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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

ALUMINUM GROUP Free in-store performance. Wed 12/11, 12:30 PM, Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750.

PEABO BRYSON, JODY WATLEY, JON SECADA, OLETA ADAMS Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

C5 New works by members of the Columbia College Chicago Composers' Collective will be performed under the direction of James MacDonald. The program includes works by Jeff Abell, Joe Cerqua, Joseph Cancellaro, Scott Hall, Sebastian Huydts, Gustavo Leone, Doug Lofstrom, Kim McCarthy, Howard Sandroff, Philip Seward, Richard Woodbury & Gary Yerkins. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan. 312-344-8300.

GLEN CAMPBELL Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. 630-637-7469.

RAY CHARLES & THE CITY LIGHTS ORCHESTRA Fri 12/6, 8 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5740 or 312-559-1212.

CHERISH THE LADIES Christmas concert; sold out. Thu 12/12, 8 PM, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

CHICAGO KINGS, DR. KILLBOT, WINDY CITY SLICKERS, CYNTHIA PLASTER CASTER perform at the Movieside Film Festival; benefit for the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline and Open Hand Chicago. Sun 12/8, 8 PM, Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. 312-444-3456, ext. 520.

JAMES CHRISTIE, NANCY CONNELLY, GARRETT LANE perform at "Tainted Chicken." Sun 12/8, 8 PM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. 312-421-5337.

JAMIE CHURA Free concert. Mon 12/9, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

CIPHER ENGINE Mauro Frosio and Augustin Alvarez perform at an art exhibition. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland. 773-384-0494.

COMMON Free in-store performance. Fri 12/13, 5 PM, Crow's Nest Music, Chicago Music Mart, 333 S. State. 312-341-9196.

BOBBY CONN, DRAGONS 1976, ANDREW BIRD, CYNTHIA PLASTER CASTER and others perform at the Movieside Film Festival. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. 312-444-3456, ext. 520.

MARK EITZEL See Spot Check; free concert. Fri 12/6, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

FIVE IRON FRENZY, SQUAD FIVE-O, 38TH PARALLEL, ACE TROUBLESHOOTER, HUNTINGTONS Sat 12/7, 6 PM, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster. 630-833-3733.

BILL GAITHER & THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND, IVAN PARKER, JEFF & SHERI EASTER, BEN SPEER, JANET PASCHAL, JESSY DIXON, SANDI PATTY, HOPPERS, TAYLOR MASON & MARK LOWRY Fri 12/6, 7 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

KELLI ANN GLASER Holiday cabaret concert. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Northtown Arts Center, 6554 N. Rockwell. 773-465-3973.

HEAVY PETTING, ELBA LIAVA, MATT MERCER, JOHN HERNDON and others perform at the Select Media Festival; benefit for Voices in the Wilderness and Iraq Peace Team. Fri 12/6, 9 PM, second floor, Heaven Gallery and Buddy Space, 1550 N. Milwaukee. http://www.lumpen.com or 773-837-0145.

A HOLIDAY CABARET with Honey West, Tom Michael, Susan May, Joanie Pallatto, Suzanne Petri, Patty Morabito, MaryMonica Thomas, Robert Whorton, Kari Howard, Bob Moreen, Claudia Anderson, Jeff Dean, Carolyn Wehner, Lisa Lauren, Robin Kay, Lonie Walker, Stephen Rader, Daryl Nitz, Mary Beidler Gearen, Cheryl Szucsits, Bob Solone, Kat Taylor. Benefit for Teen Living Programs. Mon 12/9, 7 PM, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. 773-883-1090.

JON LANGFORD & KEVIN COYNE with Sally Timms, John Rice, Pat Brennan, Charlotte Greig. Sun 12/15, 7 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

TEDDY LEE ORCHESTRA Ballroom dance concert. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquet Center, 8900 S. Archer, Willow Springs. 708-839-1000.

LETTERMEN Holiday show; sold out. Fri 12/13, 8 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

LORD OF THE YUM YUM, GRAHAM SMITH, EXTREME ANIMALS, FLASHBULB, DJ SPIN LADEN, MARK DENARDO, DOUGGPOUND, DJ JAIME and others perform at the Select Media Festival. Sat 12/7, 9 PM, second floor, Heaven Gallery and Buddy Space, 1550 N. Milwaukee. http://www.lumpen.com or 773-837-0145.

NAN MASON performs "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"; free concert. Fri 12/6, noon, Chicago Water Works Visitor Center, 163 E. Pearson. 877-244-2246.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Fri 12/13, 7 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-455-4500 or 312-559-1212.

MEAT LOAF & FRIENDS Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

MISTLETONES perform at the Holiday Ball. Sat 12/14, 10:30 PM, Collaboraction, 2046 W. Carroll. 312-226-9633 or 312-666-4566.

ALANIS MORISSETTE, TONIC Sold out. Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-559-1212.

PATRICIA MUSKER performs "Roxy Bellows & Friends." Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM, Noble Fool Theater, 16 W. Randolph. 312-726-1156.

BRADFORD NEWQUIST Wed 12/11, 6:15 PM, the Club, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000.

1964: THE TRIBUTE Beatles tribute. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-559-1212.

OAKENFOLD, APHRODITE, HERNAN CATTANEO, JOHN CURLEY & CHRIS WALSH See Critic's Choice; 18 & over. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS, JACKSON BROWNE Wed 12/11, 7:30 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-455-4500 or 312-559-1212.

QUANTAZELLE, A VERY SENSITIVE DEVICE, NARENDRA, THE POTIONS, DJ JORDAN ZAWIDEH, DJ JUST JOEL and others perform at the Select Media Festival. Sun 12/8, 9 PM, second floor, Heaven Gallery and Buddy Space, 1550 N. Milwaukee. http://www.lumpen.com or 773-837-0145.

GERWALD ROCKENSCHAUB spins records at an opening reception for the EN/OF series of collaborations between visual artists and experimental musicians on prerecorded tracks. Fri 12/13, 6 PM, Julia Friedman Gallery, 118 N. Peoria. 312-455-0755.

JOE SATRIANI All-ages. Fri 12/6 and and Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

MICHAEL W. SMITH, POINT OF GRACE, KARA Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-791-6190 or 312-559-1212.

BOB SOLONE Free concert. Fri 12/13, noon, Chicago Water Works Visitor Center, 163 E. Pearson. 877-244-2246.

SAM STRYKE Free concert. Thu 12/12, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

DAN SULLIVAN performs at the quarterly 1415 Club gathering. Wed 12/11, 2 PM, United Methodist Homes & Services, 1415 W. Foster. 773-769-5500.

KASIM SULTON Free in-store performance. Fri 12/13, 8:30 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

MARVIN TATE & D-SETTLEMENT perform at an opening of new work by Chicago artist Kerry Skarbakka. Fri 12/6, 6-10 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-280-2660.

SUSAN TEDESCHI, JEFFREY GAINES All-ages. Sun 12/8, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

TEMPTATIONS Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS perform music from their recent children's album; sold out. Sat 12/7 and Sun 12/8, 2 and 4 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

TUSK, VEE DEE, TYPEWRITER and others perform at a benefit for Acme Art Works and the Movieside Film Festival. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western. 773-394-8170.

A WHITE CHRISTMAS: A TRIBUTE TO ROSEMARY CLOONEY with Audrey Morris, Nan Mason, Michelle Bradley, Suzanne Petri, Bradford Newquist, Justin Hayford, Allen Nichols, John Whitfield, Bob Moreen, Stu Genovese; free concert. Sat 12/7, 3 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

YIDCORE Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Congregation Makom Shalom, 637 S. Dearborn. 312-913-9030.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Buzz Killman & the Blues Rocket Scientists, Vanessa Davis Band. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Ike Reilly, Manplanet, the Reputation. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open stage. Fri 12/13, 10 PM, New Pornographers, Everybody Uh-Oh, Archer Prewitt. Sat 12/14, 10 PM, New Pornographers, Flashing Lights, Daybirds. 773-478-4408.

ALUMNI CLUB 15 W. Division: Fridays, 10 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 10 PM-5 AM, DJs Eddie & Breeze. 312-337-4349.

ALUMNI CLUB Rte. 31 south of Rte. 14, Crystal Lake: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ Louie V. Saturdays, DJ Pat B. Thursdays, Jim Wodjyla, DJ Marty B. 815-356-6000.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: Music at 5:30 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Too Much Funk. Sundays, DJ Double J. Thursdays, DJs Mike Z & Too Much Funk. 847-397-3100.

THE ARENA 19081 Old La Grange, Mokena: Fri 12/13, 10 PM, My Sacrifice. 708-478-4999.

BALLY MUCK 1930 Grand, Waukegan: Thursdays, 8 PM, acoustic singer/songwriter showcase and open stage with Eric Mickler, Chris Sipos & Johnny Rocker. 847-244-5636.

BARN OF BARRINGTON 1415 S. Barrington Rd., Barrington: Music at 9 PM. In the Music Room: Sat 12/7, Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd tribute). Wed 12/11, open mike hosted by Don Maloney. Thursdays, Heartsfield. Fri 12/13, Pat McCurdy. Sat 12/14, Steve Arvey, John Mooney & Justin Purtill. In the Piano Bar: Fri 12/6, Jonathan Shanes. Saturdays, Michael Domingue & Jose Penera. Fri 12/13, Alan Gresik. 847-381-8585.

THE BASSMENT 6057 N. California: Sundays, 4-7 PM, open mike for turntables, spoken word, and poetry. 773-764-2277.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Fri 12/6, Matthew, Giant Step, Wolcott. Sat 12/7, Deadly Snakes (see Spot Check), Ponys, Tijuana Hercules, Audreys. Sun 12/8, 7 PM, Todd Leiter-Weintraub, Stephen Ashbrook. Mondays, Pat McCurdy. Tue 12/10, Dick Holiday & the Bamboo Gang. Wed 12/11, Blue Shade Witness, Casey Meehan & the Late Night Radio. Thu 12/12, Read Letter, Dakota/Dakota, Head of Femur. Fri 12/13, Quiver Lip, Segway, Changes. Sat 12/14, Flood Ritual, Head Down, Devil May Care, Former Teenage Idols. 773-281-4444.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Boda, Smythe, King Super. Sat 12/7, AKA. Mondays, 8 PM-2 AM, DJs Sadar & Richie Rich spin disco, rare grooves, and underground. Thu 12/12, Midwest Blue. Fri 12/13, Big Buildings, Arbo. Sat 12/14, Confusion. 773-384-0043.

BINNY'S BEVERAGE DEPOT 3000 N. Clark: Saturdays, 1-5 PM, and Wednesdays, 3-7 PM, pianist Jeff Manuel. 773-935-9400.

BLACK BEETLE 2532 W. Chicago: Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM, DJ Pickle & Company. Wednesdays, 10 PM-2 AM, the Captain spins rock. 773-384-0701.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Sun 12/8, noon, Linda Weseman. 312-226-6666.

BOTTOM LOUNGE 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Prodigals, Gan Bua. Sat 12/7, Moaning Lisa, Alablaster, Monovox, Andy Woods, Artist Formerly Known as Vince. Wed 12/11, Milk at Midnight, Sonnets, Combo #3. Thu 12/12, Differents, Quiet Kid, Roho. Fri 12/13, Pleasing Betty, Blackmaker, Pelao. Sat 12/14, 7 PM, Waste, Gaskit, Nyr (all-ages); 10:30 PM, Dash Rip Rock, Mary Ellis. 773-975-0505.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music after 10 PM. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, Terrapin Flyer, David Gans. Sundays, Terrapin Flyer. Wednesdays, Cornmeal. Thu 12/12, P1, Abstract Giants. Fri 12/13, Psychedelic Breakfast. 773-384-8600.

BUCK'S GRILL 183 Main, Lake Zurich: Music after 7 PM. Fri 12/6, Jim Henning & James Wayman. Sundays, 3 PM, A.C.E. open mike. Fri 12/13, Jason Herr. 847-550-1127.

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

BURNING AMBITIONS 19 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Sat 12/7, 8:30 PM, Bookstore Cowboys. 847-358-0200.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/13, open mike. 847-256-8870.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: DJs spin after 8 PM. Wednesdays, DJ Pat B. Thursdays, DJs Pat B., Mike G. & Rockstar. 630-830-7200.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/6, Great Crusades. Sat 12/7, Riptones. 773-384-2547.

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

CHASE CAFE 7301 N. Sheridan: Tuesdays, 9 PM, open mike. 773-743-5650.

