The city of Chicago is celebrating Chaka Khan’s 40-year career in music and entertainment in a big way!
On the weekend of July 26-28, the singer will be honored by her hometown in a special ceremony that will include the unveiling of “Chaka Khan Way” and proclaiming of “Chaka Khan Day.”
According to EURweb, that the location of Chaka Khan Way — on S. Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets near her old high school — was chosen in hopes to inspire the new generation to following her footsteps.
President of Artworks Chicago Carl McKenzie, who led the appeal for the street naming, said he hopes “students will walk by that sign and want to learn more about the person behind that name.”
“Chicago is where it all began for me,” Chaka said. “Even before Rufus, I sang with local groups such as The Babysitters, Lock and Chain and Lyfe. As a young girl, growing up on Carpenter Street, my parents introduced me to a very rich musical foundation—starting with jazz and opera. I owe this city so much, and I’m deeply honored by this tribute.”
She added, “Chicago will always be a part of me, and with this street naming, I now will always be a part of it. It’s a blessing to me and my family. We are profoundly grateful to all the people of Chicago.”
After the “Queen of Funk-Soul” accepts her honor, she is schedule to perform at a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park.
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