Alarmist Brewing Opens Taproom

Congratulations to Gary Gulley and Alarmist Brewing —- the Taproom is OPEN!

Led by Joakim (Joa) Backstrom and his passion for good beer, AltusWorks is honored to be a part of our client’s growth.  Located near Pulaski and Peterson in an adapted industrial building, stop by and sample Alarmist’s Pantless Pale Ale, Phobophobia Patersbier and more………..

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Ellen Stoner posted this on 4/14/17 in Retail.

Kelsey Shipton joins the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley Board

AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Kelsey Shipton has joined the board of the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley (PPFV), a historic preservation advocacy and educational group based out of St. Charles, Illinois.  The Preservation Partners operate three house museums and provide heritage education programs and tours throughout the Tri-Cities and Kane County.

Passionately investing in her community, Kelsey will support the organization’s mission and will be involved in assisting with the planning and implementation of PPFV’s many programs.  For more information about the Preservation Partners, please visit Read full entry »

Ellen Stoner posted this on 3/28/17 in Community Work.

AltusWorks Welcomes its Newest Team Members

AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Simoné J. Ray and Katherine Pohl have joined our team. As the Design Manager for our longest standing client, Chicago Public Schools, Simoné is a key player in implementation of their annual Capital Improvement Program. At the other spectrum of our practice, Katherine supports our ever expanding Historic Preservation services with her training from the School of the Art Institute for Chicago Union Station, CTA Red/Purple Line Modernization and City of Chicago. Read full entry »

Ellen Stoner posted this on 3/9/17 in General News.

Magnificent Mash-up: Historic Preservation with Improved Energy Efficiency

AltusWorks’ Scott Utter recently presented both the challenges and opportunities of integrating Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM’s) into historic landmark properties at AIA’s event “Sustainability Through Preservation: The Rebirth of Chicago’s Historic Buildings.” sponsored by the Committee on the Environment and Historic Resources Committee. Scott shared dramatic before/after photos and energy charts of AltusWorks’ award winning project at the Charles Gates Dawes House. Improvements to the 1895 National Register property enable the building to continue to serve the Evanston Historic Center and the community at large. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 5/24/16 in Green Projects, Historic Preservation.

Welcome Our New Business Manager

AltusWorks is pleased to announce Kylie Fitzgerald to our team as Business Manager.  Kylie manages AltusWorks’ financial and business administration functions including office operations, human resources, external resources and accounting activities. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in interior design, Kylie worked in the Design and Construction industry and before coming to AltusWorks; she was responsible for coordinating financials for telecommunication site acquisition projects for a large international engineering firm.  Her attention to detail, organizational skills, and focus on both internal resources and external clients and partners makes her instrumental in our ongoing growth. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 3/15/16 in General News.

Welcome Madame Secretary!

Congratulations to AltusWorks’ team member, Kelsey Shipton, on her election to the board of the Western Great Lake Chapter (WGLC) of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT)! Beginning at the end of January, Kelsey will serve as the chapter’s secretary for a two-year term. APT “is a cross – disciplinary membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings.” AltusWorks has been a corporate member of APTI for many years and was instrumental in getting the local chapter established in 2009. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 1/27/16 in Community Work, Historic Preservation, Restoration.

The Walls (Will Not) Come Tumbling Down…

Stabilized and shored in place, two of the 1887 walls of the northern Fulton Street Wholesale Market Company building are all that remain of the original structure. One of the first projects to be executed within the newly established Fulton Randolph Market Historic District, the historic facades will be supported by a new structure. Having worked closely with the design team and the City of Chicago Landmarks’ staff, AltusWorks was instrumental in negotiating the repair and restoration parameters of the historic walls and collaborated with the structural engineer and general contractor in the stabilization protocol until the new structure is erected.  Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 1/21/16 in Historic Preservation.


As an active participant in Chicago’s vibrant craft brewing industry, AltusWorks – for the third time – was a proud sponsor of this year’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer (FOBAB) held at UIC’s Forum on November 20-21.   Hosted by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the event typically attracts the nation’s largest selection of wood and barrel-aged beers and provides a rare opportunity for the public to taste all of these hard-to-find beers under one roof.  Needless-to-say, tickets sell out within minutes.  AltusWorks’ Ellen Stoner, Joa Backstrom, Matthew Imburgia and Carolyn Isaacson took part in the two- day event that totaled nearly 5,000 visitors and where the variety of barrel-aged beer was nothing short of spectacular! Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 12/15/15 in Community Work.