CIRCLE INN 7300 Circle, Forest Park: Wed 12/11, 10 PM, Mythic Figs, Pot Luck. 708-771-2123.

CLUB FOOT 1824 W. Augusta: DJs spin alternative and rock music 8 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Sundays, DJ Carrie Monster. 773-489-0379.

COCOABEAN EXPRESSIONS 7007 N. Glenwood: Saturdays, 9 PM, One Voice open mike for music, comedy, spoken word, and poetry. 773-274-6057.

COSI CAFE 1101 Lake, Oak Park: Wed 12/11, 7:30 PM, Ellen Rosner, Cin Salach. 708-524-8412.

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Sundays and Wednesdays, 11 PM-4 AM, DJ Shockwave spins reggae. 312-341-9787.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Jen Porter & Stone Puppets. Sat 12/7, 9 PM, Kisha Rhyne & Night Fever, Risbo, We-Hit. Wednesdays, open mike. Thursdays, Funkadesi. Fri 12/13, Moonshine Sway. Sat 12/14, Hat Guys. 773-528-7569.

CRISTAL LOUNGE at Magnum's Steakhouse, 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music at 9:30 PM. Fridays, DJ Marty B. Sat 12/7, Deja Vu. Sat 12/14, Hip Pocket. 847-952-8555.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Fri 12/6, 9:30 PM, Kadence, Mer, Treeline. Sat 12/7, 9:30 PM, Barrington Levy. Wed 12/11, 9 PM, Hope Kills Fear, Neotribe. Thu 12/12, 9 PM, Mighty Blue Kings. Fri 12/13, 9:30 PM, Flapjacks, Fines, Sara Hollister. Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Bile, Nocturne, Fashion Bomb, Chainsaw Johnny. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21661 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Music at 10:30 PM. Fri 12/6, 9 PM, DJ Russ (no cover). Sat 12/7, Snowshoe Crabs. Thursdays, 8 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/13, Shaffer Street. Sat 12/14, Quantum Leep. 847-541-4700.

CURRAGH'S IRISH PUB 1700 Woodfield, Schaumburg: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Voices. 847-706-1700.

DANNY'S 1951 W. Dickens: Mon 12/9, 10 PM-4 AM, Kranky Sound System (no cover). 773-489-6457.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Music in the Cabaret Room and the Piano Bar. In the Cabaret Room: Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin perform "There's Noel in Hanukkah"; 10:30 PM, Foiled Again Trio performs "Holiday Bizarre." Sat 12/7, 8 and 10:30 PM, and Sun 12/8, 7 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin perform "There's Noel in Hanukkah." Mon 12/9, 8 PM, Jeffrey Cook. Tue 12/10, 8 PM, Jordan Simonson performs "Christ, It's Christmas!" Fri 12/13, 10:30 PM, Foiled Again Trio performs "Holiday Bizarre." Sun 12/15, 5 PM, Suede. In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 5 PM, Gwen Pippen; 7:30 PM, Andrew Blendermann. Saturdays, 5 PM, Gwen Pippen; 8 PM, Daryl Nitz & George Howe. Sundays, 8 PM, and Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 PM, George Howe. Thursdays, 9 PM, Andrew Blendermann. 773-278-1830.

DEJA VU 2624 N. Lincoln: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJs MD & Johnny Price. Saturdays, DJs Ethan David & Johnny Price. Tuesdays, DJ Johnny Price spins breakbeat. Wednesdays, DJ Ed Vantage. Thursdays, 10 PM, Bandoleros, DJ Ed Vantage. 773-871-0205.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 9 PM; no cover. Sun 12/8, DJ Alex. Mon 12/9, DJ Delphine spins punk. Tue 12/10, DJ Mike Cook. Wed 12/11, DJ Jayson spins country & western. Thu 12/12, DJ John Almonte. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Reverend Horton Heat (see Spot Check), Cedarcase. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Sour Deluxe, American Cosmonaut, Light FM, Sono. Tue 12/10, 9 PM, Jenny Choi & the Third Shift, Annika Bentley, Andrew Morgan. Wed 12/11, 9 PM, Elvi, Monster Trux (see Spot Check), Rosedales, Vacation Bible School. Thu 12/12, 9 PM, T-Model Ford, Steepwater Band, Devil in a Woodpile. Fri 12/13, 10 PM, El Vez, Casolando, DJ Andy Cirzan. Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Dirtbombs, Cynics, Baseball Furies. 773-489-3160.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Jane Doe Band. Sat 12/7, JP & the Cats. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Larry Welch (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/13, Aunt Janet. Sat 12/14, Local H. 815-356-9980.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays (on two stages), 8:30 PM Sundays, 9 PM Mondays, and 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/6, Wicked Garden. Sat 12/7, Flathead Fillups, Kimi Hayes & Paula Marr. Mondays, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi (no cover). Tuesdays, 45s (no cover). Wed 12/11, G'tar Man Dave. Thu 12/12, Catfight. Fri 12/13, Arra. Sat 12/14, Fabulous Janes. 847-358-9150.

EDGEWATER LOUNGE 5600 N. Ashland: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/7, Nod. Sat 12/14, Hungries. 773-878-3343.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Jeep, Two Ton Levy, Plura. Sundays, 10 PM, Sumo. Tue 12/10, 8:30 PM, Barstow Project, Outlaw Family Band. Wed 12/11, Avalon. Thu 12/12, Karlye Lapetina, West of Rome. Fri 12/13, Sagtown Hustlers, Voodoo Kings, Chubby Nothin' & the Bone, String Theory. Sat 12/14, Starch Martins, 19 Wheels, Chris Gilmartin, Bill Quateman. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Fri 12/6, 9 PM, Bosco & Jorge, Noyes, An Automotive, Atropa. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Abilene, Mighty Rime, Che Arthur, Geese. Sun 12/8, 9:30 PM, Mt. St.

Helens, Rollo Tomasi, Missouri Compromise, That One Guy; 10 PM, "Big Up" with Josh Abrams, Jacob Ross, Fred Wells. Mon 12/9, 9 PM, Barbeau, No Hay Banda, Red Animal War, Fontane. Thu 12/12, 9:30 PM, Slumber Party (see Critic's Choice), Del Rey. Fri 12/13, 10 PM, Nerves, White Outs. Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Har Mar Superstar, Gossip, Black Keys. Sun 12/15, 9:30 PM, Helen Stellar, Portrait Perfume, Static Films; 10 PM, "Big Up" with Josh Abrams, Jacob Ross, Fred Wells. 773-276-3600.

ETHIO CAFE 3462 N. Clark: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Nguzo & the Groovement. Thursdays, 9 PM, Saba's Speakeasy: music and poetry open mike and open turntables. 773-929-8300.

ETHIOPIAN DIAMOND 6120 N. Broadway: Fridays, 7 PM, Kelan Phil Cohran. 773-338-6100.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly. Sundays, DJs spin metal and industrial. Mondays, DJs spin punk rock. 773-395-2700.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 510 S. Park, Fox Lake: DJs spin after 8 PM. Saturdays and Thursdays, DJ Ryan Hagen. Wednesdays, DJ Richie Rich. 847-587-9677.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mount Prospect: Music at 8 PM Thursdays, 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Fri 12/6, Mary Ann & the Professors. Sat 12/7, Bart Alonzo Group. Wednesdays, DJ Marty B. Thu 12/12, Neil Rose. Fri 12/13, 7 Deez. Sat 12/14, Short Cut. 847-593-2200.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 11/29, 80 Proof. Saturdays, DJs spin. Wednesdays, open jam with Hambone. 773-685-8083.

FAT BEAN 2959 Artesian, Naperville: Fridays, 7 PM, open mike hosted by Tim Trojanowski. 630-922-9821.

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

FINLEY DUNNE'S 3458 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/6, 7 PM, Chris Gilmartin (benefit for Mariana McShane). 773-477-7311.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly at 7 PM. Fri 12/6, Nerf Herder, Ultimate Fakebook, Fairview, Layman's Terms. Sat 12/7, Milemarker, World/Inferno Friendship Society, La Mantra de Fhiqria. Sun 12/8, Payback, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Disavow. Mon 12/9, From Autumn to Ashes, Hope Conspiracy, Unearth, A Static Lullaby. Wed 12/11, Crush Kill Destroy, No Funeral. Thu 12/12, Colossal, Decatur, Rockit Girl. Fri 12/13, Secret Unknown, Afterproject, Stale Chofli. Sat 12/14, Shakes, Dorks. Sun 12/15, Har Mar Superstar, Gossip, Rogers Sisters. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/6, 9 PM, Chris & Heather's Country Calendar Show with Robbie & Donna Fulks (Carl Butler & Pearl tribute), Neko Case (Roger Miller tribute), Waco Brothers (Lefty Frizzell tribute), Kelly Hogan (Connie Smith tribute), Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins (Stonemans tribute), Vernon Tonges (Homer & Jethro tribute), Scott Ligon (Johnny Cash tribute), Chris Ligon (Hank Snow tribute), Matt Miller (Elvis tribute), Jane Baxter Miller & Kent Kessler (Wanda Jackson tribute), Sally Timms (Waylon Jennings tribute), Jon Rauhouse (Flatt & Scruggs tribute). Sat 12/7, 9 PM, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, Tandy, Greg Trooper. Tue 12/10, 8:30 PM, open stage hosted by Link Freeman with Jimbo Delta. Wed 12/11, 8 PM, Chicago Singer Spotlight with Sabina L. Lilly, Beth Higgins, Anna McCafferty, Chester M. Gregory. Fri 12/13, 10 PM, Brave Combo. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Saturdays, 11 PM, DJs spin. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, Steve Z sings the songs of Frank Sinatra. 773-348-6000.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day, Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Stand the Gaff. Sat 12/7, Yes Men, Air This Side of Caution. Fri 12/13, Free Space. Sat 12/14, Hillbilly Winos, Tacit Hounds. 847-821-1234.

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3400 N. Clark: Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8 PM, Jack Crofoot. 773-528-4033.

FOUNDERS HILL BREWING COMPANY 5200 Main, Downers Grove: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Zion & Brian Paul spin (upstairs). Fri 12/6, Cryin' Souls. Sat 12/7, Core. Thu 12/12, Rob Russo. Fri 12/13, American Slang. Sat 12/14, Rico. 630-963-2739.

4-PLAY 3517 N. Clark: Sat 11/30, 10 PM, Bob Georges & Mike Ritchie. Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Mike Ritchie. 773-929-4000.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 9:30 PM on Fridays, 9 PM on Saturdays. Fri 12/6, Poi Dog Pondering. 630-416-4898.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays through Sundays and Tuesdays, DJ JC. Mondays, DJ Chris B spins punk and alternative. 773-248-3330.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Chocolate Covered Karma. Sat 12/7, Better Boyfriends. Fri 12/13, Todd Kelley memorial concert hosted by the Mythic Figs, with Mary Godfrey, Pot Luck, Jack Crofoot, Mike Wylson, Mike Bondurant. Sat 12/14, Sweet Medicine, Los Feos del Norte. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Fri 12/6, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Jeff Roscoe. Sat 12/7 and Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Kathryn Payne. Sundays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Beckie Menzie. Mon 12/9, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Jeremy Rill & Beckie Menzie. Tue 12/10, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Tom Michael, John Mahady, and Beckie Menzie. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Denise Tomasello & Russ Long. Fri 12/13, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Russ Long. 312-836-0933.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Fri 12/6 and Fri 12/13, 7:30 PM, Allen Nichols; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Tricia Grennan & George Howe; 10 PM, Khris Francis. Sun 12/8, 6 PM, Honey West & James Cebastien; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Mon 12/9, 9:30 PM, Nan Mason. Tue 12/10, 7:30 PM, Jen Porter; 9:30 PM, open mike hosted by Dan Stetzel. Wed 12/11, 7:30 PM, Justin Hayford; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Thu 12/12, 7:30 PM, Jared Saunders; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, Jeremy Rill & Ben Hartman; 10 PM, Khris Francis. Sun 12/15, 6 PM, Honey West & Dan Stetzel; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. 773-348-1053.

GIN MILL 2462 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 773-549-3232.

GOOSE ISLAND BREWERY 3535 N. Clark: Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Jack Straw. 773-549-9624.

GOOSE ISLAND BREWERY 1800 N. Clybourn: Thursdays, 9 PM, local music showcase and open stage (no cover). 312-915-0071.

GRANDPA'S PLACE 1868 Prairie, Glenview: Fridays, 6 PM, Frank Raven & Jim Desmond. 847-724-1390.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 12/6, 9:30 and 11:30 PM, Agave. 773-395-0066.

