At the end of 2016 the lights will fade at the Double Door for the final time, bringing an end to the club's more than two decades in Wicker Park as a result of a legal battle with the property's current landlord. Last month we learned that the owners of the Double Door are hoping to open a new version of the iconic venue in Logan Square, located in a building that once housed the Logan Square State and Savings Bank.
Representatives of the Double Door have already submitted a proposal to local non-profit Logan Square Preservation (the building is located in the neighborhood's historic district), but the venue will need support from 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack to obtain a liquor license and a Public Place of Amusement license. A form that was recently posted on the Double Door's website is asking those who live and work in Logan Square to contact Ald. Waguespack and show their support for a new music venue.
According to the website, anyone who signs the form will be notified of "any neighborhood meetings regarding the building so we can address any questions or concerns you have." It goes on to promise that the prospective music venue is "committed to being great neighbors and a positive cultural addition to the Logan Square neighborhood."
Taking up residence at 2551 North Milwaukee Avenue, the venue would be located across the street from the forthcoming Logan's Crossing development, which will replace the defunct (and currently graffiti-covered) Mega Mall with luxury apartments and a Jewel Osco grocery store. If the owners of the Double Door are able to gain the support of Logan Square residents and the 32nd Ward Alderman, the new venue could open sometime in late 2017.
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