Chicago is the center of restaurant innovation in the Midwest. Its diverse offerings mean that every restaurant must have a defining facade – because a restaurant’s wall, finishes, and the intricate details of its decors tell diners what kind of experience they will have.
While it is the job of architects and interior designers to design the restaurant’s character, by taking the menu that they serve and translating it to its surroundings, it is the general contractors who solidify these designs and bring them to life. Read on to learn more about Chicago’s best restaurant general contractors- those who brought to life top destinations such as Roister, Smyth & Son, and Sepia.
4701 N Ronald Street, Harwood Heights, IL, 60706
About Level Construction
Level Construction is a full-service general construction firm based in Chicago. The firm has built numerous fast-food franchises and high-end restaurants throughout the area and continues to serve clients in the restaurant industry. In addition, Level Construction offers design support, preliminary budgeting, resource and logistics planning, project scheduling, and supervision in other industries including banking, retail, hotel, entertainment, corporate offices, and medical offices. In 2015, Inc. 5000 included the firm on its ‘Fastest Growing Companies in America’ list.
Level Construction has completed franchise projects for Dunkin Donuts, Marble Slab Creamery, and Annette’s Broasters To Go in Chicago, Illinois. The firm also constructed high-end restaurants including Patel’s Cafe on Devon Avenue, Embeya, and Tre Soldi. In addition, the firm did work for Cafe Zupas, Salata, Tucanos, and Crazy Jaws. Their work has appeared in the San Antonio Business Journal, Bisnow, Pioneer Local, and the Houston Business Journal.
917 W. Washington | Suite 275, Chicago, IL 60607
About MOD Construction
Chicago’s MOD Construction is a general contracting firm specializing in both residential and commercial construction. Founded by Karl Spektor more than 10 years ago, the firm filled its portfolio with projects for such businesses as Audemars Piguet, ECJ Luxe, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, Ulysse Nardin, and Waldorf Astoria.
As a testament to their work, 100% of their projects came from client referrals and repeat business. In 2014, MOD won the Interior Architecture Award Special Recognition given by the American Institutes of Architects (AIA),. and the firm’s work has appeared in Modern Luxury, Chicago Tribune, Houses Now, and DNA Info.
Some of MOD Construction’s most notable projects include The Packing House, Smokey Hollow, RPM Steak, M2, Bistro Paris Club, Sub 51, Freshii, My House, Market, Ramen San in Chicago, MOD Restaurant, and a late-night lounge named Cuvee.
1138 N Milwaukee Chicago, IL 60642
About Stratum Builders
Stratum Builders is a Chicago-based full-service general contracting firm. Founded by father/son duo Stan and Michael Walczak, the firm provides hands on service resulting in top quality builds.
Stratum offers interior builds and renovations for restaurants and retail spaces, office build outs, tenant improvements, and ground up construction of mixed-use and multi-unit buildings.
Stratum recently completed work on The Vig, a 6,000 square foot restaurant in Old Town. Work included a complete build out with exterior and interior improvements, millwork, and commercial kitchen. The firm also worked on Maplewood Brewery, a 7,000 square foot brewery and tap room. Other projects by Stratum include the new LEED Gold Mars Food Headquarters in Goose Island and Finch’s Beer in Mayfair. Stratum’s work has appeared in Eater Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Reader.
Stratum is currently constructing a 10,000 square foot corporate headquarters and plans are in the works for 2 new Legacy Hospitality restaurants.
Vero Design + Build
401 N Wood St Chicago, IL 60622
about Vero Design + Build
Vero Design + Build is a full-service general contracting, millwork, and design firm in Chicago. Jacob Shapiro and Josh Veselsky, with a collective 20 years of industry experience, founded the firm in 2014 and have specialized in high-end restaurant build-outs.
The firm includes several high-end bars and restaurants in its portfolio. One such project is the Willow Room at Halstead Street. In partnership with Siren Betty Design, the work included a full build-out of a 19th century-era building in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood. The firm also performed work for Katana, an upscale Japanese restaurant on Dearborn Street, Charlatan, an Italian restaurant and cocktail bar, Pork Shoppe, and cafe Marie-Jeane. In addition, Vero provided the decorative materials, carpentry, and staircase for GT Prime, a high-end steakhouse and cocktail bar in River North Neighborhood.
The firm’s work has appeared in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Eater Chicago, Conde Nast Traveler, and Chicago Magazine.
1330 W Fulton Market, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60607
Skender is an award-winning general contracting firm led by Chairman Joseph Skender and based in Chicago and San Francisco. With more than six decades of experience, Skender offers services in various markets including interiors, healthcare, multifamily, retail, higher education, senior living, affordable housing, and hospitality.
Skender consistently ranks in Building Design + Construction nationwide lists, including no. 37 among office construction firms, no. 34 among renovation contractors, and no. 82 among U.S. building contractors. The firm also ranked 51st in health care, 74th in green building, and 68th in multifamily construction.
Skender offers pre-construction and planning, target value design, design-build services, virtual design and modeling, and supply chain management. The firm’s high-end restaurant projects in Chicago include restaurant build-outs for Four Corners Tavern Group and Porter Kitchen & Deck, totaled 15,000 square feet of serving and administration spaces. Skender also worked on the Venetian-inspired Cicchetti and its adjacent cafe, Sopraffina, and on the massive 15,000 square foot build-out for Swift and Sons, an upscale bistro and oyster bar complete with private dining rooms. The firm’s work has appeared in Bisnow, BDC Network, and Built in Chicago.
