welcome.

I’m a writer, educator, consultant and proud Chicagoan with nearly 15 years of experience across PR, marketing, writing, and communications strategy.

Mostly recently, I managed communications for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, a global architecture firm founded in Chicago in 1936. Before that, I led communications for World Business Chicago, the City of Chicago’s public-private economic development partner.

By night I teach strategic communications at Northeastern Illinois University on the city’s northwest side.

In between, I write, read, watch, travel, collaborate, brainstorm, experiment, and explore.

Take a look around my site, or e-mail me at ben@benvanloon.com if you want to work together, get advice, or talk about whatever’s on your mind.