The Best Travel Mobile App Agencies in The Windy City

Looking for a top travel app development company in Chicago?

When selecting features for your travel app, consider the tasks travelers typically take to book and complete a trip. Think about if your app needs geolocation, booking capabilities, travel planning, weather forecasts, translations, or currency conversions. Hone in on the top features you need instead of attempting to incorporate all of them into your travel app. Remember, the cost of an app increases the more complex it is.

A travel app developer will be able to advise you on the best features to include to ensure travelers use your app once it's launched. We suggest prioritizing based on must-have, should-have, and nice-to-have features and discussing these ideas with app development companies on your shortlist.

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

List of the Best Chicago Travel Mobile App Agencies

  • 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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  • 2

    ORA

    This Chicago-based agency focuses on mobile app and web development, UX/UI design, digital strategy, and branding. They have created 300+ apps and online products since their team of 10+ came together in 2009. They work with enterprise companies all the way down to startups, and focus on business services.

    Notable Project

    ORA helped develop an app for a mailroom staffing company. The app was written from scratch based on web software the company already had. It replaced an old system that helped with mailroom functions. They determined the project’s scope best practices for the app.

    “They kept us up to date on timelines and budgets, and we talked on a regular basis. We had a project management system, and they were very responsive. I usually heard back from them within the same day.” – Technology Director, Mailroom Staffing Company

    Former clients
    Allstate
    Subway
    Southeastern Grocers
    Mitchell's Salon
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 3

    Koombea

    Koombea is a digital product development company headquartered in New York with locations in Miami, San Francisco, and Barranquilla, Columbia. Founded in 2007, the company has a current team of around 100, specializing in custom software development, web development, and mobile app development. They primarily serve midmarket businesses in the IT, healthcare, and education industries.

    Notable Project

    Koombea transitioned a home improvement company's e-commerce website to Shopify Plus. Using Ruby on Rails, the team created an intermediate platform to facilitate the migration between Shopify and the client's back office. Since launching the new site, the client's sales have skyrocketed.

    "We have the most stable e-commerce platform. We had a huge increase of 700% in sales." — CIO, Home Improvement Company

    Former clients
    Disney
    WellMatch
    Sendgrid
    OpenEd
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    15 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    Simpalm

    With offices in Chicago and Washington D.C., Simpalm is a leader in the mobile app market. They’ve designed over 200 apps and also work in web development and UX/UI design. The team of 30+ designers creates products for a variety of industries, including financial and business services, consumers, education, health, and retail. They work with companies of all sizes.

    Notable Project

    A medical software company hired Simpalm to create a bilingual pregnancy app. The team created an app that could be used in both English and Spanish. They worked through the project from inception to completion.

    “I had a weekly telephone call with the regional rep who I worked with the most. They set up a specific place where I could list the changes I wanted on the app, and I got an email when each task was completed.” – Founder, Medical Software Company

    Former clients
    Taptin
    Forte Payment System
    AudiobookNow
    Ghost Post
    Mezy App
    Audio Chef
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    22 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Top Mobile App Developer 2015

  • 5

    LaunchPad Lab

    LaunchPad Lab is a web development firm based in Chicago. Founded in 2012, LaunchPad Lab’s team of 17 provides web development and design, mobile app development, and UX/UI design services.

    Notable Project

    LaunchPad Lab worked with a nonprofit to build a new website to reflect their recent rebranding campaign. The team created a Locomotive CMS from scratch and developed the website to consistently track its internal operations. The client experienced a 225% increase in usage after the first couple of months.

    "They give us great advice. They have a lot of ideas on social media and how to track our numbers." – Director of Marketing, Nonprofit

    Former clients
    Whirlpool
    Kubo Health
    Breadcrumb
    Chicago Line Cruises
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    33 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    Lakeview Labs

    Since 2014 web and mobile app development agency LakeView Labs has served clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. The small team of fewer than 10 applies its skill in mobile app, software, web, and e-commerce development to help these clients build engaging digital products.

    Notable Project

    A software company that's well-known for its checklist web application hired LakeView Labs to create a complementary iOS app. LakeView Labs was responsible for all aspects of development and successfully built important capabilities such as the ability to log in through a third-party, download a checklist template, and upload and share a completed checklist.

    "They’re excellent communicators and bring fresh ideas to the development process. Their knowledge of mobile applications made my life easier." – Founder, Software Company With Checklist App

    Former clients
    Groupon
    EZOME
    SuperTailgate
    AllState
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    9 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    KeyLimeTie

    KeyLimeTie is a full-service design, development, and digital strategy agency. Their team of 20+ is based in Chicago, IL. KeyLimeTie provides content management, e-commerce, and custom application solutions. They also run social media campaigns and offer reputation management. Their clients include companies of all sizes in the information technology and advertising industries.