LG Construction + Development
2234 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
About LG Construction + Development
LG Construction + Development is a general contracting, construction, and development firm based in Chicago. The firm specializes in high-end, custom home construction, restaurant, and large mixed-unit commercial buildings. Brian Goldberg is the founding partner of the firm and its current CEO.
LG Construction worked on Bellemore on Randolph St., in collaboration with BOKA Restaurant Group and Studio K. Bellemore is a high-end, modern restaurant offering a new American classic menu. The firm also worked on Two Lights, a seafood and oyster restaurant on West North Avenue, completed the Limitless Coffee and Tea flagship store, Katana on River North, BLVD in Fulton Market, and True Food Kitchen and Duck Duck Goat on River North. Other notable projects include Momotaro Japanese, Tortoise Supper Club, Flaco’s Tacos, Fifty/50, and Brown Bag Seafood Restaurant.
LG’s work has appeared in Chicago Eater, in which their work on BLVD and Katana was featured on the lists of the beautiful Chicago restaurants in 2017. BLVD also won Chicago Eater’s 2017 award for Design of the Year. Other projects have appeared in Curbed Chicago, Construction Today, DNA Info, Building Up Chicago, The Daily Meal, Chicago Tribune, Architect Magazine, and Chicago Architecture.
Englewood Construction, Inc.
80 Main Street, Lemont IL 60439
About Englewood Construction, Inc.
Englewood Construction, Inc (ECI), based in Lemont, IL, is a full-service general contracting company specializing in commercial projects throughout the U.S. The firm currently has a network of more than 20,000 national subcontractors and suppliers in its subcontractor base, enabling them to take on projects of differing sizes, from renovations to large-scale new construction. With more than 30 years of experience, Englewood’s primary goal is “exceeding our client’s expectations in all aspects of the construction process”.
The firm is known for constructing specially themed high-end restaurants. One notable project- Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch- includes a sports bar and museum on N. Michigan Avenue. ECI constructed the bar to be dimly-lit with industrial railings and populated with leather chairs. ECI also worked on Mezcalina, an upscale restaurant offering Mexican dishes, Smith & Wollensky, and Wings Over, Roka, a high-end Japanese restaurant in Skokie. The firm appeared in Retail & Restaurant Facility Business and Daily Herald Business Ledger.
Summit Design + Build, LLC
1032 W. Fulton Market, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607
About Summit Design + Build, LLC
Summit Design + Build, LLC is a renowned full-service general contracting firm in Chicago. The firm has completed over 280 projects in various industries since its establishment in 2005 and is led by Founder Adam Miller.
Focusing on building spaces that will energize people, Summit Design + Build, LLC is one of the most innovative construction firms in Chicago today. Summit has received multiple awards, including Midwest Top Contractor by ENR Midwest in 2015, Silver Medal Design Award by the Association of Licensed Architects, and the Economic Development Award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
Summit recently completed the build-out of City Winery Boston, a 30,000 square foot, fully operational winery and music venue that also features a restaurant with two large dining rooms and a private tasting room. In Chicago, the firm also worked on the hip American gastropub Wild Monk at La Grange, the Tocco Restaurant, Coppervine, and Fairways. In addition, Summit built an upscale, warehouse-style sports bar/gastropub called the Municipal Bar + Dining Company in West Ohio Street, and a modern, retro-style/gourmet diner Little Goat on West Randolph Street.
Summit’s work has appeared in Crain’s Chicago Custom Media and Midwest Real Estate News. Summit received recognition from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Association of Realtors, the U.S. Green Building Council, Chicago Neighborhood Development, ENR Best Projects, and the Chicago Business Awards.
3230 Oldwoods Dr, Naperville, IL 60565
About Integrus Construction
Integrus Construction is a Chicago-based full-service general contracting firm offering commercial and residential services. Founder John Warken is an experienced residential and commercial builder, having spent 18 years in the industry before forming his own firm. John soon partnered with the restaurant group Element Collective to build several restaurants, which quickly grew to nine in the Chicago area alone.
The firm constructed some of the best restaurants in Chicago, including Sepia and its sister restaurant, Proxi. Proxi, one of the best-reviewed restaurants in 2017 according to the Chicago Tribune, features a modern take on a classic diner with its clean bar, orange leather seats, and overhead ceiling lamps. Sepia, also highly reviewed, was built in an Art-Deco style; rustic and modern. Integrus also worked on Nellcote Restaurant, a European-inspired fine dining establishment on Randolph St., Old Town Social, a sports bar with outdoor settings on North Avenue, Brown Bag seafood restaurant, and the small and cozy cafe, Daisies.
The firm’s work has appeared in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Eater Chicago, Chicago Reader, and WGN-TV.
4001 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60613
About Infocus Builders
Infocus Builders is a leading general contracting firm for upscale and casual restaurants in Chicago. The firm completed many high-profile restaurants in the area managed by seasoned chefs, including the renowned Grant Achatz. Larry Brown, an experienced restaurant builder, and Bob Sievers, a residential and commercial builder, co-founded and co-own the firm. With the owners’ combined 40 years of experience, Infocus offers both commercial and residential building services, including restaurant build-outs, new home construction, remodeling, retail, office, condominium remodel, and hotel and home additions.
Infocus Builders’ most notable projects include a high-end barbershop and bar fusion in West Fulton Market, the Michelin-starred Roister Restaurant, bar and casual dining restaurant Smyth, Mediterranean restaurant Bernie’s Lunch & Supper, Cuban diner Sparrow, and dessert restaurant Scone City. Their work has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Eater Chicago, Time Out Chicago, DNA Info, Chicago News, and on NBC News.