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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

JIM BRICKMAN Holiday concert. Thu 12/7, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

BUCKINGHAMS Christmas concert. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

CHENILLE SISTERS Free in-store performance. Mon 12/4, 5 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

NATALIE COLE performs at a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Lakeside Ballroom, McCormick Place, 2300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-670-0313.

COLORS OF CHRISTMAS with Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Marilyn McCoo, and Bill Medley. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

LARRY O. DEAN WITH CHAD GIFFORD & DEREK WALVOORD Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 210 W. North. 312-867-0186.

DISTURBED, ORGY, EVERLAST, DEFTONES, LIVE, INCUBUS, PAPA ROACH, CYPRESS HILL, OFFSPRING Sat 12/9, 3 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-455-4500 or 312-559-1212.

DOOBIE BROTHERS Sold out. Sun 12/10, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Free admission. Thu 12/7, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

EVERCLEAR, TRAIN, VERTICAL HORIZON Sold out. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 8 PM, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-559-1212.

JOSE FELICIANO Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

FIVE BY DESIGN performs a revue of 1940s music entitled "Radio Days Christmas." Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Stage One, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

FLAMMABLE DRESS performs at the museum's "First Fridays" reception. Fri 12/1, 6-10 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-280-2660.

GREAT CRUSADES Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 3 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

NANCY HAYS & THE ROBERT BENSON ORCHESTRA Ballroom dance concert. Tue 12/5, 7 PM, Rainbo Roller Rink, 4836 N. Clark. 312-409-1996.

HERC. performs a Sammy Davis Jr. tribute at a release party for Roctober magazine. Sun 12/10, 8 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North. 773-342-0910.

HIP NOZ Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

HOLIDAY CABARET 2000 Benefit for Teen Living Programs, Inc., with Alexandra Billings, Kathy Taylor, Audrey Morris, Ester Hana, 3 Girls 3, Elizabeth Doyle, Kari Howard, and others. Tue 12/5, 7 PM, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. 773-883-1090.

JOE JACKSON Sold out. Mon 12/4, 7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

JAYA Sat 12/2, 9 PM, Adidam Midwest, 3301 W. Fullerton. 773-278-1800.

KILLING THE OLD MAN, ANTICRISIS, ANAPHYLAXIS Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Cornerstone Community Center, 2942 N. Western. 773-989-2087.

LOCAL H Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Room 2800, Turner Conference Center, Student Resource Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-2712.

MELISSA MANCHESTER Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

MAP OF JULY Free in-store performance. Sat 12/2, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

MARILYN MANSON, COLD, GODHEAD Sat 12/2, 8 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5700 or 312-559-1212.

JOHNNY MATHIS, GARY MULE DEER Holiday concert with orchestra accompaniment. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, ANGELIQUE KIDJO Mon 12/4 and Tue 12/5, 7 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

DONNIE McCLURKIN "Christmas glory" concert with Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir and members of the Chicago Sinfonietta. Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester. 773-256-4111.

MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

MOE Sold out. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

PATTY MORABITO & MARY MONICA THOMAS Free concert and tribute to World AIDS Day. Fri 12/1, 1 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

MXPX, SQUAD 5-0 Sun 12/3, 7 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

KAT PARSONS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

TRAGICALLY HIP Fri 12/1, 8 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5700 or 312-559-1212.

LUTHER VANDROSS Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

WACO BROTHERS perform at a 16-mm film screening. Sat 12/9, 8 and 10:30 PM, Chris & Heather's Record Roundup, 2034 W. Montrose. 773-271-5330.

GEORGE WINSTON Holiday piano concert and benefit for Governors State University scholarship funds. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University, Stuenkel Rd. and Governors Hwy., University Park. 708-235-2222 or 312-902-1500.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Hi-Fi & the Roadburners, Deals Gone Bad. Fri 12/8, Robbie Fulks & Band, Gaberdine. 773-478-4408.

ALUMNI CLUB 15 W. Division: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays after 9 PM. 312-337-4349.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: DJs spin dance music Wednesdays through Fridays after 5 PM and Saturdays after 9 PM. 847-397-3100.

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Ed Vantage spins in the loft. 773-348-5100.

AQUA 201 N. Green: DJs spin after 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays. 312-942-9999.

ARTFUL DODGER 1734 W. Wabansia: Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays, DJs spin music for dancing after 9 PM. 773-227-6859.

AURA 640 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Laura B. Saturdays, DJ Maurice. Wednesdays, DJ Jeff Moyer (no cover). Thursdays, DJs Laura B & Jen Jameson. 312-266-2114.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Fri 12/1, John Greenfield's Rock Band, Kiss & Ride, Timebomb Taxi. Sat 12/2, Stewed Coots, Rollover, Vibe Flight Mission. Sun 12/3, Honey Farm, Brother Low Down. Tuesdays, Hurricane Gumbo. Wed 12/6, Rock Pythons with Harry Waller, Betsy Redhead & Randy Lee. Thu 12/7, Knockhopper, Trading Brains (no cover). Fri 12/8, Dollar Love Plus, Love Kit, Webstirs. Sat 12/9, Brian Whitman, Matthew, Blanche. Sun 12/10, 8 PM, Urban Twang. 773-281-4444.

BERLIN 954 W. Belmont: "DJ/VJs" play dance music Tuesdays through Saturdays after 5 PM and Sundays and Mondays after 8 PM. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ Steve Melvage spins hip-hop, house, and old school. Saturdays, DJ Spin spins hip-hop, house, and old school. Sundays, Derrick Wize & Gene Lopez. Mondays, Metronome & Derek Jones. Tuesdays, DJs Spin & Steve Melvage. Wednesdays, DJs Mary Jane & AM/PM. Thu 12/7, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames. 312-243-1699.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Stories for Boys, Hammerlane, 70's. Sat 12/2, Drapes, Apartment, Terranauts, DJ Savage. Thu 12/7, Crush 57, Deans, Hundo. Fri 12/8, Rectangle. Sat 12/9, Flesh Pilgrims. 773-384-0043.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Saturdays, DJ Nique. Sundays, Uncle Milty, DJ 33 1/3. Mondays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae. Wed 12/6, Phantom 45, BBP, Proppa Bear. Thursdays, DJs Heather, Lady D, Brenda D, Miss Bio Booster, Rebecca & Lauren Flax. 773-235-9100.

BIOLOGY BAR 1516 N. Fremont: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Jorge Rodas & Alberto Gomez spin salsa & merengue. Saturdays, DJs spin rock, pop & alternative. 312-266-1234.

BIRD'S NEST 2500 N. Southport: Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, open mike. 773-472-1502.

BLACK BEETLE 2532 W. Chicago: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM Mondays and Tuesdays. 773-384-0701.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Saturdays, DJ Mike Kandell. Sundays, "Grateful Dead jam night." Tuesdays, Mos Isley. Wednesdays, DJs spin. 773-384-8600.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover Fridays. Fri 12/1, Day Tripper (Beatles tribute band). Sat 12/2, Dick Ourada Band. Wednesdays, open jam session. Fri 12/8, Van Go. Sat 12/9, Planet Groove. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Mr. Blotto. Fri 12/8, Trippin' Billies. Sat 12/9, Zambow. 773-528-0888.

BURKHART STUDIOS 2845 N. Halsted: Music and spoken-word performances at 9 PM on Sunday nights (followed by an open mike). 773-348-8536.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Fridays, 8 PM, Saturdays, 9:30 PM, and Mondays and Thursdays, 8 PM, DJs spin retro and progressive house. Sundays, 7-9 PM, DJs spin swing; 9 PM-4 AM, Salsa Con Cache. Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin salsa. 312-475-9800.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: DJs spin Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9 PM. 630-830-7200.

CAFE SIDECAR 801 N. Orleans: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Andre Hatchett & others. Saturdays, DJs spin hip-hop, house, and reggae. Wednesdays, DJ Brian Reaves. 312-202-0502.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/2, Cash Audio. Tuesdays, DJ Hide spins acid jazz. 773-384-2547.

CARY'S LOUNGE 2251 W. Devon: Wednesdays, 9 PM, acoustic open jam with Michael Charles (no cover). 773-743-5737.

CIRCUIT 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. Fri 12/1, DJ Monty Q. Saturdays, DJ Lulu. Sundays, 11 PM, Miss Foozie & Her Floozies, DJ Jeff Berry. Mondays, 10:30 PM, "Disco Bingo" hosted by Daisy Mae. Thursdays, 11 PM, Miss Ketty & Her Latina Review. Fri 12/8, DJ Aubrey Jones. 773-325-2233.

CIRCUS 901 W. Weed: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays; members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas perform circus acts on weekends. Fridays, DJs Rob Thurman & Mike Pierce. Saturdays, DJs spin drum 'n' bass. 312-266-1200.

CLUB EDEN 3407 N. Clark: DJs spin 9 PM-3 AM on two floors. Fridays, DJ Anacron spins hip-hop and soul. Saturdays, DJs Chris Gin, Shamanlove & Richard Foster. Wednesdays, "Simple Pleasures" with Insane Audio Projects DJs Justin Long, DMS, Droopy & Daryl Cura. Thursdays, DJs spin salsa. 773-327-4646.

CLUB FOOT 1824 W. Augusta: DJs spin alternative and dance music nightly at 10 PM; no cover. 773-489-0379.

CLUB MERCURY 221 W. Van Buren: Restaurant and nightclub; DJs spin Thursdays through Sundays after 10 PM. 312-427-1774.

CLUB PM 2047 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/1, 9 PM-4 AM, DJs Stix, Nando, Raul Vergil, Mago, Cisco, and Chuckee spin bachata, merengue, salsa, rock en español, house, and hip-hop. 773-489-9600.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, reggae, samba, rock en español, and hip-hop. Tuesdays, 6 PM-4 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, and tango. Thursdays, 9 PM-4 AM, "Mixmaster Club Tour" DJs spin "progressive, flashback, dance beat, and underground." 312-397-0600.

COCKTAIL 3359 N. Halsted: DJs spin in the bar after 9 PM. Fridays, Freddie Bain. Saturdays, Millie & Tilly. Mondays, Laura Masura. Tuesdays, Michael Serafini. Thursdays, Timmy Loop. 773-477-1420.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, True Gravity, Calico Cat. Sat 12/2, We You They. Fri 12/8, Phat Phunction, Sugarfriedsupero's. Sat 12/9, Dogs in the Tub. 773-528-7569.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Fri 12/1, DJ DRC. Wednesdays, Mystic Bill, Chris Gin. Fri 12/8, DJ Gee. 312-413-7000.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, King Konga, Knee Deep Shag. Sat 12/2, 10:30 PM, Maggie Speaks, Weed Street Band. Wed 12/6, Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thu 12/7, 9 PM, DJs spin. Fri 12/8, URT, Turnstyles, After Grace. Sat 12/9, Underwater People. Sun 12/10, Behold! The Living Corpse. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Restaurant with music at 10:30 PM on weekends, 8 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/1, DJs spin. Sat 12/2, Bumpus. Wed 12/6, Libido Funk Circus. Thu 12/7, DJs spin. Fri 12/8, Rubber. Sat 12/9, Dave Uhrich. 847-541-4700.

D'VINE 1950 W. North: Restaurant and wine bar. Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 PM-3 AM, DJs spin acid jazz, ambient, house, and instrumental funk. 773-235-5700.

DANNY'S 1951 W. Dickens: Mondays, 10 PM, DJs Ray_rod & Bob (no cover). 773-489-6457.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Music in the Piano Bar and in the Cabaret Room Wednesday through Sunday nights. In the Cabaret Room: Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin ("There's Noel in Chanukah.") Sun 12/3, 5 PM, Lori McClain Trio ("A Swingin' Holiday"); 7 PM, 3 Girls 3 ("We Need A Little Christmas.") Mon 12/4, 8 PM, Hollis Resnik, Alexandra Billings. Wed 12/6 through Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Sat 12/9, 8 and 10:30 PM, and Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Karen Mason. In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 8 PM, Daryl Nitz, George Howe. Saturdays, 8 PM, Gwen Pippen, George Howe. Sundays, 9 PM, Mark Burnell. Mondays, 9 PM, George Howe. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Johnny Rodgers. Thursdays, 9 PM, Andrew Blenderman. 773-278-1830.

