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List of the Best Ad Agencies in Chicago

What are the top advertising agencies in Chicago?

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  • Agency Squid

    Agency Squid is a marketing and advertising firm that is based in Minneapolis. Founded in 2015, Agency Squid's team of 3 employees specialize in digital strategy, advertising, and branding. The firm primarily works with small businesses but has experience working with mid-market sizes businesses as well. 

    Notable Project

    Agency Squid was tasked with redesigning an outdated website for a water purification company. Using WordPress, the team at Agency Squid equipped this new website with photographs, new web copy, and a redesigned logo. The client was very impressed with the team at Agency Squid. 

    "Their [Agency Squid's] attention to detail, knowledge of our industry, and almost immediate understanding of our needs as a client was highly impressive." – Sales and Operations Lead, Water Purification Company 

    Former Clients
    Mike's;Hard Lemonade
    American Gem Trade Association
    White Claw Spiked Seltzer
    Arctic Cat
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Minneapolis , MN
    5.0
    5.0
    5 Clutch reviews
  • Bandwidth Marketing

    Bandwidth Marketing is a small marketing agency with 7 employees. Founded in 2005, they are headquartered in Chicago and offer services in branding, advertising, and web design. The majority of their clients are small businesses, and their industry focuses are healthcare, real estate, and nonprofits.

    Notable Project

    Bandwidth Marketing collaborated with a nonprofit for a rebranding campaign and event planning. They updated the client’s brand messaging update, redesigned its logo, and helped create promotional messaging. The client was pleased with Bandwidth Marketing’s creative ideas and investment in the project’s success.

    “What I love about Bandwidth Marketing Group is that it's comprised of people who have experience at big agencies. They combine that credibility and those big ideas with small shop accessibility.” – Vice President, Nonprofit

    Former Clients
    Allstate
    Guaranteed Rate
    Illinois Technology Association
    American Writers Museum
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.9
    4.9
    7 Clutch reviews
  • Bandwidth Marketing Group

    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.  

    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 

    Former Clients
    Gore
    Ticketsnow
    Veteran Beer Company
    ServSafe
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.9
    4.9
    7 Clutch reviews
  • Build Scale Prosper

    Build. Scale. Prosper. is a consulting firm based in Chicago. Founded in 2018, their team of 3 employees specializes in branding, marketing strategy, and digital strategy. They work with midmarket and small businesses, focusing on business services, financial services, and consumer products and services.  

    Notable Project

    Build. Scale. Prosper. worked with an interior restoration company to help cultivate its brand and online image. They redesigned the client’s website, improved SEO and AdWords placement, and organized historical company data.

    “They helped us redesign our website. They gave us a lot of guidance and direction on how we should showcase our work online and improve our SEO. They’ve really made a difference with all of our marketing materials.” – Vice President, Interior Restoration Company

    Former Clients
    Buenas
    Daprato Rigali
    AlphaCrypto
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    5 Clutch reviews
  • bvk

    Since 1984, bvk has served clients in the healthcare, B2C, and education industries with a comprehensive range of integrated services. With over 334 employees, they’re currently one of America’s largest independent ad agencies. The agency has expanded from original Milwaukee headquarters to offices in Miami and Tampa, Fla. and Chicago, bvk offers web design, social marketing, and digital strategy for to refine brand identity.

    Notable Project

    bvk spearheaded a college’s multi-million-dollar rebranding campaign specifically tailored to the higher education space. The team managed broadcast media buys and created sophisticated print and digital design assets. By cultivating a keen understanding of the target audience, bvk fulfilled key objectives via proficient consulting and design services.

    “Anecdotally speaking, they’re a very polished agency when it comes to delivering high-end creative materials.” –Director of Communications and Marketing, Private University

    Former Clients
    United Way Worldwide
    Carmex
    Milwaukee Ballet
    Maine Office of Tourism
    Candies Foundation
    and CITGO
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group251 - 1,000 Employees
    place Milwaukee , WI
    3.0
    3.0
    1 Clutch review
    Awards

    Best of Show at the Higher Education Marketing Awards; “PSA of the Year” award at the PR News 2018 CSR and Nonprofit Awards; 2017 People's Voice / Webby Award Winner

  • Coming of Age

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    AARP
    Philips Lifeline
    AT&T
    Humana
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Lisle , IL
    4.7
    4.7
    6 Clutch reviews
  • Got IT Digital

    Got IT Digital is a digital firm headquartered in Chicago. The company has a team of 10 employees who specialize in SEO and web design, but also provide advertising, conversion optimization, and web development services.   

