A List of the Best Public Relations Agencies in Chicago

WHO ARE THE TOP PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS IN CHICAGO?

A strong PR firm will help you build relationships with the public that advance and promote your company. If you’re looking to improve the overall image of your business and cultivate a professional and beneficial relationship with the media, hiring a PR firm is essential.  

Use this shortlist of PR firms to find the one that best fits your business. Evaluate client reviews and feedback, shorten the search process, and make a decision that will result in your success.

  • 1

    3rd Coast PR

    3rd Coast PR is a Chicago based marketing company, founded in 2011. Their team of 7 employees specializes in PR, content marketing, and event planning for midmarket clients in the consumer products and business services industries.

    Notable Project

    3rd Coast PR provided marketing services for a cheese company. They ran a number of campaigns, on both traditional and social media, to raise awareness of a product that the client was going to begin selling outside of the Chicago market. The client reported that their brand’s engagement, especially on Instagram, has increased significantly since the start of the campaign. 

    “They do an excellent job. They're very proactive, so we don’t have to ask them for anything.” – VP of Marketing, Cheese Company  

    Former Clients
    Lakeshore Learning
    O-Cedar
    Thermos
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 2

    Cascade Communications

    Cascade Communications is a PR and marketing firm based in Chicago, Illinois. With fewer than ten employees, their small operation offers a large range of PR solutions for clients at all stages of growth. Media placement and conventional PR make up the bulk of Cascade's services, but they also have extensive experience in web design, social media marketing, and comprehensive digital strategy.

    Notable Project

    A retail store geared toward children with developmental differences and their families contracted Cascade Communications to manage their PR approach as they prepared to open. The unique message and nature of the store required an equally unique PR strategy, which Cascade delivered successfully. Through several public media both traditional and digital, Cascade was able to tell the store's story and adjust their message as they continued to grow.

    "My husband has worked with large, expensive PR firms and seen far less return on his investment. I was amazed by how much exposure Cascade Comm was able to give us for relatively little money." - Owner, Specialty Retail Store

    Former Clients
    Red Bull North America
    SC Johnson
    Kraft
    Kansas Regenerative Institute
    US Army
    Jim Beam Brands
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 3

    SHERMAN

    SHERMAN is a PR firm located in Chicago. Founded in 2001, the team of fewer than 10 employees works with clients across industries such as healthcare and medical, real estate, and information technology. They specialize in PR, marketing strategy, and social media marketing.

    Notable Project

    SHERMAN provided web copy to a digital consultancy. They conducted internal and customer interviews to establish a unified brand voice and wrote case studies that aligned with the consultancy's marketing goals and perceived brand image. As a result of the partnership, the consultancy now receives about 20 viable leads per month. 

    "SHERMAN has a fresh perspective and is current." – Principal & CEO, Digital Consultancy 

    Former Clients
    American Academy of Art
    DJB Communications Group
    Genuine Scooter Company
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    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 - 10 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 5

    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+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Naperville , IL
    4.7
    4.7
    10 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    ComboApp

    Based in Chicago, mobile marketing firm ComboApp offers branding solutions for mobile platform-oriented businesses. Their 20-person team has extensive knowledge of how best to market mobile experiences, in which they exclusively specialize. ComboApp's comprehensive approach includes traditional PR placement, creative development, digital media strategy, and UX/UI design for innovative mobile applications.   

    Notable Project

    ComboApp's client history includes a number of successful mobile games. One client, an educational mobile game developer, found ComboApp's approach particularly helpful in augmenting their app's brand and maintaining growth even after working with ComboApp. The campaign included media placement, search engine optimization, and a social media campaign, all of which contributed to an increase in visibility.

    " It’s always refreshing when a company delivers what they promise. We saw an increase in traffic, downloads, and reviews." - Founder, Educational Mobile Game Company

    Former Clients
    VideoMedicine
    Sea World
    Intel
    MobileSleepDoc
    OfficeSuite
    Cox
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.5
    4.5
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    Bear Icebox Communications

    Based near Chicago, Illinois, Bear Icebox Communications offers a range of PR and marketing services. Despite having fewer than ten employees, Bear Icebox offers the range of services and return on investment that one could expect from larger firms. In addition to PR strategy and placement, Bear Icebox offers digital options such as web design and content creation.

    Notable Project

    Bear Icebox specializes in franchise PR and marketing, and has worked with large chains as well as startup franchise brands. One franchise industrial cleaning company partnered with Bear Icebox to build their brand and set them apart as industry leaders with a recognizable presence. They needed full-service management of their brand, and received a large image boost from Bear Icebox controlling their PR. When nobody from the cleaning firm could attend an industry conference, Bear Icebox sent representatives to aid in their management of the brand.

    "We’re getting the service you’d expect of a big company with the one-on-one attention of a small company. It’s the best of both worlds and we have a very nice relationship." - President, Franchise Janitorial Company

    Former Clients
    Sensofusion
    Image One
    Bazis Group
    Retalon
    65 Incorporated
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 10 Employees
    place Naperville , IL
    4.6
    4.6
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 8

    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+
    group11 - 50 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)

  • 9

    The Harbinger Group

    The Harbinger Group is a communications and PR consultant group. Founded in 1990, the consultancy is comprised of fewer than 50 employees. They specialize in PR, advertising, and media planning and buying.

    Notable Project

    The Harbinger Group provided web service management for a nonprofit. They oversaw the nonprofit's tactical and strategic outreach and managed its communication through advertising and geotargeted marketing services. As a result of the partnership, the nonprofit saw an increase in site visits, candidate flow, and funder support. 

    "If I need something drafted, written, reviewed, or posted, The Harbinger Group is flexible and available to do it." – Officer, Nonprofit 

    Former Clients
    The Federal Savings Bank
    Golden Apple
    Home Partners of America
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    4.5
    4.5
    1 Clutch review
  • 10

    DMA I Digital Marketing Agency

    DMA is a Chicago based digital marketing agency. They were founded in 2002 and have a team of 180 employees. They specialize in SEO, public relations, and content marketing. 

    Notable Project

    DMA managed a PPC campaign for a software company. They took over an existing Google AdWords campaign and ran it for the clients, monitoring the industry and making sure that the keywords in use stayed up to date. The client reported that since beginning the campaign, their cost-per-lead had decreased by 54%.

    “Without increasing the budget, we nearly doubled overall sales compared to the year prior.” – Marketing Manager, Software Company  

    Former Clients
    Tripadvisor
    Kohler
    Makeable
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group11 - 50 Employees
    place Chicago , IL
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
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