The closing of Double Door hasn't killed Soul Summit, the monthly dance party that made the defunct Wicker Park venue its home for several years. Back in March, resident DJs Scott "Sloppy White" Williams, Dave Mata and Duke Grip moved the entire event to Logan Square Auditorium, just a couple of stops north on the Blue Line from its original location.
In November, Soul Summit is making another move, taking the party down Milwaukee Avenue to Logan Square nightlife destination East Room. "It has the dark and gritty feel that we think is more on brand with Soul Summit," Williams said. The party joins the venue's already robust lineup of DJ events, including regular appearances by Dan Maloney and Stefan Ponce as well as the monthly Aux Cord DJs night.
"Our tenure at Logan Square Auditorium was always temporary from the start," Williams tells us. "We thought Double Door would re-emerge in that general area of Logan Square so it felt like a natural, temporary location." Before they were evicted from their Wicker Park space, Double Door's owners expressed interest in relocating to a former bank at 2551 N Milwaukee Ave—Wiliiams says that the collapse of those plans helped spur Soul Summit's latest relocation. "The space [Double Door was] looking at in the area didn’t work out, so we felt we needed to make a move and get back to a proper venue with a staff and full bar."
Soul Summit will break in its new digs on November 17, with sets from Williams, Mata and Grip as well as a set from New York DJ Breakbeat Lou. Thanks to East Room's 5am license, the party will be able keep rocking late into the evening, allowing plenty of time for deep cuts from each selector's record collection. Show up early, because we have a feeling that line to get in will be longer than ever.