Chicago web developers
Where to find web developers in Chicago
Ask around. Referrals are golden, but also consider the source. You're mom's friend's son-in-law is probably a developer. But is he reliable? It will be hard to tell unless your mom has worked with him.
Ask for referrals from someone you trust that may have worked with a developer in Chicago. Designers, marketing managers, photographers, copywriters, and business owners are all likely in a position to recommend a web developer that they have worked with.
Go where developers hang out. The best way to meet a developer in person is to find them in their native habitat. Scary, I know. Here are a few places in Chicago.
- Starter League is a popular training program for web developers in Chicago. Contact them to get in touch with new developers who are be eager for experience.
- Technori is a local media outlet that covers the Chicago startup community. They host a number of events that are popular with developers.
- Chicago is home to a number of Meetup groups that gather on a regular basis. Groups are typically formed around a specific technology or community like ChicagoRuby, Chicago Drupal Meetup Group, Chicago Software Craftsmanship, or the Chicago ExpressionEngine Meetup (which we co-host).
Post a job listing. If you know exactly what you want, a job listing on a few targetted job boards will bring you a few solid leads. Check out the Built in Chicago or 37signals job boards. Stay away from Craigslist, oDesk and traditional recruiters. Those sources may send you a lot of resumes but the quality tends to be lower and you'll have to spend a lot more time interviewing and qualifying candidates.
Obviously, we offer web development services in Chicago, too. But, we also realize that not every project or client is a perfect fit for our services. If you're looking for a Chicago developer get in touch and tell us about your project. If it's not a good fit for us we'll do our best to recommend a trusted colleague that can serve you better.
Related: This Technori article has some other great tips for finding a developer in Chicago.