Congress Theater in peril as city revokes liquor license
It's not impossible to run a music venue without a liquor license, but it certainly is not profitable. Last month, the city issued an emergency motion to Congress Theater owner Eddie Carranza, listing 26 violations including shocking shortcomings with the venue's electrical system. Just yesterday, the Sun-Times reported the Congress was close to being cleared of the violations.
Early today, local music critic Jim DeRogatis, who has been at the head of the crusade to shutter the problematic rock venue, announced on WBEZ that the Congress has lost its liquor license. This Twitpic of the venue's front doors from Do312 confirms the news.
What this means for the slate of upcoming shows is uncertain. Country act Montgomery Gentry is slated to play next Friday, May 31. Other upcoming concerts include Marilyn Manson and Adam Ant.
Congress Theater has been a hub for EDM in the city, hosting concerts by Major Lazer, Amon Tobin, Girl Talk, David Guetta and more. Click here for more photo galleries of Congress Theater concerts. You might not see many more for a while.
UPDATE: In DeRogatis's latest report, Carranza notes that he will appeal the decision. State law allows the venue to continue to sell alcohol during the appeals process.