Hall of Fame

Your favorite artists inducted into the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum's Hall of Fame

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Nomination

  • Nominations are made through surveys of the public

  • A nomination committee will review to ensure that the nominations meet the criteria for eligibility and that the nominations are placed into the appropriate categories. The screening committee will not make artistic or technical decisions.

  • Final voting is done by Museum members

Eligibility

Performance nominees must have their first commercial release at least 20 years ago, and must also have national or international recognition, radio airplay and significant number of sales. DJ's, Radio Stations​, record label, record companies must have been in business at least 20 years prior to nominations.

  • Must have a tie to Illinois such as:

    • born in Illinois
    • started career in Illinois
    • based in Illinois
    • recorded in Illinois

  • Categories:

    • band or solo artists
    • radio station
    • deejay
    • record label / record company
    • songwriter

Hall of Fame Inductees

Artists

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

Chicago

Chicago is an Illinois rock band that formed in Chicago in 1967.  The self-described ‘rock and roll band with horns’...

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an Illinois rock band from Rockford.  The band has performed live more than 5,000 times...

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

Ides of March

The Ides of March The Ides of March are best-known for their hard rock with horns sound of their 1970...

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy (1936–) Buddy Guy is an American musician noted for his slashing, stuttering guitar riffs and passionate vocals.  Buddy...

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters    (1915—1983) McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, was dubbed the “King of the Chicago Blues.” Muddy...

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon REO Speedwagon is an Illinois rock band from Champaign, IL.  Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following...

2021Artist / PerformerInaugural ClassInductee

The Buckinghams

The Buckinghams In 1967, the airwaves were brimming with the Buckingham’s latest tunes.  Television audiences saw them on the Ed...

2022Artist / PerformerInductee

Dan Fogelberg

Sadly, we lost Dan Fogelberg on December 16 in 2007 after he fought a battle with prostate cancer. Fogelberg grew...

2022Artist / PerformerInductee

Styx

Styx Styx is an Illinois rock band from Chicago and is best known for melding hard rock guitar with acoustic...

2022Artist / PerformerInductee

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry        (1926-2017) Chuck Berry was one of the most influential rock and roll pioneers of all...

Hall of Fame Inductees

Radio Stations

2022InducteeRadio Station

WXRT Radio

WXRT (93.1 FM) WXRT, also known as XRT and 93-XRT,...

Hall of Fame Inductees

Radio Personalities / DJs

2021Inaugural ClassInducteeRadio Personality / DJ

Dick Biondi

Dick Biondi  (1932-2023) Dick Biondi is an American Top 40...

2021Inaugural ClassInducteeRadio Personality / DJ

Larry Lujack

Larry Lujack   (1940-2013) Larry Lujack was an immensely popular...

2023Radio Personality / DJ

Bob Sirott

Bob Sirott (1949-) Chicago’s very own Bob Sirott has been...

Hall of Fame Inductees

Record Companies

2021Inaugural ClassInducteeRecord Label

Chess Records

Chess Records is considered to be one of most important...

Hall of Fame Inductees

Songwriters

2022InducteeSongwriter

Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung (1947-) Dennis DeYoung is an Illinois musician, singer,...

2022InducteeSongwriter

Jim Peterik

Jim Peterik (1950-) Jim Peterik is an Illinois musician and...

Hall of Fame Inductees

Founders Choice

2022Founders ChoiceInductee

Gary Loizzo

Gary Alexander Loizzo (August 16, 1945 – January 16, 2016) was...

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