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List of notable businesses founded in Chicago, listed alphabetically with corporate logos when available. This list includes some of the largest, most profitable companies that were founded in Chicago. The famous Chicago companies and corporations on this list include both public and private corporations. You can find information about the popular companies on this list, such as what industry they're part of. When available you can click on the successful Chicago company's names to find out even more about them.

Companies here include everything from Motorola to Sears, Roebuck and Company.

This list answers the questions, "What companies were founded in Chicago?" and "What are the biggest Chicago companies?"

If you're a Chicago native then this list of the biggest Chicago companies will make you proud. This list is also an excellent resource if you're doing research on reputable businesses from Chicago.

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Basecamp is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Web development, Collaborative software 37signals is a privately held web application company based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The firm was co-founded in 1999 by CEO Jason Fried, Carlos Segura, and Ernest Kim as a web design ...more

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Adbot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Online advertising Adbot, Inc. was a privately held Internet advertising company in Chicago owned and operated by James R. Frith, Jr. The company was a pioneer in the delivery of display advertising on the ...more

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Aon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Management Consulting Services, Accident and Health Insurance Aon plc is a British multinational corporation headquartered in London, England, that provides risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human resource solutions and outsourcing ...more

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Argo Tea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Restaurant Argo Tea is a chain of tea cafes that was founded in the Lincoln Park community area in Chicago, Illinois, in June 2003. It is now headquartered in Chicago's Loop community area. It had more ...more

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Babaroga is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Babaroga Video game Babaroga, LLC. is a Chicago, Illinois-based video game developer specializing in iOS, Windows, Android, and Feature Phone games. The company has created many licensed games for publishers such ...more

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Bebe Stores is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Clothing, Retail Bebe Stores, Inc is a women's retail clothier established in 1976. Founded by Manny Mashouf, who emigrated from Iran to the United States in the early 1970s, where he opened the first Bebe store ...more

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Best Way Technologies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Best Way Technologies Software Best Way Technologies, LLC is a developer and provisioner of multi-carrier shipping software.

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Boeing Store is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Boeing Store Retail The Boeing Store is a chain of stores that sells official Boeing merchandise. It is based in Seattle, Washington and is owned and operated by the Boeing Company. There are 14 stores across the ...more

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Brown's Chicken & Pasta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Restaurant Brown's Chicken & Pasta, also known simply as Brown's Chicken, is a chain of fast food restaurants specializing in fried chicken. It is based in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Bungie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Video game, Interactive entertainment, Video game industry Bungie, Inc. is an American video game developer located in Bellevue, Washington, U.S. The company was established in May 1991 as Bungie Software Products Corporation by University of Chicago ...more

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Click Commerce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Business software, Prepackaged Software, Software Publishers Click Commerce, Inc. is a researching solutions company based in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. Incorporated in 1996 as Click Interactive, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, the company historically ...more

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Crane Co. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Metal Foil and Leaf, Spring (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing, Industrial Valve Manufacturing The Crane Company is an American industrial products company based in Stamford, Connecticut. Founded by Richard Teller Crane, it became a holding company with a diverse portfolio. Its business ...more

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Crate & Barrel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Retail Crate & Barrel is a 170+ store American chain of retail stores, based in Northbrook, Illinois, specializing in housewares, furniture, and home accessories. Its corporate name is Euromarket ...more

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Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Video game, Video game industry Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore is an American game developer that operates in Chicago, Illinois and Hunt Valley, Maryland. They worked in tandem with developer FASA Interactive to create their ...more

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Discover Card is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Discover Card Financial Services The Discover Card is a credit card, issued primarily in the United States. It was announced by Sears in 1985 and was introduced nationwide the following year. Discover was part of Dean Witter, ...more

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Dominick's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Dominick's Dominick's was a Chicago-area grocery store chain and subsidiary of Safeway Inc.. Dominick's distribution center was located in Northlake, Ill., while its management offices were located in Oak ...more

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Draftfcb is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Advertising Foote, Cone & Belding, aka FCB, is one of the largest global advertising agency networks. It is owned by Interpublic Group and was formed by the 2006 merger of the original Foote, Cone & ...more

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EdCast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
EdCast EdCast is a personal learning network to enhance human ability to collaborate and learn across educational materials, instructors, students and employers. It is a unique combination of the best ...more

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Eugene Dietzgen Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Originally an engineering supply house, now specialises in large-format printing materials and media.

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Featherproof Books is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Featherproof Books Publishing Featherproof Books is a small, independent publisher based in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 2005 by Jonathan Messinger and Zach Dodson. They publish perfect bound novels, short story ...more

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Fidelity National Financial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Property and Casualty Insurance, Direct Title Insurance Carriers, Title Insurance Fidelity National Financial, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the nation's largest provider of commercial and residential mortgage and diversified services. FNF generates approximately seven ...more

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Gafy.com is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Gafy.com

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Genuine Scooters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
The Genuine Scooter Company is a Chicago-based producer/distributor of motorscooters, most notably the Stella and Buddy models. It sells scooters and accessories through a network of over 150 ...more

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Giordano's Pizzeria is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Giordano's Pizzeria Restaurant Giordano's is a pizzeria that specializes in Chicago-style stuffed pizza.

