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The Votes Are In: Top 7 Creative Offices in Chicago

    The Votes Are In: Top 7 Creative Offices in Chicago

    The results are in for our Top Creative Offices in Chicago contest, a partnership with Chicago Creative Space and Leopardo. Here are the Windy City’s top 7 coolest offices, as voted by you, the readers.

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    1) gravitytank

    1) gravitytank

    The vibe: A place for innovation, ideation and dedication. Where you can work like a mad scientist on a deadline.

    The office: Creative spaces include a sound recording studio, full gourmet kitchen, shop with the latest toys and photo studio.

    Killer quote: “My impression the first time I walked into this space,” says Martha Cotton, a partner at gravitytank, “was that I was home.” She adds, “this space was specifically designed to support innovation.”

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    2) Emmi Solutions

    2) Emmi Solutions

    The vibe: The loft of an eclectic artist, with splashes of color and enormous skylights.

    The office: Over 15% open and collaborative space, like the enormous cafe. Wall-to-wall whiteboards support creative bursts, as do room names like radiology and the psych ward.

    Killer quote: “We spent a year designing this space, which is an extension of our culture,” says Emmi CEO Devin Gross. And the employees noticed. Their idea of going to work “changed overnight.”

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    3) Digitas

    3) Digitas

    The vibe: A balance between inspirational and ready for input, fixed and malleable, eccentric and functional.

    The office: A treasure trove of color and texture. There’s a shipping container in the kitchen, graffiti on the walls, wood pallets in the lobby and a hopscotch court on the floor.

    Killer quote: While it “may seem crazy when you walk into it,” says Chicago and San Francisco president Doug Ryan, “there is method to the madness.”

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    4) Red Frog Events

    4) Red Frog Events

    The vibe: No matter how big the bottom line, it’s all about family and fun.

    The office: From the zip line to the slide, the (code compliant) trees to the tree houses, Red Frog’s 40k SF River North playground is textbook creative office.

    Killer quote: “Office space is reflective of culture,” says regent of ruckus Gregory Bostrom. “You want your key principles to be reflected…some of our key principles are innovation, creativity and fun.”

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    5) ShopperTrak

    5) ShopperTrak

    The vibe: An immediate visual impression of ShopperTrak’s size and reach, with no shortage of international cues.

    The office: Boardrooms named after global cities, overhead lights with national flags and a giant map in the lobby. You can have a meeting in ‘Tokyo’ or pass by ‘Times Square’ for lunch.

    Killer quote: “We thought very hard indeed on how people need to interact to be successful,” says CEO Christopher Ainsley. Think break-out areas, agile storyboards and whiteboards throughout the space.

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    6) ContextMedia

    6) ContextMedia

    The vibe: A people-first, tech-forward, healthful environment.

    The office: In this space built by Leopardo Construction, look for a glass wall with employee pictures, prominently featured company values to greet visitors, a ping pong table, coffee shop and treadmill desks.

    Killer quote: “What motivates me the most, is the people I get to work with,” says ContextMedia CEO/co-founder Rishi Shah.

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    7) DialogTech

    7) DialogTech

    The vibe: A fun, familial environment where employees love to work and occasionally play pranks on each other. (Note: Ifbyphone is now called DialogTech.)

    The office: Color-coding for wayfinding, a yoga-ready relaxation room, high ceilings and a multi-purpose room for company stand-ups (where someone shares updates from the “soap box,” an old wine crate).

    Killer quote: “As soon as a new candidate walks into DialogTech, they immediately get a visual taste of the culture,” says Irv Shapiro, the founder, CEO and “head coach” at DialogTech.

    Watch video here.