Our Top Picks

Atomic-Object
Atomic Object
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
Atomic Object is a custom software development company that primarily serves the education, consumer products and services, and business services industries. Its experienced developers can migrate legacy enterprise systems to the cloud and integrate ERPs and CRMs into desktop apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux environments. For IoT projects, the firm’s capabilities include industrial and commercial product development and remote device management. Atomic Object charges between $100 and $149 an hour, and it has additional offices in Michigan. Herman Miller, Neurometrix, and Steelcase are a few of the company’s most notable clients.

Summary

Atomic-Object
Atomic Object
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149/hr
  • Address
    500 West Madison Street
    Chicago, IL 60661
    USA
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    616-776-6020
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
Cabot-Technology-Solutions
Cabot Technology Solutions, Inc.
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Information technology
  • Business services
With rates beginning at $25 an hour, Cabot Technology Solutions, Inc., is the most affordable software development company on our list. Since its founding in 2006, the company has cultivated a skilled team of full-stack developers who have completed a wide array of projects for notable enterprises such as SAP, Atmel, and the Dubai Police. The company’s engineers are well-versed in a wide array of programming languages and frameworks, including Xamarin, Ionic, Ruby on Rails, and .NET. Within the healthcare industry, the firm specializes in building solutions for telemedicine services, medical diagnostics, and disease management. Cabot Technology Solutions has more than 100 employees spread across five global offices.

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Cabot-Technology-Solutions
Cabot Technology Solutions, Inc.
  • Starting Price
    • $25 - $49 / hr
  • Address
    675 Alpha Dr, Suite E, Highland Heights, OH 44143
    102, Lulu Cyber Tower, Infopark
    Kochi , KL 682 042, India
    PO Box 13334, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    512-999-5796
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Mobile App Development
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Information technology
  • Business services
Caxy-Interactive
Caxy Interactive
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Hospitality
  • Education
Caxy Interactive is a Chicago-based firm with more than two decades of experience creating custom software for the education, healthcare, hospitality, and financial services industries. Its expertise includes mobile and web app development as well as building custom content management systems and e-commerce solutions. Leveraging the robust capabilities of the Python programming language, the firm’s developers apply data analytics and machine learning to empower clients with actionable insights presented in a sleek browser-based dashboard. TD Ameritrade and Experian are a couple of the well-known organizations highlighted in the company’s portfolio. Caxy Interactive also provides web design and UX/UI design.

Summary

Caxy-Interactive
Caxy Interactive
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    212 W Van Buren St. 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    312-207-6200
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Web Development
    E-Commerce Development
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Hospitality
  • Education
CSW-Solutions
CSW Solutions
  • Financial services
  • Retail
  • Health Care & Medical
As a full-service software development company, CSW Solutions offers web and mobile app development, systems integration, cloud development, business intelligence, and CMS implementation. Java, SQL Server, and Microsoft Azure are just a few of the many technologies in the firm’s toolset. Prioritizing aesthetics and user-friendliness, the company develops native and cross-platform mobile apps for consumers as well as enterprises. CSW Solutions mainly serves the retail, medical, and financial services sectors. Small businesses interested in working with the award-winning firm can expect to pay between $100 and $149 an hour for its services.

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CSW-Solutions
CSW Solutions
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    307 N. Michigan Ave #2018, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    312-263-7704
  • Service Lines
    Cloud Consulting & SI
    Custom Software Development
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Financial services
  • Retail
  • Health Care & Medical
Digital-Authority-Partners
Digital Authority Partners
  • e-Commerce
  • Education
  • Financial services
Digital Authority Partners is a technology consulting firm that has helped design and launch digital products that reach more than 80 million users. The firm has worked with numerous leading brands such as Athena Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Kroger. Digital Authority Partners applies agile methodology throughout its entire development process, enabling the company to quickly transform clients’ ideas into a concrete strategy followed by sound software architecture, testing, and support. Whether the project is for Android, iOS, or wearable devices, Digital Authority Partners excels at mobile application development. The company focuses on the e-commerce, education, and financial services industries, and its rates range between $100 and $149 an hour.

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Digital-Authority-Partners
Digital Authority Partners
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60654, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    312-600-5433
  • Service Lines
    Digital Strategy
    UX/UI Design
    Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • e-Commerce
  • Education
  • Financial services
Forte-Group
Forte Group
  • Financial servicese
  • Commerce
  • Business services
The Forte Group specializes in enterprise software development for mid-sized and large businesses. The firm’s team of designers and engineers has over 20 years of experience helping organizations streamline their operations and perform quality assurance and testing. The Forte Group also has extensive experience developing B2B and B2C e-commerce platforms. Verizon, Redbox, DocuSign, and Tinder are some of the firm’s most well-known clients. In addition to its Chicago location, The Forte Group has offices in Belarus, the Ukraine, and Columbia. Its rates range between $50 and $99 an hour.

