From the best showrooms to the top tastemakers, these 52 people and places are shaping the design scene in Chicago.

This Lincoln Park home was transformed by En Masse Architecture and Design. PHOTO BY AIMÉE MAZZENGA
This Lincoln Park home was transformed by En Masse Architecture and Design.

LANDSCAPING LEGEND

MARIANI LANDSCAPE, MARIANILANDSCAPE.COM

A sylvan setting in Lakeview designed by Mariani Landscape. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARIANI LANDSCAPE

A sylvan setting in Lakeview designed by Mariani Landscape.

BEST ITALIAN FURNITURE

LUCA LANZETTA GROUP, LUCALANZETTA.COM

BACKYARD DREAM MAKER

SCHMECHTIG LANDSCAPES, SCHMECHTIGLANDSCAPES.COM

INSIDER TIP

Jessica Lagrange PHOTO BY: T. HARRISON HILLMAN
Jessica Lagrange

“JLI is very fortunate to be located in Chicago with an amazing array of local vendors and artisans. Although many favorites, there is certainly one that stands out to us: G Decorating. Giro Milatovic, the owner, has partnered with JLI on countless projects throughout the years. He offers painting, wall covering installation, faux finishing and Venetian plaster. He has an incredible sense of attention to detail and advocates for perfection. He excels at dependability and reliability. You can always count on Giro to get it done, and get it done right.” Jessica Lagrange

This kitchen by ABLAZE Design Group from the Lake Forest Showhouse received an ASID Excellence in Design Award  PHOTO BY: RYAN MCDONALD
This kitchen by ABLAZE Design Group from the Lake Forest Showhouse received an ASID Excellence in Design Award.

BEST LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

HOERR SCHAUDT HOERRSCHAUDT.COM

BEST ALL-ENCOMPASSING DESIGN RESOURCE

210 DESIGN HOUSE 210DESIGNHOUSE.COM

BEST VINTAGE FURNITURE RESOURCE

SOUTH LOOP LOFT THESOUTHLOOPLOFT.COM

BEST APPLIANCES

GRAND APPLIANCE AND TV GRANDAPPLIANCE.COM

DYNAMIC DUO

MIKE SHIVELY & LUCAS GOLDBACH, EN MASSE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, DESIGNENMASSE.COM

DOYENNE OF DESIGN

JOAN CRAIG, CRAIG & COMPANY CRAIGANDCO.COM

O’Brien Harris cabinetry stars in the kitchen of this Hinsdale home designed by McCroskey Interiors and built by J. Jordan Homes PHOTO BY: NATE SHEETS

O’Brien Harris cabinetry stars in the kitchen of this Hinsdale home designed by McCroskey Interiors and built by J. Jordan Homes.

BEST OUTDOOR RESOURCE

CHALET LANDSCAPE, NURSERY AND GARDEN CENTER, CHALETNURSERY.COM

BEST REBRAND

ABLAZE DESIGN GROUP, ABLAZEDESIGNGROUP.COM

BEST ART GALLERY

ALMA ART AND INTERIORS, ALMAARTANDINTERIORS.COM

BEST BATH RESOURCE

STUDIO41. SHOPSTUDIO41.COM

Alma Art and Interiors seamlessly blends the worlds of visual art and home design. PHOTO BY: TRAVIS ROOZEE
Alma Art and Interiors seamlessly blends the worlds of visual art and home design.

BEST CARPET

TAI PING CARPETS, TAIPINGCARPETS.COM

BEST CONTEMPORARY ART

GRUEN GALLERIES, GRUENGALLERIES.COM

BEST CUSTOM CABINETRY

O’BRIEN HARRIS, OBRIENHARRIS.COM

BEST CUSTOM DOORS

GLENVIEW HAUS, GLENVIEWHAUS.COM

Broken Shore, a textile collab between Edward Fields and artist Fernando Mastrangelo, available at Tai Ping Carpets PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS

Broken Shore, a textile collab between Edward Fields and artist Fernando Mastrangelo, available at Tai Ping Carpets.

