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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

A TIME FOR LOVE Benefit concert for the American Red Cross with Hollis Resnik, Alexandra Billings, Sue Conway, Becca Kaufman, Bob Breuler & Amy Morton, Audrey Morris, Tom Oman, Michael Laird, Ester Hana, Jason Antone, Beckie Menzie, Honey West, Nan Mason, Tom Michael, Robin Kay, Patti Morabito, Dan Stetzel, Suzanne Petri, Larry Gray, Larry Novak, Leon Joyce, Susan May, Achy Obejas, Bill Underwood, Steve Wallem, Martha Lorin, Bob Moreen, Kari Howard & others. Mon 12/3, 8 PM, Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln. 773-935-6100.

THE ANNOYING MUSIC SHOW'S HOLIDAY SHOW hosted by Jim Nayder, with Ken Nordine & Kris Nordine, Scott Simon, Caroline Simon, Mitch Miller & others (benefits public radio programs). Thu 12/6, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

ARBOR AVENUE STATION Free in-store performance. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595.

BAIMEI performs "From China With Love" (benefits the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Fund). Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

JASON BRAUN, ASHLEY SIMONE & GEORGE REBIC Free concert. Sun 12/9, 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. 312-409-6435.

JIM BRICKMAN, DONNY OSMOND Holiday concert. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

PEABO BRYSON, MICHAEL MCDONALD, OLETA ADAMS, SHEENA EASTON "Colors of Christmas" concert. Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

SUSAN GRACE BURCH Free in-store performance. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 3539 E. Main, St. Charles. 630-443-8160.

GLEN CAMPBELL Christmas concert. Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

AL CARVER BAND Free concert. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange, Orland Park. 708-460-7566.

CELESTIAL STATIC Free in-store performances. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 161 Weber, Bolingbrook. 630-771-9560.

COLDPLAY, JJ72 Sold out. Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

RITA COOLIDGE with the Moraine Valley Community College Chorale. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

NIKKA COSTA, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS See Critic's Choice; all-ages show. Sun 12/2, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

COUP, MR. LEN, TRUMPETS OF ZION, FRESH VOICE Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 773-227-6117.

DEL REY Free in-store performance. Sat 12/1, 2:30 PM, Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee. 773-235-3727.

DEL SOULS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 161 Weber, Bolingbrook. 630-771-9560.

FIVE FOR FIGHTING, BLUES TRAVELER, MELISSA ETHERIDGE, BRIAN VANDER ARK Sold out. Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

ARETHA FRANKLIN, OTIS CLAY Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5740 or 312-559-1212.

FUEL, SEVENDUST, NONPOINT Fri 12/7, 7 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

JOE GRUSHECKY & THE HOUSE ROCKERS, MICHAEL McDERMOTT, JOE D'URSO & STONE CARAVAN Benefit for the Greater Chicago Food Depository & World Hunger Year. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

HANDSOME FAMILY, DEANNA VARAGONA Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

JOHN WESLEY HARDING, DAVID LEWIS Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 17 W. Maple, Hinsdale. 708-802-0236.

EMMYLOU HARRIS, MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, BRUCE COCKBURN, STEVE EARLE, PATTY GRIFFIN & NANCI GRIFFITH Benefit for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World. Sun 12/2, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

HEAVY MENTAL Benefit for the American Red Cross, New York Fireman's Fund, and the World Trade Towers Recovery Fund also features poetry and a gallery exhibition. Fri 11/30, 9 PM, second floor, Inclusion Arts Gallery, 6932 N. Glenwood. 773-465-6084.

HILLBILLIES IN THE CITY Miss Tiger's Cabaret directed by Eric Hensley, with Lisa Rock, Angelique Evans-Manto, Kerry Lynn McSweeny, Stefan Mantyk, and Robby Nothstine. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 PM, Bijou Theater, 1349 N. Wells. 312-409-8100.

HIP FETISH Free in-store performance. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

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

HURRAY FOR HANUKKAH Free concert with Ellen Rosner, John Greenfield, Kim, Cin Salach, Greg Gillman, Tuffets, Patty Elvis, Al Rose, Vernon Tonges, Young Fathers, Cheryl Trykv, Carlos & Patty Ortega & others. Thu 12/6, 7 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

INDIGENOUS, RONNIE BAKER BROOKS Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

DANIEL JOHNSTON Free in-store performance. Fri 12/7, 5 PM, Dr. Wax, 1121 W. Berwyn. 773-784-3333.

JENNIFER KNAPP Free in-store performance. Sat 12/1, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595.

TEDDY LEE ORCHESTRA performs as part of Chicago WinterDance; free admission. Sun 12/9, 3 PM (with dance lessons at 2 PM), Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-742-4007.

LIFEHOUSE, DOVETAIL JOINT Sold out. Sun 12/9, 7 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

COLLEEN McHUGH & MIRIAM PLOTKIN, MR. EUGENE and others perform at a benefit for Around the Coyote's arts and education programs. Thu 12/6, 7 PM, Around the Coyote Gallery, Suite 352, Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. 773-342-6777.

MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE, ZYKLON, SOILENT GREEN, EXHUMED Sat 12/8, 6 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

MYSTECHS Benefit for Toys for Tots (toy donation requested). Sun 12/2, 1 PM, Road King Vintage Leathers, 1024 N. Western. 773-486-1004.

OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE, SOIL See Spot Check. Thu 12/6, 7 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

SARA OSMER Free concert. Fri 12/7, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

SERILIAN Free in-store performance. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 3539 E. Main, St. Charles. 630-443-8160.

SEVEN DAY RUN Free in-store performance. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1500 W. 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

SINCE BIRTH WITH WHAMAE & TUNJI, RUBEN WATERS LOVES YOU perform as part of the "Voices of a New Black Millennium" series. Wed 12/5, 8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

SLOWJANE Free concert. Fri 11/30, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

SMASHING PUMPKINS, KILL HANNAH, LIQUID SOUL, IKE REILLY and others perform at the 2001 Chicago Heroes Awards; benefits Chicago Arts and Education and MusiCares. Wed 12/5, 6 PM, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-786-1121.

TEEN WOLF, KASPER HAUSER perform at a release party for Bill Brown's Dream Whip #12; no cover. Thu 12/6, 7:30 PM, Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North. 773-342-0910.

TEMPTATIONS Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS, RYAN ADAMS & THE SWEETHEART REVOLUTION Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music. Fri 11/30, 9 PM, Monte Montgomery, Cedarcase. Sat 12/1, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms, Nick Curran & the Nitelife, Hi-Fi & the Roadburners. Tue 12/4, 8 PM, "Chick Singer Night." Thu 12/6, 8 PM, Jacob Stone, Gutbucket, 4-Fi. Fri 12/7, 9 PM, Split Lip Rayfield, Blueground Undergrass, Myshkin's Ruby Warblers. Sat 12/8, 9 PM, Split Lip Rayfield, Yayhoos, Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics. 773-478-4408.

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: Thu 12/6, 9 PM, Mighty Joe. 773-348-5100.

ARBOR VITAE 111 W. Jackson, Naperville: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 11/30, Julia Fachet. Fri 12/7, Dave Rohbock. 630-778-9090.

BAR VERTIGO 853 N. Western: No cover; music at 10 PM. Sundays, DJs Stranjah & Marcus B. spin reggae. Mondays, open mike. Tuesdays, DJs spin rock, rockabilly & punk. Wednesdays, DJ Machete & the Faded One, hip-hop open mike. Thursdays, DJs Ivan, Tim Burnz & Fuego tha Burnah. 773-395-3002.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Fri 11/30, Vulgar Boatmen, Jim Roll Band, Unibrow. Sat 12/1, American Death Ray (see Spot Check), Tomorrow's Caveman (see Spot Check), Ponys, Steve Bullwinkle. Wed 12/5, Larry O. Dean, Steve Frisbie, Wes Hollywood, Melissa Rose Ziemer. Thu 12/6, Jesus Jones, Blue Mockingbirds, Mercyside. Fri 12/7, Horrors, Baseball Furies, Reagan National Crash Diet. Sat 12/8, Tracer, Life at Sea, Gaskit. Sun 12/9, Bucky Halker & the Complete Unknowns, Buddy Mundlock. 773-281-4444.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Sara Hollister Band, Half Mad Poet, Second Hand Poets. Sat 12/1, Paul Draws Blank. Thu 12/6, the Effect. Fri 12/7, Because We Are Fearless Men, Jesus & the Devil. Sat 12/8, Cyrcle, Radio Hour. 773-384-0043.

BIRD'S NEST 2500 N. Southport: No cover. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, open mike. 773-472-1502.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Fri 11/30, 10 PM, Naomi Ashley. Sun 12/2, 11 AM, Brandon Faris. Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Matt Weber. Thu 12/6, 9 PM, Rockin' Billy & the Wild Coyotes. Fri 12/7, 10 PM, Andy & Chris. Sat 12/8, 10 PM, Cantina, Matt Weber & Nora O'Connor. Sun 12/9, 11 AM, Gayle Ritt. 312-226-6666.

BOOKERS BACKYARD 550 S. McClean, Elgin: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/8, Rockwell. 847-697-7311.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music after 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Larry, Big Tasty. Sat 12/1, Larry. Sundays, "Grateful Dead jam night." Sundays, "Grateful Dead jam night." Wednesdays, pro funk jam with Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Herb Walker, Bernard Reed, Clyde Davis & others. Fri 12/7, Family Style. Sat 12/8 and Sun 12/9, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. 773-384-8600.

BOURGEOIS PIG CAFE 738 W. Fullerton: Fri 11/30 and Fri 12/7, 8:30 PM, Maria Hines with Aoife Lyons & Vytis Nivinskas (no cover). 773-883-5282.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover. Fri 11/30, Sonnets. Sat 12/1, Still. Wednesdays, open jam session. Sat 12/8, Guilty, Madluv. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Wednesdays, acoustic jam with Arthur Lee. 773-528-0888.

BUMPERS 312 McHenry, Buffalo Grove: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30, 7Deez. Fri 12/7, Fluid, X-Side. 847-541-2500.

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

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: DJs spin Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and Tuesdays after 7 PM, Sundays after 6 PM, Wednesdays after 9 PM, and Thursdays after 8 PM. 630-830-7200.

CAL'S 400 S. Wells: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Bleary, Sara Osmer. 312-922-6392.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/1, Robbie Fulks, Urban Djin. Fri 12/7, Diplomats of Solid Sound. Sat 12/8, Moonshine Willy. 773-384-2547.

CARY'S LOUNGE 2251 W. Devon: No cover. Mondays, 9 PM, acoustic open mike. 773-743-5737.

CHARLEY HORSE 39 Orland Square Dr., Orland Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, User Friendly. Sat 12/1, Midlife Crisis. Thu 12/6, Cirrus Falcon. Fri 12/7, Hillbillies From Space. Sat 12/8, Rick Saucedo. 708-460-1771.

CHICAGO SPORTS BAR & GRILL 227 W. Jackson: Fridays, 7 PM, Michael Charles (no cover). Thursdays, 6 PM, open mike hosted by Michael Charles. 312-427-2856.

CHROMIUM 817 W. Lake: Thu 12/6, 9 PM, Motown Lounge Tour with Prophet Jones, Sharissa, Lathun, and Remy Shand. 312-666-8106.

CIRCLE INN 7300 Circle Ave., Forest Park: Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Mythic Figs, Pot Luck. 708-771-2123.

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

COCOABEAN EXPRESSIONS 7007 N. Glenwood: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, open mike for music and poetry. 773-274-6057.

COFFEE & TEA EXCHANGE 1100 W. Thorndale: Thursdays, 8 PM, "Grinder" gay/lesbian music & poetry series hosted by Scott Free (12/6 with Brandie Madrid, Abe Louise Young). 773-907-3500.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Chubby Nothin' & the Bone, 56 Hope Road. Sat 12/1, Thrifty Nickel, Green Street. Wednesdays, open mike. Thursdays, Acoustolingus. Fri 12/7, Segway, Uniform. Sat 12/8, East Village Project. 773-528-7569.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Underwater People. Sat 12/1, Knee Deep Shag. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, open jam hosted by Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Fri 12/7, Johnny Socko, Fenster. Sat 12/8, Dan Darrah Band, Bryter. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Restaurant with music at 10:30 PM on weekends. Fri 11/30, Hairbangers Ball. Thursdays, 8 PM, DJ Retro Russ spins music of the 70s and 80s. 847-541-4700.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Music in the Piano Bar and in the Cabaret Room. In the Cabaret Room: Fri 11/30, 8 PM, and Sat 12/1, 8 and 10:30 PM, Daryl Nitz. Mon 12/3, 8 PM, Felicia Fields. Wed 12/5, 8 PM, Jeff Cooksey & Dan Stetzel. Thu 12/6, 8 PM, Jared Leal performs "A Merry Martini Christmas." Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin; 10:30 PM, Joanne Schmoll Trio (holiday concert). Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin; 10:30 PM, Foiled Again Trio performs "Holiday Bizarre." Sun 12/9, 5 PM, Dina Joy Byrd with Pip Lilly & Dan Stetzel; 7 PM, Neda Spears. In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 8 PM, George Howe & Daryl Nitz. Saturdays, 8 PM, and Thursdays, 9 PM, Andrew Blenderman. Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, 9 PM, George Howe. 773-278-1830.

