Meyers Ace Hardware Store

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Meyers Ace Hardware Store information

Location
Chicago , USA
Address
315 E 35th St
Getting there
Metro: Green Line to 35th-Bronzeville-IIT
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm Sun
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Jazz aficionados often seek out the unassuming Meyers Ace Hardware Store. Why? Because in the 1920s and ’30s the building was the Sunset Cafe, where all the greats gigged. Imagine Louis Armstrong blowing his trumpet over by the socket wrenches. Or Earl Hines hammering the piano, down in the plunger aisle. And that was just the house band. Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey and Bix Beiderbecke all launched their careers at the Sunset.

While Chicago landmarked the building, there’s no hint of its past life – no plaque marking the spot or jazz tchotchkes for sale. But if David Meyers, the store’s owner, is around and not too busy, he’ll take you into the back office that was once the stage, where the original red-tinged mural of jazz players splashes across the wall.