Best of 2018: Home & Design

Best of 2018: Home & Design (de Giulio Kitchen Design)

In a city as vibrant as Chicago, making everyday decisions — where to order dinner, get a haircut, push your kids on the swings — can feel downright dizzying. Enter our (eighth annual!) Best Of awards: You shared your favorite spaces and places, we tallied the votes, and together we’ll celebrate all that makes our beloved communities shine.

Here are the Best of 2018: Home & Design winners:

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Best Architect (City)

Perkins + Will

410 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600, Chicago, 312-755-0770

Featured work by Perkins + Will in Chicago includes Rush University Medical Center, Campus Transformation Project; The Contemporaine; and Skybridge.

Best Architect (Suburbs)

Reynolds Architecture Design & Construction

1765 Maple St., Suite 200, Northfield, 847-501-3150

Since its founding in 1995, Reynolds Architecture has designed and built more than 150 custom homes.

Best Builder (City)

Power Construction

8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 500, Chicago, 312-596-6960

The mission of Power Construction is, they admit, very simple: “to build what matters.”

Best Builder (Suburbs) | Best Showroom

A. Perry Homes

1220 Washington Ave., Wilmette, 847-549-0668

If you’re looking to build your dream home, turn to these multiyear Best Of winners.

Best Exterior Painting | Best Interior Painting

Hester Painting & Decorating

7340 N. Monticello Ave., Skokie, 847-677-5130

Best of 2018: Home & Design (Hester)
Photo courtesy of Hester.

This third-generation, family-owned business (and multi-time Best Of winner) is celebrating 50 years in 2018.

Best Flooring

Lewis Floor & Home

1840 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-835-2400

From carpet and hardwood to tile and laminate, you’ll find the right flooring for your home at Lewis’ showroom.

Best Handyman

Get Dwell

1046 Gage St., Winnetka, 312-388-0568 (Chicago), 847-922-3418 (North Shore)

When you find yourself in need of a repair, you turn to the team at Get Dwell.

Best Interior Designer (City)

Anthony Michael Interior Design

2825 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-770-3729

Anthony Michael Interior Design is not only an award-winning business, but also a business that believes in giving back.

Best Interior Designer (Suburbs)

Ilene Chase Design


With more than 18 years of experience, Ilene Chase is one of the North Shore’s top custom and high-end designers.

Best Kitchen Design (Tie)

Abruzzo Kitchen and Bath

1105 Remington Road, Suite E, Schaumburg, 847-885-0500

The Abruzzo team will guide you from start to finish to make sure your home is picture perfect.

de Giulio Kitchen Design

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 121, Chicago, 312-494-9200; 1121 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-8833

de Giulio is “widely recognized for distinctive compositions that combine an experienced sensibility to craft, fine detail and classic proportion,” and has provided services to organizations like Boys Hope Girls Hope and Habitat for Humanity.

Best Landscapers (Tie)

Mariani Landscape

300 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, 847-234-2172

Celebrating 60 years, Mariani is committed to creating beautiful landscapes sustainably.


3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-0561

At Chalet, the goal is to “create a landscape you’ll treasure for many years to come” using the best local plants.

Best New Luxury Development


1006 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-313-7841

This addition to the Mag Mile features amenities like a sun deck and sky terrace, meditation room, a 24/7 fitness room, and much more.

Best Real Estate Company



@properties is in the top 11 of residential brokers in the country (by sales volume) and always looks to give back to the community.

Best Senior Living

The Mather

1603 Orrington Ave., Suite 1800, Evanston, 847-492-7500

This isn’t a traditional retirement living experience; this is what The Mather calls Repriorment™.

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