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Chicago Fest is the play hard for the work hard.

Chicago Fest, our annual summer celebration of and for the city's innovators, features lawn games, live music, cold libations, food trucks, tech talk, the Coolest Companies Competition (more on that below), and much, much more. It's a fun, social fest that's set up specifically for you, our readers.

Leading up to the event, we'll be running our annual Coolest Companies Competition. It's a friendly challenge to find the Chicago startups and companies with the best culture. Ok, so what does that mean? Does it mean that your company holds awesome outings or events, or has an amazing roof deck or in-office bar, or has killer perks and policies, or has the best team, or all of the above? Maybe. But, really, if you love working for your company, then that's cool. Check out the 2017 Finalists. 

And check out last year's recap video: