By: Steph MacDonald
Eddie Carranza, or better known as the guy behind all the scandals that have surrounded The Congress Theater appears to be back at what he does best; Ruin music venues. Carranza owned The Congress Theater as well as The Portage Theater. Congress was shut down in the middle of the summer scheduled due to ignored safety issues, not owning a liquor license, delayed bills, and many smaller reasons. While to some of us, it seems as if it would be simple enough to fix these issues. Obtain a liquor license, fix the safety hazards, and pay bills. These issues amounted to a court date, where Carranza conveniently did not show up to. All these issues have led to The Congress Theater being closed indefinitely, the fate of 2135 N Milwaukee is still up in the air.
Conveniently enough, the fate of The Portage Theater is the new discussion in Chicago’s music scene. The Portage Theater is nearing a similar fate to The Congress. Carranza has racked up over $20,000 in unpaid bills from The Portage Theater. To continue his careless notions, 20+ other tenants are being affected by their gas being shut off from Carranza not paying gas bills for The Portage. To call this decision insensitive is a compliment. Why try to run a company you can’t keep up with? After gaining public attention and harming tenants in 28 apartments in the process, Carranza finally decided to find a new operator for the Portage. In the past, The Portage Theater has been recognized for booking musical acts, movie showings, and providing several types entertainment in Chicago. Once the Portage Theater is under new operations, we will all be hoping for a continuation in booking musical and movie events after all expenses are paid. So will this finally be the end of Carranza operating (very poorly) music venues?
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