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

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Thin Man, Eric Mahle, Billy Catfish. Sat 12/7, Jacobstone, Outerdrive, Asher Streets. Wed 12/11, Monk, Ticklepenny Corner. Fri 12/13, Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins with Lawrence Peters, Travel Wide. Sat 12/14, Epicycle, Kevin Tihista, Joe Irizarry & Shot of Therapy. 773-472-5139.

HANG TIME 624 N. York, Elmhurst: Fri 12/6, 5:30 PM, and Tue 12/10, 7 PM, Gypsy. Wed 12/11, 7 PM, Matthew McBride. Fri 12/13, 6 PM, Paul Allodi, Steve Roth. 630-279-1100, ext. 7108.

HARRY'S VELVET ROOM 56 W. Illinois: Saturdays, 11 PM-5AM, DJ Swank, Matt Warren. Thursdays, 11 PM-4 AM, DJ Fabian. 312-527-5600.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Jackson Daly Group. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Jute, Keen. Sun 12/8, 9 PM, David Gans. Fri 12/13, 9:30 PM, Kissers. Sat 12/14, 9 PM, Ember Swift. 773-465-8005.

HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Mark Eitzel (see Spot Check), Tim Rutili with Ben Massarella & Jim Becker. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Chris Mills & the City That Works (see Post No Bills), Blanche; 12:30 AM, DJ Bloody Groove Symposium. Mon 12/9, 8 PM, Cantina, Leroy Bach & Edward Burch (no cover). Wed 12/11, 10 PM, Chicago's Finest Hour with Sono, A Month of Somedays, Ness, Magnus. Thu 12/12, 9 PM, Struts, Steve & Liam, Naughty Candy (benefit for Thax Douglas). Fri 12/13, 10 PM, Bloodshot Record 100th release party with Diesel Island, Kelly Hogan, Deano, Devil in a Woodpile. Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash; 12:30 AM, DJ Tainted Love. 773-227-4433.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fri 12/6, Hoochie Suit, Terata. Sat 12/7, David Stagl & the Burning Daylights, Tom Chase Band, Vona. Wednesdays, open mike (no cover). Fri 12/13, Future Rock, Super Deluxe, the Flow. Sat 12/14, Buddha's Belly, Radio Flyer. 773-929-0944.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Funkadesi. Sun 12/15, 8 PM, Acoustic Planet. 312-362-9707.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 12/6, Maya (benefit for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless). Sat 12/7, 5 PM, Laura Braun, Michelle Shafer, Barb Nashold, Guy Grace & Andrea Bunch, Tim Hort & friends, Pierce & Ramsdell, John Sabaduquia, Pater & Joe Griffin (benefit for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless). Thursdays, spoken word and music open mike with Soul People. 773-486-4093.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Better Than Ezra, Graham Colton, Kelli Owens (18 & over; sold out). Sat 12/7, Great White, Trip (benefit for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana). Tue 12/10, Scarface (see Critic's Choice), Erick Sermon, Poverty, Killah Priest, Bless the Nation, Graph (18 & over). Sat 12/14, 6 and 11 PM, Common with the Water Babies (early show all-ages; late show 18 & over). 312-923-2000.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/6, Junk in the Trunk. Sat 12/7, Toronzo Cannon. Thu 12/12, Trippin' Billies. Fri 12/13, Jen Porter. Sat 12/14, Pearl Street Band. 312-245-0333.

HOWL AT THE MOON 26 W. Hubbard: Dueling baby-grand piano players lead a sing-along at 5:45 PM Fridays, 6:45 PM Saturdays, and 7:45 PM Sundays through Thursdays. 312-863-7427.

JAVA OASIS 2240 S. Michigan: Tuesdays, 7 PM, People's Vocal Reactionary Liberation Movement hosted by Danny Devine & discopoet Khari B. 312-328-1216.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Hairbanger's Ball, Arthur Lee. Sat 12/7, Only Infinity, Ryan Flagstaff. Thu 12/12, Durty Lounge Lizards. Fri 12/13, Too White Crew, Naked (BoDeans tribute). Sat 12/14, Deuces Wild (dueling pianos), Quarterlife. 312-337-3486.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike. 773-477-3330.

KNOCKOUTS 325 N. Jefferson: Fridays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJ Kelly Williams. 312-648-0100.

LEG ROOM 7 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Rhythm. Sundays and Thursdays, DJ Johnny Price. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Janelle's Three, DJ Johnny Price. 312-337-2583.

LIAR'S CLUB 1665 W. Fullerton: DJs spin nightly at 9 PM. Sundays, Machine Gun Etiquette DJs spin old school punk and glam. Mondays, Mike O'Connell. Tuesdays, DJ Dujuan. Wednesdays, Herb & Mike, DJ JSJ. Thursdays, Rick Ness. 773-665-1110.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike. 773-384-1040.

LION HEAD PUB & THE APARTMENT 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin upstairs 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. 773-348-5100.

LITHIUM 1124 W. Belmont: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs spin Top 40 and soul. Wednesdays, DJs spin hip-hop. Thursdays, DJs spin jazz. 773-477-6513.

LONG ROOM 1612 W. Irving Park: Sundays, 10:30 PM, Nicholas Barron & Galaxy 5. 773-665-4500.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Holy Ghosts, Brass Knuckle Boys, Paperbacks, Hookers in Orbit. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, King Candy, Gracey, Phil Angotti & the Idea. Sun 12/8, 8 PM, Beki Hemingway, Blue Lit Souls. Tue 12/10, 9 PM, Convulsions. Wed 12/11, 9 PM, 9-Fifty, Strange Pleasures. Thu 12/12, 9 PM, Bound to Change, Bizarro. Fri 12/13, 10 PM, Functional Blackouts, Vee Dee, Busy Kids, Saltwater Vampires. Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Silents, Perv. Sun 12/15, 9 PM, Cretin, F.O.S. 773-871-3757.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Willie Waldman Project. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Reverend Horton Heat (see Spot Check), Twistin' Tarantulas. Wed 12/11, 8 PM, Hillbilly Winos, Motion to Fix (no cover). Thu 12/12, 9 PM, Freeloader, David Zollo, Seven Harkey. Fri 12/13, 9 PM, Jack Casady & Jorma Kaukonen, Ramsay Midwood. Sat 12/14, 9:30 PM, Fly Williams, Mudita, Free Space. 773-404-9494.

MELANGE BLUE 2809 Butterfield, Oak Brook: Restaurant and tapas bar; no cover. Fridays, 4:30 PM-1 AM, DJs spin. Saturdays, 5:30 PM, Steve Blair & the Melange Blue Band; 8:30 PM-2 AM, DJs spin. 630-571-3600.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 12/6, 5:30 PM, Vakill & Juice, Rhymefest, Qwel & Offwhyte, Mass Hysteria with DJ Precyse, Family Tree, O-Type Star, Eulorythmics & Qwazaar, Prime with DJ Madd Crates, Nacrobats & Lord 360, DJ PNS, DJ Precyse (all-ages). Sat 12/7, 6:30 PM, Blind Guardian (see Critic's Choice), Symphony X, Twelfth Gate (all-ages). Sun 12/8, 6:30 PM, the Lust, Skeleton Key, Bible of the Devil (all-ages). Tue 12/10, 6:30 PM, Dillinger Escape Plan (see Critic's Choice), Mastodon, Yakuza, Tub Ring (all-ages). Thu 12/12, 6:30 PM, Sev, Blackout, Psychward, Egnaro (all-ages). Fri 12/13, 9 PM, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (18 & over). Sat 12/14, 5:30 PM, From Zero, Blank Theory, Swidden, Reforma, Revis (all-ages); 11:30 PM, Naughty Boys with DJ Mark Picchiotti. Sun 12/15, 6:30 PM, Gelheads, Synge, Empyrean, Saraphine (all-ages). 773-549-0203.

MICKEY FINN'S 412 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Prowlers. Fri 12/13, Blue Light Special. Sat 12/14, Wind Gypsies. 847-362-6688.

MIKE DITKA'S Tremont Hotel, 100 E. Chestnut: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 PM, and Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM, John Vincent (tribute to Frank Sinatra). 312-587-8989.

MRS. P & ME 100 E. Prospect, Mount Prospect: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/13, Group du Jour. 847-259-9724.

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

MOJOE'S 2256 W. Roscoe: Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Larry O. Dean & Derek Walvoord. 773-388-1236.

MORETTI'S RISTORANTE & SPORTS BAR 6727 N. Olmsted: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Rockstar. Sundays and Thursdays, DJ Freddie. 773-631-1223.

MOXIE'S 3517 N. Clark: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Love in a Box (no cover). 773-935-6694.

THE MUTINY 2428 N. Western: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/6, Pkdores, I Attack, Demon Seed, Spare Change. Sat 12/7, Shooting Blanks, Ratbag Hero, Parr 5, Final Theory. Sun 12/8, Black Lips, Carbonas, Tyrades, Hot Machine. Tue 12/10, Fear & Trembling. Wed 12/11, Vamplifier, Sick Boys. Thu 12/12, Murder in Love, HDR. 773-486-7774.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Fri 12/6, 9 PM, Dolly Varden, Jay Bennett & Edward Burch, Brian Vander Ark. Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Joey McIntyre; 10 PM, "Hooray for Hanukkah" with John Greenfield's Rock Band, Geoff Greenberg, Dag Juhlin, Mystechs, Ellen Rosner, Kelly Kessler, Al Rose, Kim, Love on the Rocks, Greg Gillam, Kevin Coval, Eric Roth & the Silver Schmateez, Tommi Zender. Wed 12/11, "Folk You!" with Larry O. Dean, Todd Leiter-Weintraub, Mark Sheehy, Slowjane. Fri 12/13, Sinister Luck Ensemble, Lesser Birds of Paradise. Sat 12/14, J-200, Delafields, Mark Sheehy y los Arquitectos del Amor. Sun 12/15, noon, Melissa Adams, Barbara Hollek, Debe Welchand, Ellen Rosner. 847-869-0450.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Guilty. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike. Wed 12/11, 8 PM, Even in Blackouts. Thursdays, 8 PM, Grinder gay/lesbian music & poetry series hosted by Scott Free (12/12 with Julie Paradise, 2LikeMinds). Sat 12/14, 9 PM, Anne-Marie Akin. 773-743-3355.

NORTH BEACH 1551 N. Sheffield: Sat 12/7, 10 PM, 3rd Eyelanders. 312-266-7842.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM. Fri 12/6, Smokin' With Superman, Banned Band. Sat 12/7, Respect the Mic. 773-489-0011.

OASIS 160 160 W. Joe Orr, Chicago Heights: Fri 12/6, 9:30 PM, Blizzard of Oz (Ozzy Osbourne tribute), Lethal Injection, Lyz. Sat 12/7, 5 PM, Coma, Lotis, Hearsay T.A.O., One Step Behind. Sun 12/8, 6 PM, Wolcott, Duct Tape Mustache, Soulvasq, City Water Bandits. Tue 12/10, 6:30 PM, Breaking Benjamin, Revis (all-ages). Thu 12/12, 9:30 PM, Mike & Joe. Fri 12/13, 9:30 PM, Local H (18 & over). Sat 12/14, 5 PM, Wild Side (Motley Crue tribute), Bad Medicine (Bon Jovi tribute), Last Vegas, Janus, Mason's Case, Detour (all-ages). Sun 12/15, 7 PM, Dope, Primer 55, Skinlab, Society 1 (all-ages). 708-756-0600.

100 SOUTH CHOP HOUSE & GRILL 100 S. York, Elmhurst: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, Johnny Rome (no cover). 630-782-9091.

OTTO'S 118 E. Lincoln, De Kalb: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Umphrey's McGee (18 & over). Sat 12/7, Pimps, Electric Rhino. Tue 12/10, True Family Unit with DJs Turbotic, William Lee & Bryan Balli. Thu 12/12, Mr. Blotto (18 & over). Fri 12/13, Mike & Joe (18 & over), Perv, Suite 13. 815-758-2715.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/7, Street Van. Tuesdays, 10 PM, open mike hosted by Big Daddy Shag. Wed 12/11, Stas. Thu 12/12, Silver Measure. Fri 12/13, Dugout, Ruth Buzzy. Sat 12/14, Wellstones. Sun 12/15, Wild Bill & the Coyotes. 773-486-9862.

