Cheap Trick Planning Music Complex in South Loop

Band envisions museum, restaurant, music venue, more at site

By Al Romero
|  Thursday, Nov 10, 2011  |  Updated 11:40 AM CDT
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Cheap Trick Planning Music Complex in Chicago

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Cheap Trick wants you to want them ... in Chicago.

Thirty years after the Rockford band's hit single surfaced, band members hope you still want them enough to visit their planned music complex in the South Loop.

Billed as Cheap Trick Chicago, the complex would include a museum, restaurant, radio station and performance space in the former Buick dealership at 2245 S. Michigan Ave., according to the Sun-Times.

It's part of an ongoing effort by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) to turn the area into an entertainment district, with a nod toward the area's historic past as a strip that once housed well-known recording studios.

The band's manager envisions the complex taking advantage of its proximity to McCormick Place and a draw for business people.

Ald. Fioretti predicted the project could come together by next year, and he said a blues band is interested in a similar project not far away.

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