Saturday, December 1, 2018

Double Door Coming To Uptown At 1050 W. Wilson

1050 W. Wilson
This is big news, folks!

The old Wilson Avenue Theater at 1050 W. Wilson will once again have musical acts for the first time since 1919. The property is owned by Cedar Street.

Double Door closed its doors in Wicker Park back in 2017 and has been searching for a new home since. While in Wicker Park, Double Door hosted acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Kanye West and John Legend.

Neighbors first knew something was up when a pop-up Smashing Pumpkins merchandise sale was announced for today at 1050 W. Wilson and a sign proudly announced that patrons were standing in the future home of Double Door. The sale runs today from 1PM-7PM.

In this case, Wicker Park's loss is definitely Uptown's gain. This will make an amazing addition to our Uptown Entertainment District. The project will have to navigate a few neighborhood hoops. More as it becomes available...

Sign in the entrance of 1050 W. Wilson

Update: There've been a few more articles since we broke this story early Saturday morning.

21 comments:

  1. This all didn't just happen over night.... There was a lot of work done to get to this point and the difference in this area from just a few years ago has been spectacular. However, in the next few years you will see much more happening with Uptown's Entertainment District.

    We're on a roll.

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    1. I'm happy about it - I just hope that I will be able to continue to live here at The Lorali and that other Uptown residents of low income will still be able to find and access affordable housing. Being medication compliant with a mental illness, I appreciate all of the rights that I currently have and it would break my heart if we were to be pushed out of the neighbourhood as others were in the past history of Chicago's gentrification.

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    2. Oh sure, but how are you going to top that and the Uptown Theater?

      You can't.

      That's the problem with being successful--people expect it to continue.

      Now Shiller had it down right. Don't give people squat and when they complain suggest this ain't Lincoln Park.

      The constant hard work of yourself and your staff will ultimately mean that I'll start the chant "well what has he done for us LATELY?"

      It's an unending treadmill that speeds up and slows down, but the complaints will always be coming in.

      You screwed up. You started to improve the neighborhood and now folks will expect it to continue.

      Shakes head.

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    3. True.And have a good day cappleman.

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  2. This is amazing!!!! Thanks alderman Cappleman!

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  3. Welcome to the neighborhood, DoubleDoor! I've seen a lot of great shows there over the years. Looking forward to seeing what they do with the space.

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  4. Former Bank of Chicago - made my first deposit there as a kid back in the 60s. Glad to see this news!

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  5. Fantastic, great news for Uptown!

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  6. Simply the coolest news I’ve heard most recently. Although the Double Door was a unique venue, I’m sure Joe Shanahan has a vision for this place and it’ll be just as successful as the original! God bless rock and roll. If they need a talent buyer I’m available! ��

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  7. To quote Monty Python's Dirty Hungarian sketch "My Nipples Explode with delight."

    Oh the hits keep on coming.

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  8. Good news. I was in Wicker Park yesterday and was looking for the OLD double door...I couldn't remember where it was. I saw subterranean...that's an Idea - bring Subterranean to Uptown too!

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  9. Thank you Ald. Cappleman, thank you for all your hard work sir. Uptown is where I live and call my home. I am #UptownProud!

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  10. Just remember to have adequate security and be good neighbors.

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  11. Truly...an entertainment mecca in the making...only 40 years in the making

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  12. Very much appreciate all you have done for this community, Ald. Cappleman! I’ve been here 8 years and have watched as the community just goes up and up. Thank you for everything you’ve done and worked hard to do for us!

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  13. As a lady who lived in Wicker Park for 14 years and now resides up in Rogers Park, this tickles me profusely.

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