PIECE 1927 W. North: Tuesdays, 10 PM, Blizzard of Oz (Ozzy Osbourne tribute). 773-772-4422.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/7, Tim Rutili & friends. Thu 12/12, Analog Radio. Fri 12/13, Dirty Love. Sat 12/14, Ruben Waters Loves You. 773-252-7767.

PRAIRIE ROCK BREWERY 127 S. Grove, Elgin: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/7, Devlin & Dietel. Sat 12/14, Mighty Joe 847-622-8888.

PRAIRIE ROCK BREWERY 1385 N. Meacham, Schaumburg: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, My Two Sons. Sat 12/7, Arthur Lee. Thu 12/12 and Sat 12/14, Arthur Lee. Fri 12/13, Blue Diamond. 847-605-9900.

PRODIGAL SON BAR & GRILL 2626 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, the Ghost, Italo, Honor System, Lynyrd's Innards. Sat 12/7, Mostley Crue (Motley Crue tribute), Phantom Three, Negligents. Tue 12/10, Pal. Steve Buscemi's Teeth, Dead Racoons. Thu 12/12, Portrait Perfume, Bergen Even, Malcolm Effect, Artificial West. Fri 12/13, Bobby Stratosphere, Rock Star Club, Wolcott, Violents. Sat 12/14, Tobucdet, Chow Billy, Cock Snot. Sun 12/15, Yidcore, Madhappy. 773-248-3093.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2401 N. Western: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover. Sat 12/7, Joe Irizarry & Shot of Therapy. Mondays, open mike hosted by Berry LaCroix. Thu 12/12, Casolando. 773-276-9730.

RAW BAR Ivory Piano Lounge, 3720 N. Clark: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/14, Jack Crofoot. 773-348-7291.

RED LINE TAP 7006 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/7, Spinal Pat, Double Face, Damn Hoovers (benefit for Toys for Tots). Wednesdays, pro jam hosted by Pat Hall. Thursdays, open mike. 773-274-3239.

REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario: Fridays, 8 PM, Gene Garcia; 11:45 PM, David Crawford. Saturdays, 8 PM, Dave Johnson; midnight, John Zamojcin. Sundays, 8:30 PM-2:30 AM, John Zamojcin. Mondays, 8 PM, Tom Linsk & Lisa McClowry; 11:45 PM, Peter Miletic/Kenny Phelps. 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 McClowry; 11:45 PM, Arturo Santana. 312-640-1000.

RHYTHM 1108 W. Randolph: Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9 PM, drum circle. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Family of Souls. Wed 12/11, 9 PM, Soul People; midnight, open percussion jam. 312-492-6100.

RILEY'S ROCK HOUSE 110 N. Lake, Aurora: Tue 12/10, 7 PM, Disasters, Agnostic Front, Deals Gone Bad, Callaghan, Plan of Attack (all-ages). 630-896-1031.

RINGSIDE 1122 W. Devon, Elk Grove: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/7, Love in a Box. 847-895-9444.

ROCK HOUSE CAFE 2212 Algonquin, Rolling Meadows: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Detour, Damage, Fleshold. Sat 12/7, Clear, Joe Dizillo, Wanderlust, Ella Music Group. Thu 12/12, Face of Fury, Stash. Fri 12/13, Pete Berwick, Johnny Monaco. Sat 12/14, Portrait, Trading Brains, Life Without. 847-670-8888.

ROCKLAND CAFE 525 Rockland, Lake Bluff: Fri 12/6, 9 PM, Kimi Hayes & Paula Marr. 847-295-7140.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 12/6, 7:30 PM, Ian Moore, Jon Dee Graham (18 & over); 10:30 PM, 2nd annual WLUW holiday sing-along with Pearly Sweets & the Platonics, Josh Caterer, Tom Daily, RD Roth, Darkroom Chemicals, Jejeunes & others (benefit for WLUW). Sat 12/7, 7:30 and 10:30 PM, Over the Rhine, Bill Mallonee (early show 18 & over). Sun 12/8, 8 PM, Mary Lee's Corvette, Floorbirds, Deanna Varagona. Mon 12/9, 8 PM, Rockapella (all-ages). Tue 12/10, 9 PM, Bigger Lovers (see Spot Check), Paper Airplane Pilots, Crackpot. Wed 12/11, 9 PM, Afflictions, M's (see Spot Check), Eyesores. Thu 12/12, 9 PM, Dry County, Seven Day Run, Bryter. Fri 12/13, 7 PM, Matt Nathanson, Blu Sanders (18 & over); 10 PM, Webb Brothers, Longwave, Turner Joy. Sat 12/14, 7 PM, Matt Nathanson, Andrew Kerr (18 & over); 10 PM, Box-o-Car, Verbow, Exo. Sun 12/15, 8 PM, Da Vinci's Notebook (18 & over). 773-525-2508.

SEDGWICK'S BAR & GRILL 1935 N. Sedgwick: Fri 12/6, 9 PM, Matt Carter Band. 312-337-7900.

THE SHACK 20886 W. Park, Mundelein: Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Redshirt. 847-566-7000.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Sat 12/7, 7 PM, Audio Relay launch party with Red Cabinet Theater, First Plenary Session of the Revolutionary Party of Saturn, Tiny Hairs, and others. 773-227-3617.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Agent 86. 847-991-2150.

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

SNUGGERY SALOON & DINING ROOM Union Station, Canal & Adams: No cover. Thu 12/12, 3:30 PM, Fabulous Dave & Frank. 312-441-9334.

STREETSIDE CAFE 3201 W. Armitage: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Sundays, DJs Shaun & Le Deuce. Mondays, Matt Fields. Tuesdays, Mike Kandel. Wednesdays, J. Cantrell. 773-252-9700.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: In the upstairs Cabaret Room: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Vakill, Opus, Organic Mind Unit, Ndvisual, Musab, DJ PNS, DJ Precyse. Thu 12/12, 10 PM, Crook County. In the lounge: Fridays and Saturdays, DJs spin Motown, funk, rare groove, hip-hop, and disco. Sun 12/8, DJs Mungo, Earth & Pajama Party. Mondays, 8 PM, acoustic open mike hosted by Ciso Lobo. Tuesdays, 11 PM, DJs Artek, Verb, Norman Rockwell, Mary Jane & D-Double spin at the 606 hip-hop open mike. Wednesdays, DJs David Chavez & Cazwell James spin Latin jazz and house. Thursdays, 10 PM, Bad News Jones. 773-278-6600.

SWANK 710 N. Wells: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM Mondays through Fridays, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays; no cover. Mondays, DJ Slowe spins 80s synth wave, alternative, gothic, industrial & dance. Wednesdays, Johnny Chaos. 312-274-9500.

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

U.S. BEER CO. 1801 N. Clybourn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Gidgets Ga-Ga, Soulvasq, Blu Magoo. Sat 12/7, Menthol, Kevin Tihista's Red Terror, Team Rockit. 773-871-7799.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music after 8 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays and Mondays. Fri 12/6, Raine, Christine Costanzo, Catfish Stephenson. Sat 12/7, Mercy Greymoor, FM Smith, Paris Delane. Sun 12/8, Mike Plishka, Kristin Cotts. Mondays, open mike hosted by Acousticboy & Larry Silverman. Wed 12/11, C.H.A.T. music showcase. Thu 12/12, Acousticboy, Annie Gallup. Fri 12/13, Pat MacDonald, Cathy Braaten, Al Rose. Sat 12/14, Bucky Halker, L&J. Sun 12/15, Kristin Shout, Laura Doherty, Mighty Joe Beatty. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 10 PM. Fri 12/6, FOS, Withdrawal, Lucius Warbaby. Sat 12/7, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Mondays, Test Tube DJs spin. Wednesdays and Sat 12/14, Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke with live band. Fri 12/13, VD6, Sawbone, Jim Crack. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Sundays, 10 PM, Heather Horton Band. Mondays, 2 AM, Steve Kouba. Thursdays, 8 PM, Joe Thomas; 10 PM, Joe Thomas Band; 1 AM, Koko Brunson. 312-266-7761.

VAUGHAN'S PUB 2917 N. Sheffield: No cover. Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, open jam with Anto & Tony C. 773-281-8188.

VISION 640 N. Dearborn: Music after 9 PM. Wed 12/11, Emilie Autumn, Stigma Doll, Marizen, Lindsie Reitz. 312-266-2114.

WEBSTER WINE BAR 1480 W. Webster: No cover. Mondays, 10 PM, Sticky Lupree. 773-868-0608.

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

WILD GOOSE 4265 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Locals, Mr. Opportknockity. 773-281-7112.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/6, Aswah Greggori & the Enforcers. Sat 12/7, Melaku, Stagalag. Sundays, Gizzae. Mondays, Blue Groove Lounge with Juice & Dirty. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis. Wednesdays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJ Cojo B spins dancehall. 773-327-4273.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 8 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/6, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. Sat 12/7, Money Shot, Director's Cut, Two Cow Garage, Black Velvet Band. Tue 12/10, Mr. Blotto. Wed 12/11, Travelbee, Hypnofugue, Frantick Appetite. Thu 12/12, 9 PM, Joe Dizillo, Filament Circus Sound. Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14, 10:30 PM, Fareed Haque Group. 773-929-1300.

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

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

BAR THIRTEEN 1944 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-3 AM Saturdays, and 8 PM-2 AM Sundays. Fridays, DJ Mig. Saturdays, DJ Dave Britton. Sundays, DJs Shon Dervis & A+ spin downtempo house, Latin, and rare groove. Wednesdays, DJ Red Lox. Thursdays, DJ Hello Kitty. 773-394-1313.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: DJs spin acid jazz, funk, Afrobeat, house, two-step, and soul 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays through Saturdays. Wednesdays, 7 PM, poetry open mike with music by Bemaji. 773-348-3665.

BERLIN 954 W. Belmont: Fridays, 10 PM-4 AM, DJ Greg Haus spins trance, progressive, hard house, and breakbeat. Saturdays, 10 PM-5 AM, DJs Christopher Robin, John Jackson & Greg Haus spin trans-Euro groove. Mondays, 10 PM, DJ Boa spins synthpop, hardwave, and retro. Tuesdays, 11 PM-4 AM, DJ Ralphi Rosario spins deep house. Wednesdays, 10 PM, DJ Larissa, DJ Ruslan. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Lego, Steve Melvage. Saturdays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna, DJ Spin. Mondays, DJs Brian G. & BJAK. Tuesdays, DJ Mel Hammond spins house. Wednesdays, DJ 33-1/3, Bruno. Thursdays, DJ FLX, Chris Miller. 312-243-1699.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM Tuesdays through Sundays (until 3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Sat 12/7, DJ Shaka 23. Sundays, DJ Uncle Milty spins house, hip-hop, and R&B. Tue 12/10, DJ Sinjin, Tim Xavier. Wednesdays, Hard Candy with DJ Chris Gin. Thursdays, Synesthesia with live electro, techno, and IDM and DJs Tobias & Chris May. Sat 12/14, Mike Steele. 773-235-9100.

BIOLOGY BAR 1516 N. Fremont: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Twilite Tone, Mike Love, DJ Word. 312-266-1234.

BLONDE 820 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Mario. 312-226-4500.

BUNGALOW LOUNGEBAR 1622 W. Belmont: DJs spin downtempo, trip-hop, acid jazz & more. Fridays, 9 PM-2 AM, Architektur. Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM, Andre Shakom. 773-244-0400.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: DJs spin until 5 AM Saturdays, until 4 AM Sundays through Thursdays. 312-475-9800.

CACTUS CLUB 1112 N. State: Fridays, 9 PM-2 AM, and Saturdays, 9 PM-3 AM, DJ Kidd. 312-642-5999.

CAFE LURA 3184 N. Milwaukee: Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJs MF, Regge, Lamebrane & Radiata spin drum & bass. 773-736-3033.

CHERRY RED 2833 N. Sheffield: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Eddie spins hip-hop. Saturdays, DJ Freddie O spins hip-hop and house until 3 AM. Sundays, DJs Eddie & Freddie O. Thursdays, DJ Izzi (no cover). 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. 312-666-8106.

CIRCUIT NIGHTCLUB AND REHAB LOUNGE 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM. Saturdays, DJ Hugo, DJ Lulu. Sundays, 7 PM, Latin T-Dance hosted by Veronica Zaid, DJs Kid Romeo, Alex Perez & El Prieto. Mondays, Disco Bingo hosted by Bianca Bleu. Tuesdays, 10 PM, karaoke with VJ Kevy B. Wednesdays, DJ Jungle Jorge spins salsa and Latin house. Thursdays, 11 PM, Miss Ketty & Her Latina Review, DJ El Prieto. 773-325-2233.

