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Checkerboard Lounge

The Checkerboard Lounge was an historic blues nightclub located on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. It was established in 1972, at 423 E. 43rd St.,[1] by L.C. Thurman and Buddy Guy.[2] In 1985, Guy left the partnership and later established Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood.

The lounge is known as the venue where The Rolling Stones video and live album Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 was recorded;[3] the show included the Rolling Stones performing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells (lived and died in Chicago in '98), and members of Muddy Waters' band.[4]

In 2003, the Checkerboard Lounge, in danger of closing due to structural issues with their original building,[5] moved to a newly renovated building at 5201 S. Harper Court in Hyde Park.[2] Several years after moving, the club experienced declining attendance[6] and it closed its doors in 2015, after the death of L.C. Thurman.

During the club's existence, it frequently hosted musical acts including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Magic Slim (moved to Chicago), Vance Kelly (from Chicago), and Chuck Berry.[4]


  1. ^ "Historic venues: The Checkerboard Lounge". Chicago Blues Experience. October 12, 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b Cholke, Sam (September 24, 2015). "Legendary Checkerboard Lounge Closed After Owner's Death". DNAInfo. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Malooley, Jake (July 16, 2012). "Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b Margasak, Peter (May 22, 2003). "Checkerboard's New Lease on Life/No Illusion". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Sonnenberg, Jim (February 15, 2003). "Last call at Checkerboard Lounge". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Wisniewski, Mary (June 14, 2014). "Legendary Checkerboard Lounge blues club ailing and wailing". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017.

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