DEJA VU BAR ROOM 2624 N. Lincoln: No cover Sunday through Wednesday or before midnight Friday and Saturday; DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays after 10 PM. Thursdays, 9 PM, Bandoleros. 773-871-0205.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/1, Ultimate Rock & Roll Jukebox. Sun 12/3, DJs Mark & Pete spin R&B. Mon 12/4, DJ Sonja spins punk. Tue 12/5, Kenny & Scot's Metal Shop. Thu 12/7, DJ Girl Kris spins northern soul. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Junior Brown, Angie Mead. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Meat Puppets (see Spot Check), Electric Airlines. Sun 12/3, 9 PM, Mushuganas, I Love Rich, Art Loinz & the Wet Dixxx, Mexican Cheerleader. Tue 12/5, 9 PM, PJ Harvey. Wed 12/6, 9 PM, Muchacha, Callaghan, Mashers. Thu 12/7, 9 PM, Unified Theory. Fri 12/8, 10 PM, Silos, Mason Jennings. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Premium, Headspace, Error Type 11. 773-489-3160.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays on three floors (with drum 'n' bass in the Underground Lounge Fridays and Saturdays). 312-751-2900.

DRINK 702 W. Fulton: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, DJs Tony & Justin. Saturdays, DJs Myke T, Kid Craig & Tony. 312-733-7800.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Fri 12/1, Red Pop Theory. Sat 12/2, Garbo Swag. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Aaron Aggarwal (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/8, Loose Screws. Sat 12/9, Four-Man Band. 815-356-9980.

DULCE VIDA CAFE 1338 W. Madison: Fridays, 7 PM-midnight, DJs spin with MCs Neo Nate & Gypsy (open mike starts at 9 PM; no cover). 312-666-1920.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays (on two stages), 9 PM Mondays, 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/1, International Criminals, Mr. Sparkle, G'Tar Man Dave. Sat 12/2, Remedy, Dr. Kinetic. Mondays, open mike with Paul Allodi. Tuesdays, 45s. Thursdays, Quantum Leap. Fri 12/8, Umphrey's McGee. Sat 12/9, Thunder Road, Paul Allodi. 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Sagtown Hustlers, Swerve, Punsapaya. Sat 12/2, 10:15 PM, Multi-Vitamins, Carbon Not Copper, Last Vegas. Sundays, 10:30 PM, Sumo. Mon 12/4, 9 PM, Andrius Mamontovas, Kick the Cat. Tue 12/5, 9 PM, Marigold Engine. Wed 12/6, 9:15 PM, Wishbone Ash, Electrostatic. Thu 12/7, 8:45 PM, Ethan Kaulas, Mabel Mabel, Superchick. Fri 12/8, 9 PM, Toe, Villains, Cecilia, Gayle Ritt. Sat 12/9, 10:15 PM, Dovetail Joint, National Drag, Area Man. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Rocket From the Crypt, Oxes (see Critic's Choice), American Heritage. Sat 12/2, Eleventh Dream Day (see Critic's Choice), Abilene, Dishes. Sun 12/3, Salvo Beta, La Makita Soma, Timeout Drawer. Mon 12/4, Buddy Revelles, Dan Bryk, the Me Decade. Thu 12/7, Cutthroats .09, Farm Team, Dummy, Che Arthur. Fri 12/8, Dictators, Paper Backs. Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Dylan Group, Ribbon Effect, Angus MacLaurin, Western Automatic. Sun 12/10, Promise Ring. 773-276-3600.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: DJs spin 7-11 PM, Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays. Fridays, DJ Cache 22. Tuesdays, DJ Nole. Wed 12/6, "Therapy" DJs spin acid jazz, trip-hop, and funk, with DJ Frique. Thursdays, DJ Brian Collins. 312-338-3788.

ETHIOPIAN VILLAGE 3462 N. Clark: Fridays, 10 PM, DJ Assa spins reggae, hip-hop, and R&B (no cover). 773-929-8300.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM Sundays through Fridays, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Gil Burns. Saturdays, DJ Laura B. Thursdays, DJ Juan Carlos. 312-266-1944.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin music from 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 773-395-2700.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Fridays, 9:30 PM, Fantasy Lounge House Band. Sundays, 7-11 PM, open mike. 773-685-8083.

FEATURES BAR & GRILL 10 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music Tuesdays through Saturdays in Club Mamalu at 9 PM. Fridays, Mike Heaton Band. Saturdays, DJs spin hits from the 70s and 80s (no cover). Tuesdays, Mike Heaton. Wednesdays, 45s. Thursdays, Acoustic Aspirations. 630-416-3310.

FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/1, Pulz-8, Christopher Robin. Sat 12/2, Frique & Majid, Bear Who? 312-226-4555.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 12/1, 7 PM, Pegboy, Honor System, Haymarket Riot. Sat 12/2, 5 PM, Rocket From the Crypt, Hey Mercedes (see Spot Check), Faraquet; 9 PM, Slackers, Deals Gone Bad. Tue 12/5, 7 PM, Samian, Weston, Arrivals. Wed 12/6, 8 PM, Plastics Hi-Fi, Frisbie, the Shiv, Wolcott. Thu 12/7, 8 PM, German Shepherds, Syrup. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Lozenge, Tub Ring, Calibos. Sat 12/9, 6 PM, Teen Idols, Gamits, Methadones, Wednesdays. Sun 12/10, 8 PM, Amazing Crowns, Hi-Fi & the Roadburners, Rolemodels. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Iguanas, Grandsons. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Iguanas, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open stage hosted by Richard Burnett & Ron Lazeretti. Fri 12/8, 10 PM, Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six, Old #8, Steepwater Band. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Music after 10 PM. Mondays, open mike. Tuesdays, Steve Z. sings the songs of Frank Sinatra. 773-348-6000.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Bumpus. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/8, Domestic Problems. 630-416-4898.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: Fridays, 8 PM, DJ EKG. Saturdays, 8 PM, DJ EKG; 10 PM, Soul .45 DJs spin funk and soul. Wed 12/6, 9:30 PM, TRS-80, Drapes, Split-Habit, Phil Rockrohr & the Lifters (no cover). 773-248-3330.

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE 728 W. Grand: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJ Eric Williams spins underground house. 312-278-7130.

FUSE 738 N. Clark: DJs spin Tuesdays through Saturdays after 10 PM. Fridays, Resident Gringo spins trance. Saturdays, DJ Andre Harris. Tuesdays, DJs Vince Williams, Derrick Wize & Rob Thurmond. 312-932-9289.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Feo. Fri 12/8, Wax Buddha, Growth Limited. Sat 12/9, 9 PM, 6th annual Todd Kelley Memorial concert with the Mythic Figs, Mary Godfrey, Pot Luck, Dawn O'Keefe Williams, Dwain Story, Mike Wylson, Stephanie Fletcher & Vince Dickinson, Herman Fritz & Aric Simons, Ann Ridge & Greg Bower, Scott Bailey, James Bourke, Jim Jansen, John Jandell, Scott Parrish, Joey Isreal, and Jon Skor. 773-489-5471.

GAMEKEEPERS 345 W. Armitage: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Jerry Sprague. 773-549-0400.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Guilty (no cover). 773-262-5767 or 312-409-3215.

GENTRY 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Sun 12/3 through Thu 12/7, 9 PM, Rudy De La Mor. 312-836-0933.

GET ME HIGH LOUNGE 1758 N. Honore: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, "If You C Kay" open mike hosted by Roco. Wednesdays, DJs spin "retro classics." 773-252-4090.

GIN MILL 2462 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 9 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 773-549-3232.

GIORGIO'S BANQUETS 276 E. Irving Park, Wood Dale: Sundays, 10 AM-3 PM, members of Stage Right Dinner Theatre perform show tunes. 630-766-4626.

GIRLBAR 2625 N. Halsted: DJs spin Fridays and Saturdays after 9 PM; no cover. Wednesdays, Venus Envy. 773-871-4210.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin nightly from 10 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-587-8469.

GOODBAR 2512 N. Halsted: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays (no cover). Wednesdays, acoustic jam session. Thursdays, DJ Michael Walker spins "bad 80s funk & house." 773-296-9700.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/1, Karma Sutra, T.S. Soundz, Pelvic Delta. Sat 12/2, Joe Armstrong, Jennifer Peterson Band. Sun 12/3, 8:30 PM, Maria Hines & Life in the Garden, Life in General. Thu 12/7, Buzz Copy Zzi, Magnesium, Stickfight. Fri 12/8, Young Fathers, Tom Atteberry. 773-472-5139.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Saturdays, midnight, DJ V. Fri 12/8, the Dog & Everything, Swizzletree. 312-943-2252.

HARRY'S VELVET ROOM 56 W. Illinois: Thursdays, 11 PM-4 AM, DJ Touch, DJ Mood & DJ Kenny. 312-527-5600.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/8, 10:30 PM, Anne E. DeChant Band. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Rock*a*Teens (see Critic's Choice), Kim (see Spot Check). Mon 12/4, 9:30 PM, Leroy Bach & Edward Burch Free. Thu 12/7, 8 PM, Frisbie, Nora O'Connor, Butterfly Child, Steph Turner, Justin Roberts ("A Different Drum" benefit). Fri 12/8, Bobby Conn, Tim Kinsellas (benefit for the Center on Deafness). Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Ellen Rosner, Kelly Kessler, Antje, John Greenfield, Eric Roth. Sun 12/10, "Holiday Kids' Show" with Twang Bang, Susanna & the Hollywoods, and Miss Mia & Ratso. 773-227-4433.

HI-TOPS 3551 N. Sheffield: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ Mario (no cover). Thursdays, DJ Michael T. 773-348-0009.

HOB NOB NIGHT CLUB 4419 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake: Sat 12/9, 7 PM, David Paul (Frank Sinatra tribute), Peter Oprisko (Dean Martin tribute), and comedian Mark Fenske. 815-459-7234 or 877-474-6287.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Brat Pack. Sat 12/2, Kolbe Band, Calico Cats. Wed 12/6, Hello Mr. Arthur. Fri 12/8, the Gruv, Rebecca's Statue. Sat 12/9, Pat McCurdy. 773-929-0944.

HOLIDAY CLUB 1471 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after 10 PM. Sundays, DJs spin "extra zesty surf guitar & garage" music. 773-486-0686.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sat 12/2, 10 PM, "Feast of Fools Cabaret" with Pussilla, Scott Free, Victoria Lamarr, Taylor E. Ross & others. Tue 12/5, 7 PM, Global Native Mercenary. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Aretha Franklin. Tue 12/5, Rachelle Ferrell. Wed 12/6, Aterciopelados. Thu 12/7, 8:30 PM, DJ Logic & Project Logic, Soulive. Fri 12/8, Jill Scott (sold out). Sat 12/9, Sonia Dada, Indigenous. Sun 12/10, Jill Scott. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

IVAN'S 3358 N. Ashland: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Fridays through Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 773-525-2140.

JILLY'S RETRO CLUB 1009 N. Rush: DJs play dance music of the 70s and 80s after 8 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. 312-664-1001.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Quantum Leap. Sat 12/2, Shoemaker. Fri 12/8, Tim Mahoney & the Meenies, Swinger. Sat 12/9, Umphrey's McGee. 312-337-3486.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Sat 12/2, Joe Higgins. Fri 12/8, Bill Ward. Sat 12/9, Shawn & Jenell. 630-752-2000.

JOHNNY O'HAGAN'S 3374 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1, O'Doyle Rules. Sat 12/2, Cameron Fry. 773-248-3600.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: DJs spin after 10 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays, 8 PM, Dan Darrah. Thursdays, DJs Slick Lick & Izzi. 773-477-3330.

JUB JUB CLUB 2447 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Saturdays through Thursdays. Saturdays and Tuesdays, DJ Polish Sausage. Sundays, "Garbage Sundays" with DJ Redneck Ed spinning garage, punk, country & blues. Wednesdays, DJ Uncle Doughnutz. 773-665-7557.

KATACOMB 1916 N. Lincoln Park West: DJs spin 8 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Thursdays, DJ Lucky spins hip-hop, funk, trip-hop, and old school. 312-337-4040.

