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In 2004, the Maxwell Street Foundation produced a street theatre performance with an original script inspired by characters in Ira Berkow’s 1977 book, “Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar”.  For the back-drop, the Foundation leased the iconic Blues Bus that sold Blues music at the Maxwell Street Market.  Funded by a generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the play was performed at outdoor venues in 2004, culminating in a noon-time performance at the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago (without the Blues Bus). (2004, RT 11:53 minutes)