Pride, Ability and Honesty: The Art of Construction


41 North Contractors is a general contracting company specializing in retail, restaurant, and commercial development. Serving Chicago, Illinois, and Scottsdale, Arizona, markets, we’re proud to call these cities and their surrounding community’s home, where we are familiar with local codes and building regulations.

Our team brings knowledge, experience, and resourcefulness to each of our projects — big or small. Fueled by a drive for continuous innovation, we remain true to our founding values of pride, ability, and honesty.


We believe that these values are the pillars of all successful relationships, creating opportunities for better analysis, decision making, and communication.

We are working to disrupt the status quo established by large construction companies, bringing more value and efficiency to our customers.

Our Expertise

  • Ground Up New Construction
  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Health/Fitness/Spa
  • Interiors
  • Medical/Healthcare
  • Multi-Family
  • Hospitality
  • Social Entertainment
  • Workplace

Talent Construction Team

Our Leadership

Hear it from our clients


As the Founder & CEO of two restaurant concepts operating in 8 states, I have been blessed to have enjoyed a 15-year relationship with 41 North Contractors. I can honestly say they have not only been outstanding General Contractors, but also consultants, confidants and friends. Never once have I ever questioned their dedication to our concepts and their passion for putting the client first. It has been an outstanding relationship that I continue to appreciate very much. Over the years, 41 North Contractors has done just about everything for both Biaggi’s as well as Ancho & Agave … new ground-up construction, second-generation conversions, comprehensive refreshes and on-going maintenance.The 41 North team have truly been our partners over the years and there is no doubt this has made our Companies better and my job far less stressful.

Todd Hovenden
Founder & CEO
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano and Ancho & Agave
I love working with Mike B and his team. They care about design like no other GC out there and truly act as our partners in crime when it comes to defending our overall vision!

Karen Herold
Studio K
41 North is a team dedicated to working in tandem with our interiors team, the project architect, and the client to deliver a space that we all are proud of. They work to ensure the project's design integrity is kept throughout the construction process, and come up with vital solutions when needed to keep the project moving forward. 41 North embodies what it means to collaborate with all parties, and we have seen this on multiple concepts that we have partnered on together. Their trust and value of the interior design process is unmatched, and why we continue to partner together.

Studio K Management Team
The team at 41 North Contractors are wonderful people who provide a fantastic client experience and are a company we would refer to any of our commercial clients who are looking for General Contracting Services. If I were to do a remodel/refresh or a full build, I would look to Adam Macko, Mike Bender and Ty Macko and the 41 North Contractors team to lead the way.

Jason Helfert
41N is the best, truly. They are the most dedicated, hardworking , caring, competent contractors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. There is nothing they can not fix, repair or build! If they have not done it before, no problem they will find away and relish in the endeavor of learning something new. I have worked on countless projects with them from small remodels to 14, 000 sq. ft ground up buildings and have never felt in better hands regardless of the scale of the project. I can not recommend them enough, they are not only fair but truly have never let us down when it comes to deadlines or timing. A true gem in the field of construction.

Pam Valenta
Director of Design
People always talk about the horrors of construction, especially in the restaurant space. While we have certainly had our challenges, this team was the solution rather than the cause of almost every obstacle along the way. They all acted honestly, fairly and with the utmost professionalism. They covered mistakes I made and supplemented my lack of experience with their wealth of expertise. Most importantly, they pounded the table to protect our best interests and went above and beyond the scope of their normal work.

Ben Arnstein
Kaliflower Kitchen
It is a great pleasure of mine to recommend at the highest level I possibly can, 41 North Contractors for general Contractors and construction work. The Museum has been contracting with 41 North for more than the past 8 years, and will continue based on their current and previous performance. On time and on budget are cliches used in our business way too often, but aptly applies to 41 North, plus a lot more. They become a partner, not just a vendor. They offer a complete array of general contractor services and manage the trades working simultaneously to the benefit of the client. They provide quality workmanship and very strong leadership for our construction projects. Working at the Museum is not an easy task for a contractor and 41 North stands up to the challenge and gets the work done without impacting our guests. 41 North is also very good at having a plethora of people offer advice Ð but does not miss a beat with the challenges thrown at them. I do and will continue to recommend 41 North, and would be happy to discuss specifics at any time.

