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Windy City Rehab

The latest news, controversy and legal drama surrounding HGTV's reality TV show that transforms Chicago fixer-uppers into million-dollar homes.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ legal drama explained: Documents, interviews and more on the lawsuits behind the show

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When a $2.2M home sale fell through on ‘Windy City Rehab,’ Alison Victoria found a buyer to bail her out: Her boyfriend

The HGTV show cut two versions of the episode in which Victoria boasted that she "knocked it out of the park" after the rehab and sale of the Lincoln Park home. She made no mention of the new buyer’s identity.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ 2nd season: Here is a new map of every property featured

In the new season of the HGTV hit, the show is focusing on tension between Alison Victoria and her partner, Donovan Eckhardt.

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Lawsuit claiming home on ‘Windy City Rehab’ was plagued with leaks ends in settlement

The suit by Anne and James Morrissey over their defective Lincoln Square home originally sought $1.36 million.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ star Alison Victoria Gramenos sells her Bucktown home for $2,145,000

Like the show itself, the home has its own set of controversy, drama and legal battles.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ co-host files defamation lawsuit in California

Donovan Eckhardt’s suit had been tossed by a Cook County judge who ruled Eckhardt’s contract requires disputes be resolved in California. In his suit, Eckhardt says his false portrayal on the show was the worst humiliation of his life, causing sleeplessness and loss of appetite.

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All homes featured on ‘Windy City Rehab’ have now been sold

The last home to remain on the market sold Monday for far less than the original asking price.

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Defamation lawsuit filed by ‘Windy City Rehab’ co-host dismissed by Cook County judge

The judge said Donovan Eckhardt’s contract with showrunners called for litigation to be handled in California courts.

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Feuding stars of ‘Windy City Rehab’ agree: We need help splitting up

The pair have asked a Cook County judge to appoint a receiver to "wind down" their shared business interests, essentially a third party to oversee their financial divorce.

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Former ‘Windy City Rehab’ host Donovan Eckhardt drops a zinger in feud with Alison Victoria

In an affidavit filed last week, Eckhardt tucked six seemingly pointed words inside a parenthesis.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ co-host had to get permission to shave his beard — and more details from his contract that have surfaced in court

Eckhardt’s contract with showrunners provides a glimpse behind the curtain of reality television

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Alison Victoria thinks green for latest ‘Rock the Block’ challenge

To finish up their home’s exterior, Victoria and partner Mike Holmes added a fun space to the backyard. Did it win over the judges?

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Were Alison Victoria’s tears real? Lawsuit questions ‘Windy City Rehab’ episode showing falling out with her costar

The claims were made in a new filing Tuesday by former show co-host Donovan Eckhardt, who is seeking $2.2 million in a defamation lawsuit.

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Alison Victoria goes for versatility over ‘wow’ — but is it enough for fourth week win on ‘Rock the Block’?

Victoria and teammate Mike Holmes give buyers plenty of options with their basement design. But they’ve got serious competition this week.

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Want to buy an Alison Victoria home featured on ‘Windy City Rehab’? There’s still one left

But even though the asking price has plunged, the house in North Center will set you back nearly $1.5 million.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ star Alison Victoria returns to ‘Rock the Block’ tonight: Here’s where her legal problems stand

Alison Victoria returns to HGTV Monday with the second season premiere of "Rock the Block." But she’s still facing a number of legal troubles in Chicago.

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Read the full lawsuit filed by Alison Victoria’s ‘Windy City Rehab’ co-host Donovan Eckhardt against HGTV

Eckhardt alleges that the show falsely portrays him as a "villain" who stole money from projects. Read the 23-page lawsuit, which was filed in Cook County Circuit Court, below.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ co-host sues for $2.2M, says Alison Victoria, HGTV falsely paint him as ‘villain’ on reality show

The suit states that Chicago contractor Donovan Eckhardt "has suffered from depression, sleeplessness, loss of appetite" and has undergone counseling for the "embarrassing, traumatic and humiliating" experience.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ host Alison Victoria drops $100K off price on her Bucktown home

The home was first listed in September.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ carpenter Ari Smejkal on his newfound fame: 20-30 business calls a day, ‘guys and girls hitting on me all the time’

Smejkal, who owns Hammer Design Group, squarely backs host Alison Victoria in her split with Donovan Eckhardt on the HGTV show.

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‘Windy City Rehab’: ‘I’m not done,’ Alison Victoria vows as painful Season 2 ends

Mostly rid of Donovan Eckhardt, the HGTV star contends with stop work orders and buyer complaints.

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Couple looks to stop Windy City Rehab’s Alison Victoria from selling her Bucktown home

The jilted couple’s attorney claimed that Victoria is "fraudulently attempting to sell and liquidate whatever equity she has in her personal home and transfer the funds to an LLC she co-owns with her boyfriend."

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Who is Donovan Eckhardt from ‘Windy City Rehab’?

Co-host Donovan Eckhardt has been mostly absent during the HGTV series’ second season, leaving fans to wonder more about Alison Victoria’s general contractor — where he came from and where he went.

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‘Windy City Rehab’s’ Alison Victoria says she lost sleep, all her personal income after partnership fizzled

On Tuesday’s episode of the HGTV hit, Victoria proclaims, "This is the beginning of the end" of her beleaguered partnership with contractor Donovan Eckhardt.

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A backyard putting green in Bridgeport? ‘Windy City Rehab’ home met with mixed emotions in working class neighborhood

The rehabbed brick two flat sold for $790,000 in June, which one Bridgeport resident called "crazy town."

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Alison Victoria goes after co-host in ‘Windy City Rehab’ 2nd season premiere: ‘I want to rip his face off’

The duo’s problems dominate the storyline in the latest episode of the popular reality show, which is set to restart Sept. 15.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ back Sept. 15 for Season 2 despite troubles with city, neighbors, COVID-19

HGTV says the ‘multiple unexpected challenges’ Chicago designer Alison Victoria Gramenos has faced will be part of the drama.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ stalled again after Alison Victoria, crew quarantined over coronavirus fears

In some of her first public comments after controversy engulfed the HGTV hit, Victoria says she plans to speak her "truth" on Season 2 of the show.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ host says she’ll buy back home from unhappy couple that sued her, move in herself 

The owners of the $1.36 million Lincoln Square home have sued Alison Victoria and her partner, alleging the home is plagued with problems.

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Read the ‘Windy City Rehab’ homeowner lawsuit

According to the lawsuit, the day after buyers closed on a 4,000-square-foot luxury home in Lincoln Square, an upper-floor shower leaked gallons of water into the kitchen ceiling below.

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A timeline of the problems with ‘Windy City Rehab’

The HGTV show has garnered complaints from residents and multiple stop-work orders and the city has moved to suspend host Donovan Eckhardt’s developer license.

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Alison Victoria rips ‘Windy City Rehab’ co-star: ‘I don’t want him to f- - - with my life or my business anymore’

The seemingly close relationship between Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt appears to have been flipped on its head.

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Embattled ‘Windy City Rehab’ star to work with new general contractor — raising questions about Chicago co-host’s future

Star Alison Victoria didn’t respond to messages enquiring about the future of her quirky co-host, Donovan Eckhardt, who functioned as general contractor in the show’s first season

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‘Windy City Rehab’ co-star meets with city, agrees to address problems

Donovan Eckhardt of HGTV agreed to "be a good neighbor for any current and future construction work they do," a city spokesman said.

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Here’s how you can crash at a ‘Windy City Rehab’ home even if you aren’t rich

A Lincoln Park penthouse condo that was featured in the popular reality TV show is now available to rent on the online home rental platform Airbnb.