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.

We 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.

On the Rock in Chicago Show podcast we sit down with artists and people involved with Chicago’s music scene to talk about what’s going on, hear their stories and how they have been coping with the pandemic.


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, and podcast production. 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 or telling us your story, contact us through our submission page. Don’t DM us on social media.

There are two things we currently offer with RockInChicago.org:

  1. First Fridays New Music Roundups
    If you are an artist with new music or video that has been released within the current calendar year, feel free to submit it. Must be available on a streaming platform. We cannot do anything with mp3s or CDs. Deadline is 11:59pm the Wednesday before the first Friday of the month. You are also welcome to include upcoming show info with your submission.
  2. Podcast interview guest
    Are you doing something to help our music community or do you have an interesting story behind your music? Feel free to submit.

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