Best of Chicago 2019: Home & Design

Better: Best of 2019

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, updating your exterior paint color, or building your dream home from the ground up, these businesses are the best of the best.

Best Architect

Kipnis Architecture + Planning

1642 Payne St., Evanston

According to Kipnis’ website, “KAP is guided by the idea that architectural design excellence need not be sacrificed for principles of sustainability. Rather, we believe green design expands the possibilities for innovative architectural forms, construction methods and the use of materials.”

Best Architect | Best Builder (Suburbs)

Reynolds Architecture

1765 Maple St., Northfield

This firm specializes in custom projects, both residential and commercial, around Chicagoland.

Best Builder (City)

Bulley & Andrews

1755 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

Projects include Wintrust Arena, Lincoln Park Zoo Searle Visitor Center, and The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 

Best Flooring

Lewis Floor & Home

1840 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook

Best of 2019: Lewis Floor & Home
Photo by Oak Street Social.

Shop online or visit the Northbrook showroom to find carpet, rugs, tile, countertops, hardwood, vinyl, window treatments, and cabinets.

Best Interior Designer (City)

Hilary Bailes Design

1866 N. Halsted St., Chicago 

Best of 2019: Hilary Bailes Design
Photo by B. R. Lillie.

Hilary’s work features “contemporary design yet with a mix of old and new, incorporating art and objects to balance the space.” 

Best Interior Designer (Suburbs)

Mandarine Home

1820 Glenview Road, Glenview

Best of 2019: Mandarine Home
Photo by Jorge Gera.

Not only can you shop Mandarine’s Glenview store for home goods, but Courtney Chessen and Lori Waller also offer full service interior design.

Best Kitchen Design (City)

de Giulio kitchen design

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

Best of 2019: de Giulio kitchen design
Photo by Dave Burk, Dave Burk Photography.

Mick De Giulio has been doing award-winning work for more than 40 years.

Best Kitchen Design (Suburbs)

Normandy Remodeling

2929 Central St., Evanston

Best of 2019: Normandy Remodeling
Photo courtesy of Normandy Remodeling.

Normandy opened their newest design studio in Evanston this year, and has earned a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics and dozens of design awards. 

Best Landscaper

Mariani Landscape

300 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff

This award-winning, family-run company believes in “hard work, high quality, and uncompromising customer service.”  

Best Painter

Hester Painting & Decorating

7340 N. Monticello Ave., Skokie

Best of 2019: Hester Painting & Decorating
Photo courtesy of Hester Painting & Decorating.

You love this company’s work — Hester has won every year! 

Best Real Estate Company


Find your dream home — or sell your current home — with the help of this firm, one of the country’s top 11 residential brokers.