About Us

What makes an expert?

Our Story

In October of 2011, Rodney Allott purchased Thatcher Retractable Awnings, formerly a division of Thatcher Oaks Commercial Awnings in Elmhurst, IL.  Identifying the need to provide in-depth information to clients and industry professionals, Rodney started The Chicago’s Awning Expert Blog.


We are your friends and neighbors.  We live in the same communities we serve. We KNOW Chicago weather!

Forward Thinking

We are knowledgeable and committed to ongoing training accross manufacturing, installation, and service disciplines.

Problem Solvers

Our years of experience can help you avoid problems, but if you find yourself in a jamb, we have the knowledge to get you going again.

Customer Support

Online, at our factory showroom, or at your home, we are here to help.

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