Top 8+ App Development Companies in Chicago in 2019

Charles Rhine
Apr 23 · 7 min read

Are you searching for Top App Development Company in Chicago to build your first mobile app or update an existing app? Are you a startup company who is looking for a reliable app vendor that can design and build a mobile app from scratch and also provide support to publish your app on App Stores? Are you an enterprise company who is looking to build a mobile solution to improve your customer experience and operational productivity? I am an independent research analyst who loves to research tech-based companies and create a ranking based on skills and location. Few of my friends asked me about top app developers in Chicago so I compiled a list to help others. Below is a list of top app development companies in Chicago:

1. Simpalm

  • Min. Project Size: $5,000+
  • Company Size: 30+
  • Hourly Rates: $20-$60/hour
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Clutch Rating: 4.8, Total 16 Reviews

Simpalm is a niche app development company based in Chicago. Simpalm develops native and hybrid mobile apps, responsive web applications and backend cloud servers. This company has focused on startup and enterprise mobile app development. Simpalm has several clients in Chicago including fortune 500 companies. They have developed more than 200 apps in the last 10+ years. They are expert in agile development to execute projects quickly.

2. CSW Solution Inc

  • Min. Project Size: $25,000+
  • Company Size: 10–49+
  • Hourly Rates: $100-$149/hour
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Clutch Rating: 4.8, Total 6 Reviews

CSW Solutions is a full-service software development company. CSW is a Microsoft-certified partner with an innovative team of developers. CSW has 12 years experienced expert team who helped clients from different sectors and fulfilled needs across the entire spectrum of web-related services including designing, prototyping, cloud backend, and custom software development.

3. Intersog

  • Min. Project Size: $1,000+
  • Company Size: 30+
  • Hourly Rates: $50-$49/hour
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Clutch Rating: 4.5, Total 8 Reviews

Intersog is a full-service custom software engineering and agile team. Intersog is a 12-year-old company and expert in innovative technologies such as IoT, Big Data, AR/VR, Cloud technologies. Intersog is a worldwide company and having offices in 4–5 countries. They offer various services including custom mobile & web, Big Data, IoT and UI/UX designing.

4. Dom & Tom

  • Min. Project Size: $50,000+
  • Company Size: 50–249
  • Hourly Rates: $150-$199/hour
  • Location: Newyork City
  • Clutch Ratings: 4.8, Total 20 Reviews

Dom & Tom is founded in 2009 by twin brothers having a background in IT and management. Dom & Tom have developed 200+ web applications and 120+ mobile apps. Dom & Tom has development offices in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

5. Lakeview Labs

  • Min. Project Size: $10,000+
  • Company Size: –2 to 9
  • Hourly Rates: $100-$149/hour
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Clutch Ratings: 5.0, Total 6 Reviews

Lakeview Labs build amazing digital product and have a track record of creating high-growth startups and large-scale companies. They are expert in creating complex and scalable apps that millions of users. In total, they have created over 20 native, mobile apps for clients ranging from 1 person startups to Fortune 5000 companies.

6. Codal

  • Min. Project Size: $10,000+
  • Company Size: –50 to 249
  • Hourly Rates: $100-$149/hour
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Clutch Ratings: 4.9, Total 13 Reviews

Codal is a creative digital agency with 9 years of experience in designing and developing mobile apps on iOS and Android platform. Codal has 90+ employees in their team to work on mobile app development, strategy, e-commerce development, and UX design.

7. Table XI

  • Min. Project Size: $75000+
  • Company Size: –10 to 49
  • Hourly Rates: $150-$199/hour
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Clutch Ratings: 4.9, Total 37 Reviews

Table XI is Chicago based it firm having experience in building custom websites, native and hybrid mobile apps. Table XI build custom digital experiences for everyone from startups to storied brands. They like to start with exercises that help them to build trust with the client, test ideas, scope projects, and then start the development.

8. SnapMobile

  • Min. Project Size: $25000+
  • Company Size: –10 to 49
  • Hourly Rates: not disclosed
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Clutch Ratings: 4.9, Total 13 Reviews

SnapMobile is a Chicago based company offers a fast mobile app for business in the local area They focus on local clients and offer fast and affordable app development services. SnapMobile work on product strategy, design, concept, development and QA testing services. SnapMobile has done a great job in the last few years and worked with Hilton, Mitsubishi, Creative Group and some other well know clients.

How to Choose the Best App Developer or App Development Company

A startup always gets stuck in finding an appropriate app development company or individual developer to develop your first mobile/web application. You must not be in a hurry and start the development with the anonymous developer. You should follow certain steps to evaluate your development partner on the basis of technical skills, years of experience and quality of projects they have executed in the past. A good developer or company may also have lots of good references to check out and know whether they have done similar projects (similar to your requirements). You can frankly share your requirements with nearby development companies/developer and get the quotations. You should take the proper time to evaluate the quotation and interviewing developers. A better way to break your project into 5–6 milestones and execute one by one. This way you can build a successful digital product and grow your business.

Modules of Mobile App Development

A mobile app project can have a number of modules and those modules can be broken into milestones. You can hire an app development agency or professional developer on an hourly basis or fixed cost to work on your project. It is easier to track development progress in milestones and developer can provide you build to test the app functionality. You can use waterfall or agile app development methodology on the basis of your business requirements. Both methods are successful and you can develop a robust and scalable app with the developer. I am going to explain some standard modules of app development here below:

(a) Discovery phase: Finalize requirements of the project, take time to conduct market research, learn and find out technologies, targeted audience, platform, and app features & flow.

(b) Design module: Create stunning designs that attract users to download and start using your app. You should hire an app design agency or professional designer to create designs. It is essential to create a rough sketch or wireframes so that the designer can easily create designs. Many times, Mobile App Development Company can also create designs and you don’t need to hire an additional designer.

(c) Development module: You should hire an app development company to start development using your designs and requirement documents. Discuss the requirements with a few selected developers so that you know who is going to be your next development partner. Be efficient and stay connected with your developer to track the progress of your project. It is good to complete the development in a few milestones and those can complete in a few months. You should not delay on the development side and quickly release the initial version of app stores and show it to investors to move ahead.

(d) Testing and deployment module: Test the mobile app and features implemented before publishing it on app stores. You can set up a developer account with the help of the app developer to publish the app.

(e) Backend server development module: If your app needs to store and retrieve data such as user personal information, payment details, location data, business places or QR codes, you will need a backend server and database to be built with the help of app development company. You can also purchase cloud services to set up your backend server.

(f) App admin module: If you want to edit/update certain sections of your mobile app, a web developer can build custom web-based administrative panel so that you make changes in real-time.

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