DEJA VU BAR ROOM 2624 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs spin. Mondays, DJ Freddie O. Thursdays, 10 PM, Bandoleros. 773-871-0205.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. Sun 12/2, Return of the Few, DJs Pete & Mark. Mon 12/3, DJ Red Sonja spins punk. Tue 12/4, DJ Scot spins metal. Wed 12/5, DJs Lee & Matt spin country & western. Thu 12/6, DJs Kris, John & Ben spin ska. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 11/30, 10 PM, New Bomb Turks, Gaza Strippers, Marvel Kind (see Spot Check). Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Lovehammers, Million Yen, Zero to Nine. Mon 12/3, 9 PM, Cousteau, Butterfly Child. Tue 12/4, 9 PM, Starsailor, Kevin Tihista's Red Terror. Thu 12/6, 10:30 PM, Genitorturers (see Spot Check). Fri 12/7, 10 PM, Nortec Collective, Scapegoat Wax. Sat 12/8, 10 PM, Trailer Hitch, Last Vegas, Monster Trux. 773-489-3160.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Fri 11/30, Tom Carey Band. Sat 12/1, Dawn Patrol. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Larry Welch (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/7, Hidden Agenda. Sat 12/8, Lisa Rene Band. 815-356-9980.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays (on two stages), 8 PM Sundays, 9 PM Mondays, and 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 11/30, Dan Darrah Band. Sat 12/1, Pat McCurdy, Paul Allodi. Sun 12/2, Rizzo Show (no cover). Mondays, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi (no cover). Tuesdays, 45s. Wednesdays, "Battle of the Bands" playoffs. Thu 12/6 Shards. Fri 12/7, Stray Toasters. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, benefit for the A.D.D. Foundation and Toys for Tots with music on two stages; on the main stage: Crazy Diamond, Tracer X, Second Dimension, No Love Lost, Fog Hill, Rachel Katzman, Felix Jones Band; on the acoustic stage: Dave Tamkin, Chris Michaels, Paul Allodi, Me & Him & A Guy Named Moe. Sun 12/9, Jim Henning & James Wayman (no cover). 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Fri 11/30, Slipstream, Sour Deluxe, Nectarine Knockout, Jen Dainton. Sat 12/1, Convulsions, National Drag, Phil Rockrohr & the Lifters, Chris Long, Chris Gilmartin. Sundays, Sumo. Mon 12/3, Silt, Wendy DeBias. Tue 12/4, Drunken Monkeys, Penny Dreadful, Stylus. Wed 12/5, Dave Tamkin, Ovadya. Thu 12/6, Swimmer, Underbelly. Fri 12/7, Bellsize, Treeline, Sherman, Regarding Angels. 773-549-5549.

EMERALD ISLE 6686 N. Northwest Highway: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30, Mudy Flor Band. Sat 12/1, Rockwell. Fri 12/7, the Blast. 773-775-2848.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Goblins (see Spot Check), the Bomb, Paperbacks. Sat 12/1, 9:30 PM, J Mascis, Pinebender, Spa Lounge. Mon 12/3, 10 PM, Anti-Pop Consortium (see Critic's Choice), Daily Plannet, PNS. Tue 12/4, Hrvatski, Greg Davis, Warmdesk. Thu 12/6, 9 PM, benefit for U.S.-Unite with Haymarket Riot, American Heritage, Tekulvi, Distances. Fri 12/7, the Go, Greenhornes, They Come in Threes. Sat 12/8, Milemarker, Aereogramme, AM/FM. 773-276-3600.

EPITOME 2347 S. Michigan: Wed 12/5, 9 PM, Joe. 312-326-2300.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8 PM. Sat 12/8, Breakin' Strings. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY Maple & Rte. 53, Lisle: Music at 7:30 PM. Fri 12/7, Amy Luetgert. 630-435-5288.

ETHIO CAFE 3462 N. Clark: Fridays, 10 PM, "Hip-hop Cafe" with E3, Diz Crown, Vision & others. Thursdays, 9 PM, "Saba's Speakeasy" music and poetry open mike and open turntables. 773-929-8300.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly. Sundays, DJs spin goth & industrial. Mondays, DJs spin punk rock. Wednesdays, DJs spin new wave. 773-395-2700.

FEATURES BAR & GRILL 10 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music in Club Mamalu; no cover. Fridays, 9:30 PM, Michael Heaton Band. Saturdays, 9 PM, DJs spin hits from the 70s and 80s. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 PM, dueling pianos. 630-416-3310.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 11/30, 6 PM, Piebald, Lawrence Arms, Recover, the Exit. Sat 12/1, 5 PM, Most Precious Blood, Death Threat, 100 Demons; 9 PM, Aspera Ad Astera, Atari Star, Plastics Hi-Fi, Bionic Rat. Sun 12/2, 6 PM, Climber, August Premier, Red Planet, Seventies. Mon 12/3, 7 PM, Flying Luttenbachers, Ex-Models, La Mantra de Fhiqria, Service Anxiety, Tusk. Tue 12/4, 8 PM, And/ors, Lupine, Tom Daily & the Volunteers. Wed 12/5, 8 PM, Alabama Thunderpussy, Bongzilla, RPG. Fri 12/7, 6 PM, Fourth Rotor, Canadian Riffle, Zygota, Calvary; 10 PM, the Shame, Callaghan, Rules of Attraction. Sat 12/8, 7 PM, Boy Lion, Knuckleduster, Schatzi, Spitalfield. Sun 12/9, 5 PM, Mad Caddies, Rise Against, Yellowcard. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Joe Ely & Joel Guzman, Anna Fermin & Andon Davis. Tue 12/4, 7 PM, open stage hosted by Link Freeman, with Shape Shifters featuring Christian Cullen & James Wold. Thu 12/6, 8:30 PM, Shawn Phillips. Fri 12/7, 10 PM, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Mondays, 9:30 PM, open mike. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, Steve Z. sings the songs of Frank Sinatra. 773-348-6000.

FRANKIE J'S 4437 N. Broadway: Wed 12/5, 7 PM, "Verbatim Verboten" cabaret hosted by Kurt Kolar. 312-409-1887.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30, JP & the Cats. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/7, Maggie Speaks. Sat 12/8, Public I. 630-416-4898.

FUTURE WORLD 1744 E. 55th: Cyber cafe and deli with music at 8 PM. Sat 12/1, Gerald Rafael. 773-256-1570.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Fri 11/30, Feo, Farmageddon. Sat 12/1, Fifty Pound Head. Tue 12/4, benefit for Fish. Fri 12/7, Moco Magana. Sat 12/8, Brother Noompsi, Subconscious, Freeform Flows. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, Catherine Smitko & Lex McCauley; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. 773-348-1053.

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

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 11/30, 9:30 PM, Fly Williams. 773-395-0066.

GRIFFIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE 2710 N. Halsted: No cover. Tuesdays, 9 PM, open mike. Thursdays, 10 PM, Hack 'n' Wheeze. 773-525-7313.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 11/30, Walking Man, Echosend, Hypnofugue. Sat 12/1, Brother Lowdown, Blind Man's Bluff. Sun 12/2, Black Beauties, Rock & Roll Daredevils. Fri 12/7, Air This Side of Caution, Roscoe Plush. 773-472-5139.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Fri 11/30, 10 PM, Kimi Hayes & Paula Marr, Kimi Hayes Band, Valerie James. Sat 12/1, 9:30 PM, Jane Doe Band. Sat 12/8, 9:30 PM, Lounge Puppets. 312-943-2252.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/7, Michael Kelsey. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 11/30, 9 PM, Forty Piece Choir, Turnerjoy, Plane, Ruck La Rou, Troy. Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Mistreaters, White Outs. Mon 12/3, 9:30 PM, Liam & Steve (no cover). Wed 12/5, 10 PM, "Chicago's Finest Hour" with Stunt Cat, Brain Rakes, Million Yen, Giant Step. Thu 10/6, 9:30 PM, Cedarcase, RD Roth & the Dirty Dishes. Fri 12/7, 10 PM, Rebecca Gates & RG Consortium, Aluminum Group. Sat 12/8, 9 PM, "Hurray for Hanukkah" with the Shame, Eric Roth & the Silver Schmateez, John Greenfield's Rock Band, Ellen Rosner, Geoff Greenberg, Vernon Tonges, Tuffets, Kim, Al Rose, Gregg Gillam, Cheryl Trykv, Carlos Ortega. Sun 12/9, 9:30 PM, Silverbacks, the Bomb. 773-227-4433.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30, Pimps, Cane Corso. Sat 12/1, Chris Shaffer & Shaffer Street, 56 Hope Road. 773-929-0944.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/7, 9 PM, Love Chaos with Big Man, Katherine Chronis, S'yen U, Suzette, and Joe Roarty. Sun 12/9, 5 PM, Asian American Artists Collective with Pintig, I Was Born With Two Tongues, Pacifics, Mango Tribe, Gina Magsombol, Mia Park & others. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Umphrey's McGee, Baldwin Brothers. Sun 12/2, 7 PM, Saves the Day, Hey Mercedes (see Spot Check), Thursday (sold out). Tue 12/4, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Source of Labor, Supernatural. Thu 12/6, Dixie Dregs, Dave Uhrich Band. Fri 12/7, Bumpus, Gertrude, Punsapaya. Sat 12/8, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Chocolate Genius. Sun 12/9, 6:45 PM, Kottonmouth Kings, Primer 55, Mix Mob. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music after 9 PM. Sun 12/2, Gypsi Fari. Wed 12/5, Soul Invaders. Thu 12/6, Shiri. Fri 12/7, Sam Savage. Sun 12/9, Kwame Wan Afrika. 312-266-2400.

JETTSETT GALLERY 3350 N. Paulina: Sat 12/1, 6 PM-midnight, Elvis tribute artist Bryon Garrison performs at an opening of the exhibition "American Music Show." 773-477-7251.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Barenaked Ladies, Dave & Rae. Sat 12/1, Common Ground. Fri 12/7, American English, RPM, Nina Storey. Sat 12/8, Then Again, Friends of Pete. 312-337-3486.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Sat 12/1, Anne Harris Band, Framing Amy, Leisure McCorkle. Sundays, 7 PM, Hack 'n' Wheeze. Thursdays, Arthur Lee. Fri 12/7, Underwater People, Brother Six. Sat 12/8, Nadas, Javier Mendoza, Ingram Hill. 773-975-0505.

LIAR'S CLUB 1665 W. Fullerton: DJs spin nightly at 9 PM. Sundays, Machine Gun Etiquette DJs spin old school punk and glam. 773-665-1110.

