Chic-A-Go-Go Heritage Awards

The Chic-A-Go-Go Heritage Award is presented to individuals or groups who have made significant cultural contributions to Chicago's rich musical landscape. We humbly offer these honors as gestures of gratitude for the wonderful gifts they have bestowed upon us through their creativity, hard work, and soul. Without them Chicago would not move, groove, and pulse the way it does!

All portraits by Derek Erdman

Gene Chandler

Black Lone Ranger

Oscar Brown, Jr.

Alvin Cash

Milt Trenier

Sugar Pie Desanto

Bo Diddley

J.B. Lenoir

Sam Cooke

The Mulqueens

Bozo the Clown

Jim Newberry

The Impressions

J.P. Chill

Otis Clay

Don Bronstein

Mentally Ill

Cheap Trick

Chaka Khan

Ella Jenkins

Baby Huey

Staple Singers

Farley Jack Master Funk

The Chi-Lites

Donny Hathaway


Life Sentence




Thomas Dorsey

Tyrone Davis


Syl Johnson

The Spaniels

Nancy Faust