KERRIGAN'S 2 5355 N. Clark: Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Thrillhouse Collective (no cover). 773-784-8700.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Mini Reubens. Sat 12/2, Hoochie Suit. Fri 12/8, Bad Cat, the Neighborhood. Sat 12/9, Crying Souls, Naked Voodoo. 773-975-0505.

LEG ROOM 7 W. Division: DJs spin Thursdays through Sundays after 8 PM. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Sam Post. 312-337-2583.

LIAR'S CLUB 1665 W. Fullerton: DJs spin nightly at 9 PM. Sundays, Machine Gun Etiquette DJs spin old school punk and glam. Mondays, DJ Scott Lucas. Tuesdays, DJs Rich Gonshak, Brian Borden & Kevin Loftus. Wednesdays, DJ Kevin Tihista. 773-665-1110.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM, weeknights at 9 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM; no cover. Fri 12/1, DJ Nikolas. Sat 12/2, Tom Beeyachski, Anne Harris Band. Tuesdays and Thursdays, open mike hosted by Alec & Anyone's Guess. Sat 12/9, Tom Beeyachski Band. 773-384-1040.

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Music after 9:30 PM. Thursdays, Cedarcase. 773-525-2422.

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, open mike hosted by Bobby Dunne. Thursdays, open mike hosted by Back in Stride. 708-388-6755.

LINCOLN RESTAURANT 4008 N. Lincoln Ave: Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Post Office. Mondays, 8 PM, Windy City Jammers. 773-248-1820.

LINDA & LAWRENCE'S 1044 W. 51st: DJs spin club music Friday and Saturday nights. 773-373-1260.

LIQUID 1997 N. Clybourn: Thursdays, 10 PM, live swing bands (preceded by dance lessons at 7:30 and 8:30 PM). 773-528-3400.

LOCAL GRIND 1585 N. Milwaukee: Thursdays, 9 PM, Hambone Hasbrouck (no cover). 773-489-3490.

LUCIANO'S 6431 W. Cermak, Berwyn: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/1, Weeds. 708-863-2000.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Sal Fortunato & His Fabulous Stingrays. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Radioslave, Spread, Sugarfriedsupero's. Sundays, 9 PM, Juleps (no cover). Tue 12/5, Almighty Rogers (no cover). Wed 12/6, 10 PM, Vacation Bible School, Shifter, Olupus. Thu 12/7, Sonic Voodoo Night, Jeff Freling. Fri 12/8, Johnsons. Sat 12/9, Fusion, Second Seed, Spin Psycle. 773-871-3757.

MAD BAR 1640 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 9 PM Fridays and Sundays, 10:30 PM Saturdays, and 10 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Mark Grant with percussionist Leddie Garcia, DJ Justin Lloyd. Saturdays, DJs Mel Hammond & Dayhota. Sundays, 8fatfat8, DJs Brian G & Frique. Mondays, Derrick Carter, Diz, Matty. Tuesdays, DJs Madrid & Hiroki. Wednesdays, flamenco music with Grupo Kaskara and DJ Jesse de la Peña. Thursdays, DJ Red Lox. 773-227-2277.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 225 W. Ontario: Live piano music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 PM Sundays; no cover. Fridays and Sundays, Scott Holman. Mondays, Peter Oprisko. Tuesdays, Dave Allen. Wednesdays, John Zamojcin. 312-337-8080.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 777 Butterfield, Lombard: Live piano music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 PM on Sundays. Sundays, Tom Linsk. Mondays, Peter Miletic. Tuesdays, Stan Karcz. Wednesdays, Tom Linsk. 630-543-1010.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays. Fridays, Nadine Baxter. Saturdays and Mondays, Scott Holman. Tuesdays, Peter Miletic. Wednesdays, Dave Allen. 847-952-8755.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Funkadesi, Jah Kings. Sat 12/2, Derek Trucks Band, Arthur Lee. Tue 12/5, Anish. Wed 12/6, 9 PM, MVP, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Thu 12/7, 9 PM, "Big C Jamboree." Fri 12/8, Brother Brother, Peking Turtle, Tom McCarthy. Sat 12/9, Cee Knowledge & the Cosmic Funk Orchestra, DJs Hamster & Bunnyhug. 773-404-9494.

MASHED POTATO CLUB 316 W. Erie: Restaurant with DJs nightly after 5:30 PM; dance floor Fridays and Saturdays from 10 PM until 2 AM. Mondays, 10 PM, "Ultra Glam" female impersonators perform. 312-255-8579.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 12/1, 6:30 PM, Antiflag, Flogging Molly, Big Wig (sold out). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Smashing Pumpkins (sold out). Sun 12/3, 7 PM, Buffalo Tom, Grant Hart (see Spot Check). Fri 12/8, 6:30 PM, Showoff, Sig Transit Gloria, Backdrop, Off Yourself. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, St. Germain, DJ Heather. 773-549-0203.

MISSION 209 E. Chicago, Elgin: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Saturdays. 847-488-0320.

MOOSE LODGE 1799 Green Bay, Highland Park: Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Eddie Barrett & the Goodman Legacy Band with vocalists Gingi & Lou Nocera. 847-446-8700.

MORETTI'S RISTORANTE & SPORTS BAR 6727 N. Olmsted: DJs spin dance music Thursdays after 10 PM. 773-631-1223.

MORSELAND MUSIC ROOM 1218 W. Morse: Bar and restaurant; music at 10 PM. Sundays, DJs spin goth & industrial. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Kea Lynn. 773-764-6401.

NANA'S CAFE 7 W. Kinzie: Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 PM, Gigolo Johnny. 312-527-0300.

NEO 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin dance music 10:30 PM-4 AM Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 773-528-2622.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Sat 12/2, 9:30 PM, Found Objects, Sonorous Hat. Tuesdays, 8 PM, "home recording" showcase (public may bring in music). Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin "rare and unusual" records. 773-728-5010.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Tommi Zender, Summer Chance. Thu 12/7, 9 PM, Tundra Survey, Tiny Hairs. 773-743-3355.

NOCTURNAL 1111 W. Lake: DJs spin after 10 PM. Wednesdays, "Unity" with DJ Squeekynutts. 312-491-1931.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJ Tankboy spins late on Fridays. Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Convulsions, Hundo. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Rebecca's Statue, Youngblood Brass Band. Sundays, 10:30 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. Mondays, 10 PM, DJ Ronnie spins jazz & hip-hop. Tuesdays, "Spheres of Influence" with Porno & Silicon. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, DJ Papichulo spins salsa & Latin grooves. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. Fri 12/8, 10 PM, Forty Piece Choir, Scarlet Life, Milkbaby. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Gertrude, Lovelies, Wes Hollywood Show. 773-489-0011.

ORBIE'S INTERNATIONAL CAFE 525 Torrence, Calumet City: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/9, Ken Chaney Experience. 708-891-3900.

THE ORIGINAL MOTHER'S 26 W. Division: Open at 8 PM Tuesdays through Sundays. Thursdays through Sundays, DJ Dan "the Man" Arias. 312-642-7251 or 312-642-7252.

PALM COURT Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30-5 PM, harpist Dawn Punches. Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7:30-11 PM, pianist Chad Willetts. 312-787-2200.

PAPAGALLO'S RISTORANTE 246 Green Bay, Highwood: Saturdays, 7-10 PM, Eric "Pianoman" Stang. 847-432-6663.

PAPARAZZI 826 W. Blackhawk: No cover. Fridays, DJ Jesse de la Peña. Saturdays, Dave Britton. 312-335-0081.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1, Rollercoaster. Sat 12/2, #1 Son. Wed 12/6, Crazy Juice. Thu 12/7, Bamboo Groove. Sat 12/9, Wellstones. 773-486-9862.

PIANO MAN 3801 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Thursdays, "Cabaret Night" with Scott & Matt. 773-472-2956.

POLLY ESTHER'S & CULTURE CLUB 213 W. Institute: DJs spin disco music of the 70s and 80s after 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 312-664-0777.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Saturdays, DJ Rikshaw. Sundays, Tom Waits tribute night features movies and music. Mondays, Soul Foundation DJs with Bjaxx & Traxx. Wednesdays, Garden Foundation DJs with Alo, C-Side, IRON, PasQuale, W01 & others. Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Magnaphonic, Van Go, Telstar. 773-252-7767.

THE (PROP) HOUSE 1675 N. Elston: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM Sundays and Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 PM-5 AM Saturdays; two separate rooms feature hip-hop and reggae, Latin and house music, and progressive dance and old school. 773-486-2390.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Sat 12/2, 10:30 PM, Guilty (no cover). Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Polkaholiks. 773-276-9730.

RAPTURE 730 N. Green: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly on two floors. Fridays, DJ Lego. Saturdays, DJ Max TC. Sundays, "Boca Music" hosted by Xavier. Tuesdays, DJ Subzero. Wednesdays, DJs Subzero, No Doubt & Papa G spin reggae. Thursdays, DJ Spin. 312-409-7777.

RED DOG 1958 W. North: DJs spin a mix of funk, house, and dance music 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Mondays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 773-278-1009.

RED LINE TAP 6970 N. Glenwood: Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. 773-743-3355.

REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario: Music 8:30 PM-2:30 AM Fridays and Sundays through Thursdays and 8 PM-4 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Gene Garcia. Saturdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; 1 AM, John Zamojcin. Sundays, John Zamojcin. Mondays and Thursdays, Tom Linsk & Lisa McCloury. Tuesdays, John Zamojcin. Wednesdays, Kenny Phelps. 312-640-1000.

REDNOFIVE 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Spencer Kincy, Josh Werner. Sat 12/2, Jerry Bonham, Walsh & Sommer. Tuesdays, Frique, Mel Hammond & Jevon Jackson. 312-733-6699.

RILEY'S ROCK HOUSE 110 N. Lake, Aurora: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/2, In Flames. 630-896-1031.

RIVE GAUCHE 306 N. Halsted: DJs Meza & Xavier Temple spin "high energy dance music" 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-738-9971.

RIVER SHANNON 425 W. Armitage: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Louis & Scharpf. 312-944-5087.

ROADHOUSE 1653 N. Wells: Music after 10 PM; DJs spin dance music Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays; live bands on Wednesdays. 312-440-0535.

SAUCE 1750 N. Clark: Restaurant. Thursdays, 10 PM, Sam Post. 312-932-1750.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Verbow, Waxwings. Sat 12/2, 7 and 10 PM, Over the Rhine. Sun 12/3, 8 PM, Rose Polenzani, Howie Day. Mon 12/4, 8 PM, Tim Grimm, Jason Wilbur. Tues 12/5, 10 PM, Meat Puppets (see Spot Check). Thu 12/7, 9 PM, Alejandro Escovedo, Sally Timms. Fri 12/8, 10 PM, Handsome Family, Blanche. 773-525-2508.

SEAN KALEY'S 10900 Rte. 83, Lemont: Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Shades of Grey. 630-257-6383.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Spinshine. Fri 12/8, Johnny Socko. Sat 12/9, Wunderlich. 708-526-7174.

SINIBAR 1540 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM, 9 PM-2 AM Mondays. Fridays, DJ Shon Dervis. Saturdays, guest DJs spin. Mondays, DJ Madrid. Tuesdays, Diz. Wednesdays, Tone B. Nimble. Thursdays, DJ Bjak & the Soul Foundation Crew. 773-278-7797.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Kawabata Makoto & Tsuyama Atsushi, Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Drone Orchestra, Für Saxa. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Bobby Conn, Kismet, Pope & Pony, DJ Kevin Drumm (see Post No Bills). Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Firebird Band, Defender, La Makita Soma, D.M.S., Garo. 773-227-3617.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Mr. Meyers. 847-991-2150.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Mauricio Aviles, Darrell Woodson. Sun 12/3, DJ Sativa, Dzihan & Kamien, Numinous Radio. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner spins punk rock. Thursdays, DJ V. Fri 12/8, Neil Aline, Darrell Woodson. Sat 12/9, DJs Heather & J-Dub, Scott Allyn. 773-549-4140.

SMILER COOGAN'S 5637 W. Grand: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Pissing Razors, Infamous, Deep, Dirt. Sat 12/9, October 31. 773-889-0601.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Sundays, 9:30 PM, Torturing Elvis. 773-772-6656.