CIRCUS 901 W. Weed: DJs spin 6 PM-2 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 6 PM-3 AM Saturdays; members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas perform circus acts on weekends. 312-266-1200.

CLUB CHEMISTRY 2121 E. New York, Aurora: Fri 12/6, 9 PM-4 AM, DJs Alex Peace, Caffeine, Inphinity, Seneca, Johnny Chaos, Chris Gin, DJ Chance; 17 & over. 630-582-7006.

CLUB MERCURY 221 W. Van Buren: Restaurant and nightclub; DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Saturdays, DJs spin hip-hop and R&B. 312-427-1774.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: DJs spin Latin & Caribbean, hip-hop, and house 9 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-397-0600.

CLYBAR 2417 N. Clybourn: DJs spin after 9 PM; no cover. Sundays, Family Chicago DJs spin house. Thursdays, DJs spin soul and funk. 773-388-1877.

COCKTAIL 3359 N. Halsted: DJs spin in the bar after 9 PM. Fridays, Freddie Bain. Saturdays, DJ Daniel Tsunami, DJeremy. Tuesdays, Michael Serafini. Thursdays, Timmy Loop. 773-477-1420.

COPA 1637 N. Clybourn: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Tim Bogosian spins hip-hop and house. Saturdays, guest DJs spin until 3 AM. Thursdays, Ken Sumka spins rock, pop, and alternative. 312-642-3449.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/6, Teri Bristol, Psycho Bitch. Sat 12/7, David Waxman, Dave Reality. Sun 12/8, Freddie Bain, Michael Serafini. 312-337-5001.

DANTE'S 1200 W. Hubbard: DJs spin after 10:30 PM; no cover. Saturdays, DJ Sean Madness. Thursdays, DJ Bobby Too Fresh. 312-243-9350.

DIG 1551 N. Sheffield: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM Fridays and Saturdays. 312-377-1727.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin on three levels 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Thursdays, DJs Paul Blair & Greg Norwood. 312-751-2900.

DRAGONFLY 1206 N. State: DJs spin after 10 PM Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays. Sundays, DJ Chris Gin. Wednesdays, DJ Splinter. 312-204-9991.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: DJs spin after 7 PM Tuesdays through Fridays. 312-338-3788.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: In the Cabaret Room: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays through Saturdays, Slim, Katfish, Zanman, Pat Mann & Spankie. Mondays, Pat Mann & Slim. Tuesdays, Double J. Sun 12/15, DJ Tom McBride. In Club X: Thursdays, 9 PM-4 AM, Jesus Enriquez y Su Orquesta; DJ Juan Carlos spins salsa & merengue. 312-266-1944.

GAMEKEEPERS 345 W. Armitage: Music after 10 PM. Thursdays, DJ Slowe spins 80s synth wave, alternative, gothic, and industrial dance. 773-549-0400.

GET ME HIGH LOUNGE 1758 N. Honore: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM Mondays through Fridays, 7 PM-3 AM Saturdays, and 8 PM-2 AM Sundays. 773-252-4090.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Wednesdays, Can Can DJs Flipside, Wayne Williams, Vince Lawrence & Cedric. 312-587-8469.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fridays and Saturdays, midnight-4 AM, B Side DJs spin rare groove, jazz, mambo, Cuban, funk & soul (no cover). 773-395-0066.

HOLLYWOOD EAST 5650 N. Broadway: Fridays, 9:30 PM, DJs spin house. 773-271-4711.

ICE BAR 738 N. Clark: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly. Wednesdays, DJs Johnny Chaos, Agent 47 & Marcel. 312-440-8841.

INNJOY 2051 W. Division: Music from 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Evan Coleman. Sundays, Magellan's Sphere. Tuesdays, DJ Brock spins 80s electronica & Britpop. Thursdays, DJs spin jazz. 773-394-2066.

JEFFERY PUB 7041 S. Jeffery: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Leonard "Remix" Rroy, Sean Smith, DJ V-Rod, Leonard Part Sixx. 773-363-8555.

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.

JOHN BARLEYCORN 3524 N. Clark: DJs spin after 10 PM upstairs. Fridays, DJ Ben. Saturdays, DJs Frique & AM/PM. Thursdays, DJs Flipside & Louie Louie. 773-549-6000.

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

KATACOMB 1909 N. Lincoln: DJs spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and R&B 9 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs Brent, Jig & Ryan. Wednesdays, DJ Ffar spins house. 773-230-3333.

KUSTOM 1997 N. Clybourn: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. 773-528-3400.

LAVA LOUNGE 859 N. Damen: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Moa Anbessa Sound System with General Jah Son, Marcus Iya & Rankin' Stranjah. Saturdays, DJ Brian G., Brenda D. & Nick Santillan spin house. Mondays, DJ Greg Shirilla. Tuesdays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae. Wednesdays, DJ Hook Dick spins rock. Thursdays, DJ Shon Dervis & Precyse spin hip-hop. 773-772-3355.

LEADWAY 5233 N. Damen: No cover. Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, DJs Rotten Milk & Bosco spin electronic, experimental, and IDM. 773-728-2663.

MANHATTAN'S 415 S. Dearborn: Bar & lounge. Fridays, 9 PM, and Saturdays, 9:30 PM, DJ Teflan and DJ Low Key spin hip-hop and house. 312-957-0460.

MANHOLE 3458 N. Halsted: DJs spin until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). 773-975-9244.

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

MINX 111 W. Hubbard: Wednesdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJs Bear Who? & Majid. 312-828-9000.

MYSTIQUE 157 W. Ontario: DJs spin after 10 PM. Saturdays, DJs World & Flipside. Sundays, DJs John Styles & Cache 22. Wednesdays, DJs Pharris, Mike Love & Phantom. 312-642-2582.

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

THE NEW SOUND 7407 W. Madison, Forest Park: Saturdays, 10:30 PM-3 AM, DeeJay Intel One spins hip-hop, downtempo, and drum 'n' bass (no cover). 708-771-3060.

NINE 440 W. Randolph: DJs spin nightly in the Ghost Bar until 2 AM. 312-575-9900.

NOCTURNAL 1111 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Saturdays, DJs DVS & Billy the Kid spin Euro, progressive, house, and trance. 312-491-1931.

OAKENFOLD, APHRODITE, HERNAN CATTANEO, JOHN CURLEY & CHRIS WALSH See Critic's Choice; 18 & over. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

THE ORIGINAL MOTHER'S 26 W. Division: DJ Joe spins pop, hip-hop, and house 8 PM-4 AM Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-642-7251 or 312-642-7252.

LE PASSAGE 1 Oak Place: DJs spin 10:30 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:30 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-255-0022.

THE (PROP) HOUSE 1675 N. Elston: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM Fridays and Sundays, 11 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs spin hip-hop and reggae. Saturdays, DJs Mike Dunn, Tony T., Phantom, Sam Silk & others spin deep house. Sundays, DJ Mike Love. 773-486-2390.

RED DOG 1958 W. North: DJs spin funk, house, and dance music 10 PM-4 AM Fridays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Saturdays, DJs Twilite Tone, 33-1/3 & Steve Bravo. Mondays, DJs Mark Grant, Lego & Dave Britton. Wed 12/11, Snuggles & Casper, KC & Ry-N, Kid Entropy & Bio-Booster, Lamebrane & MF, Ciro & Brandon S., MCs Blackeye & Kid Entropy. 773-278-1009.

REDNOFIVE & FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Sundays and Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-733-6699.

REUNION 811 W. Lake: Resident DJ Matt Warren and guests spin after 8 PM; no cover before 9 PM. 312-491-9600.

SAUCE 1750 N. Clark: Restaurant. Thursdays, 10 PM, DJ Abell spins house (no cover). 312-932-1750.

SEANCHAI 2345 W. Belmont: Music at 10 PM. Mondays, DJs Paul Norman, Mista Mashup & Liquid G-Zus. 773-549-4444.

SINIBAR 1540 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM. Fridays, DJs Tone B. Nimble & Mark Fullaflava spin rare groove, DJ JR spins hip-hop. Saturdays, DJ Tone B. Nimble spins hip-hop. Sundays, DJ Mark Fullaflava spins breakbeat, disco, hip-hop, jazz & soul. Mondays, DJs Felix & the Mad Thinker spin house. Tuesdays, DJ Eddie "Moskito" Cruz spins salsa, boogaloo, merengue & samba. Wednesdays, DJs spin hip-hop. Thursdays, DJ BJAK spins electro, house, disco, R&B, and hip-hop. 773-278-7797.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/6, Dayhota, Iz & Diz. Sat 12/7, Justin Long, Lance de Sardi, Mike Pugh. Sundays, DJs Erin & Abbie. Mondays, iPod open DJ night (no cover). Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins ethereal, goth, and electro. Thu 12/12, Dean Decosta, Marko Katic, Dr. Ken Gong, Coleman Burditt. Fri 12/13, Colette, Alena. Sat 12/14, DJ Heather, Dan X. 773-549-4140.

SOUND-BAR 226 W. Ontario: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-787-4480.

SPIN 800 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Timmy Loop & VJ Terp (no cover). Saturdays, DJ Jungle Jorge & VJ Nickole. Sundays, VJ Steven Farias. Mondays, VJ Tyrone (no cover). Tuesdays, VJ Tech-Nick (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 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Jason Davis & Tempo spin house and hip-hop. Saturdays, DJ Andrew Vonn spins house and hip-hop. Sundays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Tuesdays, DJ Andrew Vonn spins metal. Thursdays, DJs Andre Harris & Martin "Boogieman" Luna spin house. 312-587-8779.

STREETSIDE CAFE 3201 W. Armitage: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Fridays, DJ Michael Lacey spins deep house. 773-252-9700.

SWANK 710 N. Clark: DJ spin 10 PM-2 AM. Fridays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna & Andre Harris. Saturdays, Johnny Chaos. Wednesdays, DJ Speed. Thursdays, Uncle Milty. 312-274-9500.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Karlito. Saturdays, Refried Beats with Mass Transit, Spinello, and J-biz. Wednesdays, DJ Mass Transit spins soul & hip-hop (12/11 with Greg Rodriguez). Thursdays, DJ Dan. 773-227-4906.

TRACE 3714 N. Clark: Wednesdays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJ Real One, Jackin' Jamie & Skor spin house, disco & and breaks (no cover). 773-477-3400.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Alberto Gomez, Marco Hernandez & Carlos Rodriguez spin salsa. Saturdays, DJs Goose & Martin "Boogieman" Luna, Jernell Geronimo & Uncle Milty. 312-491-9729.

VISION 640 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJs Mike Z, Mach 1 & Ryan Hagen (Fri 12/6 with Acapulco Silverman). Sat 12/7, Three, Jonathan Lisle, Randall Jones, DJ Laura B., Tony 2 Much. Mondays, DJs Structure & Theory. Fri 12/13, Chris Gin, Angelist, Submerge, Brandy James, Gabriel Palomo, Shaka 23, Matty, DJ Laura B., Tony 2 Much. Sat 12/14, Armin Van Buren, David Josephs, DJ Laura B., Tony 2 Much. 312-266-2114.

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

WHITE STAR 225 W. Ontario: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Structure & Theory. Saturdays, DJs Mike Z & Mach 1 spin progressive house, trance, hip-hop & R&B. Thursdays, DJs Shaka 23 & Whyteout spin house. 312-440-3223.

XIPPO 3759 N. Damen: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ French Toast. 773-529-9135.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/6, Kevin Yost, Justin Long & Sativa, Frank Solano & Chris Santiago. Sat 12/7, Tobias, Andre Harris, PNS. Fri 12/13, Lawnchair Generals, Justin Long & Sativa, Frank Solano & Chris Santiago. Sat 12/14, Derrick Carter, Josh Werner, Marko Katic, Frank Q, Rebecca. 312-787-0400.

ZERO GRAVITY 22 W. 613 75th, Naperville: DJs spin 8 PM-4 AM Fridays and Saturdays. 630-985-1111.

folk & country

concerts

REBECCA ARMSTRONG Free concert and sing-along about angels, with a discussion by author Gina Otto. Sun 12/15, 2 PM, Suite 1700, Swedenborg Library, 77 W. Washington. 312-346-7003.

BOHOLA Free concert. Thu 12/12, 6 PM, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood. 312-747-6639, ext. 40.

