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An International Jazz Museum in Chicago? Maybe.

This all started some time ago, in the mid-90s, when a group of notable Chicago heavyweights started bandying about the notion of a National Jazz Museum. Three hundred k in seed money later, in 1999, the idea died on the conference table after the city refused to part with the parcel of land, at South Roosevelt Road and Michigan Ave, that the museum’s planners had their eyes on. (Naturally, the city intends to put high-rise luxury condos on the land, instead. Progress.) Jump ahead thirteen years later, and a new plan for a jazz temple is in the works, on a new plot of land, modified slightly into the International Jazz Hall of Fame. (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune)

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