We’re a Chicago-based, architecture, planning and interior design firm. Our work is defined by innovative problem solving, client-centered service, technical expertise and pragmatic experience.

We collaborate with diverse organizations in the healthcare, educational, hospitality, non-profit, commercial, financial and industrial markets to develop meaningful design solutions that enhance the lives of those who experience our buildings.



Silver Cross Hospital – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Eckenhoff Saunders recently completed the development of Silver Cross Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which received a…


345 N Morgan Exterior Finalized

Eckenhoff Saunders is teaming with developer Sterling Bay and general contractor Skender to develop 345 N Morgan, a…


Groundbreaking at the Ark

Eckenhoff Saunders is proud to team up with Ark Chicago to renovate and expand their facilities. The Ark…


Zoning Variances Approved for North Broadway Hotel in East Lakeview

Eckenhoff Saunders is teaming up Rebel Hospitality to develop a new mixed-use hotel at 3440 N Broadway in…


Northlight Theatre Receives $2M in Funding

Evanston City Council voted Monday to allocate $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to Northlight…


Howard Brown Health Construction Starting

Howard Brown Health is starting construction soon on a new healthcare clinic in the heart of the Northalsted…


Rather than specialize, Eckenhoff Saunders relishes in a broad diversity of practice. We enjoy designing places of learning and healing, places of rejuvenation and play, and places of industry, worship and work. This variety of experience and passion for what’s next keeps our professionals nimble and engaged, always learning, always growing.

Interior Design

It’s through the lens of textures, patterns, colors and materials that the built world comes into focus and its character and moods are revealed.  By the deft use of this palette and scale, by showing restraint or taking a chance, our designers coax environments to communicate their living character. With each design, we seek to partner with the architecture to provide a rich landscape infused with meaning and that expresses the message our clients place in our care.

Master Planning

Where to?– It’s with a vision of the destination that each journey begins–but in which direction do we travel, what paths must we follow to get there?  By Masterplanning, we help you methodically navigate the due diligence process that lies between Vision and Building.  Every plan will travel a unique path of survey, assessment, programming, planning, and budgeting but each will arrive at your built destination with a clear understanding of why this is where you belong and with a plan of how you can get there.

Our Clients & Partners

We work with some of Chicago’s most exciting companies, schools, and institutions. At ESA, we take pride in the level of service we provide to every project, big or small. Below are just a few of the great clients we take pride in working with daily.