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.
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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