CELTIC TENORS Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Saint Patrick Performing Arts Center, 5900 W. Belmont. 773-282-8844, ext. 277.

CHRISTMAS REVELS with Vernon Clark & the Heirs of Joy, Wrong Road String Band with Chirps Smith, LJ Slavin, Barb Silverman, Gail Tyler & Val Mindel, Revels Appalachian Chorus & others. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Sat 12/7, 2 and 8 PM, and Sun 12/8, 2 PM, Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, 600 Emerson, Evanston. 847-467-7000.

KEVIN COYNE & JON LANGFORD with Sally Timms, John Rice, Pat Brennan, Charlotte Greig. Sun 12/15, 7 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

KAT EGGLESTON Sun 12/15, 7 PM, Greenleaf Grill, 301 Greenleaf, Park City. 847-949-5355.

FIRST FRIDAY features a song circle, songwriters' exchange, classical music exchange, student open mike, and performance by Linda Smith. Sat 12/7, 6:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

STEVE FORBERT Jimmie Rodgers tribute. Sun 12/8, 7 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

NOEL V. GINNITY'S IRISH CHRISTMAS WITH ANDY COONEY Fri 12/13, 8 PM, auditorium, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 773-282-7035.

LEE GREENWOOD Fri 12/13, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

JOE HICKERSON, FRED HOLSTEIN Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple, Hinsdale. 708-802-0236.

IRISH HERITAGE SINGERS perform traditional and contemporary Christmas music. Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 773-282-7035, ext. 20.

TONY KENNY and others perform "Christmastime in Ireland." Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

MAPLE STREET CHAPEL SING-ALONG with Pete Norman & Chris McNamara, organist Bryan Dagenhart, and others. Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Maple Street Chapel, Maple and Main, Lombard. 630-629-2630 or 630-964-4871.

MARTINA McBRIDE "Joy of Christmas" concert. Sun 12/8, 7:30 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5740 or 312-559-1212.

JO DEE MESSINA Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

MIDWAY RAMBLERS CAJUN BAND Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 630-833-3515.

MICHAEL MILES TRIO Sat 12/7, 8 PM, World Folk Music Company, 1808 W. 103rd. 773-779-7059.

JAMIE O'REILLY & MICHAEL SMITH perform at Judith Svalander Dance Theatre's performance of Winter Magic. Sat 12/7, 2 and 7 PM, and Sun 12/8, 2 and 6 PM, Raue Center for the Arts, 26 Williams, Crystal Lake. 815-356-9212.

DEIRDRE REILLY & THE NASHVILLE SHOW BAND Sun 12/15, 7:30 PM, Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th, Oak Forest. 708-687-9323.

PETER ROWAN & DON EDWARDS, LONG JOURNEY HOME Sat 12/7, 7 and 10 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

MICHAEL SMITH, PETE JONSSON Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, Village Square, 37 S. Main, Sandwich. 815-878-2693.

WINDHAM HILL WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT with Liz Story, Will Ackerman, and Jenna Mammina. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Ramsey Auditorium, Fermilab, Kirk and Pine, Batavia. 630-840-2787.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Sundays, Irish session. Mondays, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, open stage. Thu 12/12, 9 PM, Sons of the Never Wrong, Ralston Bowles (no cover). 773-478-4408.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Mon 12/9, 8 PM, Half Day Bluegrass Band. 847-256-8870.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: Country dance lessons and DJs at 7:30 PM. Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays, DJ Sux. Sundays, Big John. Mondays, DJ Pat B. 630-830-7200.

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

CARRAIG Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th, Oak Forest: No cover. Fri 12/6, 9:30 PM, Joe McShane. Sat 12/7, 10 PM, John Dillon. Sundays, 4-9 PM, Celtic supper and dancing (12/8 with Gerard Haughey; 12/15 with Pat Daly & Sounds of Green). Fri 12/13, 9:30 PM, John Dillon. Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Clan na Gael. 708-687-9323.

CELTIC CROSSINGS 751 N. Clark: Music after 9 PM. Sundays, 6 PM, Irish session. 312-337-1005.

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.

EDGEWATER LOUNGE 5600 N. Ashland: Thursdays, 9 PM, traditional Irish session (no cover). 773-878-3343.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Fri 12/6 and Fri 12/13, 5:30 PM, Hoyle Brothers. 773-276-3600.

FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand: Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Anish. Thu 12/12, 8 PM, Donnybrook. 312-836-0066.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Burren Ceili Band. Sat 12/7, Dooley Brothers. Fri 12/13, Brendan Loughrey & John Condron. Sat 12/14, Seamus O'Kane. Sun 12/15, 3 PM, Kiltartan Road Christmas concert with Kathy Cowan, Tom Orf, Laura Risk, Joseph Sobol. 773-282-7035.

FITZERS PUB Fitzpatrick Chicago Hotel, 166 E. Superior: Sundays, 4 PM, Anish. Thursdays, 6 PM, Morgan. 312-787-6000.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/6, 9 PM, Chris & Heather's Country Calendar Show with Robbie & Donna Fulks (Carl Butler & Pearl tribute), Neko Case (Roger Miller tribute), Waco Brothers (Lefty Frizzell tribute), Kelly Hogan (Connie Smith tribute), Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins (Stonemans tribute), Vernon Tonges (Homer & Jethro tribute), Scott Ligon (Johnny Cash tribute), Chris Ligon (Hank Snow tribute), Matt Miller (Elvis tribute), Jane Baxter Miller & Kent Kessler (Wanda Jackson tribute), Sally Timms (Waylon Jennings tribute), Jon Rauhouse (Flatt & Scruggs tribute). Thu 12/12, 8 PM, Dooleys. Sat 12/14, 9:30 PM, Billy Joe Shaver, Diesel Island. 708-788-2118.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day, Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar. Sat 12/14, 9 PM, Hillbilly Winos, Tacit Hounds. 847-821-1234.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/7, Kat Eggleston. 630-393-1247.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Sundays, open mike hosted by Fred. 773-489-5471.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/13, Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins with Lawrence Peters, Travel Wide. 773-472-5139.

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

HIDDEN SHAMROCK 2723 N. Halsted: Sundays, 3-6 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-883-0304.

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

IRISH EYES 2519 N. Lincoln: Sundays, 8 PM, Irish and American traditional, folk, and country open stage hosted by Eamonn Knuff (sign-up at 7 PM; no cover). 773-348-9548.

IRISH OAK PUB 3511 N. Clark: Sat 12/7, 10 PM, Baal Tinne. 773-935-6669.

KERRY PIPER 7900 Joliet, Willowbrook: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/7, Three Men in Kilts. Thursdays, open mike hosted by Kelly Griner. 630-325-3732.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Mon 12/9, 9:30 PM, Gan Bua (no cover). 773-404-9494.

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: Fri 12/13, 9 PM, Three Men in Kilts. 708-366-8073.

PEGGY KINNANE'S 8 N. Vail, Arlington Heights: Irish pub and restaurant with popular and traditional music at 9:15 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Sundays, 1-4 PM, traditional Irish session (no cover). 847-577-7733.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2401 N. Western: Tue 12/10, 8:30 PM, Shady Grove. 773-276-9730.

QUIGLEY'S 39 Jefferson, Naperville: Sat 12/14, 9 PM, Three Men in Kilts. 630-428-4274.

RED LINE TAP 7006 N. Glenwood: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Michelle Perry & the Cold Cold Hearts. 773-274-3239.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sat 12/7, 7:30 and 10:30 PM, Over the Rhine, Bill Mallonee (early show 18 & over). 773-525-2508.

SEANCHAI 2345 W. Belmont: Sundays, 10 PM, Chicago Rovers. 773-549-4444.

SUNDANCE SALOON 2061 W. Maple, Mundelein: Fri 12/6, 10:30 PM, Brad Martin. 847-949-0858.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/6, Bittersweet Christmas Band. Fri 12/13, open mike. Sun 12/15, 2 PM, benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation with Small Potatoes, Sons of the Never Wrong, Tricia Alexander, Dan Zahn, Darwin & Marv, Kate Moretti (call 847-540-5527 for reservations). 630-969-9720.

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concerts

COMMUNITY RENEWAL CHORUS, ALL GOD'S CHILDREN 33rd annual holiday concert celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza; free admission. Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Good Shepherd Congregational Church, 5700 S. Prairie. 312-427-4830, ext. 3830, or 312-673-3830.

GOSPEL OPEN MIKE hosted by Dr. Groove. Sat 12/7, 3 PM, Room at the Cross Church, 1432 W. 87th. 773-881-8883.

SYL JOHNSON Free "Speakin' of the Blues" performance and discussion. Tue 12/10, 12:15 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4850.

MISSISSIPPI HEAT Fri 12/13, 7 PM, Tuley Park, 501 E. 90th Pl. 312-747-6763.

NUWKI NU Free in-store performances. Fri 12/13, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 3232 Lake, Wilmette. 847-256-3220. Sun 12/15, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1629 Orrington, Evanston. 847-733-8852.

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clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Buzz Killman & the Blues Rocket Scientists, Vanessa Davis Band. 773-478-4408.

AJ'S HORSE AROUND LOUNGE 114 W. Washington, Round Lake Park: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Housewreckin' Blues Jam with Mike Landers, King Robinson, Bruce Williams, Jeff Blum & Marty Willis. 847-546-3314.

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/6, 9 PM, and Sat 12/7, 9:30 PM, Denise Thimes Jazz & Blues Show. Fri 12/13, 9 PM, Katherine Davis Group. 312-642-6805.

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

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. Sun 12/8, Dona Oxford. Mon 12/9, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/10, Vance Kelly. Wed 12/11, Pistol Pete. Thu 12/12, Chico Banks. Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14, John Primer & the Real Deal Band. 773-528-1012.

BARN OF BARRINGTON 1415 S. Barrington Rd., Barrington: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Nick Moss & the Fliptops. 847-381-8585.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Sat 12/7, and Thu 12/12, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Mon 12/9, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 12/10, Lindsey Alexander Band with Zora Young. Wed 12/11, Grana Louise Band. Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/6, Sat 12/7, Sundays, and Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Tue 12/10, John Primer Band with Grana Louise. Wed 12/11, Willie Kent & the Gents. Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14, Lindsey Alexander Band with Zora Young. 312-661-0100.

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

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/6, 5:30 PM, Giles Corey; 9:30 PM, Sean Costello, Jimmy Burns. Sat 12/7, 6 PM, Eric Noden; 9:30 PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mike Wheeler. Sun 12/8, Carl Weathersby. Mon 12/9, jam hosted by Nick Moss. Tue 12/10, Big Ray & Chicago's Most Wanted. Wed 12/11, Dave Specter & Tad Robinson. Thu 12/12, Johnny Rawls Revue. Fri 12/13, 5:30 PM, Joe Moss; 9:30 PM, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang, Cadillac Dave & the Red Hots. Sat 12/14, 6 PM, Fruteland Jackson; 9:30 PM, Debbie Davies, Toronzo & Cannonball Express. 312-427-0333.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/6, Keith Scott. 847-256-8870.

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

CARTON'S LOUNGE 21 E. Chestnut: Fridays, midnight, Bobby Holiday. 312-664-5512.

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, John Primer & the Real Deal Band. Sundays and Thursdays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

CHICO MORAN'S 35260 Wilson, Ingleside: Mondays, 7:30 PM, open jam hosted by Bruce Williams with Bobby Wolf, Sonny Sloan & Jeff Blum. 847-587-8081.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. First, Saint Charles: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fri 12/6, Marty Sammon Band. Sat 12/7, Sean Costello. Fri 12/13, Tab Benoit. Sat 12/14, Joanna Connor. 630-513-0074.

CLUB ALPHONSE 1351 S. Michigan: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Jimmy Pryor & the Double J Band with Killer Ray & Crumar. 312-697-0975.

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

CRAB STREET SALOON 1061 W. Madison: Thursdays, 7:30 PM, open mike with Over Easy. 312-433-0013.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Thu 12/12, 9 PM, T-Model Ford, Steepwater Band, Devil in a Woodpile. 773-489-3160.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Live bands play after 9:30 PM on Fridays and 10 PM on Saturdays. Tuesdays, 9 PM, open jam with Liberty Blues Band. Thursdays, 9 PM, open jam with Madman Blues Band. 773-685-8083.

FATMAN INN 36309 N. Highway 41, Gurnee: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 PM, Barrelhouse Chuck. 847-244-8300.

FLAMINGO 6644 S. Cottage Grove: Mondays, 8 PM, Jimmy Pryor & the Double J Band with Killer Ray & Crumar. 773-684-6800.

