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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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Great tour guide

Excellent to see and hear start of Chess records. Tour guide genuinely loves her job. Says see... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Steve L
Dracut, Massachusetts
via mobile

The Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Museum packs a lot of important historical information into a mid... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Aviva W
Beit Shemesh, Israel
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2120 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1713
South Loop
+1 312-808-1286
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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 6 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 28 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 23 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 18 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 9 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
Reviewed 31 January 2016

This place has a lot of history. Jus the best musicians of Blues & Rock n' Roll recorded here (Muddy Waters, Howling' Wolf, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, and so on). I recommend you before your visit, watch the movie "Cadillac Records". The shop is...More

Thank OmAnCiGa
Reviewed 15 November 2015

The 'Foundation', is housed in the old Chess Records Studio where Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Aretha Franklin - to name just a few - recorded. Not to mention, in more recent times, the Rolling Stones, Paul...More

1  Thank Chris R
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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10 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