Double Door

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Double door
For the 1934 film, see Double Door (film).

Double Door was a concert hall and nightclub located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. The venue was first opened on June 12, 1994, and was co-owned by Sean Mulroney and Joe Shanahan. On June 12, 1994, under its current ownership, the Double Door hosted its first show, Lloyd Cole; the same week, the Smashing Pumpkins played under the name the Starchildren.[1] The venue has a capacity of 473 people. It is two floors, has a stage, separate soundboards for both main and monitor speakers, a dance floor and a bar. A second bar is located downstairs in Door No. 3.

Notable artists who have played Double Door include local acts Emilie Autumn, The Smashing Pumpkins, Local H, Chevelle, Veruca Salt, Wilco, Liz Phair, Liquid Soul, Rise Against, Cheap Trick, Andrew Bird and Chance The Rapper, as well as a number of national and international talents, including The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Of Monsters and Men, Cypress Hill, John Legend, Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Sonic Youth, Ray LaMontagne, Har Mar Superstar, and FIDLAR. Double Door also hosted such events as MOB fest, television show and movie filmings, and events sponsored by ASCAP, Maverick Records, MTV, VH1, Nike, Billboard, VICE, Starbucks and Rolling Stone magazine among others.[2]

Parts of the movie High Fidelity were shot at Double Door, and the actors from the movie recently visited there.[3]

In 2005, the club was nearly shut down due to disagreements about its lease. The landlord, Brian Strauss, succeeded in doubling the Double Door's rent, while the Double Door backed down and renewed the lease. [4]

In 2013, Double Door's basement bar, formerly The Dirtroom, reopened as Door No. 3, with a renewed focus on up-and-coming DJs as well as special events, ranging from electroswing and cabaret to roots reggae. [5]

In 2016, following further leasing disputes, the owners of the Double Door filed a proposal with the city of Chicago to allow them to move to a former bank building at 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood.[6]


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Coordinates: 41°54′36″N 87°40′37.3″W / 41.91000°N 87.677028°W / 41.91000; -87.677028