The Best New Way to Land Your Dream Job in Chicago
The wait is over: The Muse is coming to Chicago!
So, what does that mean for you? Well, if you live in Chi-town, or you've ever thought about working there, you'll now have the easiest, least stressful, and most fun way to search for jobs at the best companies to work for in the city.
That's right: We've spent some time in Chicago hand-picking awesome companies, and we're bringing you an inside look at their offices, their company culture, and their open positions. From massive retailers with incredible employee training programs to small coffee roasters and breweries to (of course) the Cubs, check out these 14 workplaces, and land your dream job today.
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1. Trunk Club
Trunk Club is a men’s clothing service, combining style and technology to change the way men shop (and making the process way less painful for guys who hate shopping). The rapidly growing startup currently has 175 employees and is ready to hire even more.
Our favorite reason to work for Trunk Club? The autonomous management style. Because the company strives to hire employees who understand its culture and mission from the start, it trusts all employees to figure out the best way to tackle their own individual responsibilities.
2. Oprah Winfrey Network
Since its debut in 2011, the Oprah Winfrey Network has hosted a variety of original programming meant to educate, entertain, and inspire its viewers, from Oprah’s Life Class to The Haves and the Have Nots to Our America with Lisa Ling . Reaching beyond the television screen, OWN supplements its programming with a variety of book recommendations, e-classes, and guru-lead creativity and wellness retreats to challenge its viewers to take active steps in becoming the best they can be.
See what it's like to work for this caring, creative, and constantly growing company.
3. Crate & Barrel
Founded in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood in 1962, Crate & Barrel has grown into a chain of more than 170 stores, specializing in housewares, furniture, and home accessories. With tons of styles to fit every domestic ideal, Crate & Barrel strives to provide its customers with the perfect products they need to personalize their favorite places.
Already obsessed with the retailer? You'll love its company headquarters, a huge, dramatic space that's reminiscent of a massive Crate & Barrel store.
4. Pabst Brewing Company
Founded in 1844, Pabst Brewing Company hosts over two dozen American beer and malt liquor brands—including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, Old Style, and Colt 45. Pabst beers have won over 70 Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medals since the mid-1990s, and the company retains a loyal following of beer lovers around the world.
Currently hiring for dozens of sales and marketing positions, Pabst is looking "talented individuals committed to working as a team of genuine brand champions." In other words: Must love beer.
5. The Chicago Cubs
If there's nothing you love more than baseball, why not turn your hobby into a career? The Chicago Cubs organization is hiring, and its looking for baseball fanatics to fill roles from grounds crew members to research associates. Join the team with a treasured history, and be part of its triumphant future.
6. Argo Tea
A tea cafe chain that’s quickly expanding across the country and around the world, Argo Tea provides tea connoisseurs with hot and cold signature drinks and a variety of loose-leaf teas, coffees, baked goods, and custom teaware.
The corporate office, based in Chicago, actively seeks people with diverse backgrounds to join the team: "Argo has the utmost respect for all cultures, beliefs, personalities—ahem, personaliTeas—and experiences, and it is those differences that allow to us to expand beyond the norm, to think more creatively, and to be able to come together to share a genuine passion," states the company website.
7. Encyclopædia Britannica
The oldest English-language encyclopedia still in production, Encyclopædia Britannica is composed of articles scribed by over 4,000 contributors—from Nobel laureates to American presidents.
Since its final print edition was brought to press in 2010, Britannica has moved to a completely online format, and it’s currently focusing on continuing its legacy as a respected distributor of knowledge and scholarship. In other words: If you're a history buff with a passion for online media, this is the place to be.
8. Sears Holdings
With over 2,500 retail stores—including Sears, Kmart, and subsidiary stores—Sears Holdings is a major retailer in the United States and Canada. And no matter where you are in your career, it provides major opportunities: With official training programs for new grads, MBAs, and senior leaders, Sears offers an outstanding support network, career development, mentoring, networking opportunities, exposure to leadership, and the structure you need to grow .
Originally founded as a corner drug store in 1901, Walgreens has grown into the largest pharmacy and retailing chain in the United States. With its focus on health and wellness and its expansion to include products like cosmetics, food, and photos, Walgreens has grown from humble beginnings to a one-stop shop for everyday needs.
Currently more than 240,000 employees strong, Walgreens invests in tools and programs to make sure its team members succeed, from informal enrichment and mentorships to formal certification and training. Many people have built successful careers from the ground up at Walgreens, and many more have discovered new talents and passions by moving among different departments within the company.
10. Goose Island Brewery
Striving to bring craft beer to the Midwestern masses, Goose Island opened its first brewpub in Chicago in 1988. It was a great success, and since then, Goose Island has expanded to include a large brewery, a bottling plant, and a second brewpub that work together to brew over 50 unique craft beers and distribute them to beer lovers across the country.
Whether your passion is brewing, selling, or talking about beer, join the team of beer aficionados (who we're pretty sure close each day with a Green Line).
11. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
Intelligentsia is the coffee roasting and tea brewing company that's won the hearts of coffee drinkers across the U.S.: Founded in 1995, Intelligentsia has earned its place on many local and national "Best-Of" lists, including honors in Chicago Magazine and on Foodandwine.com.
Better yet, Intelligentsia’s dedication to sustainability and fair trade commerce has transformed its beverages into products that are both great for its customers and healthy for the world. Coffee lovers: Welcome home.
12. Bright Pink
Bright Pink is a national nonprofit focused on risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Rather than focusing on research or treatment, Bright Pink targets prevention with a proactive approach. Through education, support, and early detection and risk reduction strategies, Bright Pink empowers young women to take action to improve their health and live beautiful and fulfilling lives.
See what it's like to work for at this passionate (and, yes, bright pink) workplace.
What began as a humble daily deal site has grown into so much more, with Groupon rolling out a whole slew of game-changing products to locations around the world in recent months. (“We were adding cities first every month, then every week—then we got to a point where we were launching multiple countries in the same week," says one employee.)
And with that growth comes hiring: Groupon has more than 150 open positions now.
14. Heartland Alliance
As the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest, Heartland Alliance’s mission is to make sure every person’s basic rights are respected. From providing housing support to healthcare programs to protection for victims of violence, Heartland Alliance strives to help individuals in difficult situations. It also seeks to empower them: With job training, financial education, and financial assistance services, Heartland Alliance provides people with the resources to improve their lives.
Photo of Chicago courtesy of Gary718 and Shutterstock .
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