Kanye West’s third Donda spectacle at Chicago’s Soldier Field drew the eyes of thousands and even included a replica of his childhood home. However, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, Ye initially planned to transport his actual house to the stadium for the performance.
According to the outlet, which published the report on Monday (Aug. 30), Kanye’s team reached out to the Chicago Department of Buildings to request permission to uproot and move the home into the stadium for his Donda listening event. However, their request was denied because moving a house within the city is a “very technical” process requiring several permits, a representative from the department told the Sun-Times.
“The request to move the house at 7815 S. South Shore Dr. was denied last week because no permit application had been received to excavate and move the vacant property, which is also in Demolition Court,” a rep for the Chicago Department of Buildings told the outlet.
Kanye ended up getting around the red tape, though, by building a replica of the house inside Soldier Field instead. The home wound up being one of several focal points at last Thursday’s (Aug. 26) Donda experience.
While the replica alone garnered plenty of attention last week, Kanye’s actual childhood home also recently made headlines. Over the weekend, REVOLT reported that Drake fans vandalized the house with signs promoting Certified Lover Boy — the latest stunt in the pair’s ongoing feud. One sign also quoted Drizzy’s lyrics in Trippie Redd’s song “Betrayal,” where the Toronto rapper name-dropped Kanye. Certified Lover Boy, Drake’s sixth studio album, arrives this Friday (Sept. 3).
The Chicago home has been in Kanye’s possession since 2018 when he purchased it for an estimated $225,000. Before that, his mother, Donda West, owned the house until she sold it for $121,000 in 2003.