Chicago Recording Company

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Chicago Recording Company
CRC Music & Post
Founded 1975
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago Recording Company, or CRC, is a recording studio in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1975.[1] Boasting twelve studios, CRC is the largest recording company in the midwest, and the largest independent studio in the country.[2]


Early history[edit]

Originally called Sound House Studios, CRC was founded by Alan Kubicka in Medinah, Illinois. In 1975 the studio moved to Michigan Ave in Chicago, IL and became Chicago Recording Company. Early records made there include Lovin' Feeling by Phil Upchurch and Don't Fight The Feeling by Jim Peterik


CRC has been host to dozens of notable artists that have recorded at the company's music studios. Notably, The Smashing Pumpkins have used the studio numerous times since the mid-1990s. The video for their single "Untitled" features the band recording in Chicago Recording Company. Others to record at CRC include Jef Kors, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Coldplay, Sting, Timbaland, Rihanna, Styx, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Death Cab for Cutie, Mavis Staples, Jeremih, Smokey Robinson, Celine Dion, The Cure, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Changing Faces, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Stone Temple Pilots, Resurrection Band, Liz Phair, Duran Duran, Ohio Players, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R. Kelly, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys, Garbage, Britney Spears, Aaliyah, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Wilco. The Chicago Cubs' anthem, "Go, Cubs, Go" was recorded at CRC in 1984.


In post audio and sound design, advertising agencies such as FCB, Leo Burnett, Young & Rubicam, and DDB Worldwide frequently produce award-winning advertising in the company's nine post-production studios. Equally notable are the numerous film, television and gaming productions that the studio's engineers have contributed to, including Watchmen, Toy Story, The Dark Knight, Boardwalk Empire, CSI: NY, Black Swan and NHL 15.[2]

Selected recordings[edit]

Album or song Artist Date US Billboard chart[3] Notes
Coloring Book (mixtape) Chance The Rapper 2016 #6
G I R L Pharrell Williams 2014 #2
Artpop Lady Gaga 2013 #1
Midwinter Graces Tori Amos 2009 #66
Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded Rihanna 2008 #7
Universal Mind Control Common 2008 #12
Tick Tick Boom The Hives 2007 #36
X&Y Coldplay 2005 #1
Confessions Part II Usher 2004 #1
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco 2002 #13
Whitechocolatespaceegg Liz Phair 1998 #35
Evolution Boyz II Men 1997 #1
Being There Wilco 1996 #73
I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly 1996 #2
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Smashing Pumpkins 1995 #1
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson 1995 #1
Age Ain't Nothing But A Number Aaliyah 1994 #18


  1. ^ "Last Recording Studios Standing In Chicago". Chicago Tribune. August 8, 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Chicago Recording Company". Get In Media. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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