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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

BARRAGE Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Sat 12/15, 2 and 8 PM, and Sun 12/16, 2 and 7 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-722-5463 or 312-902-1500.

BOHOLA Free "Celtic Christmas" concert. Thu 12/20, 7 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

JACK BRUCE & THE CUICOLAND EXPRESS WITH VERNON REID & BERNIE WORRELL See Spot Check. Fri 12/14, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

SUSAN GRACE BURCH Free in-store performance. Fri 12/14, Borders Books & Music, 1660 Randall, Geneva. 630-262-8747.

RIPLEY CAINE Free in-store performance. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

JUDY COLLINS Christmas concert. Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

BRIAN COSTELLO WITH JON RESH, JOE MENO & THE PHANTOM THREE SYMPHONY TRIO, MISS MIA, KEN KAGAWA, CHAD RASSNER Free Christmas concert. Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North. 773-342-0910.

DEL SOULS Free in-store performances. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595. Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700.

LAURA DEROCHER Sat 12/15, 6 PM, Creative Essence Studio, 1445 W. Jarvis. 847-757-8579.

FAT TIME performs as part of the "Voices of a New Black Millennium" series. Wed 12/19, 8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

AMY GRANT & VINCE GILL WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, RACHAEL LAMPA & NICKEL CREEK perform "A Christmas to Remember." Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

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 NOZ Free in-store performance. Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700.

LAX Free concert. Fri 12/14, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

ELLA LEYA Free in-store performances. Sat 12/15, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564. Sun 12/16, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER Christmas concert. Thu 12/20, 7:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

NATALIE MERCHANT Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-791-6190 or 312-559-1212.

MOJO & THE BAYOU GYPSIES Holiday concert and dance. Sat 12/15, 7 PM, the Barn, Arabian Knights Farm, 6526 Clarendon Hills Rd., Willowbrook. 630-415-1405.

OPEN MIKE hosted by Rob Anderlik. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 909 N. Elmhurst, Mount Prospect. 847-342-6421. Mon 12/17, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 49 S. Waukegan, Deerfield. 847-559-1999.

PIGFACE, GRAVITY KILLS, GODHEAD, DAMAGE MANUAL, CHRIS CONNELLY, MEG LEE CHIN, SCARLET LIFE 18 & over show. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

HOLLIS RESNIK Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Court Theatre, University of Chicago, 5535 S. Ellis. 773-753-4472.

KENNY ROGERS "Christmas From the Heart: The Toy Shoppe" concert. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

SERILIAN Free in-store performance. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 161 Weber, Bolingbrook. 630-771-9560.

SEVEN DAY RUN Free in-store performances. Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange, Orland Park. 708-460-7566. Sat 12/21, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

LINDA M. SMITH Free in-store performance. Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1500 W. 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

MEMBERS OF STAGE LEFT THEATRE COMPANY Holiday cabaret concert. Fri 12/14, 6 PM, Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. 773-883-8830.

TEEN WOLF, COUGHS Fri 12/14, 7 PM, Crac House, 1626 S. Newberry. 312-491-1062.

UPSY DAISY Free concert. Fri 12/21, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

GLENN YARBROUGH sings and narrates "The Forgotten Carols." Sat 12/22, 2 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music. Fri 12/14, 8:30 PM, Llama, Baldwin Brothers, Torben Floor, American Cosmonaut. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, X-Gear Daddies, Martin Zellar, Janet Beveridge Bean, Sara Osmer. Thu 12/20, 8 PM, "Freeform Sessions" with Little Marsh Overflow, Los Mineros, Brother Noompsi. Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Dishes, Tallulah, Competitorr, Things That Move. Sat 12/22, 9 PM, New Duncan Imperials, Riptones, Blue Moon Boys (Christmas concert). 773-478-4408.

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: Thu 12/20, 9 PM, Big Backyard. 773-348-5100.

ARBOR VITAE 111 W. Jackson, Naperville: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Sat 12/15, Patchouli. Fri 12/21, Acoustic Sensations. Sat 12/22, Stephani Boesso. 630-778-9090.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Nicholas Barron/Sticky Lupree. 773-348-3665.

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 12/14, Buddy Revelles, Chiyoko, Palaxy Tracks, Insta. Sat 12/15, Pistol Whipped, Bugatti Type 35, Rotten Fruits, Heather's Damage. Sun 12/16, 8 PM, Troubled Hubble, Division, Little Joe Ghoul. Mondays, Pat McCurdy. Wed 12/19, Flathead Fillups, Porn Lab. Thu 12/20, Emilie Autumn. Fri 12/21, Billhouse, Mathie, Delafields. Sat 12/22, Wayne Healy with members of Sonia Dada & the Chicago Cats, 40 Hour Sunday. Sun 12/23, Supermint, Spinshine. 773-281-4444.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/14, Space Cushions, Blue Ribbon Brothers, Cooksie. Sat 12/15, KYG, Mumbo Jumbo, Yellow House, Jezebelles. Thu 12/20, Bouncing Balls, Last Drag. Fri 12/21, Scrounge for Change, Rules of Attraction, Knockopper. Sat 12/22, Phenoms, Blue Sixteen. 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 12/14, 10 PM, D-Funct. Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Lush Budgett. Sun 12/16, 11 AM, Gayle Ritt. Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Matt Weber. Thu 12/20, 9 PM, Rockin' Billy & the Wild Coyotes. Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Dry County. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Roots Rock Society. 312-226-6666.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/15, Fareed Haque Group. Sundays, "Grateful Dead jam night" with Terrapin Flyer. Wednesdays, pro funk jam with Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Herb Walker, Bernard Reid, Clyde Davis & others. 773-384-8600.

BOURGEOIS PIG CAFE 738 W. Fullerton: Fri 12/21, 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 12/14, Stray Toasters. Sat 12/15, Ragweed. Wednesdays, open jam session. Fri 12/21, Blackmaker, Drunken Monkeys. Sat 12/22, Tractor Boy. 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 12/14, Rubber. Sat 12/15, Money Makers. Fri 12/21, Tom Carey Band. Sat 12/22, Peg 7, Furry Kerry. 847-541-2500.

BURKHART STUDIOS 2845 N. Halsted: Music and spoken-word performances at 9 PM on Sunday nights (followed by an open mike). Sun 12/16, Katie Haverly. 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 12/14, Mud Toys, Long Division. Fri 12/21, Sons of Jorel, Conscious Pool. 312-922-6392.

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

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Fri 12/14, 9 PM, Tony Smith Show. 847-647-8282.

CHARLEY HORSE 39 Orland Square Dr., Orland Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Busy Fingers. Sat 12/15, Tommy Mac, Turn. Thu 12/20, Cirrus Falcon. Fri 12/21, Blackwater. Sat 12/22, Treeline. 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.

CIRCLE INN 7300 Circle Ave., Forest Park: Wed 12/19, 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 (12/20 with Ellen Rosner, Jim Pickett). 773-907-3500.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Casey Meehan, Kokapelli, Dry County. Sat 12/15, Retire, Modern Day Valiant, Tall Friends. Wednesdays, open mike. Thursdays, Acoustolingus. Fri 12/21, Lake Shore, Realm, Wall of Trees. Sat 12/22, Eric Howell & the Implants, LUV. 773-528-7569.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Sofa King, Emitter, Josh Holms Band. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, open jam hosted by Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thu 12/20, Freekbass, Reverend Right Time, Brothers Groove. Sat 12/22, Mabel Mabel, Peking Turtle. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Fri 12/14 and Thursdays, 8 PM, DJ Retro Russ spins music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Flathead Fillups, Supermint. Fri 12/21, 10:30 PM, Underwater People. Sat 12/22, 10:30 PM, American English (Beatles tribute band). 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 12/14 and Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin; 10:30 PM, Weird Sisters. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin; 10:30 PM, Foiled Again Trio performs "Holiday Bizarre." Sun 12/16, 7 PM, Foiled Again Trio performs "Holiday Bizarre." Mon 12/17, 7 and 10:30 PM, benefit for Season of Concern with the national touring company of Beauty and the Beast. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin. 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. Fri 12/14, DJs Tony & Mira spin British pop. Sun 12/16, DJ Anthony spins psychedelic schmaltz. Mon 12/17, DJ Mark DeRosa spins punk. Tue 12/18, DJ Alex. Wed 12/19, DJ Meigan spins country & western. Thu 12/20, DJ Tony spins heavy rock. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/14, 10 PM, El Vez (Christmas show), Casolando, DJ Andy Cirzan. Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Dave Pirner & Dan Murphy, Steve & Liam. Wed 12/19, 9 PM, Synge, Gelheads, Team Rock-it. Thu 12/20, 9 PM, Today's My Super Spaceout Day, Meqqa, Volante. Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Cells, Moreno, Brain Rakes, Liftpoint. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Michael McDermott, Ruben Waters Loves You, Gary Stier. 773-489-3160.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Fri 12/14, Video Stars. Sat 12/15, Libido Funk Circus. Tue 12/18, Quarter Life (no cover). Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Larry Welch (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/21, Jane Doe Band. Sat 12/22, Mary Ann & the Professors. 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 12/14, Mike & Joe. Sat 12/15, Jack Straw, Oucho Sparks. Mondays, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi (no cover). Tuesdays, 45s. Wednesdays, "Battle of the Bands" playoffs. Thu 12/20, Shards. Fri 12/21, Maggie Speaks, Biff & the Waybacks. Sat 12/22, Pimps, Synge. Sun 12/23, Felix Jones. 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/14, Rusk, Superbig, Johnny Letcher. Sat 12/15, Hundo, Sister Child, I Decline, Trading Brains, Mary Prankster. Sundays, Sumo. Mon 12/17, Detholz, O.D.D., Egregor. Tue 12/18, Hello Operator, Moon Men, Meringue. Wed 12/19, Ratbag Hero, Bizarro, Dark Yello. Thu 12/20, Swimmer, Dan Darrah, Zach Brock Quintet. Fri 12/21, Fuse, Gayle Ritt, Holding Mercury, Lindsie. Sat 12/22, Catfish Jenkins, Lubriphonic, Rockaway Cobra, Naked & Shameless. 773-549-5549.

