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Companies Founded in Chicago

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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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  • Basecamp1


    Web development, Collaborative software
    37signals is a privately held web application company based in Chicago, Illinois, United...  more
  • Adbot2


    Online advertising
    Adbot, Inc. was a privately held Internet advertising company in Chicago owned and operated by...  more
  • Aon3


    Management Consulting Services, Accident and Health Insurance
    Aon plc is a British multinational corporation headquartered in London, England, that provides...  more
  • Argo Tea4

    Argo Tea

    Argo Tea is a chain of tea cafes that was founded in the Lincoln Park community area in...  more
  • Babaroga5


    Video game
    Babaroga, LLC. is a Chicago, Illinois-based video game developer specializing in iOS, Windows,...  more
  • Bebe Stores6

    Bebe Stores

    Clothing, Retail
    Bebe Stores, Inc is a women's retail clothier established in 1976. Founded by Manny Mashouf,...  more
  • 7

    Best Way Technologies

    Best Way Technologies, LLC is a developer and provisioner of multi-carrier shipping software....  more
  • Boeing Store8

    Boeing Store

    The Boeing Store is a chain of stores that sells official Boeing merchandise. It is based in...  more
  • Brown's Chicken & Pasta9
    Brown's Chicken & Pasta, also known simply as Brown's Chicken, is a chain of fast food...  more
  • Bungie10


    Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Bungie, Inc. is an American video game developer located in Bellevue, Washington, U.S. The...  more
  • Click Commerce11

    Click Commerce

    Business software, Prepackaged Software
    Click Commerce, Inc. is a researching solutions company based in Hillsboro, Oregon, United...  more
  • Crane Co.12

    Crane Co.

    Metal Foil and Leaf, Spring (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing
    The Crane Company is an American industrial products company based in Stamford, Connecticut....  more
  • Crate & Barrel13
    Crate & Barrel is a 170+ store American chain of retail stores, based in Northbrook, Illinois,...  more

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  • Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore14

    Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore

    Video game, Video game industry
    Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore is an American game developer that operates in Chicago, Illinois...  more
  • Discover Card15

    Discover Card

    Financial Services
    The Discover Card is a credit card, issued primarily in the United States. It was announced by...  more
  • Dominick's16


    Dominick's was a Chicago-area grocery store chain and subsidiary of Safeway Inc.. Dominick's...  more
  • FCB17


    Foote, Cone & Belding, aka FCB, is one of the largest global advertising agency networks. It...  more
  • 18


    EdCast is a personal learning network to enhance human ability to collaborate and learn across...  more
  • 19
    Originally an engineering supply house, now specialises in large-format printing materials and...  more
  • Featherproof Books20

    Featherproof Books

    Featherproof Books is a small, independent publisher based in Chicago, Illinois. It was...  more
  • Fidelity National Financial21

    Fidelity National Financial

    Property and Casualty Insurance, Direct Title Insurance Carriers
    Fidelity National Financial, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the nation's largest provider of...  more
  • 22

  • Genuine Scooters23
    The Genuine Scooter Company is a Chicago-based producer/distributor of motorscooters, most...  more
  • Giordano's Pizzeria24

    Giordano's Pizzeria

    Giordano's is a pizzeria that specializes in Chicago-style stuffed pizza....  more
  • Google Affiliate Network25

    Google Affiliate Network

    Affiliate marketing
    The Google Affiliate Network was the affiliate marketing company, specifically affiliate...  more