SNUGGERY PUB 36 E. New York, Aurora: Music at 8 PM. Fridays and Thursdays, DJ Maz. 630-264-9800.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/1, Sat 12/2, and Fri 12/8, 8 PM-midnight, Frank Lamphere sings music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (no cover). 773-871-0990.

SPIN 800 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Timmy Loop & VJ Ken (no cover). Saturdays, DJ Jungle Jorge & VJ Nickole. Mondays, "Revival" with VJ Tyrone (no cover). Tuesdays, VJ Whon (no cover). Wednesdays, DJ Freddie Bain & VJ Ken. Thursdays, "best of the 80s" with DJ Billy Seagrave & VJ Steven Farias (no cover). 773-327-7711.

SPUTNIK 18067 Dixie Hwy., Homewood: Mondays, 7:30 PM, spoken word open mike (no cover). Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, open mike (no cover). 708-922-9950.

SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin: DJs spin 10:30 PM-4 AM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-587-8779.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Music at 10 PM in the upstairs Cabaret Room; DJs spin nightly in the Lounge. In the Cabaret Room: Mon 12/4, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Jennifer Peterson; 11 PM, Stunt Cat. In the Lounge: Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Verb. Sundays, Maryjane, AM/PM & Cache 22. Tuesdays, "606" hip-hop open mike with DJs Artek, Norm, Maryjane & Verb. 773-278-6600.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, Scratch & Sniff. Saturdays, Refried Beats with Mass Transit & J-Biz. Wednesdays, DJ Daddy Slacks. 773-227-4906.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Saturdays, DJs John Curley, Marc Buxton & Jernell Geronimo. Thursdays, DJs Jernell Geronimo & Marc Buxton. 312-491-9729.

TUCKAWAY TAVERN 2545 Plainfield, Joliet: Fri 12/8, 5 PM, Dae (no cover). 815-436-9259.

THE U!N! CLUB 3548 N. River Rd., Franklin Park: DJs and live music after 9 PM; no cover. Fridays, DJ Jimmy B. spins music from the 50s to the present. Saturdays, DJ Wild Bill spins dance music. Sundays, DJs Seba & Erik K. spin Polish progressive music. Tuesdays, Dr. Hortex spins Euro dance music. Wednesdays, DJ Wild Bill spins old school. Thursdays, DJ Frankie Perez, salsa & merengue dance lessons with Manny Lopez. 847-233-9091.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Rebecca Riots. Wed 12/6, C.H.A.T. music showcase with Kat Parsons. Fri 12/8, Me Decade, Grant Langston. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/1, DJs spin. Sat 12/2, Los Shutup, Mr. Id. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Sundays, 10 PM-1 AM, Heather Horton Band; 1-4 AM, Pete Special. Mondays, 10 PM-1 AM, Joe Thomas Band; 1-4 AM, Pete Special. Thursdays, 10 PM-1 AM, Pete Special Band. 312-266-7761.

VAUGHAN'S PUB 2917 N. Sheffield: Tuesdays, 10 PM, open jam with Anthony & Tony C. 773-281-8188.

VIOLET 3423 N. Southport: Restaurant and bar. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Stockboy. 773-528-2220.

VOODOO NIGHTCLUB 601 Mall, Schaumburg: DJs spin "high energy dance music" after 7 PM Wednesdays through Fridays and after 9 PM Saturdays. 847-969-1602.

VOYEUR 151 W. Ohio: Sundays, 10 PM-4 AM, "Soul Casa" with DJs Paul Johnson, Glenn Underground, Vic Lavendar; in the VIP Room, DJs Subzero, Phonic Bombers, Delphi, Justin Reed. Wednesdays, 10 PM, Bandoleros. 312-832-1717.

WATERLOO TAVERN 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Wright Walleys, Butterside Down. Sat 12/2, Halfway Jane, Johnny Clueless. Tue 12/5, Mr. Blotto. Sat 12/8, Swinging Love Hammers. 773-929-1300.

WEBSTER WINE BAR 1480 W. Webster: No cover. Mon 12/4, 10 PM, Sticky Lupree. 773-868-0608.

WHITE STAR 225 W. Ontario: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Jernell Geronimo and percussionist Miro. Saturdays, DJs Freddie, Mike Z. & Jernell Geronimo. Thursdays, DJ Joe Glover. 312-337-3223.

WILD GOOSE 4265 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Soberdozi. Sat 12/2, Yvonne Doll, Mercury Redstone. 773-281-7112.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1, Roots Stems Branches. Sat 12/2, Indika, Ras Kelly. Sun 12/3, Michael Rose. Mondays, DJ Red Lox. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis. Wed 12/6, Indika. Thu 12/7, Baby Sham. Fri 12/8, Ark Band. Sat 12/9, Carl Brown, Dansika. 773-327-4273.

WILLOW COFFEE & TEA 1100 W. Thorndale: Music at 8 PM. Thursdays, "Grinder" gay/lesbian music & poetry series hosted by Scott Free (Thu 12/7 with Your Hero and Sukie de la Croix). 773-907-3500.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Led Zeppin's Rock Ensemble. 773-271-0401.

WRIGHTWOOD TAP 1059 W. Wrightwood: Live music on Thursdays after 9 PM. 773-549-4949.

YOW BAR Le Passage, 1 Oak Place: Nightclub and restaurant; DJs spin after 10 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. 312-255-0022.

YVETTE 1206 N. State: Restaurant with music nightly after 8 PM. 312-280-1700.

ZAKOPANE LOUNGE 1734 W. Division: Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Polkaholiks. 773-486-1559.

ZEBRA LOUNGE 1220 N. State: Piano bar with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Tom Oman. Sundays, open jam session with Gary Filip & friends. Mondays, pianist Ruth Allen. Tuesdays, pianist Gary Filip. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Tom Oman. 312-642-5140.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Lady D & Sativa. Saturdays, DJ Sean Kozak spins house, DJ Jason Christopher & percussionist Miro (downstairs). Sundays, hip-hop and soul with DJs and live guest appearances. Thursdays, 3 Degree DJs. 312-787-0400.

folk & country

concerts

AENGUS CHRISTMAS SHOW with Sean Cleland, Pat Broaders, Robbie O'Connell, and Jimmy Keane. Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

BERRYMAN'S Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Lake Street Church, 607 W. Lake, Evanston. 847-475-6165.

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS with William Coulter, Deby Benton Grosjean, and Todd Denman, dancers from the Murray School of Irish Dance, and storyteller Tomaseen Foley. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Ramsey Auditorium, Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Kirk & Pine, Batavia. 630-840-2787.

CHERISH THE LADIES Celtic Christmas concert. Thu 12/7, 8 PM, auditorium, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 773-282-7035.

CHICAGO BLUEGRASS BAND Dulcimer and acoustic guitar. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, David Adler Cultural Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville. 847-367-0707.

DECLAN & SIOBHAN perform at an Irish buffet. Sun 12/10, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM, Palos Country Club, 13100 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park. 708-448-6550.

FOREST VIEW XPRESS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/2, 9 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

HELLO DALI: FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SURREAL Folk music revue with Jamie O'Reilly, Michael Smith, Beau O'Reilly & Jenny Magnus; directed by Paul Amandes. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Sat 12/2, 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Wed 12/6, 2 PM, Thu 12/7 and Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Sat 12/9, 5 and 8:30 PM, and Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln. 773-871-3000.

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN, JOHNNY GIMBLE Fri 12/8, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

NOB HILL BOYS Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy., Barrington. 847-382-1300.

OAK RIDGE BOYS Sun 12/10, 4 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

COLLIN RAYE Christmas concert. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

WINDHAM HILL'S WINTER SOLSTICE with Sean Harkness, Liz Story, and Lia Lynne. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

YULETIDE CELEBRATION with Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern, Karen Mooney, Dennis Hult, Evie Barton, Fran Zell, Jim Simonis, Bib & Micky Holdsworth, and Susan Urban. Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry. 773-271-7127.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 8 PM. Sundays, Irish jam session. Mondays, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, open stage. Sat 12/2, Larry Nugent, Aiofe Clancy. Sun 12/3, 6:30 PM, Max Zbiral-Teller, Kat Eggleston, Isaac Alderson, and others. Thu 12/7, Sons of the Never Wrong. Fri 12/8, Robbie Fulks & Band, Gaberdine. Sun 12/10, Seven Nations. 773-478-4408.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Bluegrass Outfielders. 773-281-4444.

BLACKHAWK LODGE 41 E. Superior: Sundays, 11 AM-2 PM, bluegrass music with the Bashful Brothers during brunch. 312-280-4080.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: Country music at 6 PM Sundays and 7 PM Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. 630-830-7200.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Sun 12/3, Can-Ky-Ree. 773-384-2547.

CAROL'S PUB 4659 N. Clark: Country music at 9 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Diamondback. Sundays, open jam with Diamondback. 773-334-2402.

CELTIC CROSSINGS 751 N. Clark: Sundays, 6 PM, Irish session. 312-337-1005.

CHIEF O'NEILL'S PUB 3471 N. Elston: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Sundays, 4-7 PM, traditional Irish session; 9 PM-2 AM, Gareth Woods (no cover). Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-583-3066.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Junior Brown, Angie Mead. 773-489-3160.

FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand: Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Lootheads. Sun 12/3, 6 PM, Morgan. 312-836-0066.

FAST EDDIE McATEER IRISH PUB 5943 N. Northwest Highway: Sundays, 8 PM, North and South. 773-763-0095.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Burren Ceili Band performs for a "Ceili Mor" traditional Irish social dance. Sat 12/2, Dyed in the Wool. Fri 12/8, Poor Clares. Sat 12/9, Dooley Brothers. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Tue 12/5, open stage with Richard Burnett & Ron Lazzeretti. Thu 12/7, 9 PM, Wayne "the Train" Hancock. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Dale Watson's Honky-tonk Christmas with Joy Lynn White and Earl Pool Ball. 708-788-2118.

FRONT PORCH MUSIC 505 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/2, Friedlander & Hall. 219-464-4700.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Sundays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Fred. Wed 12/6, Laura Braun. 773-489-5471.

GALWAY BAY PUB 500 W. Diversey: Thursdays, 9 PM-midnight, Irish session hosted by the Galway Ramblers. 773-348-3750.

HACKNEY'S 1514 E. Lake, Glenview: Music at 7 PM; no cover. Wednesdays, Whitey O'Day. 847-724-7171.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Restaurant and bar with live music. Sat 12/2, 10:30 PM, Michael Kelsey. Sat 12/9, 10:30 PM, Leah Galyean Band. 773-465-8005.

INNER TOWN PUB 1935 W. Thomas: Sundays, 8 PM, songwriter showcase. Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike. 773-235-9795.

IRISH MILL INN 26592 N. Highway 83, Mundelein: No cover. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Whitey O'Day. Thursdays, 8 PM, open stage. 847-566-7044.

IRISH OAK PUB 3511 N. Clark: Wednesdays, 9 PM-midnight, live Irish music. 773-935-6669.

KEEGAN'S PUB 10618 S. Western: Thursdays, 9 PM, live Irish and folk music. 773-233-6829.

LAKEVIEW LOUNGE 5110 N. Broadway: No cover. Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 PM, Nightwatch. 773-769-0994.

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Mondays, 7:30 PM, open mike hosted by Bobby Dunne. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, open mike hosted by Back in Stride. 708-388-6755.

LIQUID 1997 N. Clybourn: Country music and dancing 6 PM-2 AM Wednesdays (no cover). 773-528-3400.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Mon 12/4, Anish. Tue 12/5, Anish (Celtech Project). 773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Sundays, 1-4 PM, Irish session hosted by Declan Binninger & John Shine (no cover). 630-513-6300.

NEWPORT COFFEEHOUSE 1121 Half Day Rd., Bannockburn: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/2, Andi & I. Sat 12/9, Kindred Spirits. 847-940-7134.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/2, Marty Winkler, Tate Ferguson. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. Fri 12/8, 9 PM, "Women's Coffee House" hosted by Trish Alexander. 773-743-3355.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Fridays, Cedarcase. Tuesdays, Can-Ky-Ree. 773-252-7767.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sun 12/3, 8 PM, Rose Polenzani, Howie Day. Wed 12/6, 8 PM, Preston Reed (see Critic's Choice). 773-525-2508.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Thu 12/7, Whitey O'Day. 708-526-7174.

