October 2022

Top Creative Agencies in Chicago

Creative agencies produce all the content and visual elements of a brand. Creative agencies provide companies the branding materials necessary to engage with potential and existing customers. Creative agencies help their clients because they handle challenging, time-consuming work. In particular, creative agencies can usually design logos, banners, and color schemes. Also, many creative agencies offer services such as copywriting, video production, and email newsletter creation. Recently, some creative agencies began to offer services typically associated with digital marketing, such as social media and web design.

Luckily, Chicago has some of the best creative company to hire. Use our list to find and connect with creative company in The Windy City. Evaluate their case studies, project types, and client reviews to determine which company is the best fit for you.

List of the Best Creative Companies in The Windy City

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    1,000 - 9,999
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company based in the UK and was founded in 1953. They have more than 1000 employees globally that specialize in branding, content marketing, and advertising to mid-market and enterprise clients mainly focusing on consumer products & services, e-commerce, and arts, entertainment & music industries.

    Sartorius Stedim Biotech hired SGK to rebrand their biotech company's existing product marketing assets involving their application notes, datasheets, guides, brochures, and other collateral. SGK rebranded 4,500 of the client's marketing materials within one year. Their commitment to adjust and react immediately to our demands was impressive.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 10%
    • 50% Other
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Social Driver is a digital agency based in Washinton, DC, and was founded in 2011. They have about 50 employees that specialize in social media marketing, web design, and web development for a wide range of businesses focusing on health care & medical, non-profit, and business services industries.

    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society tapped Social Driver to create an animated video for their nonprofit organization. The team wrote up a script and pre-and post-produced a two-minute video using the client's resources. Social Driver was able to take a topic that’s hard to capture in a visual medium and translate it into moving yet informative video. The team had an excellent command of the project details and timelines and kept everything moving along. 

    SERVICES
    • 30% Social Media Marketing
    • 15% Web Design
    • 15% Web Development
    • 40% Other
  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    With a passion for both strategy and design, C2 Creative has provided mobile app development work for clients around the globe. Based in Chicago, C2 Creative brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When their client was just a new brand looking to make an impact, C2 Creative crafted major elements of their user engagement strategy in an emerging market. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by C2 Creative designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Branding
    • 30% Marketing Strategy
    • 30% Web Design
    • 10% Other
  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    When companies like Microsoft need an effective path to better brand iconography, they enlist the services of Mabbly. This Chicago-based brand design agency has provided their services for brands throughout the world, and has established itself as an agency that delivers consistent results.

    ShopRunner is a company that’s tapped into a large audience already but was looking to expand their reach. They turned to Mabbly for the opportunity to improve their brand platform, and Mabbly delivered a robust branding strategy that led to increased business and brand awareness.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 35% Other
    AArete

    AArete

    Mabbly was enlisted by AArete to facilitate a brand study and GTM strategy for their newly repositioned core differentiators as well as a complete overhaul of their CMS,  sales collateral, and the implementation of...
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    Airsys

    Airsys

    https://www.mabbly.com/case/airsys/
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    Crane

    Crane

    https://www.mabbly.com/case/crane/
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    97 Switch apply their web design and digital marketing skills to develop a digital presence that fits the personality and purpose of their clients. They mainly work with small and mid-sized companies in the hospitality and leisure, financial services, and real estate industries.

    They built a launch branding strategy and digital presence for Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection. The engagement turned into a long-lasting relationship with 97 Switch providing ongoing digital advertising support, content development, SEO, website maintenance, and social media services to the hotel.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Web Design
    • 20% Advertising
    • 35% Other
    Hotel Rebrands with Website and...

    Hotel Rebrands with Website and...

    theWit, a 4-star hotel in downtown Chicago, an homage to creativity and expression needed more than ever to share their multi-sensory hotel experience online. https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/thewit-website/ theWit...
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    Website and Digital Strategy

    Website and Digital Strategy

    We built their website, provide ongoing digital strategy and content creation 
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    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Redesigned rentatl tenting company website and support digital marketign efforts: See work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/joliet-tent/
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    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Built and manage rooftop bar website and support digital marketing efforts See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/roof-on-thewit/
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Bandwidth Marketing Group clients include Guaranteed Rate and Grubhub, and they specialize in providing design-centric branding expertise for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Bandwidth Marketing Group was founded on forward-thinking principles in Chicago in 2005.

