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chess records studio

from howlin’ wolf, muddy waters, willie dixon posted in music by pete_nice

Chess Records was formed by two Polish immigrant brothers, Leonard and Phil Chess, in 1950. They moved to this location in 1956 and stayed here until 1965.

During that time, they recorded many influential blues and early rock and roll songs. Some of the artists that recorded here include Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Willie Dixon. Chuck Berry recorded "Johnny B. Goode" here. The Rolling Stones recorded "2120 South Michigan Ave" here on their American tour in 1964.

Chess Records moved a couple of times before being consumed by another subsidiary in 1975. Since then, the building has been purchased and is the headquarters of Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation.

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chase auditorium

from wait, wait...don’t tell me! posted in radio by crabapple

The NPR news quiz game Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! has been taping at this auditorium on Thursday evenings since 2005.

The show, hosted by Peter Sagal since shortly after it's introduction in 1998, features a rotating cast of comedic panelists, and often travels the country to tape in other cities. To get tickets at the Chase for Wait, Wait, visit the WBEZ website.

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revolution brewing

from drinking buddies posted in movies by chewing_the_scenery

The work scenes in Drinking Buddies, staring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, the guy from Office Space, Jason Sudeikis, some guy from a sitcom and horror director Ti West, were filmed here at Revolution Brewing in Chicago's Logan Square.

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billy goat tavern

from john belushi posted in television by donkeyoti

Buried below the different bridge and road levels of Chicago's busy downtown is a small cheeseburger joint established in 1934.

Founded by Greek immigrant Billy Sianis, the Billy Goat was the inspiration for the SNL Cheeseburger sketch with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray (Murray was an original writer for the sketch).

Also, the tavern is supposedly the basis for the "Curse of the Billy Goat" after the owner (Sianas) tried to bring a goat to a Cubs game and was ejected.

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genesis art supplies

from wesley willis posted in music by ratsnamgod

In his song "Outburst", Willis, a 6'5", 300+ lb man, describes an incident at this location where he has a schizophrenic outburst. Willis claims to have "freaked out a lot of customers" and "also said 'suck my dick' in front of a lot of people". Store manager Jim Simm subsequently threatened to bar Willis from the store for life.

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