Only three days before a Deleterious Impact/Public Nuisance Hearing set to take place on the venue, a fight during a hip-hop show at the Congress Theater Friday night prompted a response from more than two dozen police and fire officials and shut down Milwaukee Avenue for several blocks in both directions.
Though it can be admired for filling a void in the local music scene by booking underground sounds and hosting independent concerts that might not otherwise find a home in Chicago, the Congress Theater is notorious among local music fans as a bad-sounding, poorly maintained and horribly managed dump
These are precarious times for old Chicago theaters. The New Regal Theater on east 79th is in foreclosure; dedicated volunteers are fighting to get a new use for Bridgeport's Ramova Theater.And the Uptown has been closed 30 years of its 86-year existence.
DJ Resistol 5000 dropped a taste of south of the border rock. Resistol, known outside the DJ world as Eduardo Calvillo, lives and breathes Spanish rock.He’s a consultant at Chicago’s Congress Theater where he helps book acts; after work, he spins.