Bringing Down The Blackhawk
By Bob Knack
I was taking a lunchtime stroll in Chicago's Loop when I saw the scaffolding going up. It started on the south side of Randolph Street near the old library and was just beginning to curl around the corner and past 139 N. Wabash. I'll wager most of the passers-by had no recollection of the music history that took place at that famous but now shuttered address. It was the site of The Blackhawk, where big band music was king.