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Double Door Petitions Neighbors To Support Logan Square Move

By Mina Bloom | October 14, 2016 1:48pm | Updated on October 17, 2016 9:12am
 The former Logan Square State and Savings Bank.
The former Logan Square State and Savings Bank.
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LOGAN SQUARE — The owners of Double Door, a storied Wicker Park music venue, are asking Logan Square neighbors to support a plan to move into a local historic former bank building ahead of community meetings.

A flier recently posted on the Logan Square State and Savings Bank building, 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave., directs residents to a website that urges neighbors to support the move and allows them to sign up for notifications on any upcoming meetings.

"We would sincerely like your help and support before we begin restoring the beautiful and historic Logan Square State and Savings Bank building located at 2551 N. Milwaukee Avenue," the site reads. "We want to continue supporting music and culture in Chicago with our diverse and vibrant programming, featuring national artists as well as both established and emerging Chicago artists."

 A flyer posted to the Logan Square building.
A flyer posted to the Logan Square building.
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It adds that the venue's owners are "committed to being great neighbors and a positive cultural addition to the Logan Square neighborhood."

It finishes, "Thank you so much for your attention to this matter, as Double Door continues to advocate for local businesses and residents in the 32nd ward."

News broke of Double Door's interest in the Logan Square building in late September. It comes amidst the owners' yearlong battle with their Wicker Park landlord over whether the iconic concert venue can stay in its home since 1994. 

The stately Logan Square building has a second entrance at 3061 W. Logan Blvd., was built in 1922 and had been the home of the Logan Square Medical Institute and pharmacy since 1970, according to Dina Ruiz, wife of Dr. Gonzalo Ruiz, who sold the building for $2.5 million in March.

Adam Saffro of New Era Chicago bought the building from Ruiz with his business partner Michael Hagenson. Saffro has declined to discuss whether a lease with Double Door's management is in the works, though he indicated the club would likely rent the entire building if it were to relocate there.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), whose ward includes the bank building, previously said Double Door "may or may not be feasible in this new community area."

"Neighbors are being asked to be heavily involved in any potential relocation," Waguespack previously told DNAinfo Chicago. "There are residential housing and farmers market directly impacted. The owners are patiently working with the community to provide answers to the issues."

Double Door plans to hold public meetings in the near future, but specifics have yet to be determined.

Waguespack's office didn't immediately return a request for comment Friday afternoon.