EMERALD ISLE 6686 N. Northwest Hwy.: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/14, Mr. Meyers. Sat 12/15, Cryin' Souls. Fri 12/21, Eric McCabe & Brian Lupo. Sat 12/22, Spinshine. 773-775-2848.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Angels of Light (see Critic's Choice), Bride of No-No, Virgil Shaw & the Killer Views. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, Rock Star Christmas karaoke show with Evil Beaver (see Spot Check), Buzz Kilman, Patty Elvis, Jim Derogatis, Local H & others. Sun 12/16, 8 PM, Zu, DKV Trio. Mon 12/17, 9 PM, "One Love 360 Degrees Emcee Battle" with Earatik Statik, Thawfor, Spalaney's. Thu 12/20, 9 PM, Strangulated Beatoffs (see Critic's Choice), Spectrums in the Diabolique, Mark 4, Spires That in the Sunset Rise, DJ LeDeuce & Captain R. Devious. Fri 12/21, La Makita Soma, Timeout Drawer, K-Rad. Sat 12/22, U.S. Maple, Quatre Tete, Watchers. Sun 12/23, 7 PM, Self Destruct Sequence, Aurore Rien, Dorian Gray. 773-276-3600.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8 PM. Sat 12/15, Guilty. Sat 12/22, Michael Strening Jr. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY Maple & Rte. 53, Lisle: Music at 7:30 PM. Fri 12/14, Tom Van Dorn. Fri 12/21, 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 12/14, 10 PM, Afflictions, Pearly Sweets & the Platonics, Ponys. Sat 12/15, 5 PM, Kung Fu Rick, Remains of the Day, Systemic Infection, Calvary; 10 PM, Fruit Bats, Lesser Birds of Paradise. Sun 12/16, 7 PM, Crush Kill Destroy, Ming, Parts Missing, Emily Shrine. Mon 12/17, 7 PM, holiday show with Evil Beaver (see Spot Check), Dr. Killbot, John "Rockin'" Battles, Cyndi Elliot, Bible Salesmen, Joe Meno, Thax Douglas, Trevor Arnholt, DJ LeDeuce, and Mia & Ratso. Tue 12/18, 6 PM, John Brown Battery, Break of Day, After the Fall, Afterproject. Wed 12/19, 6 PM, Mascots, Reagan National Crash Diet, Cock. Thu 12/20, 7 PM, Explanation, Comosol Diaries, Colour Blue. Fri 12/21, 7 PM, Secret Agent Bill, Kosher, Littleman Complex. Sat 12/22, 6 PM, MU330, Student Rick, Go Generation; 10 PM, Life at Sea, Six Parts Seven, Braves. Sun 12/23, 8 PM, I Love Rich, Mashers, Mexican Cheerleader. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/14, 9:30 PM, Beatle Brothers. Tue 12/18, 7 PM, open stage hosted by Link Freeman with guest Frank Tedesso. Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Brave Combo (Christmas show). Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Off Broadway, Helen's Promise. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/14, Frisbee. Mondays, 9:30 PM, open mike hosted by Kokapelli. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, Steve Z. sings the songs of Frank Sinatra. 773-348-6000.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/14, Domestic Problems. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/21, Hello Dave. Sat 12/22, Big Al & the Heavyweights. 630-416-4898.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/14, Better Boyfriends, Chicago Typewriter. Sat 12/15, Yard Gnomes. Fri 12/21, "Todd Kelly memorial concert" with Mythic Figs, Pot Luck, J. Crofoot. Sat 12/23, Michelle's Christmas Shoe, Jim Musker. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Fri 12/14, 5:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 9 PM, Denise Tomasello & Russ Long. Saturdays, 10 PM, Jen Porter. Sundays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Beckie Menzie. Mon 12/17, 9 PM, Beckie Menzie. Tue 12/18, 5:30 PM, Geoffrey Cuellar; 9 PM, Beckie Menzie. Wed 12/19, 5:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Russ Long. Thu 12/20, 5:30 PM, Jen Porter; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Russ Long. Fri 12/21, 5:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Chuck Larkin. 312-836-0933.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Fri 12/14, 7:30 PM, Steve Kimbrough & John Paluch; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, Weird Sisters; 10 PM, Khris Francis. Sun 12/16, 6 PM, Honey West & Beckie Menzie; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason & Bill Underwood. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, Jen Porter; 9:30 PM, open mike with Dan Stetzel. Wed 12/19, 7:30 PM, Justin Hayford; 9:30 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. Thu 12/20, 7:30 PM,

Geoffrey Cuellar; 9:30 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. Fri 12/21, 7:30 PM, Allen Nichols; 9:30 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. Sat 12/22, 7:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 10 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. Sun 12/23, 6 PM, Honey West & James Cebastien; 9:30 PM, Alexandra Billings & Bill Underwood. 773-348-1053.

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

GIRLBAR 2625 N. Halsted: Wed 12/19, 9 PM, Kerri Grant. Thu 12/20, Apartment. 773-871-4210.

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 12/14, Difference, Kevin Lee, Mark Watson. Sat 12/15, Steepwater Band (see Spot Check). 773-472-5139.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Fri 12/14, 10 PM, Juleps, Slow Jane, Gayle Ritt (benefit for Rock for Kids). Sat 12/15, 9:30 PM, Sweet Jane. Thu 12/20, 9:30 PM, Deja Vu. Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Cathy Richardson Band (benefit for Rock for Kids). Sat 12/22, 9:30 PM, Kato the Houseboy. 312-943-2252.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Jenny Choi. Sat 12/15, Family of Souls. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/14, 10 PM, Cheer-Accident, Grand Ulena. Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Archer Prewitt, Edith Frost. Mon 12/17, 9:30 PM, Leroy Bach, Edward Burch, Kennett Brothers, John Peacock Pop Quartet, Dorian Taj & others (Christmas show). Wed 12/19, 9 PM, Mr. Rudy Day, Clyde Federal. Thu 12/20, 9:30 PM, Zincs, Wilshire. Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, Vortis, Sonic Voodoo. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Califone. 773-227-4433.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/14, Friends of Pete, David Stagel & the Burning Daylight. Fri 12/21, Echosend, Blue Marvin. 773-929-0944.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Wed 12/19, 8 PM, "Backyard Variety Show" hosted by Douglas Grew. Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/14, 7:15 PM, Virginia Coalition, Red Wanting Blue. Wed 12/19, the Cult, Like Hell. Thu 12/20, 7:15 PM, Left Undone, Wish. Fri 12/21, "Ice Ball Toys for Joy" benefit with Peven Everett & Seance Divine, Patty Elvis Band. Sat 12/22, Simmering. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music after 9 PM. Sun 12/16, Roots Rock Society. Thu 12/20, Julian's Ride. Sun 12/23, Aswah Greggori. 312-266-2400.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Hairbangers' Ball. Sat 12/15, Voices, Skinny, Whiskey Kitchen. Sun 12/16, Cecilia Toussaint, Santa Sabina. Fri 12/21, Maggie Speaks. Sat 12/22, Underwater People. 312-337-3486.

KUSTOM 1997 N. Clybourn: Sun 12/23, 10 PM, Julie Dexter. 773-528-3400.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/14, Harmony Riley, Air This Side of Caution. Sat 12/15, Something for Joey, Hoochie Suit. Sundays, 7 PM, Hack 'n' Wheeze. Thu 12/20, Hello Mr. Arthur. Fri 12/21, Heroes, Rooster. Sat 12/22, Daily Bridge Club, Frawd. 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.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Lucius Warbaby, Genral Patton & His Privates, Animus, Tension Wire. Sat 12/15, King Candy, Time Bomb Taxi, Punsapaya. Tue 12/18, 8 PM, Blueharvest, Autumn War (no cover). Wed 12/19, 9:30 PM, Bad Dog, Kick the Cat. Thu 12/20, 9:30 PM, Sonic Voodoo (no cover). 773-871-3757.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Drums & Tuba, Ancient Greeks, Magnesium. Sat 12/15, Boduli, Ludi Ritan, Bob & Buco. Thu 12/20, 9 PM, Blue Ribbon Brothers, Beatnik Turtles, Wendy DeBias. Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, J-200, Tijuana Hercules, Disaster Action Team. Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Rock Star Club, National Drag, Janus, Fin. 773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 122 S. York, Elmhurst: Sat 12/15, Hurricane Blue. Sat 12/22, 7Deez. 630-941-7100.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/14, Cirrus Falcon. Sat 12/15, 7Deez. Fri 12/21, Selective Recall. 630-513-6300.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 12/14, 9 PM, Mighty Blue Kings, Underbelly. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, Mighty Blue Kings, Anne Harris. Sun 12/16, 9 PM, Cracker, Steepwater Band (see Spot Check). Wed 12/19, 6 PM, Clutch, Biohazard (see Spot Check), Candiria. Fri 12/21, 6:30 PM, Chevelle, No One,

Zero to Nine. Sun 12/23, 6:30 PM, Alkaline Trio, Rise Against, Haymarket Riot, Gadjits (sold out). 773-549-0203.

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

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. Fri 12/14, Half Mad Poet, Dirty Little Secret. Sat 12/15, Desicant, Aster Project. Sun 12/16, Vertical Side Judge. Tue 12/18, Robin Dean. Wednesdays, karaoke hosted by Teri Garcia. Thu 12/20, Warblob, Lab Rats. 773-486-7774.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/14, 9:30 PM, Heavy Petting, Mormon Anti-matter Quior, Found Object, Sonorous Hat. Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Bob Falesch. 773-728-5010.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Fri 12/14, 5:30 PM, Ethan Semone & the Dark Room Chemicals (no cover); 9 PM, Blissfield, Ether. Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Dan Darrah Band; 11 PM, Bill Quateman. Mondays, 9 PM, "Sound Reflections" with DJs Teebot & Anomaly. Tue 12/18, 8 PM, DJ Dick Kay (benefit for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). Thu 12/20, 9 PM, DJ Teebot spins funk and soul. Fri 12/21, 5:30 PM, Ethan Semone & the Dark Room Chemicals (no cover). Sat 12/22, 10 PM, JT & the Clouds, Big Hello, Cal Hallow. 847-869-0450.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/14, 10 PM, Helen Stellar, Iffy, Personals. Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Baldwin Brothers, Jenny Choi. Sundays, 10 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. Mondays, 10:30 PM, DJ Ray. Wed 12/19, 10 PM, Textbook, Tom Daily, Onlys. Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Matthew, American Cosmonaut, Tracer. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, DeMilos, Turnerjoy. 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 12/14, Crackpot, Violet Time. Sat 12/15, Knife of Simpson. Tue 12/18, Treason Brothers, Fourth Rotor, Itch. Thu 12/20, Ken Sommers' Verdict. Fri 12/21, Unibrow. Sat 12/22, Creepy D. 773-486-9862.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Thursdays, Turnstyles. Fri 12/21, Mabel Mabel. 847-266-1313.

PRODIGAL SON BAR & GRILL 2626 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/14, Mexican Cheerleader, Cougars, Textbook. Sat 12/15, Dorks, Role Models, M.O.T.O., Look Ahead. Mon 12/17, Tom Sawyer, Cancer Merchants, Poppycocks. Tue 12/18, Stillwell, Service Anxiety, No. Sat 12/22, Velcro Lewis & His 100 Proof Band, Apocalypstick, Twinhaters, Tormentula. 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. Wednesdays, open mike. 847-392-6446.

ROOSTER BLUES 811 W. Lake: Music after 8:30 PM. Fri 12/14, British Export (Beatles tribute band). Sat 12/15, Descarga, Radio Novela, Et Al. Mondays, open mike. Tuesdays, Nick Peraino & Blue Moon Rising. 312-733-6577.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 12/14, 7:30 PM, Dan Wilson, Wes Cunningham; 10:30 PM, Mason Jennings, Brad Peterson. Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, Don Conoscenti, Graves; 10:30 PM, Verbow, Box-o-car. Mon 12/17, 8 PM, benefit for WLUW with Steve & Liam, Dag Juhlin, Nora O'Connor, Deanna Varagona, Wabash Jug Band, Millions, Cells, and Box-o-

car. Tue 12/18, 9 PM, Hundo, Bonfire Mechanics. Wed 12/19, 9 PM, Orso, Sin Ropas. Thu 12/20, 9 PM, Jayhawks, Leroy Bach & Edward Burch (sold out). Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Monkey Paw, Long Division, Missile. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, J. Davis Trio, Chris Greene & the New Perspective. Sun 12/23, 9 PM, fifth annual St. Nicholas Markos Christmas Revue. 773-525-2508.

SEASON TICKETS 50 N. Barrington, Streamwood: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/15, Statik. 630-372-2900.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Sat 12/15, 8:30 PM, Illusion of Safety, Bloodyminded (see Critic's Choice), Vertonen, Mechanik, Dan Chambers. 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. Tuesdays, "606" hip-hop open mike and DJ-mix competition. 773-278-6600.

THIRD BASE Rtes. 25 & 72, East Dundee: Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Salt Creek. 847-428-5438.

TIME OUT 1130 Lake, Hanover Park: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/15, Social Wreck. Sat 12/22, Blues Monk. 630-213-1006.

TINY LOUNGE 1814 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Sun 12/16, Ruben Waters Loves You. Wed 12/19, 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 12/14, Jonathan Rundman, Beki Hemingway. Sat 12/15, Cameron McGill, Martha's Trouble. Sun 12/16, Eli, Stuart Davis. Mondays, open mike. Wednesdays, C.H.A.T. music showcase hosted by J for Jules. Thu 12/20, Naomi Ashley, Jesse Tewson. Fri 12/21, Pat McDonald, Melissa Rose Zeimer. Sat 12/22, Joan Anderson Band, Tim Nagle. 773-929-3680.

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 12/14, the Blast. Sat 12/15, Four Man Band. Fri 12/21, Exceptions. 630-264-2739.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Saturdays, open stage. 312-943-7815.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/14, Stagalag. Sat 12/15, Roots Vibration, New Flavor. 773-327-4273.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, Knee Deep Shag, Starcandy. Sat 12/15, Old #8. Tuesdays, Hello Dave. Wed 12/19, Pat MacDonald, Matt Weber. Thu 12/20, Family Style. Fri 12/21, Trio Logic, Groovatron. 773-929-1300.

dance

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 7 PM-2 AM Sundays through Fridays and 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. 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, acid house, and breakbeat. Saturdays, DJ Dion. Sundays, DJs spin funk, punk, shoegazer, and glam. Mondays, DJ Boa spins synthpop, hardwave, and retro music. Tuesdays, DJ Ralphi Rosario spins deep house. Wednesdays, "women's night" with DJ Dion. Thursdays, DJ Michael Serafini spins progressive house. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fri 12/14, DJ Nole, Steve Melvage. Saturdays, DJ Spin. Sundays, DJ Lil' John, DJ Derrick Wize. Mondays, DJs Brian G & BJAK. Tuesdays, DJ Brian Borden. Wednesdays, DJs Brian G & Frique. Thursdays, Hedonizm DJs spin. Fri 12/21, DJ Lego, Steve Melvage. 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 12/19, Ry-n, Bass by the Pound DJs spin jungle and drum 'n' bass. Thu 12/20, 10 PM, Venue, DJ Dumb American. 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." Mondays, "House of Tut" drag night; DJs spin hip-hop, R&B, and house. Wednesdays, DJs Mustafa Rocks & Jay Too spin hip-hop, disco, soul, and R&B. Thursdays, DJs John Styles & Phat Mike, Donnie Devoe. 312-266-1234.

