Double Door evicted from its Wicker Park location of 23 years
Long-running Chicago music venue Double Door has been evicted from the 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park location which it’s had for over two decades. DNA Info reports that at around 11:30 Monday morning (2/6), Cook County sheriff's police put a "No Trespassing" sign on the door and soon after locksmiths had arrived to change the locks.
The venue has been in a battle with its landlord who has wanted Double Door out since 2015, and were ordered last summer to vacate by December 31, 2016. A judge ruled in November that the club could stay past that date as it worked on its appeal. More from DNA Info:
Though Double Door had worked out a deal to stay through June, Strauss' lawyer James McKay said that Mulroney had missed multiple deadlines to post a portion of a $468,000 appeal bond ordered by Cook County circuit court Judge Orville Hambright, Jr. on Oct. 31, 2016.
Additionally, Double Door has not paid "use and occupancy" fees to Strauss for use of the building in January or February, McKay said.
McKay said that had Double Door paid the appeal bond ordered by Hambright, the club would have been allowed to stay through June.
"Here we are on the 6th of February, the sheriffs out there. Brian and the Strauss family did everything right and legal and went through the court system. Double Door just decided to follow their own rules. If anybody is upset that Double Door is being evicted, they have nobody to blame but the owners of Double Door," McKay said.
The venue has not commented, and just yesterday announced a few new upcoming shows via Facebook and a full calendar through April, including concerts with Sleaford Mods, Chairlift and others.
Double Door had been in its Wicker Park location since 1994. Owners Sean Mulroney and Joe Shanahan have been hoping to relocate the Double Door to the Logan Square State and Savings Bank building. Stay tuned.