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

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Tuesdays, open jam with Fish & the Bluefins. 773-489-5471.

GIOVANNI'S PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR 1131 Sibley, Dolton: Sundays, 8 PM, Jimmy Pryor & the Double J Band with Killer Ray & Crumar. 708-841-5000.

GOOSE ISLAND BREWERY 3535 N. Clark: No cover. Tuesdays, 9 PM, blues jam with the Matthew Skoller Band. 773-549-9624.

GUESS WHO'S WATER HOLE 3800 W. Ohio: Music at 10 PM. Fridays, Johnny B. Moore. 773-638-1240.

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Sat 12/7, 9:30 PM, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Tue 12/10, 8:30 PM, Joe & Nick Moss (no cover). Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam hosted by Mike Wheeler (no cover). Sat 12/14, 9:30 PM, L.C. Walker & Trouble No More. 708-484-3610.

HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Tuesdays, 10 PM, Devil in a Woodpile. 773-227-4433.

HOUSE OF BLUES BACK PORCH STAGE 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Mondays, Joanna Connor. 312-923-2000.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music at 7 PM. Fri 12/6, Shari. Wed 12/11, Martell Bleu Light Lounge. 312-266-2400.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Fri 12/6, 9:30 PM, Erwin Helfer & Barrelhouse Chuck. 773-348-7592.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, Eddy Clearwater. Sundays, Charlie Love, Lindsey Alexander. Mondays, Lurrie Bell, Marty Sammon Band. Tuesdays, Chris James & Blue Four, Slam Allen. Wednesdays, Jimmy Burns Band, Andre Taylor & the Blues Alley Cats. Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14, Larry McCray. 773-477-4646.

LADY BLUE 2953 W. Madison: Fridays, 9 PM, Saturdays, 10 PM, and Sundays, 8 PM, Super Percy & His Soul Clique Band with Pamela Zachery. 773-826-0317.

LEE'S UNLEADED BLUES 7401 S. South Chicago: Music after 9 PM Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and after 10 PM Saturdays; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Johnny Drummer & the Starlighters. Sundays, New Orleans Beau & the Big Easy Band. Mondays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Wednesdays, Trimble Quartet. Thursdays, Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. 773-493-3477.

LEO'S DEN COCKTAIL LOUNGE 1200 E. 71st: Tuesdays, 9 PM, New Orleans Beau & the Big Easy Band. 773-667-3130.

MARY'S 501 W. 55th: Sundays, 6 PM-midnight, D.R. Express Band with Danny Reed. 773-846-7374.

MAXWELL STREET UPTOWN POLISH SAUSAGE RESTAURANT 4429 N. Broadway: Saturdays, noon-3 PM, Frank Scott Jr. & friends. 773-989-4569.

MICHAEL'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent, Glen Ellyn: Sat 12/7, 9:30 PM, Transmission. 630-446-4001.

MY PLACE 5652 Dixie Hwy., Markham: Mondays, 9:30 PM, D.R. Express Band with Danny Reed. 708-225-0178.

OASIS 160 160 W. Joe Orr, Chicago Heights: Sat 12/7, 9 PM, Lonnie Brooks. 708-756-0600.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/6, Vini & the Demons. 773-486-9862.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/6, J.B. Ritchie Power Blues Band. Sat 12/7, Robert Fetzer Band. Fri 12/13, Rockin' Johnny Band. 847-266-1313.

PUSH RODS 15652 S. Dixie Hwy., Harvey: Thursdays, 10 PM, midnight, and 2 AM, Bob Jamerson & Killer Ray. 708-225-0178.

RESERVATION BLUES 1566 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM Fridays through Sundays, 9:30 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fri 12/6, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Sat 12/7, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. Sundays, 10 PM, jam with Sammy Fender. Wed 12/11, Joe Moss. Fri 12/13, Eddy Clearwater, Hubert Sumlin. Sat 12/14, Eddy Clearwater, Eddie King. 773-645-5200.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music at 9:30 PM Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 PM Saturdays. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, Lucky Peterson with Rico McFarland. Tuesdays, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Sharon Lewis. Thu 12/12, Eddie Taylor Jr., Ariyo. Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. 773-342-0452.

7313 CLUB 7313 S. Halsted: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, Howard Scott & the World Band. Saturdays, Fred Johnson & the Checkmates with Pee Wee Madison. Thursdays, Jimmy Pryor & the Double J Band with Crumar. 773-723-0592.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 21 E. Hubbard: Restaurant with music in the Blue Crab Lounge at 7 PM. Sun 12/8, Dan Draher. Tue 12/10, Dave Specter. Thu 12/12, John McDonald. Sun 12/15, John Kattke. 312-527-2722.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 1900 E. Higgins, Schaumburg: Music in the Red Shell Lounge at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 12/6, Rockin' Johnny. Fri 12/13, Jimmy Burns. 847-517-2722.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/7, Pistol Pete. Fri 12/13, Sharon Lewis. Sat 12/14, Pat Smillie. 847-991-2150.

WILD GOOSE 4265 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/7, Dog Bone Blues. 773-281-7112.

jazz

concerts

BERNARD ALCORN Free concert. Tue 12/10, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

JACKIE ALLEN & JUDY ROBERTS Free concerts. Mon 12/9, 7 PM, Eclecticity, 3162 N. Clark. 773-929-3080. Tue 12/10, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

PATRICIA BARBER Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

EDDIE BARRETT & THE GOODMAN LEGACY BAND performs music by Frank Sinatra and the Benny Goodman Band. Sun 12/8, 3 PM, North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Rd., Northfield. 847-446-8700.

PAUL BASA & BASANOVA Free concert. Fri 12/6, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY JAZZ ENSEMBLES Free concert. Thu 12/12, 7:30 PM, Mainstage Theatre, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake. 847-543-2300.

CALTERA SCHOOL OF JAZZ Free in-store performance. Sun 12/8, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

COLLEGE OF DuPAGE ARTS CENTER JAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH BOB OJEDA performs the music of Count Basie. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

MIKE FINNERTY BAND Free concert. Sat 12/14, 1 PM, Edgewater branch, Chicago Public Library, 1210 W. Elmdale. 312-744-0718.

ANNIE GALLUP Free admission. Fri 12/13, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

PAULINHO GARCIA QUINTET WITH DEDE SAMPAIO Free concert. Fri 12/13, 7 PM (preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM), Avondale Park, 3516 W. School. 312-742-7581.

STEVEN HASHIMOTO TRIO Sun 12/15, noon-3 PM, Gethsemane Garden Center, 5801 N. Clark. 773-878-5915.

ROY HAYNES'S BIRDS OF A FEATHER, McCOY TYNER Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

KEN KILIAN SAXTET performs at the Mistletoe Ball; benefit for Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Turner Hall, 115 S. Bench, Galena. 815-777-9129.

DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS with David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell & Peter White. Thu 12/12 and Fri 12/13, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-559-1212.

LIVE MUSIC NOW! PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: CHICAGO JAZZ QUARTET Free concert. Thu 12/12, 10:30 AM and noon, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-670-6888.

WYNTON MARSALIS performs at the 10th annual "Christmas Glory" black-tie concert; free admission. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester. 773-256-4180.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE under the direction of Douglass Bratt. Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

JEFF PARKER accompanies films by Tatsu Aoki. Fri 12/13, 8 PM, Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan. 773-293-1447.

SPIDER SALOFF Free in-store performance. Sat 12/7, 1 PM, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1441 Webster. 773-871-3825.

SPIDER SALOFF with the Cantate Children's Choir. Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

WILBUR WRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND Free concert. Wed 12/11, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

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clubs

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

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/6, noon, Franz Jackson, Tom Hope, Sonny Turner, Wayne Jones & Dan DeLorenzo; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet; 9 PM, Denise Thimes Jazz & Blues Show. Sat 12/7, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9:30 PM, Denise Thimes Jazz & Blues Show. 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 12/11, noon, Steven Hashimoto & Pat Fleming; 5 PM, John Brumbach Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Thu 12/12, noon, Steve Sandner; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All-Stars; 9 PM, Mike Smith Quintet. Fri 12/13, noon, Kim Cusack, Bob Neighbor, Tom Hope, Doug Hayes & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet; 9 PM, Denise Thimes Jazz & Blues Show. Sat 12/14, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9:30 PM, Von Freeman Quintet with Bettye Reynolds. 312-642-6805.

ARMY & LOU'S 423 E. 75th: Restaurant. Fridays, 7-10 PM, keyboardist and vocalist Fred Barr & guitarist Toby Wallace. 773-483-3100.

BACINO'S 15256 S. La Grange, Orland Park: Fridays, 8 PM, Ray Bailey Trio. 708-403-1919.

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, Carlos Cannon. Sun 12/8 through Sat 12/14, Bobby Lewis Quartet. Sun 12/15, Detour. 312-751-2433.

BIG HOUSE 2354 N. Clybourn: Upstairs in the show lounge at 9:30 PM: Fri 12/6, Nan Mason Trio. Sat 12/7, Esther Hana & friends. Fri 12/13, Bob Perna's Little Big Band. In the cocktail lounge: Fridays, 6:30 PM, and Tuesdays, 7 PM, Audrey Morris. Saturdays, 7 PM, and Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Buddy Charles. Mondays, 9 PM, Bob Solone. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Beckie Menzie. 773-435-0130.

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 12/11, Jazz Vertigo. 630-406-0008.

BRISKU'S BISTRO 4100 N. Kedzie: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Yves Francois E.S. Orchestre Rocamambu. 773-279-9141.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Tue 12/10, 7:30 PM, Al Keeler. 847-256-8870.

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker: Piano bar and restaurant. Fridays, 6-9 PM, Libby York. 312-346-3500.

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

CHARLESTON 2076 N. Hoyne: Fri 12/6, 10 PM, Ken Shiokawa Trio. 773-489-4757.

CHASE CAFE 7301 N. Sheridan: Thursdays, 9 PM, Ted Sirota. 773-743-5650.

CHEF'S STATION 915 Davis, Evanston: Sundays, 11:30 AM-2 PM, Ari Seder/Adam Kraus Duo. 847-570-9838.

CHICAGO FIREHOUSE 1401 S. Michigan: Restaurant. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 PM, Judy Roberts. 312-786-1401.

CHICAGO PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1370 Bank, Schaumburg: Music in the lounge at 8:30 PM. Thursdays and Fridays, Scott Stenten Duo. Saturdays, Dave Simone Trio. 847-969-9900.

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

CRU CAFE & WINE BAR 888 N. Wabash: Tue 12/10, 8 PM, Denise La Grassa Trio. 312-337-4001.

CYRANO'S BISTRO 546 N. Wells: Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM, Bobbi Jordan Trio. 312-467-0546.

EDGEWATER LOUNGE 5600 N. Ashland: Sundays, 3-6 PM, Hot Club of Edgewater Djam. 773-878-3343.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Tue 12/10, 9:30 PM, Vandermark Five. Wed 12/11, 9:30 PM, Jason Roebke's Rapid Croche with Tim Daisy, Aram Shelton. 773-276-3600.

EPITOME 2347 S. Michigan: Thursdays, 6 PM, Charles Matthews ("Mr. Keys"; no cover). 312-326-2300.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 7:30 PM. Sat 12/7, Marcus Jefferson. 630-916-6242.

FIREPLACE INN 1448 N. Wells: Thursdays, 7 PM, J.J. & the Jazz Masters (no cover). 312-664-5264.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 12/8, 6 PM, Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band. Sun 12/15, 6 PM, Lenny King's Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with Mike Vax. 708-788-2118.

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3400 N. Clark: Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM, Yolanda Farina Jazz Ensemble. 773-528-4033.

FOUNDRY 85 Executive Dr., Aurora: Music at Tuesdays through Saturdays upstairs in the Trio Room Martini Bar; no cover. Fri 12/6, 8:30 PM, Alex Martinez's Latin Experience. Thu 12/12, 7:30 PM, Larry Harris Duo. Fri 12/13, 8:30 PM, Bob Baglione Trio. 630-978-2088.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Rhythm Rockets (preceded by swing dance lessons at 7:30 PM). 630-416-4898.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Mon 12/9, 8 PM, Barstow Project Group; 10 PM, Baked Beans. Wed 12/11, John Roothaan Trio with Redd Holt & Colleen McNabb. 773-489-5471.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Music at 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/6, Mike Finnerty & the Heat Merchants. Sat 12/7, Vincent, Allen, Howell. Wed 12/11, Steven Hashimoto & Pat Fleming. 773-262-5767.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Sat 12/7, 9:30 and 11:30 PM, Lesley Byers & the Jazz Cats. Tuesdays, 10 PM, mambo jazz series hosted by Manny Lopez. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/6, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph (no cover); 9 PM, John McLean Quintet; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet (no cover). Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Ryan Cohan Quartet; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet (no cover). Sun 12/8, 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Trio. Mondays, 9 PM, Terry Callier & Beyond. Tue 12/10, 9 PM, Professor John Band. Wed 12/11, 9 PM, David Young Sextet. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. Fri 12/13, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph (no cover); 9 PM, Terry Callier & Beyond; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet (no cover). Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Ryan Shultz Quintet; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet (no cover). Sun 12/15, 2 PM, Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. 773-878-5552.

