I've got a whole city to hold down

March 25, 2005

The black spot

Remember in Treasure Island how there's nothing a pirate dreads more than the black spot? Like some guy walks up to you in a bar and hands you a slip of paper with a black spot on it? It means you're marked for death.

Anyway, that pretty much sums up the MP Shows track record lately. They're like the clubland personfication of the black spot.

First they ditched the Fireside for Logan Square Auditorium. The Fireside hasn't booked bands regularly since. Then MP Shows cancelled its grand plans for LSA, resurfacing with nightly bookings at the Bottom Lounge. And now, Time Out Chicago reports, the Bottom Lounge's days are numbered.

"The CTA is in the process of acquiring the property at 3206 North Wilton Street and plans to demolish the buildings on the property as part of the Brown Line renovation project," says Ibis Antongiorgi, a CTA spokeswoman.

The CTA has had the property in eminent domain since at least 2001, and has been planning on razing the structure to make way for renovations to the adjacent Belmont El station just as long. But after years of delays, the end is approaching for one of the city's last-remaining music venues that hosts all-ages shows ... .

"It's definitely going to happen," says one of the Bottom Lounge's owners, Brian Elmiger, of the club's demolition. "They are going to get the property no matter how much we scream and kick. I assume sometime this summer the CTA will acquire our property."