    Notable Project

    Got IT Digital did front-end and UX design for a financial platform. Initially, the client needed a partner to assist them with front-end design and development, but they continuously work with Got IT Digital. The company has helped the client redesign a website, and they provide recommendations and support for other projects. After the company did the front-end and UX design for the client, the client reported that the site improved and they are satisfied with the UX.   

    “Their first project (our website redesign) was extremely complicated and required buy-in from numerous stakeholders, but they accomplished the task. They maximally improved the site’s speed and provided a transformative UX for our customers.” — Content Director, Financial Platform  

    Former Clients
    Sara Lee Desserts
    University of Chicago
    The Berghoff
    National Center for Teacher Residences
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.8
    4.8
    2 Clutch reviews
  • Hustlemore

    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. 

    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  

    Former Clients
    Innovative Wellness Care
    Chicago Cannabis Alliance
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • JB Chicago

    Based in Chicago, JB Chicago is a digital marketing agency that was founded in 2000. The team of more than 40 members has expertise in branding, advertising, content marketing, and web design. 

    Notable Project

    JB Chicago helped a senior living development with marketing services. The rebranding campaign included a website redesign and strategic branding management. Their work, along with the quality of the work, has been extremely successful. JB Chicago is now marketing partners with the senior living community.

    "Now there’s a single brand, everybody can identify with each other, and it’s consistent from property to property and market to market." – Principle, Senior Living Community

    Former Clients
    DISH Network
    GoodBelly
    Hooray Puree
    Monk Fruit
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • JJR Marketing Inc.

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    Lenity Financial
    TH Hilson
    Low Voltage Solutions
    Nawbo
    Night Light Landscape Illumination
    Ashley Homestore
    APEX CPAS
    Elan Industries
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Naperville , IL
    4.7
    4.7
    10 Clutch reviews
  • Killian Branding

    Founded in Chicago in 1987, Killian Branding is an advertising industry veteran. Their expert team offers a multitude of services, including advertising, branding, mobile and app marketing, email marketing, and marketing strategy.

    Notable Project

    A fast food restaurant enlisted Killian Branding to develop a corporate identity for them. Killian Branding helped the client pinpoint its consumer base, created marketing materials, and determined relevant touchpoints.

    “They’re excellent. Overall, they have a very good approach and bring together all the pieces and present them in an organized manner, even though they’re 10,000 miles away.” – Owner, Fast Food Restaurant

    Former Clients
    AT&T
    McDonalds
    Dell
    Creighton University
    Aldi Foods
    Jim Beam Brands
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.9
    4.9
    8 Clutch reviews
  • NOTICE

    Founded in 2006, NOTICE is a digital agency with locations in Chicago and New York. Its team of 40 helps clients with their social media marketing, video production, content marketing, event production, digital strategy, PPC, advertising, and branding.

    Notable Project

    A museum was looking for an agency to help create an experiential marketing campaign. NOTICE developed a strategy and created a social media campaign using video and hashtags to draw attention. The client noticed that people came into the museum excited about what they saw in the campaign.

    "They were so attentive, and every person from NOTICE was involved. The personal touch was great. As a non-profit, we often don’t get the top people from a team to work with. This wasn't the case with NOTICE." - Marketing and Advertising Manager, Museum

    Former Clients
    Macy's
    The Obama Foundation
    Four Loko
    The Field Museum
    Restoration Hardware
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • Periscope

    Periscope is an independent full-service agency headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with offices in Hong Kong, Delhi, and Toronto. They serve the healthcare, entertainment, and consumer products and services sectors. Periscope has about 560 employees that provide services for web design, branding, advertising, digital strategy, and social media marketing.

