The Best Public Relations Agencies in The Windy City

List of the Best Chicago Public Relations Agencies

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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.

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

  • 1

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 2

    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+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    6 Clutch reviews
  • 3

    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
    9 Clutch reviews
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  • 4

    Interdependence

    Interdependence is a PR firm based in Chicago. The team of 13 specializes in PR. 

    Notable Project

    Interdependence provided PR services for a manufacturing company. The team's work included writing and interviewing targeted towards European markets. They met the goal for the number of articles, which received positive feedback from key stakeholders.

    "I was impressed by their focus on my needs. They met my goals, objectives, and budget without any extra fluff or sales pitches. I don't have time to go through multiple emails just to be told the project is on track." – Marketing Manager, Manufacturing Company 

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    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
  • 6

    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
    10 Clutch reviews
  • 7

    Cascade Communications; PR & Digital Marketing Agency

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    6 Clutch reviews
  • 8

    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+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.5
    4.5
    1 Clutch review
  • 9

    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 - 9 Employees
    place Evanston, IL
    4.7
    4.7
    6 Clutch reviews
  • 10

    Pietryla PR & Marketing

    Pietryla PR & Marketing is a boutique marketing and PR firm based in Chicago, with an additional location in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 2002, this company has two employees. Services offered by Pietryla PR & Marketing include public relations, marketing strategy, and digital strategy for small and midmarket businesses.

    Notable Project

    Pietryla PR & Marketing provided branding services for a public safety manufacturer. They worked to increase traffic on the client's site, making use of content generation, SEO implementation, and various digital marketing campaigns to reach their goals. The client reported a successful ROI.

    "We had tremendous success given our limited budget. Christine was able to maximize return with the resources we had to work with!" - Former CIO, Public Safety Manufacturer

    Former clients
    Whitehead Energy Solutions
    United Federal Credit Union
    KidKlass
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    4.7
    4.7
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 11

    Hippo Thinks

    Hippo Thinks is a digital marketing agency headquartered in Los Angeles, with additional offices in Houston and Chicago. Founded in 2014, they have a team of around 5 employees. Their main focus lines are content marketing, PR, and other digital marketing.

    Notable Project

    Hippo Thinks created a thought leadership piece for a content and IT development company. The team promoted the client's tech solution and provided relevant case studies and examples.

    " We were also impressed with the strategic work, the deep research they did into our industry, and the overall final long-form article." – Former CEO, Content & IT Dev Company

    Former clients
    Arm
    Verizon Media Digital Services
    The Orvis Company
    Girl Scouts
    Wunderman
    Alpha Edison
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 12

    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
  • 13

    Pepper Group

    Pepper Group is a marketing firm headquartered in Palatine, Ill. The 15-person team launched in 1994 and offers branding, direct marketing, PR and corporate communication, and marketing strategy. Their clients work in a variety of sectors, including IT, financial services, and manufacturing.

    Notable Project

    Pepper Group provided product marketing consulting to a FinTech company, cutting down the client's range of services to meet their customers' needs. They also built a corporate website, designing wireframes and conducting multiple feedback sessions. The client grew 20% year-over-year as a result.

    "Pepper Group is skilled at finding a deeper level of understanding and context. That sets them apart." – CMO, FinTech Company

    Former clients
    EconPTW
    Permatron
    RegenX
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Palatine, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
    Awards

    Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For (2013-2019) , Inc. 5000: #4602 (2015) , Daily Herald Business Ledger: Best Places to Work in Illinois (2015)

  • 14

    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)

  • 15

    Muse Duran

    Muse Duran is a digital agency in Chicago. Founded in 2016, they have fewer than 5 employees that serve mostly small-business and midmarket clients in the automotive, business, and advertising sectors. Services include advertising, video production, and web design.

    Notable Project

    Muse Duran handled advertising and marketing services for a car dealership. Their team provided efforts in media campaigns, radio and TV commercials, graphics, and banners. The work has received positive feedback and the collaboration was seamless.

    “They make good suggestions that I never thought of and our relationship has really grown.” – Sales Manager, Car Dealership

    Former clients
    Mitsubishi Motors North America
    Drive at Home
    Sellebs
    Automotive Sales Academy
    Backstage Chicago
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 16

    Yeah Design Works

    Yeah Design Works is a visual communications company headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 2007, the company has a team of one that specializes in packaging design, branding, and print design.

    Notable Project

    Yeah Design Works created packaging and messaging for a consumer product company. The client wanted to enter the dog treats market, which is very competitive, and they needed packaging that would best represent their brand. Yeah Design Works collaborated with the client to come up with ideas, and then they designed the packaging using the client’s feedback. The new packaging has received praise from customers and retailers, satisfying the client. 

    “I’ve worked with a lot of different agencies in my career, and none listen as well as Yeah Design Works. They made sure they understood what we wanted and delivered exactly what we asked for.” — Co-Founder, Consumer Product Company

    Former clients
    Cozy Spot
    Oster
    Synergenics
    CrockPot
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 17

    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+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Chicago, IL
    3.7
    3.7
    3 Clutch reviews
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