We've already told you about the best albums of 2016, but Chicago's musical output over the past twelve months deserves a closer look. This was the year that the city's hip-hop scene once again took the spotlight, buoyed by Chance the Rapper's latest mixtape and releases by his various collaborators. Local record labels supported a new crop of independent musicians, one of the city's best jazz clubs hosted the recording of a modern classic and veterans like Wilco and Tortoise continued their respective winning streaks. You don't have to go far to hear great new music—just listen to 15 of our favorite Chicago albums of 2016.
RECOMMENDED: The best of 2016