LIGHTHOUSE CAFE 7442 Cicero, Bedford Park: Fri 11/30, 6:30 PM, benefit for the World Wildlife Fund's Great Barrier Reef Campaign with Hot Lips Messiah, Hysterics, Homicidal Squirrels. 708-458-3660.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Pete Special Band. Sat 12/1, Jesters, Van Go. Sun 12/2, 9 PM, Seventh Sons, Three Card Guts. Tue 12/4, Head Down (no cover). Wed 12/5, 9 PM, Yer Mother's Lovers, Murmur (no cover). Thu 12/6, 9:30 PM, Jeff Freling, Sonic Voodoo (no cover). Fri 12/7, Second Seed, Turn. Sat 12/8, Old #8. Sun 12/9, 9 PM, Joe Armstrong Band, Al Rose & the Transcendos. 773-871-3757.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, 9:30 PM, Anish, Butterfly Child, Gareth Woods. Sat 12/1, Saps, Baroo, Architecture. Wed 12/5, 9 PM, Stone. Thu 12/6, "Big C Jamboree" with the Honeybees (benefit for Toys for Tots). Fri 12/7, Funkadesi, Karma Sutra, DJ Warp. Sat 12/8, Mr. Blotto. 773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 122 S. York, Elmhurst: Sat 12/1, Jel. Sat 12/8, Roadhouse Dogs. 630-941-7100.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/8, Hurricane Blue. 630-513-6300.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 11/30, 5:30 PM, "Double Zero Records Showcase" (see Spot Check) with Duvall, Honor System, Mike Felumlee, Tom Daily, Retro Morning, Red Hot Valentines. Sat 12/1, 7 PM, Juliana Theory, Student Rick, Movielife. Sun 12/2, 7 PM, Smash Mouth. Wed 12/5, 7 PM, Pete Yorn, Remy Zero (sold out). Fri 12/7, 6:30 PM, Blank Theory, Red River, Meqqa, Ditchwater; 11:59 PM, Remy Zero (sold out). Sat 12/8, 6:30 PM, From Zero, Stereomud, Lennon. Sun 12/9, 6:30 PM, Catch-22, Riddlin' Kids. 773-549-0203.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Sat 12/8, 10 PM, Amy Kelly Band. 630-446-4001.

MIKE DITKA'S Tremont Hotel, 100 E. Chestnut: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, John Vincent (tribute to Frank Sinatra). 312-587-8989.

MISKA'S LIQUORS & DELI 2156 W. Belmont: Music in the Back Room. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, D-Funct. 773-882-8897.

MISTO 1118 W. Grand: Restaurant. Saturdays, 10 PM, Donny Greco & Gary Filip. 312-226-5989.

THE MUTINY 2428 N. Western: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/1, Holy Ghost, Stellas. Sun 12/2, Arnold Jackson. Wednesdays, karaoke hosted by Terry Garcia. Thu 12/6, Mail, Blow Pop. 773-486-7774.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Fri 11/30, 5:30 PM, Elizabeth Conant & Fareed Haque (no cover); 9:30 PM, Mabel Mabel, Last of the Showman, Covered in Honey. Sat 12/1, 8:30 PM, Hillbillies From Space, Riptones, Delafields, Cattle Queen. Mondays, 9 PM, "Sound Reflections" with DJs Teebot & Anomaly. Thu 12/6, Kleenex Girl Wonder, A New Constitution, An Automotive, Boy Lion. Fri 12/7, Jupiter. Sat 12/8, Chris Green, Hoochie Suit, Blue Moon Risin'. 847-869-0450.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Thu 12/6, 7 PM, Cosmic Cabaret hosted by Brian Imig with Douglas Ewart, Thymme Jones. 773-743-3355.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Fri 11/30, 10 PM, Mil Mulliganos, Pillowmints, Today's My Super Spaceout Day. Sat 12/1, 9 PM, the Shame, Dark Yellow, Arch Visceral Parlor, Flutter, Lolita Haze, Things That Move, Gasoline Rainbows (benefit for Venusflow magazine). Sundays, 10 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. Mondays, 10:30 PM, DJ Ray. Wed 12/5, 9 PM, Rollo Tomasi, Quatre Tete, the Motion, Sixty Stories. Fri 12/7, 10 PM, Yum Yum, Wes Hollywood Show, America's #1 Sweetheart. Sat 12/8, 10 PM, the Lust, Piss Bucket, Manservant, Chinese Downhill. 773-489-0011.

ORBIE'S INTERNATIONAL CAFE 525 Torrence, Calumet City: Fridays, 9 PM, Barbie Doll Patton. 708-891-3900.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30, Creepy D. Sat 12/1, Swek. Wed 12/5, Silver Measure. Fri 12/7, Stockboy, Naughty Candy, Love of Nothing. Sat 12/8, Painscale. 773-486-9862.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Thu 12/6, Turnstyles. 847-266-1313.

PRODIGAL SON BAR & GRILL 2626 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Haymarket Riot, Paperchase, Crush Kill Destroy. Sat 12/1, Munition, Nobs, Story So Far. Fri 12/7, Pegasus, Bosco & Jorge, Runner. Sat 12/8, New Constitution, Phantom Three. 773-248-3093.

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

REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario: Fridays, 8 PM, Gene Garcia; 11:45 PM, David Crawford. Saturdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; midnight, John Zamojcin. Sundays, 8:30 PM-2:30 AM, John Zamojcin. Mondays, 8 PM, Tom Linsk & Lisa McCloury; 11:45 PM, Peter Miletic. Tuesdays, 8 PM, John Zamojcin; 11:45 PM, Phil Baron. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; 11:45 PM, Gary Filip. Thursdays, 8 PM, Tom Linsk & Lisa McCloury; 11:45 PM, Arturo Santana. 312-640-1000.

ROCKHOUSE GRILL 2212 Algonquin, Rolling Meadows: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, John Monaco, Furry Kerry, Liver Lips. Sat 12/1, Disconnected, Paul Willaert, Freeway Willie Ross. Wednesdays, open mike. Fri 12/7, Dropmouth, Bunkerhill, Linus Whip. Sat 12/8, Krembone, Madcap Theater with the Liberty Band. 847-392-6446.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, Asylum Street Spankers; 10 PM, John Wesley Harding, David Lewis. Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, Asylum Street Spankers; 10:30 PM, Sadies, Mary Janes. Sun 12/2, 7 PM, Eef Barzelay; 9:30 PM, Popa Chubby, Diamond Jim Greene. Mon 12/3, 9 PM, Mazarin, Zelienople. Tue 12/4, 9 PM, Frames (see Critic's Choice), Nad Navillus. Wed 12/5, 9 PM, Marvel Kind (see Spot Check), Matthew. Thu 12/6, 9 PM, Beauty Shop, Tractor Kings, Witch Hazel Sound, Adam Schmitt. Fri 12/7, 7:30 PM, Daniel Johnston, Che Arthur; 10:30 PM, Del Rey, Taking Pictures. Sun 12/9, 8 PM, Paper Airplane Pilots, Boxstep, Skating Club. 773-525-2508.

SEASON TICKETS 50 N. Barrington, Streamwood: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/1, Slip Mickey. Sat 12/8, Insomnia. 630-372-2900.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, 10 PM, Carsten Nicolai. 773-227-3617.

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

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Music in the upstairs Cabaret Room at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, 9 PM, Amina, Absolute Ikon, Spalaney's, Cru Life. Tuesdays, "606" hip-hop open mike and DJ-mix competition. Thu 12/6, 9 PM, Applecake. Sat 12/8, Pacewon, J.U.I.C.E., Rise & Shine, Earatik Statik, Prime, Stizo, Rude One, Doc West. 773-278-6600.

TIME OUT 1130 Lake, Hanover Park: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/1, Major Woody. Sat 12/8, Storm Crow. 630-213-1006.

TINY LOUNGE 1814 W. Addison: Thursdays, 10 PM, Nicholas Barron & Galaxy 5. 773-296-9620.

TRACE 3714 N. Clark: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, open mike hosted by the Polyrhythmic Arts Collective. 773-477-3400.

T'S 5025 N. Clark: Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike with Toy Band. 773-784-6000.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music after 8 PM. Fri 11/30, Adam Brodsky, Larry O. Dean & the Me Decade. Sat 12/1, Alice Peacock, Katie Todd. Sun 12/2, Hookhead & Mare, Plain Jane. Mondays, open mike hosted by Kevin Spiegel & Travis Dow. Wednesdays, 7 PM, C.H.A.T. music showcase. Thu 12/6, Hal Hixson, Neil Dixon Smith. Fri 12/7, Real Caulfields, F.M. Smith, Randy Rademaker. Sat 12/8, Second Hand Poets. Sun 12/9, Tristan Kramer. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Cycle Something, Little Man, Good Goddamns. Sat 12/1, Trading Brains, Hundo. Sun 12/2, Sour Deluxe, Ness. Wed 12/5, Symptoms, Courageous Rue. Fri 12/7, Fin, Boar's Nest. Sat 12/8, Dirty South, Stories for Boys. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Saturdays, 8 PM, Pete Special Duo. Sundays, 8 PM, Daniel Roughan; 10 PM, Heather Horton Band; 1 AM, Pete Special. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Joe Thomas; 10 PM, Joe Thomas Band;

1 AM, Koko Brunson. 312-266-7761.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30, the Core. Sat 12/1, Sister Envy. Fri 12/7, Smalls. Sat 12/8, Deja Vu. 630-264-2739.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 11/30, Jimbo Delta. Saturdays, open stage. 312-943-7815.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30, Belizean Breeze, Deals Gone Bad, RSB. Sat 12/1, Baaro, Aswah Greggori & the Enforcers. Sun 12/2, Gizzae. Tue 12/4, Dub Dis, Devon Brown. Wed 12/5, Carl Brown. Thu 12/6, Dansika. Fri 12/7, Zeleke, U & I, Michael Black. Sat 12/8, Lazo, Ras Kelly, Doggie. 773-327-4273.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Old #8, Jeff & Vida. Sat 12/1, Starch Martins, Paging Raymond. Tuesdays, Hello Dave. Thu 12/6, Outlaw Family Band. Fri 12/7, Fat Time. Sat 12/8, Homunculus. 773-929-1300.

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ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM, DJ Ed Vantage. 773-348-5100.

ALUMNI CLUB 15 W. Division: DJ Eddie & DJ Breeze spin Fridays and Saturdays after 9 PM. 312-337-4349.

ARTFUL DODGER 1734 W. Wabansia: Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays, DJs spin music for dancing after 10 PM. 773-227-6859.

AURA 640 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Thursdays, DJs Laura B & Jen Jameson. 312-266-2114.

BABALU 1645 W. Jackson: DJs spin merengue, bachata, house, and disco 9 PM-5 AM on Saturdays. 312-733-3512.

BAR THIRTEEN 1944 W. Division: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fridays, Gene Lopez & Brian Borden. Saturdays, David Britton. Sundays, DJ Jesse de la Pena. Mondays, DJ Friendly. Tuesdays, DJ Mood. Wednesdays, DJ Aaron. Thursdays, DJ Hello Kitty. 773-394-1313.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM. Thursdays, DJs spin acid jazz, funk, Afrobeat, house, two-step, and soul. 773-348-3665.

BERLIN 954 W. Belmont: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM Fridays, 11 PM-5 AM Saturdays, 11 PM-4 AM Mondays and Tuesdays, and 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Greg Haus spins trance, hardcore, and breakbeat. Saturdays, DJs John Jackson, Christopher Robin & Greg Haus spin trance and progressive house. Sundays, DJs spin funk, punk, shoegazer, and glam. Mondays, DJ Boa spins retro music. Tuesdays, DJ Ralphi Rosario. Wednesdays, DJ Larissa, DJ Ruslan. Thursdays, DJ Michael Serafini. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Heather Doble, Steve Melvage. Saturdays, DJ Spin. Mondays, DJs Brian G & BJAK. Tuesdays, DJ Brian Borden. Wednesdays, DJs Mary Jane & AM/PM. Thursdays, Hedonizm DJs spin. 312-243-1699.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Andre Harris spins hip-hop and house. Saturdays, DJ Nique spins house. Sundays, DJ Uncle Milty spins hip-hop, R&B, and house. Mondays, DJ Roki spins hip-hop. Tuesdays, DJs Defcut Don, ST3V3, and Shaka 23 spin techno and house. Wed 12/5, Phantom 45, Bass by the Pound DJs spin jungle and drum 'n' bass. Thu 12/6, K-Rad, Tobias. 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. Saturdays, DJs spin "rock, pop, alternativo." 312-266-1234.

BLACK BEETLE 2532 W. Chicago: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM Saturdays and Thursdays. Saturdays, Free Association. Thursdays, "Deep" with DJ Joe Schmoe & DJ Verb. 773-384-0701.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Fridays, 8 PM, and Saturdays, 9:30 PM, DJs spin retro and progressive house. 312-475-9800.

CAFE DOLCE 749 N. Clark: Fridays, 10 PM-4 AM, Mediterrano DJ Red Lox spins music from the Middle East and Europe. 312-397-0000.

CHERRY RED 2833 N. Sheffield: DJs spin after 10 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 773-477-3661.

CHROMIUM 817 W. Lake: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fridays, DJs spin progressive house. Saturdays, DJs spin salsa, merengue, house, and hip-hop. Thu 12/6, Motown Lounge Tour with Prophet Jones, Sharissa, Lathun, and Remy Shand. 312-666-8106.

