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63 Best Public Relations (PR) Startups in Chicago of 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Chicago based Public Relations (PR) companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Public Relations (PR) industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Chicago Public Relations (PR) Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Cision

Cision

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Cision is a global media intelligence company that offers PR and social software as well as analytics.

The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep

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We’re a college newspaper that’s actually about college! We post drinking games, college recipes and more!

The Black Sheep

Optyn

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Optyn is an email marketing software platform that offers an easy-to-use tool for email marketing campaigns.

The Black Sheep

Telephone and Data Systems

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Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. is a Chicago-based telecommunications service company

The Black Sheep

RR Donnelley & Sons

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RR Donnelley (Nasdaq:RRD) is a leading global provider of integrated multichannel marketing and business communications solutions.

The Black Sheep

Summit Wine Tastings

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Founded in 2010, Summit Wine Tastings, LLC is a wine and spirits marketing and promotions company based in Chicago, Illinois.

The Black Sheep

Music United

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Music United is a website that offers aggregated information from social media to musicians and fans.

The Black Sheep

Zeno Group

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Zeno Group, a PR and communications company, offers services including reputation management, corporate communications and brand marketing.

The Black Sheep

Golin

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Golin offers businesses with technology solutions and insights that focus on connecting brands with their customers.

The Black Sheep

PressPage

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PressPage is the leading content-sharing-platform technology provider for social newsrooms.

The Black Sheep

TextHub

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Keep In Touch With Your Customers, Fans and Colleagues.

The Black Sheep

CG Life

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CG Life is a global life science marketing and communications agency providing branding, public relations.

The Black Sheep

Current Global

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Current Global is a global communication agency that specializes in public relations and marketing.

The Black Sheep

Karrot Rewards

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Karrot Rewards is an experienced team with a deep understanding of the point of sale.

The Black Sheep

Burrell Communications

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Burrell Communications is a creative agency that offers marketing communications, advertising, house media planning, and public relations.

The Black Sheep

Express Pigeon

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Intelligent Simple E-mail Marketing

The Black Sheep

Kivvit

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Kivvit exists to provide innovative and immersive public affairs and communications strategies to our clients.

The Black Sheep

Access One

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Access One is a tech company providing internet to voice, high-speed data, managed IT and more.

The Black Sheep

Annex Experience

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Annex Experience engages in content creation, PR, influencer marketing, e-commerce, product launch and mobile solutions.

The Black Sheep

Path to Purchase Institute

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Path to Purchase a global association serving the needs of omnichannel retailers, brands and solution providers along the path to purchase.

The Black Sheep

Emerging Insider

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Insight driven marketing and communications agency, with a focus on emerging media and technology.

The Black Sheep

RightFit Personal Training

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RightFit Personal Training is an online marketplace connecting consumers with independent personal trainers throughout the country

The Black Sheep

SHERMAN

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SHERMAN is a public relations firm.

The Black Sheep

Purple Orange

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Providing optimal mix of insight-based creative, data-driven PR and well-aligned brand identity + communication/content strategy.

The Black Sheep

CatholicVote

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CatholicVote.org is a lay movement, foremost, of committed Catholics

The Black Sheep

Reputation Partners

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Reputation Partners LLC is a full service, integrated communications firm based in Chicago.

The Black Sheep

No Limit Agency

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No Limit Agency is a franchise media consulting firm based in Chicago.

The Black Sheep

SORC’D

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SORC’D the easiest way to capture and recall your online research. Build Stronger Content Faster with Sorc’d.

The Black Sheep

KemperLesnik

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KemperLesnik a public relations, event marketing, esports marketing and content marketing agency based in Chicago.

The Black Sheep

Bitesize PR

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Bitesize PR provides public relations exposure and credibility services to businesses by connecting them with specific media outlets.

The Black Sheep

L.C. Williams & Associates

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L.C. Williams & Associates is a full-service PR and counseling firm.

The Black Sheep

Greentarget Global Group

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Greentarget Global Group is a PR agency which provides Communications Planning & Measurement, Thought Leadership, Media Relations.