    Notable Project

    KeyLimeTie developed a website for a fashion startup that targets female fitness competitors. The company needed a website that creatively represented the client's brand identity. They completed the project in a few months.

    “The KeyLimeTie team was very efficient and professional with great concept ideas. They provided excellent feedback and suggestions throughout the process to help achieve the look and feel we wanted. They also provided one-on-one training with our group to ensure we knew how to manage the site post-launch and on an ongoing basis.” – Co-Founder and Owner, Fashion Startup

    Former clients
    AAA – Auto Club Group
    Allstate Insurance
    Kellogg’s
    and Tyson
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Oak Brook, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    National Association for Business Resources: One of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

  • 8

    Tandem

    Tandem (formerly DevMynd) is a strategy, design, and technology company headquartered in Chicago. The company was founded in 2010 and has 37 employees. They work with both mid-market and enterprise businesses. The businesses they work with represent a variety of industries including health care and medical, education, and energy and natural resources. 
     

    Notable Project

    Tandem provided design research and application development for a telecom company. The client’s technical competencies did not match their customers’ requirements, so Tandem helped the client find a customer-based solution. The company is working with the client to deliver, design and develop the product. The client has been satisfied with the company’s services and processes.

    “They’ve proven themselves with their methodologies that fill gaps by finding repeated patterns.” — Manager, Telecom Company
     

    Former clients
    Major League Baseball
    IBM
    The University of Chicago
    Department of Defense
    Groupon
    Madison Square Garden
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    9 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    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
  • 10

    Breakthrough Technologies

    Based in Chicago, IL, Breakthrough Technologies is a software solutions agency founded in 1998. The team of approximately 40 has expertise in software development, web design, web development, software development, and mobile app development. 

    Notable Project

    Breakthrough Technologies was hired by a suburban municipality near Chicago. Breakthrough Technologies helped revamp the town's website and helped with digital strategy. After the initial website launch, Breakthrough Technologies worked to make the website more responsive. The client felt that Breakthrough Technologies was accessible and communicated its scope of work well. 

    "They had people to help bridge the gap between the developer and the layman. They helped us see what steps were necessary to take an idea from a concept all the way to an actual functioning part of the website." – Communications Director, Illinois Municipality. 

    Former clients
    Lockheed Martin
    GoGo
    Pearson
    Illinois State Board of Education
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Evanston, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    2 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Aquatech Innovation Awards Finalist (2017)

  • 11

    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
  • 12

    Neudesic

     Neudesic is a technology company with offices in Irvine, CA, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Irving and Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Las Vegas, NV, Exton, PA, Tempe, AZ, Portland, OR, New York, and India.  It specializes in big data consulting, custom software development, cloud consulting, and mobile app development. The agency of more than 800 employees was founded in 2002. Most clients work in the healthcare, energy, and gaming industries. 

    Notable Project

    Neudesic upgraded a recipe website to an efficient Cloud platform.  The system makes available to users a variety of easily accessible recipes, reviews, videos, and shopping lists. These content offerings are customized and can be set to fit users' specific preferences. The website has been growing consistently since Neudesic began their involvement. 

     

    Former clients
    Hasbro
    American Cancer Society
    Hyatt
    Xerox
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group250 - 999 Employees
    place Lombard, IL
    4.0
    4.0
    1 Clutch review
    Awards

    Microsoft Gold Partner , Nintex Partner Awards: Business Acceleration (2016, 2017)

  • 13

    Accrual Group

    Based in Islamabad, Pakistan, Web Creative Media is a leading digital and creative agency that was founded in 2012. The team of 10+ specializes in UX/UI design, web development, mobile app development, web design, and more for primarily small businesses. 

    Notable Project

    Web Creative Media built an in-depth software system with AI capabilities to manage different user levels and fetch futures prices. The team turned Excel spreadsheets into a software program for internal use. They delivered a system that works well and efficiently. 

    "It's a logical system that works great." – President, Futures Firm

    Former clients
    The Hueber Report
    Coda
    Online Yourself
    Dividend Marketing
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place 4403911275, IL
    4.7
    4.7
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 14

    Codelattice

    Codelattice is a digital technology company in Calicut, India; Mississauga, Canada; and Naperville, Ill. Founded in 2009, they have about 42 employees that serve small-business and midmarket clients in the healthcare, e-commerce, and real estate sectors. Services include web development, e-commerce development, and cloud consulting.

    Notable Project

    Codelattice has provided customer management solutions for an e-distributor. Their team aided in ResNet AWS cloud infrastructure management and a GDS audit system. Their work has ensured that data is consistently available and received positive feedback.

    “Codelattice is a reliable team.” – Director of Operations, E-Distribution Company

    Former clients
    Air Arabia
    Dubai Chamber of Commerce
    Kalyan Jewellers
    Fresh to Home
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Naperville, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    8 Clutch reviews
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