Officials suspect loud music at a Logan Square nightclub contributed to the partial collapse of a ceiling that injured three men.
The suburban men were dancing on the third floor of the Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 1:25 a.m. Saturday when pieces of plaster fell, causing neck and head injuries, police said.
In a brief statement, the club and building owners said they have agreed to close the venue until further notice. Officials said they would cooperate with city officials as they investigate the incident.
Building Department spokeswoman Mimi Simon said a two-foot by three-foot section of the ceiling on the third floor fell. The owner of the building later removed a four-foot by eight-foot section of the same ceiling, said Simon.
The owner called in a structural engineer to determine the cause and a preliminary investigation "suggested that vibrations from the music contributed to the failure of the ceiling," Simon said.
Before the building can be reopened, the owner must obtain permits and have building plans approved by city officials, Simon said.
The injured men were in their 20s and 30s. One of them was taken to a hospital in serious to critical condition while two others suffered injuries that were not serious and were also taken to hospitals, fire officials said.
Abaha Chala, 25, said he was dancing with friends when he felt a blow to the head and realized part of the club’s ceiling had hit him.
“All I remember was getting hit in the head and just falling,” he said. “It just happened out of nowhere.”
Chala called 911 on his cell phone and ambulances arrived. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated. Besides an aching head, Chala said he had a sore neck.
“I’m all right, but I got hit pretty bad,” he said.
On its website, Concord officials said they moved a show scheduled for Saturday evening to the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Boulevard. They canceled a show scheduled for Sunday.
Tribune reporter Kate Thayer contributed to this story.
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