Chicago Growing, Second Quarter 2015

Chicago-based user experience and digital product development consultancy, ÄKTA, recently announced it will move to 205 W. Wacker Drive to accommodate the company’s rapid growth. The new two-floor space will quadruple the size of the previous office and ÄKTA will invest roughly $2 million in improvements.

“ÄKTA has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years and this new headquarters represents the next chapter of our story,” said ÄKTA CEO John Roa. “We are creating one of the city’s most pioneering work spaces as an investment in our team and in Chicago as an epicenter of growth and innovation in the tech industry.”

ÄKTA joins a long list of companies growing or expanding in the city. This issue of Chicago Growing identifies 57 growing companies (including five headquarters),* illustrated on the interactive map below:

*Refers to data (where disclosed) for new and expanding companies with a physical address in the 14-county Chicago region that meet at least one of these criteria: $1M investment, net gain of 20,000 sq ft, net gain of 20 FTE jobs, headquarters facility, and/or WBC involvement in expansion. WBC captures project information from media outlets, press releases, company websites, subscription services and WBC internal reporting; the quality of each record depends on the availability of data and resources to input and confirm information. Data is finalized in the first quarter of the following year to allow for the time lag in project reporting; year-to-date numbers are subject to revision.

Company Facility Type
Whirlpool Corporation Chicago Location
Fresh Thyme Chicago Location
Alliant Credit Union Chicago Location
Pet Food Experts Chicago Location
UTi Worldwide Chicago Location
Ocenco Inc Headquarters
Diageo Chicago Location
Nerdery Chicago Location
Seafood City Chicago Location
Avant Credit Corporation Headquarters
RTC Industries Chicago Location
Midwest Air Technologies Chicago Location
LaSalle Investment Management Headquarters
International Transload Logistics Chicago Location
WeWork Chicago Location
BrainLAB Chicago Location
BOX Partners LLC Chicago Location
Highland Solutions Headquarters
Elevation Point Chicago Location
Rise Interactive Chicago Location
Dynamic Manufacturing Corp. Chicago Location
Thermal Care Chicago Location
Salesforce.com Chicago Location
Target Corporation Chicago Location
DS Containers Chicago Location
Actavis Chicago Location
Fruition Partners Chicago Location
Amazon Chicago Location
Con-Way Inc. Chicago Location
511 Capital Chicago Location
AKTA Chicago Location
Space Chicago Location
HD Supply Chicago Location
Edsal Manufacturing Company, Inc. Chicago Location
Fox Rothschild LLP Chicago Location
Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC Headquarters
Acosta Sales & Marketing Chicago Location
10th Magnitude Chicago Location
LEK Consulting Chicago Location
Target Corporation Chicago Location
Morton Salt Chicago Location
LBP  Manufacturing Chicago Location
Reflektion Chicago Location
Burlington Coat Factory Chicago Location
ZirMed Chicago Location
BucketFeet Chicago Location
ParkWhiz Chicago Location
Shiftgig Chicago Location
Vokal, LLC Chicago Location
Iris Mobile Chicago Location
ShopperTrak Chicago Location
Snapsheet Chicago Location
Digital Factory Chicago Location
WyzAnt Chicago Location
Weiss-Röhlig Chicago Location
Accordant Media Chicago Location
Viceroy Hotel Management LLC Chicago Location

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