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List of the Best Chicago Creative Design Firms

  • 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
    Make-A-Wish
    Cargill
    American Red Cross
    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
    $50,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    Chicago IL

    3Q Digital is a digital marketing and strategic consulting agency headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. with additional offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Burlington, Vt., Austin, Texas, and Raleigh, N.C. Their staff consists of over 250 experts in SEO, social media marketing, and analytics.

    Clients
    Eventbrite
    SurveyMonkey
    ModCloth
    Square
    Notable Project

    A retail chain hired 3Q Digital to help with its paid search and social media marketing. From this partnership, the chain's conversion rates improved over 30%, and the ROI for search campaigns improved by 40%.

    “I’m most impressed with 3Q Digital's knowledge of all the advanced and best tactics, features, and betas. They’re always much farther ahead, and they’ve actually got experience doing them. A lot of agencies don’t have the experience.” – Digital Marketing Manager, Retail Chain

  • 3
    $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
    Tolmar
    Lil' Drug Store Products
    Edelman
    Limitless Coffee & Tea
    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 

  • 4
    $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 Marketing Association
    The Home Depot
    Becker Professional Education
    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. 
     

  • 5
    $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
    Amazon
    Air France
    American Express
    AstraZeneca
    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

  • 6
    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

  • 7
    $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
    VillageMD,
    Guaranteed Rate,
    Abbvie,
    WRS,
    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 

  • 8
    $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

  • 9
    $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
    Abbott
    AbbVie
    Accenture
    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

  • 10
    $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
    HERE Technologies
    DaVita
    Chowly
    Mortorola
    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

  • 11
    $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."

  • 12
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Pink Hippo Productions is a film production company that was founded in 2013. The company is headquartered in Chicago and consists of 6 employees. They specialize in video production, branding, and marketing strategy and have a client focus of small and midmarket businesses.

    Clients
    - Complex
    - Atlantic Records
    - Dober
    - Comed
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Pink Hippo Productions partnered with an advertising where they assisted in helping implement their client's goals. Specifically, they provided video production support for their client’s projects as well as planned schedules and budgets for the projects. The client was pleased with the team's work. 

    “All projects they’ve done for us have exceeded expectations when delivered.” – Owner an Creative Director, Advertising Agency

  • 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
    theWit Hotel in Chicago
    Cardinal Investment Advisors
    Option Hotline
    SMASHotels
    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
    $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.

    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

  • 15
    $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. 

    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
     

  • 16
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Evanston IL

    Origin, LLC is a full-service marketing communications agency headquartered in Evanston, Illinois. Established in 2005, they have around 10 employees that specialize in web design, branding, graphic design, SEO, PPC, media planning and buying, and logo creation.

    Clients
    Graphic Solutions Group
    Anderson Pest Solutions
    Mather LifeWays
    Lakland Guitars
    Notable Project

    Origin, LLC oversaw a rebranding and marketing strategy for a pest control firm that targeted new demographics. They updated the client's visuals, redesigned their logo, and changed the colors to increase brand recognition. The firm doubled in size, provided services to five Midwestern states, and became the 32nd largest pest control company in the nation. 

    "Origin, LLC's integrity and willingness to think critically about a project separates it from other agencies." – President, Pest Control Firm 

  • 17
    $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. 

    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

  • 18
    $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
    Siemens
    BioTissue
    Prevent Blindness
    Special Olympics Illinois
    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

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

    Mock Design Group, Inc. is a design agency based in Grayslake, Ill. Founded in 1995, their team of around 5 employees specializes in branding, social media marketing, and logo design. 

    Clients
    Abbott Laboratories
    AbbVie
    ACCO Brands
    Avizent
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Mock Design Group, Inc. designed a logo for a cleaning services company. They worked to ensure that the logo represented the company and their values. The team also created business cards featuring the logo.

    "The team consists of kind professionals who always made us feel comfortable when we visited their office." – Owner, Cleaning Service Company

  • 20
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    SWIDIA is a Chicago-based marketing agency founded in 2017. Their team of fewer than 50 provides marketing strategy, media buying and planning, and social media marketing services for small and mid-market firms in industries such as arts, consumer products, and e-commerce.