BLACK BEETLE 2532 W. Chicago: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM Saturdays and Thursdays. Thursdays, DJ Orin. 773-384-0701.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: DJs spin after 9 PM Fridays, 9:30 PM Saturdays, 6 PM Sundays and Wednesdays, and 10 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. 312-475-9800.

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. Fri 12/14, DJs Assassin, Banti, Tony T., Aladdin & Red Lox. Saturdays, DJs spin salsa, merengue, house, and hip-hop. 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. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs Victor Rocha & Mike Pierce, DJ Martin "Boogieman" Luna. Sundays, DJ Lee spins drum 'n' bass. Tuesdays, Leddie Garcia. 312-266-1200.

CLUB MERCURY 221 W. Van Buren: Restaurant and nightclub; DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM on weekends. Fridays, Neural Intoxications and Soulamytes. Saturdays, Citron. Sundays, DJ Vic Lavender. 312-427-1774.

CLUB 950 2122 W. Lawrence: DJs spin new wave, industrial, and electronica 9:30 PM-2 AM Wednesdays through Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Richard. Saturdays, DJ Abe. 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 Thurdays and 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. Fri 12/14, Dave Cannalte, John Curley & Chad Sommer, Hiroki & Artek. 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.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays on three levels. Fridays, DJs Twilite Tone, Vince Lawrence, Jason Christopher & Wayne Williams. Saturdays, Pharris Thomas, Vince Adams, Mark Fuller, Vaughn Woods, Jay Too, D-Double, Legacy, Steele. Sundays, DJ Word & Mustafa Rocks. Thursdays, Eddie Mills, DJ Sheldon spins hip-hop, R&B, and reggae, DJ Question spins jazz and R&B. 312-751-2900.

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, 7-10 PM, DJs spin Brazilian jazz. 773-235-5700.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Sun 12/16, DJs Jennifer Tsai, Fred Wells & Jacob Ross. Sun 12/23, DJs Le Beast, Supreme Court & Fred Wells. 773-276-3600.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: DJs spin 7:30 PM-11 PM Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 9 PM-1 AM Wednesdays. Fridays, DJ Cache 22 spins R&B, hip-hop, soul, and house (no cover). Wednesdays, "Therapy" DJs spin. 312-338-3788.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM nightly, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 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 12/19, 9 PM, Kerri Grant. Thu 12/20, Apartment. 773-871-4210.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin from 10 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 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. 312-527-5600.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Sat 12/15, 9 PM, "Kissmas" dance party with Afro Man, City High, Dante Thomas, Rob Base. 312-527-2583 or 312-923-2000.

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. Fridays and Saturdays, 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. Sun 12/23, 10 PM, Julie Dexter. 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.

LITHIUM 1124 W. Belmont: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 PM-3 AM Saturdays, and 8 PM-2 AM Mondays. Fridays, Derrick Wize spins house. Saturdays, DJ Troy spins hip-hop and dance. Mondays, "alt.mondays" with DJ Gene Lopez. Tuesdays, Uncle's Living Room (metal night). Wednesdays, Bartender's Choice. Thursdays, Leddie Garcia, DJ Gene Lopez. 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 until 4 AM (until 5 AM Saturdays). 773-975-9244.

MASHED POTATO CLUB 316 W. Erie: Restaurant with DJs nightly after 5:30 PM. 312-255-8579.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Sat 12/22, 10 PM, DJ Sneak, DJ Heather, J-Dub. 773-549-0203.

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 12/14, DJ Vince Lawrence, DJs Mood & Lady D. Saturdays, DJs Mood & Carvajal. Wednesdays, DJ V. Thursdays, DJs Mood & Oscar McMillan. Fri 12/21, DJ Junior, DJs Mood & Lady D. 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. Thursdays, Ralphi Rosario. 773-486-2390.

RED DOG 1958 W. North: DJs spin 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 12/14, Tim Shumaker, Bear Who? Sat 12/15, D:Fuse, Chad Sommer, Frique & Majid. Sat 12/22, DJ Heaven. 312-733-6699.

RIVE GAUCHE 306 N. Halsted: Thu 12/20, 10 PM-4 AM, "Shattered Thursdays" with DJ Dissolvent, Lauren Flax, and Eryka. 312-738-9971.

ROOSTER BLUES 811 W. Lake: Music after 8:30 PM. Sundays, DJ Khaaliq & DJ Papa G spin hip-hop, reggae, deep house, and R&B. 312-733-6577.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: Fridays, 7-10 PM, DJ INC spins soul, funk, and disco; 10 PM-4 AM, DJ Tone B. Nimble spins hip-hop. Saturdays, 7 PM-7 AM, DJs Justin Long & Sativa spin house. Sundays, 7 PM-midnight, DJs Lee Collins & Sadar spin disco & house; midnight-4 AM, DJs Tone B. Nimble, Norman Rockwell & Shon Dervis spin hip-hop, dancehall, house, and soul. Tuesdays, 7 PM-4 AM, DJs Derrick Carter, Diz & Matty spin house. Wednesdays, 7 PM-4 AM, DJ Hiroki spins house, hip-hop, and progressive. Thursdays, 11:30 PM-4 AM, DJ David Balquiedra spins soulful house. 312-932-0006.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/14, DJ Colette (see Post No Bills), Synergy. Sat 12/15, Justin Long, J-Dub. Mondays, "Abstract Sessions" with DJs LSE, Chris Widman, Warp & Anacron. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins goth, ethereal, and electro. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner & DJ Brendan spin mod, 70s and 80s metal, and New York punk & new wave. Thursdays, DJs Stax, Chris Bacchus, Justin Reed & Striz. Fri 12/21, Fred Everything, Darrell Woodson. Sat 12/22, Gryphon, Jason Hodges, Bear Who? Sun 12/23, Brett Haynes, J-Digz & Juice. 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 (no cover). 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.

SQUAREONE 1561 N. Milwaukee: Fridays, 9 PM, DJ Mellow Man; 10 PM-5 AM, dancehall and hip-hop night hosted by Kwesi. Saturdays, midnight-6 AM, DJs spin house. Sundays, 9 AM-3:30 PM, DJ JC spins soul. Mondays, 8 PM, DJ Papa G spins reggae. Tuesdays, 8 PM, DJ Joseph spins broken beat and nu jazz. 773-227-7111.

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.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Karlito. Saturdays, DJ Mass Transit. Sundays, RB & Ronny. Mondays, DJ Dan. Tuesdays, DJ Springa. Wednesdays, DJ Mystr E. Thursdays, Doyonne & Gina Spandex spin goth. 773-227-4906.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. 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.

VENUE 738 N. Clark: Mondays, 10 PM, DJ EN Green spins trance and breaks. 312-932-0202.

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.

WATUSI 1540 W. North: Restaurant. Sun 12/23, 9 PM, DJ "Maestro" Joe Bryl spins rare Italian lounge, bossa nova, French chansons, easy listening jazz, and cinematic sound tracks. 773-862-1540.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/14, Derrick May, Justin Long, Sativa, Shon Dervis. Sat 12/15, Christian Smith, Mike Wade. Thursdays, DJ Jesse de la Pena, Vince Adams, D-Double, Jay Too, DJ Steele. Fri 12/21, Ron Trent. Sat 12/22, John Selway, John Patterson. 312-787-0400.

folk & country

concerts

BOHOLA with Malachy McCourt; benefit for Misericordia/Heart of Mercy. Mon 12/17, 7:30 PM, Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. 773-325-1700 or 312-902-1500.

LEE MURDOCK & THE BLUE WATER BAND, NANCY LUBECKER "The Christmas Ship" concert. Sun 12/16, 7 PM, Greenleaf Grill, 301 Greenleaf, Gurnee. 847-949-5355.

OAK RIDGE BOYS Holiday concert. Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

PHIL PASSEN AND TOM CONWAY perform American, Celtic, and Christmastime music. Fri 12/14, noon, Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750. Sat 12/22, 1 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909. Sat 12/22, 4 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564. Sun 12/23, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

KENNY ROGERS "Christmas From the Heart: The Toy Shoppe" concert. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

DOUG STONE Christmas concert. Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Paramount Arts Centre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. 630-896-6666 or 312-559-1212.

LEE ANN WOMACK with the Duke Ellington Orchestra; holiday concert. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music. Sun 12/16, 4 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music Christmas concert (no cover); 8 PM, Irish jam session. Mondays, 8 PM, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open stage. Wed 12/19, 8 PM, Daghda. 773-478-4408.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Sat 12/15, 11 AM, Chris Walz; 10 PM, Lush Budgett. Sat 12/22, 11 AM, Chris Walz. 312-226-6666.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM. Tue 12/18, Cornmeal. 773-384-8600.

