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2016 ITA CityLights Award Finalists Show A Maturing Chicago Tech Scene

It’s easy to dismiss local business awards as mere boosterism. But I just looked at this year’s list of Illinois Technology Association CityLights Award finalists, and the quality of the nominees seems worth noting.

Founded in 2005, the ITA was an early cheerleader for Chicago’s growing tech scene, a place for geeky entrepreneurs to network, swap notes, share a cocktail or three, then more or less go back to flying under the radar of the local business scene.

But the companies on the list of 2016 finalists aren’t just starry-eyed startups. They are, for the most part, well-funded, fully emerging companies with solid market traction. Read more.