CIRCUIT NIGHTCLUB AND REHAB LOUNGE 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM. Saturdays, DJ Hugo, DJ Lulu. Sundays, Paula Sinclare, Miss Foozie & Her Floozies. Mondays, Disco Bingo hosted by Daisy Mae. Tuesdays, 10:30 PM, DJ Lulu hosts karaoke. Wednesdays, DJ Lulu, DJ Luis. Thursdays, 11 PM, Miss Ketty & Her Latina Review, DJ El Prieto. 773-325-2233.

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

CLUB EDEN 3407 N. Clark: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Skor, Cache 22, Real 1, and Shabaz spin hip-hop, reggae, and house. Saturdays, DJs spin underground house. Wednesdays, DJs spin progressive techno. Thursdays, DJs spin salsa and merengue. 773-327-4646.

CLUB MERCURY 221 W. Van Buren: Restaurant and nightclub; DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM on weekends. Fridays, Neural Intoxications and Soulamytes (11/30 with DJ Sneak; 12/7 with Johnny Fiasco). Saturdays, Citron. Sundays, DJ Vic Lavender. 312-427-1774.

CLUB 950 2122 W. Lawrence: DJs spin new wave, industrial, and electronica after 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Richard. Saturdays, DJ Abe. Tuesdays, DJs Danko & Al. Wednesdays, DJ Richard. Thursdays, DJ Danny. 773-878-8241.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, DJs spin house, Latin & Caribbean, rock en espanol, hip-hop, and house. 312-397-0600.

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

THE COPA 1637 N. Clybourn: DJs spin downtempo electronic music Wednesdays through Fridays until 2 AM and Saturdays until 3 AM. 312-642-3449.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Saturdays, DJs Teri Bristol & Psycho Bitch. 312-413-7000.

DIG 1551 N. Sheffield: DJs spin

9 PM-2 AM Thursdays through Saturdays. 312-377-1727.

DJ JESSE DE LA PENA performs at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Auxiliary Council benefit. Fri 12/7,

9 PM, W Chicago Lakeshore, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr. 312-654-5672.

DJ MADRID performs at the museum's "First Fridays" reception. Fri 12/7, 6-10 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-280-2660.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays on three levels (with hip-hop in the Underground Lounge Fridays and Saturdays). 312-751-2900.

DRINK 702 W. Fulton: Music after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Justin G. spins progressive house, DJ Tony spins hip-hop and R&B. Saturdays, DJ Myke T. spins progressive house and trance, DJ Tony spins hip-hop and R&B. Sundays, DJ Javier Temple. Thursdays, DJs spin house. 312-733-7800.

D'VINE 1950 W. North: Restaurant and wine bar. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM, DJs spin acid jazz, ambient, house, and funk. Thursdays, 9 PM, DJs spin Brazilian jazz. 773-235-5700.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Sundays, 9 PM, "Big Up!" DJs Josh Abrams & Fred Wells spin (Sun 12/9 with Chicago Underground Quartet, DJ Jacob Ross). 773-276-3600.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: DJs spin 7 PM-midnight Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Cache 22 spins R&B, hip-hop, soul, and house (no cover). 312-338-3788.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM nightly, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Sat 12/1, Abigail. 312-266-1944.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, DJ JC. 773-248-3330.

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE 728 W. Grand: Mondays, 10 PM, Blue Groove Lounge DJs Jesse de la Pena, 33 1/3, Nonstop & De La spin hip-hop, reggae, and original breaks. 312-666-1695.

GET ME HIGH LOUNGE 1758 N. Honore: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ AM/PM. Saturdays, DJ Hiroki. Mondays, Eric Daley. Tuesdays, Doc, Mickey International. Wednesdays, DJ Hello Kitty. Thursdays, Gary Guy & Kevin Maxey. 773-252-4090.

GIRLBAR 2625 N. Halsted: DJs spin until 2 AM Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays, and until 3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Desire (dance performance). Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, open mike. Wed 12/5, 9:30 PM, Commonbond. Thursdays, DJ Beth. 773-871-4210.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin from 10 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 11/30, DJ Danny Boy, DJ Flipside. Wednesdays, DJs Vince Lawrence, Eric Ross, Martin "Boogieman" Luna, DJ Flipside. 312-587-8469.

HANGGE UPPE 14 W. Elm: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-337-0561.

HARRY'S VELVET ROOM 56 W. Illinois: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM Saturdays and Thursdays. Saturdays, Matt Warren. Thursdays, DJ Jevon Jackson. 312-527-5600.

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.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: DJs spin house, disco, funk, hip-hop, and techno after 10 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 773-477-3330.

KATACOMB 1916 N. Lincoln Park West: DJs spin hip-hop, old school funk, trip-hop, and acid jazz from 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays and 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Thursdays, DJs Brent, Jig & Ryan spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and R&B. 312-337-4040.

KUSTOM 1997 N. Clybourn: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs David Britton & Jimmie Page. Saturdays, DJs Speed & Flipside, DJ Mike Steele. 773-528-3400.

LAVA LOUNGE 859 N. Damen: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Fridays, DJs Cache 22, Shon Dervis & Shaky Shawun spin funk, soul, old school, and R&B (no cover). Sundays, "Miles Ahead" with DJ Luke Finn. 773-772-3355.

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

LINCOLN PARK ATHLETIC CLUB 2833 N. Sheffield: DJs spin Sundays through Fridays, 10 PM-2 AM, and Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM. 773-477-3661.

LITHIUM 1124 W. Belmont: DJs spin nightly 9 PM-2 AM. 773-477-6513.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Fridays, 7 PM-3 AM, DJ Kwest. Saturdays, 10 PM-4 AM, DJs spin hip-hop and reggae. Sundays, Tha Afterset Players with Marz play acid jazz. 312-649-5874.

MANHOLE 3458 N. Halsted: DJs spin nightly after midnight. 773-975-9244.

MARS 2112 Woodfield Shopping Center, Golf Road & Rte. 53, Schaumburg: Restaurant. Fridays, 10 PM-3 AM, and Thursdays, 9 PM-1 AM, DJ Johnny B with the Revelation Fire Dancers. 847-885-2112.

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; DJs spin 80s disco after 8:30 PM Thursdays. Mondays, 10 PM, "Ultra Glam" female impersonators perform. 312-255-8579.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Sundays, 9 PM, DJ Roger Chavez/Suspect 86 spins trance. 630-446-4001.

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

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

NEO 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin dance music 10 PM-4 AM nightly, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Rob Kokot spins synth pop. Saturdays, DJ $#&@!. Wednesdays, Jeff Moyer spins electronic dance. Thursdays, Dave Roberts spins new wave. 773-528-2622.

NIKEETA'S 633 E. Sibley, Dolton: Thursdays, 8 PM, DJ Mike D. spins hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and house. 773-377-5002, ext. 4287.

NOCTURNAL 1111 W. Lake: Saturdays, 9 PM-3 AM, DJs DVS & Mix. Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJ Earl Pleasure. 312-491-1931.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJ Tankboy spins funk and disco house late Fridays; DJ Form spins hip-hop and drum 'n' bass late Saturdays. Tuesdays, DJ Alo spins hip-hop and soul. 773-489-0011.

THE ORIGINAL MOTHER'S 26 W. Division: DJ Joe spins pop, hip-hop, and house 8 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Sundays (5 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays, DJ El Papichulo & DJ Lugo Rosado. 312-642-7251 or 312-642-7252.

LE PASSAGE 1 Oak Place: DJs spin nightly 10:30 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:30 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 11/30, DJ Lady D, DJ Mood. Saturdays, DJs Mood & Carvajal. Wednesdays, DJ V. Thursdays and Fri 12/7, DJs Mood & Oscar McMillan. 312-255-0022.

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

RAPTURE 730 N. Green: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly and 10 PM-3 AM Saturdays on two floors. Fridays, DJs Bone, Hardcore D, Confusion & Venom spin progressive. Saturdays, DJ M&M spins progressive, trance, and underground. Tuesdays, DJs spin drum 'n' bass. 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. Fridays, DJ Jesse de la Pena, Lil' John. Saturdays, DJs Twilight Tone, 33-1/3 & Steve Bravo. Mondays, DJs, Mark Grant, Lego, Dave Britton & Psycho Bitch. 773-278-1009.

REDNOFIVE & FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Mondays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 11/30, 9 PM, Sheldon Knight, Harry "the Blade," Chris Gin, Christopher Robin. Sat 12/1, DJ Food & DK (see Critic's Choice), Four Tet (see Critic's Choice), Bonobo (upstairs); Dave Ralph, Chris Walsh, Chad Sommer (downstairs). Tue 12/4, DJ Apocalypse, DJ Smash, Martin "Boogieman" Luna. Thu 12/6, Judge Jules. 312-733-6699.

RIVE GAUCHE 306 N. Halsted: Fri 11/30, DJ Chris Tomasone. Thu 12/6, 10 PM-4 AM, "Shattered Thursdays" with DJ Andrei Morant, Tommie Sunshine, and DJ Poolside. 312-738-9971.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, 10 PM, Carsten Nicolai. 773-227-3617.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: DJs spin 7 PM-4 AM Fridays and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7 PM-5 AM Saturdays, 2 PM-4 AM Sundays, and 5:30 PM-midnight Mondays. Fridays, DJ Tone B. Nimble spins hip-hop, disco, and soul. Sundays, Lee Collins & Sadar, DJs Tone B. Nimble, Norman Rockwell, Shon Dervis. Tuesdays, Derrick Carter, Diz, DJ Matty. Wednesdays, Garden Foundation DJs spin. Thursdays, David Balquiedra. 312-932-0006.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Darrell Woodson, DJ V. Sat 12/1, JT Donaldson, Lance Desardi, Darrell Woodson. Sun 12/2, DJ Krush (see Critic's Choice), Synergy. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner & DJ Brendan spin mod, 70s and 80s metal, and British punk & new wave. Thursdays, DJs Stax, Chris Bacchus, Justin Reed & Striz. Fri 12/7, Ra Soul, Darrell Woodson. Sat 12/8, DJ Heather, Shani. 773-549-4140.

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

SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin: DJs spin 10:30 PM-4 AM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays, and 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays. Sundays, 10 PM-3 AM, "Whiplash" fetish night with Scary Lady Sarah, DJ Chilli Winters. 312-587-8779.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: DJs spin nightly in the Lounge. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs Verb & Pure spin Motown, old school, and funk. Sundays, DJ J.B. Mondays, open mike with Greg Golden. Tuesdays, DJs Artek, Norm, Mary Jane & Verb. Wednesdays, Electrix DJs spin drum 'n' bass, house, and electronic music. Thursdays, DJ Minnesota Fabric spins rare groove. 773-278-6600.

TEMPTATIONS 10235 Grand, Franklin Park: DJs spin 6 PM-5 AM Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM-4 AM Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays. Wednesdays, DJ Beth spins progressive house. 847-455-0088.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. 773-227-4906.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Sat 12/1, DJs Jernell Geronimo, Goose & Jimmie Page. 312-491-9729.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Sundays, DJ Mungo spins R&B, funk, and old school. 773-327-2739.

VOODOO NIGHTCLUB 601 Mall, Schaumburg: DJs spin "high energy dance music" after 7 PM Tuesdays through Fridays and after 9 PM Saturdays. Tuesdays, DJ Alex Perez, DJ Mercurio. Thursdays, salsa and merengue with DJ El Papichulo & DJ Ric Martinez. 847-969-1602.

VOYEUR 151 W. Ohio: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM. Fridays, DJs Martin "Boogie Man" Luna & Artie Czaja spin progressive trance and vocal house. 312-832-1717.

WATUSI 1540 W. North: Restaurant. Sun 12/2, 9 PM, "And Your Mind Will Follow": DJ Joe "Maestro" Bryl spins rare grooves and funky 45s (no cover). 773-862-1540.

WHITE STAR 225 W. Ontario: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Jernell Geronimo and percussionist Miro. Saturdays, DJs Freddie, Mike Z. & Jernell Geronimo spin progressive house, trance, R&B, and hip-hop. 312-337-3223.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 11/30, Gene Farris, Justin Long, Sativa, Shon Dervis. Thursdays, DJ Jesse de la Pena, Vince Adams, D-Double, JayToo, DJ Steele. Fri 12/7, Mark Farina, Justin Long, Sativa, Shon Dervis. 312-787-0400.

folk & country

concerts

BELLAMY BROTHERS, LACY J. DALTON Sun 12/2, 7:30 PM, Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-791-6190 or 312-559-1212.

