Damen Avenue entrance. Old stomping ground. Please View On Black
Featured in Chicagoist Around Town 06/20/11
Double Door is 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 is co-owned by Andy Barrett, 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. 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. Pool tables and a bar are located downstairs in the Dirtroom and the venue's first open mic took place there on September 8, 2009.
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, and Cheap Trick, as well as a number of
national and international talents, including The Rolling Stones.
Double Door also hosted such events as MOB fest, television show and
movie filmings, and events sponsored by ASCAP, Maverick Records, MTV,
VH1, and Rolling Stone magazine among others.
Parts of the movie High Fidelity were shot at Double Door, and the characters in the movie visit there.
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.