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Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago

Old Town School Of Folk Music

4544 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Tel: (773) 728-6000

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Live Music Schedule:

Wednesdays:  World Music 8:30pm
8/5-6 Watkins Family Hour feat. Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, and Special Guests
8/29 The Church
9/2 Off to Farofa
9/9 Paa Kow Band
9/16 Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa / Ronnie Malley with Las Guitarras de España (Part of World Music Festival Chicago 2015)
9/19 Tim and the Space Cadets
9/23 Cayito y Orquesta La Distinguida
9/25 Three Women and the Truth: Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson, and Gretchen Peters
9/26 Shemekia Copeland
9/27 Tom Rush
9/30 Ho Etsu Taiko and On Ensemble present ROTATIONS
10/7 Duo Violão Brasil - Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber
10/14 Andrea Kapsalis & KOZM
10/21 Zazhil
10/28 Orange Hill
11/4 Allos Musica
11/11 Villalobos Brothers
11/18 Aysenur Kolivar
11/25 Jorge Emmanuelli Náter & Los Ancestros
12/2 Sabrina Lastman
12/9 Yanantin

Fridays: Global Dance Party 8:30pm
9/4 Swing Brasiliero
9/11 Tambours Sans Frontieres
9/18 Patty and the Buttons
9/19 Mike Peters of the Alarm
9/25 Nicolae Feraru and his Romanian Gypsy Band
10/2 CHI: Chicago House Institute
10/16 Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet
10/23 Samuel del Real
11/6 ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat
11/20 Orisha Dance Chicago
12/4 Big Shoulders Square Dance with Can I Get an Amen
12/11 Dos Santos Anti-beat Orquesta

Updated: 7/20/15 1:05pm


The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities.

As we begin our 50th year in 2007, enrollment in Old Town School tuition programs averages close to 6,000 students per week, 2,700 of them children. The Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park facilities hold hundreds of classes and workshops in music, dance and art for adults, children and teens seven days per week, 48 weeks per year. Early childhood and middle school music programs thrive in three suburban branches as well as in several community outreach programs throughout the city. The School presents performances by internationally known touring artists, the best of Chicago’s local artists and its staff and students virtually every weekend. Most Wednesday nights feature free concerts through AfroFolk Live and La Peña, popular and long established Community Programs. Some 85,000 come to these concerts and attend the Chicago Folk & Roots festival in nearby Welles Park annually.

Throughout our 50 year history, what has set the Old Town School of Folk Music apart from other music teaching programs has been the philosophy that music is for everyone. The founders wanted the School to be a place where, as founder Frank Hamilton said, “teacher and student would be partners in learning.” This philosophy is still in place and the Old Town School continues to be a place that gives people the tools to make their own music. Young and old, beginners and advanced players, people from various cultures and traditions come together to create music and learn from each other.

Performances marked @ MAURER will be held at:
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
The Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Performances marked @ SZOLD will be held at:
Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
The Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625



CTA By Train:
Take the Brown Line to the Western Station. Walk east to Lincoln Ave. then South on Lincoln to the 4544 N. Lincoln.

CTA By Bus:
Take the Lincoln (#11) or Western (#49) Bus Lines to their Wilson Ave. stops. 4544 N. Lincoln is a quick walk south on Lincoln Ave.

Driving westbound (from downtown) on I-90/94 (by the way, not 1(one)-90):
Exit at Western Ave. Follow signs (straight at first stoplight) to Western Ave, then turn right on to Western Ave (at second stoplight). Turn right on Montrose Ave. Turn left onto Lincoln, where the school will be on the left.

Driving eastbound (from north/nothwest suburbs) on 1-90/94:
Exit at Irving Park and head east (left). Tu

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