September 2022

Top 2D Animation Studios in Chicago

2D animation provides businesses an enhanced opportunity to communicate with their customers and potential customers. In particular, 2D animation makes it easier to market a brand through explainer videos. The cost of 2D animation varies. The cost of a 60 second 2D animated video ranges between $3,000 and $50,000. In general, producing a 2D animated video costs businesses between $5,000 and $10,000.

Luckily, Chicago has some of the best 2D animation company to hire. Use our list to find and connect with 2D animation 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 2D Animation Companies in The Windy City

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Their clients include major enterprise clients like McDonald's, but Bottle Rocket is a video production agency that hasn’t lost its focus on innovation or creativity. This America-based firm helps organizations around the world focus their strategy for greater success.

    If you want to see how Bottle Rocket helps brands communicate with their audiences in a unique and crowded space, look no further than their work for Kenmore. Bottle Rocket helped them define a strategy for their audience to improve their reach.

    SERVICES
    • 85% Video Production
    • 15% Broadcast Video
    We are United

    We are United

    Created for their annual leadership conference in Chicago, this video was shown at the event to energize the crowd, summarizing an incredible year for them. We used footage in the video that was shot by us and also...
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    Nicholas Brinley Experiences Promo

    Nicholas Brinley Experiences Promo

    It’s always fun to look back on a year’s worth of work and create a stunning sizzle reel for our clients.  This video took the notion of a sizzle reel and flipped it on it’s head to create a kick ass promo. The...
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    Every Child Deserves a Toy

    Every Child Deserves a Toy

    Kids and cameras are always awesome. Shot in one day at Bottle Rocket Media (BRM) Studios we let the children do the work on this one, just by being themselves.  During the editorial process there were many ways to go...
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    JCC - Stories of Friendship

    JCC - Stories of Friendship

    ASK: The Jewish Community Center of Chicago wanted to create a video that speaks to the idea of community. CHALLENGE: Create a concept that focuses on the emotional connections gained from the JCC community with a...
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Founded in 2010, INDIRAP is a video production and content marketing company that has worked with notable clients such as Hyatt and the Virgin Group. The award-winning team has extensive experience working with companies from various industries such as business services, real estate, and marketing. 

    Since 2012, INDIRAP has been providing video production services to Miraval Resorts & Spas, a Tucson, Arizona-based luxury resort brand. The INDIRAP team produces videos that showcase Miraval Resorts & Spas’ amenities and rooms. 

    SERVICES
    • 55% Video Production
    • 20% Content Marketing
    • 10% Social Media Marketing
    • 15% Other
    Miraval Resorts & Spas Welcome...

    Miraval Resorts & Spas Welcome...

    INDIRAP collaborated with the Miraval brand to create a welcome video and guide for guests as they arrive at resort properties.
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    Lighthouse Strategies

    Lighthouse Strategies

    INDIRAP collaborated with Lighthouse Strategies to create a Brand Overview video that highlights key team members, craft, cultivation and distribution operations as well as the different territories across the United...
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    Beyond Financial Advisors

    Beyond Financial Advisors

    INDIRAP collaborate with Northwestern Mutual and Beyond Financial Advisors to create a Brand Overview video that introduces their team, portfolio of product offerings and brings brand culture to life.
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    Velociti Connected Services...

    Velociti Connected Services...

    INDIRAP collaborated with Velociti, an industry leader in technology solutions,  to create an explainer video that showcases supply chain management across different industry verticals.
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  • 3
    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
  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Based in Chicago, New York City, and Minneapolis, Flightless Bird Creative is a boutique and creative film agency. Since 2015, the team has worked with industry giants like HBO, Disney, Adidas, and Johnson & Johnson.

    Among Flightless Bird Creative’s work is with The Terminator Group LLC. In 2020, the team produced an animated video that showcased The Terminator Group LLC’s warehouse space. The output received positive feedback from audiences and was crucial to the client's marketing strategy.

    SERVICES
    • 100% Video Production
  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Demo Duck creates videos for companies like Netflix and Blue Cross to humanize brands, educate customers, and promote products. Their main focus is creating videos through 2D animation and stop-motion graphics across a variety of industries like advertising and media. 

    The team at Demo Duck worked with IBM to get users excited about their new video technology that the data-powering capabilities of Watson. They used a playful sci-fi tone to show how the new analytics will launch the business into the future and make for a more intuitive user experience for the viewer. 

    SERVICES
    • 100% Video Production
    IBM + Watson

    IBM + Watson

    Being in the business of video streaming, means you want to keep your customers watching… While trying to keep watch on your customers… And also giving them the wherewithal to watch whatever way they want… Wherever...
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Skalawag Productions is a full-service video production company that created content for companies such as Kraft, Chomps, Lifghtlife, and many more. The team has an extensive background in working in industries such as food, beverage, and education. 

    Skalawag Productions was contacted by Breville | Polyscience to produce a few quick-turn ads for a pending media buy.  All things considered, the team was successful in producing something that met the client’s objectives, was objectively appealing and beautiful, and was within their budget. 
     

