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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

Old Town School Of Folk Music Website
Old Town School Of Folk Music Facebook

Live Music Schedule:

Wednesdays:  World Music 8:30pm
4/13 Red Molly, Jake Armerding
4/16 Crossing Borders Music Collective & Mulati Ensemble
4/17 John Cale
4/18 Brad Mehidau Trio
4/19 Geoff Muldaur
4/19-20 The Mountain Goats
4/23 Osekre & the Lucky Bastards
4/24 Celtic Fiddle Festival w/ Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre & Andre Brunet
4/25 Harmonica Convergence II w/ Corky Siegel, Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, and Joe Filisko
4/27 Mariachi Campero de Nati Cano
4/30 Laetitia Zonzambé
5/3 Michael J. Miles
5/4 Wiggleworms Celebrates Pete Seeger (Kids Concert 11am)
5/4 Dailey & Vincent
5/7 Kaiju Daiko & ChiKoto Taiko
5/8-9 The Milk Carton Kids
5/10 Luka Bloom
5/11 Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
5/14 Hadar Noiberg Trio
5/15 Suzanne Vega, Lief Vollebekk, Ari Hest
5/16 Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
5/17 Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill
5/21 Amanda Martinez
5/22 Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
5/23 Hayes Carll
5/28 Trio Balkan Strings
6/6 William Fitzsimmons, Leif Vollebekk
6/7 Playing for Change
6/11 Ensemble Español
6/14 Dar Williams
6/15 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
6/18 Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe
6/20 Ricky Lee Jones
6/22 Melissa Ferrick
6/25 The Sufi Gospel Project
6/26 Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band
6/28 Chatham County Line
7/16 Las Alegres Ambulancias
7/31 Lambchop Performs Nixon
8/6 Cultura Profética

Fridays: Global Dance Party 8:30pm
4/13 Garnet Rogers, Archie Fisher
4/18 Black Bear Combo
4/25 Cecy Santana Band
4/26 Horse Feathers
4/27 Sweetback Sisters
5/4 Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A Celebration
5/9 Bowhunter
5/16 Las BomPleneras
5/17 Workin’ Blue: Chicago Acoustic Blues with Paul Kaye, Chris Walz & Mark Dvorak
5/18 Claire Lynch Band
5/30 Chicago Cajun Aces
6/5 The Grand Slambovians
6/13 Charangueo
6/20 Peruvian Folk Dance Center and Sol Andino Band
6/27 The Hoyle Brothers

Updated: 4/12/14 8:29pm


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). Turn left on to Western Ave. Turn right on to Montrose Ave. Turn left onto Lincoln, where the school will be on the left.

Driving from northbound Lake Shore Drive:
Exit at Montrose Ave. Turn left on to Montrose Ave. (heading west) Turn right onto Lincoln, where the school will be on the left.

Driving from southbound Lake Shore Drive:
Exit at Wilson. Turn right on to Wilson (heading west) Turn left onto Lincoln, where the cchool will be on the right.

Parking at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
City Lot Across the Street. You can park there 50¢ per hour on weekdays and $1.00 per hour on weekends, including Sundays. (Cheap!)
The Old Town School lot just east of the City Lot (you have to go through the city lot to get to it). Get your discount tokens at the machine near our front desk, or pay at the gate by credit card.

Sulzer Regional Library – enter on Sunnyside, East of Lincoln. Park on the West side of the lot (the East side is for residents!)
City lot at Western and Leland.
Metered Street Parking – (Lincoln Avenue or Western)

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