According to Mac Hines, president of Illinois Glassworks LLC, the contract glazier on the job, the project called for renovating the old building into a 32,000-square foot contemporary winery and hospitality facility.
"While we technically agreed to the contract on May 15, our team worked with Summit
and the owner's rep on a handshake well before the contract was inked," says Hines
"There were significant questions about how the building would go together and we felt orchestrating the shop drawings and field measurements early was key to making this project go well.
It was many, many long nights for our guys."
explains the owner and architect wanted to transform a dark and dirty warehouse into an open inviting winery and VIP dining area.
"We had to respect the 100-plus year old building's brick and timber construction while inserting exterior glass openings that welcomed light and street traffic from the Randolph Street market," says Hines
"We did this in early June and as we worked, the masons were busy shoring up the brick above our openings and right about then, we had our first 90-plus degree day of heat."
says they next added interior glass elements separating the winery from the VIP dining and bar area.
"Then, we worked on the largest element of the job, a three-story glass curtainwall that serves as the entrance to the restaurant and venue," says Hines
says, "Six days a week, our guys went out there fabricating the metal and later installing the glass.
"As we were finishing up on July 27, inspections were being done and within two weeks, the entertainer Lewis Black opened City Winery Chicago to a packed house," says Hines
adds, "Our guys were heroes, plain and simple.