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Chess Records Office and Studio

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This is the location of the recording studio in the Rolling Stones , Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Etta James and many more recorded music.

I actually held the Rolling Stones autographed guitar donated to the museum.

Willie Dixon is the "Father of the Blues". July 1st is Willie Dixon's Birthday Celebration includes celebrities.

In the summer there are Blues Jam Sessions on Thursdays from 5-7:30 pm in the garden.

Keith Dixon, the grandson of Willie Dixon gave a very informative and animated tour of the museum. He is an excellent storyteller.

Home of Chess Records and Willie Dixon Blues Foundation

Blue Heaven Foundation teaches the business side of the music industry to artist.

Tip: Ring the bell for entrance to the museum.


Our last day spent in Chicago was amazing, not only did we get into Chess Studio for the tour, but we also got a private tour from Willie's Grandson. I have to say the mojo in that room is heavy! I even shed a few tears of joy!


muddy waters is the king of rockin roll and little walter is the king on the harmonic


Wicked history!


Just s cool fun place with a lot of history. Call ahead for a tour


This is a great piece of history.

Keith Dixon is great and does a fantastic talk through Chess Records and the musicians that played there.

If you enjoy music and history this is a must visit.


Legendary place


Nice piece of history here at Chess Records. For $10 you get a SUPER informative tour of the building which takes you through the history of modern day music. Many artists such as Etta James, Chuck Berry, and The Rolling Stones have recorded there, which is mind blowing! I'm from Chicago but the majority of the people on my tour were from different countries, so this place is clearly known worldwide. Highly recommend to music lovers.


Nothing like it


Checked this off my bucket list. Had an amazing time at the Chess Records office. Keith, a gentleman who volunteers his time at the historic site, gave us a tour of the facility and was beyond knowledgeable about Chess Records and those who walked through the doors. $10 tour per person, please try to also donate to the location so that they can have to funds to continue carrying on the legacy of Chess Records !


Can’t believe I was in a building where lots of blues masters had been in before. And as you walk inside, you probably standing where B.B King stands when he walked in just like you! I felt like in a time machines. Felt like the Stones, Muddy, etc are walking pass me. Finally, I am proud to say: I’ve been there!


If you are a blues fan or just interested in walking through the hallowed ground where Willie Dixon, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Howlin'' Wolf, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and many more have recorded, you must visit Chess Records(a.k.a Blues Heaven Foundation) when visiting Chicago. Rock 'n Roll!!!!


A piece of music history. It should not be missed!!


Love the history. No hole in my soul.


Great tour of an iconic record studio. The one hour tour was incredibly informative. You could tell that the tour guide was very passionate about his job. I liked how he showed us the difference between jazz and blues music. It was also incredible to hear the songs that were actually recorded in their original space.


If you are a music fan Chess should be on your list to visit. Tour was cool and you get to walk through the old recording studio.


Our guide added a special spark to the tour, as she knew many of the artists she talked about and provided that personal insight. There's lots of great pictures and displays, but for us the highlight was listening to a selection of Chess tunes in the recording studio, with its arched ceiling and wondrous acoustics.


Chess Records the home of Etta James, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and many more!! This is the actual recording studio. Next door, surrounded by the black fence is a memorial urban park.


Great experience. Should be the main attraction of the city


Highlight of my Chicago Visit. Host, Ben gave us a comprehensive tour and shared many magical anecdotes and insights into this hallowed place in the annals of our culture. Willie Dixon, who wrote hundreds of well-known songs was smart enough to purchase the building and his daughter still manages the Blues Heaven Foundation. To sit in the Studio and listen to the music created there was transforming. A sacred, non-commercial shrine. Don’t miss this.


Great tour guide/guy! I forgot his name but hes extremely knowledgeable in the history of blues and the recording studio!


Amazing place full of history!


I haven't been in, but the place looks awesome. Very cool art all around the place. It is historical and looks to be a museum these days. I would love to hear what those walls have absorbed.


