Top Executive Search Firms In Chicago

It’s hard to find a leader for your organization. We designed a list of the top executive search firms in Chicago to make the process of selecting an executive search firm a little easier on you.


We found ten executive search firms that help employers find executives in the Chicago, Illinois area. Some of these executive recruitment companies work inside a nationwide network of executive recruiters. Other firms operate primarily within the Chicago area and have experience in the fields where they recruit talent. No matter the structure of the organization, these companies all have been recommended to be included on this list.


Here’s our list of top executive search firms in Chicago.


Y Scouts

Y Scouts is a purpose-based, performance-proven leadership search and development firm focused on transforming how people and organizations connect to work that matters. When you’re ready to hire a new leader, contact Y Scouts. If you are looking for your next leadership role within a purpose-driven, performance-focused organization, please join the Y Scouts Leadership Community.

Y Scouts specializes in recruiting leaders for these types of purpose-based organizations in Chicago:

Phone: 480-498-7222

Lucas Group

The Lucas Group uses its deep understanding of the local industries in Denver to provide top-quality candidates. As a consultative partnership, The Lucas Group provides you with valuable insight into its recruiting process.

Phone: 800-466-4489

Kanzer Associates, Inc.

Kanzer Associates, Inc. brings a strong attention to detail to the executive search process. They prioritize their relationships with their clients and have a strong base of returning customers.

Phone: 312-464-0893

Heidrick & Struggles

Headquartered in Chicago, this international executive search firm aims to bring integrity, respect, and teamwork to its clients and people around the globe.

Phone: 312-496-1200


The Recruiterie is a boutique executive recruitment firm that believes in culture-specific recruiting. Serves the Chicago area.

Phone: (602) 326-6820

McAleer Gray

The executive search team at McAleer Gray is comprised of industry experts who have provided successful staffing solutions to clients for over a decade.

Phone: 303-717-2684

Spencer Stuart

With over 55 offices in 30 countries, Spencer Stuart utilizes its global network of executive recruiters to find the best leaders for companies all over the world.

Phone: 312-822-0080

Slayton Search Partners

Slayton Search Partners is dedicated to conducting executive searches without limits. Their unique searching process makes them an up-and-coming search firm in the Chicago area.

Phone: 312-456-0080

Hanold Associates

Located in the Chicago area, Hanold Associates combines the quickness of a small search firm with the connections of a large search firm to find qualified executives as soon as possible.

Phone: 847-332-1333


DHR is an international executive search firm with its global headquarters in the “Windy City.” They use research, personalized service and creativity to connect with clients worldwide.

Phone: 312-782-1581

Signium International

Having been in the executive search field for almost 60 years, Signium International is well-known for creating customized search plans for each of their clients.

Phone: 312-564-5890

Do you have a recommendation of an executive search firm in Chicago who should be included on this list? Let us know! Contact Y Scouts for possible inclusion on this list.

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Client Testimonial:

“Y Scouts partnered with Year Up to understand our organization and our goals for new leadership. The Y Scouts approach was exceptionally effective, delivering a slate of candidates who embodied the essential values and experience we wanted. Our outcome was a dynamic and experienced leader who truly embodies our mission. As we continue to expand across the country, we consider Y Scouts a go-to partner in future searches.”



Candidate Testimonial:

“The entire process – starting at first contact – was personal, comfortable and engaging. Y Scouts never made me feel like I was part of a transaction; I felt like I was working with a friend and an ally throughout the entire process, who kept my best interests in mind at all times. I felt like my recruiter truly took the time to get to know me, my motivations and what type of opportunity would help me grow and succeed. Y Scouts helped me move into an incredible new role, and I am thankful everyday that Y Scouts helped connect me to an organization and position that align perfectly with my skills and personal passions. I would absolutely recommend working with Y Scouts to any organization with a true commitment to finding the right leaders.”



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