The Best Digital Publishing App Developers in The Windy City

Looking for a top digital publishing app developer in Chicago?

Publishing apps are best for content marketing, branding, advertising, and other online content-related activities. Whether you're a newspaper or magazine attempting to make publishing easier for your staff or a small business hoping to scale content marketing, a publishing app may be a good fit to help you meet your goals.

Take a look at our app development companies that have experience creating publishing apps. They can show you examples of their work and advise you on the best features and capabilities for your publishing app.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top publishing app development companies in Chicago. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs.

List of the Best Chicago Digital Publishing App Developers

  • 1

    Red Foundry

    Red Foundry is a mobile application design and development consulting firm based in Chicago. Founded in 2009, they create native and cross-platform mobile applications for the iOS and Android platforms. The team provides UX/UI product design, full-stack application development (mobile apps, APIs and backend) and proactive post-launch support and maintenance services. Red Foundry’s clients include entrepreneurs and startups, small companies, and mid-market corporations.

    Notable Project

    A photography agency needed a mobile app and came to Red Foundry for their expertise. The app allows anyone to locate photographers all over the city of Chicago. They’re still testing the impact of the app for on-demand users.

    “They [Red Foundry] were very organized and worked overtime. They made the process easy to understand, so I can focus on managing the company and not the IT part.” – CEO, Photography Agency

    Former clients
    Clark Brands
    Galaxy Digital
    Travelliance
    Reader’s Digest
    Traveling Vineyard
    Random House
    Gearflow
    Vacation By Rails
    Central Insurance
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    25 Clutch reviews
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    Doejo

    Doejo is a development company based in Chicago, IL. Their team of about 20 employees is expert in web, mobile app, and software development with additional experience in web and user experience design and video production. They've used this diverse skill set to help enterprise and mid-market businesses since 2007.

    Notable Project

    Doejo developed an e-commerce website for a real estate platform. The client had the vision and hired Doejo to execute on it. The development work included standard e-commerce features such as searching for items, favoriting them, adding them to a shopping cart, and checking out, along with more customized features such as sorting real estate agents by the properties they manage.

    "They're creative. They’re an agency so they can handle a lot of different things that we throw at them."-  CEO, Real Estate Platform

    Former clients
    AJ Capital Partners
    Local Food Grocers
    Reverb
    New York Jewelers
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    4 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Moxie Awards: Best Digital Agency (2012)

  • 3

    Punchkick Interactive

    Punchkick Interactive is a digital development agency in Chicago that was founded in 2006. It has more than 30 employees and specializes in custom software development, UX/UI design, and mobile app development for enterprise and midmarket clients.

    Notable Project

    Punchkick Interactive created a website using WordPress for an insurance company. The site was built for mobile, but is as responsive as possible on all devices. The team started with research and consulting, then designed the UX design and performed some initial user testing. The client was very happy with the finished product, citing an increase in leads.

    "The website is a vehicle for driving leads to our doorstep. Also, the efficiencies on the backend save administrators considerable time." –Assistant VP of Marketing, Insurance Company

    Former clients
    Marriott
    PetSmart
    Home Credit
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    SnapMobile

    SnapMobile is a mobile app development company located in Chicago. The team of nearly 20 employees, works with small and mid-market businesses in the consumer products, business services, and advertising and marketing industries. Their services include mobile app development, software development, application management and support.

    Notable Project

    SnapMobile built an app for an education optimization company. The app aimed to boost employee productivity by making it easy to set goals and assign tasks. SnapMobile assisted with the product’s conceptualization and prototyping before building the final product.

    “While they presented a number of development options based on their previous work with other clients, they also recognized that our mission statement might require a unique approach. They remained focused on our company.” – Learning and Development Lead, Education Optimization Company

    Former clients
    Hilton
    Edelman
    Chicago Sport & Social
    Kimpton Hotels
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    13 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    Very Good Ventures

    Very Good Ventures is an app development agency based in New York and founded in 2018. With no more than 50 employees, they specialize in mobile app development, web development, and application management and support solutions for various clients.

    Notable Project

    Very Good Ventures developed a mobile app for a social media marketing company. The company needed an app that allowed for more customer engagement. The app now has three million users.

