Here’s an interesting organization — Powering Chicago — an electrical industry labor-management partnership bringing together the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 electricians and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) of Chicago and Cook County. Why do you care about this trade org? Well, Powering Chicago has a very impressive YouTube channel and its Power of Better series is top notch. The latest episode is focused on the construction of Homewood Brewing Co. — a new restaurant and brewery being built as a tribute to the late rapper Juice WRLD in his hometown of Homewood, Illinois. From the press release:
“The latest Power of Better episode offers viewers an inside look as Carmella Wallace honors her late son Juice WRLD’s legacy. The Wallace family assembled an all-star team including Powering Chicago’s member electrical contractor Linear Electric to complete this meaningful project,” said Elbert Walters III. “The episode highlights the precise problem-solving abilities and technical expertise of Powering Chicago’s extensively trained contractors, which guarantees the utmost safety and precision for all projects.”
To bring the vision for Homewood Brewing to life, the Wallace family entrusted Crosstown Design Build, Brewmaster Kam Horn and Powering Chicago member electrical contractor Linear Electric. Crosstown Design Build managed the construction, working closely with the Wallaces on layout and design details to optimize customer experience. Brewmaster Kam Horn utilized his German-style brewing expertise to oversee the beer production process and optimize the advanced brewing system. Homewood Brewing is set to open in the spring of 2024. More than a brewery, it will be a meaningful tribute and community gathering place honoring Juice WRLD’s spirit and legacy. From the release:
“I think it should give it a new life, you know, a new era,” said Carmella Wallace. “This location used to be Bogart, which was iconic. So hopefully this would be that new era of the iconic place and home where people come and just have a good time.”
Watch the video above to learn more.