The Double Door | Backstage pass
Backstage pass, first edition: Wicker Park's Double Door
Scoring a backstage pass is one of the great gets for anyone in the music scene. However, the cruel laws of supply and demand rule in this decadent demimonde, so very few people get to lounge with the band in its true natural habitat. Because of that, we have decided to create the ultimate virtual backstage pass—an entrée into the glam, the grit and the grunge of those unseen corners of Chicago’s music venues. Join us on an intimate tour of the pre- and post-show haunts inside Chicago's music clubs.
Where: Legendary Wicker Park rock club Double Door opened its doors in June of 1994 when Wicker Park was a lot less crunchy and citified. According to Dan Wade, one of the club's promoters, "It was much different than it is today. There certainly wasn't a Marc Jacobs or any other upscale boutique shops, or a Starbucks for that matter. And parking was ample—mainly because if you parked nearby, it was almost guaranteed that your car would get broken into." The club's roots in this building go back to 1968, the year Double Door Liquors started in this spot. "It operated as a tavern and a liquor store under numerous names," explains Wade. "Right before our current owners opened the club as a music venue, this room was a country/western bar with guns mounted on the walls instead of posters."
Who: Everyone from Sonic Youth and Smashing Pumpkins to the Killers and the Rolling Stones have graced the stage.