New home construction has plummeted nearly 90% since its peak, and many new home builders have fled the market.
The builders that remain active have retooled their offerings - and their pricing - to adapt to current market conditions and changing homebuyer preferences.
Twice a year the Chicago Tribune spotlights some of the area's top builders in a special advertising feature, the Spring and Fall Festival of Homes. If you're looking to buy a brand new home in Chicago's western suburbs, check out the offerings at the Spring Festival of Homes.
A great way to learn what's distinctive about each of the western suburbs is through the Tribune's lively, informative community write-ups.