Double Door Safe Til 2014

Diehard spectators waited in the courtroom for over two hours while the real show went on behind closed doors. After everything was said and done, co-operator Sean Mulroney came out to announce that their current lease will continue to 2009 with an option to extend it five years beyond that. You can relax, everyone; you have nine more years of rocking in Wicker Park.

Joe Shanahan, co-operator of Double Door and the Metro, was there too. He had some interesting things to say on what their options were. A new location may not have the lure and character that 1572 N. Milwaukee does; there are things he loves about the current location he just doesn’t think could be reproduced. One of the defining moments of his life, he said, was when he took the Rolling Stones on a tour of Chicago venues and they chose the Double Door to hold a party/show.

He also didn’t want an external funder because he felt that would compromise the independence of the venue. He doesn’t want someone pressuring him to “bring this or that type of band” to the Double Door. As it is, Joe has the freedom to give small bands a show who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance. Dino Kourelis of the band The Lovehammers said Double Door let them put on a show when no other venue would. “If it weren’t for the Double Door, we wouldn’t be a band right now.” The Lovehammers have since become quite successful and are even playing the Park West this Friday. They’ve been so grateful to the Double Door that Dino started up the petition to save it. By the court time it had over 4,500 signatures; right now it has over 5,100.

Sean and Joe attribute that petition, the attendance of fans and bands, and the amazing show of support from other local venues and artists such as Billy Corgan to the owners’ willingness to negotiate towards a resolution.

2 Comments so far

  1. Chicago Playboy (unregistered) on June 9th, 2005 @ 9:14 pm

    Blogs get out the word – people say whats on their mind – Democracy in action. Nice!

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on June 10th, 2005 @ 9:22 am

    I have to admit I was pretty skeptical that DD could be saved. Thankfully, I was wrong. Big up to all those that wrote, called, blogged and attended the hearing- score one for the little guy!

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