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.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Sun 12/16, 8 PM, Whitey O'Day (no cover). 847-358-9150.

FAT BEAN 2959 Artesian, Naperville: Sat 12/15, 8 PM, On the Mainline. 630-922-9821.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/14, Dyed in the Wool. Sat 12/15, Fast Eddie. Fri 12/21, Pat Finnegan & Brendan Loughrey. Sat 12/22, John Bog Flaherty. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Charlie Robison (see Spot Check), Riptones. 708-788-2118.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/15, Ed Hall, Eric Lugosch. Sat 12/22, "Christmas and Winter Solstice Holiday Concert" with Phil Cooper, Margaret Nelson, Kate Early, and Susan Urban. 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 12/19, Nancy & Garrett. 773-489-5471.

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. Fri 12/14, Second Hand Poets. Sat 12/15, Marq Seven. Tue 12/18, Maya. Wed 12/19, Tom Sexton. Thursdays, 7 PM, spoken word and music open mike with Soul People. Fri 12/21, Chicago Songwriters Collective. 773-486-4093.

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

JT COLLINS PUB 3358 N. Paulina: Sun 12/16, 9 PM, Whiskey Hollow Bluegrass Band (no cover). 773-327-7467.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Mon 12/17, 8:30 PM, Jim Dewan & Brendan Bulger (no cover). 773-404-9494.

MASTHOUSE 528 E. Calhoun, Woodstock: Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Sons of the Never Wrong, Sonny Jones & Jerry Gentry. 815-338-5164.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 122 S. York, Elmhurst: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/14, Anish. 630-941-7100.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/22, O'Briens. 630-513-6300.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Sun 12/16, 8 PM, the Lash (no cover). 847-869-0450.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Tue 12/18, 8 PM, Billy J. Ivers & the Lonesome City Bluegrass Band. 773-276-9730.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, Don Conoscenti, Graves. Sun 12/16, 8 PM, Paul Geremiah. 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 12/14, Jim Wearne. Fri 12/21, Jones Family. 630-969-9720.

blues, gospel, r&b

concerts

ERWIN HELFER Free in-store performance. Sat 12/15, 1 PM, Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash. 312-222-1468.

DONNIE McCLURKIN & CECE WINANS WITH THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF GOD CHOIR "Christmas glory" black-

tie concert; free admission. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester. 773-256-4180.

PERFECT SEVEN PRAISE SKATE Gospel and inspirational music hosted by the Mic Disciple. Tue 12/18, 7 PM, Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd, Lombard. 630-321-0093.

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: Music after 9 PM. Sundays, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Mondays, Billy Branch & Sons of Blues. 773-734-0491.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Allen Batts Band with Patricia Scott. Mondays, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 12/18, Lindsey Alexander Band. Wed 12/19, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Thursdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Johnny B. Moore Band with Nellie Travis. Sundays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Tue 12/18, Allen Batts Band with Nora Jean. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Charlie Love Band with Patricia Scott. 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 12/14, Joanna Connor. Sat 12/15, Howard Scott & the World Band with Little Jimmy Johnson. Sun 12/16, Jimmy Burns. Mon 12/17, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/18, Liz Mandville Greeson. Wed 12/19, pro jam hosted by Big Ray. Thu 12/20, Vino Louden. Fri 12/21, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers. Sat 12/22, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-528-1012.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Fri 12/14 and Thursdays, 10:30 PM, Sugar Blue (no cover). Fri 12/21, Devil in a Woodpile. 773-384-8600.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/14, 5:30 PM, Nick Moss (no cover); 9:30 PM, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Burns. Sat 12/15, 6:30 PM, Jon McDonald (no cover); 9:30 PM, Michael Burks, Gordon Bonham Band. Mon 12/17, jam hosted by Brother John. Tue 12/18, Jay Stulo Band. Wed 12/19, Dave Specter. Thu 12/20, Studebaker John & the Hawks. Fri 12/21, 5:30 PM, Fruteland Jackson (no cover); 9:30 PM, Howard & the White Boys (Christmas show). Sat 12/22, 6:30 PM, Steve Arvey (no cover); 9:30 PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Joe Moss. Sun 12/23, Willie Kent & the Gents. 312-427-0333.

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

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Thursdays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. First, Saint Charles: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fri 12/14, Roomful of Blues. Sat 12/15, Anthony Gomes. Fri 12/21, Kinsey Report. Sat 12/22, Matthew Skoller Band. 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.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Eddie C. Campbell, Elmore James Jr. 773-327-1662.

DEEP BLUE Prairie Rock Brewing Company, 1385 N. Meacham,

Schaumburg: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/15, Joe Moss Band. 847-605-9900.

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

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

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 9:30 PM. Sat 12/15, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. 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.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 12/14, Gloria Shannon Band. 773-262-5767.

GENO'S PLACE IN THE PARK 12401 S. Ashland, Calumet Park: Mon 12/17, 7 PM, Super Percy & His Soul Clique Band with Pamela Zachery (see Critic's Choice). 708-385-3100.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 12/14, 9:30 PM, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. 773-395-0066.

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

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

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

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Fri 12/14, No Mercy Band. Sat 12/15, Roy Hightower. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller Band. Tue 12/18, Studebaker John & the Hawks. Wed 12/19, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang. Fri 12/21, Chicago Red Hots. Sat 12/22, Chicago Playboys. 312-923-2000 or 312-527-2583.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music after 9 PM. Sat 12/15, Vance Kelly. Tue 12/18, Marty Sammon. Sat 12/22, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. 312-266-2400.

JERRY'S NITE LIFE 12303 S. Halsted: Fridays, 9 PM, Super Percy & His Soul Clique Band with Pamela Zachery (see Critic's Choice). 773-821-1427.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, pianist Detroit Jr. Fri 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Big James & the Chicago Playboys, 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 12/20, Jimmy Johnson (live radio broadcast). Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Sandra Hall. 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.

LADY BLUE LOUNGE 2953 W. Madison: Sundays, 8 PM, Super Percy & His Soul Clique Band with Pamela Zachery (see Critic's Choice). 773-826-0317.

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.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Music at 9 PM. Thu 12/20, Blue Plate Special. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Steepwater Blues Band. 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 12/15, Dave Specter. Sat 12/22, Rhythm City. 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. Sun 12/16, Smilin' Bobbie & His Blues Machine. 773-486-9862.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Tue 12/18, Ken Saydak. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/15, Mississippi Heat. Wed 12/19, Keith Scott Band. Sat 12/22, Billy Flynn. 847-266-1313.

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.

FRANK RAVEN BAND Free in-store performance. Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 49 S. Waukegan, Deerfield. 847-559-1999.

RESERVATION BLUES 1566 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM Fridays through Sundays and 9:30 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fri 12/14, Ann Rabson, Sammy Fender. Sat 12/15, Ann Rabson, Eddy Clearwater. Sundays, blues jam hosted by Tom Holland's Big Blue (no cover). Wed 12/19, Giles Corey. Thu 12/20, Carey Bell. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Phil Guy. 773-645-5200.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Pinetop Perkins & Bob Stroger. Tuesdays, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Sugar Blue. Thursdays, pro jam hosted by Eddie Taylor Jr. Fri 12/21, Lurrie Bell. Sat 12/22, Sugar Blue. 773-342-0452.

SEASON TICKETS 50 N. Barrington, Streamwood: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/22, Howard & the White Boys. 630-372-2900.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Billy Flynn Band with Mark Naftilin. Mondays, Rockin' Johnny Band. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Big Chicago Christmas R&B Revue with Matt Lucas, Sam Lay &

Little Arthur, and Chicago Blues All Stars with the Brumbach Brothers. 773-772-6656.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Sat 12/22, 9:30 PM, Chicago Express. 630-264-2739.

jazz

concerts

CYRUS CHESTNUT performs music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. See Critic's Choice. Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University, Governors Hwy. and Stuenkel Rd., University Park. 708-235-2222.

CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH ERNIE ANDREWS under the direction of Jeff Lindberg; benefit for Toys for Tots. Fri 12/14, 7 PM, Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore. 773-616-3813 or 312-559-1212.

LORRAINE DENHAM & TIM TOBIAS Free in-store performances. Sat 12/15, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909. Sun 12/16, 1 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0750. Sun 12/16, 4 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

HAMID DRAKE & MICHAEL ZERANG 11th annual winter solstice percussion concerts. Sat 12/22 and Sun 12/23, 6 AM, Link's Hall Studio, 3435 N. Sheffield. 773-281-0824 or 773-871-5318.

