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Illinois’s bicentennial is December 3, 2018, so the state is celebrating all year long. To join in the celebration, this Sunday, April 22, we'll have musician Phil Passen with us performing music to commemorate 200 years of Illinois history. In honor of great Illinois music, here are some album suggestions, ranging from traditional tunes to popular artists who originally hail from our state (or just write about it). Read more about the program and register here.

Folksongs of Illinois


Lake Rhymes: folk songs of the Great Lakes Region by Lee and Joann Murdock (book with 18-song companion CD)


Buttons: from Champaign to Chicago


Blues Brothers: original soundtrack recording


Illinois by Brett Eldredge


Chicago Symphony Orchestra: the first 100 years


Schmilco by Wilco


Graduation by Kanye West


Illinois by Sufjan Stevens


Bonus books about Illinois music:

A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the birth of gospel music by Robert M. Marovich 


Chicago Blues: portraits and stories by David Whiteis