    Clients
    Cameo
    DUDE Wipes
    Outstanding Foods
    Radish Fiction
    Industries
    Notable Project

    SWIDIA runs social media ad campaigns for a mobile fiction platform. The goal was to achieve profitability and scaling in a few months. The platform has expanded their budget tenfold since their first campaign with SWIDIA.

    “That team is very impressive in terms of both their ability to collaborate with the client and their overall expertise, so we were able to develop some really great creative resources that helped us a lot at the beginning of the relationship.” - Director of Marketing, Mobile Fiction Platform

  • 21
    $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

  • 22
    $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
    JB SanFilippo & Sons
    Fisher Nuts
    Big Apple Bagels
    Flinn Scientific
    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

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

    Theydo is a design studio headquartered in Chicago. The company has less than 10 people, and they specialize in UX/UI design, branding, and web design. 
     

    Clients
    Tickety
    Interaction Studio
    Woders
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Theydo designed a new website for a cryotherapy service. The client’s original website simply had a webpage for their machine sales, but they wanted to build a custom website exclusively for the machine sales. Their goals were to increase leads for machine sales through organic internet searches, and they wanted more visibility for their machines. Theydo consistently met with the client, and they used PHP, HTML5, and JavaScript to create the website. The company also added Google Analytics for the client. After creating the website, the client increased their sales.
     

    “I've doubled my revenue from machine sales from this point last year. Neal and Bart delivered a really high-quality product and design in under a month.” — Co-Founder and CFO, Cryotherapy Service 
     

  • 24
    $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

  • 25
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Mekanism is a full-service advertising agency. It was founded in 2003 and has since grown to 170 employees across 4 offices: Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Mekanism's team does advertising, video production, branding, content marketing, and social media marketing midmarket and large businesses. 

    Clients
    HBO
    Ben & Jerry's
    Alaska Airlines
    MillerCoors
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A soft drink was going through a re-launch in an attempt to become relevant with a younger demographic. Mekanism created a stop-motion Super Bowl ad, several web films, and an online platform where fans could learn to create and film their own customized stop-motion short films.

     

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

    Lipman Hearne is a marketing and communications firm that was founded in 1988. Located in Chicago, their team of 70 specializes in advertising, branding, media planning & buying, and more for small and mid-sized clients alike. 

    Clients
    University of Iowa
    Chicago Community Trust
    Smithsonian
    University of Wisconsin
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Lipman Hearne created a responsive website for a university, as well as ads and an enrollment video. The work generated results that the university was satisfied with. 

     

  • 27
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    UpShift is an advertising and design firm that was founded in 2002. Their small team of 9 has offices in Santa Barbara, Calif. and Chicago. UpShift specializes in advertising, branding, and digital strategy.

    Clients
    Accenture
    BAI
    Blue Vista LLC
    DDB Needham
  • 28
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Wheeling IL

    Revamplify is an advertising company. They are based in Wheeling, Illinois and have a small team. Their services include advertising, pay per click, corporate photography, broadcast video, and more. The company was founded in 2021.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    Revamplify developed an education nonprofit’s website and social media presence. After initial meetings, they provided several options for the client and proceeded with the development. 

    "The process was quick, detailed, and far exceeded my expectations."

  • 29
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Jacobson Rost is a marketing agency based in Chicago. Since it was founded in 1957, the agency has been specializing in advertising, branding, and packaging design. Their client base primarily includes enterprise-level businesses. Their current team includes 69 employees.

    Clients
    MillerCoors
    Walmart
    Peroni Italy
    Kalahari Resorts
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Jacobson Rost completed branding services for a resort. The resort, while located in the United States, was based on African culture. The team at Jacobson Rost went to the continent to fully immerse themselves in the culture. The scope of their involvement included creating a series of videos and print materials. Thanks to these efforts, the resort now has had over a million social engagements.

     

  • 30
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Branding agency Someoddpilot is based in Chicago. Since it was founded in 1999, the agency has been specializing in branding, advertising, and print design. The team of 22 employees partners with small and mid-sized businesses alike. 

    Clients
    CAT Footwear
    Saucony
    The Second City
    Sperry
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Someoddpilot services a popular clothing brand with their marketing and digital solutions. They produced videos in their entirety for one of the brand's environmental campaigns. These compelling campaigns led to an increase in social engagement and media exposure. 

     

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