Legendary Wicker Park music venue Double Door was officially evicted from its longtime home at 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue today. The club’s owners, including partners Sean Mulroney and Joe Shanahan, have been battling landlords Brian and Harry Strauss to stay in the building they’ve occupied since 1994 until a suitable new location could be found.
The Strauss’ began eviction proceedings against the club in November of 2015. The club was supposed to have vacated the premises by December 31, but according to the Chicago Tribune on November 1, a judge’s order gave the venue more time to explore their appeal past that deadline while hearings continued.
Today, according to dnainfo.com, an officer from the Cook County Sherriff’s department arrived at the Double Door around 11:30 AM and posted a “No Trespassing” sign on the door. Shortly thereafter a locksmith showed up to change the locks.
In November the Tribune‘s Greg Kot reported that “Double Door co-owners Joe Shanahan and Sean Mulroney confirmed that they had started negotiations that would pave the way to moving the club to Logan Square.”
Update(s): On Monday evening 2/6/17, Sean Mulroney, co-owner of Double Door told DNAinfo.com that “plans are “moving forward” to reopen in Logan Square at the former Logan Square State Savings Bank, 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave. and that he is planning to ask for permission from the Zoning Board of Appeals.”
“We’ll be filing shortly and pulling permits and doing [interior] demolition,” Mulroney told DNAinfo.com of the Logan Square site. No word yet on the status of the upcoming shows currently on the Double Door music calendar. Stay tuned for more information, and cross fingers.
Tuesday 1/7/17, 1pm: Double Door owners Joe Shanahan and Sean Mulroney emailed IE the following statement: