street in Chicago has been renamed
“Honorary Daniel J. Edelman Place” in honor of the
founder and chairman of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, who has
made major contributions to advance standards and ethical practices
for the PR profession. Located near the site where Edelman founded
the company, the southeast corner of St. Clair and Ontario Streets
bears a brown and white sign honoring Edelman, an innovator in the
field of public relations for more than 50 years.
New York City native, Edelman received his M.S. from the School of
Journalism in 1941. Edelman served in World War II as an officer in
the U.S. Army Psychological Warfare and Information Control
Divisions, earning four battle stars and the Commendation Medal.
Following the war, Edelman wrote for newspaper and radio before
beginning his career in public relations.
1952, he founded Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in Chicago, and
the company has grown into the largest privately held independent
public relations firm in the world, and the sixth largest overall.
Edelman continues to work as chairman of the firm, which operates
38 offices in North America, South America, Europe and
Asia-Pacific. Edelman won the 1999 Public Relations Society of
America (PRSA) Gold Anvil, the Society’s highest individual
major contributor of time and skills to philanthropic organizations
in Chicago and nationally, Edelman has underwritten five
Congressional seminars about the critical need for mental health