BRASS NICKEL, JOHN MILAN perform at Oak Park Conservatory's holiday open house; free admission. Sun 12/2, noon-4 PM, Oak Park Conservatory, Garfield & East, Oak Park. 708-386-4700.

PHIL COULTER Christmas concert. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

CROSS ROGUES Free concert. Sat 12/1, 2 PM, Lincoln Park branch, Chicago Public Library, 1150 W. Fullerton. 312-744-1926.

GAELIC STORM Thu 12/6, 8 PM, auditorium, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 773-282-7035.

EMMYLOU HARRIS, MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, BRUCE COCKBURN, STEVE EARLE, PATTY GRIFFIN & NANCI GRIFFITH Benefit for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World. Sun 12/2, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

IRISH TENORS Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5740 or 312-559-1212.

KILTARTAN ROAD CHRISTMAS with Kathy Cowan, Joseph Sobol & Tom Orf. Sun 12/9, 4 and 7 PM (4 PM show sold out), Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

LAURIE LEWIS & TOM ROZUM Sun 12/2, 7 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

CHRIS McINTOSH & ALVIN McGOVERN, BITTERSWEET XMAS BAND, SANDY ANDINA, MINSTROSITY, NATURAL BOB & MICKY HOLDSWORTH, KAREN MOONEY, DENNIS HULT, JIM SIMONIS perform in a Yuletide celebration. Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry. 773-271-7127.

MIDWAY RAMBLERS CAJUN BAND Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Social Center, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 773-282-7035 or 630-833-3515.

MUSTARD'S RETREAT Sat 12/8, 8 PM, David Adler Cultural Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville. 847-367-0707.

JAMIE O'REILLY AND MICHAEL SMITH perform "Songs From an Irish Catholic Childhood" accompanied by Paul Amandes. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 773-282-7035.

REVELS CHICAGO performs A Celtic Celebration of the Winter Solstice. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Sat 12/8, 2 and 8 PM, and Sun 12/9, 2 PM, Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, 600 Emerson, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

TONY RICE, DAROL ANGER, MIKE MARSHALL & TODD PHILLIPS, WAYBACKS Fri 11/30, 7:30 and 10 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

SAMMY FROM MIAMI Sun 12/2, 7 PM, Greenleaf Grill, 301 Greenleaf, Gurnee. 847-949-5355.

TAMARACK Benefit for Maple Street Chapel Preservation Committee. Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Maple Street Chapel, Maple and Main, Lombard. 630-629-2630.

THREE IRISH TENORS Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre, 135 Second, DeKalb. 815-753-3146.

VOICES OF THE PRAIRIE with Bonnie Koloc, Dave Moore (see Critic's Choice), and Chuck Suchy. Sat 12/1, 7:30 and 10 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

VOICES OF WINTER Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Ridge Academy, 2501 W. 103rd. 773-779-7059.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS, RYAN ADAMS & THE SWEETHEART REVOLUTION Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music. Sundays, 8 PM, Irish jam session. Mondays, 8 PM, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Fri 12/7, 9 PM, Split Lip Rayfield, Blueground Undergrass, Myshkin's Ruby Warblers. Sat 12/8, 9 PM, Split Lip Rayfield, Yayhoos, Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics. Sun 12/9, 2 PM, Street Corner Blue (no cover). 773-478-4408.

ARBOR VITAE 111 W. Jackson, Naperville: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Sat 12/8, Carol Kinsey. 630-778-9090.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/1, Robbie Fulks, Urban Djin. Sun 12/2, Can-Ky-Ree. Wednesdays, DJ Brian spins blues, gospel, country, and honky-tonk. Sat 12/8, Moonshine Willy. 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.

CHIEF O'NEILL'S PUB 3471 N. Elston: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM on weekends. Sundays, 4-8 PM, and Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-473-5263.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8 PM. Sat 12/1, Chris Griffith. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY Maple & Rte. 53, Lisle: Music at 7:30 PM. Fri 11/30, Chris Griffith. 630-435-5288.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Pat Finnegan & Brendan Loughrey. Sat 12/1, Barry Fagan Band. Fri 12/7, Burren Ceili Band. Sat 12/8, Dooley Brothers. 773-282-7035.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/1, Andrew Kerr. 630-393-1247.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Sundays, open mike hosted by Fred. Wed 12/5, Nancy & Garrett. 773-489-5471.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Wed 12/5, Gan Bua (no cover). 773-472-5139.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Evidence. 773-465-8005.

HIDDEN SHAMROCK 2723 N. Halsted: Sundays, 3-6 PM, traditional Irish jam session. Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Whiskey Hollow Bluegrass Band (no cover). 773-883-0304.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Music at 7:30 PM. Sat 12/1, Steve Mazorowski. Thursdays, 7 PM, spoken word and music open mike with Soul People. Sat 12/8, Dayna Malow. 773-486-4093.

INNER TOWN PUB 1935 W. Thomas: Sundays, 9 PM, and Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike. 773-235-9795.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Fri 11/30, 9:30 PM, Anish, Butterfly Child, Gareth Woods. Mon 12/3, 8:30 PM, Aidan O'Toole, Brendan Bulger, Aileen Dillane (no cover). 773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 122 S. York, Elmhurst: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/7, Shamus O'Kane. 630-941-7100.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/1, Switchback. Fri 12/7, Salthill Mines. 630-513-6300.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sat 12/8, 7 and 10 PM, Over the Rhine, Kim Taylor. 773-525-2508.

SEANCHAI 2345 W. Belmont: Sundays, 8 PM, Chicago Rovers. 773-549-4444.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Urban Hog Wranglers. 773-772-6656.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 11/30, Tricia Alexander, Alpha Stewart Jr. Fri 12/7, open mike. 630-969-9720.

blues, gospel, r&b

concerts

ARETHA FRANKLIN, OTIS CLAY Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5740 or 312-559-1212.

INDIGENOUS, RONNIE BAKER BROOKS Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

DAVE MYERS & THE ACES Free "Speakin' of the Blues" performance and discussion. Fri 11/30, 12:15 PM, Lower Level Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4850.

JOEL PATERSON Free in-store performance. Sat 12/8, 1 PM, Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash. 312-222-1468.

FRANK RAVEN BAND Free in-store performance. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 3232 Lake, Wilmette. 847-256-3220.

KOKO TAYLOR, SIEGEL SCHWALL BAND and others perform at the 2001 Chicago Heroes Awards; benefits Chicago Arts and Education and MusiCares. Wed 12/5, 6 PM, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-786-1121.

blues, gospel, r&b

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fridays, 9 PM, Katherine Davis Group. 312-642-6805.

ARTIS'S 1249 E. 87th: Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, C.J.'s All-Star Revue with Mimi Jackson, Mike McCall & Tony Whitehead (no cover). 773-734-0491.

AUSTIN'S SOUTHWEST CAFE 481 Peterson, Libertyville: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Barrelhouse Chuck & John Carpenter. 847-549-1972.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Mondays, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 12/4, Lindsey Alexander Band. Thursdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Maurice John Vaughn Band with Shirley Johnson. Sundays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Tue 12/4, Allen Batts Band with Grana Louise. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, 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 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, John Primer & the Real Deal Band. Sun 12/2, Andre Taylor & His Cruisin' Blues Machine. Mon 12/3, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/4, Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Wed 12/5, pro jam hosted by Big Ray & Chicago's Most Wanted. Thu 12/6, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Jimmy Johnson. 773-528-1012.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Professor John Band. 312-226-6666.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Thursdays, 10:30 PM, Sugar Blue (no cover). 773-384-8600.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM. Wednesdays, open stage hosted by Brother John & others. Fri 12/7, Chicago Flyers. 708-387-0050.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30, 5:30 PM, Eric Noden (no cover); 9:30 PM, Shemekia Copeland, Mike Gibb. Sat 12/1, 6:30 PM, Joe Moss (no cover); 9:30 PM, Chris Duarte, Steepwater Band. Sun 12/2, Willie Kent & the Gents. Mon 12/3, jam hosted by the Buzz. Tue 12/4, Chicago Blue Angels. Wed 12/5, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Thu 12/6, Zora Young. Fri 12/7, 5:30 PM, Jim Green (no cover); 9:30 PM, Bob Margolin, Vanessa Davis & the Mojo Kings. Sat 12/8, 6:30 PM, Harmonica Hinds (no cover); 9:30 PM, Bill Perry, Eric George Band. Sun 12/9, John Primer. 312-427-0333.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Mon 12/3, DJ Steve. Wednesdays, DJ Brian spins blues, gospel, country, and honky-tonk. 773-384-2547.

CARMICHAEL'S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe: Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, 6 PM, pianist Professor John. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 PM, Dan Gillogly. 312-433-0025.

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, JoJo Murray & the Top Flight Blues Band. Thursdays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

CHICAGO BEACH CAFE Theater on the Lake, Fullerton and Lake Shore Dr.: Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5 PM, Professor John Band (no cover). 773-404-3600.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. First, Saint Charles: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fri 11/30, Tab Benoit. Sat 12/1, Shemekia Copeland. Fri 12/7, the Buzz. Sat 12/8, Bob Margolin. 630-513-0074.

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 AM on weekends. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. Wednesdays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Deborra. 312-341-9787.

CRUISER'S 38498 Sheridan, Beach Park: Sat 12/8, 10 PM, Howard & the White Boys. 847-244-4991.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Fri 11/30, Liberty Blues Band. Tuesdays, 9 PM, open mike with Liberty Blues Band. 773-685-8083.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 12/8, 9:30 PM, Siegel Schwall Band (Christmas show). 708-788-2118.

FLAMINGO 6644 S. Cottage Grove: Mondays, 8 PM, Killer Ray Players with Jimmy Pryor, Crumar with Harmonica George. 773-684-6800.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Skip Towne & the Greyhounds. 847-821-1234.

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3400 N. Clark: Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Dizzy Bolinski & the Bluesline Express (no cover). 773-528-4033.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 9:30 PM. Sat 12/1, Downtown Charlie Brown Blues Band. 630-416-4898.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: Thursdays, 10 PM, Stank Willie (no cover). 773-248-3330.

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

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam with Big Ray (no cover). 708-484-3610.

HARVEY INN 17040 S. Halsted, Harvey: Sundays, 5 PM, Harmonica Jack & the Harvey Houserockers (no cover). 708-596-6927.

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. Tue 12/4, 7:30 PM, Renaud Patigny (see Critic's Choice), Reginald Robinson. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Fri 11/30, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller Band. Tue 12/4, Blue Mirror Band. Wed 12/5, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Thu 12/6, Maurice John Vaughn. Fri 12/7, Chicago Red Hots. Sat 12/8, Jimmy Burns. 312-923-2000 or 312-527-2583.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Chicago Playboys. Mon 12/3, Nick Moss. Tue 12/4, Sugar Blue. Fri 12/7, Sam Savage. Sat 12/8, Billy Branch. 312-266-2400.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, pianist Detroit Jr. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Nellie Travis, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers with Kid Dynamite. Sundays, Charlie Love & Lindsey Alexander. Mondays, blues jam hosted by Frank Pellegrino Band. Tuesdays, Sam Cockrell & the Groove with Nellie Travis. Wednesdays, Andre Taylor & the Blues Alley Cats, Howard Scott. Thu 12/6, Big James (live radio broadcast). Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Eddy Clearwater. 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Sundays, 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose Band. 312-566-0555.

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

LOVERS LOUNGE 7251 S. Ashland: Fridays, 8:30 PM, Bob Jamison & the Untouchable Band. 773-488-9807.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Music at 9 PM. Thu 12/6, Blue Plate Special. 630-446-4001.

MY FRIEND LOUNGE 10815 S. Michigan: Sundays, 6 PM, Elmore James Jr. & the Broom Dusters. 773-624-6336.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/1, Danny Draher. Sat 12/8, Rockin' Johnny Band. 773-252-1155.

111 CLUB 111 W. 111th: Sundays, 9 and 11 PM and midnight, Killer Ray, Jimmy Pryor & Crumar with Harmonica George. 773-821-9165.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Thu 12/6, BK Elmore, Rock Bottom. 773-486-9862.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Tue 12/4, Billy Flynn Band. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Wed 12/5 and Sat 12/8, Keith Scott Band. 847-266-1313.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM Wednesdays. Fri 11/30, Howard & the White Boys. 815-477-0340.

