The Masonry Advisory Council | 2 FREE Seminars on May 2





FREE Masonry Seminar

Join us on May 2 at the East Bank Club for two AIA accredited seminars.

The Use of Masonry in the Age of Smart Cities - Speaker Paul Doherty, thedigitgroup

Achieving Efficient Masonry Design - Speaker Cathleen Jacinto, Forse Consulting

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What's Happening in Masonry

Masonry Cracking Up

A masonry crack happens due to the lack of expansion joints in the length of the brick wall. The bricks have expanded horizontally above the head of the window, as brick are predicted to do. Learn more about how this type of crack occurs.

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Masonry Insights

Masonry Partition Walls

Most building elements designed by a structural engineer are actually structural —they resist gravity or lateral loads (or both). One item, however, that is not structural is a masonry partition wall.

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Chicagoland Resource Directory

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

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Excellence in Masonry Awards

2019 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

Win a $100 LETU Gift Card. Enjoy a night out at one of your favorite Lettuce Us Entertain You Restaurants in Chicago or the Suburbs. It's a great way to kick off the warmer days ahead!

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Sponsored by: BMI Products



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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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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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