by: Bella Bagshaw
Oct 4, 2018
Owners of the most powerful factions in the Chicago dance music scene, The MID nightclub, has announced its permanent closing as of February 2019.
In addition to hosting a fierce fleet of farewell events (details to be announced soon) at the iconic N. Halsted locale, The Mid’s founders, Lucas King and Nick Karounos, have revealed they will be opening, not one, but a series of new venues “in the near future.” The closing comes on behalf of the aggressive recent expansion in Chicago’s West Loop and rapidly developing Fulton Market District–particularly on the residential front. However, organizers will be dedicating the coming months to commemorating The MID’s rich event history, while simultaneously foreshadowing future endeavors.
“These last remaining months will be a celebration of the past and a toast to the future,” said King and Karounos in a recent release. “We want to thank all the fans, artists, employees, agents, managers, and promoters who have supported us throughout this era. As a token of our appreciation, we are putting together some very special events leading up to that ‘One Last Song.’”
In less than a decade of operation, The MID garnered an unquestionable ranking from Chicago music patrons as one of the most sought-after electronic entities in town. In addition to hosting a slew of sold-out Lollapalooza events year after year, it hosted landmark performances from Skrillex, Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, just to name a few. Most noteworthy is probably its housing of Tiësto in support of Chicago’s Blackhawks following their 2015 Stanley Cup victory. Chicago’s EDM devotees can undoubtedly expect venerable future ventures from King, Karounos, and team.