Management Consulting Firms in Chicago: A Comprehensive List


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Leah Naylor

Former BCG Chicago Recruiter

If you’re looking for a career in management consulting but want to stay close to Giordano’s deep-dish pizza, shopping on the Miracle Mile, Lake Michigan, and the Cubs, we can help!

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the top management consulting firms with offices in Chicago. Start your research here as you dig into which firms to apply to.

Our list includes:

  • What’s unique about Chicago-based consulting work,
  • Top strategy consulting firms with offices in Chicago,
  • Tier 2 & Big 4 consulting firms with offices in Chicago, and
  • Boutique consulting firms with offices in Chicago.

Let’s get started!

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What’s Unique about Chicago-based Consulting Work

Chi-town is a dynamic city for consulting and is home to almost three dozen fortune 500 companies. Given its status as the 3rd-largest city in the U.S. and the broad range of industries represented here, you’ll find Chicago has a deep pool of possibilities with the largest variety of client work within the U.S.

Chicago has also seen a massive increase in tech start-ups during the last decade and that’s adding more energy and innovation to the Midwestern culture. Although almost every industry has some presence in Chicago; consumer products, financial services, healthcare, industrials, retail, technology, telecom, and private equity are just some that you can expect to work with here.

In terms of functions, typical Chicago consulting projects involve business transformation, customer insights, finance, innovation strategy and delivery, manufacturing, operations, people strategy, marketing & sales, and social impact.

Chicago tends to be a hub for many consulting firms. McKinsey, Bain, BCG, and other firms have some of their largest offices housed here. The large size of Chicago consulting offices means there are more opportunities here than in smaller offices.

And the competition for an offer can be a bit lower than in higher-demand cities like New York and San Francisco. While the problem-solving bar is the same for getting an offer in Chicago consulting offices, they have very large hiring targets with fewer applicants.


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Top Strategy Consulting Firms in Chicago: McKinsey, Bain, & BCG

McKinsey Chicago

Chicago was McKinsey’s 1st office and is still one of their largest offices with about 1,000 professionals. McKinsey Chicago is a hub for high-impact client work and it continues to grow.

McKinsey’s Midwest offices include Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. They work with over 300 Fortune 1000 companies based in the Midwest. McKinsey has a global staffing model which can mean that your cases won’t all be in the Chicago area.

McKinsey Chicago works across a range of industries, including:

  • Consumer goods
  • Retail
  • Healthcare payers and providers
  • Medical products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Aerospace
  • Technology
  • Financial services
  • Transportation
  • The public sector

Bain Chicago

Bain’s focus is to do high-impact work for their clients while helping the talented people who work for Bain achieve great success. Their Chicago office continues to grow rapidly but still has more of a small, tight-knit feel.

Bain Chicago is home to many of Bain’s top leaders, including board members, committee chairs, and practice area directors.

Bain Chicago’s clients range from small- and mid-sized Midwestern companies to Fortune 1000 firms. There is also a focus on social sector work here, particularly education reform.

The Bain Chicago office serves a range of clients including:

  • Airlines and transportation,
  • Consumer products,
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Healthcare,
  • Industrials,
  • Financial services,
  • Retail,
  • Technology,
  • Telecom, and
  • Social and public sector

BCG Chicago

Chicago was BCG’s 3rd U.S. office to open. After 4 decades, it continues to be one of the most instrumental BCG offices. With over 500 on staff, BCG Chicago has a long history of developing leaders, including their previous CEO.

Almost every practice area is represented in Chicago and this increases the likelihood that you will work directly with practice area leaders and industry experts since many call Chicago home.

The BCG Chicago office has a large volume and variety of client work, so consultants here have more choice in assignments than is typical in consulting. Many consultants work with clients in and around the Chicago area, but there is also the opportunity to travel internationally or within the U.S.

Pro bono projects are a big draw here too and include work in education, economic development, the environment, human services, and the arts.

BCG Chicago’s culture is collaborative and informal, while building on the entrepreneurial and creative vibe that is consistent with other BCG offices.

