Muddy Waters. Buddy Guy. Howlin’ Wolf. The list of esteemed bluesmen who cut their teeth and fingerboards on Chicago’s South Side is nearly as long as the Lakefront Trail. Though it began as an offshoot of the booming New Orleans scene in the 1920s, Chicago’s jazz and blues scene carved out a niche of its own by adding electric guitars and an expanded palette of notes. Today, nearly a century after its rise, Chicago blues remains alive and well in venues from Uptown to Hyde Park.
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