Chicago, IL

remodeling & Home Improvement Contractors

Contractor licensing in Chicago is regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. There are 14,548 licensed contractors based in Chicago and many more licensed contractors in the metropolitan area who are available to work in Chicago. On average, a contractor in Chicago has received a 3.7 out of 5 rating from clients. We’ve analyzed and ranked each for your convenience - you can browse the top-rated using the links below.

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Top Contractors in Chicago

License # (GC) TGC03030720; (ROOFING) 104.016055; (ELECTRICAL) SE ECC94163 (General Contracting, Roofing, Electri...)
residential/commercial
general contracting
5 (4)
Company differentiators When your project is a little more complicated than just a kitchen cabinet re-do. That is where we really shine as a company - providing a complete turnkey solution. We eliminate the finger pointing contest, between multiple contractors, and the m...  more
$18K
Avg project
value
10
Verified
projects
141
BuildZoom
score
Elite
License # TGC015121
residential
general contracting
5 (1)
123Remodeling specializes in kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling, flooring, and basement refinishing. Offering all types of construction services  more
$23.4K
Avg project
value
7
Verified
projects
133
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential
Handyman Matters is Chicagoland’s top-rated handyman, repair and remodeling company. For over 8 years, we’ve been providing homes and businesses throughout Chicago with quality craftsmanship across all of their repair, maintenance and remodeling projects -- both large an...  more
$2K
Avg project
value
3
Verified
projects
124
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential
Renovations with Panache is Design-Build Company helping homeowners throughout Chicagoland area solve their remodeling needs through our repeat customers and referral network since 1997. We manage and coordinate hundreds even thousands of details resulting in remarkable ...  more
$11.4K
Avg project
value
3
Verified
projects
123
BuildZoom
score
Elite
License # TGC037467
residential
general contracting
5 (11)
We are a general contracting business based in Chicago Illinois. Our employees have over 20 years of experience in demolition, home building and remodeling, electrical, plumbing, heating & cooling, rehab... We do commercial and residential work.  more
$15.2K
Avg project
value
13
Verified
projects
123
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential
plumbing
4 (1)
We pride ourselves on how hard we aim for 100% customer satisfaction. We are building upon recommendations with many satisfied and returning customers during our time in business. At Zuniga’s Plumbing, customer service is our top priority and that begi ns the moment we pi...  more
$4.4K
Avg project
value
50
Verified
projects
121
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential/commercial
general contracting
5 (2)
General Contractor sewer and plumbing contractor  more
$30.1K
Avg project
value
20
Verified
projects
120
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential/commercial
general contracting
5 (3)
RESTORATION COMPANY  more
$4.5K
Avg project
value
4
Verified
projects
118
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential
electrical
Electrical construction and maintenace. Professional electrcians  more
$3.8K
Avg project
value
85
Verified
projects
118
BuildZoom
score
Elite
residential/commercial
Marion Incorporated - a contracting professional based in Chicago, IL. Our records indicate they hold a license with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation and have completed 435 permitted improvements starting in Jul 18, 2002.  more
$36.8K
Avg project
value
435
Verified
projects
Top 10%
118
BuildZoom
score
Elite

Projects in the Neighborhood

14,548
contractors in Chicago
658K
projects in Chicago
$32K
avg. project value

Chicago, IL - By the numbers

6%
year-to-year change
in permit activity
19%
permit activity
vs 10-year average
Remodeling and construction in Chicago is regulated by the Chicago Department of Buildings. According to them, there were 70,184 permitted improvements completed in Chicago in 2014, which represents an increase of 6% over the previous year and 19% increase over the 10-year average for the city.
BEFORE YOU HIRE
Here are some of the rules, regulations, and laws governing contractors in Illinois

When do you need to hire a licensed contractor in Illinois?

The State of Illinois does not require a Home Improvement Contractor License at the state level. However, if your business is providing home improvement services in IL, you may be required to obtain a Home Improvement Contractor License at the local level or comply with other licensing laws at the state or local level.

How important is contractor licensing in Illinois?

Although Illinois does not require contractors to be licensed, check local regulations as certain jurisdictions may require licensing on a local level.

Your liability risk when hiring a licensed contractor in Illinois

General Contractors in Illinois are not required to carry general liability insurance. It is always a good practice to only hire contractors with active liability and workers' compensation insurance policies. Request a copy of each certificate for your records before the project starts.

Financial recourse when hiring a contractor in Illinois

Illinois requires roofing contractors to obtain a surety bond. Home owners may file a claim to recoup money in the event of faulty work, or damages to their property incurred during a roof project.

What else should I know before hiring a contractor in Illinois?

Illinois on the state level, has minimal regulations governing contractor licensing, in turn, consumers should be vigilant when hiring contractors, check on BuildZoom for customer reviews, and permit history as indicators of quality businesses. Check with local licensing authorities as some jurisdictions will require contractors to be licensed.

How is the BuildZoom score calculated?

The BuildZoom score is based on a number of factors including the contractor's license status, insurance status, verified work history, standing with local consumer interest groups, verified reviews from other BuildZoom users and self-reported feedback from the contractor.

Why you should hire through BuildZoom

When it comes to major construction work or even minor alterations to your home, hiring the wrong contractor could result in incomplete or defective work. You may even find yourself dealing with huge liability claims. BuildZoom does the homework for you and helps you hire the right contractor.

You should get several bids before hiring a contractor

Before hiring a contractor in Illinois, be sure to get at least 3 detailed bids. Quality contractors will take the time to explain their budget proposal, and help guide you through the estimate process. Be wary of an abnormally low bid, they are not worth the risk. These underpriced projects often do not end well for the homeowner, choose a contractor you trust and can clearly communicate with. BuildZoom has made the bid collection process extremely simple (and free). Just click here to get started.