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'Chiraq' Filming Potentially Brings Simulated Gunfire To Wicker Park, Double Door

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jun 2, 2015 6:05PM

Double Door

The sound of simulated gunfire might ring through parts of Wicker Park and Double Door Tuesday, as filming for Spike Lee's controversial new film Chiraq gets underway.

The Wicker Park music club Double Door will serve as a concert venue in the film, DNAinfo reports. Double Door's windows are apparently featuring advertisements for a 21+ rap show with the fictional rappers Terror Tee and Little Lelex and the hashtag #spartanboyzentertainment covers the concert posters.

Trucks parked nearby the venue are from Da Chi-Lite Joint, Inc., a company owned by Shelton J. Spike Lee of Brooklyn, according to New York state records.

Meanwhile, fliers taped to nearby businesses say filming started Tuesday at 4 a.m. and would continue through Wednesday, with simulated gunfire possible between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday. Parking is blocked off on in the area and there will be a full street closure on Damen Avenue from North Avenue to Pierce Street from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Spike Lee has faced local criticism for the movie's working title, Chiraq, which some consider an offensive descriptor of the city's intractable gun violence problem.