Affordable Portables Furniture Store

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.

Plywood expected to be replaced this week.

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.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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