103.9 WFXF (The Fox, Eddie works mornings there) NW Suburbs (Kane, McHenry and Lake Counties) Was actually a Rock station in the 90s before Entravision bought it (WABT, The Wabbit) 60s-2000s Classic Rock. Harder edged but they have variety.
WERV (The River) (Kane, Kendall, DuPage Counties) also tried mixing in 90s for awhile about 9 years ago. Didn't go over well. Musically they're more like The Drive.
WIIL launched in the fall of 1992 with Classic Rock. They were mostly somewhere between Classic Rock and AOR until several years ago. These days they are full blown Active Rock. They have translators in Cook County via WLUP HD-2. Target is Lake, McHenry Counties but they also serve their local area (Kenosha, Walworth, Racine Counties in Wisconsin) and the northern half of Cook County. The main signal on a good day runs from Milwaukee to Evanston or so (North to South). Have not heard the translators yet.
Then there's WRXQ. This is the far south (Joliet and South, plus Kankakee) Flipped to a variety, harder edged based Classic Rock in Early 2003. A few years back they rebranded and are now a full blown Active Rocker, not unlike WIIL.
There's also a few Classic Rockers in Indiana.
All in all, the area's defacto Active Rocker is WIIL and WRXQ in the far south.
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