“The Double Door is one step closer to reopening after City Council approved plans Wednesday for the club’s eventual move to Uptown — and for an apartment complex to rise on a nearby parking lot.
“Development firm Cedar Street won support from the City Council Wednesday for its mixed-use development at Wilson and Kenmore avenues. Included in the development is the Wilson Theater, 1050 W. Wilson Ave., which has been eyed as the new home to beloved rock club Double Door.
“Cedar Street’s plans call for redeveloping the historic building back into a theater after years of being used as a commercial space. The theater’s parking lot will be replaced by a 62-unit apartment building.
“After being evicted from its longtime Wicker Park location in 2017, it was rumored that Double Door would relocate to Uptown. The move was confirmed by the club’s owner in July 2019.
“Formal plans for the new Double Door site were introduced to the city in February 2020. The planning documents do not mention Double Door by name, but Ald. James Cappleman (46th) at this week’s Zoning Committee meeting said ‘we all know’ who it is.
“It’s nice to have the opportunity to turn this building back to its roots,” said Cappleman at December’s commission meeting.
“The Wilson Theater, built in 1908, was the longtime home to vaudeville performers. Most recently, it was a TCF bank until 2011.
“In 2013, Cedar Street bought the theater building at 1050 W. Wilson Ave. for $625,000. At the time, the firm said it was seeking ‘a unique tenant that not only respects the grandeur of the space, but also adds value to the Uptown community.'” (Ward & Laurence, Block Club Chicago, 1/27/21)
Preservation Chicago played an important role in the designation of this building and approximately 49 others as part of the Uptown Square Historic Landmark District.
Double Door’s New Uptown Home And Neighboring Apartment Building Get City Approval; Plans to relocate the beloved rock club from Wicker Park to Uptown were confirmed in 2019 and approved by City Council Wednesday, Joe Ward & Justin Laurence, Block Club Chicago, 1/27/21