Chicago’s Awning Expert

The Chicago’s Awning Expert Blog is designed to provide information about Retractable Awnings for Decks or Patios, Retractable Screens, Canvas Window & Door Awnings and Canopies as well as services such as maintenance, wash, and annual services for canvas awnings.  While most of the information provided on this site is meant to specifically discuss how these products perform in the Chicagoland Area, much of this information is relevant throughout the US and beyond.  We hope that you will find our blog entertaining as well as informative.   If you are looking to purchase products or services discussed in this blog, click the “Visit Our Full Site” to be re-directed to  Thank you in advance for checking us out!

Top 3 Reasons NOT to Buy a Sunsetter

Before you buy a Sunsetter, please consider purchasing from a local company that can manufacture, install, and service a high-quality, reasonably-priced retractable awning.  Here are three reasons why buying from Sunsetter may be a bad idea. 1. Local, Local,...

Not your Grandmother’s Retractable Awning

Over the past few years, I have heard and seen characterizations of awnings ranging from “traditional” to “old fashioned.”  Well, I am here to say, “These are not your Grandmother’s Retractable Awnings.” First of all, I totally get it.  When you look at the...

My Story

Everyone has their story. This is mine. I was raised in the small farm town of Wilmington, IL. My family roots run deep in Wilmington. In fact, my aunt, uncle and cousin live on the family farm on Allott Road (my last name). My brother lives just a few miles away off...

Preparing Your Retractable Awning for Winter

While one of the key advantages of having a retractable awning versus an old style patio cover is that very little maintenance is required, there are things you can do to prepare for the winter months that will increase the life of your awning. (Note: removing the...

Chicago’s Awning Expert is Rodney Allott, Owner and All Around Good Guy of Thatcher Retractable Awnings, Pergolas, & Patio.

Thatcher Retractable Awnings, Pergolas, & Patio is located at:

650 Willowbrook Center Parkway Suite 200
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 529-6464