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‘Windy City Rehab’ Returns With Its Riskiest Renovation Yet

With home renovation shows happening in towns and cities across the U.S., it was only a matter of time before Chicago got its own. “Windy City Rehab” has just returned for Season 2.

This may come as a surprise to some followers, since the HGTV show’s stars—designer Alison Victoria and contractor Donovan Eckhardt—are mired in legal trouble. Two couples who’d bought their homes in Season 1 have filed lawsuits claiming shoddy construction and demanding their money back. (The court cases are currently unresolved.)

Meanwhile, Victoria claims to have unearthed some shady budgeting moves by Eckhardt, which may explain why he barely makes an appearance in the Season 2 premiere, “Spend More to Make More.” On this episode, Victoria now seems to be muddling through her renovation solo—and with a budget that’s already been blown.

Victoria and Eckhardt had originally purchased the house for $678,000, but then knocked down the

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