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Dear Friends,

I'm writing this petition to tell you about a situation with Double Door that I am
concerned about, and I think you will be too. Double Door is currently
involved in a lawsuit with its landlord which will determine the future
of this venerable Chicago institution. I hope you will take a look at
the information below and help support Double Door!

THE WAR ON CULTURE:
LANDLORD WANTS TO SHUT DOWN WICKER PARK'S DOUBLE DOOR


On June 9, 2005 Double Door, Chicago's preeminent small music venue,
will be fighting for its very existence before Cook County Chancery
Judge Billik. The trial, whereby Double Door is seeking to enforce an
extension to its lease, is set to begin at 2PM at the Cook County
Courthouse, Room 2601 in the Daley Center. The trial hinges upon Double
Door's position that it appropriately notified the owners of the
building, Harry and Brian Strauss, of its intention to exercise its
option in it's lease. The Strauss' dispute this claim.

Double Door has become a fixture in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood
and an integral part of the cultural and music scene in Chicago since
it's opening in 1994. The club has played host to some of the biggest
bands in the world including The Rolling Stones, bringing national and
international exposure to Chicago. Double Door served as the site for
debut material from two albums of Chicago's own Smashing Pumpkins.
Artists like Kid Rock, Macy Gray, The Strokes and The Killers have all
graced the Double Door stage early in their careers. The club has
nurtured the careers of many of Chicago's most successful local artists
including Chevelle, Local H and Liquid Soul.

The Strauss family has no interest in preserving the cultural integrity
of the neighborhood or the Double Door. It is their intention to force
the closure of Double Door and to replace it with a national retail
chain.

Double Door filed its suit against the Strauss family knowing that it
has met its obligations under the lease. This trial will determine
whether the institution that is Double Door will remain a fixture in
Wicker Park and a key part of the cultural and musical scene in Chicago.


Chicago's musical landscape will not be the same without Double Door.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Attend the court hearing on June 9th, 2005 at 2pm at the Cook County
Courthouse, Room 2601 in Daley Center.

Write a letter to Alderman Manny Flores expressing your support for
Double Door at [email protected]

Sample letter:
Dear Alderman Flores,

I am writing to express my concern over the fate of venerable Chicago
music venue Double Door. Double Door is currently involved in a court
battle with their landlords over their lease agreement. The outcome of
this lawsuit will determine the future of the club.

Double Door is an integral part of the cultural and music scene in
Chicago, and has nurtured the careers of many local and national artists
since opening in 1994. Double Door has brought attention, visitors and
culture to our city, and to lose this institution would be a great blow
to Chicago's musical landscape.

(ADD YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH DOUBLE DOOR HERE - Did your band play
at Double Door? Do you love to come to Double Door for shows? Etc.)

I strongly urge you to join me in supporting Double Door in their fight
to remain open and continue to bring great music to Chicago for many
years to come.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME HERE)


Write a letter to the editor expressing your support for Double Door -

Chicago Sun-Times [email protected]

Chicago Tribune [email protected]

Chicago Reader - [email protected]

Sample letter:

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my concern over the fate of venerable Chicago
music venue Double Door. Double Door is currently involved in a court
battle with their landlords over their lease agreement. The outcome of
this lawsuit will determine the future of the club.

Double Door is an integral part of the cultural and music scene in
Chicago, and has nurtured the careers of many local and national artists
since opening in 1994. Double Door has brought attention, visitors and
culture to our city, and to lose this institution would be a great blow
to Chicago's musical landscape.

(ADD YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH DOUBLE DOOR HERE - Did your band play
at Double Door? Do you love to come to Double Door for shows? Etc.)

I strongly urge all Chicago music fans to join me in supporting Double
Door in their fight to remain open and continue to bring great music to
Chicago for many years to come.

Sincerely,

(YOUR NAME HERE)

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