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Affro-Arts Theater

3947 S Drexel Blvd.

Augie and C.K.’s

3726 Broadway

Black Musicians Union 208

5220-26 S Drexel Ave.

Blvd Arts Center

6011 S Justine St.

Carol’s Speakeasy

1355 N Wells St.

Chess Records (1957–65)

2120 S Michigan Ave.

Chess Records (1966–75)

320 E 21st St.

Chicago Coliseum

1513 S Wabash Ave.

Constellation Records

1421 S Michigan Ave.

Curtom Records

8543 S Stony Island Ave.

DJ International Records

727 W Randolph St.

Delmark Records

4121 N Rockwell St.

Ebenezer Baptist Church

4501 S Vincennes Ave.

First Church of Deliverance

4315 S Wabash Ave.

Gerri’s Palm Tavern

446 E 47th St.

Hammond Organ Co.

4200 W Diversey Ave.

High Chaparral

7740 S Stony Island Ave.

Jerry Butler’s Songwriting Workshop

1402 S Michigan Ave.

Jes Say Records

7234-7236 S Martin Luther King Dr.

La Villita Arch

26th & Albany Ave.

Loop Roller Disco

424 W 95th St.

Lyon & Healy Harps

168 N Ogden Ave.

Mendel Hall

250 E 111th St.

Muddy Waters’ House

4339 S Lake Park Ave.

Music Box

Indiana and 16th St.

New Apartment Lounge

504 E 75th St.

Old Town School of Folk Music

400 W North Ave.

One-derful Records

1827 S Michigan Ave.


661 N Clark St.

Pepper’s Lounge

503 E 43rd St.

Puerto Rican Congress of Mutual Aid

Division and Mozart St.

Roberts Show Lounge

6622 S Martin Luther King Dr.

Roberts Temple

4021 S State St.

Rock-Ola Manufacturing Co.

800 N Kedzie Ave.

Savoy Ballroom

4733 S Martin Luther King Dr.

Soul Train Studio

141 W Jackson Blvd.


2659 N Milwaukee Ave.

The Checkerboard

423 E 43rd St.

The Earl of Old Town

1615 N Wells St.

The Irish American Heritage Center

4626 N Knox Ave.

The Playground

1347 S Michigan Ave

The Rink

1122 East 87th St.

The Sunset Cafe / The Grand Terrace

315 E 35th St.

The Warehouse

206 S Jefferson St.

Theresa’s Lounge

4801 S Indiana Ave.

Trax Records

932 W 38th Pl.

Vee-Jay and Brunswick Records

1449 S Michigan Ave.

Velvet Lounge

2128 1/2 S Indiana Ave.

WVON Radio Station

3350 S Kedzie Ave.

Willie Dixon’s Yambo Records

7711 S Racine Ave.

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