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After Months Of Silence, Double Door Owner Says Uptown Venue ‘Is Happening’

Co-owner Sean Mulroney declined to offer specifics but confirmed the club is still planning a move to Uptown's entertainment district.

The Wilson Avenue Theater, 1050 W. Wilson Ave., where the Double Door aims to open.
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UPTOWN — After years of fighting to stay in Wicker Park, followed by months of speculation about where they would go next, Ald. James Cappleman (46th) shocked many when he announced that the shuttered Double Door rock club would be heading to Uptown.

After months of silence from the club’s owners, co-owner Sean Mulroney finally had a message for Double Door fans: “It is happening.”

On a phone call on Tuesday, Mulroney said there will be more news soon, but declined to share specifics.

Back in December, the Double Door owners posted a sign at the old Wilson Avenue Theater at 1050 W. Wilson Ave. announcing The Smashing Pumpkins were opening a pop-up merchandise shop to promote the Double Door’s new location.

That prompted Cappleman to make the announcement, touting another independent music venue would soon call Uptown’s entertainment district home.

“Well, the secret is out. … Double Door, welcome to Uptown’s Entertainment District in the 46th Ward,” Cappleman posted on Facebook at the time.

On Tuesday, Cappleman’s chief of staff Tressa Feher said that the building owner told her that negotiations were ongoing, but that all signs still point to the iconic venue coming to Uptown.

“They are still working on it and trying to get all the pieces in place,” she said. “It’s still happening, just slower than we all thought.”

In June, the iconic Double Door sign was removed from its Wicker Park building, prompting many to wonder what would become of the landmark.

Many Wicker Park residents were hoping the Double Door’s iconic sign would remain in the neighborhood.

But when it came down with absolutely no warning — not even to the ward’s alderman Daniel La Spata (1st) — residents speculated the sign would be heading to the Uptown location.

A spokesperson for CA Ventures — the new building owners at the Double Door’s former location — said the sign removal was required by the city, and would not say where it was taken or what will happen to it.

“The future use of the sign is yet to be determined,” a CA Ventures spokesperson said.

Currently, the building at 1050 W. Wilson Ave. remains shuttered with no Double Door signage.

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