    SERVICES
    • 100% Video Production
    LILP - Making Millennium Park...

    LILP - Making Millennium Park...

    We created a series of in depth documentary style videos surrounding the financing of Millenium Park. Through the story of this massive public project, we created videos that helped educate on specific fiscal instruments...
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    Life with Pulmonary Fibrosis |...

    Life with Pulmonary Fibrosis |...

    Nineteen years ago, Tom Frey witnessed first hand the attacks of September 11, 2001. Tom reflects on the long-lasting trauma of not only living through the attack on New York City but also the impact on the health of...
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    Stop Motion Ad - Almond Flour...

    Stop Motion Ad - Almond Flour...

    A short stop motion spot we made for Simple Mills showcasing their Almond Flour Crackers paired with a charcuterie board.
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    Jetstream One - What we're all...

    Jetstream One - What we're all...

    A fun animated explainer of a new way to recruit new talent. JetstreamOne is a cloud based job search engine matching Employers and Jobseekers to find a long-term career fit.
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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Big Teeth Productions counts impressive brands like Sesame Street among their key clients. So it’s no wonder that this America-based firm has achieved widespread success in a wide range of industries for their targeted video production work.

    One example of their web development success comes from AXA Insurance, a globally recognized brand. Big Teeth Productions helped them revitalize their materials to stand out in a crowded market and leave a powerful impression on more customers than ever before.

    SERVICES
    • 70% Video Production
    • 15% Content Marketing
    • 15% Broadcast Video
    IKEA "Live It"

    IKEA "Live It"

    Partnering with Stockholm-based ACNE, we collaborated on a lifestyle piece for IKEA to shoot a documentary for the 2017 PS IKEA collection. The story follows Chicago bike messenger Kelsey Phillips, and focuses on the...
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    LEGO // Museum of Science &...

    LEGO // Museum of Science &...

    The Museum of Science & Industry Chicago opened their exhibit, Brick by Brick, a fully interactive Lego installation featuring enormous scale models of famous buildings created by Lego Certified Professional Adam...
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    Seattle’s Best - We’ve Got You...

    Seattle’s Best - We’ve Got You...

    We've got your cool covered with this animated piece created for Seattle's Best coffee. This is one in a series of animated videos meant to provide a recipe and instructions for several drinks and desserts that can be...
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    AOA "HEART"

    AOA "HEART"

    A 2D animation piece Big Teeth created for the American Osteopathic Association & AL Media. The character movement and bold coloring allowed us to deliver all the information of the HEART program while keeping the...
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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    This established video production company counts major brands among their clients. Based in Chicago, Lightswitch Video brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    One client creates products for customers around the world. They turned to Lightswitch Video for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Lightswitch Video delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 70% Video Production
    • 15%
    • 10% Content Marketing
    • 5% Other
    Waterton Properties

    Waterton Properties

    A real estate tour video
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    ASMR

    ASMR

    Our version of an ASMR video
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    Your clients need video

    Your clients need video

    Lightswitch's own marketing videos
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    Build your video team

    Build your video team

    Lightswitch's Marketing Video
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  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Since 2008, ODDMACHINE has offered full-service and post-production content services for clients from their headquarters in Chicago. Their video production solutions are aimed towards clients ranging from small startups to large firms in the fields of advertising and arts.

    One of ODDMACHINE’s projects involved working with The Scumbag Barbers of Rotterdam. ODDMACHINE produced a short documentary that features a unique barbershop with a colorful cast of barbers.

    SERVICES
    • 100% Video Production
    Food and Travel reel

    Food and Travel reel

    Work by Odd Machine Director Christian Remde who specializes in food and travel.
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    Animation Reel

    Animation Reel

    A cornucopia of the live action animation work produced by Odd Machine over the years.
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    The Scumbag Barbers of Rotterdam

    The Scumbag Barbers of Rotterdam

    A trailer for the short documentary by Odd Machine director/co-founder Seth Henrikson
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    Behind the Scenes: CAT "Bucket...

    Behind the Scenes: CAT "Bucket...

    A look behind the scenes in the creation of the CAT "Bucket List" campaign.
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $0+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Hike Creative is a full-service commercial studio based in Chicago that believes in adventure awaiting every brand that they work with. They offer their video production expertise to both small and medium-sized businesses in the fields of advertising, creating videos such as commercials, branded videos, and corporate videos.

    As an example of their work, Hike Creative collaborated with Swaby, a fashion brand. Hike Creative was tasked to produce a commercial for the brand, and Hike Creative used a black-and-white theme to provide a striking and captivating video.

    SERVICES
    • 100% Video Production
    Jen Miller "Fine"

    Jen Miller "Fine"

    Music Video for "Fine" by Jen Miller. 
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    Swaby

    Swaby

    Promotional video for fashion brand, Swaby. 
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    Open Water: More Ocean, Less...

