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'Chiraq' Films in Double Door; Simulated Gunshots, Street Closures Planned

By Alisa Hauser | June 1, 2015 9:27pm

Posters for a rap concert in the film "Chiraq" show rappers holding guns in the window of Double Door. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

WICKER PARK —  Spike Lee's controversial film "Chiraq" got the green light for filming earlier this month, and crews spent Monday preparing for scenes on the South Side as well as in Wicker Park, where iconic music club Double Door will be used as a concert venue in the film, several sources confirmed.

Late Monday afternoon, bills advertising a 21-and-over rap show by fictional rappers Terror Tee and Little Lelex went up in the window of Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., which was renamed "Da End Up" in the fake ads.

The hashtag-heavy posters announce that the concert is sponsored by #spartanboyzentertainment.

Alisa Hauser says Wicker Park is a hot spot for TV and film production:

A location manager and a security worker both confirmed that the trucks emblazoned with the name Da Chi-Lite Joint, Inc.  were for Lee's "Chiraq." A former limited liability company, Da Chi-Lite Joint Inc. is owned by Shelton J. Spike Lee of Brooklyn, New York, state records show.

According to bright orange fliers delivered to neighboring businesses and taped to street poles, filming will start Tuesday at 4 a.m. and last through 11 p.m. 

Simulated gunfire could take place between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday, the flier warns. The Chicago Police Department will notify local districts before the simulated gunfire.

There will be no parking on the North Side of Pierce Avenue from Damen to Hoyne avenues; the south side of North Avenue from Damen to Hoyne, both sides of Milwaukee from Damen to Honore and both sides of Le Moyne Street from 2029-69 W. LeMoyne St.

From 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, there will be a full street closure on Damen Avenue from North Avenue to Pierce Street.

Several streets in Wicker Park will be closed for filming of the Spike Lee film "Chiraq." [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

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