It is with great sorrow we report that a world class venue, Double Door in Chicago, has been shuttered. At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, February 6, Cook County Sheriffs posted "No Trespassing" signs on the door and a locksmith was observed changing the locks. The owners were evicted.
This has been a long process with Double Door co-owner Sean Mulroney wrapped up in legal proceedings against landlord Brian Strauss since November of 2015.
According to sources Double Door would have been allowed to stay until June of this year as long as the club paid both the usage fees and the $468,000 appeal bond ordered by Cook County circuit court Judge Orville Hambright. Strauss says multiple deadlines for payment were missed by club owners.
Double Door leaves with a full calendar of live music and events posted on the website. As a matter of fact, tonight's offering was Chicago based No Men along with supporting artists. It remains unclear what will happen with shows and events already scheduled.
Double Door's history stretches back to 1994. So many performers spoke ecstatically of playing the same stage that hosted the Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, and Rise Against. Double Door has also launched terrific Chicago musicians, hosted tours from around the country and the world.
The staff and listeners of Fearless Radio have spent many a night at Double Door. This is a true Chicago musical home and we will miss it dearly. We look forward to what comes next for club owners and partners. You can post messages of support and ask questions on the venue's Facebook page.