TOMMY NEVIN'S PUB 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Sundays, 2-5:30 PM, traditional Irish music with John Williams. Wed 12/6, 9 PM, Whiskey Hollow Bluegrass Band. 847-869-0450.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/1, open mike. Fri 12/8, Bittersweet Christmas Band. 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Wed 12/6, C.H.A.T. music showcase with Kat Parsons. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Mon 12/4, 8-10 PM, Debi Kujawa. Wednesdays, 8-10:30 PM, John Lawler. 312-266-7761.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Mark Edwards. Tuesdays, BLT & Mayo. Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike hosted by Ben Porter. Sat 12/9, Mitchell Turner. 773-271-0401.

blues, gospel, r&b

concerts

COMMUNITY RENEWAL SOCIETY, ALL GOD'S CHILDREN CHOIR Sat 12/2, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

JO SERRAPERE & THE HOT TAIL SECTION Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 17 W. Maple, Hinsdale. 708-802-0236.

blues, gospel, r&b

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fridays, 9 PM, Peter Dames & the Rhythm Flames. 312-642-6805.

ARTIS'S 1249 E. 87th: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Mondays, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. 773-734-0491.

BEALE STREET BLUES CAFE 1550 N. Rand, Palatine: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1, Sugar Blue. Sat 12/2, Pistol Pete. Tuesdays, open blues jam with Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thursdays, blues jam with A.C. Reed. Fri 12/8, Dawn O'Keefe Williams. Sat 12/9, Kinsey Report. 847-776-9850.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: Thu 12/7, 11 PM, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames. 312-243-1699.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Maurice John Vaughn Band with Shirley Johnson. Mondays, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 12/5, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater Band. Wed 12/6, James Wheeler Band with Grana' Louise. Thursdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, James Wheeler Band with Grana' Louise and Shirley Johnson. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Johnny B. Moore Band with Patricia Scott. Sundays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Tue 12/5, Lindsey Alexander Band. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Mary Lane. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Lindsey Alexander Band with Zora Young. 312-661-0100.

BLUE CHICAGO STORE 534 N. Clark: Saturdays, 8 PM, Gloria Shannon Band. 312-661-1003.

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Chico Banks & the Masheen Co. Sat 12/2, John Primer & the Real Deal. Sun 12/3, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Mon 12/4, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/5, James Wheeler. Wed 12/6, Liz Mandville Greeson. Thu 12/7, J.W. Williams & the Chi-Town Hustlers. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Carlos Johnson. 773-528-1012.

BONANZA LOUNGE 552 E. 47th: Sundays, 8 PM, the Godfather & His Blues Band. 773-583-3000.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Thursdays, Sugar Blue. 773-384-8600.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM. Wednesdays, open stage hosted by Brother John & others. 708-387-0050.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1, 5:30 PM, Sharrie Williams, Joanna Connor; 9:30 PM, Joanna Connor. Sat 12/2, 6:30 PM, Steve Arvey; 10 PM, Larry McCray, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Sun 12/3, Jimmy Johnson. Mon 12/4, jam hosted by Brother John. Tue 12/5, Roy Hytower. Wed 12/6, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin Altar Boys. Thu 12/7, Sam Lay Band. Fri 12/8, 5:30 PM, Bucktown BBQ Boys; 9:30 PM, James Cotton, Dave Specter. Sat 12/9, 6:30 PM, Fruteland Jackson; 10 PM, John Mooney, the Buzz. 312-427-0333.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Fridays, Erwin Helfer & Barrelhouse Chuck. Mondays, DJ Steve. Wednesdays, DJ Brian. Sat 12/9, Devil in a Woodpile. 773-384-2547.

CARMICHAEL'S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe: Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, 6 PM, Professor John. 312-433-0025.

CELEBRITY LOUNGE 4830 S. Cottage Grove: Music after 9:30 PM. Saturdays, Fred Johnson & the Checkmates with Pee Wee Madison. 773-548-4812 or 773-285-8353.

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Pat Smillie Band. Sun 12/3, Mon 12/4, and Thu 12/7, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

CLUB MALCOLM 744 E. 83rd: Wednesdays, 8 PM, L.V. Banks & His Swinging Blues Band. 773-723-1600.

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Live jazz and blues at 10 PM, midnight, and 2:30 AM on weekends. Mondays, 7 PM-midnight, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. Wednesdays, 8 PM-2 AM, Killer Ray & the Killer Players. 312-341-9787.

COTTON'S LOVER'S LOUNGE 7253 S. Ashland: Fridays, 8 and 10 PM and midnight, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. 773-488-9807.

CRAWDADDY BAYOU 412 Milwaukee, Wheeling: Restaurant and bar with zydeco and blues at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. 847-520-4800.

DATING GAME 8926 S. Stony Island: Sundays, 8 PM, Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers. 773-374-8883.

DICK'S LAST RESORT 435 E. Illinois: No cover. Sundays, 10 AM-2:30 PM, Gospel Supremes. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 PM, Professor John & His Band. 312-836-7870.

FAMOUS DAVE'S 739 N. Clark: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Sundays through Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/1, Philip Walker. Sat 12/2, Andre Taylor & the Gold Coast Cats. Sun 12/3, 11 AM, Diamond Jim Green; 9 PM, Dave Weld Duo. Mon 12/4, Joanna Connor Duo. Tue 12/5, King Corey. Wed 12/6, Jimmy Burns. Thu 12/7, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Fri 12/8, Lynne Jordan. Sat 12/9, Little Slim. Sun 12/10, 11 AM, Studebaker John; 9 PM, Dave Weld Duo. 312-266-2400.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Sat 12/9, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. 630-416-4898.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Tuesdays, 10 PM, open jam with Fish & the Bluefins. 773-489-5471.

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Sat 12/2, 9:30 PM, Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Tue 12/5, 8:30 PM, Pat Smillie Band (no cover). Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam with Big Ray (no cover). Sat 12/9, 9:30 PM, L.C. Walker & Trouble No More. 708-484-3610.

HARRIGAN'S 2816 N. Halsted: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Rock Bottom Blues Band. 773-248-5933.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Devil in a Woodpile (no cover). 773-227-4433.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Mondays, 8 PM, Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Fri 12/1, Pete Special. Sat 12/2, Elmo Bliss & Cold Sweat. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller. Mondays, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Mon 12/4, Joe Moss Band. Thu 12/7, Studebaker John & the Hawks. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, No Mercy Band. 312-923-2000 or 312-527-2583.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar 9 PM-1 AM. Saturdays, Debbie & the Elite Blues Band. 312-245-0333.

JB LOUNGE 5959 W. Chicago: Sundays, 6-11 PM, Z.Z. Hill Jr. & the Bad Influence. 773-261-8228.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant with music at 6 PM. Thursdays, Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble. 312-595-5299.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/1, Chicago Red Hots. 630-752-2000.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Sundays, 4-8:30 PM, blues jam with Zanne Mack Band; 9:30 PM, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Casey Jones. Mondays and Wednesdays, Howard Scott & Chick Rodgers, Andre Taylor & Nellie Travis. Tuesdays, Zanne Mack Band, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Thursdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band (live radio broadcast). Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, John Primer. 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1, Laretha Weathersby. Sat 12/2, Roy Hytower. Sundays, noon-3 PM, gospel buffet; 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Wednesdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band. Thu 12/7, Joe Barr. Fri 12/8, Delores Scott. Sat 12/9, John Primer & the Real Deal. 312-566-0555.

LEE'S UNLEADED BLUES 7401 S. South Chicago: Music after 9 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Johnny Drummer & the Starlighters. Sundays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-493-3477.

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Music after 9:30 PM. Sat 12/2, Calvin Harrington. Sat 12/9, Jumpin' Willy Cobbs & the Fireballs. 773-525-2422.

LINDA & LAWRENCE'S 1044 W. 51st: Music after 7 PM. Sundays, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. Mondays, Fantastic L'Roy & His Blues Revue. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, DJs spin blues. Thursdays, In Tent City Band, Grandmaster & the Unbelievable Band. 773-373-1260.

LONE STEER 7601 S. Cicero: Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Masheen Company. 773-838-8383.

LUCIANO'S 6431 W. Cermak, Berwyn: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/8, Mark Z Blues Band. 708-863-2000.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/2, Little Al Thomas & the Crazy House Band. Sat 12/9, Dave Specter. 773-252-1155.

111 CLUB 111 W. 111th: Fridays, 8 PM, L.V. Banks & His Swinging Blues Band. 773-821-9165.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Tue 12/5, Ken Saydak Trio. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Billy Flynn. Sat 12/9, Ken Saydak Trio. 847-266-1313.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, open jam hosted by Blues Effect. 773-276-9730.

RITZ HOTEL BALLROOM 39th & King Dr.: Saturdays, 8 and 10 PM and midnight, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. 773-538-4271.

RORY'S MUSIC CAFE 701 W. Lake, Addison: Mondays, 8:30 PM, open blues jam hosted by Blue Heat. 630-543-3101.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Pinetop Perkins with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith & Bob Stroger. Tuesdays, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Chico Banks, Jesse Cross. Thu 12/7, blues jam with Lorenzo Thompson. Fri 12/8, Super Chikan. Sat 12/9, Billy Branch & Sons of Blues. 773-342-0452.

SAMMY K'S 335 N. McLean, South Elgin: Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Howard & the White Boys. 847-695-6666.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Lonnie Brooks. 708-526-7174.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/2, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. 847-991-2150.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/1, Rising Sun Blues Band. Sat 12/2, Scott Dirks & the Chicago Bound Blues Band. Mondays, Rockin' Johnny Band. Wed 12/6, Scott Dirks & the Chicago Bound Blues Band. Fri 12/8, Rockin' Johnny Band. Sat 12/9, Little Arthur & the Back Scratchers. 773-772-6656.

STARLITE 605 S. Pulaski: Sundays, 7 PM-midnight, Jumpin' Willie Cobbs & the Fireballs. 773-826-5676.

TOWNHALL PUB 3340 N. Halsted: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Rock Bottom Blues Band. Wednesdays, Brothers K Band. 773-472-4405.

290 SPORTS & JUICE BAR 3457 W. Harrison: No cover. Fridays, 10 PM, and Sundays, 9 PM, Willie D. & the All-Stars. 773-533-9208.

WAVELAND CAFE 3817 N. Recreation Dr.: Sundays, 3 PM, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 773-868-4132.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, open blues jam with Matthew Skoller Band. 773-271-0401.

jazz

concerts

MARGARET CARLSON Free in-store performance. Sun 12/10, 1 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS "Cool Yule" holiday concert, with Patrick Sinozich & His Snowmen of Swing. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 5 and 8:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-275-7294 or 312-902-1500.

CHICAGO JAZZ QUARTET Benefit for Common Pantry. Tue 12/5, 7:30 PM, Epiphany United Church of Christ, 2008 W. Bradley. 773-281-4144.

COLLEGE OF DuPAGE ARTS CENTER JAZZ ENSEMBLE performs songs by Billy May. Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY JAZZ ENSEMBLES with vocalist Heather Hayden; free admission. Thu 12/7, 7:30 PM, Mainstage Theatre, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake. 847-543-2300.

ERNEST DAWKINS, ART TURK BURTON & others. Sun 12/4, 6-9 PM, AACM space, 7047 S. Crandon. 773-752-2212.

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH ROB PARTON Thu 12/7, 7:30 PM, Stage One, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

JOHNNY FRIGO & JOE VITO Free concert. Tue 12/5, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE JAZZ BAND, A.A. STAGG HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Fine Arts Theatre, Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt, Joliet. 815-729-9020.

DENISE LA GRASSA TRIO Fridays, 5-7 PM, Homewood Suites, 40 E. Grand. 312-644-2222.

LAKE FOREST COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE under the direction of Mitch Paglia; student chamber ensembles also perform. Free concert. Wed 12/6, 7:30 PM, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan, Lake Forest. 847-735-5107.

