State of Sound
Online Exhibit


The Spirit of Possibility Moves Us:

Generations of musicians have come to Illinois by train, bus, and automobile. The Land of Lincoln has offered the promise of jobs, housing, and a new way of looking at things. Rhythms and lyrics that carried these desires shaped a sound that has a global reach. This community of Illinois music reflects our American diversity: Spiritual and Blues, Country, Soul and Rock, International, and Hip–Hop and House.

This music helps us imagine who we are. And through the boundless energy of our imagination, we can reach our potential. In this exhibit, you will discover how the sound of the heartland lives within all of us.

You will celebrate who we can be when we sing a song together.

Discover Illinois'
Sonic History

The State of Sound Playlist

Listen to our curated playlists of the music from Illinois on Spotify.

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