The Checkerboard Lounge

423 E 43rd St Chicagoundefined

Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones
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Exhibitionism tells the story of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, allowing visitors to experience their incredible journey through this immersive exhibit, from their early days living together in a tiny flat, to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

The Checkerboard Lounge once called the historic Bronzeville neighborhood home. The lounge was a staple on Chicago’s south side and in the blues genre nationwide. L.C. Thurman and Buddy Guy opened the lounge in 1972 at 423 E. 43rd Street. Buddy Guy left the venture after 10+ years, eventually to open his own blues club, Buddy Guy’s Legends. The Checkerboard Lounge was and still is one of the most influential bars in Chicago blues history and helped launch the annual Chicago Blues Festival.

An impromptu night was one of the many notable moments in the lounge’s history. In the middle of their 1981 North American Let’s Spend The Night Together tour, Muddy Waters invited The Rolling Stones to the club to play a set and it was all captured on film. The Rolling Stones took the stage with the blues legend and played 26 songs, later to be released in 2012 as a DVD titled “Live at the CheckerBoard Lounge, Chicago 1981. 

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