“On June 29, 2003, the wooden porches on the second and third floors of an apartment building in Lincoln Park served as the venue for a great party among law school students and young professionals. Celebrations were supposed to last on and on—but stopped when disaster struck. The porch on the third floor collapsed, bringing the second-floor porch and the party down to the ground. There were enough casualties to bring the tragedy to national attention. As the Chicago Tribune recalls:
The early morning disaster 10 years ago — June 29, 2003 — became news nationwide and a flash point for controversy in Chicago, sparking lawsuits affecting victims, family members, city officials and property owners.
“”It is certainly the most catastrophic single porch collapse in Chicago,”” said Francis Patrick Murphy, a partner at the Corboy & Demetrio law firm, which represented a number of victims.
Chicago porch builders like DAL Builders know this as much as the rest of the city. Changes in po