    Open Water: More Ocean, Less...

    Social content for Open Water.
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    Equilibria Brand Film

    Equilibria Brand Film

    Brand film for Equilibria CBD.
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  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Imagination to Capture clients include global enterprises and start-ups alike, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to video production for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Imagination to Capture was founded on forward-thinking principles in America.

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

    SERVICES
    • 90% Video Production
    • 5% Digital Strategy
    • 5% Marketing Strategy
    Jay Deratany Injury Attorney

    Jay Deratany Injury Attorney

    We sat down for an interview with the well known Chicago trial attorney Jay Paul Deratany
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    Showreel 2020

    Showreel 2020

    Some of our highliughts from the last few years.
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    440000 Children Need Our Help

    440000 Children Need Our Help

    Many Foster Kids are abused, separated from their siblings and shuffled from home to home for money. #fostercare This is an Informative foster care piece to encourage the public to take action by Donating, Volunteering...
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    C-way Zombies

    C-way Zombies

    This short film was created for the C-way kickstarter campaign
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  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Wheaton, IL

    Charter Creative has provided video production solutions for huge names as well as dozens of enterprise clients around the world. This Illinois-based agency was founded on a will to be great and has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When their client needed a powerful way to supercharge their strategy, they turned to Charter Creative. Charter Creative completely revamped their approach to highlight some of their most appealing elements and drive higher engagement and sales.

    SERVICES
    • 100% Video Production
    Technology Product and Services...

    Technology Product and Services...

    As the modern workplace has continued to evolve, team collaboration has faced new challenges every day. Magenium Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Partner, chose to view those challenges as opportunities to connect the...
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    UI/UX Animation for Ed-Tech...

    UI/UX Animation for Ed-Tech...

    Transeo’s ed-tech software “Journey” has helped connect students, parents, teachers and career counselors in brand-new and exciting ways. Journey is a powerful software platform with a beautifully designed User...
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    3D Animated Brand Video for...

    3D Animated Brand Video for...

    The city of Denver, Colorado is full of incredible people and amazing employment opportunities. CrossPurpose is a non-profit organization that helps Denver residents learn valuable vocational skills and find new...
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    Bacon Product Commercial

    Bacon Product Commercial

    Fryingpan Bacon does more than make great food - they tell a story with each pack of bacon. Behind its great taste is a sustainable process and caring, cruelty-free farms. That's a big story for a packing label, so...
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  • 13
    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

    This is an edited version, removing any mention of the brand/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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  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Barrington, IL

    Delack Media Group has provided video production solutions for huge names like Fulton County as well as dozens of enterprise clients around the world. This America based agency was founded on a will to be great and has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When a respected hospital needed a powerful way to supercharge their strategy, they turned to Delack Media Group. Delack Media Group completely revamped their approach to highlight some of their most appealing elements and drive higher engagement and sales.

    SERVICES
    • 100% Video Production
    Social Media Video

    Social Media Video

    Social media marketing video for an augmented reality toy
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    Hospital Fundraising Video

    Hospital Fundraising Video

    Fundraising video produced for a hospital.
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    Government Animated Explainer Video

    Government Animated Explainer Video

    2D animated explainer video produced for a government client
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    Delack Media Group Branding Film

    Delack Media Group Branding Film

    Stories come in many forms. They can be told through voice, shared in text, paintings, and even video. But what happens when you’re told a story that you’ll never forget? Delack Media Group is a creative video...
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  • 15
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Kindred Content has provided video production solutions for huge names like Welspun as well as dozens of enterprise clients around the world. This America based agency was founded on a will to be great and has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Pyrex Watercolors needed a powerful way to supercharge their strategy, they turned to Kindred Content. Kindred Content completely revamped their approach to highlight some of their most appealing elements and drive higher engagement and sales.

    SERVICES
    • 70% Video Production
    • 10% Broadcast Video
    • 10% Content Marketing
    • 10% Other
    360 Chicago 2018

    360 Chicago 2018

    Anticipation, fun, exhilaration, and fear – 360 Chicago wanted to showcase the excitement of Tilt! – Chicago’s tallest, most thrilling tourist attraction. Kindred Content captured the emotional experience of riding...
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    Lincoln Park Community Service

    Lincoln Park Community Service

    Agency Jack Morton tapped Original Six Media and directors Jason & Blue to bring their vision for LPCS’s capital campaign video to life. The video showed a relatable slice of life, allowing the experience of LPCS...
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    Binny's Beverage Depot

    Binny's Beverage Depot

    Kindred Content re-vamped Binny’s Beverage Depot “Road to Binny’s” concept, creating four broadcast spots for the brand. We went beyond who Binny’s is, to also cover Binny’s value proposition, branding...
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    Pyrex Watercolors

    Pyrex Watercolors

    When Pyrex wanted to show off how their new Watercolors bowl was perfect for any home or lifestyle, we concepted a product release video that would show a signature mixing bowl while the world changed around it. This...
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