83 Top Illinois Media and Entertainment Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Media and Entertainment companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Media and Entertainment 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

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Top Illinois Media and Entertainment Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Current Mobile

Current Mobile

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We enable millions of budget-conscious consumers to earn income from their daily habits.

Curiosity

Curiosity

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Curiosity’s mission is to inform and entertain our audience with positive content that helps them get smarter about the world around them.

Curiosity

Betsperts

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Betsperts provides crowdsourced sports content, social media, advice, and user analytics on a centralized platform.

Curiosity

Cameo

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Cameo is a marketplace where fans can book personalized video shoutouts from their favorite people.

Curiosity

Rise Interactive

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Rise Interactive is a full-service digital marketing agency, helping leading brands drive better business outcomes.

Curiosity

StreamLayer

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StreamLayer is an online media platform that develops interactive viewing experience for mobile video services.

Curiosity

MoveSpring

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MoveSpring is a fun, simple, highly engaging health platform enabling employers to educate and motivate employees toward better health.

Curiosity

Sandbox Agency

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Sandbox Agency is an international full-service agency. It creates personalized emails, Websites, e-newsletters, and mobile experiences.

Curiosity

Oath Gaming

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Oath Gaming is a professional esports organization building the next generation of future professional esports for gamers.

Curiosity

Huvii

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Huvii is a gaming and advertising platform that digitalizes bar and restaurant entertainment.

Curiosity

Rivet

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Rivet is an internet radio news application that provides local, national, and international news.

Curiosity

Tribune Media

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Tribune Media is home to diverse portfolio of tv and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment, and sports programming.

Curiosity

IndyBuild

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IndyBuild is a free entertainment industry platform developed to fully showcase creative and performing artists

Curiosity

Pairade

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Pairade is an application where fans can see and interact with entertainers and bands.

Curiosity

L37 Creative

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L37 Creative helps brands across industries deliver incredible live experiences and powerful creative storytelling.

Curiosity

Conduit Productions LLC

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Chicago based multi-media and production company focusing on television, film and content creation.

Curiosity

NetherRealm Studios

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NetherRealm Studios is an American video game developer based in Chicago, Illinois.

Curiosity

Visual Feeder

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Visual Feeder lights up the city streets with full-motion brand advertising experiences on high traffic commercial retail locations.

Curiosity

SRDS (Standard Rate & Data Service)

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SRDS is an affordable, all-in-one resource to find and compare digital and traditional media across business, and geographic audiences.

Curiosity

The Coda Collection

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The Coda Collection is a creative and entertainment agency that specializes in video, music, documentaries and original editorial content.

Curiosity

Silver Chalice Ventures

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Silver Chalice Ventures builds and operates digital-based businesses that focus on sports, media, and entertainment.

Curiosity

Bonfire Live

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Bonfire Live is an artist-centric platform that sparks connections between artists and fans to create the magic of a live show, virtually.

Curiosity

Overture Promotions

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Overture Promotions is a provider of promotional and marketing services for businesses of all sizes based in Waukegan, Illinois.

Curiosity

Visionary Financial (VF)

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Revolutionizing digital asset media and introducing first to market decentralized crypto sector investing

Curiosity

Sway Group

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Sway Group, a content marketing agency, creates customized content, videos, media campaigns, and events for multiple social media platforms.

Curiosity

NewsTribune

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NewsTribune is an online and in-print newspaper & media production company.

Curiosity

CelebTV

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CelebTV is a top provider of award-winning online entertainment content, producing videos covering celeb style, family, & more.

Curiosity

ShareBuilders

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ShareBuilders is a media sales forecasting and pricing tool for TV and Radio.

Curiosity

Stratigent

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Stratigent is the global leader in providing multi-channel analytics consulting to enterprise level brands.

Curiosity

Emerging Insider

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

Curiosity

The Revel Group

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The Revel Group provides services in event management.

Curiosity

Men’s Variety

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Men’s Variety is a health, wellness, and lifestylesite website for men. Dedicated to helping men everywhere. The playbook for men!

Curiosity

Gantec Publishing Solutions

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Gantec publishing solutions is offering editorial services and e-learning solutions for publishing and media sector located in Schaumburg.

Curiosity

Aledo Times Record

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Aledo Times Record is a newspaper and media production company that provides sports and entertainment news.

Curiosity

Christianity Today

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Christianity Today is a non-profit organization that publishes religion-based content, news and advertisement.

Curiosity

Gyst Audio

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Gyst Audio creates audio versions of popular online content

Curiosity

Candi

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Candi is a social network that allows Fans to virtually meet and greet their favorite Celebrities and Influencers.

Curiosity

Petfood Industry

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Petfood Industry publishes a magazine that provides market trends and food ingredients research for pet food manufacturers.

Curiosity

TCT Ministries

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TCT Ministries is a nonprofit organization that specializes in broadcasting Christian religious television programs across the globe.

Curiosity

Quincy Media

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Quincy Media is a family-owned media company that owns and operates television stations in 16 markets, newspapers in two markets.

