Top 3 General Contractors in Chicago, IL

Porch Pro Headshot Midwest Windows Direct
In 2005, the replacement industry was changed forever. A management team with over 30 years of experience in offering the absolute highest quality service & product decided to join forces as opposed to competing against one other in the window, door, siding, gutter and insulation industry. Many year...Read more about Midwest Windows Direct
3256 W Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL
773-800-9466
Porch Pro Headshot DESIGNfirst Builders
DESIGNfirst is an all-inclusive design/build firm in Chicago, dedicated to simplifying the renovation process and building sophisticated spaces that add value to your home. We know what it’s like to be in your shoes, and how important it is to work with a home remodeling company you can trust. That...Read more about DESIGNfirst Builders
1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca, IL
630-250-7777
Porch Pro Headshot BLUE TAURUS CONSTRUCTION
If you live in the Chicagoland Area and are looking to improve your home or business’ interior or exterior spaces, the family and team at Blue Taurus Construction offer you a wide range of services to help you achieve all of your remodeling and renovation goals. We understand that, while you may be ...Read more about BLUE TAURUS CONSTRUCTION
18221 Torrence Ave Ste 2B, Lansing, IL
312-970-4341

More General Contractors in Chicago, IL

Porch Pro Headshot Lighthouse Construction & Restoration, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
(28)
"Lighthouse has performed multiple home improvement projects for me over the last several years. They placed a new roof, flooring, bathroom, and painted my entire home. They are professional and do excellent work. I highly recommend them."
"Lighthouse has performed multiple home improvement projects for me over the last several years. They placed a new roof, flooring, bathroom, and painted my entire home. They are professional and do excellent work. I highly recommend them."
Porch Pro Headshot Joseph Wangler Custom Constr
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
(6)
"We are repeat customers of Joe and plan to use him for all our remodeling projects. He is extremely respectful of your families needs, budget, provides excellent communication and his crew is punctual and respectful. Joe was very knowledgeable of current trends and worked with us to maximize spac...Read more about Joseph Wangler Custom Constr
"We are repeat customers of Joe and plan to use him for all our remodeling projects. He is extremely respectful of your families needs, budget, provides excellent communication and his crew is punctual and respectful. Joe was very knowledgeable of current trends and worked with us to maximize spac...Read more about Joseph Wangler Custom Constr
Porch Pro Headshot A Street Builders Inc
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
(10)
A Street Builders, Inc. provides residential remodeling and construction services. We offer design/build services to homeowners interested in converting their vision of a room renovation or addition into reality. We work hard to accomplish this with the homeowner feeling the least amount of stress...Read more about A Street Builders Inc
A Street Builders, Inc. provides residential remodeling and construction services. We offer design/build services to homeowners interested in converting their vision of a room renovation or addition into reality. We work hard to accomplish this with the homeowner feeling the least amount of stress...Read more about A Street Builders Inc
Porch Pro Headshot Catalyst Builders and Remodelers
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Catalyst Remodeling makes your home shine from the inside out, with our expertise in Chicagoland interior remodeling. Our design staff has completed more than 1,500 interior renovation projects for customers with varying budgets. We have products that cater to all budgets, whether you are looking to...Read more about Catalyst Builders and Remodelers
Catalyst Remodeling makes your home shine from the inside out, with our expertise in Chicagoland interior remodeling. Our design staff has completed more than 1,500 interior renovation projects for customers with varying budgets. We have products that cater to all budgets, whether you are looking to...Read more about Catalyst Builders and Remodelers
Porch Pro Headshot National Catastrophe Solutions  Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
(25)
National Catastrophe Solutions is a restoration firm in Chicago. They provide asbestos removal, water damage restoration, and biohazard remediation as well as other services. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has accredited National Catastrophe Solutions. They are also accredited by ...Read more about National Catastrophe Solutions Inc.
National Catastrophe Solutions is a restoration firm in Chicago. They provide asbestos removal, water damage restoration, and biohazard remediation as well as other services. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has accredited National Catastrophe Solutions. They are also accredited by ...Read more about National Catastrophe Solutions Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Taty Construction, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
(8)
Taty Construction was established in 1999 to provide home improvement and remodeling services. Presently Taty Construction is one of the most successful and fastest growing construction Company in the Chicagoland area. Taty Construction has earned a distinctive reputation for excellence along with a...Read more about Taty Construction, Inc.
Taty Construction was established in 1999 to provide home improvement and remodeling services. Presently Taty Construction is one of the most successful and fastest growing construction Company in the Chicagoland area. Taty Construction has earned a distinctive reputation for excellence along with a...Read more about Taty Construction, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Luxe development group
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
(9)
"Call them.came out same day to give us a bid. Answered all our questions and gave us details of their bid James was great worked above and beyond with us to complete our project on time and budget. Steve"
"Call them.came out same day to give us a bid. Answered all our questions and gave us details of their bid James was great worked above and beyond with us to complete our project on time and budget. Steve"

