- Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt are the stars of HGTV's show, Windy City Rehab, which premiered its first season in January.
- Chicago Sun-Times reported that Alison and Donovan had licenses suspended and work permits blocked after ongoing issues hadn't been resolved.
- On July 15, Alison shared an update on Instagram telling fans that she is working closely with the city of Chicago and Season 2 is continuing production.
Windy City Rehab fans welcomed Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt into their homes in January and with more than 9 million viewers tuning into its first six episodes, their popularity was instant. Now, with Season 1 of the home reno show complete, fans are wondering if there will be Season 2 of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab.
On July 9, Chicago Sun-Times reported that Alison and Donovan were facing several violations from the city, including working without permits at 11 different properties, raising questions of what this would mean for the show—and if it'd be forced to shut down. But Windy City Rehab fans were given hope when Alison shared an update this past weekend.
“Hey loves! I appreciate all of your support over the last few days,” she wrote on Instagram. “I want you to hear it from me directly that I am working closely with the City of Chicago to repair and amend any and all permits with our new general contractors. The building department says they are pleased with our efforts, and we will continue to work closely together to move in the right direction."
She continued: “Season 2 of Windy City Rehab is currently in production. I am in LA right now filming a special with @hgtv called #RocktheBlock, but I can’t wait to get back home to Chicago to continue building beautiful places and spaces for all of you to see in early 2020!”
Working closely with the city would help the HGTV show move forward, but Alison may be doing so without her co-star, Donovan, whose real estate developer license and general contractor license has been suspended for one year. Currently, there are stop-work orders issued for all of their ongoing projects and the team isn’t able to file new permit applications. Alison has appealed her permit suspension, which is under review, according to the newspaper, but Donovan's appeal was denied. (Donovan can appeal again, however.)
As Alison mentioned in her Instagram post, at the moment, she—along with Good Bones’ Mina Starsiak, Hidden Potential’s Jasmine Roth, Restored by the Fords’ Leanne Ford—is filming a new HGTV competition home renovation series called Rock the Block. The new show, hosted by Property Brothers star Drew Scott, aims to transform identical suburban properties into one-of-a-kind homes that standout from the rest on the block.
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