About Us

Forest Glen Construction is the premier residential design-build firm of Chicago’s North Shore.

We are the only female owned and directed Design+Build firm in Chicagoland.

We believe remodeling should be a fun and rewarding process that optimizes your space for the needs of your family without compromising the integrity of your home. We care about design and craftsmanship, but most importantly we care about you. Our collaborative, full-service approach helps us understand your functional needs to find solutions that will elevate  your space and your life.

History

Tom Reidy founded Forest Glen Construction in 2000 to offer design-driven home remodeling services with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship and customer service to homeowners on Chicago’s North Shore. With 25 years of experience in the industry, Tom approached construction management with a professional understanding of the highest standards of quality and a recognition of the value of personal involvement. In addition to the hundreds of homes he improved throughout his career, Tom built a company with a reputation for dealing fairly with our customers, our employees, our subcontractors, and our suppliers.

In 2013 after completing her Masters in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Tom’s eldest daughter began consulting with his clients on design selections and floorplan ideas while she worked full time for a large nationally acclaimed commercial interior design firm on the north side of the city. In 2015, Emily decided to make the jump to join her Dad full time at Forest Glen.

In 2019, Emily Reidy Twigg took the helm of Forest Glen Construction and leads with a passion for creating spaces that are equal parts beautiful and functional. She approaches each project by understanding your needs and works within your timeline and budget to create innovative solutions that foster better living.

In 2020, Chris Tokarczyk, a trusted sub contractor of Forest Glen, joined our team full time as our Project Manager.

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Our Team

Emily Reidy Twigg

Emily brings a wealth of interior design, project management, and business expertise to her role as President of Forest Glen Construction. She takes a practical approach to each project without sacrificing style and finds solutions that will make your vision for your home come to life without breaking your budget. Emily skillfully manages all aspects of the design-build project keeping you well informed throughout the process. She strives to make it a fun and rewarding process for everyone involved.

Emily earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Dayton.

When not designing, Emily loves to entertain, spend long weekends at their family camp in the Upper Peninsula with her husband and two young children, Eloise & Tommy. She volunteers her time with a design-focused non-profit organization in the Chicagoland area.

Christopher Tokarczyk

Chris is our Master of Ceremonies, our battlefield commander who loves to lead construction projects from the field.

Chris has 22 years of experience in the construction field. Chris ran a successful construction business that was started by his father before merging forces with Forest Glen in 2020.

Chris and Emily worked closely together on Forest Glen projects until finally it just made sense to bring it together under one roof (pun intended!) We have worked on over 975 homes in the North Shore together!

Chris grew up in Arlington Heights and is now raising his three kids there with his wife, Hope.

Mary Catherine “MC” Jeffery

What makes MC’s story unique is that she started as an FGC client, then friend, and now employee!

MC hails from the Western suburbs of Chicago, she and her family moved “up North” in 2021 and has been renovating her home in Evanston, one DIY project at a time!

She serves as a guide for prospects and clients – educating them on the benefits of the design/build process, supporting them on selections, managing the timeline and ensuring a positive experience throughout the process.

Outside of Forest Glen, MC loves to explore new neighborhoods around Chicagoland with her husband, their two-year-old son and their dog, Harvey.

Barbara McCarthy

Architect
Barb is our architect and engineer extraordinaire. She is the brains behind every architectural document that is drafted for our projects.

She has been a trusted asset of our team since 2002. Barb loves old homes and nice dogs. She resides in Winnetka, Illinois and travels often to visit her large family.

Susie Newman

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Fenton Brislen

Site Manager
Fenton is an integral behind-the-scenes part of our dedication to a high level of customer service.

Fenton keeps things on the FGC jobsites clean, organized and running smoothly. He helps the trades with materials they need, he keeps track of deliveries and attends to the needs of the jobsites.

Fenton is from Streamwood, Illinois and now resides in the Ravenswood area of Chicago.

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