Chicago Front Doors

Find a front door that adds a welcoming touch to your home

Whether you’re living in one of the signature two-flats of downtown Chicago or have settled into a peaceful neighborhood of single-family bungalows, everyone needs a front door. The front door serves as the main point of entry for you and your guests, setting the tone for the interior and exterior of your home. You need a front door that will function well, complement the aesthetic and architecture of your home, and provide a warm and inviting welcome.

Commonly known as: main door, entry door, entrance door

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Fiberglass front doors Fiberglass Front Doors

    You need a door that will provide long lasting quality through all four seasons of Chicago weather. That means a door that can withstand heat, humidity, snow, and rain. Fiberglass doors are built to endure whatever conditions Mother Nature can conjure, and can weather extremes of the Chicago climate with minimal impact. On top of their durability, fiberglass front doors are also low maintenance and are energy-efficient enough to help keep heating and cooling costs down.

  • Full light storm door with beveled glass Bright and Bold Colors

    The finer details of your front door will come down to personal taste, but more Chicago homeowners are embracing brighter and bolder colors for their entryway. The color choice for your door can enhance curb appeal and distinguish the design. A new color can better complement the architectural details of your home or even completely alter the appearance.  Red, for example, makes for a more vibrant entryway, conveying energy and warmth.

  • Wooden Front Doors Wooden Front Doors

    Whether you own a stately Lincoln Park home or live in one of the area’s worker’s cottages, a beautiful front door will never go out of style. It’s the first thing you see before you walk in and the last thing you see before you leave, so make an impression. A wood entry door is an elegant choice that is versatile enough to complement a variety of architectural styles and help maintain the historical authenticity of your home. Enhance your entryway with your choice of wood grain, stain, glass, hardware, and more.

  • Glass Front Doors with Sidelights or Transoms Safety and Security 

    The security of your home starts at the front door. Pella understands and can integrate sensors within your Architect Series® door to help protect what matters most. Insynctive® technology keeps you aware of whether your door is open or closed and locked or unlocked, providing the peace of mind you need to help feel safe and secure.1

1Requires connection to a compatible home automation system and smart device.

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Recommended Customizations*


If you’re looking to enhance your front door with a touch of style, consider incorporating sidelights, transoms, and door glass.

Wood doors could also benefit from the addition of a storm door to protect against the weather.

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Grip Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Grip Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Antique Brass

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Antique Brass

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Statement Glass
Statement Glass
Statement Glass
Statement Glass
Select Glass - Verona
Select Glass - Verona
Select Glass - Brighton
Select Glass - Brighton
Select Glass - Castile
Select Glass - Castile
Select Glass - Rosetta
Select Glass - Rosetta
Select Glass - Sheffield
Select Glass - Sheffield
Select Glass - Stella
Select Glass - Stella

  • Rectangular Transom
  • Full Light Sidelight
  • 3/4 Light Sidelight
  • 1/2 Light Sidelight
  • Traditional Fixed Grilles
  • Traditional Between-the-Glass Grilles

*Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Chicago Climate Recommendations


Residents of “The Windy City” live in a moderate climate with four distinct seasons — from cool, wet springs to mild, pleasant falls. The city’s close proximity to Lake Michigan tends to moderate temperatures in both the winter and summer, providing relief from the summer heat and limiting precipitation during the summer months. Conversely, the lake effect enhances winter precipitation, adding an extra layer of snow to go along with the often frigid temperatures.

Wood and fiberglass front doors are ideal for this particular climate. Wood doors require a fair amount of maintenance to protect from the elements, but serve as a warm and inviting entryway in even the harshest of weather conditions. Fiberglass doors are built to withstand a variety of different weather conditions, which is especially important in Chicago.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Keep warm in the winter by helping to reduce the heat loss from your home. Doors with panes of glass with Low-E will help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and keeping the heat in.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

Frequent storms during the winter bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation. Wood and fiberglass front doors are built to help withstand the weather.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

The elements can cause wear and decreased door performance. The direction your door faces (South and West exposures tend to expose a door to more sun) and whether or not your entry door is located under a covered entrance, overhang, or porch roof can affect performance. Protect the look of your front door with a storm door to keep your main entrance looking great for years.

Why Choose Pella?


Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

We Come to You

An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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A Pella Windows and Doors of Chicago expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home - and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  •   What factory-prefinished stain and paint colors are available on Pella products?
    • Wood Windows and Patio Doors – Wood interiors offer more design flexibility — windows and patio doors can be stained or painted to match your decor.  Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's wood products.

      As part of Pella Corporation’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, we use Water-Based Green Chemistry. Our factory-applied stain is water-based, which significantly decreases the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted into the air.

      Fiberglass Windows and Patio Doors – Available in colors offering the quality look of painted wood — including a dual-color option. Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's fiberglass products.

      Vinyl Windows and Patio Doors – Pella's unique vinyl formula is performance-tested for excellent weathering, durability, and color retention. Solid- and Dual-Color frames are available. Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's vinyl products.

      Fiberglass and Steel Entry Doors – You'll save time and finishing costs when your entry door arrives prefinished in your choice of paint or stain color that will look beautiful for years. Explore interior and exterior finish options for Pella's fiberglass and steel entry doors.

  •   How do I choose the right paint or stain for my wood windows and doors?
    • Stained Wood Interior Finish – Pella strongly recommends the use of a good-quality pre-stain wood conditioner before staining Pella windows and patio doors to reduce the possibility of a blotchy-looking, uneven finish. Ask your paint or finishing professional to recommend a pre-stain wood conditioner, a stain and a finishing coat that are compatible.

