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14 Best Marketing Agencies in Chicago 2021

By Tim Brown
Updated December 16, 2020
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Tim Brown
Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the owner of Hook Agency, an SEO and Web Design company focused primarily on driving traffic and leads for small businesses, roofers and construction companies.

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Marketing agencies in Chicago are often self proclaimed the ‘best marketing agency in Chicago‘ but may not reach your standard if you’re a client of theirs.

Ways you might think would be a good way to dig into who the best marketing agencies in Chicago really are:

  • Peer behind the curtain on Glassdoor (a Company called ‘Chicago Marketing‘ gets a big YIKES from their former employees)
  • Look at how there website looks, do you want your website too look like that?
  • Look at their reviews.
  • Look at their rankings on Google with a tool like Ahrefs or Semrush – do you want your website to rank like that?

What if we did all 4 of those FOR YOU – and listed some of the best we found based on those 4 key criteria?

You might think we’re going to LIST OURSELVES, because we do high-end persuasive web design and aggressively help growth-oriented businesses get higher on Google – but I assure you this isn’t a sales pitch! We won’t list ourselves.

We’re just going to give you 5 categories of marketing agencies in Chicago, and give you the best of the best based on the above 4 criteria.

Best Search Engine Optimization Specialists in Chicago:

1. Straight NorthLink to website, 4.5 based on 42 Google Reviews, 4 on Glassdoor, 8k Est. Traffic/$55.2k  traffic value on Ahrefs.

Impressive lead tracker on the homepage, and insane amount of niche and location landing pages – meaning they are very aggressive on their own SEO – and a ton of clients in HVAC + home services niches as evidenced by Glassdoor reviews. Clearly they have a hefty duty content marketing department, also based on digging into their Glassdoor.

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2. Marcel Digital Link to website,  4.8 Based on 22 Google Reviews, 4.6 on Glassdoor, 1.2k Est. Traffic / $8.3k traffic value on Ahrefs.

In addition to ranking #1 for ‘display advertising services’ and #2 for ‘Chicago internet marketing’, Marcel Digital has an impressive number of reviews referencing long-standing relationships and results. Their Glassdoor reviews reference a boutique environment where you can talk to the CEO.

3. Digital Third CoastLink to website, 4.6 based on 16 Google Reviews, 4.4 on Glassdoor, 4.5k Est. Traffic / $6.3 traffic value on Ahrefs.

The website is cool, reviews consistently reference clear results, and even the employees on Glassdoor made it sound like they have room in their day – even to get more done, never a bad sign if you’re looking to hire an agency.

Best Web Design Agencies in Chicago:

1. MabblyLink to website, 4.6 based on 20 Google reviews, 4 on Glassdoor, 1.1k Est. Traffic/$5.8k traffic value on Ahrefs.

Wildly creative designs, complement a technology and analytics focused team. Positive reviews cite “a beautiful campaign for my coaching company”, and SEO expertise as well. Positive Glassdoor reviews mention a true tribe culture and a fast pace.

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2. One Design CompanyLink to website, 5 Stars on Google (only 1 review), 5 Stars on Glassdoor, 1.5k traffic, $14.1k traffic value.

I’m really rating this based on the look and feel of their website. Perhaps a newer company based on the lack of reviews – but their social presence, SEO for themselves, and other indicators seem to indicate a mature marketing ability and great taste.

3. Orbit MediaLink to website, 4.9 Stars based on 28 Google Reviews, 4.7 Stars on Glassdoor, 47.1k traffic, $101k! Traffic value.

Frankly, based on the Glassdoor reviews – I want to work there. Steady growth on website traffic – indicating a healthy marketing team, and their reviews are phenomenal. Their messaging indicates 1000+ websites, and an understanding of UX – all good signs.

Best Branding + Advertising Agencies in Chicago

1. Clique StudiosLink to their website, 4.5 Based on 13 Google Reviews, 4.7 on Glassdoor, 2.3k est. traffic and $5.8k traffic value on Ahrefs.

Reviews reference many services including business cards, UX, and even courses. So traditional advertising, as well as digital – Clique studios might be a good choice.

Best Branding and Advertising Agencies in Chicago, Illinois

2. Pivot Designlink to their website, 4.0 based on 9 Google Reviews, 3.8 on Glassdoor, 366 est. traffic, $144 Traffic value according to Ahrefs

A woman owned and independent studio, they pride themselves on being ‘starkly different.’ Their reviews reference a talented and hard-working team, and Glassdoor seems to reference a driven leadership team that expects a high caliber of work product.

3. Bounteouslink to their website, 5.0 based on 9 Google Reviews, No Glassdoor reviews, 7.2k est. traffic, $8.5k traffic value according to Ahrefs.

Reviews might be a little thin while looking deeper into them, but the work product looks really good. They seem to serve bigger brands, and have a really high quality look.

Best Paid Ad Management Agencies in Chicago

1. Logical Media GroupLink to website, 5.0 based on 15 Google Reviews, 3.5 on Glassdoor, 569 est. traffic, and $3.5k traffic value according to Ahrefs

Recently they changed their name from Ocean Agency according to reviews, positive reviews referenced customer service.

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2. Pilot DigitalLink to website, 4.6 based on 11 Google Reviews, No Glassdoor reviews, 880 est. traffic volume, $775 traffic value

I like that these guys seem to educate clients, according to reviews – lots of certifications for ad management, and lots of detailed explanation of what they do in regards to paid ad management.

3. Straight North and Digital Third Coast again – there is some slim pickins’ or professional looking PPC companies that actually are based in Chicago on the first 5 pages of Google!

Best Video Marketing Agencies in Chicago:

1. Richter StudiosLink to website, 5.0 rating based on 39 Google Reviews, 3.2 on Glassdoor, 2k est. traffic volume, $15.2K estimated traffic value according to Ahrefs

Richter Studios reviews talk about multiples of projects – and they seem to have a lot of ‘raving fans.’ Some rough Glassdoor reviews, so it’s hard to know exactly – but that’s a ton of 5-star Google ratings.

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2. Smark LabsLink to website, 0 Google Reviews, 5.0 on Glassdoor, 200 est. monthly traffic, $1.2k traffic value according to Ahrefs.

Without a lot to go on besides the website and Glassdoor reviews, specializing in B2B – and they seem to have a good work-life balance and are go-with-the-flow.

3. Salvi MediaLink to website, 5.0 Google Reviews based on 20 Reviews, 480 est. traffic and $144 traffic value according to Ahrefs.

Sounds like they know how to translate a vision from clients, are open to last -minute projects, and can handle a lot of different types of work.

A couple last words about the best marketing agencies in Chicago!

“From the outside, looking in – choosing a marketing agency, can be scary!

We know that some marketing agencies – aren’t as transparent as you might like them to be.

I hope this brief introduction to 14 marketing firms, and curation of their reviews and stats is useful to some awesome companies.

Let me know if I can be of service in any other way!”

– Tim, Owner of Hook Agency. E-mail:


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