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Dinger Bat Com­pany Shawnee Na­tional For­est

Busi­ness is boom­ing for Dinger Bats which made 28,000 bats last year and is used by 18 big lea­guers, in­clud­ing Cubs slug­gers Kyle Sch­war­ber and Ja­son Hey­ward.

Her­itage Bi­cy­cles Chicago

Her­itage is build­ing the first com­pletely Chicago-made bi­cy­cles since Sch­winn left in the 1970s. It sells its vin­tage-in­spired, hand­crafted bikes — and cof­fee — at its Chicago retail lo­ca­tions.

Home­wood Bat Com­pany Home­wood

A one­time player and coach, Todd Pals started as a bou­tique bat maker in 2015. He’s re­cruited some Cubs and White Sox play­ers to swing the lum­ber he pro­duces.

Hor­ween Leather Com­pany Chicago

The Hor­ween fac­tory, staffed with 150 em­ploy­ees, has op­er­ated along the north branch of the Chicago River in Buck­town since 1920. In ad­di­tion to leather for shoes and ac­ces­sories, it sup­plies leather used to cre­ate foot­balls, bas­ket­balls and base­ball gloves.

Li­ta­nia Sports Group Champaign

Li­tana is like a Rus­sian nest­ing doll of sports equip­ment mak­ers, in­clud­ing Gill Ath­let­ics, Porter Ath­letic, Pow­erMax and Up­per90. It makes ap­prox­i­mately

75 per­cent of the prod­ucts it sells in its Champaign fac­tory.

Lone Wolf Stands Kick­apoo

The small but mighty hunt­ing stand op­er­a­tion just north­west of Peoria makes more than 20,000 tree stands a year

Rid­dell Sports Equip­ment Des Plaines

This sports equip­ment man­u­fac­turer spe­cial­iz­ing in foot­ball gear was founded in 1929 by Evanston High School math teacher and foot­ball coach John T. Rid­dell. They re­lo­cated from Rose­mont to Des Plaines in 2017.

Rock River Arms Colona

In 1996, broth­ers Mark and Chuck Lar­son founded Rock River Arms in a shop in a vil­lage in the Quad Cities area. They’ve man­u­fac­tured guns for fed­eral agen­cies in­clud­ing the DEA, FBI, and United States Mar­shals.

Spring­field Ar­mory Spring­field

Six years af­ter the first ar­mory in Amer­i­can his­tory closed, a Cen­tral Illi­nois fam­ily re­launched the brand and the de­signs of weapons pro­duced by the place opened in 1777 by or­der of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton.

SRAM Chicago

Founded in 1987, this high-tech bi­cy­cle com­po­nent maker now em­ploys more than 3,500 peo­ple in of­fices and man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties all over the globe. It moved its HQ to the West Loop in 2015.

Weber Pala­tine

Weber founder Ge­orge Stephen worked for Weber Broth­ers Metal Works in Chicago and in 1952 in­vented the ket­tle grill. The in­spi­ra­tion for the shape came from tak­ing a buoy, cut­ting it in half and adding three legs and a han­dle.


Her­itage Bi­cy­cles

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