Alternative Music Chicago Indie Rock Bands List

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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
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
Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz

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

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The Scissor Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
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
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
Pop punk, Glam metal, Rock music

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Trenchmouth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
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
Indie rock

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

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

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

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Lovehammers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Chicago Indie Rock Bands List
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
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
Rock music, Emo, Experimental rock