With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again.
It helps, of course, if you’re Richard Edelman and you’re in charge of the largest independent PR firm on the planet.
In a recent blog post, titled “Return of the Native,” Edelman wrote that he’s “decided to take an apartment in Chicago, to split my time between New York City and the city of my birth.”
Edelman’s decision to divide his time between New York and Chicago comes several months after it was reported that Edelman and his wife of nearly 30 years, Rosalind Walrath, were getting a divorce.
In his blog post, Edelman said he will reengage the city in which he grew up—and develop new revenue streams in the process.
“I am going along with Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago to the Englewood neighborhood for a community redevelopment effort, replete with jeans and gloves and hard work on assembling a playground. I am going to ride a bike up to Northwestern University in Evanston, along the lake front.”
He added, “I am going to join the board of the University of Chicago Medical Center. I want to give back to that most wonderful institution for the 18 months of incredible care for my parents…I will be working on clients in Chicago as well. I will also try to open doors at companies where we are not presently involved.”