BEST CUSTOM FURNITURE

BARRON CUSTOM FURNITURE, BARRONCUSTOMFURNITURE.COM

BEST CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

LG CONSTRUCTION, LG-GROUP.COM/CONSTRUCTION

BEST DESIGN DISTRICT/SUBURBS

HIGHWOOD DESIGN DISTRICT, HIGHWOODCHAMBER.COM/DESIGN-DISTRICT

INSIDER TIP

Glenview Haus’ sleek new River North showroom. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Design star Tom Stringer

“Not only in Chicago but for projects across the country, some of my favorite sources are Pagoda Red and The Golden Triangle; they carry one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories with style and a back story. The Fine Line is our go-to resource for great tile coupled with amazing customer service. And we trust Daniel Kinkade Fine Art (@danielkinkadefineart) and Laura at Lester Fine Art to help our clients develop the art collections that beautify our spaces.” —Tom Stringer, Tom Stringer Design Partners

Proximity to theMART as well as dozens of world-class resources make the River North Design District an essential stop for Chicago interiors professionals and aficionados alike. PHOTO BY ROBERTO LOPEZ
Proximity to theMART as well as dozens of world-class resources make the River North Design District an essential stop for Chicago interiors professionals and aficionados alike.

BEST DESIGN DISTRICT/CITY

RIVER NORTH DESIGN DISTRICT, RIVERNORTHDESIGNDISTRICT.COM

BEST TO-THE-TRADE WINDOW TREATMENTS

SKYLINE WINDOW COVERINGS, SKYLINEWINDOWCOVERINGS.COM

BEST TO-THE-TRADE FABRIC RESOURCE

SOLID + PATTERN, SOLIDANDPATTERN.COM

Skyline Window Coverings’ Winnetka showroom puts Hunter Douglas window treatments on full display. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Skyline Window Coverings’ Winnetka showroom puts Hunter Douglas window treatments on full display.

BEST FABRIC RESOURCE

KRAVET, KRAVET.COM

BEST FLOORING

DIVINE FLOORING, DIVINEFLOOR.COM

BEST MODERN FURNITURE

WPA CHICAGO B&B ITALIA STORE, WPACHICAGO.COM

The WPA Chicago B&B Italia store is a premier destination for modern furniture PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAND

The WPA Chicago B&B Italia store is a premier destination for modern furniture.

BEST LUXURY FURNISHINGS

LIGNE ROSET, LIGNE-ROSET.COM

BEST GARAGE DOORS

ROBERT’S GARAGE DOOR PROFESSIONALS OF CHICAGO, ROBERTSGARAGEDOORS.COM

BEST HANDMADE RESOURCE

STUDIO HERRON, STUDIOHERRON.COM

The store’s exterior on Superior Street. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAND

The store’s exterior on Superior Street

BEST SMART HOME RESOURCE

SMRTER HOME, SMRTERHOME.COM

BEST MILLWORK SHOP

NEW STYLE CABINETS, NEWSTYLECABINETS.COM

BEST KITCHEN RESOURCE

BOFFI, BOFFICHICAGO.COM

Ligne Roset’s showroom in River North PHOTO: BY LACOUR IMAGES

Ligne Roset’s showroom in River North

INSIDER TIP

Interior designer Frank Ponterio PHOTO: COURTESY OF BRAND
Interior designer Frank Ponterio

“We’ve worked with Paul Zirlin of Zirlin Interiors for 30 years on everything from window treatments to custom bedding. Paul’s studio is third-generation, and we consider him an extension of our team. He always brings his A-game, works with our designs and integrates cutting-edge technology when a project warrants it. Paul is a joy to work with and there is no one better in the industry as far as I’m concerned.” Frank Ponterio

BEST NATURAL STONE

CALIA STONE BOUTIQUE, CALIASTONE.COM

Roche Bobois is a residential essential PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS

Roche Bobois is a residential essential

BEST OUTDOOR FURNITURE

DEDON, DEDON.DE

BEST RENOVATION RESOURCE

NEW EXPLODE CONSTRUCTION, NECCHICAGO.COM

INSIDER TIP

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Star designer Summer Thornton

“Lori from Primo Interiors, the drapery workroom we work with, is one of my favorite go-to local specialists. They’re so good we fly them all over the country and even to Mexico. I love this local team who knows everything there is to know about drapery. It’s an entire category unto itself and can be incredibly complicated when trying to get not only the right look, but also exactly the right function for particular clients. This team never shies away from a challenge and is always innovative and professional all the way through installation. They make my life easier and I’m grateful.” —Summer Thornton, Summer Thornton Design, Inc.

