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Chicago will be singing the blues when it gets a museum dedicated to the genre

Chicago is known as the home of the blues, and a new museum dedicated to the music genre is set to enhance that reputation when it opens in 2019.

Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience
Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience

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.

Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience
Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience

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.

Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience
Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience

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.

Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience
Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience

A lounge that can hold 150 people will open nightly, and it will offer food and live blues performances by a house band.

Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience
Chicago is set to get a museum dedicated to the blues. Image: Chicago Blues Experience

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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