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Old Town School of Folk Music

4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
+1 773-728-6000
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This venue offers excellent & often unique music & dance experiences from around the world. Besides... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
Chicago, Illinois
A Great Musician Venue.

We came to visit Dervish at this smaller venue. We sat in the balcony and the view was great. It... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Donna D
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4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
+1 773-728-6000
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

This venue offers excellent & often unique music & dance experiences from around the world. Besides a list of ticketed concerts, there are also free concerts on Wednesdays - you are asked for a $10 donation at the door. I always check their schedule on...More

Thank AdrianaKmn
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We came to visit Dervish at this smaller venue. We sat in the balcony and the view was great. It was not a giant place where it gets overwhelming, but you oftentimes get to meet the performers.

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Came for the MLK holiday weekend to see Peter Asher's Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond. Wow! The show was truly fabulous and the hall was just perfect for this type of show. Tickets were very reasonable and the staff was great, too. The...More

Thank Jan P
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Really unique performances--from classic folk rock to world music--in an intimate venue. Not expensive. Room to dance. Beer and snacks. Plus you can take classes, too! Unique.

Thank jaz79h
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Remember the 80s movie and spin off tv show "Fame"? Well here you can live the dream. While I lived in Chicago I took classes here in acting, singing, dancing, and several instruments. I really got to explore my artistic liberal arts side after spending...More

Thank Negatron N
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Their main theater on the west side of the street is a great small venue for a concert. There are good views of the stage downstairs and up. Very good acoustics. Just went there for the first time but will be sure to go again...More

Thank YojoaDon
Reviewed 12 March 2016

The venue is ran by music lovers. I think most of the people running the place are volunteers and are thrilled to be there. There is not a bad seat in the house. I wish I lived closer so I could go to more shows.

Thank Kate k
Reviewed 25 March 2015

You never know who will be at the Old Town School's main auditorium. One week, it's slack key guitar artists from Hawaii, and the next, it's a great Bluegrass group from North Carolina. Excellent acoustics and sight lines at this venue. (I have not visited...More

Thank Smudgecats
Reviewed 7 February 2015

The school of folk music offers regular concerts. Some are worthwhile, and some have very good performers. John McCutcheon, Tom Paxton, and other greats from the folk era of the 60s and 70s still perform. What's more, they can still song! Last Saturday's performance with...More

Thank Katherine D
Reviewed 16 October 2014

Great acts, acoustics, history! They have all sorts of jams and classes available, in addition to wonderful shows!

Thank Bethjey
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8 November 2016|
Response from jaz79h | Reviewed this property |
There's street parking, and also a lot almost across the street.