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Google Affiliate Network is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Google Affiliate Network Affiliate marketing The Google Affiliate Network was the affiliate marketing company, specifically affiliate network, formerly known as Doubleclick Performics, which was bought by Google in 2007. On April 16, 2013, ...more

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Heidrick & Struggles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Employment agency World's premier executive search and leadership advisory firm. NASDAQ (HSII).

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I-GO is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
I-GO Car rental I-GO was a Chicago-based car sharing organization owned by Enterprise Holdings. I-GO was established in 2002 by the Center for Neighborhood Technology as an independent 501 not-for-profit ...more

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Infoblox is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Infoblox Computer networking Infoblox pioneered the development of core network services appliances, which deliver utility-grade domain name resolution (DNS), IP address assignment and management (DHCP/IPAM), authentication ...more

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IOCOM is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
IOCOM IOCOM, formerly known as InSORS, is an American technology corporation that develops and markets video conferencing software, Visimeet. Founded in 1998 by Kevin Gleason and Michael Galich, and ...more

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Neutral Tandem is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Neutral Tandem Telecommunications Since its inception in 2003, Neutral Tandem has quickly become the telecommunications service provider of choice by meeting the needs of competitive carriers with a neutral infrastructure to ...more

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International Harvester is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Agriculture, Automotive industry The International Harvester Company was a U.S. manufacturer of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, trucks, and household and commercial products. In 1902, J.P. Morgan merged the ...more

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Jewel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Jewel Retail Jewel-Osco is a supermarket chain headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Jewel-Osco has 185 stores across northern, central, and western Illinois; eastern Iowa; and portions of ...more

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Kraft Foods is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Food Manufacturing, Food and Beverage, Sausages and Other Prepared Meats Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is an American grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Northfield, Illinois. The company was formed in 2012 as a spin off ...more

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Lands' End is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Clothing, Retail Lands' End is an American clothing retailer based in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, that specializes in casual clothing, luggage, and home furnishings. The majority of Lands' End's business is conducted ...more

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Auction Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is an American auction house based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1982, sold to Sotheby's in 1997 and reopened in 2003, The company engages in ...more

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Lettuce Entertain You Enterpri... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Restaurant Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is a group of approximately 90 restaurants founded by Rich Melman and Jerry A. Orzoff in Chicago, IL in 1971.

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MainStreet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
MainStreet Retail MainStreet was a department store chain based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The chain was launched in November 1983 by Federated Department Stores. Throughout the 1980s, the chain ...more

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Mark Williams Company is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Mark Williams Company The Mark Williams Company was a small software company in Chicago, Illinois that created Coherent, one of the first Unix-like operating systems for IBM PCs and several C programming language ...more

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Marsh & McLennan Companies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Insurance Broker, Management Consulting Services, Insurance Agents Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. is an American worldwide professional services, risk management, and insurance brokerage firm with headquarters in New York City. Currently is the world's ...more

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McAvoy Brewing Company is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
McAvoy Brewing Company Brewing McAvoy Brewing Company was founded in 1865 as McAvoy & Bemis Brewing by John H. McAvoy and Henry V. Bemis in Chicago, Illinois. In 1889, the brewery was sold to the English-owned investment ...more

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Metromix is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Metromix Metromix is a network of local entertainment websites backed by a joint venture between media companies Gannett and Tribune Co. A guide to local restaurants, bars and clubs, events, concerts and ...more

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Michaels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Retail Michaels Stores, Inc. is an arts and crafts retail chain. It currently operates more than 1262 stores as of May 31, 2014. In addition, Michaels produces 10 exclusive private brands including ...more

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Midway Games is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Video game, Interactive entertainment, Video game industry Midway Games was an American video game developer and publisher. Midway's titles included Mortal Kombat, Ms. Pac-Man, Spy Hunter, Tron, Rampage, the Cruis'n series, NFL Blitz, and NBA Jam. ...more

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Morningstar, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Financial Services, Investment Advice Morningstar, Inc. is an investment research and investment management firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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Motorola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Telecommunications, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment, Electronic Components Motorola, Inc. was a multinational telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, United States. After having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, the company was divided into two ...more

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MCA Inc. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Music, Film, Arts MCA, Inc. was an American media company. Initially starting in the music business, the company next became a dominant force in the film business, and later expanded into the television business. ...more

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Navistar International is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Manufacturing, Automotive industry Navistar International Corporation is an American holding company that owns the manufacturer of International brand commercial trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus school and ...more

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OptionsXpress is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Finance, Financial Services, Security Brokers optionsXpress Holdings, Inc. is a retail, online brokerage firm, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, that provides brokerage services for options, stocks, futures, mutual funds, and fixed income ...more

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Oscar Mayer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
Meat packing industry The Oscar Mayer Company is an American meat and cold cut production company, owned by Kraft Foods, known for its hot dogs, bologna, bacon, ham and Lunchables products.

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P.F. Volland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Companies Founded in Chicago
P.F. Volland Publishing