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Wicker Park's Double Door Is Facing Eviction

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 3, 2015 6:43PM

Photo by Jim Kopeny / Tankboy
It's beginning to look like every institution that helped make the Wicker Park and Bucktown area what it is today is facing one crisis or another. The latest victim of the area's landlord problems is the legendary music venue Double Door. The Tribune reports the club is facing eviction.

This isn't the first time Double Door has faced this issue. In 2005 the club was in danger of losing its lease until an 11th hour public hearing found club owners and the building's landlord coming to an agreement that guaranteed the club a home until 2014.

The current lease expired at the end of October and an eviction complaint was filed a few days later on Nov. 3 in Cook County Circuit Court by the landlord.

Thursday Double Door filed a complaint asking to change the judge overseeing the case; a move that will perhaps buy time for Double Door and the building's owner to come to an agreement that allows the venue to stay put.

The loss of Double Door would be a huge blow to the Chicago music community, and create a cultural hole in the Wicker Park neighborhood, so we're hoping these negotiations buck the trend with a resolution that keeps the club where it is.