City To Congress Theater: Clean Up Your Act!

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.

Now, frustrated in what he says have been countless attempts to work with owner Eddie Carranza to address problems at the 86-year-old, 4,690-capacity venue on Milwaukee Avenue near Western, Joe Moreno, the First Ward alderman hailed by many as the elected official most supportive of the local music scene and most sympathetic to the challenges its businesses face, has scheduled a Deleterious Impact/Public Nuisance Hearing at City Hall to force the Congress to clean up its act.

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