    When Ticketsnow needed a complete overhaul of their brand messaging, voice and overall visual design, they turned to Bandwidth Marketing Group. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their branding more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Branding
    • 20% Advertising
    • 15% Web Design
    • 40% Other
  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    This established branding and PR company counts major brands like Adobe among their clients. Based in Chicago, Motion Agency brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    The Home Depot has home improvement retail locations for customers around the world. They turned to Motion Agency for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Motion Agency delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Public Relations
    • 20% Branding
    • 10% Graphic Design
    • 50% Other
  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Lombard, IL

    This established branding company counts major brands like Lammi Sports and K. Hovnanian among their clients. Based in Illinois, Stevens & Tate brings a bright and impactful approach to each branding project they take on.

    Walgreens is one of the largest convenience store and pharmacy chains the world. They turned to Stevens & Tate for a focused packaging campaign that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Stevens & Tate delivered with highly modern and striking packaging designed to make an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Branding
    • 14% Web Design
    • 13% Content Marketing
    • 58% Other
  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Many enterprise clients count Encite as their dependable branding experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With years of experience in their industry, this Denver-based agency is certainly here to make an impact.

    One Encite client is a globally recognized leader in their sector, and Encite has provided focused and wide-reaching services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes UX design, UI, overall brand presence and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Graphic Design
    • 15% Social Media Marketing
    • 15% Web Design
    • 55% Other
    MINA Group: Brand Strategy

    MINA Group: Brand Strategy

    The MINA Group is an award-winning restaurant group headed by Chef Michael Mina that has built success on a foundation of selflessness and adaptability that is reflected in a dining experience that has been artfully...
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    Name and Visual Identity...

    Name and Visual Identity...

    Objectives/Unique Selling Proposition The Denver North Business Assocation are a membership-based organization which acts as a liaison between the community, developers and local government as the neighborhoods they serve...
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    SWIDIA caters to modern companies and helps them grow with their various strategies and analytic services. They specialize in marketing strategy, media planning and buying, and social media marketing for small and mid-market firms in the fields of consumer products, e-commerce, and arts.

    As an example of their work, SWIDIA was tasked by RadishFiction to help market their mobile app. The app, known as “Chat Stories”, is a fictional story app that uses the style of online messaging. SWIDIA produced videos to help with marketing campaigns.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Media Planning & Buying
    • 25% Social Media Marketing
    • 25% Video Production
    • 25% Other
    Cameo

    Cameo

    Cameo is a marketplace where fans can book personalized video shoutouts from their favorite celebrities. Snoopdogg's arrival on Cameo was a legendary moment... because the fans asked, and Cameo delivered. Since then...
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    Dude Products - On the go wipes

    Dude Products - On the go wipes

    DUDE Products was looking to create a set of marketing videos for their flagship product, DUDE Wipes, that could be used and chopped up across digital channels. We concepted, filmed, and produced 61 variatons of the video...
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    OutstandingFoods PigOut Chips

    OutstandingFoods PigOut Chips

    "Plant-based chips that taste like bacon? No wayyyyy"⁠⁠This is the exact reaction we had when we first crunched into this tasty-as-hell snack from the geniuses over at OutstandingFoods. It's no surprise we carried...
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    IsoShaker Kickstarter Launch

    IsoShaker Kickstarter Launch

    IsoShaker was looking for full-service on their Kickstarter campaign from concept, design, to launch.  We got the pleasure to work closely with their founder to develop a creative strategy, and marketing plan that drove...
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  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Sparkfactor has made a name for themselves by creating plans for their clients that optimize their marketing programs. Their service line includes digital and marketing strategy as well as creative services like video production and web development.

     

    A recent example of their work was helping a neighborhood in Chicago Devon Park promote their diverse area and local population. They created a campaign that highlighted their identity as a cultural melting pot rallying around the tagline “Down the street and around the world.”

