The Obamas just may be Chicago's most famous residents. Even though their time spent here is minimal these days, we all know that they come to town when they can to enjoy holidays and getaways at their lovely Hyde Park home. It's a fun diversion or bit of news for most of us, but where the Obamas are, so is the Secret Service, which makes for an interesting wrinkle for the new next door neighbor whose home is undergoing a gut rehab at the moment…
An article in today's New York Times delves into just how challenging the situation is. For anyone who has ever undertaken a rehab, imagining the additional (yet understandable!) requirements on top of what is a notoriously stressful situation is enough to make you VERY happy that you are not supervising the job on this particular 1906 home on Greenwood Avenue.
Every carpenter, roofer and mason to set foot on the job site must submit to a background check. Each night they are required to e-mail their schedules for the next day. If they say they are going to arrive at 8 a.m. and they do not arrive until, say, 8:15, they are sent home without pay. When a worker cleans the portable toilets, a Secret Service agent stands at the door to watch.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE: New York Times | A Gut Renovation, With the Secret Service Watching