PUSH RODS 15600 S. Dixie Hwy.: Thursdays, 10 PM, midnight, and 1 AM, Killer Ray Allison, Jimmy Pryor, Crumar, Mr. Shorty Mack. 312-719-3094.

REDFISH Voodoo Lounge, 400 N. State: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM; no cover. Fri 11/30, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 312-467-1600.

RESERVATION BLUES 1566 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM Fridays through Sundays and 9:30 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Matthew Skoller Band. Sundays, blues jam hosted by Tom Holland's Big Blue (no cover). Wed 12/5, Eddy Clearwater. Thu 12/6, Chico Banks. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Mississippi Heat. 773-645-5200.

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 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. Tuesdays, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Sugar Blue. Thursdays, pro jam hosted by Eddie Taylor Jr. with Ariyo. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. 773-342-0452.

SAMMY K'S 335 N. McLean, South Elgin: Fri 12/7, 10 PM, Howard & the White Boys. 847-695-6666.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sun 12/2, 9:30 PM, Popa Chubby, Diamond Jim Greene. 773-525-2508.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Vance Kelly. 847-991-2150.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 11/30, Eddie Taylor Jr. Band with Billy Flynn. Sat 12/1, Scott Dirks & the Chicago Bound Blues Band. Mondays, Rockin' Johnny Band. Fri 12/7, Felix & the Cats. Sat 12/8, Steve Cushing & the Chicago Blues All-Stars. 773-772-6656.

SNUGGERY SALOON & DINING ROOM Union Station, Canal & Adams: No cover. Thu 12/6, 3 PM, Howard & the White Boys. 312-441-9334.

WOODROW'S 4600 N. Lincoln: Tuesdays, 9 PM, Professor John & His Band (no cover). 773-907-0740.

jazz

concerts

ARTS CENTER JAZZ ENSEMBLE under the direction of Tom Tallman performs music from the John Kirby/Charles Mingus songbook. Fri 11/30, 8 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

TODD BOYCE Free in-store performance. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

CALTERA SCHOOL OF JAZZ Free in-store performance. Sun 12/2, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO, DAVID BOYKIN GROUP, FRED ANDERSON TRIO, ERIC ROTH TRIO perform at WNUR's Chicago Sounds Jazz Fest. Sat 12/8, 3-10 PM, Regenstein Recital Hall, Northwestern University, 1965 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-491-2305.

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH JEFF JARVIS Thu 12/6, 7:30 PM, Harry and Phyllis Blizzard Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin. 847-622-0300.

KURT ELLING, LIQUID SOUL and others perform at the 2001 Chicago Heroes Awards; benefits Chicago Arts and Education and MusiCares. Wed 12/5, 6 PM, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-786-1121.

T.S. GALLOWAY BIG BAND Free big band dance. Fri 12/7, 7 PM (preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM), Portage Park, 4100 N. Long. 312-427-1676.

BEAU GIBSON & THE NEW ORLEANS HOT JAZZ BAND performs 'Zat You, Santa Claus? Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Nathan Manilow Theatre, Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood, Park Forest. 708-747-0580.

JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE JAZZ BAND under the direction of Chuck Morgan, with the Joliet West Jazz Band under the direction of Kevin Carroll. Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, Fine Arts Theatre, Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt, Joliet. 815-280-2232.

DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS Fri 12/7, 5 PM (free in-store performance), Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0750. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE under the direction of Tim Aubuchon. Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

KEN NORDINE & THE ESSENCE OF COOL Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

ORQUESTA ARAGON, ARTURO SANDOVAL Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

MARK SONKSEN QUINTET Benefit for Common Pantry. Thu 12/6, 7:30 PM, Epiphany United Church of Christ, 2008 W. Bradley. 773-281-4144.

SY BOUNDS JAZZ CAFE Free in-store performance. Mon 12/3, 7 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

TRIAGE Free admission. Tue 12/4, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 11/30, noon, Kim Cusack, Art Davis, Tom Hope, Rob Amster & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/1, 6 PM, Rich Pardo with Joe Iaco & Chuck Christiansen; 9:30 PM, Juli Wood Quintet. Sundays, 7 PM, Sam Burckhardt Combo. Mondays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Chuck Hedges Swingtet; 9 PM, No Am/Pro Jam with Art Davis, Don Stille, John Bany & Charlie Braugham. Tuesdays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Wallace Burton Group; 9 PM, Men of Note. Wed 12/5, noon, Steven Hashimoto; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Thu 12/6, noon, Steve Sandner; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Mike Smith Quintet. Fri 12/7, noon, Franz Jackson, Tom Hope, Peter Roothan, Wayne Jones & Dan DeLorenzo; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/8, 6 PM, Rich Pardo with Joe Iaco & Chuck Christiansen; 9:30 PM, Von Freeman Quintet with Bettye Reynolds. 312-642-6805.

ARMY & LOU'S 422 E. 75th: Restaurant. Fridays, 6-10 PM, keyboardist and vocalist Fred Barr & guitarist Toby Wallace. 773-483-3100.

BACINO'S 2204 N. Lincoln: Mondays, 6-9 PM, Famous Pizza Gig Quartet with John Lewis, Steve Hashimoto, Heath Chappell & others. 773-472-7400.

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

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Bobby Lewis Quartet. Sun 12/2 and Mon 12/3, Brian Danzy & the Jazzmatics. Tue 12/4 through Sat 12/8, Detour. Sun 12/9, Bobby Lewis Quartet. 312-751-2433.

BIG JOE'S 1818 W. Foster: No cover. Sundays, 8 PM-midnight, open jam session with Darren Scorza Quartet. 773-784-8755.

BISTRO AMERICA 12 N. River, Batavia: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Wed 12/5, Ron Smith Duo. 630-406-0008.

BISTRO ULTRA 2239 N. Clybourn: Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Denise La Grassa Duo. 773-529-3300.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Sun 12/2, 8 PM, Anne Pringle. Sun 12/9, 8 PM, Gingi Lahera & Bradley Williams. 312-226-6666.

SPIRIT CAFE 131 Dundee, Buffalo Grove: Thursdays, 8 PM, Nick Tesker Quartet. 847-465-1526.

BROWN ROOM 7150 S. Exchange: Cafe with live jazz; no cover. Sat 12/8, 2-4 PM, Room Service Jazz Ensemble with Mike Donaby, Thadeus Gaines, Robert Wilkens & Marcus Burks. 773-731-9801.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 11/30, Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan. Tuesdays, DJs spin jazz. Thu 12/6, Jeb Bishop Trio. Sun 12/9, Nate Lepine Trio. 773-384-2547.

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker: Piano bar and restaurant. Fridays, 5:30-9 PM, Libby York. 312-346-3500.

CHEF'S STATION 915 Davis, Evanston: Sundays, 11:30 AM, John Kregor/Alex Bednarke Duo. 847-570-9838.

CHICAGO PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1370 Bank, Schaumburg: Music at 8 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Les Walton Trio. Thursdays, Scott Stenten Duo. 847-969-9900.

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 AM on weekends. Sundays, 8 PM, East Winds. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. 312-341-9787.

DEEP BLUE Prairie Rock Brewing Company, 1385 N. Meacham, Schaumburg: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, Malachi Thompson Freebop Band. Fri 12/7, Frankie Wesson Quartet. Sat 12/8, Ernest Dawkins Quartet. 847-605-9900.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Wed 12/5, Jim Baker & Damon Short (see Critic's Choice). Sun 12/9, 9 PM, Chicago Underground Quartet, DJs Josh Abrams, Fred Wells & Jacob Ross. 773-276-3600.

ENTRE NOUS Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus: Restaurant with music at 6:30 PM; no cover. Fri 11/30, Sat 12/1, Fri 12/7, and Sat 12/8, Elaine Dame. 312-565-7997.

ERIK & ME 1 W. Illinois, Saint Charles: Music at 7 PM; no cover. Thu 12/6, Matt Erion Trio. 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY Maple & Rte. 53, Lisle: Music at 7:30 PM. Sat 12/1, Trio Du Jour. Sat 12/8, Don Saran Trio. 630-435-5288.

FELT 3341 N. Halsted: Fri 11/30, 7 PM, Martha Lorin. 773-404-8100.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 12/2, 6 PM, John Burnett Swing Orchestra. Wed 12/5, 8:30 PM, David Polk Project. Sun 12/9, 6 PM, Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band. 708-788-2118.

FRANK'S PLACE Hilton Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee, Northbrook: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Milt Trenier & Company with Bubba. 847-480-7500.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Rhythm Rockets. 630-416-4898.

FUTURE WORLD 1744 E. 55th: Cyber cafe and deli with music at 8 PM. Sat 12/8, Alejandro Urdajanda Trio. 773-256-1570.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Mon 12/3, Ron Cooper. 773-489-5471.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Music at 8 PM on weekends, 7:30 PM on weeknights; no cover. Fri 11/30, Steve Evans Quartet. Sat 12/1, Vincent, Allen, Howell. Wednesdays, Steve Evans Trio. Thursdays, Temple Schultz with Vijay Tellis Nayak. Fri 12/7, Mike Finnerty & the Heat Merchants. Sat 12/8, Alejandro-Chris Neal Quartet. 773-262-5767.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 11/30, 9:30 PM, Fly Williams. Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Teresa Griffin. Sun 12/2, 8 PM, Al Green Quartet (no cover). Mon 12/3, 8 PM, Curtis Black Quartet (no cover). Tuesdays, 9 PM, Mambo Jazz. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli. Thu 12/6, 9 PM, Mark Madsen Quartet. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 11/30, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Frank Catalano Quartet; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Frank Catalano Quartet; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/2, 11 PM, Martha Lorin Trio. Mondays, 9 PM, Patricia Barber Trio. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wed 12/5, 9 PM, Maurice Brown Quintet. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. Fri 12/7, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, David Young & the New Republic; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Dee Alexander Quartet; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/9, 11 PM, Jenna Mammina Trio. 773-878-5552.

HAPPY VILLAGE 1059 N. Wolcott: Mondays, 9 PM, DJs spin swing dance music (preceded by dance lessons at 7 and 8 PM). 773-486-1512.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Sat 12/8, 9 PM, Chesley Spring Quartet. 773-465-8005.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 11/30, 9 PM, Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio with Billy Bang. Sat 12/1, 10 PM, Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre & the Light, Dave Pavkovic with Tatsu Aoki & George Freeman. Sun 12/2, 7 PM, "Cabaret de la Femme" with Maggie Brown. Mondays, 8 PM, Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues. Tue 12/4, 7:30 PM, Renaud Patigny (see Critic's Choice), Reginald Robinson. Thu 12/6, 9 PM, Katalyst Live, Mike Ferro & Town Sound. 312-362-9707.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, A.J. Jazz Trio. 773-486-4093.

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 11/30 through Sun 12/2, Jacky Terrasson/Stefon Harris Quartet. Tue 12/4 through Sun 12/9, McCoy Tyner Trio. 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. Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM, Katherine Davis; 5 PM, Sonny Turner Quintet. Mondays, Ken Chaney. Tuesdays, Franz Jackson & His Jazz Entertainers. Wednesdays, Ken Saydak. 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: Fri 11/30, 9:30 PM, Juli Wood Trio. Tue 12/4, 8 PM, Steelin' Jazz with Brian O'Hern. Thursdays, 9 PM, John Brumbach Quartet. Fri 12/7, 9:30 PM, Hinda Hoffman Quartet. Sat 12/8, 9 PM, Erwin Helfer. 773-348-7592.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Fridays and Thursdays, 9 PM, Anne Pringle & Mark Burnell. 312-649-5874.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 225 W. Ontario: Sundays, 5:30 PM, Scott Holman. 312-337-8080.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM, and Mondays, 5 PM, Scott Holman. 847-952-8755.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Sun 12/2, 8 PM, Spazztet. Sun 12/9, 8 PM, Bobby Broom Trio. 773-404-9494.

METROPOLE ROOM Fairmont Hotel, Illinois Center, 200 N. Columbus: Fri 11/30, 4:30 PM, Erin McDougald; 9 PM, Marshall Vente Trio. Mon 12/3, 4:30 PM, Bob Davis. Tue 12/4, 4:30 PM, Erin McDougald. Wed 12/5, 4:30 PM, Marshall Vente Trio. Thu 12/6, 4:30 PM, Erin McDougald; 9 PM, Marshall Vente. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, 9 PM, Nick Colionne. 312-565-6665.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/30, Don Saran/Andy Meacham Quartet. Sat 12/1, Airborne. Wed 12/5, Barry Winograd Trio. Fri 12/7, Jeff Marx Trio. 630-446-4001.

