The Chicago Blues Experience will be a 50,000 sq ft facility in a busy cultural district of the city, and it will celebrate the history of blues music.
It is expected to cost approximately $30 million, and it will include three subterranean levels of musical artefacts and interactive exhibits with an entrance at street level.
These levels will move visitors through the genre’s West African roots, its journey into the American South and its eventual arrival north to Chicago via the Great Migration in the early 20th Century.
A lounge that can hold 150 people will open nightly, and it will offer food and live blues performances by a house band.
After the museum was announced, mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, issued a statement saying the museum would pay further tribute to a city that is already rich in blues events, including the iconic Chicago Blues Festival.
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