Chess Records – Blues Heaven


My trip to Chicago did get me to a blues historical site, Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven in the Chess Records building.  It was actually an easy walk from my Convention at McCormick Place.  It is also on a busline that travels Michigan Ave.











It is on a quiet section of the street and my mid afternoon visit, the staff was pretty laid back.  You can take a tour or just walk around by yourself.  I took a quick look around and bought some pins.  The studio is still active with The Stones visiting in 2012.



In going through the building one thing stood out, the blues giants who recorded here are a testament to talent over technology.  The loading dock area had a display of blues masks made by an artist from Mississippi.  I had seen part of this display at the Blues Foundation’s BMA night.

Main Entry with visitor

Main Entry with visitor

Product Display

Product Display










Next door to the building is Willie Dixon’s Blues Garden.  It has a stage and for concerts.  In the Summer on Thursday nights therre is a free early evening concert.



It was a quick visit and one can spend plenty of time with the Chess Record spirits.  Glad I got the chance to stop in.  Staff was friendly and helpful.

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BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic Forcella.



About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

2 responses to “Chess Records – Blues Heaven

  1. Ed Stack

    It is amazing that all those great Chicago blues records were produced on the equipment available at that time ( like the Stax and Sun Studios, in Memphis.

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