DEDON’s showroom at theMART showcases their premium outdoor furniture PHOTO BY: JOE U PHOTO
DEDON’s showroom at theMART showcases their premium outdoor furniture

BEST TO-THE-TRADE FURNISHINGS

ARMAZEM.DESIGN, ARMAZEM.DESIGN

BEST RESIDENTIAL RESOURCE

ROCHE BOBOIS, ROCHE-BOBOIS.COM

California Closets goes maximalist in this project from designer Isabel Ladd. PHOTO BY: MARTA XOCHILT PEREZ

California Closets goes maximalist in this project from designer Isabel Ladd.

BEST CLOSET RESOURCE

CALIFORNIA CLOSETS, CALIFORNIACLOSETS.COM

BEST SPECIALTY TILE

VIRGINIA TILE COMPANY, VIRGINIATILE.COM

BEST TILE RESOURCE

RENAISSANCE TILE, RENAISSANCETILEANDBATH.COM

Cosentino’s stunning showroom is an inspo-filled showcase for its expansive surface offerings. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS

Cosentino’s stunning showroom is an inspo-filled showcase for its expansive surface offerings.

BEST SURFACE SHOWROOM

COSENTINO, COSENTINO.COM

BEST TILE SELECTION

THE FINE LINE, FINELINETILE.COM

BEST WALLCOVERINGS

HOLLY HUNT WALLS, HOLLYHUNT.COM

Fab and frame-worthy tile at The Fine Line PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS

Fab and frame-worthy tile at The Fine Line

BEST SHOWROOM REBRAND

ASSEMBLED WORKS, ASSEMBLEDWORKS.COM

BEST NEW SHOWROOM

ELM SURFACES, ELMSURFACES.COM

BEST TRANSITIIONAL DESIGN

KAUFMAN SEGAL DESIGN, KAUFMANSEGAL.COM

Holly Hunt Walls’ soothing, stylish Tufa wallcovering from the brand’s Assemblage Euclid collection. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS

Holly Hunt Walls’ soothing, stylish Tufa wallcovering from the brand’s Assemblage Euclid collection.

ONE TO WATCH

NAVYBLACK STUDIO, NAVYBLACKSTUDIO.COM

BEST DESIGN STUDIO

GEMMA PARKER DESIGN, GEMMAPARKERDESIGN.COM

Elm Surfaces’ new showroom is a stunner PHOTO BY JEFFREY JOHNSON

Elm Surfaces’ new showroom is a stunner.

MOST ANTICIPATED NEW SHOWROOM

CITY HAUS CHICAGO, CITYHAUSINTERIORS.COM

BEST CUSTOM KITCHENS

EGGERSMANN, EGGERSMANNUSA.COM

A luxe Lincoln Park living room by Moderne Living. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS

A luxe Lincoln Park living room by Moderne Living.

INSIDER TIP

James Dolenc, principal of James Thomas Interiors PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
James Dolenc, principal of James Thomas Interiors

“We love the opportunity to partner with Danya Elbaridi from Studio Lunaris for custom painting, murals or other specialty finishes and applications. Danya and her team are true old-world-style craftspeople and gifted artists whose work elevates our designs. We recently had Studio Lunaris hand-paint the domed ceiling in a clients’ home in Michigan. They spent two weeks painstakingly painting every detail while on scaffolding 15 feet off the ground. The results are breathtaking.” —James Dolenc, James Thomas Interiors

A chic renovation in Lake Bluff by Morgante Wilson Architects PHOTO: BY MIKE SCHWARTZ
A chic renovation in Lake Bluff by Morgante Wilson Architects

BEST ALL-IN-ONE RESOURCE

MODERNE LIVING, MODERNELIVING.COM

BEST ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

MORGANTE WILSON ARCHITECTS, MORGANTEWILSON.COM

INSIDER TIP

James Thomas Interiors owner Tom Riker PHOTO: COURTESY OF BRAND
James Thomas Interiors owner Tom Riker

“We absolutely love working with the team at The Fine Line when selecting tile. Rachel Abramowitz is our go-to superstar—she is incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with. She really becomes a partner with us when we bring clients in to select tile. The Fine Line offers a breadth of tile options—from well-priced porcelain to one-of-a-kind bespoke mosaics using interesting materials like metal and recycled glass.” —Tom Riker, James Thomas Interiors