Muddy Waters Shrine In Chicago A Step Closer To Reality

Muddy Waters Chicago Blues Musician
Muddy Waters in 1979 Photo credit Keystone/Getty Images

The planned transformation of a two-flat once owned by Muddy Waters into a museum has moved forward a step.

Waters, the influential Chicago blues musician, purchased the property in the 4300 block of South Lake Park Avenue in 1954 and lived there for about 20 years. He created a rehearsal space in the home’s basement.

The North Kenwood home dates to 1889.

Landmarks Illinois saved the deteriorating building from demolition in 2013 but restoration has been slow since then.

Now, the organization has awarded a small grant toward repairs. The Muddy Waters Original Jam Out (MOJO) Museum, a not-for-profit, hopes to convert the home to a museum and cultural center.

“The revitalized home will become a community asset and a focal point for the incredible musical culture Chicago is known for,” Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO of Landmarks Illinois, said in a news release.