List of the Best Chicago Ad and Marketing Companies

  • 1
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Geneva IL

    Rule29 is a creative strategy and design firm based in Geneva, Ill. Their 20-person team provides a wide range of creative services including branding, web design, and print design. Founded in 2000, they specialize in mid-market clients. 

    Clients
    Fellowes
    McDonald's
    American Red Cross
    The Make-A-Wish Foundation
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A multinational publishing firm hired Rule29 for comprehensive brand management: Advertising, outreach, market research, and other aspects of developing and maintaining a brand. They helped the client expand into digital content from print-only publications, and helped implement a direct publisher-based marketing approach. The new strategy expanded market share with every product launch.

    "They're a very talented agency. Their creative work is top-notch. Our relationship with their entire team was really solid. They were adaptive to different sorts of projects, and the project actually gained scope as a result of our ability to work together." – Chief Marketing Officer, Multinational Publisher

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  • 2
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    The Motion Agency is a Chicago-based marketing firm specializing in branding, public relations, advertising, digital strategy, and graphic design enterprise, mid-market and small businesses in the retail, education, and manufacturing sectors. Founded in 2007, they employ around 50 people. 

    Clients
    Adobe
    American Manufacturing Association
    The Home Depot
    Bed, Bath & Beyond
    Industries
    Notable Project

    The Motion Agency was hired by a large labor union to develop its website and handle its advertising and PR. They wrote editorials and ads in local media and planned and promoted an event, all of which improved engagement. 

    “The advertisement that the Motion Agency created for Labor Day became the theme for our advertising for the next calendar year. It is visually stunning and a great representation of the brand. The posts on social media throughout the weekend resonated with out followers and received some of the highest engagement numbers for posts on our page.” – Chief of Staff, Labor Union. 
     

  • 3
    $25,000+
    1,000 - 9,999 Employees
    Chicago IL

    SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company based in London with offices in Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, and Chennai, India. The company, founded in 1953, has more than 5,800 employees and provides content marketing, branding, email marketing, event marketing & planning, packaging design, social media marketing, and video production services. SGK serves midmarket and other-sized companies in the consumer products & services, retail, financial services, and medical industries.

    Clients
    Nike
    Unilever
    Coca-Cola
    P&G
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A food & beverage company hired SGK to do packaging architecture and design work. SGK did prototyping, provided strategies and insights, and designed concepts. They also worked with the company's internal teams to explore different packaging ideas that would excite consumers and enhance consumer experience. SGK has been meeting the company's expectations in this ongoing engagement.

    "They’re very transparent regarding delivery time and have never gone past a deadline." - Innovation Manager, Food & Beverage Company

  • 4
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Lombard IL

    Founded in 1992, Stevens & Tate is an integrated marketing and advertising agency located just outside Chicago in Lombard, Ill. Its full-service team of 14 offers branding, web design, content marketing, SEO, social media marketing, advertising, PPC, and media planning for mostly mid-market and small businesses.

    Clients
    Aldi
    NeoGrid
    Taco Bell
    Habitat for Humanity
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A baking company originally hired Stevens & Tate for packaging design work, but the partnership expanded to billboard and display design and PR management in addition to packaging design.

    "They understand our company and they understand our brand. They’re very responsive. If I give them a task, they hit the mark and don’t misunderstand. We just understand each other and there’s no confusion." – VP of Marketing, Baking Company

  • 5
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Naperville IL

    Youtech & Associates is an Illinois-based digital marketing and development agency founded in 2002. The approximately 40-member team specializes in web design, digital strategy, software development, and advertising. 

    Clients
    Village of Lyons
    Hundman Wealth
    Phantom Weights
    Dressander
    Notable Project

    A health insurance company hired Youtech & Associates to build and host their websites and to facilitate the creation of its new website after it renamed the company. Youtech & Associates also helped the company with SEO. The client has experienced increases in their site traffic and its domain authority since Youtech & Associates worked with the website's layout and design.

