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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
11/19 Ballet Folklórico y Grupo de Tamborileros de la UJAT
11/21 Marcia Ball
11/22 Robyn Hitchcock
11/23 Little Miss Ann & Mr. Dave (Kids Concert 11am)
11/26 Lara Bello
12/3 11th Annual Tribute to the Improvisational Singer feat. Mannix Martínez, Franklin Paz, Papo Santiago
12/4 Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas
12/5 Cracker
12/6 Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue
12/7 Linda Marie Smith presents Mearra - Selkie from the Sea
12/10 Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu
12/11-14 Songs of Good Cheer w/ Chicago Tribune Colomnists Mary Schmich, Eric Zorn
12/15 Over The Rhine
12/17 Spanish Guitar Duo - King of Soul (Acoustic Otis Redding)
12/18 George Winston
1/4 Okee Dokee Brothers (Kids Show 11am)
1/10 Dobet Gnahoré
1/24 Bill Frisell: Guitar In The Space Age! w/ Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen
2/14 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2/28 Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Fridays: Global Dance Party 8:30pm
11/21 White Mule
11/23 Haas Kowert Tice (featuring members of the Punch Brothers & Crooked Still)
11/26 Mirel Wagner
12/10 Sound Opinions featuring Jim DeRogatis & Greg Kot presents “Out With the Bosses, In With the Fans:  Why YOU Rule the New Music Industry” 
12/12 Go Go Holiday Rock n’ Roll Dance Party
1/18 April Verch
1/23 Pine Leaf Boys
2/22 Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

Updated: 10/12/14 1:14am


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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