In 1991, Larry & I decided to put our education, experience and work ethic together to start a business.  As children of large families with old-school work ethics and as self-funded graduates of Loyola University, we knew the value and rewards of hard work, tenacity and dedication. With an accounting degree and 4 years of experience running my own cleaning company, I felt prepared to begin the journey of building a new business. Larry had over 10 years of experience as a tile finisher. He also had a lifetime of practical knowledge, as he was a fourth generation member of Chicago’s local tile union. This made the tile industry a logical choice for a new business. In May of that year, armed with a loan from a family member and from the dining room of our apartment on the Northwest side of Chicago, Bourbon Tile & Marble, Inc. was born.

In the beginning, our projects were small residential and commercial jobs. After a few years, we were working on larger projects and Larry’s brother, Danny, joined us as an installer/superintendent. Over time, Bourbon Tile & Marble, Inc. was established and proven as a skilled and reliable tile contractor in the Chicago market. To date, we have grown to an average of 80+ exceptional tile and stone professionals skilled in every facet of installation and many have over 15 years of experience with Bourbon Tile & Marble, Inc. That experience, combined with our unique installations and ability to solve problems, has contributed to us being the “go to” company for many architects and general contractors. Our entire team of project managers, administrative staff and craftsmen, including nine family members, work closely with our clients to execute quality installations and consistently meet or exceed customer expectations.

Our perseverance and dedication have allowed us to consistently achieve our goals and a big part of that dedication includes a responsibility to the Chicago tile industry. I am proud of my continued involvement with the Ceramic Tile Contractor’s Association of Chicago (CTCAC) for over the last 20+ years. I have held the offices of both President and Secretary of that association, as well as a position on the welfare, pension and promotion joint boards for six years. I have negotiated the union contract on behalf of Chicago’s signatory tile contractors for the last six contract negotiations. Other industry affiliations include the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA), the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Federation of Women Contractors (FWC). I am especially proud that we have been awarded the highly coveted “Trowel of Excellence Certification” by the TCAA since 2011, and that Bourbon Tile & Marble, Inc. has maintained a 100% Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certification with the City of Chicago since 1996.

For 25 years,  it has been a privilege for Bourbon Tile & Marble, Inc. to have been involved in the rejuvenation of some of Chicago’s most exciting and distinctive buildings including  the Chicago Blackhawks and Bulls locker rooms and concourses at the United Center, Soldier Field, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Four Seasons Hotel and The Waldorf Astoria.  We were also proud partners in the recently constructed 2550 Lakeview in Lincoln Park, The Legacy at Millennium Park, The Grand Lux Café, Chicago Public Arts Group CTA & other projects and the Chicago Bulls practice facility.  Our commitment to our clients, employees and ourselves is, and will always be, to have the highest level of integrity in our business practices and to provide only quality workmanship with superior service.

Thank you for visiting our website and be sure to visit our Images page to view photos of these and other projects that we have completed.

Nancy E. Bourbon



100% WBE Certification with
the City of Chicago

Trowel of Excellence
Certificate Award Contractor
since 2011 by TCAA

Contractor Score 2500*
*Maximum score possible

Best Tile Project of the Year
Awarded 2005 by TCAA


Tile Contractors’ Association
of America (TCAA)

Ceramic Tile Contractors’
Association of Chicago (CTCAC)

 Federation of Women
Contractors (FWC)

 Marble Institute of America