Chad Eckersley, born on June 1, 1994, originally hails from Arlington Heights. At the age of 18, he relocated to the city, initially pursuing a career in music. His commitment to the visual arts solidified when FCB Chicago, a prestigious advertising agency, commissioned him as the lead installation artist for their exclusive Black History Month event. This marked a significant milestone in his artistic journey. However, it was the birth of his son that inspired Chad to fully immerse himself in his artistry.
In collaboration with NYC's Ugly Fernandez, Chad realized one of his most avant-garde projects at "The Canvas on Bowery" gallery in Lower Eastside Manhattan. The art show, titled "Artoons & Cereal," broke conventions by serving cereal instead of the traditional wine. Attendees were treated to tube TVs showcasing classic cartoons, and the exhibit featured reimagined classic cereal boxes.
In addition to his artistic endeavors, Chad received a $10,000 grant from Grubhub's Driver for Change Program and made a notable appearance in a 2021 day-in-the-life Grubhub commercial. His influence within the community is evident through collaborations with significant organizations like the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation and the You Are Beautiful initiative.