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE STEEL BANDS under the direction of Joe Sennefeldt. Sun 12/16, 3 PM, Harry and Phyllis Blizzard Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

EUGENIA ELLIOTT Free admission. Tue 12/18, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

GUILLERMO GREGORIO & MADI ENSEMBLE See Critic's Choice. Mon 12/17, 7 PM, Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph. 312-742-8497.

STEVEN HASHIMOTO TRIO Sun 12/23, 1-4 PM, Gethsemane Garden Center, 5801 N. Clark. 773-878-5915.

BRIENN PERRY Free in-store performance. Sat 12/22, noon, Borders Books & Music, 3539 E. Main, Saint Charles. 630-443-8160.

WILLIE PICKENS, ED PETERSON, RON COOPER, LARRY GRAY & ROBERT SHY perform as part of "A Jazz Christmas: A Soulful Experience." Free admission. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, Homan Square Community Center, 3559 W. Arthington. 773-522-5303.

WILLIE PICKENS TRIO with Ed Peterson & Ron Cooper (Christmas benefit for Centers for New Horizons). Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773-363-6063.

SAINT PATRICK HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS, JAZZ COMBO, MEN'S CHOIR, AND CONCERT CHOIR Wed 12/19, 7:30 PM, Saint Patrick Performing Arts Center, 5900 W. Belmont. 773-282-8844, ext. 277.

SPARROW, JOANIE PALLATTO & GEORGE FLYNN Free in-store performance. Thu 12/20, 7 PM, Crow's Nest Music, 1157 W. Fullerton. 773-935-9196.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/14, noon, Eric Schneider, Art Davis, Tom Hope, Rob Amster & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/15, 6 PM, Rich Pardo with Joe Iaco & Chuck Christiansen; 9:30 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. 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 12/19, noon, Bernard Alcorn; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Thu 12/20, noon, Steve Sandner; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Mike Smith Quintet. Fri 12/21, noon, Franz Jackson, John Watson, Dan DeLorenzo, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/22, 6 PM, Rich Pardo with Joe Iaco & Chuck Christiansen; 9:30 PM, Art Hoyle Quintet. 312-642-6805.

ARBOR VITAE 111 W. Jackson, Naperville: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 12/14, Zach Brock. 630-778-9090.

ARMY & LOU'S 422 E. 75th: Restaurant. Fri 12/14 and Fri 12/21, 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 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Bobby Lewis Quartet. Sun 12/16 through Sun 12/23, Carlos Cannon. 312-751-2433.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Matt Geraghty Project (no cover). 773-348-3665.

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 12/19, WesBound Trane. 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 12/16, 8 PM, Gina McLaughlin. Sun 12/23, 8 PM, Nicole Kestler. 312-226-6666.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM. Wednesdays, pro funk jam with Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Herb Walker, Bernard Reed, Clyde Davis & others. 773-384-8600.

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 12/22, 2-4 PM, Room Service Jazz Ensemble with Mike Donaby, Thadeus Gaines, Robert Wilkens & Marcus Burks. 773-731-9801.

BURKHART STUDIOS 2845 N. Halsted: Music and spoken-word performances at 9 PM on Sunday nights (followed by an open mike). Sun 12/23, Saturo Iga & friends. 773-348-8536.

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

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Saturdays, 9 PM, Lou DiGangi Swing Band. Sun 12/16, 5 PM, Tom Mueller & Arlene Bardelle. Tuesdays, 7

PM, Jack Carr. Wednesdays, 7 PM, Jerry Owings. Thursdays, 6:30 PM, Jack Carr; 9 PM, jazz jam session with John Bany, Charles Braugham & John Stille. Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Bob Centano Quartet. Sun 12/23, 5 PM, Greg Fishman, Paulinho Garcia, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen. 847-647-8282.

CHARLESTON 2076 N. Hoyne: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/22, Maralyn Gaza Trio. 773-489-4757.

CHEF'S STATION 915 Davis, Evanston: Sundays, 11 AM-2 PM, 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 12/14, Frank Portolese Trio. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Kirk Works. 847-605-9900.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Sun 12/16, 8 PM, Zu, DKV Trio. Tuesdays, Vandermark 5. Wed 12/19, Michael Colligan/Jim Baker/John Corbett/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Warren Po. 773-276-3600.

ERIK & ME 1 W. Illinois, Saint Charles: Music at 7 PM; no cover. Thu 12/20, Trio Du Jour. 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY Maple & Rte. 53, Lisle: Music at 7:30 PM. Sat 12/15, Matt Erion Trio. Sat 12/22, Jazz Vertigo. 630-435-5288.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 12/16, 6 PM, Lenny King's Chicago Metropolitan Orchestra. Wed 12/19, 8 PM, Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band. Sun 12/23, 6 PM, Chicago Jazz Orchestra. 708-788-2118.

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3400 N. Clark: Sundays and Thursdays, 8 PM, Quiet Storm with Ishma Durah & Nate Griffin. 773-528-4033.

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

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

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Mon 12/17, Brian O'Hern. 773-489-5471.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Music at 8 PM on weekends, 7:30 PM on weeknights; no cover. Sat 12/15, Petropoulos Organ Trio. Wednesdays, Steve Evans Trio. Thursdays, Temple Schultz with Vijay Tellis Nayak. Fri 12/21, Taku Akiyama Quartet. Sat 12/22, Andy Meacham Quartet with Layni Katz. 773-262-5767.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Nicholas Barron & Galaxy 5. Sun 12/16, 9 PM, Marc Pompe Quartet (no cover). Mon 12/17, 8 PM, Charles Fadale Trio (no cover). Tuesdays, 9 PM, Mambo Jazz. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli. Thu 12/20, 9 PM, Todd Herbert Quartet. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/14, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Jason Moran Trio (see Critic's Choice); 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Jason Moran Trio (see Critic's Choice); midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/16, 2 PM, Chicago Composers Collective with Dave Onderdonk Trio (see Critic's Choice), Kathy Kelly Quintet; 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Trio. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wed 12/19, 9 PM, Margaret Carlson Quintet. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. Fri 12/21, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Trio New; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, Trio New; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/23, 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon 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.

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

HUNGRY BRAIN 2319 W. Belmont: Music at 9 PM. Sun 12/16, Dave Rempis, Jim Baker & Jason Roebke. 773-935-2118.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Wed 12/19, 7 PM, "Give a Toy and Spread Some Joy" benefit for Robert Taylor Homes, Madden Park Housing Development, and Clara's House with Robert Irving III Trio, Ray Silkman & Silkscreen, Crosswind, Jazi Blaq, Swan & Louis, Ascendent, Nanette Frank, Until, and the Truth. 312-266-2400.

JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand: Music at 9 and 11 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 4, 8, and 10 PM Sundays; 8 and 10 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/14 through Sun 12/16, Joey DeFrancesco & Papa John DeFrancesco with Paul Bollenback and Byron Landham. Thu 12/20, 8 and 10 PM, Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, 9 and 11 PM, and Sun 12/23, 4, 8, and 10 PM, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen, Two for Brazil (Fri 12/21 with the Judy Roberts Trio). Sun 12/23, 8 and 10 PM, Two for Brazil. 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 12/14, 9 PM, Petropoulos Organ Trio. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, Juli Wood/John Goldman Quartet. Tue 12/18, 8 PM, Brian O'Hern (holiday party). Wed 12/19, 8 PM, Layni Katz & Andy Meacham. Thursdays, 9 PM, John Brumbach Quartet. 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 12/16, 8 PM, Bobby Broom Trio, Russ Nolan Quartet. 773-404-9494.

METROPOLE ROOM Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus: Fri 12/14, 9 PM, Nick Colionne. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, Nanette Frank, Concept, Just Friends, Roz Ellington (studio recording for cable TV program Muzic 'N Session). Mon 12/17, 4:30 PM, Elaine Dame. Tue 12/18 and Wed 12/19, 4:30 PM, Marshall Vente. Thu 12/20, 4:30 PM, Erin McDougald; 9 PM, Spider Saloff. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Nick Colionne. 312-565-6665.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/14, Warren Chiasson Trio. Sat 12/15, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Wed 12/19, Sam Burckhardt Duo. Fri 12/21, Mike Finnerty & the Heat Merchants. 630-446-4001.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Bob Falesch. Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, Lincoln, Silver Measure. 773-728-5010.

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.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Thu 12/20, 7 PM, Cosmic Cabaret hosted by Brian Imig with Astra Kelly, Harrison Bankhead, and Leina-ala. 773-743-3355.

\PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fri 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Redd Holt Quartet. Mondays, Typhanie Monique Duo. Tuesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Wednesdays, Frank Catalano Trio. Thursdays, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Maurice Brown Quartet. 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: Mondays, 9 PM, Corey Radford/Scott Anderson Quartet. 773-486-9862.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Fri 12/14, 6 PM, Donny Nichilo; 9 PM, Bobby Lewis Quartet. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, Brienn Perry Quartet. Sundays, 8:30 PM, Russell Rowe Trio with McKinley Carter. Mondays, 8:30 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Wed 12/19, 8:30 PM, Ron Perrillo Trio. Thu 12/20, 8:30 PM, Los Hombres Perdidos. Fri 12/21, 6 PM, Donny Nichilo; 9 PM, Tuey Connell Quartet. Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Jimmy Ellis Quartet. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/14, Rankinfyle. Sat 12/15, 9 PM, Franz Jackson Quartet. Sun 12/16, 6 PM, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen (holiday concert). Tue 12/18, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis. Sat 12/22, Leslie Byers & the Jazz Cats. 847-266-1313.

PRODIGAL SON BAR & GRILL 2626 N. Halsted: Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike with Brian K. Abraham, Bob Lovecchio, and Will Sadler (no cover). 773-248-3093.

REDFISH Voodoo Lounge, 400 N. State: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/14, 9:30 PM, Maralyn Gaza Quintet. 312-467-1600.

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.

SIMON'S TAVERN 5210 N. Clark: Sun 12/16, 9 PM, Steven Hashimoto Quartet. 773-878-0894.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: Thursdays, 8 PM, Vince Green & 7th Avenue. 312-932-0006.

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

SOME LIKE IT BLACK COFFEE CLUB 4500 S. Michigan: Saturdays, 7-9:30 PM, jazz jam session (no cover). 773-377-5004, ext. 2228.

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 12/15, 6:30 PM, Zvonimir Tot Duo. 630-264-0634.

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. 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 12/14 and Sat 12/15, Malachi Thompson's Freebop Band with Ari Brown. Sundays, 6:30 PM, jam session with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Josh Abrams, saxophonist Dennis Winslett, and percussionist Colby Watkins. Thu 12/20, East Side Project with Savoir Faire. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Fred Anderson Quartet with Tatsu Aoki, Hamid Drake & Jeff Parker. 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.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/22, Frank Catalano Band. 773-929-1300.

international

concerts

MAJED AJAMIA, JOEL FRANKEL, JIM KENDROS, MARGO ROBINSON Free concerts, lectures, and stories in a program entitled "Cultural Understanding During the Holidays." Sun 12/16, 2-5 PM, Evanston Historical Society, 225 Greenwood, Evanston. 847-475-3410.

LA POSADA: A MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION features a holiday sing-along. Sun 12/16, 4 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

international

clubs

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Tue 12/18, 9:30 PM, Luiz Ewerling & Cor Do Brasil, Grupo Kaskara. 773-281-4444.

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

CAFE DOLCE 749 N. Clark: Fridays, 10 PM, "Mediterrano" night: bands perform music from the Middle East and Europe. 312-397-0000.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/14, 10 PM, William Gomez con Cache Orchestra (preceded by salsa dance lessons at 9 PM). Sat 12/15, 10 PM, Orquesta Latira. Sun 12/16, 8 PM, Las Guitarras de Espana. Thu 12/20, 8 PM, Tamburitza Roma. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Mambo Express (preceded by dance lessons at 9 PM). 312-362-9707.

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

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

LA PENA 4212 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant with music at 7 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Tribus Futuras performs Andean music. Thursdays, Ecuadoran vocalist Alex Silva. 773-736-9498.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: Mondays, 7 PM-2 AM, DJ Eddie "Mozkito" Cruz spins salsa (with dance lessons by Manny Lopez). 312-932-0006.

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

classical

APOLLO CHORUS Stephen Alltop, conductor, with orchestra (Handel, Messiah). Tue 12/18, 7:30 PM, and Sat 12/22, 2 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 630-960-2251.

BELLA VOCE Anne Heider conducts a Christmas concert (Byrd, Mouton, Guerrero, Palestrina, and others). Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College, Lisle. Sun 12/16, 3 PM, St. Clement's Church, 642 W. Deming. 312-461-0723.

CAMERATA SOCIETY OF CHICAGO (Brahms, R. Strauss). Sun 12/16, 5:30 PM, Campagnola Restaurant, 815 Chicago, Evanston. 847-475-6100.

ARTHUR CAMPBELL AND HELEN MARLAIS clarinet and piano, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Arnold, Ran, Debussy, Weber). Wed 12/19, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

CANTATE a cappella ensemble in a free Christmas program (Britten and others). Sat 12/22, 2 PM, Cross and Crown, 3707 W. Ainslie. Sun 12/23, 6 PM, Christian Hills Church, 9001 159th, Orland Hills. 847-475-8606.

CHICAGO CHAMBER CHOIR Timm Adams conducts a program of "seasonal songs." Sun 12/16, 3 PM, Unity Lutheran Church, 5409 N. Magnolia. Mon 12/17, 7 PM, Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams. 312-409-6890.

CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR Josephine Lee, conductor, with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists (Handel, Messiah). Sat 12/22, 7:30 PM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt. 312-849-8300, ext. 233.

CHICAGO CHORAL ARTISTS Marty Swisher conducts a holiday concert (Holst, Vaughan Williams, traditional, and others). Sun 12/16, 3 PM, St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 312-458-9009.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 12/14, 1:30 PM, and Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor, with soprano Jane Eaglen (FurtwŠngler, R. Strauss). Wed 12/19, 7:30 PM, Thu 12/20 through Sat 12/22, 8 PM, and Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor (Tchaikovsky and others). "Pre-concert conversations" take place one hour and 15 minutes before performances. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Duane Wolfe, conductor, with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Children's Choir, Beverly Neighborhood Choir, and others in a Christmas concert. Fri 12/14, 7:30 PM, Sat 12/15, 3 PM, Sun 12/16, 3 and 7:30 PM, and Mon 12/17, 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO TEMPLE CHOIR performs Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies in a free concert. Sun 12/16, 2 PM, Chicago Temple/First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington. 312-236-4548.

CHUTE MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS AND HANDBELL CHOIR Fri 12/14, 12:10 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 252.

CITY-WIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with soprano Emilia Gold in a free concert (Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and others). Sun 12/16, 3 PM, Jefferson Park Auditorium, 4822 N. Long. 312-742-7609.

CORIOLIS chamber choir in a holiday concert (Burt, Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Willcocks, Applebaum). Sat 12/15, 8 PM, St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church, 1039 W. 32nd St. Sun 12/16, 4 PM, Parish Church of St. Luke, 939 Hinman, Evanston. 847-869-0223.

EMILY DAVIS AND JULIA MILLER flute and guitar (Beaser, Hoover, Liebermann, Piazzolla, Tower, Miller). Sun 12/16, 7 PM, Thoresen Performance Center, Music Institute of Chicago, 300 Green Bay, Winnetka. 847-446-3822.

ELGIN CHORAL UNION in a holiday concert. Sat 12/15, 4 and 8 PM, Harry and Phyllis Blizzard Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-214-7225.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Hanson, conductor, with the Saint Charles Singers and vocal soloists (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/16, 3:30 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-888-4000.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF EVANSTON CHANCEL CHOIR in a religious service. Sun 12/23, 10 AM, First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman, Evanston. 847-864-8332.

FIRST ST. PAUL'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH CHOIR J. David Stech conducts a free Christmas concert (Britten, Praetorius, and others). Sun 12/16, 4 and 7:30 PM, First St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1301 N. LaSalle. 312-642-7172.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FESTIVAL CHOIR in a service of lessons and carols for Advent. Sun 12/16, 6:30 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-4570.

FULCRUM POINT Stephen Burns conducts a holiday concert (PŠrt, Kernis, Satoh, Ranjbaran, Hovhaness). See Critic's Choice. Tue 12/18, 7:30 PM, St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 773-722-5463.

GLEN ELLYN CHILDREN'S CHORUS in a holiday concert. Sat 12/15, 7 PM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton. 630-858-2471.

GLENBARD WEST HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL CHOIR performs Renaissance and holiday songs. Sun 12/16, 2 PM, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst. 630-834-0202.

EMILY GRAEF, NISSANNE HOWELL, AND BETTY BUCCHIERI flute, violin, and piano, in a free concert (R. Strauss, Bach, Hindemith, Schubert, Martinu). Mon 12/17, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLE with pianist Jorge Federico Osorio (Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, and others). Sun 12/16 (free concert), 3 PM, Highland Park High School, 433 Vine, Highland Park. 847-926-9267.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS sing Advent vespers at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash: Sun 12/16, 4 PM (Howells and others, with organ recital by Gary Patin at 3:30 PM). Sun 12/23, 4 PM (Sweelinck and others, Pinkham; with organ recital by Frank Ferko at 3:30 PM). 312-664-6963.

STEVEN HONIGBERG AND CAROL HONIGBERG cello and piano (Beethoven, Chopin, Stern, Weiner). Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis. 773-442-4636.

ILLINOIS CHAMBER SYMPHONY in a "Christmas Carol Sing Along." Tue 12/18, 7 PM, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, Third and Main, Saint Charles. 630-513-5347.

LISETTE KIELSON AND PATRICK O'MALLEY perform recorder duets of Telemann in a free performance. Sat 12/15, 2 PM, Gallery Bonfiglio, 5412 N. Clark. 773-293-3138.

LAKE STREET CHURCH CONCERT CHOIR and vocal soloists perform Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Sun 12/23, 10:30 AM, Lake Street Church, 607 W. Lake, Evanston. 847-864-2181.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with bass Samuel Ramey, baritone Nathan Gunn, and tenor Kim Begley (Britten, Billy Budd). Sun 12/16, 2 PM, and Wed 12/19, 7:30 PM, Mark Elder, conductor, with soprano Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel). 312-332-2244.

MARWEN 833 N. Orleans: Fri 12/14, 5-6:30 PM, Chicago Children's Choir Madrigals. 312-944-2418, ext. 206.

TRICIA MELZER-SWAYDRAK soprano, and others in a holiday benefit for Toys for Tots. Sat 12/22, 7 PM, Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm, Glenview. 847-724-2210.

METROPOLIS YOUTH SYMPHONY Robert Ian Winstin, conductor. Sat 12/15 and Sun 12/16, 2:30 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. 847-577-2121.

ROBERT MOCKUS organ (Handel and others). Fri 12/14, 7:45 PM, Pullman United Methodist Church, 11211 S. Saint Lawrence. 773-785-7344 or 773-928-1824.

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE CHORUS AND BRASS ENSEMBLE Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Schutz, Hildegard von Bingen, Gabrieli, Praetorius). Wed 12/19, 8 PM, St. Michael's Church, 1633 N. Cleveland. Thu 12/20, 8 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division, River Forest. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, and Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan Rd., Techny. 312-551-1414.

NAPERVILLE CHORUS, CHAMBER SINGERS, AND FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA AND YOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS Jeordano Martinez, John Warfel, and Anne Kasprzak conduct a Christmas concert. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. 630-637-7469 or 630-357-4019.

NEWBERRY CONSORT with soprano Ellen Hargis in a holiday concert. Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3700.

JOHN PACKARD AND SARI GRUBER baritone and soprano (Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Mahler, Ives, Barber, Robson, Heggie, and others). Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

PRAIRIE BRASS BAND Dallas Niermeyer conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/16, 3 PM, John Hersey High School, 1900 E. Thomas, Arlington Heights. 847-523-4467.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC in a free Christmas concert (Bizet, Ponchielli, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and others). Sun 12/16, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-341-1521 or 312-744-6630.

ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CHURCH CHOIR AND CHILDREN'S CHOIR with string quartet and brass quintet in a Christmas concert (Handel and others). Sun 12/23, 7 PM, St. Gregory the Great Church, 5505 N. Paulina. 773-907-8456, 773-282-8206, or 773-561-3546.

ST. ITA PARISH CHURCH CHOIRS in a free holiday concert. Sun 12/16, 7 PM, St. Ita Church, 5500 N. Broadway. 773-561-5343.

JEFFREY SIEGEL piano, in a lecture-concert (Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Faure, Poulenc). Fri 12/14, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH featuring the Du Page Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists. Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, St. Raphael Church, 1215 Modaff, Naperville. 630-830-2237.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Michael Poulos, conductor, with the North Suburban Symphony of Lake Forest in a benefit for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. Sun 12/16, 4 PM, Gorton Community Center, 400 Illinois, Lake Forest. 847-234-4150.

SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Ray Forlenza conducts a holiday concert (Tchaikovsky, Sousa, Vaughan Williams, and others). Sun 12/16, 3 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

TOWER BRASS OF CHICAGO (Miller, Gabrieli, Scheidt, Handel, Kent, Marks, Hanby, and others). Sat 12/22, 5 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729.

STEVE VASQUEZ guitar. Fri 12/21, 12:10 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 252.

WAUKEGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CoNCERT CHORUS with baritone Clifton Davis in a holiday concert. Sun 12/16, 4 PM, Waukegan High School, 2325 Brookside, Waukegan. 847-360-4740.

ANNA ZAWADZKA, BOGDAN KOSOPUD, GENE SCHLABACH, AND ANNETTE LAMBETA flute, baritone, piano, and mezzo-soprano, with chamber orchestra conducted by Zenon Modrycki (Mozart, Vivaldi, and others). Sat 12/15, 7:30 PM, Arts Center, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 708-457-2030.

fairs & festivals

ILLEGITIMATE ARTS FESTIVAL ACM Chicago Arts Program, third floor, 3340 N. Clark: Fri 12/14, 8 PM, Lesli Garrison, Travis Henspeter, Gayle Holverson, Dylan Jones, Natalie Knelp, Christopher Longoria, Jared Thomas. 773-529-4458, ext. 10.

miscellaneous

MAJED AJAMIA, JOEL FRANKEL, JIM KENDROS, MARGO ROBINSON Free concerts, lectures, and stories in a program entitled "Cultural Understanding During the Holidays." Sun 12/16, 2-5 PM, Evanston Historical Society, 225 Greenwood, Evanston. 847-475-3410.

RALPH COVERT Free children's concert. Tue 12/18, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0750.

HAMID DRAKE & MICHAEL ZERANG 11th annual winter solstice percussion concerts. Sat 12/22 and Sun 12/23, 6 AM, Link's Hall Studio, 3435 N. Sheffield. 773-281-0824 or 773-871-5318.

EDGEWATER SINGERS Diane Aitken conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/15, 7:30 PM, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1244 W. Thorndale. 773-561-4766.

FESTIVE SINGERS host a holiday sing-along. Sun 12/16, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595. Sun 12/23, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 1660 Randall, Geneva. 630-262-8747.

DOMINIC GAUDIOUS Free in-store performance. Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1540 Golf, Schaumburg. 847-330-0031.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Sun 12/16, 7 PM, "Uptown Poetry Slam" with Switchback. 773-878-5552.

NEW CLASSIC SINGERS Lee Kesselman conducts a family holiday concert. Sat 12/15, 1 PM, and Sun 12/16, 4 PM, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

MICHAEL OFFUT Children's concert of holiday songs and storytelling. Sat 12/15, 2 PM, Thomas Hughes Children's Library, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4200.

SAINT PATRICK HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS, JAZZ COMBO, MEN'S CHOIR, AND CONCERT CHOIR Wed 12/19, 7:30 PM, Saint Patrick Performing Arts Center, 5900 W. Belmont. 773-282-8844, ext. 277.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sun 12/16, 4 PM, children's show with Ralph Covert. Mon 12/17, holiday sing-along with Steve & Liam, Nora O'Connor, Cells, Dag Juhlin, Millions, Deanna Varagona & others (benefit for WLUW). 773-525-2508.

SONGS OF GOOD CHEER Holiday sing-along hosted by Eric Zorn & Mary Schmich; benefits the Chicago Tribune's holiday fund. Fri 12/14, 7:30 PM, and Sat 12/15, 4 and 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

MICHAEL STRENING JR. "Christmas Piano." Fri 12/21, noon, Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750. Sun 12/23, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

TRIBUS FUTURAS "Live Music Now!" Andean music program for young people. Thu 12/20, 10 AM and noon, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-670-6888.

UNDER THE PICASSO Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington: Free noontime programs. Fri 12/14, Albright Middle School Band. Tue 12/18, Lane Technical High School Concert Band. Wed 12/19, Walt Disney Elementary School Band. Thu 12/20, Wheaton Warrenville South High School Show Choir. Fri 12/21, Northside Youth Symphony Orchestra. 312-346-3278.

WINDY CITY GAY CHORUS, UNISON: WINDY CITY LESBIAN & GAY SINGERS, WINDY CITY SLICKERS, LAKESIDE PRIDE BRASS Holiday concert entitled "Do You Sing What We Sing?" features a carol sing-along. Fri 12/14, 8 PM, and Sun 12/16, 3 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Sat 12/15, 8 PM, Emanuel Congregation Auditorium, 5959 N. Sheridan. 773-404-9242.

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