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Chicago Electricians

Even if you've only been living in Chicago for a few months, you know that the Windy City’s nickname is no joke. The very lake that helps give this city such a picturesque quality is also responsible for helping to generate some major gusts and extreme weather events that can make it tricky to keep your home's electrical system up and running. Chicago's weather can also include dramatic temperature changes, with dangerously hot and cold extremes possible during summer and winter months.

Ensuring your electrical system works is important for more than just your creature comforts; having the ability to heat or cool your home can be lifesaving. Luckily, it is easy to find a qualified electrician to work on your home in Chicago, whether you live in a downtown apartment or a house on the north side. Learn more about how to get reliable, licensed electricians to your home and get some information on what you might expect to pay for certain services performed by electricians in the Windy City.

Chicago Electricians’ Service Areas

Within the city limits, it's a safe bet that most electricians are able to visit you no matter where you live, but there are some exceptions, particularly in those neighborhoods that have higher crime rates. However, in most of the city, this is not a concern. Chicago is one of the largest cities in the United States, and there are plenty of electricians to choose from who can come to you. This list of popular areas can help you determine where you are likely to get service.

  • River North — Farther inland in the downtown area, River North nestles up against the famous Magnificent Mile and is home to a range of bars, restaurants, and upscale hotels.
  • Wicker Park — Located to the west of the bustling downtown area, Wicker Park features cozy residential areas dotted with low-key cafes and several beautiful historical buildings.
  • Hyde Park — Anchored by the prestigious University of Chicago and the massive Museum of Science and Industry, the south side of town is home to some lower-income housing and also includes some of the toniest addresses in the city.
  • Boystown — The northern end of town features the vibrant and eclectic village of Chicago's LGBT community, Boystown, which offers great nightlife and a comfortable community for everyone.

Some electricians may be willing to travel outside of the city to service close-in suburbs such as Evanston and Cicero, but this may depend on the business' location and size. Choosing a contractor who is located close to your part of the metro area is a good strategy to get timely service in Chicago.

Pricing for Chicago Electrician Services

The price that an electrician charges is likely to depend heavily on factors such as project scope and complexity, and some may not be able to gauge price accurately without inspecting your home and seeing your problems and plans firsthand. Many electricians charge by the hour rather than quoting a price for a project as a whole, so interviewing multiple candidates is a good approach if you have the time. Use these average price ranges to help judge whether prospective pros are giving you a fair quote. Chicago prices can be a bit higher than the national average, but that is likely a result of the increased costs of living associated with a major city.

Service Type

Chicago Low Range

Chicago High Range

National Average

Electrical panel upgrade

$230-$760

$1,830-$3,500

$1,070

Generator installation

$1,200-$3,670

$6,530-$8,000

$3,080

Light fixture repair

$75-$105

$225-$355

$190

Bathroom fan installation

$100-$180

$490-$700

$355

Finding a Licensed and Qualified Electrician

Electrical contractors in Cook County are required to carry general liability insurance and a license. They may also need to obtain electrical permits to do their work. Cook County has a provision that requires electricians to prove that they are not delinquent on any child support payments before they can obtain their license, which is an interesting way of ensuring some degree of public good through the issuing of contracting licenses. The State of Illinois as a whole has no standard licensing requirement, so these rules may differ if you do not live within the limits of Cook County. Illinois does require separate licensing for maintenance of fire and burglar alarms, so make sure that specific license is in place before hiring an electrician to do this kind of work.

To see if your chosen electrician is properly licensed, visit the City of Chicago's City Service webpage and look through the database of licensed electricians. This list covers business names, addresses, phone numbers and license types. Some electricians in Chicago may only be licensed to perform low-voltage work. The city government's database lists the type of license the electrician carries, making it easy to find someone who is qualified and certified.

How Electrical Systems Impact Home Value

As a major part of the way people are able use their homes, the electrical system can have a big impact on whether a for-sale home is considered desirable. If the electricity isn't working properly, that may turn some buyers away or give them a bargaining chip to lower the home's final closing price. The time of year may also have an impact on how seriously a faulty electrical system can impact a home's value. As Chicago's arctic winters approach, home buyers may be warier of moving into a home that poses a risk of having its heating system give out due to electrical issues. This is especially true if there are impending storms that make it difficult to get quick electrical repair service.

Recent Job Requests for Electrical Contractors in Chicago, IL


New Lead
Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Is this an emergency?: No
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

New Lead
Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Is this an emergency?: No
Services Needed: Repair or replace an old switch, fixture or outlet, Troubleshoot an electrical problem
Electrical fixtures : Ceiling fan or chandelier, Outlets
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
After Business Hours: No
Historical Work: No
Covered by Insurance: No

New Lead
Project: Upgrade an Electrical Panel or Wiring
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
Project description: Electrical panel upgrade only
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
Comment: Home is 100 years old, electrical panel needs updating to be safe and up to code

New Lead
Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
Project description: Update or add a few fixtures, outlets or switches
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
Historical Work: No
Property Owner: Yes

New Lead
Project: Install Electrical for a Home Addition or Remodel
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Project description: Complete wiring for addition or remodel
Rooms Included: Kitchen, Bathroom(s), Bedroom(s), Living, Family, or Dining rooms
Electrical Devices: Switches (standard), Wall outlets, Dedicated circuits
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
Historical Work: No
Covered by Insurance: No
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: 2 new outlets living room; 1 new outlet dining room; 2 new outlets bedroom; 1 new outlet pantry; 2 new outlets kitchen; New outlets will need to be on new circuit breakers, but not sure how many new circuits are needed. Bathroom light switch needs rewiring.

New Lead
Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Is this an emergency?: No
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week

New Lead
Project: Repair Exterior Building Lighting For Business
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Business
Describe Problem: Some lights not working
Location of Lights: Parking lot
Number of Lights: 2-5
Timing: 1+ Weeks
On-going: No
Type of Business: Other
For how many locations/units is this request?: 1
Comment: We have a ballast broken on a light pole and need to change two additional lightbulbs on poles that are approximately 30 feet high

New Lead
Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Is this an emergency?: No
Services Needed: Install new switches, fixtures or outlets, Move switches, fixtures or outlets
Electrical fixtures : Outlets
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
After Business Hours: No
Historical Work: No
Covered by Insurance: No
Comment: I'd like a GFCI outlet installed in my bathroom. There is an outlet nearby (~3 ft) that drives a pump. Its under my bathtub easily accessible. I need an outlet strung nearby - around a corner and into drywall.

New Lead
Project: Install Electrical for a Home Addition or Remodel
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
Project description: Complete wiring for addition or remodel
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
Historical Work: No
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: wiring needs to be checked (and possibly redone) from the back of a tv, through the wall, through ceiling to the electronics control area across the room

New Lead
Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 05/21/2019
Nature of Work: Repairs
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Is this an emergency?: No
Amount of work: A single project
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Today
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: Dimmer/light outlet in guest bedroom no longer turns on. Needs to be fixed.

Unscreened Electrical Contractors in Chicago

V & P Electric, Inc.
5516 Oakdale Drive
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
S & G Electric, Inc.
375 N. Wolf Rd.
Wheeling, IL 60090
D Low Home Improvement
6024 S. Artisan
Chicago, IL 60629
Vincent Electric, Inc.
205 William Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Case Handyman & Remodeling
1647 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60612
EYT Construction, Inc.
222 W. Cermak Rd. Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60616
Lotus Electrical Contractors
1304 Hoffman Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
A&J Electric Co.
9003 Patterson St.
St. John, IN 46373