Sound-Bar, Chicago To Reopen After Deadly Shooting

Nearly a month after the deadly shooting of security guard, Thurman Bailey, Sound-Bar will reopen the first weekend of April 2019.

The venue, located at 226 W. Ontario Street, has been closed since the March 7, 2019 incident which saw a fight break out on the sidewalk outside the popular Chicago dance club around 12 a.m. local time.

According to police, as many as 15 people were involved when someone pulled a gun and began shooting, hitting Bailey, an innocent bystander, several times. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another man, 58, was hit by bullet fragments in the arm and leg and was also rushed to the hospital where he was stabilized and later released.

During Sound-Bar’s closure, the owners have worked diligently with local elected officials and Chicago PD to devise a “Nuisance Abatement Plan.”

Photo: Penny Smith

Sound-Bar issued this statement via social media early this evening:

Friends, family, and supporters,

After our tragic incident on the evening of March 7th, we voluntarily shut down our venue for the weekend, while we worked with police, and took time to mourn one of our own who became of a victim of the ongoing Chicago violence. 

The following week, as expected, we received a Summary Closure from the city, as they began an inquiry to the events that occurred on that evening. A Summary Closure is standard city procedure when a violent event occurs at a liquor licensed venue.

The incident that occurred, did not happen inside the venue, nor did the perpetrators try to gain entry in to the venue, as has been mis-reported by the media. It had nothing to do with the night’s programming, nor any regular patrons of the club. This was an unfortunate, isolated incident. 

We have spent the last few weeks, working diligently with the police, and city lawyers, to ensure the event that occurred would not be repeated, and in that time, created a Nuisance Abatement Plan in accordance to Chicago Police recommendations. 

The Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago have worked admirably and respectfully with us, and will continue to work with us moving forward, with a more increased police presence in the vicinity of the area, given the high traffic on weekends. 

Over the last 15 years, Sound-Bar has strived to be one of the best dance clubs, not only in Chicago, but also around the world, with world-renown artists coming through our doors on a weekly basis. We have welcomed over three million guests during our time in Chicago, celebrated countless parties with regulars from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and guests from around the world, with one of the more diverse audiences in Chicago, together, partying under one roof. 

During our time, we have seen our neighborhood go from parking lots to residential skyscrapers, and we will continue working with our local Alderman, the police, and the city, to make sure we stay a good neighbor to our ever-growing neighborhood.

Also, importantly, we look forward to partying with you this weekend!

April 5, 2019 will see the first performance since the closing. Headlining will be MK, a house music producer who is set to release a full-length artist album.

Erik Lake

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