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Everyone knows about the Chicago blues, be it through luminaries like Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters,

or legendary venues like Kingston Mines and The House of Blues. But Illinois's contributions to music go much further. Jazz icon Miles Davis was from Illinois, as are folk greats John Prine and Alison Krauss. Sam Cooke of Sam & Dave was raised in Chicago, along with Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and Mavis Staples. Illinois has a vibrant and diverse musical heritage, which continues to this day, as it hosts a premier multi-day rock festival, Lollapalooza, and the Chicago House Music Festival, celebrating a genre of electronic music that it popularized in the early 1980s. As Frank Sinatra famously sang, "On State Street that great street I just want to say, They do things that they don't do on Broadway."


  • Billy Corgan
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Cheap Trick
  • Chicago
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Kanye West
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Mavis Staples
  • Miles Davis
  • Minnie Riperton
  • R.E.O Speedwagon
  • Sam Cooke
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Styx
  • Survivor

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Allstate Arena
  • Aragon Ballroom
  • Arie Crown Theatre
  • Chicago Blues Festival
  • Chicago Open Air Festival
  • Country Lakeshake Festival
  • Lincoln Hall
  • Lollapalooza Chicago Festival
  • Mamby On The Beach Festival
  • North Coast Music Festival
  • Peoria Civic Center
  • Pitchfork Festival
  • Ravina Pavilion
  • Riot Fest Chicago Festival
  • Schuba's
  • Spring Awakening Festival
  • Summer Camp Festival
  • Thalia Hall
  • The Vic Theatre
  • Windy City Lakeshake Festival

Music Schools

  • Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University
  • Columbia College Chicago Music Department
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois State University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois School of Music (Urbana)
  • Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
  • North Park University
  • VanderCook College of Music

Major Music Conferences

  • The Midwest Clinic
  • Illinois Music Education Conference
  • Chicago International Movies and Music Festival
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