Iconic 'Family Matters' Chicago House Will Be Demolished

September 25, 2017

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The lyrics, “It’s a rare condition, this day and age… to read any good news on the newspaper page,” are very true today. The house used in exterior shots of the ‘90s sitcom Family Matters is about to be demolished.

Demolition of the house, which is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, was approved last week, according to published reports. The property owners will “wreck and remove” the current structure, and it will be replaced with a three-unit residence instead.

A Chicago realtor told DNA Info that the property owners evaluated the possibility of saving the house, but it was not a viable option. They will, however, decorate the new structure’s entry with photographs of the original house and the show’s cast.

The show, of course, which gave Steve Urkel fame, was set in Chicago. It was, however, filmed on a TV set in California.

Family Matters aired from 1989 through 1998. The show became a staple of ABC’s ‘TGIF’ programming before moving to CBS for the final season in 1997.