Masonry Advisory Council - Check out our May Newsletter

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What's Happening in Masonry

Brick...Paint or Don't Paint

Brick is usually selected for its’ color or finish. The color is typically throughout the clay unit. Brick is painted to usually increase light reflection and for decorative purposes. If you choose to paint brick, it will most likely have to be repainted every three to five years, per the manufacturers of paint.

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Thank You!

Thanks to all who attended our May 2nd Seminar with Speakers Paul Doherty and Cathleen Jacinto. The Speakers provided great insight and education for Architecture of the future. If you have additional questions from these Speakers you can find contact information here.



It's time to take your Photos

Now is a good time to schedule a photographer to take professional / high resolution photos of the projects you intent to enter in the EIM competition. It is best to take photos during the Spring and Summer months to capture your project while weather permits. Submission deadline is September 1st, 2019.

Please do not submit photos taken from cell phones. If you need a photographer, the Masonry Advisory Council can provide a contact for you.

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Excellence in Masonry Awards

Call For Entries

The Excellence in Masonry Award website is now OPEN to submit your entries. So gather your best photos and enter your masonry projects built in and around the Chicagoland area. Then, join us December 7th for the Excellence in Masonry Awards celebration at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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Enter to Win Promotion

Enter to Win a Gift Card for 2 to enjoy a Chicago Architectural Boat Tour this summer. It's fun and and a great way to learn more about Chicago's stunning architectural achievements!

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Sponsored by: Northfield Block Company



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TMS 402/602-16

Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures

MAC will be giving one away each month! Value $150

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Chicagoland Resource Directory

MAC's new website is designed to provide you with quality resources for the construction of masonry buildings. Find Masonry Suppliers, Contractor Suppliers, Union Mason Contractors, Masonry Apprenticeship School, and NEW MASONRY PRODUCTS in the Chicagoland area.

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Schedule a Lunch & Learn

Free education programs listed on our website will earn you AIA credits. And, a free lunch...

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ASK MAC - Free Masonry Advice


Our staff of experienced engineers, educators, and construction professionals are here to support you.




Free Structural Engineering Advice

Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition

Call us for free professional engineering advice at 847-297-6704.

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Please support our Industry Sponsors!

These companies are industry leaders and work to bring you the very best in Masonry products.


Building Stone Products

Chicago Brick & Stone Ltd.

Contractors Material, Inc.

General Shale Corporation

Illinois Brick Company

Northfield Block Company

Rauch Clay Sales Corporation

MortarNet Solutions

Prosoco Corporation

Spec Mix Chicago

Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc.

St. Mary's Cement


ACM Chemistries

BMI Products

BASF Corporation

Bracing Systems Inc.

Bricks Incorporated

Coldspring USA

Firerock Building Materials

Harvey Cement Products, Inc.

Hydraulic Press Brick Company

Illinois Products Association

Elston Materials

Lehigh Hanson Cement

Continental Cement Company


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Contact us

For general inquiries, please call us at 847-297-6704