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Best Companies Lists

Chicago Business Lists & Directories / Crain's Chicago Business (FREE)

-Numberous lists and directories of top public, private, women-owned, and minority-owned companies.

-Include ranking information and contact information for thousands of key executives, marketing, and human resources contacts.

-Tabs: Privately held, public held, law firms, largest employers, accounting firms, fast 50, MBA directory, banks, investment banks, and all lists.

-No charge to view the top 5 of each category in HTML format.

-Note: Charge for the rest of the lists in pdf or Excel format. Can be expensive for students. Contact information can be found in other sources.

Business Rankings Annual (Available through Online Research Resources)

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Forbes Magazine

The magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including of the world's top companies.

Published eight times a year, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, politics, and law. 

Fortune Magazine

Here, the 100 hottest workplaces—and how they stay that way.

Fortune is one of the world's leading business media brands and comprises a multinational monthly magazine, daily website, and conference series.

It is a global media organization dedicated to helping its readers, viewers, and attendees succeed big in business through unrivaled access and best-in-class storytelling. It occupies offices in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Shanghai.