They way consumers search for businesses has changed. 70% of US households use the internet when shopping locally for products or services (The Kelsey Group and ConStat). This means it is more important than ever to boost your online presence. Having a consistent business listing among the top directories can help in your visibility and rank on search engines. Including event and business information on Chicago specific experience websites can also help!


Checklist: 37 Local Business Directories & Listings

For Event, Social and Travel Listings:

These are websites local to Chicago where you can list upcoming events, add your business information or create specials for locals or travelers. Most of these are free listings for local Chicago businesses.

  1. Metromix Events: Great for upcoming events in the city or suburbs.
  2. Choose Chicago: Requires extra planning, events need to be submitted 6-8 weeks in advance.
  3. Time Out Chicago: Nice guide and good articles in nearly every category.
  4. Chicago Traveler: More of a deals site, but it still has a number of event listing and a big Facebook Fan base.
  5. Lonely Planet: A little more challenging to be featured, but it’s worth a shot if you can!
  6. Yelp: Not only for reviews anymore, Yelp has a big section for upcoming events.
  7. Sosh: Sosh is newer to the game, but has a cool concept starting.
  8. WikiDo: For Chicago events, good categorical structure.
  9. Chicago Kids: Very niche site for kids activities. A great idea!
  10. The Local Tourist: They have a listing for every category – not just for events.
  11. Beyond the Park: Another great website for kids activities in the city.
  12. Chicago Reader: While not my favorite for events – it still has a big reach and good articles.


Top Citations Sources for Chicago

Citations are mentions of your business along with additional information about your business (phone, address, website, etc). Citations are important factors in Google’s Local Search rankings – so submitting your business to these sites can improve said rankings. This data and information from sure your business is listed on these sites!

  1. Yelp
  2. Yellow Pages
  3. Citysearch
  4. Yahoo Local
  5. Chicago Tribune
  6. Superpages
  7. Facebook
  8. Dex Knows
  9. NWI Times
  10. YouTube

Additional Local Business Directories

The following list is pure business directories. Be sure that listings are consistent among each of these listings – that includes phone, address, website and category if applicable.

  1. Local First Chicago
  2. Chicago on CityOf
  3. Google
  4. Bing
  5. Merchant Circle
  6. LinkedIn
  7. White Pages
  8. Yellowbook
  9. Foursquare
  10. Pinterest Place Pins (powered by Foursquare!)
  11. City Search
  12. Mapquest
  14. ThinkLocal
  15. Manta


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