John Krenger has built some cutting edge green homes in Bucktown. His site is http://www.krenger.com
If I think of any others I'll re-post. Best of luck!
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I know several of the top builders in the area and could recommend both the GC and an architect depending as I said on your requirements and budget. Specialty professionals who match most closely with these two factors are your best bet in getting a successful development/home to completion (oh and it helps to tell the alderman what you;'re up to too-grease the wheel so to speak).
A number of reputable Chicago Real Estate Brokerages market new construction in the area you're considering in addition to surrounding neighborhoods. Within such Brokerages are Realtors that are experienced with identifying land opportunities and evaluating suitable projects for developers that are marketable and profitable. Through such Realtors you should be able to get recommendations for competent Architects and Developers who are experienced at undertaking the construction of a home on your behalf from drawing up plans, submitting for permits to construction of your home.
Many custom home builders would be happy to G.C a project for you as they make some money without assuming any risk. In return, you get the home you want. A win-win scenario if you have the land and budget to see it through.
Good luck, Ken.