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List of Chicago indie rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as indie rock solo artists from Chicago are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Chicago music that you've never heard before. The indie rock bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Chicago. If you think the best Chicago indie rock band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

A list made up of bands like Wilco and Andrew Bird.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular indie rock bands from Chicago?" and "Which indie rock bands started in Chicago?" then this list will answer your questions.

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Andrew Bird Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Tortoise Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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OK Go is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
OK Go Indie, Rock music, Alternative dance

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The Sea and Cake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Sea and Cake Jazz, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Plain White T's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Plain White T's Pop punk, Anti-folk, Pop music

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The Hush Sound is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Hush Sound Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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The Academy Is... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Academy Is... Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Jim O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Jim O'Rourke Experimental rock, Experimental music, Post-rock

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U.S. Maple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
U.S. Maple Noise rock, Rock music, No wave

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The Fold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Fold Pop punk, Christian alternative rock, Alternative rock

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The Ponys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Ponys Garage rock, Indie rock

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The Scissor Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Scissor Girls Noise rock, No wave, Experimental rock

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Ian Svenonius is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Ian Svenonius Rock music, Soul music, Punk rock

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Marty Casey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Marty Casey Pop punk, Glam metal, Rock music

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Trenchmouth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Trenchmouth Punk rock, Indie rock, Post-hardcore

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The Reputation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Reputation Indie rock

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Catherine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Catherine Shoegazing, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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Shellac is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Shellac Noise rock, Rock music, Minimalism

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Tar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Tar Noise rock, Rock music, Indie rock

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Lovehammers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Lovehammers Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge

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Troubled Hubble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Troubled Hubble Indie rock

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Cheer-Accident is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Cheer-Accident Alternative rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock

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Ezra Furman & The Harpoons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons Rock music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Joan of Arc Rock music, Emo, Experimental rock

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Shrimp Boat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Shrimp Boat Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Red Red Meat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Red Red Meat Indie rock

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Sean O'Keefe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Sean O'Keefe Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Loose Fur is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Loose Fur Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-rock

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Breaking Circus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Breaking Circus Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk

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Califone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Califone Experimental rock, Post-rock, Indie rock

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Robert Bock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Robert Bock Rock music, Emo, Electro

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Owen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Owen Emo, Acoustic music, Indie rock

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Maps And Atlases is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Maps And Atlases Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie folk

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Project Rocket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Project Rocket Pop punk, Emo, Alternative rock

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The Like Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
The Like Young Indie rock

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Cap'n Jazz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Cap'n Jazz Emo, Indie rock, Post-hardcore

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Firebird band is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Firebird band Rock music, Electro, Electronic music

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Office is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Office Pop music, Rock music, Indie rock

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Pinetop Seven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Pinetop Seven Alternative country, Indie rock

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Bound Stems is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Bound Stems Indie rock

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Monday's Hero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Monday's Hero Rock music, Emo, Indie rock

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Colossal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Colossal Punk rock, Indie rock

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Baby Teeth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Baby Teeth Pop music, Rock music, Indie rock

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Make Believe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Make Believe Indie rock

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L'Spaerow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
L'Spaerow Indie, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Shorty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Shorty Noise rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Chin Up Chin Up is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Chin Up Chin Up Indie pop, Indie rock

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Of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Of the Opera Rock music, Electro, Electronic music

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Dianogah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
Dianogah Indie rock