Chicago Cheat Sheet: City pulls plug on “Windy City Rehab,” Chicago Fire reaches deal to leave Bridgeview…& more

The rehabber behind the HGTV show racked up more than a half-dozen building code violations, city officials say

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Jul.July 09, 2019 05:00 PM
From left: Alison Victoria, co-host of Windy City Rehab, and Donovan Eckhardt, owner of Greymark Development Group (Credit: Facebook)

From left: Alison Victoria, co-host of Windy City Rehab, and Donovan Eckhardt, owner of Greymark Development Group (Credit: Facebook)

City pulls plug on “Windy City Rehab” permits — for now
Greymark Development Group, the construction company featured on the HGTV show “Windy City Rehab,” was issued a stop-work order on its project overhauling the former home of a beloved Italian ice stand in Bucktown. And buildings department officials went a step further by banning the firm from applying for any more permits in the city, citing more than a half-dozen violations, including lying on applications and hiring unlicensed workers. Greymark owner and “Windy City Rehab” co-star Donovan Eckhardt may appeal to overturn the ban. [Block Club]

Chicago Fire reaches deal to leave SeatGeek Stadium
The Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team struck a $65.5 million deal with the village of Bridgeview to break its lease at SeatGeek Stadium, where the team had committed to staying until 2036. The payment will help fund stadium upgrades. The Fire has long sought a return to Soldier Field in Chicago. [Chicago Tribune]

St. Charles officials give early nod to riverfront plaza plans
A planning committee for the west suburb of St. Charles voted to advance a $1.3 million plan to extend its riverwalk and build a public plaza along First Street. With three mixed-use buildings scheduled to be completed near the water this fall, an extension would include extra landscaping, event space and a staging area for performances. If approved, construction on the next phase of the project would begin next summer. [Daily Herald]

Duke Realty announces new spec warehouse in Elk Grove Village
Industrial developer Duke Realty will build a roughly 155,000-square-foot distribution warehouse on an 8.2-acre property it acquired last month at 901 Chase Avenue in Elk Grove Village, the company announced. The speculative facility would be completed in January 2020. The developer picked up the site for $7.3 million, one of the biggest industrial sales in May this year. [RE Journals]

Firefighters-turned-HGTV stars to rehab Southwest Side home
The Cook County Land Bank Authority selected Anton and Anthony Downing, two firefighters who are under contract to star in an upcoming rehab show on HGTV, to renovate a distressed Southwest Side property. The land bank will gift the home later this year through its third annual Home Giveaway Lottery. The Downing brothers’ show, which will be called “Double Down,” has not yet begun production. [Crain’s]


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