20 Rising Brand Stars Who Are Helping Make Chicago a Hub for Marketing, Tech and Culture

From McDonald’s and the Cubs to the newest Iron Chef

Leaders from Glossier, Shopify, Mastercard and more will take the stage at Brandweek to share what strategies set them apart and how they incorporate the most valued emerging trends. Register to join us this September 23–26 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Big-shot town, small-shot town, jet-propelled old-fashioned town, by old-world hands with new-world tools built.”

It’s a summary of Chicago that was just as relevant when essayist Nelson Algren wrote it in 1951 as it is today. Chicago is unquestionably enjoying a new era of innovative tech, inventive food, contagious culture and bold business growth, but the world expects nothing less from a city of such constant reinvention and knuckle-cracking endurance.

As part of Adweek’s special article series on the region, City Spotlight: Chicago, our editors selected 20 Rising Brand Stars who represent a fascinating cross section of the industries and initiatives shaping the city in 2017.



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