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Muddy Waters Mural on State Street

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted a rainbow-colored mural of blues legend Muddy Waters in 2016. Muddy Waters gained acclaim playing clubs on the South and West sides in the 1940s and ’50s and through his hits at Chess Records, based in Chicago. The mural, which is part of the Wabash Arts Corridor project to showcase street art, is located at 17 N. State Street. Muddy Waters, who was born in Mississippi as McKinley Morganfield, moved to Chicago in the 1940s and pioneered electrified blues. He lived the last 10 years of his life in suburban Westmont before dying in 1983 at the age of 70.