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Dr. Daniel Ivankovich (aka Chicago Slim) . . The Blues Doctor

Chicago Slim, aka Dr. Daniel Ivankovich,  is is an internationally renowned orthopedic trauma and spine surgeon. a bluesman, DJ, and a record producer.

​Slim’s career began as disciple to many of his musical heroes on Chicago’s South Side. He studied with Chicago legends, Reggie Boyd Sr., Homesick James, Eddie Taylor Sr., Magic Slim and Junior Wells. His musical career also included a stint as a guitarist for the legendary bluesman, Otis Rush. He’s also shared the bill with Albert Collins, James Cotton, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Albert King, Marshall Tucker Band, Robin Trower, Rare Earth and Johnny Winter among others.

​At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars: “Killer” Ray Allison, Johnny Cotton and Johnny B. Gayden. CBAS has been a regular headliner for sold out shows at internationally renowned venues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues, Kingston Mines and many others in Chicago. They have also been featured in a documentary on PBS in Chicago.

Rounding out his presence as an AOR radio personality, Slim manned the mic at commercial outlets WCKG-FM/Chicago, WNUR-FM/Evanston & WQHT-FM/New York. His “Out Of The Blue” program was syndicated in over sixty markets.

Chicago Blues All-Stars has received radio play on over 200 stations in 22 countries. Since the release of their album Red, Hot & Blue in 2013, the band has remained at the top of Reverb Nation’s Chicago and US Blues charts. Red, Hot & Blue broke the Top 25 on Living Blues Radio Report, as well as reaching the Top 30 on the Roots Music Report. The album has been listed as number 35 on AirPlay Direct’s – All Time Top 50 APD Blues/Jazz/Reggae Album.

Dr. Daniel Ivankovich Purchases Uptown’s Historical Preston Bradley Center

The historically significant Preston Bradley Center at 941 W. Lawrence Ave. has been sold to Daniel Ivankovich, a renown spinal and trauma surgeon, philanthropist and blues musician, professionally known as Chicago Slim.

Ivankovich plans to rehab the church, cultural center and social services building into a home for his and other nonprofits. The building would act as an office space for the organizations and a community space for hosting health clinics, wellness seminars, and arts and cultural programs.

The Peoples Church will continue to use the Preston Bradley Center as a place of worship and as its headquarters for social services to neighbors in Uptown. 

Preston Bradley Center to be Reborn

Preston Bradley Center Gets New Owner

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What’s that Building? The Preston Bradley Center

Renowned orthopedic trauma surgeon doubles as savior of Chicago Blues, musicians and all

Dr. Dan Ivankovich, a.k.a. Chicago Slim, Buys Historic Building in Uptown

Chicago Slim with The Chicago Blues All-Stars

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