Frequently asked questions about general contractors

A general contractor oversees building and remodeling projects from start to finish. Their main priority is making sure that a project progresses according to the schedule, is on budget, and that all work is done properly. All other contractors and workers answer to the general contractor and they answer to the client who hired them.

Start by getting bids from different contractors. Bids lay out your expected cost and the extent of the project, including materials, labor, and when the project will be done. If you have a local contractor in mind, feel free to work with them in negotiating the terms of a bid, rather than putting out a competitive bid request. Terms typically outline payment installments, an expected timeline for milestones, and the expected outcome at each phase of the project.

Once you've signed the contract with the general contractor, they bring in the workers and begin on the project. Throughout the course of the project, the general contractor manages all workers and subcontractors. General contractors generally own or work for a company that handles one or two aspects of building and remodeling. Very few do framing, finishing, electrical, concrete, plumbing, and landscaping on their own. So, it's quite common for general contractors to outsource work from other companies. The general contractor handles the hiring of these subcontractors, as well as paying them and their own workers. You only have to worry about paying the general contractor.

Hiring multiple subcontractors for a job might seem more economical, but it would put much of the decision-making on you. What you might save in money may be offset by the amount of time and mental energy you'd have to put into the project. An experienced general contractor knows the ins and outs of the construction business. They understand how to structure a project and work with subcontractors to get projects completed safely, and on schedule. This leaves the day-to-day decisions to someone with more experience.

The licensing rules in some states require hiring a general contractor for certain projects. If the state doesn't require a general contractor in your case, it makes good sense to hire a licensed and insured local contractor.

General contractors live by their reputation. They work hard to build trust with their clients and honor that trust through their management of construction projects. Even if they never lift a hammer during the course of a job, they feel a great sense of ownership of the whole operation.

General contractors usually have a vast knowledge of local building codes. Their understanding of construction and people management helps all subcontractors to work together. They see how each piece fits together to make a completed project. Subcontractors may take a narrow view of their role, which could cause problems for other subcontractors working on the next step. General contractors work closely with their crews, subcontractors, and you to prevent costly miscommunication.

Whether you're hiring a home contractor to build your dream house or searching "general contractors in my area" to oversee a remodel project, you'll be working closely with whomever you choose.

When you get underway with your contractor, you'll begin by sorting out every possible detail. Before work begins, the contractor will work out a project plan with you. The project plan may include determining fixtures, finishes, and furnishings — to avoid any cost gaps in the initial bid. The more specific you are, the more realistic and accurate the bid will be.

Make sure it’s OK to call or text your contractor throughout the day. Even if they aren't always available, they should provide you with contact information for a lead person or someone else you can discuss the project with. When possible, visit the job site. This gives the contractor or lead the opportunity to bring up any issues and ask any questions about specifics that weren't covered in the project plan.

It's also helpful to keep a project journal. Write down product order numbers. Jot down questions and ideas, and note delivery dates. This can make it easier to sort out any disputes that may arise later. Track any changes to the initial project plan in writing. If unforeseen changes occur, make sure to get a bid change in writing.

Other helpful tips:

  • Check on work as it progresses
  • Pay only for completed work
  • Be a fair customer by paying bills on time, responding quickly to questions, and treating your contractor and their workers fairly
  • Know the workers’ names, and make sure they have what they need
  • Establishing a good working relationship with your contractor from the beginning will lead to a more successful project

Some general contractors charge a flat fee. Most charge a markup, which is a percentage of the overall completed project cost. The markup amount covers their overhead, including advertising, insurance, office expenses, and their own salary. The contractor should outline all payments and expenses in the contract at the outset.

Contractors typically ask for a percentage of the total project cost upfront. This initial fee covers the cost of getting the project started, provides workers with their wages for the first phase of the construction, and helps serve as a deposit for the needed materials and supplies. Fifteen percent is a fair and decent initial payment for getting a project started. Most states cap this initial fee at 33%, and a good contractor should have good enough credit to cover remaining up-front costs.

