The Best Experiential Marketing Companies in The Windy City

Looking for a top experiential advertising agency in Chicago?

An experiential advertising company can help you approach marketing from a different, more personal angle. Searching for and vetting potential partners, however, can be an exhausting process.

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

List of the Best Chicago Experiential Marketing Companies

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    NEXT/NOW

    NEXT/NOW is a Chicago-based creative technology agency founded in 2011. The team of around 20 pride themselves on creating digital brand experiences for physical spaces through AR/VR development, marketing services, and custom software development. 

    Notable Project

    NEXT/NOW created a website and motion graphics for a consumer goods company's trade show interactive photo booth. NEXT/NOW built a website to host a virtual competition and developed an LED screen. The project was received well and the client felt that the team was extremely dedicated.

    "[NEXT/NOW] is able to use technology creatively, finding unique ways to incorporate digital tools into interactive, real-life presentations." – Digital Manager, Consumer Goods Company

    Former clients
    Audi
    Intel
    McDonald’s
    NBA
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $50,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.9
    4.9
    13 Clutch reviews
    Awards

    Elevate Awards (2017) , Experience Design & Technology Awards: Best Use of a Single Technology (2016)

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    Bishop-McCann

    Bishop-McCann is an event planning agency headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. They also have offices in Lincolnshire, Ill.; Katonah, N.Y.; and San Francisco. Founded in 1997, they have about 117 employees that mostly serve enterprise and mid-market clients in a wide range of industries. Their services are specialized in event marketing and planning.

    Notable Project

    Bishop-McCann provided event planning services for a software company. Their team assisted with event registration as well as helped with venue selection and production. The event ran smoothly and the client is satisfied with the results.

    “The Bishop-McCann team really understands service.” – CMO, Software Company

    Former clients
    Bridgestone
    Actelion
    Anheuser-Busch
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Lincolnshire, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 3

    All Terrain

    All Terrain is a marketing agency focused on event marketing and planning and branding services located in Chicago. Founded in 1998, they have a team of about 200 employees. They cater to clients in the advertising and marketing industry as well as the arts, entertainment, and music, and consumer products and services industries.

    Notable Project

    All Terrain created an experiential store to increase awareness of a brand for a global PR company. They not only provided interior architecture support but also acquired city permits. They hired caterers, security, and brand ambassadors to support the store, which experienced 78 million impressions and secured media coverage by notable outlets.

    "Their attention to detail, communication, and proactivity was impressive." – Associate Creative Director, PR Company

    Former clients
    Ferrari
    Quaker
    Mango Board
    American Airlines,
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    Heron Agency

    Heron Agency is a lifestyle communications agency based in Chicago and founded in 2000. They now have 20 employees experienced in developing strategic integrated marketing campaigns for companies in hospitality and leisure, business services, and arts, entertainment and music. They specialize in PR, SMM, and media planning.

    Notable Project

    Heron Agency managed a theater's media presence to spread awareness, successfully scheduling live appearances on radio and television, performance reviews, and feature articles. Thanks to Heron Agency, production attendance was higher than ever for the client. Industry peers also recognized stakeholders' widespread media presence.

    “Attendance at our current season is at an all-time high. I am also constantly being asked by other theater companies how we obtain the consistently excellent media presence our theater has, something that all but the largest theaters struggle to maintain.” – Executive Director, Theater Company

    Former clients
    Hyatt
    Marriott
    Hilton
    Ocean Prime
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    10 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    LAI Live

    LAI Live is a full-scale live and virtual event production company based in Washington, DC. The company, founded in 2013, has a team of around 40 that provides event marketing & planning, branding, marketing strategy, and graphic design services. LAI Live serves mid-market and other-sized companies in various industries.

    Notable Project

    A nonprofit trade association hired LAI Live to help set up a digital environment that would enable them to hold virtual meetings with their members and board to achieve certain business goals. As part of the engagement, LAI Live integrated a third-party voting system that would enable the association to conduct and cast votes online. They also provided the association with metrics and key deadlines, as well as set up speaker practice sessions so that everybody was comfortable with it before the show. After a period of learning, the association achieved their goal of meeting online using the solution that LAI Live provided. 

    "We were particularly impressed with their responsiveness and their willingness to help me reassure people within my organization about how the system worked." - Director of Communications, Nonprofit Trade Association

    Former clients
    ASAE
    Association Leadership Awards
    Certified Angus Beef LLC
    UniFirst
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
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