Large plywood boards are expected to come down this week, as a new plate glass window is installed at the Affordable Portables furniture store at 924 Davis St.
That window will replace another huge one that was shattered by the wind.
A store employee, who only wanted to be identified as Charles, told Evanston Now the replacement will weigh 250 pounds, and will have to be cut-to-fit on site. You can’t buy these things off the rack.
And this was not your basic smash-and-grab, like the kind which crushed a glass door in a bike shop down the street late last year.
This break-in-artist was invisible.
The front window at the furniture store was destroyed, Charles said, some time after 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, when high-velocity winds blew through town.
No one was inside when it happened.
Repair crews got the boards up quickly, and nothing was stolen.
Affordable Portables is on a corner, and, said Charles, is “very exposed to winds, which come from all directions.”
Those winds “vibrated the glass panes to such a point that they shattered,” he added.
Charles noted the building is about a century old, and Affordable Portables has been there for 27 years.
The new window is expected to cost more than $2,000, Charles said.
The store remains open, even if you can’t completely see inside.