Want to find the blues? Take a drive through Chicago’s North Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side. Look for the vacant two-flat at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave., the one with boarded windows and a tattered awning over the front stoop. That’s where Muddy Waters lived for about 20 years, until the mid-1970s.
Chicago historian Tim Samuelson calls it “Chicago’s ‘real House of Blues.'”
The Chicago Blues Experience is announcing this week an ambitious plan to bring a museum, educational and cultural complex to Navy Pier. After years of planning, 75 percent of the funding for the $45 million project has been secured, according to its backers. It is on track to open in fall 2017.
They are planning a 50,000- to 60,000-square-foot attraction which will include exhibits such as “A Recording Date at Chess Records,” which will put visitors into simulated recording sessions with Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy.