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Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation

2120 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1713
+1 312-808-1286
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Chess Studios by any other name or Chess Records

i get it Willie Dixon deserves his name on this location and Foundation preserving the blues, but... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Phoenix, Arizona

They are only open for 3 hours a day. We were sadly disappointed to find that they were closed. We... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
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“chuck berry” (10 reviews)
2120 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1713
South Loop
+1 312-808-1286
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

i get it Willie Dixon deserves his name on this location and Foundation preserving the blues, but be easier to find on here if under the Chess Studios or Chess Records names. In any case, amazing place if you can get there when they are...More

Thank northernk
Reviewed 4 August 2017

They are only open for 3 hours a day. We were sadly disappointed to find that they were closed. We got to see the garden from outside which was cool.

Thank daezE
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent to see and hear start of Chess records. Tour guide genuinely loves her job. Says see still gets the chills envisioning Etta James singing in the studio. You can sense the greats walking up the rear staircase.

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Museum packs a lot of important historical information into a mid sized building, that was once the Chess Record recording studio. The Dixon family runs it, and passionately. Willie Dixon's grandson was at the museum, and had some great stories...More

1  Thank Aviva W
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is the site of the Chess Studios where Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, and a host of other Chicago blues (and rock) musicians recorded throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s, The address is the same as the Rolling Stones song about the place, 2120...More

Thank RickMIusa
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation A wonderful experience and a very friendly and competent guide: Keith Dixon! Thank you!

2  Thank lildorex
Reviewed 27 April 2016

As a blues fan, I made the pilgrimage to the original Chess Studios where Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry and Willie Dixon created their wonderful music. Willie Dixon's grandson gave a great tour, was very friendly and informative and let us visitors hang around...More

1  Thank Chrisp1069
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

I wish I could give this a 5, but I can't because it was pretty boring. I wish I could give it a 5 because it is an educational foundation that does good work. But 2120 S. Michigan itself. Well, I went because it was...More

1  Thank MikeyVancouverCanada
Reviewed 17 April 2016

This was a hidden gem in Chicago. I've visited the city many times and I've seen the movie about Chess Records (Cadillac Records) but I had no idea this was here or the inspiration for the movie. The guided tour was excellent and the guide...More

1  Thank Mellisa H
Reviewed 8 February 2016

In a city know for inventing urban Blues, this is the best place to start to learn about Chicago's Urban Blues. Lots of posters, photographs, memorabilia, that wants to be read and thought about. It's from Chicago that the blues, their sound and attitude spread...More

1  Thank Rolf A
South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of
activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you
happen to visit during football season, you may bump
into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears
game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the
flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and
educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and
aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park
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9 March 2016|
Response from Chris R | Reviewed this property |
It probably isn't. We turned up on Labour day and it was closed so we called ahead and went the next day. Just ring beforehand and ask if they're open. If you're lucky, Keith, Willie's grandson will take you round. He's... More