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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
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Live Music Schedule:

Wednesdays:  World Music 8:30pm
9/3 Callaloo
9/5 The SteelDrivers
9/6 Robbie Fulks
9/7 Ramblin’ Jack delliott
9/10 Chico Antonio
9/11 Farruquito: Improvisao
9/12 The Wu-Force feat. Abigail Washburn, Kai Welch, Wu Fei, Nathaniel Braddock, Steve Doyle
9/14 Erkan O ur s Telvin Trio
9/17 Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (7pm)
9/17 Diplomats of Drum with Masters of Hawaiian Music: Led Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr, & “Uncle” Richard Ho’opi’i (8pm)
9/19 Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour w/ Master of Ceremonies Dom Flemons, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & The Cajun Country Revival, The Tillers, and The Loot rRock Gang
9/20 Ian Maksin
9/27 Sarah Jarosz
10/1 Dave Sharp’s Secret 7
10/3 Connie Koloc, Ed Holstein
10/4 Marty Stuart 7 His Fabulous Superlatives
10/5 Loundon Wainwright III
10/8 Sultans of String
10/9 Todd Snider
10/13-14 Brandi Carlile (Unplugged)
10/15 Ani DiFranco, Jenny Scheinman
10/16 Marketa Irglova
10/17 BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
10/18 Luther Dickinson, Ruthie Foster
10/22 Los Crema Paraiso
10/29 the Down Hill Strugglers feat. John Cohen
11/1 Adrian Belew Power Trio
11/5 Noche Flamenca con La Fita y el Palometas
11/7 Glen Kotche
11/12 Christian Howes’ Southern Exposure
11/19 Ballet Folklórico y Grupo de Tamborileros de la UJAT
11/21 Marcia Ball
11/26 Lara Bello
12/3 11th Annual Tribute to the Improvisational Singer feat. Mannix Martínez, Franklin Paz, Papo Santiago
12/10 Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu
12/11-14 Songs of Good Cheer w/ Chicago Tribune Colomnists Mary Schmich, Eric Zorn
12/17 Spanish Guitar Duo - King of Soul (Acoustic Otis Redding)

Fridays: Global Dance Party 8:30pm
9/6 Ellis Paul, Rebecca Loebe
9/7 Crash (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)
9/12 Chances Danced
9/13 Callaghan
9/18 The Revelers
9/19 Yuna (Concert plus Q&A)
9/25 Head for the Hills
9/26 Volo Bogtrotters
10/3 Stephanie Wrembel & The Chicago Gypsy Jazz All Stars feat. Rhythm Fugure Quartet
10/4 Antje Duvekot, Amy Speace
10/5 Arto & Antti Jarvela
10/10 Samuel Del Real and Sureya
10/17 Kalapriya Presents Dandiya Raas Dance Party
10/23 Eliza Gilkyson
10/24 Jon Williams and the Chandelier Swingers
10/31 Céilí Mór - Big Irish Dance
11/5 Sound Opinions feat. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot: The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones
11/8 Vishtèn
11/9 Dry Branch Fire Squad
11/14 Raíces del Ande
11/15 Tiempo Libre ( 2 Shows)
11/16 Grant-Lee Phillips & Howe Gelb
11/21 White Mule
11/26 Mirel Wagner
12/12 Go Go Holiday Rock n’ Roll Dance Party

Updated: 8/22/14 11:27am


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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