Don Hall is a bull. We have done large scale events and cultural programs together for over a decade. If you want a job done, if you want to dream of a project, even the impossible, Don will do it & do it better than you could’ve ever imagined.
Artistic Director, Young Chicago Authors
As co-host of "Sound Opinions" and a music journalist and critic with a long-running blog on WBEZ.org, I had the pleasure of having Don Hall helm numerous events over the years. With him in that capacity, success was never in question (no thanks necessarily to me!). Don is extremely well-organized, vastly experienced, detail-oriented, an excellent problem-solver and improvisor when the inevitable curve balls are thrown, and relentlessly (if sometimes loudly) gregarious. In short: He's a consummate pro and a complete pleasure to work with.
Co-host of "Sound Opinions," author, blogger, and assistant professor at Columbia College Chicago
Don is unlike any colleague that I've ever had. Why?
1) He works hard to truly understand the problem or business challenge;
2) He refuses to settle with business-as-usual responses;
3) He both embraces and manages risk;
4) He is fiercely honest;
5) He always aims to be spectacular; and,
6) He loves the creative process.
This list may not seem that unique. The difference, however, is that with Don it is all true. I will always find a way to connect him to anything that matters to me.
Chief Marketing Officer at Chicago Community Trust
For a decade, we at Wait Wait worried every week as to what in the world we would say about the week’s news. But every week, we knew that whatever we said, there’d be a theater packed with a happy, paying audience to hear it. That was all Don Hall, and without him, we would have been making our jokes into empty rooms. And that would have been sad.
Host of NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!"
Over the last 6 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Don Hall on a variety of full scale production events. From set up to execution to tear down, Don owns it and delivers with ease. His approach consistently comes with a sense of level-headedness, respect, wit, creativity, accountability, humor, and sometimes, even donuts. To put it as simply as possible - Don makes my job easier. From our security team to our production crew, there’s a lot of love for Don Hall in this building - and he earned every bit of it. Plus, donuts.
Director of Marketing/Special Events at Metro / Smartbar
Don Hall is not just efficient and enthusiastic. He’ll put his heart into your event.
Jerome McDonnell, Host of WBEZ's Worldview
Tolstoy once said “Happy families are all alike; Don Hall is utterly unique.” Tolstoy was right. But what Tolstoy failed to mention is that Don Hall is an amazing event producer. Whatever you need--a marching band, burlesque dancers, 500 cupcakes--Don can do it. I’ve seen it first hand all on the same night. Don takes care of the things you don’t have time to deal with. You’re too busy putting together a good show. Let Don deal with that other stuff.
Executive Producer of NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!"