The Best Creative Design Firms in The Windy City

Looking for top creative agency in Chicago?

Great creative design can significantly increase your brand’s visibility. Creative design consultants provide you with the expertise you need for your brand to grow.

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

List of the Best Chicago Creative Design Firms

  • 1

    Rule29

    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. 

    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

    Former clients
    Fellowes
    McDonald's
    American Red Cross
    The Make-A-Wish Foundation
    Allstate
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Geneva, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    17 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Graphic Design USA American Packaging Awards 2018 , Telly Award for Non-Broadcast Productions Film/Video - Charitable/Not-for-profit, 2011

  • 2

    3Q Digital

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Eventbrite
    Walmart
    ModCloth
    SurveyMonkey
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group250 - 999 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Google Premier Partner

  • 3

    Mabbly

    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.

    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 

    Former clients
    ScrapeGo
    Commercial Lending X
    Azteca Foods
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    19 Clutch reviews
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  • 4

    Motion Agency

    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. 

    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. 
     

    Former clients
    Adobe
    American Manufacturing Association
    The Home Depot
    Bed, Bath & Beyond
    Boys & Girls Club of America
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 5

    Conjure

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Verso
    Blackwood BBQ
    Optimo
    Protein Bar & Kitchen
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    13 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    9 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    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+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Lombard, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    6 Clutch reviews
    Awards

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

  • 8

    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+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    CSS Design Awards

  • 9

    C2 Creative

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Motorola
    DaVita
    2Civility
    HERE
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 10

    Viewstream

    Viewstream is a creative digital agency with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, and Austin, Texas. Founded in 2000, they have just under 30 employees on their team. Their services include advertising, video production, and branding, and they primarily serve enterprise clients.

    Notable Project

    Viewstream provided branding services for an eSports and gaming platform. Their responsibilities included brand creative and positioning, presentations, design, web development, and video production. The project multiplied traffic and overall feedback on the project was positive. Their talented team brought the brand to life. They were organized and their workflow was seamless.

    “I would say the combination of service and creativity is unmatched in any agency that we have worked with.” – CEO, eSports Gaming Platform

    Former clients
    Accenture
    Adobe
    Amazon
    Coca Cola
    PayPal
    UPS
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    5 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Telly Awards , Hermes Awards , San Francisco State University , Sony Electronics , QuickTime Film Festival , ResFest Film Festival , International Film Festival Rotterdam

  • 11

    Pink Hippo Productions

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Disney
    Complex
    Atlantic Records
    Comed
    Tomy Toys
    FTI Consulting
    CTBC Bank
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 12

    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+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    8 Clutch reviews
  • 13

    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+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Naperville, IL
    4.7
    4.7
    11 Clutch reviews
  • 14

    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

    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 15

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 16

    Origin, LLC

    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.

    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 

    Former clients
    JobGiraffe
    Graphic Solutions Group
    Mather LifeWays
    Lakland Guitars
    Hanson Musical Instruments
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Evanston, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 17

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 18

    Kahoots Creative Group

    Kahoots Creative Group is a digital consulting group based in Chicago, Illinois, that was established in 2014. Their team of fewer than 50 employees offers custom software development, UX/UI design, digital strategy, and web development services.

    Notable Project

    Kahoots Creative Group helped with web development for a credit bureau. Their team developed the UX/UI, conducted usability tests, and offered technical guidance. Their work significantly decreased bugs and errors.

    "From a ticket problem analysis, we had a 30% drop in defects and users calling in about confusing UI, bugs, or technical aspects." – UX Designer, Credit Bureau

    Former clients
    PepsiCo
    Q-Centrix
    Arcadia Data
    BlueData
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 19

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 20

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 21

    SWIDIA

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Cameo
    Outstanding Foods
    DUDE Wipes
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 22

    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+
    group10 - 49 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)

  • 23

    URBA Media

    URBA Media is a digital marketing agency based in Calgary, Canada. Founded in 2017, URBA Media specializes in providing social media marketing, digital strategy, and content marketing services exclusively to small businesses.

    Notable Project

    URBA worked took charge of a bistro and bar's social media accounts—primarily Facebook and Instagram. URBA takes pictures of the client's food and proceeds to post the photos every few days, with contests interspersed to promote the business. As a result, views, likes, and visitors to the restaurant have all increased.

    "Hire them. They’re an amazing group that will help your business grow faster." —Head Chef, Bistro and Bar

    Former clients
    MVMT
    Blowers & Grafton
    Paros Real Greek
    JUSFruit
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    19 Clutch reviews
  • 24

    Barbauld Agency

    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.

    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

    Former clients
    Von Tobel
    Heinold & Feller
    VisionPoint
    Trailer Transit
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Valparaiso, IN
    5.0
    5.0
    9 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Summit International Awards in Marketing Effectiveness , DotComm Awards in Web Design , SIA Awards in Graphic Design , AVA Digital Awards in Radio Ads

  • 25

    Theydo

    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. 
     

    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 
     

    Former clients
    Tickety
    Interaction Studio
    Woders
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
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