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Welcome To Michael Menn Ltd. Architectural and Construction Excellence in the Chicago Area

Architectural and Construction Excellence in Chicago Area

Michael Menn – Architect, AIA, CGR, CAPS, CGP

If you strive for excellence in your life, you have found the people who have turned residential and commercial architectural and construction dreams into reality for more than 30 years.

Michael Menn Ltd. is your premier source for both design (architecture) excellence and build (construction) excellence. We strive to exceed the goals of our clients, be it for renovation, remodeling, additions or new construction. Get started on your new project today! See why having a single source for design and construction is important. On the residential side, we design and build kitchens, bath suites, and complete home projects, including exteriors. We provide these services for single family homes, townhouses, multi-family dwellings and high rise living units. On the commercial side, we design and build everything from restaurants and retail spaces to office buildings to healthcare facilities and more. I encourage you to take your time as you navigate through this site. Read about our services, look at our work. But make sure you read about our values. Those are what truly set us apart. Then, when you are ready, call us or drop us an e-mail. We can’t wait to hear from you. Sincerely, Michael Menn Michael A. Menn AIA, NCARB, NKBA, CGR, CAPS, CGP

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Now You’re Cookin’!

Where’s My Dinner?

There’s a scene in the movie “Pleasantville” where William Macy’s character (George) enters his idyllic 1950s home and demands of his wife Betty (played by Joan Allen) “Where’s my dinner?”


That’s the way it was. The man worked. The woman stayed home, raised the kids, cleaned the house, and cooked. Kitchen design reflected this.


That was then; this is now. In 2014, among married couples where at least one spouse worked (this excludes retired couples), both spouses worked in 63% of the households. And if children were present, both spouses worked 58% of the time. So for the husband to come home and demand “where’s my dinner?” just is not going to cut it anymore. (If you don’t believe me, try it.)


No wonder that cooking is becoming a “family sport.” Indeed, a survey done by confirmed that 57% of men said they cook at home and enjoy cooking at home.


There are some obvious reasons cooking is a family sport: 

Eating at home is less expensive than eating out.
Time is precious. So all the housework, including cooking, is being shared.
Cooking facilitates great family bonding. It’s a wonderful activity for the entire family (including the kids) to share, and a great opportunity … Read More »