After each phase or "milestone" gets completed, your contract will likely require you to pay more money toward the project. These installments are an expected part of the construction process to cover wages, additional supplies, and materials the contractor may need to continue. Even the most well-off contractor would quickly run out of money to move forward if they didn't include installment payments into their contracts.

A big project is a costly endeavor and a long-term investment. When choosing a general contractor, it makes sense to look beyond just the contractor’s fee. Be sure to hire someone that can provide proof of licensing, insurance, and references. Take the time to look into their track record. A good general contractor will leave a trail of stellar online reviews, and when you talk to former clients, they'll have only good things to say. When you enter a project with a contractor, you need a pro you trust with your home, so it’s wise to do your homework ahead of time to ensure a successful outcome.

Begin with a plan that lays out the scope of the remodeling work you want done. By the time you hire a contractor, you should have decided on materials, fixtures, appliances, and other items. If you've decided on any changes to the floor plan, be sure to add the specifics to your plan. The more details, the better. Add everything you can think of, down to the brass pulls for the kitchen cupboards.

Once you have this plan, start talking to contractors to get estimates and formal bids. Ask around for local contractor recommendations at your local hardware store, or go online and read client reviews. Good contractors tend to be very busy, so expect a waiting period from the time you contact them to the time they can start on the project. Be sure to seek out a contractor with experience in the job you need done. If you need a patio installed, scroll past them if they specialize in kitchens and baths.

When speaking to the contractor, make sure you're clear on which parts of the project the contractor will handle and which will go to a subcontractor. Ask for proof of licensing, insurance, and any relevant subcontractors' licenses. Check contractor credentials with your local Better Business Bureau.

Only sign a detailed contract, and be sure you understand every detail of the contract before signing. Be sure to get the proper permits for your project. A good contractor will be able to talk you through getting permits. In some places, contractors are able to get the permits themselves. Check in with the contractor regularly during the course of the project to avoid errors and miscommunication.

Searching online for "good general contractors near me" or getting referrals from a hardware or home improvement store is a first step to hiring a contractor. Take certain precautions before hiring a contractor to prevent costly headaches later on.

Begin by working with a professional architect or designer who's able to provide all the information a contractor will need. A designer or architect can also create the necessary drawings to submit for obtaining a permit. Include details like finishes, fixtures, plumbing work, electrical installations, and possible millwork.

Come up with a specifications list in advance. Write down the details of every element you want placed into the project, from the front door to the floor tiles that you want. Calculate to make sure all your selections fall within your budget and meet your personal requirements.

Make sure your contractor has the proper licensing and insurance. Check out a potential contractor’s previous work. They should be able to offer examples. When you interview contractors, remember that you'll spend a lot of time working with this person. You need to feel you can trust them because unexpected situations are bound to come up. Perhaps you didn't consider what style of door handle you want for the master bathroom, or the carpet you selected for the living room is no longer available. These types of situations happen with any project, so do your best to remain patient throughout the construction process.

See to it that your contractor provides a timeline that they can stick to and that works with your needs. Get a list of subcontractors they use, and look into their history. Use careful consideration when choosing your contractor for the most successful outcome.

Be sure your general contractor is licensed and insured. They should have both contractor’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. An insured contractor will take responsibility for the project and for anything that happens at the worksite. Make sure their insurance covers any subcontractors or that they only work with insured third parties.

Ask for proof of insurance right away. Hiring an uninsured contractor may seem less expensive, but it could cost you down the road. In the event of a job-site injury or property damage, a properly insured contractor will shield you from potentially catastrophic costs. Depending on the state you live in, if a worker is injured on your property and their general contractor didn't carry the proper insurance, you might be liable for the cost of treating their injuries.

Homeowners’ insurance policies cover property damage. Some also cover limited injury liability, but these policies have limitations. Even in the unlikely event that your policy covers 100 percent of liability, your premiums would most certainly go up. Contractors insurance ensures that you don't have to cover any costs unrelated to the project completion itself.

If a contractor is reliable, they'll be licensed and carry insurance, and if they don't have a license, no company will insure them. Proof of proper licensing and insurance is a sure sign of a reliable contractor.

Recent reviews for Chicago General Contractors

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Midwest Windows & Doors did a great job installing new windows and siding on my Naperville home. Job done on time and priced good. Thank you!

