Looking for a top experiential marketing 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 firms in Chicago. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs. If you need more support, tell us about your project, and we'll match you with recommended companies.

List of the Best Chicago Experiential Marketing Agencies

  • 1
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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. 

    Clients
    Intel
    Under Armour
    McDonald's
    Allstate
    Industries
    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

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  • 2
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Groove Jones is a mobile app, AR/VR, and custom software developer based in Dallas. Founded in 2015, this 10+ team of digital experts builds the interactive tools that give brands a competitive edge.

    Clients
    3M
    7 Eleven
    AT&T
    Amazon
    Industries
    Notable Project

    From filming to final production, Groove Jones developed a complete VR experience to entertain consumers. The successful project earned favorable press and 65,000+ views on YouTube, while the client valued the team’s timeliness and communications.

    “Groove Jones worked within our budget constraints and produced a great film. … They made everything look as real as possible.” – Former Marketing Manager, Telecommunications Company

  • 3
    $100,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Ferrari
    Quaker
    Mango Board
    American Airlines
    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

  • 4
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Paper Source
    Chicago Boat
    RV
    & Sail Show
    Industries
    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

  • 5
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    ASAE
    Association Leadership Awards
    Certified Angus Beef LLC
    UniFirst
    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

  • 6
    $250,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    InVision Communications is an event marketing & planning company. They are based in Walnut Creek, California; Chicago, Illinois and New York, New York and have a midsize team that provides event marketing & planning, marketing strategy, graphic design, and video production. The company was established in 1991.

    Industries
  • 7
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    AKA is a Chicago, Illinois-based public relations firm. The small company was launched in 1998. Their team provides public relations, video production, social media marketing, event marketing & planning, and more.

    Industries
  • 8
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Beaman Incorporated is a public relations agency. They are based in Chicago, Illinois and have a small team that offers public relations, advertising, event marketing & planning, and media planning & buying. The firm was established in 1996.
  • 9
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Bridgewater Studio Inc., an event marketing & planning company, was launched in 2014. Their small team is in Chicago, Illinois and offers event marketing & planning, advertising, branding, graphic design, and more.
    Industries
  • 10
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Founded in 2018, BUNDLAR is augmented reality solutions provider based in Chicago with a team of 14. They provided AR/VR development, event marketing, and web design services. 

    Clients
    ST Media Group
    NVISION
    Arizona State University
    DuSable Museum of African American History
    Notable Project

    BUNDLAR partnered with PublishReality to create print and digital media with the client’s mobile application. They also turned magazine, catalogs, direct mail, POS displays, menus, and signage into augmented reality experiences. The project was a success. 

  • 11
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Kindle Communications, an advertising company, is in Chicago, Illinois. Launched in 2004, the midsize team provides advertising, digital strategy, event marketing & planning, marketing strategy, and more.

  • 12
    $250,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Event marketing & planning company Agency EA is in Chicago, Illinois. The firm provides event marketing & planning, digital strategy, graphic design, and marketing strategy and is midsize.The firm was established in 1999.

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  • 13
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    HauteRod Inc. Is an event marketing & planning company in Chicago, Illinois. The small team provides event marketing & planning, branding, and direct marketing. The company was founded in 2017.
    Industries
  • 14
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Identity is a Michigan-based public relations firm specializing in social media marketing, PPC, and branding. Founded in 1998, Identity's team of 20-plus works closely with clients to enhance their brand awareness and connect with consumers. Identity believes in a strategic model that increases efficiency and continuity across all channels and mediums. 

    Clients
    Motown Museum
    Dunkin'
    Grand Hotel
    Hudsonville Ice Cream
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Identity worked with an internationally recognized steakhouse to attract customers to its grand opening event by creating and managing its media VIP night and leveraging local media relationships to secure targeted visibility. As a result of its partnership with Identity, the restaurant was featured in two local newspapers and had 200 guests attend its event. 

     

  • 15
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Branding firm Avila Creative was launched in 2011. The small team provides branding, public relations, advertising, event marketing & planning, and more. The agency is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 16
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Lincolnshire IL

    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.

    Clients
    Actelion
    Anheuser-Busch
    Bridgestone
    Endo Pharmaceuticals
    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

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    2 - 9 Employees
    Crestwood IL
    Fanning Communications, Inc. Is an advertising company founded in 2000. Based in Crestwood, Illinois, their small team provides advertising, branding, event marketing & planning, public relations, and more.
  • 18
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Wheeling IL

    Cadence Inc is an event marketing & planning company. They are headquartered in Wheeling, Illinois and have a small team. Their services include event marketing & planning, other marketing, and branding.

    Industries
  • 19
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Palatine IL
    Emblem Inc. Is an event marketing & planning company established in 2014. Based in Palatine, Illinois, their small team focuses on event marketing & planning, content marketing, and video production.
  • 20
    Undisclosed
    50 - 249 Employees
    Pleasant Prairie WI
    Catalyst Exhibits is a midsize event marketing & planning company. They offer event marketing & planning and marketing strategy and were founded in 1998. The company is located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
  • 21
    Undisclosed
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    NiKnack Marketing is a branding agency. Established in 2017, the team provides branding, event marketing & planning, logo, content marketing, and more. Their small company is Chicago, Illinois-based.
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