Chicago record labels

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"Bye and Bye" recorded in 1927 on the Black Patti Records label of The Chicago Record Company

This is a list of notable record labels based in Chicago.

Name Founder Founded Link Address Genres Artists
Alligator Records Bruce Iglauer 1971 link P.O. Box 60234, Chicago, IL 60640 Blues, roots, folk Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Albert Collins, Hound Dog Taylor, Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball
Black Patti Records J. Mayo Williams 1927 African American jazz, blues, sermons, spirituals, and skits
Bloodshot Records Nan Warshaw & Rob Miller 1994 link 3039 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618 Indie rock with roots inflections Lydia Loveless, Justin Townes Earle, Wayne Hancock, Scott H. Biram, Bottle Rockets, Deadstring Brothers, Ha Ha Tonka, Jon Langford, Dex Romweber Duo, Andre Williams, Cory Branan, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Robbie Fulks, Bobby Bare Jr., Luke Winslow King, Murder By Death, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Waco Brothers
Cedille Records link 5355 N. Lakewood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 Classical
Chess Records Leonard & Phil Chess 1950 2120 S. Michigan Avenue, 320 E. 21st St., Chicago, IL Blues, jazz, doo-wop, gospel, soul, rock and roll, comedy See List of Chess Records artists
Delmark Records Bob Koester 1958 link 4121 North Rockwell St., Chicago, IL Blues, jazz, doo-wop, gospel
Drag City Dan Koretzky & Dan Osborn 1989 link 2000 West Carroll Ave #201, Chicago, IL 60612 Experimental, folk Joanna Newsom, Pavement, Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), Papa M, Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews, Smog, Royal Trux, Chestnut Station, Mantis, Palace, Plush, Edith Frost, Azita
Earwig Music Company Michael Frank 1978 link 2054 W. Farwell Ave., Garden Unit, Chicago, IL 60645 Blues, roots, storytelling, jazz David Honeyboy Edwards, The Jelly Roll Kings, Big Jack Johnson, Louisiana Red, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins, Frank Frost, Homesick James, John Primer
Johann's Face Records Marc Ruvolo & Gar Brandt link P.O. Box 479164, Chicago, IL, 60647 Melodic punk and pop
Lengua Armada Discos Martin Sorrondeguy Pilsen Hardcore Los Crudos, Limp Wrist, Charles Bronson, Severed Head of State, MK-Ultra
Minty Fresh link P.O. Box 577400, Chicago, IL 60657 Upbeat and poppy Kahimi Karie
Mutant League Records Nate Steinheimer 2012 link 1006 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 Punk, hardcore, indie
Red Scare Industries Tobias Jeg & Brendan Kelly link P.O Box 13285, Chicago, IL 60613 Punk
Thick Records link Punk
Thrill Jockey Records Bettina Richards 1992 link P.O. Box 08038, Chicago, IL 60608 Indie, post-rock Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Tom Verlaine, Califone, Fiery Furnaces, Archer Prewitt, Eleventh Dream Day
Touch & Go Founded by Tesco Vee & Dave Stimson; Owned by Corey Rusk 1981 link PO Box 25520, Chicago, IL 60625 Punk, hardcore, indie Ted Leo + Pharmacists, TV On The Radio, Big Black, Don Caballero, Rollins Band, The Jesus Lizard, Slint, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, !!!, Shellac, Pinback, Blonde Redhead
Trax Records Founded by Larry Sherman & Screamin’ Rachael Cain; owned by Vince Lawrence 1983 link Chicago, IL 60625 House Adonis, Marshall Jefferson, Mr. Lee, Mr. Fingers, Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Phuture, Frankie Knuckles, Lidell Townsell, Jamie Principle
Underground Communique Records Justin Schwier 2004 link 2441 W. Gunnison St. #2, Chicago, IL 60625 Punk, hardcore, indie Shot Baker, Big D and the Kids Table, The Copyrights, Hellmouth, The Heat Tape, The Methadones, Reel Big Fish, Mustard Plug
Vee-Jay Records Vivian Carter & James C. Bracken 1953 Chicago, IL R&B, Soul John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Reed
Wax Trax! Records Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher 1980 link Chicago, IL Industrial, punk, hardcore, indie KMFDM, Ministry, Front Line Assembly, Front 242, Minimal Compact, Braindead Soundmachine, Revolting Cocks, Pailhead, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
WTII Records Bart Pfanenstiel and David Schock 2001 link Chicago, IL EBM, synthpop, industrial, electronic Acumen Nation, Beborn Beton, Blume, In Strict Confidence, Klutæ, Melotron, Sister Machine Gun