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Chicago approves demolition plans for Family Matters house

The house where Steve Urkel made America laugh on Friday night for almost a decade will soon be history.

The city of Chicago has approved plans to demolish a two-story home on 1516 West Wrightwood Avenue in the neighborhood of Lincoln Park.

Viewers of the hit ABC show Family Matters, however, would recognize the home as the same one which appeared on the opening credit sequence of the 90s TGIF sitcom, according to DNAinfo.

The city has given the necessary permits for the owner of the property to demolish the home and build a three-unit condominium residence on the lot.

A representative for the owner said that it was simply not ‘viable’ to renovate the property.

Family Matters first aired on ABC television 28 years ago this week – September 22, 1989.

The house where Steve Urkel made America laugh on Friday night for almost a decade will soon be history. The city of Chicago has approved plans to demolish a two-story home on 1516 West Wrightwood Avenue (above) in the neighborhood of Lincoln Park

It told the story of a middle-class African American family from Chicago.

The main protagonist was Carl Winslow, a Chicago Police officer played by Reginald VelJohnson. He lived in the home with his wife, Harriet Winslow (played by Jo Marie Payton), and their three children.

But the show’s popularity was fuelled by its breakout star, Jaleel White.

White played Steve Urkel, the super-nerd with the high-pitched voice, pants pulled up to his navel with the help of suspenders, wide-framed glasses, and a laugh that was punctuated by a pig’s snore.

Urkel’s relationship with his neighbors, the Winslows, particularly his love-hate give-and-take with Carl Winslow and his relentless pursuit of his crush, Carl’s daughter Laura (played by Kellie Shanygne Williams), were common themes of the show.

Urkel was also known for his catchphrases, including ‘Did I do that?’ for whenever he would inevitably screw up.

Viewers of the hit ABC show Family Matters, however, would recognize the home as the same one which appeared on the opening credit sequence of the 90s TGIF sitcom. The cast  is seen above, left to right: Jaleel White, Darius McCrary, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Reginald Veljohnson, Jaimee Foxworth, Jo Marie Payton-Noble, Telma Hopkins, and Bryton Mclure

Viewers of the hit ABC show Family Matters, however, would recognize the home as the same one which appeared on the opening credit sequence of the 90s TGIF sitcom. The cast is seen above, left to right: Jaleel White, Darius McCrary, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Reginald Veljohnson, Jaimee Foxworth, Jo Marie Payton-Noble, Telma Hopkins, and Bryton Mclure

Family Matters told the story of a middle-class African American family from Chicago. The main protagonist was Carl Winslow, a Chicago Police officer played by Reginald VelJohnson. He lived in the home with his wife, Harriet Winslow (played by Jo Marie Payton), and their three children

Family Matters told the story of a middle-class African American family from Chicago. The main protagonist was Carl Winslow, a Chicago Police officer played by Reginald VelJohnson. He lived in the home with his wife, Harriet Winslow (played by Jo Marie Payton), and their three children

Family Matters aired for nine seasons and totalled 215 episodes. It is the third longest-running sitcom with a predominantly African American cast in the history of American television

Family Matters aired for nine seasons and totalled 215 episodes. It is the third longest-running sitcom with a predominantly African American cast in the history of American television

Family Matters aired for nine seasons and totalled 215 episodes. It is the third longest-running sitcom with a predominantly African American cast in the history of American television.

Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (254 episodes) and The Jeffersons (253) are the longest-running sitcoms with a mostly black cast.

Its final ninth season aired on CBS, with the last episode being broadcast on July 17, 1998. 

‘Prior to purchasing the property, they evaluated whether saving the house was a possibility and ultimately determined renovating the home wasn’t a viable option,’ Lissa Weinstein of Coldwell Banker said on Wednesday.

‘In honoring the site’s past, they plan to decorate the entry with framed photographs of the original house and the show’s beloved cast.’

They’ll certainly have the financial wherewithal to decorate as they see fit, considering that the real estate market for that particular neighborhood is quite friendly to property owners.

A residence in this area of Chicago could set you back from as little as $375,000 for a two-bedroom apartment to as much as $7.1million for a six-bedroom penthouse condo.

Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most attractive areas, especially given its proximity to the lakefront, its museums, shops, markets, theaters, and the short distance to downtown. 

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