The Black Sheep

FoodMinds

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FoodMinds is a Food & Nutrition Company.

The Black Sheep

Hawthorne Strategic Partners

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Hawthorne Strategy is the public relations firm.

The Black Sheep

Crisp

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We help brands rise above today’s chaos.

The Black Sheep

Agency H5

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Agency H5 are a fully integrated marketing communications agency — rooted in public relations. We are connectors. We are brand builders.

The Black Sheep

Propllr – PR and Content Marketing for Startups

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Propllr, a Chicago public relations and content marketing firm, helps startups and innovators build credibility and gain visibility.

The Black Sheep

O’Malley Hansen Communications

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O’Malley Hansen Communications builds reputation & brand visibility through media relations, social media and influencer outreach.

The Black Sheep

3Points Communications

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3Points Communications is a Public Relations and Communications firm providing Financial and Human Resources and Wellness services.

The Black Sheep

Yakkety Yak

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Yakkety Yak is a content marketing company that offers social media marketing, public relations, branding and digital marketing.

The Black Sheep

Clarus Communications

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Clarus Communications delivers public relations and social media programs that help B2B organizations fill their sales pipeline.

The Black Sheep

Outlook Marketing Services

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A full service marketing communications and PR firm.

The Black Sheep

Public Communications Inc.

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Public Communications is an award-winning, national, integrated communications firm specializing in healthcare, cultural communication, etc.

The Black Sheep

PressReleasePoint

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Online Public Relations Agency With Expertise in Press Release Submission and Distribution.

The Black Sheep

Front & Social Media

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Front & Social PR is a creative public relations and digital marketing agency based in Chicago.

The Black Sheep

InoPrints

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InoPrints is a professional Chicago printing company that delivers fast, affordable online full color printing throughout the nation.

The Black Sheep

Page One Public Relations

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Page One Public Relations is a Chicago-based public relations agency specializing in luxury, hospitality, and lifestyle clients.

The Black Sheep

Tom, Dick & Harry Creative

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Tom, Dick & Harry Creative is a web design, brand marketing, advertising, and public relations company.

The Black Sheep

Pietryla PR & Marketing

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Pietryla PR & Marketing is a public relations, communications, and marketing firm.

The Black Sheep

Motion PR

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Motion PR is a public relations organization that offers a variety of media solutions.

The Black Sheep

Postmaster Direct

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email marketing

The Black Sheep

JSH&A

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JSH&A isa lifestyle marketing communications; media relations.

The Black Sheep

Ten35

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Ten35 is a marketing agency that offers a blend of provocative creativity and insights to create impactful brand and consumer connections.

The Black Sheep

Blueprint Design Studio

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Blueprint Design Studios was incorporated in 2006. Their highly experienced designers have worked in small businesses to large corporate

The Black Sheep

AnswerOil

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AnswerOil is a Flash-based product selection system that allows shoppers to narrow down their choices with intuitive sliders rather than

The Black Sheep

Tell Your Story

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Tell Your Story is a content marketing agency that offers a range of brand communications services in Chicago.

The Black Sheep

VineSprout

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VineSprout is a public relations consulting agency forcused on assisting Chicago area startups.

The Black Sheep

Grisko LLC

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Grisko is a Chicago-based full-service communications agency with proven leadership in public affairs, public relations, and marketing.

The Black Sheep

KSA (Kathy Schaeffer & Associates)

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KSA specializes in issues-oriented communications for associations, nonprofits & corporations that communicate about policy & advocacy

The Black Sheep

Marj Halperin Consulting Inc.

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Marj Halperin Consulting, a full service communications firm.

The Black Sheep

Mack Communications

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Mack Communications is a public relations and public affairs firm specialized in media relations and digital media strategies. ​

The Black Sheep

Blast Marketing and PR

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Blast Marketing & PR is a full service public relations and marketing firm.

The Black Sheep

cago

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Cago LLC. will provide various types of web-based solutions to many different types of organization. onesub.net it’s initial service is a

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