To celebrate, we asked the public to vote on great moments in Chicago music history & to help us in our work supporting the talented creatives who will keep Chicago a vibrant city for the next 35 years. You did. Thank you!
Music has always found a home in Chicago. It’s where Louis Armstrong cut his first big records in the 1920s. It’s where Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley made the blues electric, building the foundations of rock & roll. It’s where genres like gospel, house, juke, footwork, and drill, were invented and reinvented. Not to mention the countless influential record labels, producers, instrument makers, and other industry leaders emanating from Chicago.
To celebrate its 35th anniversary and the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Music, A&BC has launched #ChiMusic35 to shine a spotlight on Chicago’s music legacy and raise funds to help restore and rebuild the creative enterprises that will help shape the next 35 years of Chicago culture.
As the city grapples with the impact of COVID-19, it’s particularly important that Chicagoans support what makes this city great. Neighborhoods of color in particular, that have suffered generations of disinvestment, are the hardest hit and they're also where the majority of the city's world-changing music comes from.
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is committed to bringing its business know-how to help support the next generation of those creative entrepreneurs in an effort to help recover and rebuild the creative economy and ensure that the beat goes on.
The public was invited to vote for their favorite Chicago music moments. 35 great moments in Chicago music history were announced in the Chicago Reader and on this site on July 23, 2020.
The public was also invited to support Chicago's creative communities by entering the ChiMusic35 Raffle which is now closed but we still encourage you to make a donation.