Curiosity

AVNation Media

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AVNation Media a small community of friends having fun and wanting to share their knowledge and experiences working with audio.

Curiosity

SK Intertainment

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SK Intertainment is a Digital Media Company

Curiosity

WAND-TV

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WAND-TV is the number one local news source in Central Illinois providing news from the strongest and most experienced journalism team.

Curiosity

Metromix

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Metromix, a one-stop local entertainment guide on where to go and what to do, from the newest restaurants, to the latest in music and more.

Curiosity

101 WKQX

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101 WKQX – is a radio station serving the Chicago metropolitan area.

Curiosity

behindthechair.com

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behindthechair.com offers salon-related articles, collections, step-by-steps, and business support services.

Curiosity

Cinescape Magazine

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Cinescape Magazine publishes a leading action/adventure/science fiction magazine.

Curiosity

Casino Queen

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Casino Queen is a casino that offers entertainment including concerts, gaming, shopping, restaurants and lounges.

Curiosity

GetSynchronicity

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GetSynchronicity is a creative agency that deals with media production, branding, advertising, trade shows, meetings and events.

Curiosity

Right Hat.

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Right Hat is marketing & advertising company in Ohio.

Curiosity

Prime Time Marketing

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Prime Time Marketing is a media and marketing agency.

Curiosity

Family Video

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Family Video is a movie and game retail chain offering blu-rays, dvds, and video games.

Curiosity

POLVISION

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POLVISION is a broadcasting and media production company.

Curiosity

NewsGram

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NewsGram aspires to collect news, feedback, comments and information from all parts of the globe at the hands of its readers.

Curiosity

Centrifuge Brand Marketing

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Centrifuge Brand Marketing is an insight-driven marketing strategies and creative brand communications.

Curiosity

Forefront Magazine

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Forefront Magazine is an online publication producing magazines on leadership and management expertise in the field of legal, IT & finance.

Curiosity

Special Guests

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Special Guests is a publicity firm that specializes in booking guests on television and radio talk shows.

Curiosity

Dibit

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Dibit is a developer of a technology platform for reserving seats of sporting events

Curiosity

Girly Stuff

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Girly Stuff Inc. was created by Ms. Carmen Ayala Brown. Girly Stuff, Inc. is a New Media Technology focused youth edutainment venture.

Curiosity

Herald & Review

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Herald & Review is a news portal.

Curiosity

Vertical Web Media

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Vertical Web Media is a company that publishes eCommerce based news, magazines and articles

Curiosity

iSimu VR

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iSimu VR is the premier virtual reality entertainment arcade offering over 40 unique virtual reality experiences.

Curiosity

Axiom Insurance Managers Agency, LLC

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Axiom Insurance Managers Agency is a financial & insurance program administration company.

Curiosity

MPI Media Group

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MPI Media Group is a studio that specializes in the production and distribution of films, home entertainment and historical footage.

Curiosity

DANGEL

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DANGEL is a creative studio that specializes in brand strategies, advertising and corporate communications services.

Curiosity

GiftOn

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Online community and gift inspiration source that answers the question, what did other people give?

Curiosity

Streamboxtv

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Streamboxtv is an android box that has virtually unlimited hours of entertainment for you.

Curiosity

Craze Promotions

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Craze Promotions, a national leader in last-minute distribution of live event unclaimed ticket inventory.

Curiosity

Ticket Lodge

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The Ticket Lodge is ticket marketplace that specializes in obtaining exclusive VIP tickets to events throughout the world.

Curiosity

RadioMD

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RadioMD is a provider of listenable audio content services.

Curiosity

MediaTec Publishing

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MediaTec Publishing is an award-winning publisher of magazines & interactive media that focus on workforce development & talent management.

Curiosity

AdonisOne IFE System – Inflight Entertainment System

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Our in-flight entertainment system delivers media and moving map system directly to any smart personal device without the need for software.

Curiosity

Q101

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Q101 is an internet radio station that offers music news, videos, and rock show.

Curiosity

Off The Grid News

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Off The Grid News is an independent, weekly email newsletter and website.

Curiosity

Monterrey Security Consultants, Inc.

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Monterrey Security offers exceptional private security services specialized training & top-level project management.

Curiosity

RadioWave

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RadioWave provides businesses with scalable applications and services that enable wired, wireless.

Curiosity

Semaphore Partners

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Semaphore Partners is a planned online media for proctor and gamble brands.

Curiosity

MBM Productions International

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MBM Productions International, a global communications firm, has been producing award winning Full Service Global Meeting Planning & events

Curiosity

TechBread

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Tech News Social Media entertainment

Curiosity

Fin-Mark

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Fin-Mark is engages in the organization of trade fairs and exhibitions.

Curiosity

Howl at the Moon

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Howl at the Moon is a live music show which is centered around dance hits & party anthems that will get people dancing in no time.

Curiosity

Groove Distribution

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Groove distribution is a distributor and importer of a wide range of dance music both on vinyl and CD.

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