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Couple seeks to block sale of ‘Windy City Rehab’ host’s Bucktown home

A couple suing the “Windy City Rehab” team over their “defective” Lincoln Square property filed an emergency motion Thursday for a temporary restraining order to prevent show host Alison Victoria Gramenos from selling her personal home as their lawsuit progresses.



a large brick building: The home at 2308 W. Giddings St. in the Lincoln Square neighborhood is involved in a lawsuit related to the team behind the popular HGTV series "Windy City Rehab."


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The home at 2308 W. Giddings St. in the Lincoln Square neighborhood is involved in a lawsuit related to the team behind the popular HGTV series “Windy City Rehab.”

“The Morrisseys fear Ms. Gramenos 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 as a tactic to shield her personal assets from a judgment collection in the Morrisseys’ lawsuit,” the couple said in an emailed statement.

Gramenos’ attorney, Daniel Lynch, called Thursday’s filing “an unusual move to try to control the assets of a single

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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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