What’s amazing about Chicago’s music culture is that it keeps growing even if the city stays about the same. It’s classical music, which populates the region with well-funded orchestras and smaller ensembles marking decades of history, or new music groups having fresh successes, performing the work of living composers to a receptive audience. It’s folk, jazz, world and country music played at a bustling bunch of newer venues while existing clubs and institutions celebrate their own milestones of experience and growing audiences. It’s rock, hip-hop and electronic music, played at all the club stalwarts that date their lineage to the eighties and early nineties, as well as a growing number of newer venues, large and small. And then there’s all the support systems that this city of music requires: record labels, managers, recording engineers, schools and media.
It’s a great time to be a music fan in Chicago. (Brian Hieggelke)
Music 45 2023 is written by Craig Bechtel, Dave Hoekstra, Aaron Hunt, Bart Lazar, Dennis Polkow, Robert Rodi, Sara Stern, David Witter
All photos by Sandy Morris | Sally Blood Photo.
Shot on location at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.