PETER LERNER Free in-store holiday concert. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

LOOP LAB SCHOOL Free concert. Tue 12/5, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

REGINALD McCANTS Sun 12/10, 6 PM, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, 1801 S. Indiana. 773-651-0188.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE under the direction of Tim Aubuchon. Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

SAINT CHARLES NORTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE Free concert. Mon 12/4, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

ARTIE SHAW ORCHESTRA with conductor Dick Johnson. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

BUTCH THOMPSON & the DuPAGE CHORALE "Yulestride" holiday concert. Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, Mainstage, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

CASSANDRA WILSON Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

WRIGHT COLLEGE JAZZ BAND under the direction of Rich Corpolongo. Mon 12/4, 7:30 PM, North Theatre, Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragensett. 773-481-8143.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/1, noon, Kim Cusack, Sonny Turner, Rob Amster, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/2, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9 PM, Everett Green Quartet. Sundays, 7:30 PM, Ellington Dynasty. Mondays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Chuck Hedges Swingtet; 9 PM, No Am/Pro Jam with Art Davis, Don Stille, John Bany & Charles Braugham. Tuesdays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Wallace Burton Group; 9 PM, Men of Note. Wed 12/6, noon, Max Hook; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Thu 12/7, noon, Bernard Alcorn; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Ron Friedman Quintet. Fri 12/8, noon, Franz Jackson, John Watson, Dan DeLorenzo, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/9, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9 PM, Von Freeman Quintet with Bettye Reynolds. 312-642-6805.

ARTIS'S 1249 E. 87th: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Latin/jazz jam session hosted by Crosswind. 773-734-0491.

BACINO'S 75 E. Wacker: Mondays, 6-9 PM, Famous Pizza Gig Quartet with John Lewis, Carter Luke, Steven Hashimoto & Heath Chappell. 312-263-0700.

BACINO'S 15256 S. La Grange, Orland Park: Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM, Steve Flowers Trio performs at brunch. Thursdays, 6:30-10 PM, Ray Bailey Trio. 708-403-3535.

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM nightly. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Bobby Lewis Quartet. 312-751-2433.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Sun 12/3, Damon Short Quartet. 773-384-0043.

BIG JOE'S 1818 W. Foster: No cover. Sundays, 8 PM, Big Joe's Jazz Masters Trio with vocalist Michele Thomas; 9 PM-midnight, jam session with Darren Scorza, Neil Alger, and Alex Bednarke. 773-784-8755.

BISTRO AMERICA 12 N. River, Batavia: Wed 12/6, 8 PM, Airborne (no cover). 630-406-0008.

BISTRO ULTRA 2239 N. Clybourn: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Denise LaGrassa Duo. 773-529-3300.

BRAXTON SEAFOOD GRILL 3 Oak Brook Center Mall (Rte. 83 & 22nd), Oak Brook: Fridays, 7:30-10:30 PM, and Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 PM, Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz with Judi K (no cover). 630-574-2155.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Thu 12/7, Sam Burckhardt Combo. 773-384-2547.

CARMICHAEL'S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 PM, Donny Nichilo. 312-433-0025.

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker: Piano bar and restaurant. Fridays, 5:30-9 PM, Libby York. Saturdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, Beckie Menzie. Tuesdays, 5-8 PM, Elizabeth Doyle. Wednesdays, 5-8 PM, Beckie Menzie. 312-346-3500.

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Saturdays, 9 PM, Lou DiGangi Swing Band. Sundays, 5 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Tuesdays, 7 PM, Jack Carr. Wednesdays, 7 PM, Jerry Owings. Thursdays, 6:30 PM, Jack Carr; 9 PM, jazz jam session with John Bany, Charlie Braugham & Don Stille. 847-647-8282.

CIAO BELLA RISTORANTE 538 Crescent, Glen Ellyn: Music at 8:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Toscanellie "Lady T." Marcelain. 630-469-1080.

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Live jazz and blues at 10 PM, midnight, and 2:30 AM on weekends. Mondays, 7 PM-midnight, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. Thursdays, 8 PM-2 AM, Kevin Chandler Band. 312-341-9787.

DILLIGAF'S 5401 W. Addison: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Revolutionary Swing Orchestra (preceded by dance lessons at 8 PM). 773-202-9209.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Tue 12/5, Vandermark 5. Wed 12/6, Frank Gratkowski Trio (see Critic's Choice). 773-276-3600.

ENNUI CAFE 6981 N. Sheridan: Music after 7 PM; no cover. Sundays, Bopzilla. Wednesdays, Jazz Hippies Power Trio. 773-973-2233.

ERIK & ME 1 W. Illinois, Saint Charles: Thu 12/7, 8 PM, Spats & His Dixie Cats (no cover). 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Fri 12/1, pianist Larry Kenzal. Sat 12/2, Airborne. Fri 12/8, pianist Pat Brady. Sat 12/9, Paul Abella Trio. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music after 8 PM. Sat 12/2, Matt Erion Trio. Fri 12/8, pianist Larry Kenzal. Sat 12/9, SKIP. 847-718-9272.

EVERGREEN PLAZA 9500 S. Western, Evergreen Park: Thursdays through Saturdays, noon-6 PM, pianist Dave Green. 708-636-2800.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Iguanas, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Sun 12/3, 6 PM, Chicago Grandstand Big Band. Sun 12/10, 6 PM, Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band. 708-788-2118.

FOND DE LA TOUR 40 N. Tower, Oak Brook: No cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Frank D'Rone. 630-620-1500.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Rhythm Rockets (preceded by dance lessons at 7:30 PM). 630-416-4898.

FRENCH QUARTER Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, jazz musicians perform. 312-726-7500.

FUTUREWORLD 1744 E. 55th: Cyber cafe and deli. Sat 12/2, 7 PM, Andrew Basa & His Hyde Park Hot Jazz Group. 773-256-1570.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Pepper Showcase. Mon 12/4, Ron Cooper. 773-489-5471.

GERRI'S PALM TAVERN 446 E. 47th: Wednesdays, 9 PM, David Boykin's Expanse. 773-373-6292.

GIANNI V. 550 Green Bay, Highwood: Restaurant with music in Club 550. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Joey Duna Trio (no cover). 847-433-5515.

LINCOLNWOOD RADISSON HOTEL 4500 W. Touhy, Lincolnwood: Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 PM, Gina Gibson. 847-677-1234.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 12/1, 9:30 PM, Gerey Johnson. Sat 12/2, 9:30 PM, the Business. Sun 12/3, 8 PM, Temple (no cover). Mon 12/4, 8 PM, International Jazz Culture (no cover). Tue 12/5, 9 PM, Orquesta 911. Wed 12/6, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli. Thu 12/7, 9 PM, Danny Draher. Sun 12/10, Typhanie Monique Quartet. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/1, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Jennifer Graham Quintet; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Grazyna Auguscik Quintet; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/3, 11 PM, Two for Brazil. Mon 12/4, 9 PM, Hinda Hoffman Quartet. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wed 12/6, 9 PM, Kurt Elling Quartet with John McLean. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra with Kimberly Gordon. Fri 12/8, Mike Lee Quintet. Sat 12/9, Lonnie Plaxico Group. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Chicago Improvisors Group; 11 PM, Two for Brazil. 773-878-5552.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/1, 10:30 PM, Healing Force with William Perry, Billy Brimfield, Tatsu Aoki & Vincent Davis. Mondays, 9 PM, all-ages jam session hosted by Fareed Haque (no cover). 773-465-8005.

HECKY'S JAZZ CLUB 1623 Simpson, Evanston: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/1, Robert Lee Quartet. 847-869-3811.

HOTEL INTER-CONTINENTAL 505 N. Michigan: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM, Judy Roberts Trio. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5:30 PM, Judy Roberts. 312-944-4100.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Dee Alexander. Sat 12/2, 4 PM, Vinko Globokar, Gene Coleman, Nicolas Collins, Erik Lund, Guillermo Gregorio, Jeff Parker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Cameron, Kevin Drumm, and Michael Zerang. Mondays, 8 PM, Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues. Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Pharaoh Sanders with Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Tue 12/5, 8 PM, Rachelle Ferrell. 312-527-2583 or 312-923-2000.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar. Fridays, 5:30-8:30 PM, Elaine Dame. 312-245-0333.

HUDSON CLUB 504 N. Wells: Restaurant and bar. Music after 7 PM; no cover. Tuesdays, Sherri Riley Trio. Wednesdays, Donnie DeMarco Trio with Robyn Alexis. 312-467-1947.

JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand: Music at 9 and 11 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 4, 8, and 10 PM Sundays; 8 and 10 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/1 through Sun 12/3, Heath Brothers. Mon 12/4, 8 PM, William Russo & the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Tue 12/5 through Sun 12/10, Pat Martino Trio (see Critic's Choice) with Joey DeFrancesco & Billy Hart. 312-670-2473.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant. Music after 6 PM; matinee performances on Sundays. Fridays, Skinny Williams. Saturdays, Bopology. Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM, Katherine Davis; 5 PM, Sonny Turner Quartet with Ray Bailey. Mondays and Tuesdays, Franz Jackson & His Jazz Entertainers. Thursdays, Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble. 312-595-5299.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: Mondays, 9 PM, Long Count Quartet. 773-477-3330.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM, Mike Ferro. Thursdays, 8-11 PM, John Brumbach Quartet. 773-348-7592.

LITTLE LOUNGE Maggiano's Little Italy, 240 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook: Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 PM, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5:30-9:30 PM, Michael Laird. 630-368-0300.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Restaurant with music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fri 12/1, Greg Fishman/Larry Novak Duo. Sat 12/2, Two for Brazil. Mon 12/4, JoAnn Daugherty. Tue 12/5, Dan Cray. Wed 12/6, Two for Brazil. Thu 12/7, Greg Fishman Duo. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Two for Brazil Christmas. 312-649-5874.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Sundays, 9:30 PM, Bobby Broom Trio. 773-404-9494.

MIA CUCINA 56 W. Wilson, Palatine: Restaurant with music at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Mueller Group. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Dan Farris Quartet. 847-358-4900.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Live music Wednesdays through Sundays. Fri 12/1, Neal Alger Trio. Sat 12/2, Mike Lee Trio. Wed 12/6, 7:30 PM, Dave Baney Trio. Thu 12/7, 7:30 PM, John Campbell. Fri 12/8, Tim Green Trio. Sat 12/9, Steve Ramsdell Trio. 630-446-4001.

MILK PAIL Rte. 25 north of I-90, East Dundee: Sundays, 10 AM-2 PM, brunch with Santa and music. Sun 12/3, Studebaker Spatz. Sun 12/10, West End Jazz Band. 847-742-5040.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1, Jack Wright, Jim Baker & Jerry Bryerton. Fri 12/8, Lothars, Eric Leonardson. Sat 12/9, Silver Measure. 773-728-5010.

NEW APARTMENT LOUNGE 504 E. 75th: Tuesdays, 10 PM, open jam with Von Freeman & friends. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Clarence Wheeler. 773-483-7728.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Sun 12/3, 7 PM, Jack Wright, David Boykin's Expanse. Sun 12/10, Tomatobox Ensemble. 773-743-3355.

O'FAMÉ 750 W. Webster: Fri 12/8, 8:30 PM, Denise LaGrassa Jazz Trio. 773-929-5111.

THE PALACE 4128 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, Matt Ross & Jason Wick. 773-525-4906.

PALM COURT Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM, Chad Willetts Trio. 312-787-2200.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 9:30 PM, King Fleming Trio. Saturdays, 9:30 PM, Rankinfyle. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Chicago Rose. Tuesdays, 8 PM, John Erickson Trio. Wednesdays, 8 PM, John Barclay Trio. Thursdays, 8 PM, Nova Bossa. 708-848-4250.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Mondays, Our Thing. 773-486-9862.

PIANO MAN 3801 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, open mike. Thursdays, "Cabaret Night" with Scott & Matt. 773-472-2956.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/1, 6:30 PM, Yoko Noge; 9 PM, Henry Johnson Quartet. Sat 12/2, Redd Holt Quartet. Sun 12/3, Elaine Dame Trio. Mondays, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Wednesdays, Scott Stevenson Trio. Thu 12/7, Alison Ruble Quartet. Fri 12/8, 6:30 PM, Elizabeth Doyle; 9 PM, Eddie Johnson/Michael Raynor Quartet. Sat 12/9, Elijah Levi Quartet. Sun 12/10, Bradley Williams & His 21st Century Review. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/1, Rankinfyle. Sat 12/2, Ken Chaney Trio, Yoko Noge. Tue 12/5, Dana Lawrence. Wed 12/6, Mark Madsen Quartet. Thursdays, Suede & Blue Roy. Fri 12/8, Billy Flynn. Sat 12/9, Redd Holt Trio, Ken Saydak Trio. 847-266-1313.

