Chicago Rocks 1980 - 2005
Beginning in 1980, Chicago became the home of truly "alternative" rock when punk's Do-It-Yourself ethic inspired local fans to launch record stores, record labels, and music clubs that gave birth to internationally acclaimed rock stars.
Sit back, enjoy a beverage, listen to great music, and hear fascinating tales about post-punk pioneers Ministry and Big Black, alternative rock icons Smashing Pumpkins and Wilco, and the Wicker Park music scene that launched Urge Overkill and Liz Phair.
We visit clubs, homes, and notorious sites where your favorite musicians worked, lived and...well, acted like rock stars. Whether you are a casual fan or hardcore fanatic, this music-filled 4 hour tour offers stories and sites we're sure you've never heard or seen before!
The tour begins and ends at The Kerryman pub & restaurant, where drinks and food are also available. We visit sites where alcohol is served and you are invited to share your alternative rock stories with the group!
Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins. The bus cannot wait for late arrivals. You must be 21 years or older to go on the tour.
Sites may vary for each tour.
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