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New Frankie Knuckles Mural Going Up in Chicago

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Frankie Knuckles performs during day 2 of the 2009 Electric Zoo Festival on Randall's Island on Sept. 6, 2009 in New York City. 

Give it up to Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House. Without his innovation and tireless work ethic, dance music culture as we know it today wouldn't exist. He helped push the sound of four-on-the-floor toward funkier heights, and when he died in 2014 at age 59, dancers, DJs and ravers of all styles promised to celebrate his legacy on the dance floor forever more. 

He hailed from Chicago, the birthplace of the house music movement, and his native city honored him with a vibrant mural in the popular Logan Square. Unfortunately, just a little more than a year after local artists put finishing touches on his immortalized smile, the building owner was forced to reconstruct the walls to meet the city's safety standards. The mural was destroyed, and Knuckles fans who flocked to it in memoriam were distraught.

Thanks to some charitable donations from West Loop designer Levar Hoard and the B_line, the Frankie Knuckles Foundation has announced that a new mural, just like the original, will be brought to life in a new home. 

"After months of meetings and various site visits we finally found a new home for it," the Foundation says in a statement published on Chicago house music publication 5chicago.com. "We also like to thank the artists who will be bringing it back to life: Michael Tupak, Flash, B-Boy B, Dez AIR, Skol CMW for their patience during the search. We will be celebrating completion of their work next week on Frankie Knuckles Day Saturday August 25th…please join us as we celebrate. Details to be announced shortly."

Check out the making of the original mural in the video below, and stay tuned for more details.