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Chess Records Office and Studio

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28 Reviews

28 Reviews

Janice T

8/6/2014

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.

Harpdog B

3/27/2015

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!

Jerimiah J

3/27/2015

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

Cynthia I

3/27/2015

Wicked history!

Ben C

4/29/2017

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

Jason H

8/2/2017

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.

Justin D

10/4/2017

Legendary place

Toya W

2/8/2018

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.

Brad C

2/8/2018

Nothing like it

Julissa R

4/18/2018

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 !

Bluesmind

4/18/2018

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!

Melissa F

4/18/2018

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!!!!

Diane A

4/18/2018

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

Kent K

8/20/2018

Love the history. No hole in my soul.

Naomi H

9/21/2018

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.

Krissy S

9/21/2018

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.

Jim P

10/22/2018

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.

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Stars_5

6/12/2018

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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