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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.

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List of the Best Chicago Public Relations Agencies

  • 1
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    American Academy of Art
    DJB Communications Group
    Genuine Scooter Company
    Industries
    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 

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

    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.

    Clients
    Lakeshore Learning
    O-Cedar
    Thermos
    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
     

  • 3
    $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
    Hyatt
    Marriott
    Hilton
    Ocean Prime
    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

  • 4
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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 

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

    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. 

    Clients
    Adobe
    American Manufacturing Association
    The Home Depot
    Bed, Bath & Beyond
    Industries
    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. 
     

  • 6
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Naperville IL

    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.

    Clients
    Lenity Financial
    TH Hilson
    Low Voltage Solutions
    Nawbo
    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

  • 7
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Red Bull North America
    SC Johnson
    Kraft
    Kansas Regenerative Institute
    Industries
    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

  • 8
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Sensofusion
    Image One
    Bazis Group
    Retalon
    Industries
    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

  • 9
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    The Federal Savings Bank
    Golden Apple
    Home Partners of America
    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 

  • 10
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Kildeer IL

    Bettie Bomb, Inc. is a collective communications agency based in Kildeer, Ill. The agency, founded in 2005, has a team of less than ten that provides public relations, social media marketing, branding, SEO, web design, graphic design, video production, and other marketing services. Bettie Bomb serves small and mid-market companies in various industries that include hospitality & leisure, health care & medical, and consumer products & services.

    Clients
    Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
    Gynecology Institute of Chicago
    Found Kitchen
    Bright Pink
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A chicken restaurant hired Bettie Bomb, Inc. to provide PR services. Bettie Bomb worked closely with the restaurant to get them media attention on various TV networks and newspapers. The campaigns were so successful that the restaurant had to hire additional people to handle the influx of customers.

    "Bettie Bomb has and continues to bring a lot of awareness for our brand." - Founder & CEO, Chicken Restaurant

  • 11
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Mainland is a content marketing company. The small Chicago, Illinois-based firm was launched in 2008. Their services include content marketing, public relations, digital strategy, email marketing, and more.

    Industries
    Notable Project

    A restaurant chain hired Mainland for their PR services. They were also responsible for managing their media projects and redesigning their entire website to make it more interactive and user-friendly.

    "No company is perfect, but they got great agility. Whenever there was a misstep, it was always corrected."

  • 12
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Whitehead Energy Solutions
    United Federal Credit Union
    KidKlass
    Industries
    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

  • 13
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Palatine IL

    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.

    Clients
    EconPTW
    Permatron
    RegenX
    Industries
    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

  • 14
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Camp Pathfinder
    Specialty Alarm Engineering
    Regency Medical Spa
    North Coast Sewer & Drainage
    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

  • 15
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    St. Charles IL

    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.

    Clients
    Fisher Nuts
    Big Apple Bagels
    Flinn Scientific
    IDEAL Industries
    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

  • 16
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Cozy Spot
    Oster
    Synergenics
    CrockPot
    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

  • 17
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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.

    Clients
    Mitsubishi Motors North America
    Drive at Home
    Sellebs
    Automotive Sales Academy
    Industries
    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

  • 18
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    LaunchSquad is a PR company. They are in San Francisco, California; New York, New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois and have a midsize team. The agency provides public relations, marketing strategy, video production, digital strategy, and more.
    Industries
  • 19
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Spectrum is an independent health and life science communications firm based in Washington, DC, that was established in 1996. Their team of 242 employees offers PR and social media marketing services for clients in the healthcare and medical industry.
    Clients
    MM&M Awards Finalist
    Industries
  • 20
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Kivvit is a Chicago, Illinois-based public relations firm. The midsize team specializes in public relations, branding, social media marketing, and advertising and was founded in 2002.
    Industries
  • 21
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Naperville IL
    Advertising company Rhea + Kaiser was established in 1978. The midsize team offers advertising, branding, content marketing, public relations, and more. The company is based in Naperville, Illinois.
    Industries
  • 22
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Winger Marketing is a PR agency based in Chicago, Illinois and , . The small agency was established in 1986. Their services include public relations, graphic design, content marketing, email marketing, and more.
    Industries
  • 24
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Jacobson Rost is a marketing agency based in Chicago. Since it was founded in 1957, the agency has been specializing in advertising, branding, and packaging design. Their client base primarily includes enterprise-level businesses. Their current team includes 69 employees.

    Clients
    Lifeproof
    Buddig
    Miller Coors
    Potbelly
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Jacobson Rost completed branding services for a resort. The resort, while located in the United States, was based on African culture. The team at Jacobson Rost went to the continent to fully immerse themselves in the culture. The scope of their involvement included creating a series of videos and print materials. Thanks to these efforts, the resort now has had over a million social engagements.

     

  • 25
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Evanston IL
    Akrete, a content marketing company, was launched in 2011. The small team focuses on content marketing, public relations, digital strategy, and social media marketing. The company is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois.
    Industries
  • 26
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    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. 

    Clients
    Tripadvisor
    Kohler
    Makeable
    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
     

  • 27
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL
    ParadigmNEXT is a Chicago, Illinois-based content marketing company. The small firm was established in 2011. Their services include content marketing, digital strategy, web design, search engine optimization, and more.
    Industries
  • 28
    $10,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Taylor is a public relations and communications firm that was founded in 1984. They are headquartered in New York and have additional offices in Chicago, Santa Monica, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., and Austin, Texas. Many of its clients are in the automotive, arts and entertainment, and consumer products and services sectors. 

    Clients
    Comcast
    AllState
    DraftKings
    Mercedes-Benz
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Taylor created a PR strategy to boost a beer company's profile during a seasonal holiday. Content marketing resulted in robust earned impressions and social media engagement.

     

  • 29
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Marketing strategy company Greentarget Global was launched in 2005. The company offers marketing strategy, content marketing, digital strategy, social media marketing, and more and has a midsize team. The company is in Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; London, United Kingdom and Philadelphia, .
    Industries
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    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Chicago IL
    Public Communications Inc. Is a digital strategy company in Chicago, Illinois. The company provides digital strategy, marketing strategy, media planning & buying, public relations, and more and has a midsize team.The company was launched in 1962.
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