MISKA'S LIQUORS & DELI 2156 W. Belmont: Music in the Back Room. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Wilson Avenue Jazz Band/Don Tisch Quartet. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Revolutionary Swing Orchestra. 773-882-8897.

MOOSE LODGE 1799 Green Bay, Highland Park: Sun 12/9, 3 PM, Eddie Barrett & the Goodman Legacy Band with vocalists Gingi & Lou Nocera. 847-446-8700.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Wednesdays, 9 PM, the Ken & Jim Show. 847-869-0450.

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

NOODLE'S 5956 W. Higgins: Restaurant. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, 8:30 PM, Milt Trenier & Company with Bubba (no cover). 773-775-7525.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, David Young & the New Republic. Mondays, Typhanie Monique Duo. Tuesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Wednesdays, George McRae Trio. Thursdays, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. 847-328-0399.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 9:30 PM, King Fleming Trio. Saturdays, 9:30 PM, Rankinfyle. Sundays, 5:30 PM, Kara Kesselring. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Sami Scot. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, Mark Stevens. Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Jackie Allen & Judy Roberts. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, John Wright Duo. 708-848-4250.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Sun 12/2, 9:30 PM, Bruce Mak Trio. Mondays, 9 PM, Corey Radford/Scott Anderson Quartet. 773-486-9862.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Fri 11/30 and Fri 12/7, 6 PM, Donny Nichilo; 9 PM, Typhanie Monique Quartet. Sat 12/1, 9 PM, Scott Stevenson Quartet. Sun 12/2, 8 PM, Bradley Williams & His Original 21st Century Review. Mondays, 8:30 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Wed 12/5, 8:30 PM, Steve Million Trio. Thu 12/6, 8:30 PM, Los Hombres Perdidos. Sat 12/8, 9 PM, Joanie Pallatto Quartet. Sun 12/9, 8:30 PM, Russell Rowe Trio with McKinley Carter. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 11/30, Long Count Quartet. Sat 12/1, Yoko Noge, Tuey Connell Trio. Tue 12/4, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis. Fri 12/7, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. Sat 12/8, Ken Chaney Trio. 847-266-1313.

PRODIGAL SON BAR & GRILL 2626 N. Halsted: Thursdays, 9:30 PM, open mike (no cover). 773-248-3093.

ROSARIO'S RESTAURANT 5956 W. Higgins: Music after 7 PM. Thursdays, Frank Lamphere Trio. 773-775-7525.

RUMORS 4500 N. Lincoln: Saturdays, 10 PM, guitarist Scott Stenten & His Group. 773-271-9944.

SAUSSY 1156 W. Grand: Restaurant. Fridays, 7:30 PM, Denise La Grassa Trio. 312-491-1122.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Taku Akiyama Quintet. 773-772-6656.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Saturdays, 9 PM, Frank Lamphere Quartet performs music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (no cover). 773-871-0990.

TIAWANNAS MEXICAN CANTINA 2115 W. Galena, Aurora: Sat 12/1, 6:30 PM, Zvonimir Tot Duo. 630-264-0634.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Mon 12/3, Greg Fundis Trio. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays, 8 PM, Kimberly Gordon Duo; 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Saturdays, 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Mon 12/3, 10 PM, open mike hosted by Dee Dee Wright. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Lonie Walker; 10 PM, Kimberly Gordon Quartet; 1 AM, Mark Madsen. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Brian O'Hern; 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 11/30, Harold Attyberry & Partners in Time. Sat 12/1, Nicole Mitchell & Black Earth Ensemble. Sundays, 6:30 PM, jam session with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Josh Abrams, saxophonist Dennis Winslett, and percussionist Colby Watkins. Thursdays, Savoir Faire. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, Douglas Ewart & the Inventions. 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.

international

concerts

BAMEI performs "From China With Love" (benefits the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Fund). Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

ENSEMBLE ESPANOL, LAS GUITARRAS DE ESPANA, ALL CITY JR. ENSEMBLE ESPANOL perform at a holiday extravaganza with the Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater. Fri 12/7, 6 PM, Alumni Hall, Student Union Building, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis. 773-442-4636, ext. 4.

HOWARD LEVY (keyboards, harmonica) with John Wubbenhorst (flute), Humayan Khan (vocals), and Anil Datar (tabla). Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Adidam Midwest, 3301 W. Fullerton. 773-278-1800.

LIRA ENSEMBLE presents its annual "Polish-American Christmas Gala." Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Morton East Auditorium, 2401 S. Austin, Cicero. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Regina Dominican Auditorium, 701 Locust, Wilmette. 773-539-4900.

international

clubs

BLACK FOREST 8840 Waukegan, Morton Grove: Saturdays, 6 PM, cimbalom player Alex Udvary. 847-965-3113.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Sundays, 7-9 PM, DJs spin swing; 9 PM-4 AM, Salsa con Cache. Wednesdays, 8 PM, salsa music and dancing. Thursdays, 8 PM, Bandoleros. 312-475-9800.

CAFE RITMO LATINO 2554 W. Diversey: Music at 10:30 PM; no cover. Saturdays, salsa & merengue, bachata, and mambo dancing. 773-276-5762.

FOURTH WORLD 3440 N. Southport: Sat 12/1, 3 PM, Chicago Djembe Project performs African drumming (free admission). 773-404-5200.

HOLLYWOOD EAST 5650 N. Broadway: Sundays, 9 PM, DJ Joe spins African music. 773-271-4711.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sat 12/8, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. 312-362-9707.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Sundays, noon-2 PM, flamenco guitarist Eugenie Danilov. 773-348-7592.

MI FAMILIA 1931 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJs spin salsa, merengue, and rock en espanol. 773-297-3178.

MORETTI'S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1645 W. Jackson: Saturdays, 9:30 PM, DJs spin salsa, merengue, and bachata. 312-427-2572.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. 773-489-0011.

THE ORIGINAL MOTHER'S 26 W. Division: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM-4 AM, DJs Lugo Rosado & El Papichulo spin salsa dura and tropical beats. 312-427-2572.

LA PENA 4212 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant. Fridays through Sundays and Thursdays, 7 PM, Tribus Futuras performs Andean music. 773-736-9498.

RANCHO LUNA 3357 W. Peterson: Cuban restaurant with live music. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM, Hector Silviera y Su Orquesta. Sundays, 6 PM, Cesar Fuentes. Thursdays, 7 PM, Mellina. 773-509-9332.

TANGO SUR 3763 N. Southport: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Argentine pianist Mauro Frosio plays tango. 773-477-5466.

classical

ALICE MILLAR CHAPEL CHOIR AND BRASS ENSEMBLE AND NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PHILHARMONIA in a Christmas concert. Sun 12/9, 11 AM (with "prelude music" at 10:35 AM), Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. 847-491-5441 or 847-467-4000.

RUGGERO ALLIFRANCHINI, DMITRI BERLINSKY, LEI HOU, SUREN BAGRATUNI, NATALIA KHOMA violins, viola, and cellos, in a benefit for Ukrainian music students. Sun 12/2, 2 PM, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago. 773-227-5522.

MURIEL ANDERSON guitar, with the Vox Caelestis Choir in a program of her own compositions. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter, Downers Grove. Sun 12/2, 8 PM, Union Church, 137 S. Garfield, Hinsdale. 630-375-7709.

MICHELLE AREYZAGA soprano, with pianist Andrew Lenhart (Handel, Thiman, Ravel, Hoiby, Barber). Fri 12/7, 12:10 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729 or 312-787-4570.

ARS MUSICA CHICAGO in a program of Christmas music. Sun 12/2, 3 PM, North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan. 773-743-4477.

BELLA VOCE in a program of Renaissance Christmas music. Mon 12/3, 7:30 PM, Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. Saint Charles, Elmhurst. 630-279-4040.

BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA Keith Lockhart conducts a Christmas concert. Mon 12/3, 7:30 PM, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. 847-671-5100 or 312-559-1212.

ESTHER BUDIARDJO piano (Haydn, Brahms/Moszkowski, Perle, Schumann). Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

BUGALLO-WILLIAMS PIANO DUO with pianist Ursula Oppens and others (Wolpe, Feldman, Shapey). Sat 12/1, 3 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University Place, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

CANADIAN BRASS in a holiday show (Vivaldi, Purcell, Bizet, traditional, and others). Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Paramount Arts Centre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. 630-896-6666 or 312-559-1212.

CHANTICLEER Wed 12/5, 8 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA Jonathan Miller conducts a holiday concert. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center, Naperville. Sun 12/9, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 773-755-1628 or 800-746-4969.

CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSICIANS in a free recital (Hindemith). Mon 12/3, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-692-9000 or 312-744-1430.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 11/30 and Sat 12/1, 8 PM, and Tue 12/4, 7:30 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor, with soprano Dorothea Roschmann and baritone Thomas Quasthoff in an all-Mozart program. Thu 12/6, 8 PM, Fri 12/7, 1:30 PM, and Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor, with violinist Itzhak Perlman and flutist Mathieu Dufour (Bach, Mendelssohn, Boulez, Ravel). "Pre-concert conversations" take place one hour and 15 minutes before performances. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA OF ST. CLEMENT Randall Swanson conducts Handel's Messiah in a period-instruments performance. Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/9, 4:30 PM, St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming. 773-281-0371.

CHORAL ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO with the Kithara Trio in a holiday concert (Saint-Saens and others). Sun 12/2, 3:30 PM, St. Joseph's Church, 1107 N. Orleans. Sun 12/9, 3:30 PM, St. Pauls United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard. 773-935-3800.

COMBINED CHURCH CHOIR OF ITASCA AND SALT CREEK SINFONIETTA Dan D'Andrea conducts a holiday concert. Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, Hanmee Presbyterian Church, Rohlwing and Nordic Rds., Itasca. 630-773-8518.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY BAND in a free concert. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-771-8300.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY FLUTE ENSEMBLE in a free Advent concert. Thu 12/6, 8 PM, Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-771-8300.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY SCHOLA CANTORUM Wed 12/5, 11 AM, Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-771-8300.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY STUDENT HONORS RECITAL Free admission. Mon 12/3, 6 PM, McCormick Recital Hall, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-771-8300.

DU PAGE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Mark Hengesh, conductor (Rossini, Fillmore, Handel, Gould, Gruber, Gorb, and others). Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD with soprano Tony Arnold (Rzewski, Wolpe, Karlin, Carter, Varese). Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

ELGIN CHILDREN'S CHORUS in a holiday concert. Sun 12/2, 3 and 6:30 PM, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Hanson, conductor, with soprano Elizabeth Norman, baritone Stephen Lofts, the Elgin Children's Chorus, and others in a holiday concert. Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, 8 PM, and Sun 12/9, 2 and 5 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-888-4000.

ELMHURST CHORAL UNION James MacDonald conducts a Christmas concert (Bach, Mozart, Charpentier). Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect, Elmhurst. 630-617-3338, ext. 7099.

ELMHURST COLLEGE CHOIR, WOMEN'S CHORUS, AND CHAMBER SINGERS Susan Moninger conducts a Festival of Lessons and Carols. Free admission. Wed 12/5, 7 PM, Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect, Elmhurst. 630-617-3033.

MIRIAM FRIED, SARA BITLLOCH, AYANO NINOMIYA, MILA GEORGIEVA, BURCHARD TANG, BRIAN CHEN, MARK KOSOWER, MIGUEL ANGEL CLARES, AND FINGHIN COLLINS violins, violas, cellos, and piano (Barber, Beethoven, Bartok, Mendlessohn). Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

NORMA GENTILE soprano, sings music of Hildegard von Bingen. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Healing Earth Resources, 3111 N. Ashland. 773-327-8459. Sun 12/9, 4 PM, Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge, Evanston. 847-864-1330.

GREATER BETHESDA BAPTIST CHURCH CHOIR Janet Fowler Underwood, conductor, with soprano Jonita Lattimore, contralto Gloria Spencer Brown, tenor Cornelisu Johnson, and baritone Kenneth Nichols (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/9, 4 PM, Greater Bethesda Baptist Church, 5301 S. Michigan. 773-483-6147 or 708-957-3699.