    SERVICES
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Web Development
    • 40% Other
  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Hustlemore is a result-driven marketing agency that helps their clients identify their core problems, connect with consumers, and deliver strategies. Their service line includes branding, marketing, and digital strategy for small and mid-market businesses.

     

    Small urgent care provider Innovative Express Care hired Hustlemore when they needed help breaking into the space in a way that could get big results with little spend. They designed the creative to change the perception of patient visits from a transaction to a relationship and saw an over 400% increase in revenue over the first year of the campaign.

     

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 15% Digital Strategy
    • 45% Other
    INNOVATIVE EXPRESS CARE

    INNOVATIVE EXPRESS CARE

    We developed a digital and above-the-line campaign which included traditional channels such as print, mailers, OOH, and broadcast, as well as digital channels to reach different audience segments.
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    Innovative Express Care Outdoor...

    Innovative Express Care Outdoor...

    The Challenge Innovative Express Care was a smaller player in the urgent care space in Chicago. As a newer player, they needed a way to break into a crowded and competitive Urgent Care space in a meaningful (and...
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  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Add Chapter clients include Boston Biopharma, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to branding and advertising for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Add Chapter was founded on forward-thinking principles in America.

    When Honey Flowers needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to Add Chapter. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Branding
    • 20% Advertising
    • 15% Graphic Design
    • 25% Other
    CESD SERVICES BRANDING

    CESD SERVICES BRANDING

    Honey Flowers

    Honey Flowers

    Honey Flowers logo and label design.
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    Boston Biopharma

    Boston Biopharma

  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $50,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Morton Grove, IL

    When companies in every industry from pet care to food, agriculture, and manufacturing need an effective path to B2B marketing, they enlist the services of Celtic. The U.S.-based marketing agency has provided services for brands throughout the world and has established itself as an agency that delivers consistent results.

    When a company in agriculture, chemistry, food, insurance, manufacturing, or pet products wants to engage a larger audience, they turn to Celtic to leverage digital channels to bring in more business.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Social Media Marketing
    • 15% Branding
    • 15% Graphic Design
    • 55% Other
    MANUFACTURING WORK

    MANUFACTURING WORK

    In a global economy, brands need to tell stories built on generations of hard work to new audiences. Celtic's manufacturing team helps extend the reach of this messaging through integrated marketing efforts. www...
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    FOOD CONSUMPTION CLIENTS

    FOOD CONSUMPTION CLIENTS

    When it comes to the food industry, Celtic's experts focus on engaging along every point of the consumption path, from distribution to the consumer’s table. www.celticchicago.com/food-consumption
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    FOOD PRODUCTION WORK

    FOOD PRODUCTION WORK

    With expertise spanning the full product cycle from the initial harvest to the processing plant, Celtic’s Food Team is equipped to serve up the communications clients need. www.celticchicago.com/food-production
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    CHEMISTRY WORK

    CHEMISTRY WORK

    Brimming with years of industry experience, Celtic’s Chemistry Team  understands every point along the path to bring products to market, including manufacturing, distribution and end-user awareness. www.celticchicago...
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  • 15
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Wilmette, IL

    Coat of Arms has worked diligently to provide creative design and media solutions to clients since 2010. They are experts in video production, advertising, and branding services for clients that range from small firms to large businesses in the fields of arts, advertising, and IT solutions.

    One of Coat of Arms’ projects involved working with Lullaby Theories. Coat of Arms helped produce a series of videos that aim to inspire women to engage in the field of science and discovery.

    SERVICES
    • 40% Video Production
    • 15% Advertising
    • 10% Branding
    • 35% Other
    Undisclosed Healthcare Client

    Undisclosed Healthcare Client

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    Disruptive Innovation

    Disruptive Innovation

    Clayton Christensen coined the term, "Disruptive Innovation." We were honored to create a video that helps explain this concept for the Christensen Institute.
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    Born in a Ballroom

    Born in a Ballroom

    Person and place are often one and the same. Born in a ballroom the night her parent’s cabin caught fire, Eleanor Mailloux danced her way through life and impacted a small village in grand ways. Through...
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    The Green Light

    The Green Light

    Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. will have a heart attack. Professional Dragster, Paul Lee, was one of these people. He survived a widow-maker heart attack and was told he'd never race again. But with medical help...
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