Following a year spent without a liquor license, Chicago’s Congress Theater will finally reopen its doors, but don’t count on catching Skrillex there any time soon. In an agreement struck with the city, as Consequence of Sound points out, the theater has agreed to not “allow any EDM shows/events at the premises.”
Local liquor commissioner Gregory Steadman says the ban follows a “rising level of concern about these events and whether or not they’re safe.”
The venue was initially shut down in May 2013 after a number of drug-related problems.
Considering the tragedies that have recently struck Electric Daisy Carnival and Mad Decent Block Party, as well as the general madness that comes along with your everyday Avicii show, it’s understandable why the city may want to prohibit such shows from a 5,000 capacity venue. However, strange wording on the agreement seems like it would actually ban any DJ set that might appear at the theater.