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About Locals Only

Beach Bunny solo house show performance  // March 2017

Locals Only was founded by Nikki Roberts in February 2017. The online publication originally launched as a blog, and in November 2017, Roberts decided to expand her coverage by hosting a radio show of the same name through her college’s radio station, Radio DePaul.

The Locals Only mission is to showcase the thriving DIY music communities that exist in Chicago with an emphasis on rock, punk, metal and hardcore bands, and to report on the news and upcoming events that occur within those communities. Locals Only also strives to be a community-driven platform that publishes work from contributors.

Although the Locals Only radio show ended in June 2019, the blog continues to report on local music and highlight the work of Chicago musicians through feature stories, in-depth interviews, social media promotion & collaboration with Chicago creatives.

About Nikki Roberts

Nikki Roberts is a freelance journalist and rock ‘n’ roll fanatic. Her writing has appeared in Chicago magazine, Riot Fest magazine, Chicago Reader, and in many music blogs and student publications. She is a contributor at South Side Weekly and McKinley Park News.