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Forte-Group
Forte Group
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    222 S Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606
    33 Zheleznodorozhnaya St., Office 809, Minsk, MI 220089, Belarus
    32 Zhyvova St., Ternopil', TE 46000, Ukraine
  • Number of Employees
    250 - 999
  • Phone Number
    312-757-4944
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    IT Staff Augmentation
    IT Strategy Consulting
Industry Focus
  • Financial servicese
  • Commerce
  • Business services
Highland-Solutions
Highland
  • Healthcare & medical
  • Education
  • Financial services
Highland researches, designs, builds, and scales digital products and experiences for customer-centric companies and mission-driven organizations. For more than 21 years, its skilled team of designers, developers, and strategists has helped organizations turn their biggest uncertainties into opportunities for growth.

Offering web development, custom software development, mobile app development, product design, and more, the company uses customer research and insights to design and develop an effective enterprise solution — whether from scratch or optimizing a solution in-market. The firm primarily serves the healthcare and medical, education, nonprofit, and financial services industries and charges between $150 and $199 an hour. Some of Highland’s most well-known clients are Cigna, the city of Chicago, and McGraw-Hill.

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Highland-Solutions
Highland
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    141 W. Jackson, Suite #2200, Chicago, IL 60604
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    312-863-7500
  • Service Lines
    Web Development
    Custom Software Development
    Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • Healthcare & medical
  • Education
  • Financial services
Intersog
Intersog
  • Automotive
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Advertising & marketing
Intersog is a custom software development company that specializes in legacy system modernization, integrations, and IT consulting. The firm mainly works with the automotive, medical, and advertising industries, with Mitsubishi, Neustar, and Northern Trust being among its most notable clients. The firm’s developers have extensive experience building native iOS and Android Apps as well as hybrid mobile apps using the latest cross-platform frameworks. For its web development services, the company focuses on CRMs and e-commerce solutions. Intersog has multiple offices around the world including in Mexico, Canada, and Israel.

Summary

Intersog
Intersog
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    220 N Green St #2011, Chicago, IL 60607
    375 Water St., Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6, Canada
    31 Peremohy Ave, Kyiv, KV 03055, Ukraine
    18 Govorova St., Odesa, OD 65009, Ukraine
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    833-468-3776
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Mobile App Development
    IoT Development
Industry Focus
  • Automotive
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Advertising & marketing
KitelyTech
KitelyTech LLC
  • Security
  • IT Services
  • Photography
KitelyTech is a full service technology consulting, design & development firm with offices in downtown Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Detroit, Austin, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Miami. KitelyTech was started to set industry standards: a full-service technology firm setting trends in web design, web development, branding, mobile application development, custom software, and SEO services.

KitelyTech was founded on the principles of transparency, customer service, efficient execution, organization – which remain at the company’s foundation today. Since 2009, KitelyTech has grown to become nationally respected, completing projects in verticals ranging from oil and gas to healthcare to CPG and beyond.

In addition to technological acumen, their management team is positioned to set clients up for success through their wide array of business experiences in both startups and established corporate cultures.

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KitelyTech
KitelyTech LLC
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149/hr
  • Address
    1165 N. Clark St., 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60610
    1001 Woodward Ave, 5th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226
    615 S College St., 10th Floor, Charlotte, NC 28202
    600 Congress Ave, 14th Floor, Austin, TX 78701
    3280 Peachtree Road NE, 7th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    312-254-8248
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Mobile App Development
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Security
  • IT Services
  • Photography
Kohactive
LaunchPad Lab
  • Business services
  • Education
  • Transportation
LaunchPad Lab is a technology company serving the business services, education, and transportation industries. Notable clients include Outcome Health Brunswick and Northwestern University. Payment systems, e-commerce, and CRM systems are some of its custom software specialties. The firm has fewer than 100 employees, and it charges between $150 and $199 an hour for its services. LaunchPad Lab also offers web development and mobile app development.

Summary

Kohactive
LaunchPad Lab
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    800 W. Huron St., Suite 3E, Chicago, IL 60642
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    312-883-2022
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    UX/UI Design
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Education
  • Transportation
Loadsys-Solutions
Loadsys Solutions
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Energy & natural resources
Loadsys Solutions is a full-stack custom software development company that specializes in the manufacturing, transportation, and energy sectors. Fewer than 50 people are employed by the company, and it charges between $100 and $149 an hour, about average for the companies on our list. Some of Loadsys Solutions’ biggest clients are Stanford National Forensic Institute, Vault Electricity, and APO Box. Web development and mobile app development are a couple of its additional services.

Summary

Loadsys-Solutions
Loadsys Solutions
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    8745 W. Higgins Road Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60631
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    708-873-1750
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Web Development
    Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Energy & natural resources
Projekt202
projekt202
  • Financial services
  • Electronics
  • Retail
With hundreds of designers, artists, and engineers located across nine global offices, projekt202 is one of the largest software development companies we found. At $50 to $99 an hour, its rates are surprisingly affordable for such a large organization. From Xamarin and Phonegap for mobile to Java and Python for backend code and Microsoft Azure for the cloud, projekt202 can handle a variety of projects due to the varied experience of its development team. The company has worked with several industry-leading organizations including Capital One, Samsung Electronics, 7-Eleven, and Canon. projekt202 mainly serves the electronics, retail, financial services, and consumer goods industries, and it offers UI design and web development services.