    "They are excellent. Youtech has been good at communicating with us consistently each week. This keeps us on track as far as a schedule goes. They make sure we’re getting things done when they need to be finished." – Manager, Health Insurance Company

  • 6
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    HANGAR12, an advertising company, was launched in 2000. Their small team is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota and St. Louis, Missouri and offers advertising, digital strategy, marketing strategy, social media marketing, and more.
    Industries
    Notable Project

    HANGAR12 providing branding services for a food production company. This included promotional materials, packaging design, and merchandising.

    "They are open to conversations, suggestions, and debates."

  • 7
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Lisle IL

    Coming of Age is a marketing agency based in Lisle, Ill. Since 1991, their team of 13 has specialized in branding, advertising, digital strategy, SEO, and email and direct marketing for clients trying to target older generations.

    Clients
    AARP
    Philips Lifeline
    AT&T
    Humana
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Coming of Age developed a digital strategy for a medical alert business. They provided creative messaging, strategy, and media planning. The client has experienced an increase in ROI as a result of Coming of Age's work.

    "We saw big impacts and changes, and they were very influential in getting us to expand our thinking and approach." — Director of Marketing, Medical Alert Business

  • 8
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    C2 Creative is a branding and marketing agency based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2009, they have about 10 employees and offer a comprehensive range of creative and digital services. Their solutions include web design, naming, logo design, creative strategy, UI/UX design, and other critical elements of creative marketing.

    Clients
    Motorola
    DaVita
    2Civility
    HERE
    Notable Project

    C2 Creative acts as the design and branding team for a Chicago-based web development firm. They provided logos, brand messaging, website design, and other creative services for a diverse range of digital end-clients. The client noted consistent end-client satisfaction and a high rate of client retention for long relationships.

    "Overall, I've appreciated C2 Creative's responsiveness and client service. The base value which we shared from the beginning, of doing great work for great people, has been held up for everything we do." - Owner, Web Development Firm

  • 9
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 1996, Conjure is a full-service design agency based in Chicago. Their team of approximately 15 employees mostly services midmarket and enterprise-level clients in a variety of industries. While branding is their main offering, they also provide graphic and collateral design.

    Clients
    Verso
    Blackwood BBQ
    Optimo
    Protein Bar & Kitchen
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Conjure branded a newly-established brewing company. After narrowing down a brand identity, they materialized the brand through designs for merchandise and packaging. Their work resulted in the accrual of a social media following very early on in the engagement.

    "We’ve gained quite a few followers on Facebook and Instagram." — President, Brewery Startup

  • 10
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Bandwidth Marketing Group is a creative consultancy based in Chicago. Since 2005, their small team of about 5 people has been specializing in branding, advertising, and web design, mainly small and mid-sized business in the healthcare and nonprofit arenas.  

    Clients
    Gore
    Ticketsnow
    Veteran Beer Company
    ServSafe
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A nonprofit hired Bandwidth Marketing Group for their branding services. The agency assisted in designing a logo and implementing a new brand strategy, both of which have received positive feedback from stakeholders.

    "They certainly brought thoughts to the table, but they didn't just come in and say we think you also need to do X, Y, and Z. It was more a process of us working together, seeing what was possible, and deciding to expand our original scope. " —Vice President of Partnerships, Nonprofit 

  • 11
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Schiller Park IL

    Founded in 2017, #1NinjaPromo.io is located in Minsk, Belarus. With about 10 employees, they provide social media marketing, digital strategy, and content marketing services to midmarket and small businesses focusing on business services, information technology, and financial services industries.

    Clients
    Hycon.io
    Contentos.com
    Bitcoinoil.com
    Vertex.market
    Industries
    Notable Project

    #1NinjaPromo.io provides social marketing services for an interior design company. Besides Instagram help, they've completed a range of projects including strategy, YouTube videos. and offline event planning. Their work has brought in more customers from Instagram.

