Kanye West recreates childhood home inside Soldier Field for ‘Donda’ show

A replica of the South Shore home where Kanye grew up with his mother, Donda, will be center stage at the show Thursday night.

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Kanye West isn’t just bringing his “DONDA” listening event to Soldier Field this Thursday. Photographs inside the stadium reveal the hip-hop star is also recreating the family home he grew up in on Chicago’s South Side as part of the show.

Social media posts have been popping up in recent days showing the construction of a building in the middle of the field that resembles the blue South Shore house West was raised in by his late mother, Donda, who is the inspiration for the upcoming album.

Last month, as West did his first listening events for “Donda” in Atlanta, he reached out to Chicago State University’s Garrard McClendon about a philanthropic endeavor he’s organizing in his mother’s honor.

West bought the actual South Shore home, which he lived in from when he was a toddler until he was about 20, last year for around $225,000 after it had been boarded up and empty for several years. He once said at a Chicago show that he was moving back to the city and “never leaving again.”

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