The Old Town School of Folk Music is a Chicago teaching and performing institution that launched the careers of many notable folk music artists. Founded by Folk musicians Frank Hamilton and Win Stracke, and Dawn Greening, the School opened in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago in 1957 (the original location at 333 west North Avenue has since been demolished). It began by offering guitar and banjo lessons in a communal teaching style and hosting performances by well-known folk musicians. Currently the school has an enrollment of about 6,000 students per week, 2,700 of them children.Make Old Town School of Folk Music a centerpiece of your Chicago vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Chicago holiday planning website.
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This is one of the best venues in Chicago to see live music, from blue grass to jazz to popular indy acts. Also, offers an amazing array of music classes for all ages and levels, including... more »
I attended a concert towards the end of Chicago’s World Music Festival at the School of Folk Music and thought it was a great event. Their performance venue (Maurer Hall) was solid; acoustics were... more »
This is very good venue to listen great music. On Wednesdays they have free concerts, but donations are very welcome. The hall has very good acoustic and audience also was great. There is small shop too
Lovely place to visit and watch/play/buy musical instruments.
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