HIGHLAND PARK STRINGS Francis Akos, conductor, with flutist Eugenia Zukerman (Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Barber). Sun 12/9, 3 PM, Elm Place School, 2031 Sheridan, Highland Park. 847-831-3810.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS in an Advent vespers (Sogedal and others). Sun 12/2, 4 PM (with organ recital by Derek Nickels at 3:30 PM), Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash. 312-664-6963.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS in an Advent vespers (PŠrt and others). Sun 12/9, 4 PM (with organ recital by Samuel Soria 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 12/2, 3:30 PM, Derek Nickels (Bach, Leighton, Widor). Sun 12/9, 3:30 PM, Samuel Soria (Bach, Sowerby). 312-664-6963.

CHOIRS AND MUSICIANS OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH Steven Betancourt conducts Advent lessons and carols. Free admission. Sun 12/2, 7 PM, Immaculate Conception Church, 7211 W. Talcott. 773-775-3833.

JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE COMMUNITY BAND Jerry E. Lewis conducts a holiday concert (Holst, Sousa, Gershwin, Persichetti, Ticheli, Fillmore, Reeves, Kenny). Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Fine Arts Theatre, Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt, Joliet. 815-729-9020.

TRAINING ENSEMBLES FROM JUBILATE CHILDREN'S CHOIR in a Christmas concert. Sun 12/2, 3 PM, auditorium, Skokie School Building, 520 Glendale, Winnetka. 847-535-9873.

KIROV ORCHESTRA OF THE MARINSKY THEATRE Valery Gergiev, conductor, with pianist Alexander Toradze in an all-Prokofiev program. See Critic's Choice. Mon 12/3, 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Fri 11/30, Mon 12/3, and Fri 12/7, 7:30 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with bass Samuel Ramey, baritone Nathan Gunn, and tenor Kim Begley (Britten, Billy Budd). Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, Bruno Campanella, conductor, with mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova and soprano Andrea Rost (Bellini, I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Mark Elder, conductor, with soprano Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel). 312-332-2244.

MOZART SINFONIA AND LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHORUS Diana Kodner conducts a joint holiday concert (Mozart, Brahms, Britten). Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, Skyscraper Auditorium, Loyola University, 6525 N. Sheridan. 847-492-0495.

MUSIC INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO CHORALE Daniel Wallenberg conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/2, 7:30 PM, Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge, Evanston. 847-864-1330.

NILES CONCERT CHOIR AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Les Stahl conducts a holiday concert (Vaughan Williams, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, and others). Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem, Niles. 847-965-3155.

NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY CHOIR, ORCHESTRA, CHAMBER SINGERS, BRASS QUINTET, AND HANDBELL CHOIR (Handel, Tchaikovsky, Bach, and others). Sat 12/1 and Sun 12/2, 7:30 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster. 773-244-5625.

NORTHBROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Lawrence Rapchak, conductor, with soprano Michelle Areyzaga, mezzo-soprano Tracy Watson, baritone Philip Kraus, and the Jubilate Children's Choir (Bach, Handel, Purcell, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Britten, Humperdinck). Sun 12/9, 4 PM, Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer, Northbrook. 847-272-0755.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Victor Yampolsky, conductor (Corelli, Vivaldi, Respighi, Mozart). Thu 12/6, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CHORALE, SYMPHONIC CHOIR, AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in a Christmas concert (Bach, Poulenc). Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/9, 3 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC BAND AND SINGERS in a holiday concert (Bach, Nelson, and others). Fri 12/7, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Victor Yampolsky, conductor, with pianist Ruth Lin (Rachmaninoff/Respighi, Prokofiev, Tanayev). Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S CHORUS Orna Arania, conductor. Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-491-5441 or 847-467-4000.

PACIFICA STRING QUARTET (Dvorak, Janacek, Schubert). Fri 12/7, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

ITZHAK PERLMAN AND DANIEL BARENBOIM violin and piano (Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven). Sun 12/9, 2 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC OF CHICAGO in a free performance. Sat 12/1 and Sat 12/8, 2 PM, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

SAMUEL RAMEY bass, with conductor Harold Bauer and the New Philharmonic in a program of opera excerpts. Wed 12/5, 8 PM, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

REMBRANDT CHAMBER PLAYERS (Telemann, Tafelmusik). Tue 12/4, 7:30 PM, Parish Church of St. Luke, 939 Hinman, Evanston. Thu 12/6, 7:30 PM, Chapel, Barat College, 700 E. Westleigh, Lake Forest. Sun 12/9, 2 PM, St. Chrysostom's Church, 1414 N. Dearborn. 847-328-4883.

ROCKEFELLER CHAPEL CHOIR AND MOTET CHOIR Randi Von Ellefson conducts traditional Advent vespers. Free admission. Sun 12/2, 5 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-2100.

DOROTHEA ROSCHMANN, THOMAS QUASTHOFF, AND DANIEL BARENBOIM soprano, baritone, and piano. Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

SAINT CHARLES SINGERS with guitarist Goran Ivanovic in a Christmas concert. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, and Sun 12/2, 4 PM, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, Third and Main, Saint Charles. 630-234-4484.

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL CHOIR in an Advent procession of lessons and carols. Free admission. Sun 12/2, 3 PM, St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 312-751-6724.

ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH CONCERT CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA, GLEN ELLYN CHILDREN'S CHORUS Carl Grapentine and Emily Ellsworth conduct a Christmas concert (Handel, Bach/Gounod, and others). Sat 12/8, 8 PM, St. Michael's Church, 1633 N. Cleveland. 877-827-1304.

SAINT PHILIP LUTHERAN SCHOOL BAND AND CHOIR in a free concert. Thu 12/6, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY CHORALE AND CHAMBER SINGERS Jan Bickel, conductor (Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn). Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, McGuire Hall, St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd. 773-298-3421.

SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY CONCERT BAND Myron McReynolds, conductor (Schickele and others). Sun 12/2, 3 PM, McGuire Hall, St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd. 773-298-3421.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Philip Simmons, conductor, with orchestra and vocal soloists. Free admission. Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Christian Heritage Academy, 315 Waukegan, Northfield. 847-475-4819.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH featuring the Janus Ensemble. Free admission. Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake, Evanston. 847-866-6260.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH James Mack conducts the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Free admission. Sun 12/2, 4 PM, Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan. 312-922-5570.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sun 12/2, 7:30 PM, St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood. 773-274-4480.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH James Mack conducts the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Sun 12/9, 3 PM, First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 708-386-1081 or 708-383-4983.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Matthew Wolka conducts the St. Benedict's Festival Orchestra. Fri 11/30, 7:30 PM, St. Benedict Church, 2215 W. Irving Park. 773-588-6484, ext. 203.

MARY STOLPER AND ALISON ATTAR flute and harp, in a free concert (Berlioz, Otten, Liebermann, Hovhaness, Alwyn). Sun 12/2, 3 PM, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan, Lake Forest. 847-735-5169.

JANET SUNG AND ROBERT KOENIG violin and piano, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Debussy, Ysaye, Szymanowski). Wed 12/5, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

SYMPHONY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST Jay Friedman, conductor, with violinist Robert Chen (Bruch, Wagner, Dvorak). Sun 12/2, 3:30 PM (with preconcert talk at 2:45 PM), Oak Park-River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park. 708-488-4101.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MOTET CHOIR, ROCKEFELLER CHAPEL CHOIR, AND ROCKEFELLER BACH SOLOISTS Randi Von Ellefson conducts Handel's Messiah. Fri 11/30, 8 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-7300 or 773-702-7059.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS Barbara Schubert and Randi Von Ellefson conduct a holiday concert (Honegger, Dvorak). Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th. 773-702-8069.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO CONCERT BAND AND WIND ENSEMBLES Gene Collerd, Joseph Agnew, and Andrew Carpenter conduct a free holiday concert (Bach, Gabrieli, Ives, Hanson, traditional, and others). Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake, Oak Park. 312-996-8746.

ROBERT VANDERSCHAAF piano (Bach, Liszt, Chopin). Fri 11/30, 12:10 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729 or 312-787-4570.

VIENNA WALTZ ENSEMBLE (Rossini, J. Strauss, Delibes, Diabelli, Rihovsky, Pamer, Possinger, and others). Sun 12/9, 2 PM, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar, Northbrook. 847-272-6224.

VISIONS chamber ensemble in a holiday concert. Fri 12/7, 7:30 PM, First United Methodist Church, 1560 Hinman, Evanston. 847-864-4531.

WEST SUBURBAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Peter Lipari conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/2, 3:30 PM, Hinsdale Central High School, 55th and Grant, Hinsdale. 630-887-7464.

WESTERN WIND vocal ensemble in a holiday program. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, Stage One, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

WHEATON COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR, MEN'S GLEE CLUB, WOMEN'S CHORALE, HARP ENSEMBLE, AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Paul Wiens, Mary Hopper, Faye Seeman, and Daniel Sommerville conduct a Christmas concert (Schutz, traditional, and others). Fri 12/7 and Sat 12/8, 7:30 PM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton. 630-752-5010.

WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE Paul French conducts a Christmas concert (Paulus, Gallus, Tye, Hassler, Rachmaninoff, Bartolucci, Waddell, French). Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 690 W. Belmont. 773-325-2000.

WINNETKA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, CHANCEL CHOIR, CHILDREN'S CHOIR, AND BRASS ENSEMBLE Royce Eckhardt conducts a free Christmas concert (Bach, Mendelssohn, Rutter, Vaughan Williams). Sun 12/9, 5 PM, Winnetka Presbyterian Church, 1255 Willow, Winnetka. 847-446-7777.

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A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY Percussion and dance concert; free admission. Tue 12/4, 7 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

JANET BEAN, ROBBIE & DONNA FULKS, BRIGID MURPHY & DAG JUHLIN, JUSTIN ROBERTS, TIM RUTILI, KELLY KESSLER & THE WICHITA SHUT-INS, STEPH TURNER, MISS MIA & RATSO, JAPANESE TAIKO DRUMMERS "Kids' Show Holiday Jamboree" benefits the Children's Place Association and P.L.A.Y. Sun 12/2, 2 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 773-826-1230, ext. 32.

CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS Holiday concert. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, and Sat 12/8, 5 and 8:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-935-6860 or 312-902-1500.

FESTIVE SINGERS host a holiday sing-along. Sun 12/2, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700. Sat 12/8, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 161 Weber, Bolingbrook. 630-771-9560. Sun 12/9, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 3539 E. Main, St. Charles. 630-443-8160.

DOMINIC GAUDIOUS Free in-store performances. Sun 12/2, 6 PM, Barnes & Noble bookstore, Old Orchard Mall, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. 847-676-2230. Fri 12/7, noon, Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750. Sat 12/8, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909. Sun 12/9, noon, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564. Sun 12/9, 4 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Sun 12/2, 7 PM, "Uptown Poetry Slam" with Marc Smith Band. 773-878-5552.

HEALING EARTH RESOURCES 3111 N. Ashland: Sat 12/1, 7 PM, Native American flute and storytelling with Michael Reichart & Neebin Makwah. Fri 12/7, 8 PM, Norma Gentile performs Gregorian chants of Hildegard von Bingen. 773-327-8459.

HOLIDAY SING-ALONG Sat 12/1, 7:30 PM, Maple Street Chapel, Maple and Main, Lombard. 630-629-2630.

KIDS FARE: WINTER WONDERS Children's holiday concert. Sat 12/8, 10:30 AM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

LAKESIDE PRIDE CONCERT BAND Sun 12/9, 7 PM, Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence. 773-381-6693.

LAKESIDE SINGERS Holiday concert under the direction of Robert Bowker. Sat 12/8, 8 PM, Evanston Cultural Center, 610 Grove, Evanston. Sun 12/9, 7 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 220 Plum Grove, Palatine. 847-446-3822.

MELODEERS CHORUS Holiday concert. Sun 12/9, 1 and 3:30 PM, Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 W. Central, Rolling Meadows. 800-222-7552.

MUSICHORALE in a Christmas concert. Sun 12/9, 3:20 PM, Palos Country Club, 13100 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park. 708-423-1124.

SONGS FOR THE SEASON Local high school choirs perform. Mon 12/3 through Fri 12/7, 12:30 PM, grand staircase, Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams. 312-443-3600.

NATHAN WOLNEK, SUK-JUN KIM, AMNON WOLMAN and others perform as part of Sonic Circuits International Festival of Electronic Music and Art. Sat 12/1, 8 PM, auditorium, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, 1967 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 773-497-0437.

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