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Top Executive Search Firms in Chicago Named for 2021

For the 4th year in a row, has named the “Top Search Firms” in the nation. This ranking of the best Chicago executive search firms focuses on agencies that specialize in executive searches.


Finding an experienced executive is more important than ever in these uncertain times. Each year, recognizes the best executive search firms in Illinois – including those serving Chicago, Naperville, and Elgin — via a multiphase selection process that involves independent research and peer evaluation. The executive search firms in Chicago that receive the highest-point totals during this selection process are recognized on our yearly Top Search Firms Lists.

Winning the elite distinction of “Top Executive Search Firms in Chicago” are DHR International and Cowen Partners Executive Search, topping our list of the 20 best recruitment firms. Both DHR International and Cowen Partners specialize exclusively in retained executive searches.

Top 20 Executive Search Firms in Chicago in 2021

The 2021 honorees who have been spotlighted for their work in executive search are as follows:

DHR International

Cowen Partners

Lucas Group

Heidrick & Struggles

Executive Pro Search

The Jacobson Group

Pathfinders Executive Search

Alford Group

JMJ Phillip

Executive Search Consultants Corp.

Cloud Executive Search

Consea America, Inc.

CSI Executive Search

DSML Executive Search 

Reaction Search International, Inc.

Talentfoot Executive Search & Staffing

Hedlund Corporation

Slayton Search Partners


Scion Executive Search 


As is one of the nation’s largest metro areas, Chicago has 20th largest economy in the world. Known for its diversity, Chicago sits firmly as a key player in business. Top industries include auto and food manufacturing, biotech, and health services.


Top Search Firms is a rating service dedicated to finding the nation’s best executive search firms, based on peer nominations, evaluations, and recognition, as well as professional achievement and independent research. This meticulous selection process occurs on an annual basis.

The list of “Top Search Firms” is meant to be a resource for companies and HR leaders seeking to understand the complexities of the executive search and recruiting industry. This research offers prospective employers an insightful, comprehensive look at the top executive search firms by sharing resources, opinions, and rankings as a guide to helping you choose the best firm to meet your executive search needs. No payment is ever accepted from executive search firms for inclusion on these lists, and firm input and feedback are not used to create these elite rankings. Top Search Firms does not accept any advertising from industry partners, vendors, suppliers, and employers.

The rankings noted on this site are deemed reliable and cannot be guaranteed, as some of the data is provided by privately held companies and, therefore, cannot be exhaustively verified.

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