    "We've received 100+ clients from Instagram." –CEO & Co-Founder, Interior Design Company

  • 12
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Naperville IL

    JJR Marketing is a marketing and public relations agency based in the west suburbs of Chicago, IL. Founded in 2006, JJR Marketing focuses on generating buzz, leads, referrals, sales, and growth for clients. The team of about 10 employees offers PR, social media marketing, marketing strategy, advertising, branding, and web design services to mostly small and mid-market businesses.

    Clients
    Lenity Financial
    TH Hilson
    Low Voltage Solutions
    Nawbo
    Notable Project

    JJR Marketing worked with a financial advising company, helping them update their media presence and increase brand recognition. The project included both traditional and digital marketing. For example, JJR Marketing created print materials for the financial advising company to hand out to clients and redesign the company's website to boost traffic.

    “They are very good at bringing in a timeline and showing you what should be done by which date.” – Senior Partner, Financial Advising Company

  • 13
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 2013, 97 Switch is a Chicago-based digital marketing agency that helps clients adapt to the constantly changing digital marketplace. Despite having a small team of fewer than 10 employees, 97 Switch provides a variety of services such as web design, SEO, PPC, social media, and content marketing.

    Clients
    State and Lake Chicago Tavern
    Windstar Media
    Runn Chicago
    Accident Treatment Centers
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A gaming company was growing and wanted to increase its online presence – starting with its website. 97 Switch built a sleek, modern website that included live social media feeds, a blog, and a news section.

    "[Our website] is the most visible marker of what our company does and what we stand for and is actually more valuable than some of the web and mobile apps we developed. ... Our website serves as a strong message and a beacon of hope for the people who come to our page. The website is a great success." – CEO, Game Developer

  • 14
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Popskull is an advertising agency located in Chicago. Since 2009, their team of fewer than 10 work with small businesses. They specialize in advertising, social media marketing, and PPC. 

    Clients
    SkinnyPop
    Tramontina
    Stolen Rum
    Devil Dawgs
    Notable Project

    Popskull completed the design of a transportation app. The agency also helped with advertising that would increase awareness of the app. They were responsible for the creative direction of the application.

    "They have been open to all feedback, changing their procedures, and digging in to make sure we are achieving what we need to do." — Marketing Manager, Transportation App

  • 15
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Pivot Design is a marketing agency with offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston. Founded in 1992, the 40+ team works with a variety of clients on their branding, logos, graphic design, and advertising.

    Clients
    Microsoft
    Northwestern University
    Google
    American Library Association
    Notable Project

    A real estate firm hired Pivot Design for marketing and branding help. The agency created a branding plan, which included refreshing their website, holding different events, and creating videos and other traditional marketing campaigns. The client prides Pivot Design on how they internalize customer feedback. 

    "Pivot is a rare breed — a turnkey business that can do anything. They offer a nice combination of being very creative, while running a successful business."- CEO, Real Estate Development Firm

  • 16
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Mabbly is a full-service integrated marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 2013, the agency is comprised of fewer than 50 employees and specializes in web design, web development, branding, SEO, digital strategy, and content marketing.

    Clients
    ScrapeGo
    Commercial Lending X
    Azteca Foods
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Mabbly developed a modern, user-friendly website for a non-profit organization that captured the essence of its brand. They produced a video for the new site and archived thousands of pages they didn't compromise the client's SEO presence. The organization received significant positive feedback on its new website from users. 

    "Mabbly has a very consultative and entrepreneurial approach. It is looking to truly grow with companies and grow the brand or project it is working on." – Co-Founder, Nonprofit 

  • 17
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    The Well Advertising is an advertising agency based in Chicago. They have a team of around 20 employees. They provide advertising, branding, direct marketing, marketing strategy, and social media marketing. 

