Chicago is a city with a deep canyon of musical history . Electrified Blues, House, Industrial, Post Rock and Jazz had their beginnings here, and much like the 2nd city that rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, there’s a palpable sense of building on top of what was in order to make something new. That sense pervades the music scene even now. Chicago is a city of makers and dreamers, musicians striving to carve out a place in an industry and city that at once reveres the past through it’s storied cultural institutions and favors innovation with ballsy startups, collectives, labels, festivals, and club dates that fill the calendar all year long.
Every night, a hundred clubs of nearly every genre are hosting live music. Hundreds of bands and performers are active in Chicago. With the rise of Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, Spring Awakening, and many other music and multi-media festivals, like CIMMfest, Chicago has the means to your aural fix.
The scene just keeps growing with new clubs like the Promontory, located in President Barak Obama’s rejuvenated neighborhood of Hyde Park on the south side, to The Constellation on the north, hosting experimental Jazz, Rock, and Folk curated by Pitchfork Festival’s resident talent-buyer savant, Mike Reed, to a renovated three-penny cinema in famed Lincoln Park, now home to Lincoln Hall booking mid-career touring bands from around the world. The Downtown Sound summer series at the Frank Gehry designed Pritzker Pavillion in Grant Park is a near perfect setting for everyone. Even in the famously frigid winter, Tomorrow Never Knows Festival brings emerging indie artists to multiple clubs and gets the people out of their caves to see what’s next. If you love music, food, a middle-american humility, great architecture, and a little intrigue, Chicago’s got you.