- Benjamin Nemec
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Always late by several hours if they showed up at all then left early. Never more than 2-3 hours a day of work. Terrible quality work. Used rental equipment that I later found out was reported stolen. Damaged our floors then never came back to finish pr...

- Katrina Porter
51550

Joe has done numerous construction tasks for me over the years. He has never let me down. He is timely, professional, very knowledgeable and the pricing is fair. He never drops the ball as the crews arrive when scheduled and get the job done. He has a vas...

- howard barnett
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I am an architect. I have known and worked with Joe Wangler for 25 years. Here’s what I know: Whatever a client can imagine, and whatever I can create just won’t matter if a builder can’t see the vision and align all of the forces needed to realize it. Jo...

- John Vasilion
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Joe did our extensive home remodeling project, and I can say with confidence that there is no better builder out there! His vast knowledge of the building process ensured that every issue with renovating our 100-year-old home was addressed and resolved. H...

- Naomi Himel
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I have worked with Joe on several remodeling projects and wouldn't hesitate to use him again. Joe has a keen eye for design & architecture. Very thorough and we couldn't be happier with the house addition that Joe did. His crews were clean and courteou...

- Kevin Pratt
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I would highly recommend to everyone as it has turned my dream, vision into reality & beyond expectation.

- Hanna Evans
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Great work. Very trustworthy and professional. Was very open and transparent on what to expect. Would definately use them again.

- Derek Estrada
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Levar was very hardworking and well priced but unfortunately I think he underestimated the time it would take to complete our project. Despite having paid him in full, he has not returned to finish our project. Sadly, I think the quality of his work woul...

- Kristin Heger

Everything You Need to Know About Chicago General Contractors

Can I browse unscreened General Contractors in Chicago?

We do our best to screen all of our general contractors. However, there are still some general contractor professionals in Chicago that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Chicago or IL. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering general contractor services:

  • Taty Construction, Inc.:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Richardson and Sons Construction:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Northpoint Construction Services Inc.:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

How do I know that I found the right General Contractor in Chicago for my general contractor services project?

Finding the right general contractor for your project can be stressful.... when you don't search with Porch. We've pulled together everything you need to know about General Contractor Services in Chicago so you can have some peace of mind before starting your project.

Here’s what you need to know to choose the right general contractor in Chicago:

  • Are they properly licensed? Chicago has 5 licensed General Contractors Pros.
  • Are they BBB accredited? 6 pros in Chicago are.
  • Check if they are they BBB rated: 17 are A-rated in Chicago.
  • Is the quality worth the price? Make sure to find the general contractor that can deliver the quality you're looking for, without going way over your budget. Don't forget that every job is going to be different.
  • Speak with them over the phone: Contact multiple general contractors pros to see if you’re on the same page when it comes to your project.

How many general contractors does Chicago have?

There are around 50 companies throughout Chicago to help you with your next general contractor services job.

  • 17 of them have an A or A+ rating from Better Business Bureau.

All General Contractors in Chicago, IL

Porch Pro Headshot Tru
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
(1)
22 years of fine quality services. We provide professional painting, tile, wood flooring, drywall, refinishing.
22 years of fine quality services. We provide professional painting, tile, wood flooring, drywall, refinishing.
Porch Pro Headshot Family working inc
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
HVAC installation electrical water maintenance home remodeling plumbing
HVAC installation electrical water maintenance home remodeling plumbing
Porch Pro Headshot Hector and sons
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Todo lo de remodelacion
Todo lo de remodelacion
Porch Pro Headshot Garcia's Construction
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Coronado Decorating Inc
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Coronado Decorating is a family-owned business that specializes in remodeling homes. We offer our potential clients free estimates detailing the work that needs to be done along with the prices for those services.
Coronado Decorating is a family-owned business that specializes in remodeling homes. We offer our potential clients free estimates detailing the work that needs to be done along with the prices for those services.
Porch Pro Headshot Jose Handyman Services
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot American Eagle Contractors
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Structed limited
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Hello , I specialize in installing drywall on Basements , commercial and residential
Hello , I specialize in installing drywall on Basements , commercial and residential
Porch Pro Headshot Van Cura, Don Construction Company
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Coco’s cleaning & interior design services
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Appointment On Demand Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois
Porch Pro Headshot Hampton & sons
General Contractors
Serves Chicago, Illinois