Tag: Icon Modern

Update on the Urban Wood Network-IL Chapter

We held our first in-person meeting of the new UWN-IL chapter on March 9 at the showroom of Icon Modern in Chicago. Twenty people attended including 10 via Zoom.

Thank you Rocky Levy, owner of Icon Modern and long-time urban wood advocate, for hosting us.

The meeting featured presentations by three current UWN-IL members on why they joined the chapter including Max Brown, village forester of Glen Ellyn; Rocky Levy of Icon Modern; and Erika Horigan of Horigan Urban Forest Products. We also had great discussions on what is needed next for UWN-IL including connecting with the Illinois DNR, municipal park districts, lumber suppliers and other end users. There was also interest in seeking grant funding for UWN-IL to help propel urban wood into the marketplace and to highlight the benefits of using urban lumber.

Full minutes of the March 9 meeting will be available at our next hybrid chapter meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. May 19.

The in-person meeting will be held at Horigan Urban Forest Products, 2302 Meadow Lane, North Chicago IL 60064. For those unable to attend in-person, the meeting will also be held on Zoom.

As of now, chapter meetings are scheduled to take place on the third Thursday of odd-numbered months.

To get on our mailing list to receive UWN-IL news and event updates, including a Zoom link for the May 19 meeting, email Erika Horigan at illinois@urbanwoodnetwork.org.

All urban wood stakeholders including tree care specialists, sawyers, woodworkers, architects, municipal managers, urban foresters and others are encouraged to attend our chapter meetings. Membership benefits include branding opportunities, sharing best practices with other members, and participating in educational webinars and workshops.

FYI: The Urban Wood Network will soon launch a revamped website. It will include an area devoted to UWN-IL. Stay tuned.

Icon Modern to Host UWN-IL Chapter Info Meeting on March 9

What are the goals of the new Illinois Chapter of Urban Wood Network (UWN-IL)?

Who is eligible to join?

What are the benefits of membership?

Find out the answers to these and other questions, plus get yours answered by attending the first live meeting of UWN-IL scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the showroom of Icon Modern in Chicago. The meeting will also be available via Zoom for those unable to attend the in-person meeting.

The meeting will be highlighted by a panel of three urban wood stakeholders, who will share their reasons for joining UWN-IL. In addition, Kari Devine, executive director of the Urban Wood Network, will particpate via Zoom to provide updated information about UWN including plans for a new website that will spotlight individual state chapters and their members, as well as other membership benefits.

Icon Modern CHciago Showroom

Icon Modern will host the March 9 UWN-IL meeting at its showroom located at 346 N. Justine St., Chicago.

UWN-IL was launched last month to work with the Urban Wood Network and other state chapters on promoting the social, environmental and economic value of urban wood and to maximize the value of trees removed due to pests, disease or other circumstances.

The March 9 meeting is being organized by the UWN-IL steering committee. Its members include:

  • Max Brown, Village Forester of Glen Ellyn;
  • Rich Christianson, Editor & Publisher, Urban Wood Update;
  • Cherie Fisher, Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service;
  • Erika Horigan, co-owner of Horigan Urban Forest Products, chairperson;
  • Rocky Levy, co-owner Icon Modern;
  • Jeff Perkis, Project Architect at Dewberry;
  • Jeff Prokash, Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and
  • Steve Skorup, Owner, SAWINC.

All urban wood stakeholders including tree care specialists, sawyers, woodworkers, architects, municipal managers, urban foresters and others are encouraged to attend the meeting. Membership benefits include branding opportunities, sharing best practices with other members, and participating in educational webinars and workshops.

Learn more about the benefits of joining the Urban Wood Network and sign up to become a member at https://urbanwoodnetwork.org/join-the-movement.

March 9 Meeting Options
The in-person meeting will be held at Icon Modern, 346 N. Justine St., Chicago; phone 312-469-0788.

Use this link to join the meeting via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 816 2010 2076
Passcode: 354084

For additional information, contact Erika Horigan, UWN-IL Steering Committee chairperson, illinois@urbanwoodnetwork.org.

We look forward to your participation and hope you will join the UWN-IL urban wood movement!

UWN Webinar #3: Producing Urban Wood Products

“Producing Urban Wood Products – What, How and Where,” the third in a series of informative webinars presented by the Urban Wood Network, is available on demand.

Consumers from all over the country are joining the urban wood movement and are buying urban wood products in all shapes and sizes, from cutting boards to fine furniture to architectural lumber.  This webinar will discuss examples: of urban wood products, urban lumber sourcing, and examples of local/ regional/national markets.

Participants will learn:

  • The diversity of products made from urban wood
  • How to connect with urban wood sources
  • How to identify markets for urban wood products
  • Urban wood products branding opportunities
  • Who to contact for assistance
  • How to partner with an urban wood network to achieve their goals

Rick Siewert – Wood From the Hood, MN;

Paul Hickman – Urban Ashes, MI; and

Rocky Levy – Icon Modern, IL.

Watch the Webinar Now!


Learn more about the Urban Wood Network’s “How-to Do Urban Wood” webinar series.


Thank you Rocky Levy and Aaron Tvrdy, co-owners of Icon Modern, for organizing a workshop focused on urban wood use for architects, designers and architectural woodworkers. It was great to see more than two dozen in attendance at this special event. Rocky and Aaron have done a tremendous job of pioneering urban wood use in corporate projects and are currently working on furnishings for the new McDonald’s headquarters.

Read and see photos from the workshop in this month’s edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also in this edition of the Update:
> Tom The Sawyer demonstrates milling an urban honey locust log.> Michigan, one of our Urban Wood Network partners, launches a new website. Congrats!

> Dovetail Partners takes the lead on creating certification standards for urban wood.

Reminder: Take advantage of free membership by signing up for the Urban Wood Network now.

As always, share your urban wood stories, photos and experiences.

 Until next month, I remain,
Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team

AWI Chicago Members Learn About Urban Wood at Icon Modern

More than two dozen members of the Chicago Chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Institute participated in a workshop held Feb. 22 at Icon Modern in Chicago.

Featured presenters Bruce and Erika Horigan, co-owners of Horigan Urban Forest Products in Skokie discussed the urban wood supply chain from sources and removal through environmental impact and benefits of putting community trees to their highest possible use.

The event included a tour of Icon Modern’s showroom and fabrication shop where work is in progress to convert urban-sourced hickory trees into fine furnishings for the new McDonald’s corporate headquarters.

Thanks to Rocky Levy and his partner Aaron Tvrdy for a very informative evening and for doing their part to spared the word about the opportunities and benefits of using urban wood in architectural wood products.


Icon Modern’s Urban Wood Story Told on Chicago’s WBBM Radio

Icon-Modern-Slab-TableIcon Modern, a company that has staked its business model and growth on repurposing wood reclaimed from the urban forest for its custom furniture designs was recently the subject of a news feature on WBBM radio Chicago. WBBM reporter Lisa Fields interviewed Rocky Levy, co-owner of Icon Modern for the profile.

Icon Modern operates from a two-story, 20,000-square-foot facility on Chicago’s west side. The company’s motto is “Sustainable Design from the Urban Forest.”

Starbucks, Whole Foods and Loyola University are just a few of Icon Modern’s customers. Products include conference tables, reception desks and countertops.

Click here to listen to WBBM’s report.

Click here to visit Icon Modern.