PUMP ROOM Omni Ambassador East Hotel, 1301 N. State Parkway: No cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 PM, live piano music; 8:30 PM, Dan Merrigan Trio. Sundays through Thursdays, 6:30-10:30 PM, live piano music. 312-266-0360.

RED 1958 W. Roscoe: Mondays, 10 PM, John Airo's Kung Fu Jazz, John Paris/John Irabagon Quartet (no cover). 773-248-9523.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Tuesdays, Taku Akiyami Quartet. Thu 12/7, 9:30 PM, Dave Clark & the Jazz Jivers. 773-772-6656.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/1, Sat 12/2, and Fri 12/8, 8 PM-midnight, Frank Lamphere sings music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (no cover). 773-871-0990.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 244 Main, Naperville: Music at 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/1, Kevin Kizer Trio. Sat 12/2, John Beard Trio. Wed 12/6, Eric Allen Trio. Thu 12/7, Mark Maegdlin Trio. Fri 12/8, Eric Allen Trio. Sat 12/9, Juli Wood Trio. 630-305-0230.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 415 N. Dearborn: Music at 6:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM on weeknights. Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and Thursdays, Donny DeMarco Trio. Tuesdays, Mark O'Connor Trio. Wednesdays, Juli Wood Trio. 312-527-3510.

TORTILLA FLATS 116 Schiller, Elmhurst: Sundays, 5-7:30 PM, and Thursdays, 7-9:30 PM, Essence of Jazz Trio (no cover). 630-832-9797.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, Tim Green (no cover). 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 8-10:30 PM, Lorna Boston & friends (no cover); 11 PM-4 AM (5 AM on Saturdays), Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Tuesdays, 8-10 PM, Lonie Walker; 10 PM-1 AM, Kimberly Gordon Quartet; 1-4 AM, Vince Willis. Wednesdays, 10:30 PM-4 AM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. 312-266-7761.

VELVET LOUNGE 21281/2 S. Indiana: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Douglas Ewart & Inventions (see Spot Check). Sundays, 6 PM, jam session with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Josh Abrams, saxophonist Dennis Winslett, and percussionist Colby Watkins. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Edwin Daugherty Group. 312-791-9050.

VIKING STEAK HOUSE 27 W 150 Roosevelt, Winfield: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-11 PM, jam session with Bruce Oscar Trio (no cover). 630-653-2110.

VILLA KULA 4518 N. Lincoln: Tearoom and cafe features jazz pianists. Fridays, 6 PM, Eric Lugosch; 9 PM, Buddy Charles. Saturdays, 9 PM, Erwin Helfer & John Brumbach. Sundays, 8:30 PM, John Campbell. 773-728-3114.

VILLA VERONE RISTORANTE ITALIANO 416 Hamilton, Geneva: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fridays, Amber Dawn Trio. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Peter Miletic. 630-232-2201.

WILLOW COFFEE & TEA 1100 W. Thorndale: Music at 8 PM. Sundays, 4-6 PM, vocalist Gina McLaughlin; 8 PM, open mike. 773-907-3500.

international

concerts

DENIS AZABAGIC Free in-store guitar performance. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

LIRA ENSEMBLE presents its annual "Polish-American Christmas Gala." Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect, Park Ridge. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Morton East Auditorium, 2401 S. Austin, Cicero. 773-508-7040 or 773-539-4900.

HASHA MUSHA & THE KIEV KLEZMERS "A Klezmer Hanukah" concert also features performances by the Congregation Beth Shalom Choir, the Gan Yeladim Dancers, and Rabbi Michael Remson. Sun 12/10, 4 PM, Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Ave., Naperville. 630-961-1818.

SONIDOS CALIENTES, MAMBO 911 ORCHESTRA Free concert preceded by Latin dance lessons at 6 PM. Fri 12/1, 7 PM, Avondale Park, 3516 W. School. 312-742-7529.

WEI YANG & BETTY XIANG See Critic's Choice. Sat 12/2 and Sun 12/3, 1:30 PM, Regenstein Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. 312-443-3600. Fri 12/8, noon, McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd. 773-298-3421.

international

clubs

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Sundays, 7-9 PM, DJs spin swing; 9 PM-4 AM, Salsa Con Cache. Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin salsa. 312-475-9800.

CLUB RITMO LATINO 2554 W. Diversey: Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 PM, salsa & merengue, bachata, and mambo dancing (no cover). 773-276-5762.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, reggae, samba, rock en español, and hip-hop. Tuesdays, 6 PM-4 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, and tango. Fri 12/8, 9 PM-4 AM, Omega Delta Toy Drive with DJs Eddie Perez, Julious Oliver, Andy Lopez, Do Dat, Dinamico & Omar Perez. 312-397-0600.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Tue 12/5, 9 PM, Orquesta 911. 773-395-0066.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Fri 12/1, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (call 312-559-1212 or 312-491-9111 for tickets). 312-943-2252.

HOLLYWOOD EAST 5650 N. Broadway: Fridays, 10 PM, Angel D'Cuba & His Sugarcanes. 773-271-4711.

LITTLE BUCHAREST & EURO CAFE 3001 N. Ashland: Restaurant & cafe. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Valerie Booker performs Latin jazz. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Breno Sauer plays Brazilian tango and jazz. 773-929-8640.

LULA CAFE 2537 N. Kedzie: Sundays, 7 PM, violinist Elisabeth Johnson & accordionist Robert Cruz-Orofino perform contemporary tango. 773-489-9554.

MAD BAR 1640 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 9 PM Fridays and Sundays, 10 PM Saturdays and Mondays through Thursdays. Wednesdays, flamenco music with Grupo Kaskara, DJ Jesse de la Peña. Thursdays, DJ Red Lox. 773-227-2277.

EL NANDU 2731 W. Fullerton: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8:30 PM, South American music. 773-278-0900.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, DJ Papichulo spins salsa & Latin grooves. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. 773-489-0011.

ONCE UPON A THAI 3705 N. Southport: Restaurant. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM, Thai classical music. 773-935-6433.

PASHA 642 N. Clark: Music at 10 PM. Tuesdays, Bandoleros. Wednesdays, Chicago Samba. 312-397-0100.

RANCHO LUNA 3357 W. Peterson: Fridays, 7 PM, Caesar Fuentes; 10 PM, DJ Storm spins salsa & merengue. Saturdays, 7 PM, Rancho Luna Orchestra Tropical; 10 PM, DJ Storm spins salsa & merengue. 773-509-9332.

REZA'S 432 W. Ontario: Restaurant. Nightly at 6:30 PM, cimbalom player Alex Udvary & violinist Jovan. 312-664-4500.

SKADARLIJA 4024 N. Kedzie: Restaurant featuring eastern European music. Wednesdays through Sundays, 8 PM, Skadarlija Ensemble. 773-463-5600.

WHAM BONGO BAR 111 W. Hubbard: Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM, Dr. Brad & Company (no cover). Thursdays, 9 PM, open percussion jam. 312-396-9426.

classical

ALICE MILLAR CHAPEL CHOIR, BRASS ENSEMBLE, AND PHILHARMONIA Steven Alltop conducts "music for Advent and Christmas" (Howells, Gorecki, Praetorius, Taverner, Handel). Sun 12/3, 11 AM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

SOPHIA ANASTASIA AND PAUL HAMILTON flute and piano, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Piazzolla, Dutilleux, Takemitsu, Schocker, Genin). Free admission. Wed 12/6, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1430 or 312-744-6630.

BARRINGTON CHILDREN'S CHOIR CHAMBER GROUP Fri 12/1, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

GILDA BARSTON AND DAVID DUNFORD cello and piano (Beethoven, Falla, Barber). Fri 12/1, 7 PM, Thoresen Performance Center, Music Institute of Chicago, 300 Green Bay, Winnetka. 847-446-3822.

BERLIN STAATSKAPELLE Daniel Barenboim, conductor and piano (Beethoven). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA Keith Lockhart conducts a Christmas concert. Sun 12/3, 6:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 312-559-1212.

BOTTI OPERA SHOWCASE Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Wed 12/6, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

CHANTICLEER (Power, Taverner, Poulenc, Britten, Tallis, and others). Wed 12/6, 8 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA Jonathan Miller conducts a holiday concert (Palestrina, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Sykulski, Jansons, Clemens, Eriksson, Sigurbjornsson, Miller, Giles, Heider, and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park. 773-755-1628 or 800-746-4969.

CHICAGO CHAMBER CHOIR Timm Adams conducts a program of "international carols and folk music." Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1335 W. Flournoy. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Unity Lutheran Church, 5409 N. Magnolia. 312-409-6890.

CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSICIANS in a free concert. Mon 12/4, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-225-5226.

CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR Josephine Lee conducts a holiday concert (Barber and others). Sat 12/2, 8 PM, St. Barnabas Church, 101st and Longwood. Sun 12/3, 5 PM, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake, Oak Park. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams. 312-849-8300, ext. 222.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, 8 PM, and Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor and piano, with violinist Robert Chen, flutist Mathieu Dufour, and harpist Sarah Bullen in an all-Mozart program. Thu 12/7, 8 PM, Fri 12/8, 1:30 PM, and Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Franz Welser-Möst, conductor, with violinist Gil Shaham (Adès, Brahms, Schumann). Preconcert talks are given one hour and 15 minutes before each performance. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Alistair Willis, conductor, with the Magic Circle Mime Company in a family concert (Prokofiev, Suppe). Sat 12/2, 11 AM, 12:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Terrance Gray, conductor, with violinist Ayane Kozasa and the Beverly Strings (Bach, Handel, Haydn, Offenbach, Dvorak, and others). Wed 12/6, 7:30 PM, Beverly Art Center, 2153 W. 111th. 773-445-3838 or 312-939-2207.

FREDERIC CHIU piano (Schubert). Mon 12/4, 8 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1430 or 312-346-3278.

CHORAL ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO Scott Arkenberg conducts a holiday concert (Rutter, Victoria, traditional, and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, St. Josaphat Church, 2311 N. Southport. Sun 12/10, 3:30 PM, St. Pauls United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard. 773-935-3800.

CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (Francaix, Hindemith). Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY CONCERT BAND Sun 12/10, 4 PM, Mainstage Theatre, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake. 847-543-2300.

COMBINED CHURCH CHOIR OF ITASCA with the Salt Creek Sinfonietta in a Christmas benefit for Itasca-area charities. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, St. Peter's Church, 524 N. Rush, Itasca. 630-773-8518.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY KAPELLE CHOIR, CHAMBER CHOIR, AND HANDBELL CHOIR in a "Service of Lessons and Carols" (Mendelssohn, Distler, Holst, Britten, Manz, and others). Sat 12/2 and Sun 12/3, 7 PM, Werner Auditorium, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-209-3110.

DEERFIELD COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Sat 12/2, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

DU PAGE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Mark Hengesh conducts a program of seasonal music. Tue 12/5, 7:30 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

DU PAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Barbara Schubert, conductor, with cellist Katinka Kleijn (Prokofiev, Glazunov, Elgar). Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 N. Benton, Naperville. 630-690-8644.

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONCERT BAND James Kull conducts a holiday concert. Wed 12/6, 7:30 PM, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

ELMHURST COLLEGE CHOIR in a "Festival of Lessons and Carols." Wed 12/6, 7 PM, Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect, Elmhurst. 630-617-3033.

ELMHURST COLLEGE GUITAR ENSEMBLE (Albeniz, Brouwer, Granados, Lauro, Machado, Morel, Pick, Sagreras, Tarrega). Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Buik Recital Hall, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect, Elmhurst. 630-617-3515.