      Painted Wood Interior Finish – The most important consideration to make when choosing your paint is good blocking resistance — the ability of a paint to resist sticking. Failure to use a high-quality paint with good blocking resistance may result in a window or door that sticks shut, even after the paint has dried. Ask your qualified paint professional to recommend a paint with good blocking resistance. Don't simply rely on a paint's price or brand name in making your selection. Expensive paint may not necessarily offer good blocking resistance. Also, ask your paint professional to recommend a wood primer and paint that are compatible and whether sanding is required between coats of paint.

      Explore the factory pre-finish options available for Pella's wood products.

  •   Which Pella doors are available with SmartKey® Technology?
    • SmartKey Technology is available, and comes standard, on Pella's fiberglass and steel entry doors.  Architect Series® sliding, French and hinged patio doors with hardware from the Rustic, Classic or Modern Collection will have SmartKey Technology.

      Learn more about Pella's hardware collections and how to use SmartKey Technology.

  •   Where can I get paint or stain to match the interior and exterior of my Pella products?
    • Paints and stains for Pella products are available in quarts and gallons via special order through Lowe's stores or your local Pella Window and Door Showroom. You will need to provide the color of the paint or stain that you need to place an order.

      Or you may take the color or stain desired along with the substrate you are trying to match to your local Sherwin-Williams® or home improvement store and have them custom match the color.

      If you don't have a Pella paint chip or just need a small bottle of touch up paint or stain for dings and scratches, submit a request to Pella Corporation's customer support team or call (877) 473-5527 for further assistance.

      Be sure to consult with your local paint or finish store representative or professional to help address your specific finishing needs and review the Finishing section of your Pella Owner's Manual for details about how to properly finish your Pella products.

  •   How do I clean and restore shine to the handles and hardware on my windows and doors?
  •   How much does an entry door cost?
  •   What glass options are available on Pella entry doors?
  •   Do I need to finish my Pella entry door?
    • If your fiberglass or steel entry door from Pella was delivered without an interior or exterior finish (paint or stain), you must finish it within 30 days to protect your investment.

      If your wood entry door from Pella was delivered without an interior or exterior finish (paint or stain), you must finish it within 14 days to protect your investment. 

      The Pella warranty does not cover issues associated with failure to properly finish in a timely manner. Get complete details on your warranty, including exceptions and limitations.

      NOTES:  

      • For a professional-looking painted finish, it's important to use a quality brush or spray technique. Contact your local paint professional for recommendations.
      • Installation of a steel entry door within five miles of a seacoast is not recommended due to the risk of corrosion, and it will void Pella's steel entry door warranty.

      Be sure to consult with your local paint or finish store representative or professional to help address your specific finishing needs and review the Finishing section of the Pella Entry Door Owner's Manual for details about how to properly finish your Pella entry door.

  •   What do I need to know about finishing or refinishing my entry door?
    • Before finishing your entry door system, you must know whether your entry door panel and sidelights are fiberglass or steel. If you're unsure if your entry door is made of fiberglass or steel, place a magnet on your door — if it sticks, it's most likely steel.

      Your Pella packaging and sales invoice should also indicate the door type. Check with your Pella representative for specific information on your product. Visit the Pella Help Library for finishing tips.

  •   How do I stain my fiberglass entry door?
    • If you desire a stained wood appearance on your wood-grain fiberglass door panels, sidelights, and glass frames, apply gel stain and clear finish according to the manufacturer's directions. For best results, always apply stain in the direction of the grain. Be sure to finish door edges.

      Visit the Pella Help Library for staining tips.

  •   How do I paint my fiberglass entry door?
    • If you're going to paint your entry door panel, be sure to ask a qualified paint or finishing professional to recommend a paint with good blocking resistance. Don't rely on a paint's price or brand name in making your selection — an expensive paint may not necessarily offer good blocking resistance. Failure to use a high-quality paint with good blocking resistance may result in a door that sticks shut even after the paint has dried.

      Once you have the right paint, promptly paint all exterior surfaces, including door panel edges, with two coats of quality exterior paint with good blocking resistance. Then paint all interior surfaces with two coats of quality interior paint with good block resistance.

      NOTE: Applying thick layers of paint may hide the texture of the door panel.

      1. Stir paint well.
      2. Wet only the tip of the brush, and apply one thin coat. Brush in the direction of the grain.
      3. Apply paint to various door components first, such as the door edges, brickmould, jambs, mullions, glazing frames and wood frames. Then paint the panel.
      4. Clean brush.
      5. Wait at least six hours between each coat application of the paint. Finish must be completely dry before applying the next coat. Do not sand between coats.
      6. Repeat Steps 1–4 for each additional coat applied.

      NOTE: A primer may be necessary to get proper adhesion. Contact your local paint supplier to determine if a primer is necessary with the selected paint.

      CAUTION: Finish all exposed door panel edges, including the top edge. This helps reduce the chance of warping. After finishing the entry door system, allow the door to dry completely, in accordance with the paint manufacturer’s directions, before closing it.

      Be sure to consult with your local paint or finish store representative or professional to help address your specific finishing needs and review the Finishing section of the Pella Entry Door Owner's Manual for details about how to properly finish your Pella entry door. 

      Get complete warranty details for your entry door, including exceptions and limitations.

  •   Does Pella sell fire-rated entry doors? How can I tell if I have a fire-rated entry door from Pella?
    • Yes, Pella sells fire-rated entry doors and will have two foil stickers indicating that they are fire-rated. The first is a silver sticker located on the frame or jamb; the second is a black sticker noting that is it a 20-minute rated panel.

  •   How long is the factory prefinish warranty on entry doors?

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