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Companies Founded in Chicago

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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    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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    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 Internet and  ...more
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    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 services.  ...more
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    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 than a  ...more
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    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 as  ...more
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    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 in  ...more
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    Best Way Technologies

    Best Way Technologies, LLC is a developer and provisioner of multi-carrier shipping software.  ...more
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    Boeing Store

    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 United  ...more
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    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.  ...more
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    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    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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    Business software, Prepackaged Software
    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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    Metal Foil and Leaf, Spring (Heavy Gauge) 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 a 170+ store American chain of retail stores, based in Northbrook, Illinois, specializing in housewares, furniture, and home accessories. Its corporate name is Euromarket Designs,  ...more
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    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 first two  ...more
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    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, and  ...more
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    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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    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 & Belding and  ...more
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    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 of  ...more
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    Originally an engineering supply house, now specialises in large-format printing materials and media.  ...more
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    Featherproof Books

    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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    Property and Casualty Insurance, Direct Title Insurance Carriers
    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 billion  ...more
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    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 dealers  ...more
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    Giordano's Pizzeria

    Giordano's is a pizzeria that specializes in Chicago-style stuffed pizza.  ...more
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    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