ENSEMBLE NOAMNESIA Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, recital hall, Columbia College, 1014 S. Michigan. 312-663-1600. Tue 12/5, 8 PM, Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, University of Chicago, 5811 S. Ellis. 773-702-8670.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NOONDAY CONCERTS Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut: Fri 12/1, 12:10 PM, harpist Alison Attar. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

MARC-ANDRE GAUTHIER violin (Mendelssohn, Szymanowski, Schumann, Paganini/Szymanowski, Wieniawski). Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

GIA MIA 324 Burr Ridge, Hinsdale: Restaurant. Fridays and Saturdays, guitarist Goran Ivanovic. 630-734-0300.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS in an Advent vespers. Sun 12/3 and Sun 12/10, 4 PM (with organ recital at 3:30 PM), Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash. 312-664-6963.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITALS Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash: Sun 12/3, 3:30 PM, Samuel Soria (Dupre, Soria). Sun 12/10, 3:30 PM, Stephen Betancourt (Bach, Distler, Reger, Daquin). 312-664-6963.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Trio Arc and Ensemble Noamnesia (Cage, Spahlinger, Coleman, Drumm). 312-362-9707.

NANCY HUMPHREY, JOHN ROBINSON, AND RICHARD YEO harpsichord, violin, and cello (Bach, Telemann). Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 330 Laurel, Highland Park. 847-432-4459.

IN THE PENAL COLONY Court Theatre performs Philip Glass's opera. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Sat 12/2, 3 and 8 PM, Sun 12/3, 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Wed 12/6, 7:30 PM, Thu 12/7, 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Sun 12/10, 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Court Theatre, University of Chicago, 5535 S. Ellis. 773-753-4472.

JUBILATE CHILDREN'S CHOIR Wed 12/6, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL SINGERS AND BEL CANTO SINGERS Timothy Haskett conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. James Lutheran Church, 1380 N. Waukegan, Lake Forest. 847-234-4859.

LANG LANG piano (Handel, Brahms, Granados, Chopin). Fri 12/8, 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 3 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

LIRA ENSEMBLE presents its annual "Polish-American Christmas Gala" (Paderewski, traditional, and others). Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect, Park Ridge. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Morton East Auditorium, 2401 S. Austin, Cicero. 773-508-7040 or 773-539-4900.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Fri 12/1, Mon 12/4, and Fri 12/8, 7:30 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with sopranos Patricia Racette and Kathryn Harries and tenors Hugh Smith and Patrick Denniston (Janacek, Jenufa). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Wed 12/6, 2 PM, and Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Renato Palumbo, conductor, with bass Samuel Ramey and soprano Andrea Gruber (Verdi, Attila). 312-332-2244.

LYRI-CAROLLERS perform Christmas carols. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, 175 W. County Line Rd, Barrington Hills. 847-382-2613.

MARIAN SINGERS perform in a "Christmas Walk" (Palestrina, Byrd, Vivaldi, and others). Fri 12/1, 6 PM, Victoria's Books, 13 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. 847-788-1313.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC CHOIRS AND SMALL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in a holiday concert (Handel and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

MORGAN PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHANCEL CHOIR Jacob Haywood, conductor, with the Southside Family Chamber Orchestra and others (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/3, 3:30 PM, Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 11056 S. Longwood. 773-779-3355.

NILES CONCERT CHOIR AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Scott Arkenberg conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/3, 7 PM, St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem, Niles. 847-289-4484.

NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY CHOIR, ORCHESTRA, CHAMBER SINGERS, AND WOMEN'S CHORUS (Handel, Bass, Finzi, Caldara, Sibelius). Sun 12/3 and Mon 12/4, 7:30 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster. 773-244-5625.

NORTH SUBURBAN SYMPHONY Paul Vermel, conductor, with English horn soloist Grover Shiltz (Donizetti, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Beethoven). Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest. 847-604-6776.

NORTH WIND QUINTET in a free concert (Mozart, Debussy, Lehar, Danzi, Barthe, Lennon). Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar, Northbrook. 847-272-6224.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC BAND AND SINGERS Bruce Hall and John Lynch conduct a holiday concert. Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHORALE, SINGERS, AND CHORUS in a holiday concert (Finzi, Rutter, and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

ORIANA SINGERS in a free program of madrigal and choral music. Sat 12/2, 3 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

PRAIRIE BRASS BAND Dallas Niermeyer conducts a holiday concert (Prokofiev, Britten, Anderson). Sun 12/3, 3 PM, First United Methodist Church, 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, John Hersey High School, 1900 E. Thomas, Arlington Heights. 847-523-4467.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC in a public rehearsal. Sat 12/2, 2 PM, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

ST. CLEMENT CONCERT CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA Randall Swanson conducts music from Handel's Messiah. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Sun 12/3, 4:30 PM, Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/10, 4:30 PM, St. Clement's Church, 642 W. Deming. 773-281-0371.

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL CHOIR performs an "Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols." Free admission. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 312-751-6724.

SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY GUITAR ENSEMBLE (Tchaikovsky and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, McGuire Hall, St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd. 773-298-3448.

ZINA SCHIFF violin, performs music of Jewish composers (Copland, Amram, Kirman, Bloch, Lavry). Sun 12/3, 2 PM, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan. 312-322-1769.

SCHOLA CANTORUM CHORAL GROUP J. Michael Thompson conducts an Advent vespers service. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. Columba Church, 13323 Green Bay. 773-646-2660.

SCHOLARS OF CAMBRAI perform music of the Elizabethan and late Renaissance era. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Fine Arts Center, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood. Preconcert talks are given one hour before each performance. 773-667-1618.

SERAPHIM Terry Sullivan, conductor (Charpentier, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Rorem). Wed 12/6, 8 PM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-472-4502.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Willard Thomen, conductor, with orchestra and vocal soloists. Sun 12/3, 4 PM Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center St., Naperville. 630-355-1483.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH featuring the Janus Ensemble. Free admission. Sun 12/3, 7 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake, Evanston. 847-866-6260.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Stephen Alltop, conductor. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Church of the Three Crosses, 333 W. Wisconsin. 312-951-7916.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood. 773-274-4480.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake, Oak Park. 708-366-4685.

SOUTHSIDE FAMILY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Jacob Haywood, conductor, with community choir (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/3, 3:30 PM, Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 11056 S. Longwood. 773-779-3355.

SOUTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, ST. BARNABAS CHOIRS, CANTICUM NOVUM CHAMBER CHOIR, AND VOICES OF THE VALLEY in a joint Christmas concert. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. Barnabas Church, 101st and Longwood. 708-802-0686.

TOWER BRASS with organist John W.W. Sherer in a free Christmas concert. Sat 12/2, 5 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CHOIRS Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Peace Memorial Church, 10300 W. 131st, Palos Park. 708-239-4827.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CHORUS AND ROCKEFELLER BACH SOLOISTS Randi Von Ellefson conducts Handel's Messiah. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, and Sat 12/2, 3 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-3427, 773-702-7300, or 773-702-8068.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MOTET CHOIR AND ROCKEFELLER CHAPEL CHOIR in a "service of Lessons and Carols." Sun 12/3, 5 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-8068.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Barbara Schubert, conductor (Shostakovich, Glazunov, Dvorak). 12/2, 8 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th. 773-702-8068 or 773-702-9075.

MARK VALENTI piano (Szymanowski and others). Tue 12/5, 7:30 PM, Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect, Park Ridge. 847-825-3123. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan. 773-743-4477.

WAUKEGAN SYMPHONY CONCERT CHORUS Stephen Blackwelder, conductor, with the Greenwood Choir in a holiday concert (Britten, Mechem). Sunday, 4 PM, St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 604 Douglas, Waukegan. 847-360-4740.

WHEATON COLLEGE MUSIC ENSEMBLES in a Christmas concert. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton. 630-752-5099.

WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE Michael Teolis conducts a Christmas concert (Gabrieli, Victoria, Tye, Villa-Lobos, Near, Ferris, traditional, and others). Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 690 W. Belmont. 773-325-2000. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

WINDY CITY STRINGS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/2, 7 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

WINDY CITY STRINGS in a free performance. Sat 12/2, 7 PM, Borders Books & Music, Rte. 83 & 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

fairs & festivals

CHICAGO WALDORF SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAIR Chicago Waldorf School, 1300 W. Loyola: Sat 12/2, 9 AM-5 PM, Chad Willets Trio, Big Smith, Max the Dulcimer, Waldorf Community Chamber Choir. Festival also features dance performances, crafts exhibits, and activities for children. 773-465-2662.

NORTH LAKESIDE CULTURAL CENTER HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan: Sat 12/2, noon, Kelan Phil Cohran; 1 PM, North Lakeside Cultural Center Neighborhood Music Consort; 3 PM, James Perri. Sun 12/3, 2 PM, Tamar Bronstein. Festival also features arts and crafts exhibits and storytelling. 773-743-4477.

WINTER WONDERLAND Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park: Sat 12/2, Martin Theatre: 11 AM, Half Day Elementary School Choir; 11:30 AM, Glenbrook North High School Choir; 12:15 PM, Warren Township High School Choir; 1:30 PM, Chute Middle School Choir; 2 PM, Springman Middle School Choir. Bennett-Gordon Hall: 11:15 PM, Avalon Brass Quartet; 12:30 PM, Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Ensemble; 2 PM, Eileen Boevers Traveling Troupe. 847-266-5100.

miscellaneous

ALL CITY HIGH SCHOOL BAND Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Tue 12/5, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS "Cool Yule" holiday concert, with Patrick Sinozich & His Snowmen of Swing. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 5 and 8:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-275-7294 or 312-902-1500.

CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Maple Street Chapel, Maple and Main, Lombard. 630-629-2630 or 630-964-4871.

ELMWOOD PARK CIVIC CHORUS Laura Manning conducts a Christmas program. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, auditorium, Elmwood Park Parks and Recreation Center, 2 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park. 708-453-5847.

FRANKLIN FINE ARTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHORUS Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Fri 12/1, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

GREEN LIGHT PERFORMING CO. performs "The Baker & the Gingerbread Man" and "The Gingerbread Rag" in an interactive sing-along concert for children. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM and 1 and 3 PM, Chicago Children's Museum, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand. 773-935-9380.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Sun 12/10, "Holiday Kids' Show" with Twang Bang, Susanna & the Hollywoods, and Miss Mia & Ratso. 773-227-4433.

KIDS FARE: HOLIDAY EXPRESSIONS Children's concert features a Northwestern University student ensemble and Niles West High School Show Choir Expressions in a holiday concert directed by Paula Bachman. Sat 12/2, 10:30 AM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

LAKESIDE PRIDE with Rev. Greg Dell, Artemis Singers, and Lakeside Pride Clarinet Choir. Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence. 773-381-6693.

McDADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHORUS Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Thu 12/7, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

MELODEERS CHORUS Barbershop music concert directed by Jim Arns. Sun 12/10, 3 and 7 PM, Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 W. Central, Rolling Meadows. 800-222-7552.

NEAR NORTH MONTESSORI SCHOOL in a free choral concert. Wed 12/6, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

NOAH'S ARK 1704 W. 69th: Sat 12/2, 4 PM, "Gospel Poetry" open mike hosted by the Christian Poet Society. 708-865-7981.

OAK BROOK TERRACE SALVATION ARMY BAND & SINGING COMPANY Christmas concert and sing-along. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, St. Michael's Church, 1633 N. Cleveland. 312-642-2498.

SAINT PHILIP LUTHERAN SCHOOL BAND AND CHOIR in a free concert. Thu 12/7, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

SUSAN SALIDOR & DENISE BERRY-HANNA Holiday concert and storytelling for children. Sun 12/10, 2-4 PM, Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. 312-944-6250.

SCHILLER BOWL 9500 Irving Park, Schiller Park: Sat 12/2, 8:30 PM, Smokin' Goose's "Just a Gigolo: A Musical Potpourri" with Becky. 708-452-5630.

SHOW BIZ KIDZ Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Fri 12/8, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

SOLSTRALEN SWEDISH CHOIR performs at the annual Luciafest celebration. Sun 12/10, 1 PM, Oak Lawn Hilton, 9300 S. Cicero. 773-239-3689.

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE COLLEGIATE SINGERS perform carols and holiday music. Fri 12/8, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700. Sat 12/9, 10:30 AM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 312-589-3267.

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE COLLEGIATE SINGERS in a "Lessons and Carols" service. Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2330 W. Sunnyside. 312-589-3267.

WEST TOWN CHORUS, OAK BROOK BRASS QUINTET, CHICAGO BRONZE, CATHY LANE, SKINKERS, SCRAMBLED CRAIGS, TIVOLI ORGAN QUARTET Holiday concert and benefit for the West Town Chorus. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, and Sat 12/2, 2 and 8 PM, Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland, Downers Grove. 888-982-2616.

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