About Us

History of Checkerboard Blues Lounge:

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy and L.C. Thurman opened the Checkerboard in 1972, and Guy remained a partner until 1986. The blues legacy of 43rd Street is what drew rock stars like Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton and Robert Plant to sit in at the Checkerboard over the years. But one visit trumped them all: On Nov. 22, 1981, the Rolling Stones dropped in at the Checkerboard to jam with Muddy Waters and his band. Guy sat in along with his partner Junior Wells.

In November 2005, the University of Chicago helped Thurman relocate into the New Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S. Harper Ct.

The Checkerboard is now bringing in new Acts from all around the world. Come join us and help bring back great entertainment like it was. Blues, Country, Rock, Jazz right hear at The Checkerborard Lounge coming to you live here in Hyde Park. 

And to all my customers thank you for all your support....


Monday--Thursday: 5pm-1am
Friday: 5pm - 3am
Saturday: 5pm-2am

773-684-1472 Main number 773-799-4592 Booking