I’ve been a fan of Chicago faucets since our architect Jerome Buttrick clued us in to this industrial-chic workhorse during our Mill Valley kitchen remodel almost a decade ago. We now have Chicago faucets in every room in the house where water flows (including our outdoor shower), and have never had to call a plumber on any of them. Founded in Chicago in 1911 by Albert C. Brown (who invented a revolutionary leak-proof valve), Chicago Faucets moved operations to Des Plaines, Illinois in 2002; the foundry, manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities are all located within a 350-mile radius of the corporate office.
Among the many virtues of Chicago Faucets is their customizability. The Sink Factory in Berkeley carries the full line of Chicago Faucets and has an excellent website, featuring a Comprehensive Faucet Collection, with a clear explanation of all the components—handle options, spouts, valves, tub spouts, shower valves. N.B. Let us know if you have a favorite line of faucets to recommend.
Above: The Chicago pot filler faucet turned out to be one of our best remodeling decisions; we use it constantly for filling pasta pots and the tea kettle. Chicago Faucets 515CP Kitchen Collection Pot Filler Faucet; $224 at Faucet.com.
Above: I used the Chicago Faucets Commercial Wallmount Kitchen Faucet in my kitchen and bathrooms; it’s $228.65 at Faucet.com and is customizable with a choice of handles and spouts (I used articulated swing spouts, which let you easily rinse out the sink).