'American Idol' auditions July 12 in Chicago

Auditions for Season 12 of "American Idol" began in early June, but Chicago-area hopefuls get their chance to impress the judges on July 12.

Registration for Chicago auditions will be July 10 and 11, with auditions happening July 12. Both registration and auditions will take place at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

"Idol" is looking for men and women between 15 and 28 as of June 5, 2012, and who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply, so visit

for specific information.

When you register, you'll be given a wristband and seat ticket, which you will need to bring to the audition. You'll also need proper I.D., proof of citizenship or residency, and a release form you'll find at

. If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied to the registration and audition by your parent or legal guardian.


New Orleans

Date: Tuesday, July 17


New Orleans Arena

Oklahoma City

Date: Friday, July 20


Chesapeake Energy Arena

To help prep for the audition, visit

for exclusive videos, interviews and photos from auditions, as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your "American Idol" news.