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Illinois Rock & Roll Museum Musicpedia




Trouble was formed in 1978 in Aurora IL. by High School student Rick Wartell and was joined by guitarist Bruce...

Vee-Jay Records

Vee-Jay Records, which specialized in R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Blues and Rock & Roll was founded in Chicago in 1953 by...

Wally Frederichs

Wally Frederichs was one of the best known Chicago street musicians of the day during the 1970s. And probably one...

Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon (1915-1992) Willie Dixon has been called “the poet laureate” of the blues.  He was indisputably the pre-eminent blues...

2021Inaugural ClassInducteeRadio Station

WLS Radio – AM

WLS (The Big 89) WLS was founded in 1924 by the Sears Roebuck and Company.  The call sign stood for...

2022InducteeRadio Station

WXRT Radio

WXRT (93.1 FM) WXRT, also known as XRT and 93-XRT, is an adult alternative radio station broadcasting from Chicago, IL. ...


Zoetrope was was formed in 1977 by teenage friends Barry Stern(drums/voals), Kevin Michael Rasofsky, aka Kevin Michael , (guitar), and...


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The museum suffered damage as the result of a microburst in downtown Joliet. The building did sustain some damage however we are extremely grateful that no one was injured during this tragedy. 

We are fortunate that Gigantar, our exhibit artifacts and the gift shop merchandise all escaped any damage. 

We are temporarily closed to the public as we work with our contractors through the cleanup process. 
Please stay tuned as we get back in the groove.