Ed McDonald
Director of Facilities and Operations
Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago
I wanted to share my incredible respect and support of the entire team at 41N Contractors. Several years ago, as my company was expanding to 11,000 square feet of offices at 205 W. Wacker, my building recommended 41N for the build-out of my new headquarters. The 41N team were always an incredible asset during the entire construction process offering thoughtful ideas to maximize my space, willing to adjust and modify the plans (when possible) to ensure my satisfaction and were consistently kind and truly a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. My office build-out was completed on time and within budget, which is also something you cannot take for granted. As a high profile public relations and marketing firm with Fortune 500 CEOs and members of the national media regularly visiting our space, I repeatedly receive feedback on how inviting, beautiful and innovative my offices are. My team of PR professionals loves working in the space with all its cool nooks and conference rooms and “newsroom” style layout, and our building has used Agency H5’s floor plan as a “showpiece” for the 205 W. Wacker building which won recognition for 41N Contractors for its renovation efforts throughout the building.

Kathleen K. Henson
Founder & CEO
Agency H5
ln the past 11 months, 41 North Contractors has built three Wow Bao restaurants under Mike Bender's leadership. Not only have these stores been completed ahead of schedule, they have also been built with incredible workmanship. Contractor and employee safety and cleanliness were always a focus, and the environment was always one of team cooperation. I have every intention of continuing to use 41 North Contractors for our foreseeable Chicago rollout, and am considering to use them out of state as well. I have found 41 North Contractors to be a pleasure to work with as they are committed to more than just building the restaurant. 41 North Contractors is committed to relationship building and the big p is what has earned them my business and respect.

Geoff Alexander
Wow Bao
I am the owner of a private, members-only social club located downtown Chicago, Illinois. I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with 41 North Contractors on the project from start to finish and can attest to their professionalism, quality of work and most important to me, transparency. The project remained on-budget and on-time throughout the course of construction and I could not be more pleased with the result. I have since entered into contract on two additional locations in different states and have awarded both jobs to 41 North Contractors.

Clayton Wilson
The Clayton
We engaged 41 North as general contractors to complete a number of important construction projects for us in the Chicago area. Mike and Adam always performed their work with professionalism, diligence, and honesty - no matter what the task.

Andrew A Burns
Principal and Founder
BurnsCo., Inc.
41 North is a group that has a unique talent and ability to work alongside my team to achieve our mutual goals on time and on budget. Their team owns the workflow process and works to find solution through a bottom-up approach that understands financial impacts along with operational performance in mind. This tool and unique ability to see both sides to find creative solutions as a vested partner in the process is uncanny. 41 North has demonstrated the ability to establish firm deadlines and build creativity with my diverse group of owners. As trusted partners in the process, they are easy to recommend them for any project someone may be considering. Their process offers a unique perspective, pursuing and finding answers through tireless due diligence and collaborative team communication with my ownership group at all points along the way. Their ultimate goal was to ensure that we were completely satisfied with their work, and they work tirelessly to make that happen beyond any company that I have ever worked with in the past.

Jeremy Samatas
Lucky Monk/Stix and Stones, LLC
41 North single-handedly rescued a restaurant and bar build-out project that was grossly over budget after competitive bid. With no time to re-design (let alone re-permit or re-bid) before my client's rent meter started clicking, we were in a very, VERY tight spot. All the cards were stacked against us - difficult municipality to work in, unrealistic timeline for completion (even as bid), and way over budget due to late-breaking financial issues my client was having. And then 41 North sat across the table from my client and myself and told us that they could value engineer this project to the new budget mark, maintain the overall design intent, AND come very close to the original timeline. Of course, I was very skeptical. But I had the absolute joy over the next several weeks of seeing the 41 North team not only achieve these lofty goals, but handily exceed them! Did the design suffer? Absolutely not. 41 North was in nearly constant communication with my design team to insure the overall design remained intact. They were very sensitive to all our design details and offered us countless alternative suggestions to achieve the same effects while slashing long lead times and higher costs. They left no stone for savings uncovered, pressing their subcontractors for ideas at every turn. They also were completely "open book" with their numbers. So I had every confidence that my client was getting the highest value for each and every one of his construction dollars, every step of the way. But frankly, the best part really was the unwavering passion 41 North displayed in rising to this daunting challenge - and succeeding. After the dust settled, I clearly remember seeing the 41 North team at the grand opening party beaming with pride in what they had just achieved. And rightfully so. In today's world, you just can't put a price on the level of pride, passion, and commitment 41 North exudes. This is why I can unequivocally recommend 41 North Contractors for your project.