    Clients
    Sirius Computer Solutions
    The Great Escape
    Forsythe
    Spirit Cruises
    Notable Project

    The Well Advertising helped rebrand a site for an IT solutions company. They used a custom CMS to restructure the URL, manage service pages, and branded the platform. The efforts helped the business maintain their SEO value and increase their traffic and search visibility. 

    "It’s a pleasure to work with them because it’s so easy." – Marketing Web Specialist, IT Solutions Company

  • 18
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    A Willing Participant, Inc. is an advertising firm based in Chicago. Founded in 2014, their team of 8 serves clients in the nonprofit and consumer products sectors. Services include direct marketing and branding.

    Clients
    Accelerate Institute
    Children's Home and Aid
    Deloro Wear Solutions
    Independence-4-Seniors
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A Willing Participant, Inc. provides design services for a marketing company. Their work has yielded a high rate of client loyalty. The team is exceptionally professional.

    “His turnaround time is excellent.” – Senior Account Executive, Marketing Company

  • 19
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Hustlemore is a Chicago based marketing agency specializing in branding, digital strategy, and marketing strategy. They were founded in 2015 and have a team of 3 employees. They work with small business and midmarket clients in the consumer products, financial services, and healthcare industries. 

    Clients
    Innovative Wellness Care
    Chicago Cannabis Alliance
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Hustlemore ran a marketing campaign for a Chicago based cryotherapy spa. They upgraded the client’s site, implementing branding, SEO best practices, and a consistent marketing plan to promote awareness of the client’s business. The client reported that their website has moved from page four or five of relevant google search results to page one, and that their business has increased commensurately. 

    “Hustlemore digs in deep and finds things that other companies don't.” – Co-Founder, Cryotherapy Spa
     

  • 20
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Strike 2 is a marketing agency founded in Chicago in 2019 with no more than 10 employees. They are experts in advertising, branding, and marketing strategy solutions for small and mid-market agencies in the industries of legal cannabis, consumer products, and more.

    Clients
    Brightfield Group
    Bartesian
    Bozii
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Strike 2 provided branding solutions for a narrative design-based marketing agency. The agency was looking to rebrand their identity with a new logo, font, and more. Strike 2’s branding work has so far been met with positive feedback.

    “What struck me the most is how well they understood what I was telling them I wanted the brand to stand for as well as the way they synthesized the interviews with my clients. It felt spot on.” - Founder & CEO, Marketing Agency

  • 21
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    St. Charles IL

    Established in 1985, Streng Agency has more than 30-years experience helping companies position their brands. They use SEO, social media, advertising, public relations, and logo design to help their clients accomplish this goal. The team of eight employees works from an office in St. Charles, Ill. – just outside Chicago.

    Clients
    Fisher Nuts
    Big Apple Bagels
    Flinn Scientific
    IDEAL Industries
    Notable Project

    When a laundry products manufacturer needed design and layout experience, they hired Streng Agency. At the time, the manufacturer did not have these marketing and design skills in-house. The partnership began with Streng Agency designing a corporate brochure and went on to include logo creation and a website redesign for a new product.

    "They offer fresh designs and they’re good about letting us know deadlines and encouraging us to stay on track throughout a project." – Vice President of Customer and Distributor Success, Laundry Products Manufacturing Company

  • 22
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    SEO Solutions is a digital agency that was founded in 2005 and has its headquarters in Chicago. The 10-person team provides web design, SEO, UX/UI design, social media marketing, PR, advertising, and branding services for clients in a variety of industries.

    Clients
    Camp Pathfinder
    Specialty Alarm Engineering
    Regency Medical Spa
    North Coast Sewer & Drainage
    Industries
    Notable Project

    SEO Solutions provided a full-service marketing campaign for a real estate education program based in Utah that focused on SEO and PPC to expand their outreach. After just the first stage of the project, more than 200 of the client’s keywords ranked on the first results page. The partnership continues and the client is still satisfied with the quality of service.

     

    “Their team is great about following through on outstanding items and integrating changes into our ongoing strategy. They’re punctual and respond promptly to questions and change requests.” — President, Real Estate Education Group

  • 23
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 2016, Cooperate Marketing is an advertising and marketing agency that offers advertising, marketing strategy, media planning, and media buying services to their enterprise, md-market, and small business clients in the manufacturing, retail, and consumer products and services industries. Their 10 employees are based out of Chicago. 

    Clients
    Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
    Chamberlain
    KJM Construction
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Cooperate Marketing recently worked on a co-op platform for a motorcycle manufacturer. They migrated legacy data to implement a new platform for that client.

    “Our system launched seamlessly, so much so that no one even noticed we’d switched to a whole new system.” —  Manager, Motorcycle Manufacturer

     

  • 24
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Acclaro, Inc, a branding firm, was established in 2003. Their small team is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and , and specializes in branding, advertising, marketing strategy, digital strategy, and more.

    Notable Project

    Acclaro, Inc

    "They’ve done an excellent job of addressing any challenges we’ve faced."

  • 25
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Gurnee IL

    Headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois, Fanatically Digital is an advertising company. Founded in 2013, the small team specializes in advertising, digital strategy, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and more.

    Notable Project

    Fanatically Digital provides digital marketing services for a surgical clinic. The team works on SEO, SEM, and website development. They also do keyword research, backlinking, and geo-marketing for PPC.

    “Whenever I pay Fanatically Digital, I know I’m going to get 5–10 fold back.” 

  • 26
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Digital Destination is a full-service internet market agency based in Chicago. The agency, founded in 2015, is a team of less than ten that provides advertising, social media marketing, SEO, PPC, and web design services to various companies.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Digital Destination was hired by a Services Company to grow the Company's customer base by providing PPC on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Digital Destination was able to grow the customer base through its effective workflow. 

    "Very effective." - Marketing, Services Company

  • 28
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    The Harbinger Group is a communications and PR consultant group. Founded in 1990, the consultancy is comprised of fewer than 50 employees. They specialize in PR, advertising, and media planning and buying.

    Clients
    The Federal Savings Bank
    Golden Apple
    Home Partners of America
    Notable Project

    The Harbinger Group provided web service management for a nonprofit. They oversaw the nonprofit's tactical and strategic outreach and managed its communication through advertising and geotargeted marketing services. As a result of the partnership, the nonprofit saw an increase in site visits, candidate flow, and funder support. 

    "If I need something drafted, written, reviewed, or posted, The Harbinger Group is flexible and available to do it." – Officer, Nonprofit 

  • 29
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Valparaiso IN

    Based in Valparaiso, Ind., Barbauld Agency is a marketing agency serving small and midmarket businesses across a range of industries. Their team of fewer than 10 provides marketing and digital strategy, advertising, social media marketing, and web design services. They were founded in 2009.

    Clients
    Von Tobel
    Heinold & Feller
    VisionPoint
    Trailer Transit
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Barbauld Agency provided website design and upkeep services for an asphalt and paving company. They're responsible for website updates and the company's PPC campaign management. The team has demonstrated an exemplary quality of work, delivering tangible results. 

    "Their turnaround time is quick and we’ve seen more web inquiries too. We’re just starting to track where our inquiries are coming from. Our conversions are also up slightly." — Sales, Asphalt & Paving Company

  • 30
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Sparkfactor is a boutique advertising design and production firm founded in 1996. Their team of 6 employees is located in Chicago. They offer an array of services that center on digital strategy, marketing strategy, and web development.

    Clients
    Bio-Tissue
    Rogers Park Business Alliance
    Firestar Communications
    Durham School Services
    Notable Project

    Sparkfactor collaborated with a fragrance company to improve their website, email marketing, and online store. They assisted in maintenance and upgrades to the website. The client saw a marked increase in online sales over the course of Sparkfactor’s involvement.

    “We are satisfied with the level of their production for us. They have met every expectation that we had.” – President, Fragrance Company

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