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We’re a people agency (not agency people)

Our office may sit high above the Magnificent Mile (with magnificent views), but you’ll find the vibe at CIVILIAN to be casual and down to earth. We’re a close-knit bunch who sincerely likes one another, likes what we do and loves letting our passion show in our work every day.

Reaching the heads and hearts of your consumers is our shared mission. A mission that’s kept us going strong for the last 30 years—and one that will remain at the core of our success over the next 30. Well that, and our little red beer cart that rolls every Friday.

What We Believe

Inspiring people to action is our inspiration

Humanistic insights create the strongest connections

Clients thrive on our energy as much as our ideas

Working together always makes for the best work

It’s okay to love your job and let it show every day

Office Jams

Artists you'll hear playing in our office.

  • Adele
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Metallica
  • The Black Keys
  • U2
  • Milky Chance
  • The Beatles
  • The Zac Brown Band
  • Mumford and Sons
  • David Bowie
  • The Kinks
  • Muse
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Wilco
  • Tame Impala
  • The Decemberists
  • Run the Jewels
  • Bon Jovi

Breakfast of Champions

We wait the HOLE week for Bagel Fridays.
Here's how our dozens get doled out.

Honey Wheat

Local Spots We Love

Team meeting? Birthday bash? Just 'cuz?
These are our favorite happy hour hangouts.

Howells & Hood
Three Dots and a Dash
Brehon Pub

CVLN Cares

Loaves & Fishes Pro Bono Work

How We Helped

Video content



Food scarcity affects everyone—even in wealthier areas like DuPage County. Loaves & Fishes, a not-for-profit dedicated to ending hunger and empowering lives, needed a compelling way to tell their story and inspire others to join in their mission. One of our former clients was on their board and when he asked for our help, CIVILIAN jumped right in. Our online video connected with the community and area businesses, resulting in more volunteers, more donations and more ways for Loaves & Fishes to feed local families.

Interested in a career at CIVILIAN?

Unfortunately right now, the beer cart is full (as we like to say). But we’d love to connect with you so we have your info on hand.

Let’s connect

CVLN Fun Fact

Vanessa’s first language is Greek.