Ryan P. Nestor, Esq.
Barker Nestor, Inc.
We have worked with several general contractors throughout the build-outs of our various restaurant projects, but always welcome the opportunity to work with 41 North. From the initial walk-thru meeting, it is obvious that they embrace our vision of the project and that they have the experience to put an accurate plan and price together. We truly work as a team with 41 North. They value our brand standards and work seamlessly with our architects and designers throughout each phase of construction. Their on-site supervision and exceptional project management ensures things are moving forward and deadlines are met. We know we can reach out to any member of their team at any time and receive an up-to-the-minute status and feel confident we are progressing toward completion. Perhaps the greatest attribute of 41 North is that they are organized and manage each project so that the common pitfalls and hold-ups are nonexistent. Frontera values our work and relationship look forward to our ongoing projects with them.

Stacy Dixon
Director of Development & Marketing
Frontera Restaurants
41 North Contractors and ADE have teamed up on many projects and together we have always succeeded. 41 North is a young and aggressive contractor that puts the client first. They are very familiar with the requirements of a commercial kitchen and have great follow through. We have worked with their team for several years and have seen their relationships with national restaurant clients strengthen and grow every year. They're prime focus is making the schedule work, staying in budget and making the client happy...

Steve Schoop
ADE Restaurant Services Inc.
41 North has been a reliable resource for organization, helping to navigate complex problems and tight timelines. I believe in their work and look forward to future projects together.

Brendan Sodikoff
41 North Contractors LLC was very professional and effective in maintaining the construction schedule and budget. I look forward to working with 41 North in the future, as they have been awarded another project at one of our appartment developments in Arlington Heights, IL. I would recommend them for any professional services or construction management services.

Matthew Webb
Assistant Vice President
Village Green
41 North Contractors has been a valuable asset in the design and budgeting stages as well as in the nuts and bolts construction projects. Everyone involved has been a big help working around the public and their needs, coming up with fresh ideas and keeping projects on schedule. 41 North has completed projects in a timely manner and cost effectively. It would be my pleasure to recommend 41 North Contractors that you may have coming up. I am sure they will be a valuable asset for you as they have been for me.

Jeb Scherb, CCIM
Ameritus Corporate Real Estate
I truly appreciate the work you and your crew did. It has surpassed our expectations and we have experienced tremendous membership growth and satisfaction as a result. If I had to point to a couple factors that made this construction project a success, they would be: - The project was completed on budget and completed earlier than scheduled - Any issues or challenges that came up were addressed very quickly and thoroughly - Your crew worked very well around our members and were sensitive to their needs - You were able to work nights and weekends when needed in order to complete specific work - You cleaned each day and left the site and surrounding areas in great condition - The cost savings ideas you provided were very appreciated - You addressed the punch list quickly and completely - You recommended other vendors when needed and they did exceptional work - Your staff and subs were very friendly and easy to work with  

James Watts
President & CEO
It has been a privilege of Kapow Events to work with 41 North Contractors on our 12,000 square foot office build---out at 205 W Wacker Drive. We engaged with 41 North in June 2014 and it has been a seamless partnership from the very beginning. 41 North has demonstrated an irreplaceable and professional caliber throughout the entirety of our project. Their input was invaluable in our efforts to provide a growing team with the best work environment possible. 41 North's proven ability to adapt to our ever---changing build---out plan provided great relief through the completion of our office, and beyond. Managing to do all of this while keeping to our schedule and budget seemed to be an added bonus. We enjoyed working with 41 North and will most definitely engage them in future projects.

Marc Halpin
CEO & Founder
Kapow Events