Chi Town Loop

Published June 13, 2014

PHOTOS COURTESY OF (CLOCKWISE UP FROM CENTER) ELLIE PRITTS, ALLEN DANIELS, JASMINE DURHAL, FIFOU, DAKOTA BLUE HARPER, CHARLES NOLIS ANDERSON, KRISTEN LITTMAN, JORY LEE CORDY, AND CHRISTOPHER GABELLO.

Two disparate genres, hip-hop and garage rock, are thriving in Chicago, with Chance the Rapper, the Orwells, and the former members of Kids These Days making the jump from local showcases to the national stage. A selection of the city’s finest, the musicians above have more than Chi-town pride in common—all of them are under 30, and as concert buddies, collaborators, and former bandmates and classmates, everybody knows everybody else’s name.