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Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation

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A national treasure

There are a lot of sites to see in Chicago, but do not miss the opportunity to bask in a piece of... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
Winchester, Virginia
Gem even for music neophytes!

Travelling with a huge music fan, we heard about this place from an (architecture!) tour guide, and... read more

Reviewed May 18, 2018
Ottawa, Canada
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2120 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1713
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

There are a lot of sites to see in Chicago, but do not miss the opportunity to bask in a piece of musical history. Hours are very limited and they are closed on Sunday and Monday. We arrived straight from the airport and they gladly...More

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Reviewed May 18, 2018

Travelling with a huge music fan, we heard about this place from an (architecture!) tour guide, and even though I'm not steeped in the history as he is, this museum/ studio/ tour was AMAZING!! Our tour guide (Jeanine?) was so connected to the Blues 'world',...More

1  Thank There57
Reviewed May 13, 2018

As a blues enthusiast and sound recording engineer it was an absolute no brainier to make the effort to visit the former home of Chess Records/Studios. We arrived slightly late so missed the opening 5 or 10 minutes, and immediately started in the old studio...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Absolutely fantastic place to visit, as good as Motown, & Muscle Shouls, better than the rebuilt Stax studio. Our tour guide knew a lot of the former singers personally, when alive, & kept our attention the whole visit. Although we knew most of what she...More

Thank Bilncrs
Reviewed March 10, 2018

I am purchasing willie Dixon’s west coast home has his piano in there but the family is going to ship the piano to the museum. But I will live in his previous home before he passed away. I see so many photos of him and...More

1  Thank mattmatt2018
Reviewed August 10, 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

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Reviewed August 4, 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.

1  Thank daezE
Reviewed May 29, 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.

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Reviewed October 20, 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 October 5, 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

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Sharon C
July 9, 2018|
Response from Bilncrs | Reviewed this property |
You can park right across the road.
March 9, 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