About Us

About Rock In Chicago

Rock in Chicago brings the best of independent and up and coming artists in the Chicago area covering all flavors of Rock, Punk and Heavy Metal.

Rock in Chicago curates 90-minute monthly genre-focused playlists on Spotify and YouTube of up-and-coming original music from Chicago’s rock, punk, and metal underground scenes. We have a rotating list of guest curators from different facets of Chicago’s independent music scenes who also contribute or fully curate to genre-focused playlists.

We also feature a monthly First Fridays round up for artists who are releasing new music on Bandcamp, Soundcloud or have a new video they want to promote.

The Rock in Chicago Show will return as a podcast format later in 2021.


So who is included in this area ?

The area we define as the Chicago area includes southeastern Wisconsin, Northeastern Illinois, and Northwest Indiana. If you are in a band and play anywhere within the 100 mile radius between Chicago and Kenosha, Rockford, DeKalb, Joliet, or South Bend, we want to know about it.

Who Are You?

At our core, we’re a group of musicians with many years of experience in the music industry. We firmly believe in the do-it-yourself work ethic, and are trying to do something different by helping build a music community in the Chicago area. 

That said, this is a labor of love for all involved at this point, Many of us are active musicians, and dedicate what free time we have outside of our projects and our day jobs to helping out with curation, interviews, and news. We do not make any profit from the work we do, any thing we do sell, in the way of merchandise or promotional materials goes back to support Rock in Chicago.

How do I send you my stuff?

If you’re involved in Chicago’s local music scene and are interested in having your music featured, submit your music through our submission page. Don’t email us or DM us on social media.
We don’t take MP3s, we don’t do review or interview requests for the time being.

I sent you my stuff a few weeks ago, why didn’t you respond?

If you don’t submit your music through our submissions page, we aren’t going to review it.
We do review everything that comes through the submissions page.

We also only do one genre-focused playlist a month, and you may not be a match for the next list. We will get back to you when we do have a match.

We may have recently featured you on a previous First Friday and prioritize new submissions from other artists.