Explore the great achievements and contributions of Illinois’ finest in music in The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois exhibition at Navy Pier from April 27 – September 25.
The State of Sound celebrates the musicians, legendary radio stations, and homegrown musical gear that have shaped the sonic history of Illinois and the world. Rare treasures from Muddy Waters, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Earth Wind and Fire, and Smashing Pumpkins will be on display. The exhibit is organized by musical genre, from jazz to country to house. Display cases present artifacts from artists in each genre. Wall panels of text and photos explain the musical significance of several artists.
This exhibit is a new version of the award-winning presentation created in 2021 by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the state’s official historical library. The State of Sound was conceived as a way to celebrate the state’s incredible contributions to America’s musical legacy and tell stories from all corners of Illinois. Navy Pier’s exhibit is the first time The State of Sound and the many rare items it features will be seen outside of the presidential library.
In addition to the exhibit, guests can listen to the podcast that will explore the great achievements and contributions of Illinois’ most talented musicians in The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois exhibition at Navy Pier.
This exhibit is in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.