    “I really have been totally satisfied with all of the work they’ve done for us.” - Director of Client Services, Social Media Marketing Company

    Former clients
    Hamilton: The Musical
    Google/Flutter
    Policygenius
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Evanston, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    9 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    Plego Technologies

    Based right outside of Chicago, Plego Technologies is a digital agency founded in 2002. Their team of around 20 has expertise in web development, SEO, IT staff augmentation, and software development.

    Notable Project

    Plego Technologies develops and maintains several online games for a game provider for the restaurant industry. Plago Technologies also manages and maintains the digital game company's e-commerce website, in addition to web development and design work, and has since 2013.

    "We’re pleased with Plego’s work, and none of our clients have complained. If any games need to be fixed or updated, Plego does it. They supply exactly what we want, and the games are successful." – Owner, Digital Games Company

    Former clients
    Motorola
    Chicago Park District
    Sara Lee
    Zebra Technologies
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    Vokal

    Based in Chicago and founded in 2009, Vokal is a mobile and digital agency with nearly 50 employees. Their team specializes in web design and development, mobile app development, and digital strategy.  

    Notable Project

    Working with an in-house team, Vokal helped an industrial distributor build a mobile e-commerce platform, developing the application and managing the engineering aspects. The app is responsive and has received positive reviews in the app store. 

    "It was a collaborative process and they became our true partner." —Senior Director of E-Commerce, Industrial Distributor

    Former clients
    Whole Foods
    Spot Hero
    Walgreens
    Groupon
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 8

    Greygoo

    Greygoo is a digital agency based in Naperville, Ill, founded in 2012. Their small team of fewer than 10 provides UX/UI design, mobile app development, and web design services primarily for small businesses.

    Notable Project

    Greygoo developed the user interface design for a meeting and event planning application for an IT company. The app was designed for use in the medical field and its functionalities include advanced search, itinerary building, and credit management for coursework and accreditation. Greygoo's work was praised by the client, who delivered excellent feedback for the services.

    "This version of the product was much easier to use than the one that had been previously released. The design was responsive for any type of screen. The client is very pleased with the top-notch UI design work of Greygoo and would highly recommend them to others." – Technical Project Manager, IT Firm

    Former clients
    Dunkin Donuts
    Ivy Strategy
    Naperville Park District
    Paulson Institute
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Naperville, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    Team Harbour

    Founded in 2014, Team Harbour is a development, AI, and blockchain company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They primarily work with small businesses in the financial services, e-commerce, and real estate industries. 

    Notable Project

    Team Harbor worked with a software company to provide ongoing support to the in-house development team. They have a proven track record of success with the client. 

    "We wouldn’t have continued working with Team Harbour if they weren’t doing a good job." – CEO, Software Company

     

    Former clients
    XchangePlus
    Visa
    COMO Global
    RINA Systems
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 10

    Plaidypus, Inc.

    Plaidypus, Inc. is a software design and development agency based in Naperville, Ill. and founded in 2004. Their team of eight employees specializes in custom software development, UX/UI design, and application management. They mainly work with mid-market and small business clients in the non-profit, IT, and business services industries.

    Notable Project

    Plaidypus, Inc. built an app for the client of a software company. The app is going to be used by a landscaping and construction company to keep track of the jobs they did and the time spent on each one. The app was developed for iOS, Android, and web, and would compile data to simplify analytics. The client was impressed with the quality of their work.

    “Plaidypus is very detailed. They communicate first and bill second. They want to make sure what they’re building is correct before they charge me for it.” – Owner, Software Company
     

    Former clients
    The Daily Journal
    Turbo Jet Partners
    Thinkgate
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Naperville, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
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    ProdRocket

    ProdRocket is a Chicago-based MVP development studio founded in 2019. Their team of 1–2 employees primarily serves startups by providing web and mobile app design and development. They also provide UX/UI design, marketing strategy, and app marketing. They're particularly proficient in the WordPress and React Native frameworks.

    Notable Project

    ProdRocket developed a market strategy for a content marketing and networking startup. They collaborated with the client to define the client's revenue model, target market, and channel strategy. Their work enabled the client to attain users and quickly attain revenue.

    "Yes, we’ve launched the platform and have quickly got adoption - with dozens of projects and already generating revenue." — Founder & CEO, Content Networking Startup

    Former clients
    BookMigo
    Motivity
    TuneKey
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
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