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Founded in 1952 on Chicago’s south side, Lee Lumber is a family business that has grown to become the largest lumberyard headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to lumber and building materials, Lee Lumber offers a great selection of high quality building products, hardware, cabinetry, doors, windows, and much more.

In an era where large companies seem to value quantity over quality and offer little to no customer service, Lee Lumber stands out as a leader in the building materials industry. Known for quality product and highly trained specialists, Lee Lumber offers friendly customer service to contractors, home builders, architects, remodelers, and homeowners at every one of its four locations: the lumberyard on Chicago’s south side, a Design Showplace on the north side, a Cabinetry Showroom in Lincoln Park, and a Cabinetry, Windows and Doors Showroom in the north suburbs.  Next business day delivery is typical; sometimes delivery can be made same-day.

We are your trusted local experts here to answer questions, help you find the best products to fit your design and budget.

High-Quality Products and Great Selection in Building Materials

Just as we did back in 1952, we are careful to offer the best selection of high-quality products. From off-the-shelf hardware and tools to custom millwork, windows and doors, and of course lumber and decking materials we know a successful project has to start with quality product.

Our staff is here to help you choose the right product for the job. In each one of our locations you’ll find true experts who know the product and will take the time to answer your questions.

Local Experts in Home Improvement and Building Supplies

We’re the experts the experts call. Industry professionals such as general contractors, remodelers, interior designers and architects call on our staff for their expertise with a variety of products and planning. Each our employees are highly trained specialists in one or more areas of expertise. Many have completed technical courses outside the company and have received special training at manufacturers’ facilities.

Our Estimating Department can convert a conventional, stick-built blue print to Engineered Wood Products adequate to provide sealed drawings for construction and permits. Our Window Department personnel know their product lines inside and out and can even suggest adjustment to sill heights so as to align divided-lites of window and door units.

Your Building Project on Budget and on Time

At Lee Lumber we understand the importance of staying within budget for your home improvement projects. Our experts will help you find quality products that work within your budget. It’s not about simply taking your order–our goal is to help you get the results you want. We’ll sit down with you and discuss the project to understand how we can serve you best.

We want to establish relationships with our customers so that we may be of maximum service. Even after your product is delivered, we’re here to answer your questions.

Equally as important, delays in delivery of your product can quickly increase home improvement, construction and remodeling budgets.  We work with our customers and manufacturers to see that product is delivered when you need it. Typically we can deliver your order the next business day or even the same day.

Custom Building Materials and Millwork

Your home is as unique as your own style and preference. That’s why we offer such a variety of custom products. Whether it’s replacing an old window or door to the exact size, helping to match existing mouldings and trim.

Local Business Serving the Chicago Area Community

We believe in supporting the community. From our very start we worked to help other local small businesses, charities, and other community causes. From making donations to providing materials and expertise we are always looking for ways to support the communities in which we live and work.  Our late founder is Chairman Emeritus of a neighborhood Chicago Boys and Girls Club.  A seat on that Board is now held by his Grandson.

Our Environmental Statement

Commitment to the environment is a critical issue in today’s social and business world. At Lee Lumber we take that commitment seriously. As a member of the National Lumber and Building Materials Association, (our company President is a former Chairman), we recognize the important role lumber from sustainably managed forests plays in the infrastructure of our society.

Lumber from those forests is one of the few renewable resources that enhances rather than detracts or degrades our environment. As a leader in the lumber industry, NLBMDA is uniquely positioned to participate in both supply and demand issues in the global marketplace. This allows them to contribute to the development and implementation of environmental solutions in the forestry sector. NLBMDA fully supports those responsible forest management practices that promote sustainability to meet today’s needs without compromising the needs of future generations.

NLBMDA and it’s members give purchasing preference to those companies and landowners who practice and encourage sustainable forest management based on the concept of continuous improvement. They recognize that there are a variety of different, credible sustainable forestry management systems in place throughout North America and the World. Some of these are the American Tree Farm System, the Canadian Standards Association, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Pan European Forest Certification System and the International Organization for Standardization. Other groups are likely to develop in the future which we will support. NLBMDA and Lee Lumber will continue to monitor these groups and ensure that the new knowledge and opportunities that they bring will benefit the evolution of environmental standards.

Beautiful Skylights

The Experts at Lee Lumber can help you select & purchase Velux Skylights when it's time to open up a room. Many options to choose from: Fixed, Fresh Air and lights with Blinds...

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Interior Doors

For the truly unique, we can duplicate most any door in our shop and have done so for churches and historic preservations. We are licensed to machine Fire-Rated doors. We can pre-hang. We can make custom jambs...

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