It was so good! Nice employees and we got to feel the feeling of the music that was recorded there !!!


Interesting blues museum. Let the good times roll.


Great opportunity to stand in the rooms where so many songs that helped define American music were recorded. Well worth the entrance fee.


Must stop, so much history here. Tour guide was awesome, and just being in the room where so many amazing artists played is truly something special.


This is the historical birthplace of Rock & Roll by way of Chuck Berry. Also home of Blues Legends Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lil' Walter, John Lee Hooker, Lighting Hopkins and Buddy Guy. One of my favorite museums!


An excellent place to experience some of the most incredible and important eras in musical history. Tons of great music and historical artifacts and information. Has outdoor Blues concerts in the summer that are always a treat.


An excellent, informative tour with a charismatic tour guide. Getting to listen to some key Chess Records tracks in the same room they were recorded was a special treat!


Hearing that good music was a delight. Tour was cool. The staff was friendly


The actual recording room where so many great artists recorded. They play music throughout the tour.


Incredible place with so much music history. Tour guide, Manchester was excellent and got me even more excited about the experience than I already was. Do yourself a favor and feel the chills run through you as you stand in the studio where so many greats recorded.


An absolute must if you love rock and roll, blues, and/or R&B. On a par with Sun or Stax in Memphis. The original recording studio is the centerpiece of the tour, and you notice the room’s amazing reverb as soon as you walk in. Tour guide Manchester was enthusiastic and a great storyteller. Hearing classic Chess recordings in that studio was amazing. The Second Presbyterian Church two blocks north on S. Michigan Ave. is also worth a stop.


If you are a fan of American blues and rock and roll music and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Wllie Dixon, and all those other great Chess recording artists, this is a must see, must do tour. To actually sit in the original Chess studio room where so much great music was recorded is a magical, almost religious experience. Hiding behind this seemingly humble storefront is a wonderful journey through some of America's greatest music. If you love the blues and 50s and 60s rock and roll and you're in Chicago, I highly recommend you make a visit to 2120 South Michigan Avenue. You won't regret it. Kudos to Manchester, our tour guide, who delivered an informative, passionate and insightful look at the studio and musicians who created a unique form of American music. Most of the heroes of the Chess era are long gone, but their spirits live on at this unique home of the blues and rock n roll.


Manchester was a wonderful host and was nothing short of passionate or knowledgable about the music and history of this legendary location. Thanks so much for the tour and the time youve spent putting this all together. Another check off my bucket list!


My wife and I had an outstanding experience. The tour was "TOP OF THE LINE"


To stand in such an important building of music and Chicago history was absolutely insane and incredible. Our tour guide was Manchester and he is by far the best guide ever you can tell how important this place and the music is to him. We had an amazing time going back in time listening to records that my grandparents parents aunt's and uncles played all of my was an experience indeed. If you love the Blues and love Chicago this place is a must!!!! I stood where Etta James sang, where the Dells sang, where Chuck Berry played where Wille Dixion basically lived...I'm still geeking out!!!


If you know anything about Chicago blues you have to get this tour. It's really special


This is where it all started. Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Howlin Wolf, The Rolling Stones, and of course...Willie Dixon. I had goosebumps walking through the studio, stepping on the same floors and hearing reverbs off the same walls these legendary Blues icons voices have rolled off of. And it so happened to be just a short 400 ft. walk from my Airbnb. @ Chess Records


Went on the tour here and it was excellent. Tour guide was phenomenal and getting to see such legendary spaces was an incredible experience. Chess does a great job of giving you a feel for what the studio was like back in the Muddy Water days along with tons of behind the scenes info. Can’t recommend enough

donna g.



Iconic. Chicago home of the Blues. So nice knowledgeable. Walking in the steps of The Stones Koko Taylor Etta James Muddy Waters Little Walter Willie Dixon. Wowread this and 10 more

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