    Former Clients
    Bridgestone
    Target
    Arctic Cat
    UnitedHealth Group
    Trolli
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group251 - 1,000 Employees
    place Minneapolis , MN
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Ad Fed MN The Show Awards Best of Design and Digital (2018), North American Effie Awards Bronze (2017), Ex Awards Best Shopper Event Program (2016)

  • Pivot Design

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    Microsoft
    Northwestern University
    Google
    American Library Association
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    CSS Design Awards

  • Popskull

    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. 

    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

    Former Clients
    SkinnyPop
    Tramontina
    Stolen Rum
    Devil Dawgs
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
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  • Red Square Agency

    Red Square Agency is a design agency founded in 1997. Based in Mobile, Ala., with an office in Chicago, the team of 57 specializes in branding, web design, and graphic design. They primarily focus on industries such as gaming, financial services, and consumer products & services. 

    Notable Project

    Red Square Agency serviced an investment management firm.  The team provided design and strategizing services for a complete branding overhaul. This included logo and visual development as well as custom web design. Overall, the client was impressed with the team's work.

    "RSQ is willing to spend not only the time understanding who we are and what we’re trying to build, but also distilling it down to something that is both simple and exactly what we were looking for."                                             – CEO, Investment Management Firm

    Former Clients
    Google
    New York Pride
    Hilton Worldwide
    Jack Daniel’s
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group51 - 250 Employees
    place Mobile , AL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • RSQ

    Red Square Agency (RSQ) is a project-based creative agency with 60 employees. Founded in 1977, they work from their headquarters in Mobile, Ala. and an office in Chicago. Their primary service lines are web design, branding, advertising, and digital strategy.

    Notable Project

    RSQ provided branding and web design for an investment group. They created a logo, name, color scheme, and a basic website. The client appreciated the uniqueness of RSQ’s brand and messaging campaigns.

    “RSQ is willing to spend not only the time understanding who we are and what we’re trying to build, but also distilling it down to something that is both simple and exactly what we were looking for.” – CEO, Investment Group

    Former Clients
    Duo Security
    Google
    Jack Daniel’s
    New York Pride
    The University of Alabama
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Mobile , AL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • SEO Solutions

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    Camp Pathfinder
    Specialty Alarm Engineering
    Regency Medical Spa
    North Coast Sewer & Drainage
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • Sparkfactor

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    Bio-Tissue
    Rogers Park Business Alliance
    Firestar Communications
    Durham School Services
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • Stevens & Tate Marketing

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    Aldi
    NeoGrid
    Taco Bell
    Habitat for Humanity
    Walgreens
    Cosí
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Lombard , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    5 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Graphic Design USA: American Package Design Awards, Graphic Design USA: Health and Wellness Design Awards, International Davey Award

  • Streng Agency

    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.

    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

    Former Clients
    Fisher Nuts
    Big Apple Bagels
    Flinn Scientific
    IDEAL Industries
    Smart Health 50
    Chef Martin
    Northern Illinois University
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place St. Charles , IL
    4.7
    4.7
    3 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    MarCom Gold and Platinum Award for design, W3 Silver for digital design (2017), The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA): Communicator Award and Silver Award of Distinction for designing and developing the Big App Bagels website (2015)

  • The Harbinger Group

    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.

    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 

    Former Clients
    The Federal Savings Bank
    Golden Apple
    Home Partners of America
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.5
    4.5
    1 Clutch review
  • The Monogram Group

    The Monogram Group is a branding agency based in Chicago. Founded in 1990, the team of 17 specializes in branding, market research, and advertising. They work with clients primarily in the financial services and manufacturing industries.

    Notable Project

    The Monogram Group worked on branding and marketing for a local hair salon. They updated branding and created a new logo and promotional materials. They also conducted market research and did a photo shoot, then distributed the new materials. The client was impressed with the results of the project.

    “The results were positive, and both the customers and franchises are happy with the new materials. They’re timeless, so we can use them for many years without looking old or outdated.” – Salon Owner, Hair Salon

    Former Clients
    Geremarie
    Goldwind America
    Mintel
    Life Fitness
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.9
    4.9
    8 Clutch reviews
  • Youtech

    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. 

    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

    Former Clients
    Village of Lyons
    Hundman Wealth
    Phantom Weights
    Dressander
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Naperville , IL
    4.8
    4.8
    10 Clutch reviews
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