BCG Chicago serves a wide array of industries, including:

  • Aerospace and defense,
  • Consumer products,
  • Education,
  • Finance,
  • Healthcare,
  • Industrial goods,
  • Oil and gas,
  • Power and utilities,
  • Retail,
  • Transportation, and
  • Travel and tourism.
Firm NameJob BoardCompany ValuesReviews

Tier 2 & Big 4 Consulting Firms in Chicago

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Note that Deloitte, PwC, and EY also have other consulting firms they’ve acquired under their network (e.g., EY-Parthenon). We list those firms here as well.

Accenture Chicago

Accenture Chicago has their own building with over 6,000 employees. Accenture Tower also houses one of 11 worldwide Accenture Innovation Hubs with over 500 employees.

Accenture’s apprentice program started in Chicago through a partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago in 2016 and continues to grow.

Deloitte Consulting Chicago

Deloitte Consulting’s focus is to help its clients solve their toughest problems. In the United States, Deloitte and its subsidiaries have more than 80,000 professionals. Deloitte’s Chicago office specializes in:

  • Strategic transformation,
  • Growth strategy, and
  • Global partnerships.

Deloitte Strategy & Operations Chicago

Deloitte Strategy & Operations client service offerings include strategy (under Monitor Deloitte), operational transformation, finance, mergers and acquisitions, social impact, and supply chain manufacturing operations.

Deloitte’s staffing model is local/ regional, so you would likely work with clients throughout the Midwest.

EY Chicago

EY has over 300,000 employees and their Chicago office client base spans the following industries:

  • Real estate,
  • Consumer products,
  • Asset management and insurance,
  • Banking and capital markets, and
  • Healthcare.

EY – Parthenon Chicago

EY – Parthenon is a global strategy consulting firm with more than 6,500 professionals. Their Chicago office client work is in the following industries:

  • Consumer products,
  • Financial services,
  • Healthcare,
  • Information and media,
  • Life sciences,
  • Private equity, and
  • Technology.

Their staffing is regional, so you would likely travel less with EY – Parthenon compared to a consulting firm with a global staffing model.

Kearney Chicago

Kearney (formerly AT Kearney) is one of the oldest management consulting firms and has a large variety of industries and practice areas. Chicago is Kearney’s headquarters. They have a local staffing model so consultants generally have little travel.

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KPMG Advisory

KPMG Advisory is the consulting arm of KPMG and has over 32,000 employees in the U.S., with offices in Chicago. KPMG’s focus is management consulting, deal advisory, and risk consulting and strategy. Typical consulting client work is in:

  • Digital transformation,
  • Data analytics,
  • Operations,
  • Technology,
  • Risk assurance,
  • Corporate strategy, and
  • Mergers and acquisitions.

Monitor Deloitte Chicago

Monitor Deloitte is the strategy practice within Deloitte. Typical client work in Chicago is in:

  • Corporate and business strategy,
  • Customer and marketing strategy,
  • Digital strategy,
  • Innovation,
  • Business transformation,
  • Technology,
  • Media and telecommunications.

PwC Strategy Chicago

PwC Strategy works with clients on a wide range of business solutions in assurance, tax, and business consulting services. The Chicago office is located in the Loop.

Strategy & Chicago

Strategy& is the global strategy consulting arm of PwC. It has an office in Chicago. They specialize in:

  • Business strategy,
  • Organizational strategy,
  • Consumer strategy,
  • Product and service innovation,
  • Operations, and
  • Technology strategy.
Firm NameJob BoardCompany ValuesReviews
Deloitte Strategy,8_IL.9,16_IC1128808.htm

Boutique Consulting Firms in Chicago

Top-tier strategy consulting firms like Bain, BCG, and McKinsey, as well as the Tier 2 and Big 4 firms, are the most sought-after consulting firms in Chicago. Still, there are 50 other firms that warrant a closer look. 

Boutique consulting firms often have a specialty field such as healthcare, life sciences, or private equity. They can be a great place to gain experience in an area that interests you. These smaller firms can also offer a faster growth trajectory with increased opportunities for client-facing work. 

