Officials suspect that loud music at a Logan Square nightclub may have contributed to the partial collapse of a ceiling that injured three men early this morning.
The suburban men were dancing at 1:25 a.m. on the third floor of the Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., when the incident happened, causing neck and head injuries, police said.
In a brief statement, officials said they have agreed to close the venue until further notice due to the incident. 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 plaster ceiling on the third floor of the building. In addition, the owner of the building later removed a four foot by eight foot section of the same ceiling, said Simon.
After the incident, the owner called in a structural engineer to determine the cause of the incident and the 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 is required to obtain permits and have building plans approved by city officials, Simon said.
Four ambulances were sent to help four victims who suffered head injuries when the plaster fell, said Chicago Fire Dept. spokeswoman Chief Verdi Allen.
One 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, said Allen. The fourth victim declined to be transported to a hospital, Allen said.
The four include a 20-year-old Mundelein man, a 31-year-old Naperville man, a 25-year-old Yorkville man, and a 20-year-old Hanover Park man, police said.
One of the injured men, 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 said he was “pretty sure” the loud music played a role in the incident.
Chala called 911 on his cell phone and ambulances arrived. He was soon taken to a nearby hospital and treated. Besides an aching head, Chala also said he had a sore neck.
“I’m all right, but I got hit pretty bad,” he said.
Tribune reporter Kate Thayer contributed to this story.