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
5/12 David Lindley
5/16 Kristin Hersh
5/18 Christine Balfa & Balfa Toujours
5/19 Rachel Barton Pine (11am)
5/19 Rafi Malkiel Quintet
5/22 Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin
5/25 Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole
5/29 Seamus Begley, Olsin Mac Diarmada
6/1 National Tap Day Celebration
6/5 Inner Visions
6/8 The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson)
6/9 Peter Tork
6/12 Ensemble Espanol
6/14 Tribute to Greenwich Village, Freewheeling Folk from the 60’s
6/16 Daniel Lanois
6/20 Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra
6/21 Garifuna Collective
6/22 John Reilly & Friends
6/26 Jacco Muller, Victor Ghannam
6/29 Pablo Menendez, Mezcia Jazz All Stars
8/17 Raices del Ande
Fridays: Global Dance Party 8:30pm
5/17 Will from Brazil
5/18 Anais Mitchell, Jefferson Hamer
5/19 Delmark Records 60th Anniversary Celebration
5/31 Los Vicios De Papa
6/2 Delmark Records 60th Anniversary Celebration
6/8 Redbird feat. Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey
6/14 Curley Taylor, Zydeco Trouble
6/15 Teen Open Mic: Summer Showcase
6/21 Grupo Cha Cha
6/22 Chris Farrell
6/29 Jennifer Hall
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.
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)
Last Edited: May, 12 2013
Updated: 5/7/13 7:06pm
** As of July 2010, all taverns and restaurants are smoke free