5 Top Chicago Interior Designers Anchored In The Windy City

The windy city is a mecca when it comes to talent with Chicago interior designers. It would take forever and a day to cover so many of these artistic experts anchored here.

Chicago has that old-world style and we love how these designers bring modern and contemporary into this mix, but still remain distinctly Chicago.

Summer Thornton

Named one of the top 50 interior design firms in the world by 1st Dibs, Summer’s interiors have been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors+Design, Domino, Lonny, and Modern Luxury Interiors. 


Summer is a Traditional Home “New Trad,” and was named Chicago’s Best Transitional Designer by Modern Luxury, and a “Rising Star” by the Fashion Group International.

She states you should always insist on natural fabrics, but she shines adding her touch of boldness to a room.

She’s also big on letting the coffee table speak for the room, a unique trait that ranks her high with our Chicago interior designers.

“The coffee table is the place to go bold, take risks, and create an edgy moment that will set your home apart and give your visitors something to talk about.” 

Her work on the 2013 Lake Forest Show House exemplifies how fun, bold and traditional can all playing together in the same room.

Combining the beauty of the formal gardens with the quirky glamour of the 1960s to create a space that pays homage to David Adler architecture in the style of Francis Adler Elkins. This is the way David Adler’s architecture was meant to be decorated.

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Summer Thornton Lake Forest Show House

Michael Del Piero

Michael Del Piero founded Michael Del Piero Good Design in 2007 based on three simple principles: strive for balance; create interiors as current as they are enduring, as sophisticated as they are approachable, and as unusual as they are beautiful. And the beautiful works of this Chicago interior designer back all that up.

Michael Del Piero bedroom in Chicago

Michael’s work has appeared in over 350 interior design blogs as well as national and regional publications.

These include Traditional Home, House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and 1st Dibs Introspective who declared her work as “truly, one of a kind”.

Her projects are also featured in popular interior design books including House Beautiful’s Kitchens, Chicago Spaces, and the international publication, Visions of Design.

Michael Del Piero interior designer in Chicago

Recently she has been theorizing conceptual projects as a means of stretching her creativity. She has included inspiration for a unique blend of traditional and modern in a farmhouse idea, which is one of her favorite architectural typologies.

Her clean lines and minimalist style lets the architecture tell the story, similar to the notable homes we see with our top Los Angeles interior designers.

Alexandra Kaehler

House Beautiful named Alexandra one of the 25 Next Wave Designers to Watch in 2015, and she’s another top Chicago interior designer we love.

Her work has been featured in Vogue, Domino magazine, and House Beautiful. She’s also a local favorite, often covered by Chicago’s Modern Luxury magazine and Chicago Home and Garden.

She describes her style as eclectic. The tension of different things makes space interesting—shiny with matte, square with round, feminine with masculine. The fresh, airy look compliments the interior designers we’ve featured in Miami.

“We like all different time periods and aesthetics, so mixing them is the perfect way to create aspace in our eyes.”

We like her approach to creating space. She says walls are the place to start. And the color White Dove is one of her faves to start with on the walls. “This is such a classic, versatile white,” says Alexandra.

“It has a little bit of warmth, but not enough to look yellow, so it’s always fresh-feeling. I would absolutely fill an entire house with it—and have many times!”

Continuing, “I think your walls should be decorated first. Everything else can be secondary if you have a collection of meaningful, beautiful pieces of art. Like, for instance, that old Picasso you’ve got lying around.”

Is there any other kind of Picasso?

Marshall Erb

Marshall Erb has been servicing Chicagoland clients as one of the city’s go-to interior designers who fully understand how to combine and mix different era’s styles, and references with panache. And Chicago is era-specific, articulately mastered by Marshall.


Marshall’s work has been featured in Traditional Home, Luxe, Chicago Tribune, CS Interiors, Décor, Renovation Style, and Sophisticated Living, among others.

He has been lauded as a Top 10 Designer in Chicago by Decorilla, along with being named to Traditional Home’s “20 Young Designers to Watch,” the Merchandise Mart’s “Ones to Watch” list, and the LUXE Gold List.

An expert in art, antiques, and textiles, Marshall creates carefully curated rooms that provide a perfect reflection of their owner’s taste and lifestyle.

His knowledge of architecture and design allows him to create custom furniture and millwork to fit any space or period. 

“Whether traditional or modern, city or country, a home should be a place that functions beautifully. We create homes that stand the test of time and trend.”

So what’s his approach to all this warmth and coziness he creates? “I’m not an open floor plan person at all, I think space should reveal itself to you slowly. I equate it to why burlesque is so appealing. It’s the slow reveal. If you walk out and expose everything, there is nothing left to discover.” 

Michael Del Piero interior designer in Chicago
Nadia Gordon

Originally from Ukraine, Nadia Gordon believes that the secret to a successful project lies in seeing through her customer’s vision, deciphering their wants and needs, and finally supporting them through the process until the project is completed.    

Nadia Gordon bedroom interior design

Nadia Gordon

According to Nadia, “The biggest mistake a designer can make is to impose their vision on their clients. One may end up with a beautiful space, but also a space that is foreign to their customer.”

This truth has enabled Nadia to become a self-proclaimed, “design chameleon that is able to change and re-adapt to each customer’s needs, their specific style and preferences.”

The airy feel she creates makes you feel like you can float through her elegant rooms, as a touch of boldness and earth tones gently bring you back down. You might say she creates a little heaven on Earth. Speaking of heaven on Earth, Chicago also has some of the top Jewish delis as well as the best pizza around. A tasty meal might be a good way to gain some inspiration while hashing out your design dreams.

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