Dee Thompson

Chicago, IL

About Dee

Dee Thompson is the co-founder and Chief Construction Officer at Urbane Home, a real estate development and design firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Dee and her business partner, Alissa Cardone, are both Ohio natives who became fast friends some 10 years ago while living in Chicago. Since their fateful meeting, the duo has come together to focus their real estate passion and construction expertise in delivering a superior product offering that’s transforming the landscape of some of Chicago’s most prestigious neighborhoods.   

While searching for her first home in the 1990s, Dee first discovered her true love of real estate and design. After a challenging search in looking for her first Chicago home, Dee stumbled upon a dilapidated 3-unit building that was over one hundred years old but in one of the city’s prime neighborhoods. She decided to take this challenge and create an opportunity by trying her hand at converting the multi-unit building into a single family home.  While Dee faced some hurdles throughout the renovation process, she leveraged her extensive project management expertise and successfully completed the project in only seven months. Once the project was complete, Dee found her calling and continued her pursuit of additional real estate projects. She eventually earned her real estate broker’s and general contractor’s licenses and the future of Urbane Home was off and running!


One of the key factors that have helped differentiate Urbane Home from competitors is the organization’s attention to detail. With every property that Dee Thompson engages, she and her team take the utmost care and pride to add to the beauty of Chicago, an architectural rich town in its own right. . Dee and Alissa recognize that their clients are extraordinary, and they want each property to reflect how much Urbane Home cares about its craft.

Giving back to the community is also a significant part of Urbane Home’s philosophy. Both Dee and Alissa believe in supporting organizations that help the community.y. One organization the Urbane Home has supported over the years is CARA, which focuses on helping those affected by poverty and homelessness by providing job training and other services to assist individuals and families in bettering their lives. Dee Thompson’s involvement with charitable work has taught her many lessons in gratitude, and she looks forward to continuing to help out the Chicago community.

Dee Thompson’s business partner Alissa brings a sales, marketing/branding and design background which further balances the unique service offerings of Urbane Home. Alissa’s eye for detail is especially essential in the world of luxury home building where competition is fierce. To say  Dee and Alissa take their work seriously is an understatement. Communication, organization, and flexibility have been critical factors in their success and will be ongoing tenants of their business model moving forward.

Urbane Home is proud to be a women-owned, women-led, and women-run business with a certification from the Chicago Women’s Business Development Center. To learn more about what Urbane Home has to offer its clients, visit the company’s official website to learn more about the exciting offerings of Urbane Home!


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Read about Dee’s recent feature in Saint Francis DeSales High School’s Alumni DeTales!