Here are profiles for a couple of highly-sought boutique consulting firms:

L.E.K. Chicago

Chicago is L.E.K.’s 3rd-largest office in the Americas. L.E.K. is known for bringing deep in-market expertise to clients. The company does work in:

  • Building products and materials,
  • Consumer products,
  • Energy & environment,
  • Healthcare,
  • Industrials,
  • Life sciences & pharma,
  • Media,
  • MedTech,
  • Private equity,
  • Retails,
  • Technology, and
  • Travel and transport.

L.E.K.’s Chicago office works within a region that covers North and South America. The firm’s staffing is done on a local basis.

L.E.K. has a differentiated staffing model. They do much less work onsite at client organizations than other firms and spend more time in their own offices.

Oliver Wyman Chicago

Oliver Wyman Chicagos’s client work is focused on the following industries:

  • Business services,
  • Communications,
  • Media and technology,
  • Financial services,
  • Health and life sciences,
  • Retail and consumer goods, and
  • Travel and Leisure.

Oliver Wyman’s functional areas of expertise are corporate finance and restructuring, digital, brand and innovation, operations, operational effectiveness, pricing, sales and marketing, risk management, strategy, and climate and sustainability.

Firm NameJob BoardCompany ValuesReviews
Alvarez & Marsal,18_IL.19,26_IC1128808.htm
Baker Tilly,14_IL.15,22_IC1128808.htm
BDO Consulting,7_IL.8,15_IC1128808.htm,7_IL.8,15_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
Berkeley Research Group,23_IL.24,31_IC1128808.htm
BTS Group,3_IL.4,11_IC1128808.htm,3_IL.4,17_IC1147401.htm
CCS Fundraising,15_IL.16,23_IC1128808.htm
Centric Consulting,18_IL.19,26_IC1128808.htm,18_IL.19,26_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
Charles River Associates (CRA),24_IL.25,32_IC1128808.htm
Cornerstone Research,20_IL.21,28_IC1128808.htm
ECG Management Consultants,26_IL.27,34_IC1128808.htm
Egon Zehnder International,12_IL.13,20_IC1128808.htm
Gallup Consulting,6_IL.7,14_IC1128808.htm
Galt Company,14_IL.15,22_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
Grant Thornton,14_IL.15,22_IC1128808.htm
ICF Consulting Limited,3_IL.4,11_IC1128808.htm
Infinite Global Consulting Limited,15_IL.16,23_IC1128808.htm
Jabian Consulting,17_IL.18,25_IC1128808.htm
Kearney (formerly AT Kearney),7_IL.8,15_IC1128808.htm,7_IL.8,15_IM976.htm
Leigh Fisher Associates
Magenic Technologies,7_IL.8,15_IC1128808.htm
Mott MacDonald,14_IL.15,22_IC1128808.htm
Navigant Consulting,8_IL.9,16_IC1128808.htm,8_IL.9,16_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
NERA (Economic Consulting)
Oliver Wyman,12_IL.13,20_IC1128808.htm,12_IL.13,20_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
Oxford Global Associates,23_IL.24,31_IC1128808.htm,23_IL.24,31_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
Pearl Meyer & Partners
Point B
Prophet Consulting,22_IL.23,30_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
Public Consulting Group UK Ltd,23_IL.24,31_IC1128808.htm
Qral Group
RHR International
Russell Reynolds Associates
Satori Consulting International Ltd
Sia Partners,12_IL.13,20_IC1128808.htm
Sikdar Consulting LtdN/A
Slalom Consulting,6_IL.7,14_IC1128808.htm,6_IL.7,14_IM167.htm?filter.iso3Language=eng
Vivaldi Group,16_IL.17,24_IC1128808.htm
West Monroe Partners,11_IL.12,19_IC1128808.htm
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In this article, we’ve covered:

  • What’s unique about Chicago-based consulting work,
  • Top strategy consulting firms in Chicago,
  • Tier 2 & Big 4 consulting firms in Chicago, and
  • Boutique consulting firms with offices in Chicago.

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