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Chicago Blues Museum Planned for 2019


Slated to open in 2019 near Millennium Park, the Chicago Blues Experience will tell the story Chicago’s blues story and celebrate the pioneering artists and the generations of musicians who have been influenced by the blues and continue to carry on its traditions. The 50,000-square-foot facility will feature state-of-the-art interactive technology that takes visitors on an eye-opening, immersive journey into the past, present, and future of the blues. Exhibitions, memorabilia, a live music venue, and restaurants will reinforce the history and culture from which the blues emerged.

Through community outreach efforts, the Chicago Blues Experience Foundation will provide positive experiences for youth through music education and immersion, creating sustainable and enriching activities for young people. The foundation’s overall objective is to use the blues and all popular music genres as an educational gateway to inspire and cultivate creativity, critical thinking, and self-expression.

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