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Where to Buy Hardwood Lumber In Illinois

In this guide to hardwood lumber in Illinois you’ll see a bit of everything from urban recyclers, 150+ year old lumber suppliers and a mix of sawmill and kiln hardwood dealers. 

Not sure if you’re getting the best deal? Be sure to check out the suppliers with price lists (below) to see what market prices are. However, always call your local dealer to check price.

Where to buy hardwood lumber in Illinois:

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The hardwood suppliers in this directory were built with hours of research and reviewing lumber sites for what they sell. Retailers specializing in hardwoods are generally at the top, with niche suppliers or broader range lumber yards towards the bottom.

Overview: Hardwood Lumber in Illinois

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From the standard urban log recycler to full featured lumber retailers stocked with a warehouse of all sorts of hardwood you’ll have no trouble finding hardwood lumber in Illinois.

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Featured Illinois Hardwood

While also a featured wood in nearby states, when looking at hardwood lumber in Illinois it’s worth taking a look at the Black Walnut. This tree is an easy to mill, beautiful wood that can be used with or without the white sapwood.

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1. Bull Valley Hardwood

Overview

Anytime you find a hardwood store with a kiln, online store AND a showroom with over 4000 square feet of lumber it’s worth the trip. And while Bull Valley Hardwood is a few hour round trip drive for some, it’s one of those stores worth checking out.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: Yes

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2. Corsaw Hardwood Lumber co

Overview

From mulch to kiln dried hardwood Corsaw Hardwood Lumber has a good selection of local hardwoods and rough sawn lumber to choose from. 

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

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3. Owl Hardwood Lumber Company

Overview

Owl Hardwood Lumber is one of those handful of lumber retailers in a state that checks the box on inventory AND offers services like planing and sanding if the job is too big for your tools. Located just west of the Chicago downtown areas they are an easy drive for almost all woodworkers in the great Chicago area.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

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4. Horigan UFP Urban Lumber

Overview

It is almost expected of Chicago that they have an urban lumber source that converts trees to lumber (and not mulch or firewood). So, it’s no surprise that Horigan UFP is on the north end of Chicago and consumes their fair share of urban-sourced trees and converts them to local lumber.

Price List: Yes

Online Shopping: No

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Key Onsite Services & Supplies

5. Doug White Lumber and Hardwood

Overview

I can’t recall seeing a lumber yard that’s been in business over 150 years. However, that’s what you’ll find at Doug Whites Lumber in Marissa. And featuring a competitive price list (that few will publish!) you’ll want to support a local shop and keep them going.

Price List: Yes

Online Shopping: No

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6. The Hardwood Connection

Overview

With over 40 years experience and a centralized rural location with easy access to Chicago and Dekalb you’ll find both a good supply of hardwoods in an easy to reach location. And, if you’re looking at a larger order, over 50 bd ft features a discount.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

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7. Wood World

Overview

Located right in the city, Wood World features hardwoods, exotics and plywood. And while their website may only show a small inventory, you may want to give them a call to find out their full stock.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

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8. Harry's Lumber Co

Overview

With a full line of home materials and a decent supply of hardwood you’ll want to take a look at this 80+ year old lumber supplier.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

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9. Great Spirit Hardwoods

Overview

With a simple mission of supplying slabs and hardwood lumber Great Spirit Hardwoods is a destination for slabs. And, they feature an online store to take a look at their inventory first. 

Price List: No

Online Shopping: Yes

Notable Lumber for Sale

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10. Schmeling Building Supply

Overview

This Rockford based building supply store features a complete line of home materials and a good selection of hardwoods. From Knotty Alder to Walnut their stock is worth taking a look at if you’re located in northern Illinois.

Price List: No

Online Shopping: No

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Hardwood Lumber in Illinois Border States

In Conclusion

Compared to neighboring states finding hardwood lumber in Illinois is a heavily rural search. While the urban area of Chicago features a few outstanding stores, there is a great selection of local retailers in the 100-mile fringe to the north, west and south of the city worth taking a look at.

Know of a few lumber yards that you think should be on the list? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll take a look at adding. 

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