Kanye West built a replica of his South Shore childhood home inside Soldier Field. Credit: Google; Jason Persse/Flickr

SOLDIER FIELD — Kanye West is hosting his new album listening party Thursday night at Soldier Field — and he’s bringing a piece of his childhood with him.

His “Donda” album, which is expected out Friday, is named after his mother, Donda West, who died in 2007 at age 58.

For Thursday’s show, West built a replica of the South Shore home where he spent eight years growing up. He bought the home at 7815 S. South Shore Dr. last year for about $225,000 and is renovating it.

The replica home was built on a stage at Soldier Field’s 50-yard line.


Gates open at 7 p.m and the show begins at 9 p.m. There will be traffic control aides on hand to direct cars. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications is encouraging people to use public transportation.

Masks are optional for vaccinated people outdoors, but are recommended for the unvaccinated. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are required to wear masks indoors. Seating is reduced to 38,000 for the event.

For updates on lakefront traffic, impacts on local businesses and COVID-19 updates, you can get Office of Emergency Management and Communications text updates via the following:

  • CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5 
  • CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3 
  • COVID: Get COVID-19 updates by TEXTING “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3 

You can also get updates by following the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on social media; Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (@chicago_oemc_911).  

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