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Double Door's Landlord Still Wants To Evict The Wicker Park Club

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 10, 2015 6:52PM

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Double Door was served with eviction papers last month, and the landlord still has no interest in renegotiating or renewing the Wicker Park venue's lease.

DNAinfo reports that the club's owners are expected to request a jury trial to oversee the eviction proceedings.

This would draw the process out and buy Double Door more time to remain open and continue putting on shows. Presumably it would also buy the owners time to continue and try to negotiate with their landlord over new terms and a new lease.

The club went through a similar situation in 2005, and it was a last-minute negotiation behind closed doors during a public hearing (wrap your head around that one) that kept the club's doors open for the next 10 years.

If Double Door was forced to vacate, that would allow the landlord to use the space for different purposes, and they have long shown an interest in trading out a live music venue for a higher-end retail tenantbecause Wicker Park really needs another one of those.

But if Double Door gets kicked out, it's also possible the space will remain vacant and add to the neighborhood's growing problem of storefronts left vacant over sky-high rents.