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Double Door Can Stay In Wicker Park Building Past Dec. 31, Judge Rules

By Alisa Hauser | November 1, 2016 8:17am
 The Double Door sign at sunrise.
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WICKER PARK — Owners of the Double Door are no longer facing a Dec. 31 closing date after a Cook County Circuit Court ruling Monday.

The two-decade-old Wicker Park rock venue at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. can stay in its current location “until our appeal rights are exhausted,” Double Door attorney Cary Schiff said in a Tribune report.

“We have the right to continue the appeal unimpeded” by the threat of closure, Schiff said.

An undisclosed appeal bond was set by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Orville Hambright Jr. and will be placed in holding while the hearings continue. The club also will continue to pay $26,000 in monthly rent, the Tribune reported. 

Meanwhile, Sean Mulroney and Joe Shanahan, the owners of Double Door, who've been embroiled in a now yearlong battle with their landlord over whether the iconic concert venue can stay in the Wicker Park building it has called home since 1994, may have found a new home instead.

They are currently asking Logan Square neighbors to support a plan to move into a local historic former bank building at 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave. ahead of community meetings.

Reached on Tuesday, Schiff said that the outcome of the bond hearing was "very successful" and what it means for music fans is that the club can continue to operate in Wicker Park for the duration of the appeals process, estimated to last between 12 to 24 months.


Related coverage:

Double Door Petitions Neighbors to Support Logan Square Move (Oct. 14)

Is Double Door Leaving Wicker Park for Logan Square? (Sept. 23)

Double Door Can Stay Through End of Year, Judge Rules (Aug. 15)

Double Door Eviction Fight Drags on As Judge Seeks Ruling (June 22)

Double Door Eviction Case Delayed Again, Will New Twist Save Club? (June 20)

Double Door Eviction Trial Ends, Judge Could Rule By Monday (June 14) 

Double Door Should Get Zoning Change, Alderman Says, But It's Not Clear Why (June 2)

Double Door Landlord Tells Club to Get Out on First Day of Trial (May 18)

Double Door Eviction Case Still In Limbo, 'Pretrial Talks' Continued (May 12)

Double Door Lawyer 'Hopeful' Club Stays As Case Heads to Trial (April 12)

Double Door Eviction Delayed as Court Fight Continues (Jan. 27)

Double Door Eviction Fight: Music to Continue as Case Drags On (Jan. 8)

Double Door Building Sale to Downtown Investors Underway, Records Show (Jan. 5)

Double Door's Landlord Could be Close to Selling Iconic Club's Building (Dec. 17, 2015)

Lawyer in Double Door Eviction Case: 'Time for Them to Go' (Dec. 10, 2015)

Double Door Liquors, Iconic Wicker Park Music Venue, Facing Eviction (Dec. 3, 2015)

Vintage Bass Guitar Missing After Double Door Owner Plays Diabetes Benefit (June 19, 2015)

Friends Rally to Help Double Door Worker Facing $46,000 on Medical Bills (Dec. 5, 2014)

Double Door to Open Third Entrance For First Time (July 10, 2013)


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