Summary

Projekt202
projekt202
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99/hr
  • Address
    5080 Spectrum Drive Suite 320w, Addison, TX 75001
    1300 Guadalupe Street Suite 300, Austin, TX 78701
    999 3rd Ave Suite 1501, Seattle, WA 98104
    1000 Sansome St #200, San Francisco, CA 94111
    400 North Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60642
  • Number of Employees
    250 - 999
  • Phone Number
    312-600-6023
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    UX/UI Design
    Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Financial services
  • Electronics
  • Retail
Tablexi Grey(1)
Table XI
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
Table XI is a UX design and custom software development firm with 18 years of experience building integrated web applications, mobile apps, and custom digital experiences. Since 2002, they've partnered with Fortune 100 companies, startups in Singapore and Tokyo, industry leaders in London and LA, and mission-driven non-profits in their hometown of Chicago. These partners trust Table XI to deliver innovative solutions that drive their businesses forward. That trust runs deep, creating partnerships that have lasted over a decade and public reviews naming them as a leading custom software developer in Chicago.

Their UX research and product strategy teams help product owners innovate, rapidly prototype, and validate new ideas for the business. And when you're ready to move quickly, their design and development teams collaborate in an agile fashion to quickly deliver results to production. This trusted process has allowed their partners to focus on business objectives and move more quickly and flexibly than ever before.

Summary

Tablexi Grey(1)
Table XI
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    328 S Jefferson, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60661
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    312-450-6320
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Mobile App Development
    UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
Tandem
Tandem
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
Founded in 2011, Tandem is one of the small companies on our list with less than 50 employees spread across its offices in Chicago and San Francisco. For software development, the company specializes in building custom web and mobile apps as well as digital solutions for IoT and wearables. After gaining an intuitive understanding of an organization’s needs, Tandem begins its development process by designing the software’s user interface, followed by continuous testing to ensure an error-free and engaging user experience. Major League Baseball, The University of Chicago, and Verizon are a few of the big names found in Tandem’s portfolio.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    2035 W. Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
    424 Clay St., San Francisco, CA 941111
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    773-492-0209
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    Mobile App Development
    Digital Strategy
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
Velvetech-LLC
Velvetech LLC
  • Business services
  • Education
  • Financial services
Focusing on the business services, education, and financial services industries, Velvetech LLC has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations such as Apache Corporation, TradingBlock, and Insureon engage customers and enhance business processes through its software services. The firm’s developers are proficient in several areas of software development, including web and mobile app development, enterprise software development, and IoT solutions. In addition to building apps for iOS and Android, the firm has experience developing for Windows mobile devices and using cross-platform frameworks to achieve the desired balance of features and time to launch.

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Velvetech-LLC
Velvetech LLC
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    601 Skokie Blvd., Suite 105, Northbrook, IL 60062
    Novosibirsk 630001, Russia
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    847-559-0864
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development
    CRM Consulting and SI
    Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Education
  • Financial services

How We Chose the Best Custom Software Development Companies in Chicago

When business owners in Chicago start looking for a company to build custom software for their organization, they'll find an overwhelming number of firms boasting a wide variety of features and services. To help save them time, we decided to evaluate Chicago's custom software development companies on the most important and measurable aspects.

Multiple Service Lines

Just as different businesses offer their customers different products, all the organizations have different requirements and pain points. While assembling our list, we paid close attention to companies offering a variety of services to help satisfy the varying needs of Chicago's small businesses. Being able to work with one company to solve multiple technology issues will save businesses enormous amounts of time and money because one team can more easily communicate and transfer ideas and digital assets between teams on related projects. The most common service lines on our list are custom software development, mobile app development, UX/UI design, and IT consulting.

Size of Firm

Working with a large firm can be a perfect situation for one organization and a nightmare for the next. While large software development companies tend to have more experienced staff with expertise covering more varied areas of technology, access to experts is typically reflected in its elevated rates. Smaller companies may not have developers familiar with every niche technology, but their narrow focus allows them to excel in their specialty while offering it for a lower cost.

Industry Focus

Working with businesses in a particular sector can provide software development companies with insight into the common issues faced by those organizations. To help business owners benefit from development companies' past experiences, we chose firms that serve a wide array of industries, including healthcare, business services, financial services, and education.

Questions to Ask Custom Software Development Companies

With so many custom software development companies in Chicago each offering similar features, it’s important to ask the right questions during your initial discovery call or demo. To help you make the right inquiries, we put together a downloadable list of questions to ask your prospective custom software developers.

Download the questions to ask custom software developers