HOTEL INTER-CONTINENTAL 505 N. Michigan: Music in the Salon. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7 PM, Erin McDougald Ensemble. 312-944-4100.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sat 12/7, 8 PM, 8 Bold Souls, Ron Surace Trio. Sun 12/8, 4 PM, Sunday Songs with Lucy Smith & Passing for Normal. Mondays, 8 PM, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues (preceded by swing dance lessons at 7 PM). Wed 12/11, 7 PM, Samuel del Real. Fri 12/13, 10 PM, Vinx. Sat 12/14, 9 PM, Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt, Vinicius Cantuaria, Chicago Samba. 312-362-9707.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Mondays, 7-9 PM, jam session hosted by David Boykin with Mike Reed & Karl E. H. Seigfried. 773-486-4093.

HOUSTON'S 616 N. Rush: Restaurant. Fridays, 5:30-9:30 PM, Jo Ann Daugherty Trio. 312-649-1121.

HUNGRY BRAIN 2319 W. Belmont: Music at 9 PM. Sun 12/8, Dragons 1976, Nick Broste Trio. 773-935-2118.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music at 7 PM. Sat 12/7, Jerry Knight, Crosswind. Sun 12/8, noon-4 PM, jazz brunch with BMR4, the Committee. Mon 12/9, Detours & Divas. Tue 12/10, Jazzmates. Fri 12/13, Spider Saloff, Nick Colionne. Sat 12/14, Elaine Dame Trio. 312-266-2400.

JACK'S 3201 N. Halsted: Sundays, 11:30 AM-2 PM, jazz brunch with John Paris & Anthony Brock. 773-244-9191.

JACKSON HARBOR GRILL 6401 S. Lake Shore Dr.: Fridays, 7 and 9 PM, and Sundays, 4 PM, Maggie Brown. 773-794-4408.

JAMADA 241 Lake, Bloomingdale: Thursdays, 7 PM, Airborne (no cover). 630-893-0300.

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 12/6 through Sun 12/8, Monty Alexander Trio (Ray Brown tribute). Tue 12/10 through Sun 12/15, Joey DeFrancesco Trio (see Critic's Choice). 312-670-2473.

JERICHO COFFEE 2343 E. 71st: Music after 7 PM. Fridays and Sundays, noon, jazz jam session hosted by John Armstrong features musicians from the AFGA Salon Musicians Collective. 773-684-8665.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant. Music after 6 PM. Fridays, Skinny Williams. Saturdays, Bopology. Sundays, Sonny Turner Quintet. Mondays, Kelly Brand. Tuesdays, Ken Chaney. Wednesdays, Ken Saydak Trio. Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Al Green & Othello Anderson. 312-595-5299.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: Mondays, 10 PM, Long Count Quartet. 773-477-3330.

KARIZMA 4741 Main, Skokie: Restaurant. Fridays, 6:30 PM, Kelly Sill & John Moulder. 847-674-6163.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Fri 12/6, 9:30 PM, Erwin Helfer & Barrelhouse Chuck. Mondays, 8:30 PM, Dennis Carroll, George Fludas, Scott Burns & Jodie Christian/Dan Trudell. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan. Thursdays, 9 PM, John Brumbach, Randy Tressler, Matt Ferguson & Mike Raynor. Fri 12/13, 9:30 PM, Kimberly Gordon. Sat 12/14, 9:30 PM, Layni Katz. 773-348-7592.

LEADWAY 5233 N. Damen: Fridays, 10 PM, Brian Citro Quartet & Poetique. 773-728-2663.

LEO'S DEN COCKTAIL LOUNGE 1200 E. 71st: Sundays, 6-9 PM, jam session with Crosswind (no cover). 773-667-3130.

LEXI'S 1330 W. Madison: Music at 7:30 PM. Fridays, Cecile Savage. Saturdays, Ken Shiokawa Duo. Thursdays, Ken Shiokawa. 312-829-4600.

LUCIANO'S ON RUSH 871 N. Rush: Restaurant and piano bar with music nightly at 7 PM. Sundays and Mondays, Lynette Stawling. Tuesdays, Sami Scott. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Lenny Perrata Trio. 312-266-1414.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 225 W. Ontario: Pianists/vocalists perform after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5 PM Sundays; no cover. Sundays, Scott Holman. 312-337-8080.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 777 Butterfield, Lombard: Pianists/vocalists perform after 5 PM Fridays through Sundays, 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays. 630-573-1010.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Pianists/vocalists perform after 5 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Thursdays through Saturdays, Scott Holman. 847-952-8755.

MELANGE BLUE 2809 Butterfield, Oak Brook: Restaurant and tapas bar. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Raul Timbal y Su Mambo Jazz Band. 630-571-3600.

MICHAEL'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent, Glen Ellyn: Wed 12/11, 7 PM, John Mose Trio. Fri 12/13, 9 PM, Sonic Species. 630-446-4001.

MR. B'S Ramada Inn, 300 Frontage, Burr Ridge. Fridays, 8 PM, jazz performance workshop (no cover). 630-325-2900.

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

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Sundays, 4 PM, Unusual Pairings hosted by William Perry (Sun 12/8, Greg Ward Ensemble; Sun 12/15, Nicole Mitchell). 773-743-3355.

NOLA'S 32ND WARD SEAFOOD HOUSE 1856 W. North: Thursdays, 8 PM, Carl Leukaufe Trio. 773-395-4300.

NORTH PARK TAP 313 W. North: No cover. Thursdays, 9 PM, Steelin' Jazz. 312-943-5228.

100 SOUTH CHOP HOUSE & GRILL 100 S. York, Elmhurst: No cover. Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 PM, Marc Pompe Trio. Wednesdays, 7 PM, Sketches in Blue. 630-782-9091.

PAJE 1332 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Denise La Grassa Quartet. 773-395-1313.

PALAGGI'S RISTORANTE ITALIANO 10 W. Hubbard: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fridays, Nan Mason. Wednesdays, open mike. 312-527-1010.

PALM COURT Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM, Chad Willetts Trio with Deane Myers & Keith Brady. 312-787-2200.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fri 12/6, Steven Hashimoto Quartet. Sat 12/7, BMR4. Mondays, Mike Kocour Trio. Tuesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Wednesdays, Ron Perrillo Trio. Thursdays, Jeff Parker Trio. Fri 12/13, Dave Specter Trio. Sat 12/14, Kevin Hart Quartet. 847-328-0399.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 9:30 PM, King Fleming Trio. Sundays, 6:30 PM, Kara Kesselring. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Sami Scot. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, Marshall Vente Trio. 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 12/8, 8 PM, Don Tisch Quartet. Mondays, 9 PM, Corey Radford/Scott Anderson Quartet. 773-486-9862.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Wednesdays, 10 PM, Treehouse Project Quintet. 773-252-7767.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 8:30 PM, 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fri 12/6, Steve Evans Quartet, Russell Alan Rowe. Sat 12/7, Corky McClerkin Quartet. Sun 12/8, Bradley Williams Group. Mon 12/9, Two for Brazil. Tuesdays, Dan Cay Trio. Wednesdays, Steve Evans Quartet. Thursdays, George McRae Trio with Jim Gailloreto. Fri 12/13, Henry Johnson Organ Express, Russell Alan Rowe. Sat 12/14, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Sun 12/15, Russell Alan Rowe Trio with Nicole Cardi. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/7, Leslie Byers & the Jazz Cats. Tue 12/10, Warren Beck. Wed 12/11, Matthew Skoller Duo. Thu 12/12, Steve Ditzell Duo. Sat 12/14, Ken Chaney Experience, Chris Winter Quartet with Alison Ruble. Sun 12/15, 6 PM, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen, Two for Brazil. 847-266-1313.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2401 N. Western: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover. Sundays, open jam with the Jeremy Callner Trio. 773-276-9730.

RED FROG PUB & GRILL 5353 W. Irving Park: Mondays, 9 PM, John Paris Trio (no cover). 773-545-3761.

REVOLUCION CAFE 1134 W. 18th: No cover. Sundays, 5 PM, Tommy Bradford Band. 312-421-8164.

SAUSSY 1156 W. Grand: Restaurant. Fridays, 8 PM, Mood Swing Quartet with Bob Thornton (no cover). 312-491-1122.

SIMON'S TAVERN 5210 N. Clark: Sun 12/15, 9 PM, Steven Hashimoto Quartet. 773-878-0894.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Taku Akiyama Quartet. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, Juli Wood/John Goldman 2-Horn Band. 773-772-6656.

SOME LIKE IT BLACK COFFEE CLUB 4500 S. Michigan: Saturdays, 7-9:30 PM, jazz jam session (no cover). Wednesdays, 8 PM, open mike with the Ancestral Resurrection Ensemble (call 312-263-1649 for more information). 773-377-5004, ext. 2228.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Fridays, 8 PM, Saturdays, 9 PM, and Thursdays, 7 PM, Kuzzins (no cover). 773-871-0990.

STEVIE B'S 1401 N. Ashland: Fridays, 7 PM, Take Two. Saturdays, 7 PM, reggae/jazz saxophonist Byrd. 773-486-7427.

THE STUDIO 8717 Lincoln, Morton Grove: Fridays, 8 PM, Gina Gibson Trio. 847-965-1962.

3030 3030 W. Cortland: Music at 9 PM. Thu 12/12, SS Puft Quartet, Thread Quintet. 773-862-3616.

THYME 464 N. Halsted: Restaurant and bar. Tuesdays, 6-9 PM, David Rothstein 6-Piece Orchestra. Wednesdays, 6-9 PM, David Rothstein Trio. 312-226-4300.

TROPICAL DEN 7209 S. Exchange: Thursdays, 7:30 PM, open mike hosted by George Freeman. 773-978-2341.

T'S 5025 N. Clark: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Joanna Ashley. 773-784-6000.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Sundays, 10 PM, Heather Horton Band. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Lonie Walker; 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Quartet; 2 AM, Vince Willis. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Brian O'Hern; 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. 312-266-7761.

VELVET LOUNGE 21281/2 S. Indiana: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, Douglas Ewart & the Inventions. Sundays, 7 PM, jam session with saxophonist Dennis Winslett and percussionist Kobie Watkins. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Vincent Davis & friends. 312-791-9050.

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

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Thursdays, Jazz for Tough Times. 312-943-7815.

international

concerts

GABIJA, KNIGHTS OF LITHUaNIA DANCERS Free Lithuanian holiday concert and performance. Sat 12/14, 3 PM, Marquette Park, 6734 S. Kedzie. 312-747-6469.

LIRA ENSEMBLE in its annual "Polish-American Christmas Gala." Sat 12/7, 8 PM, auditorium, Maine East High School, 2601 Dempster, Park Ridge. 773-508-7040.

ANGEL MELENDEZ & ARALLUE Free concert. Sun 12/8, 2 PM, Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan. 312-742-7529.

YIDCORE Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Congregation Makom Shalom, 637 S. Dearborn. 312-913-9030.

international

clubs

ACCENT CAFE 700 River, Mount Prospect: Sundays, 7 PM, DJ Johnny Rumba spins salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and Latin pop (with Latin dance lessons at 9 PM). 847-298-2233.

BOUZOUKI LOUNGE 310 S. Halsted: Thursdays through Sundays, 11 PM-4 AM, Greek musicians and singers perform with a belly dancer. 312-707-8600.

CAFE USA 3801 Mannheim, Schiller Park: Tuesdays, 10 PM, DJ Johnny Rumba spins salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and Latin pop with Latin dance lessons by Amir. 847-233-0011.

CHASE CAFE 7301 N. Sheridan: Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Goran Ivanovic & Yaron Goldman perform Macedonian music. 773-743-5650.

ETHIOPIAN DIAMOND 6120 N. Broadway: Sat 12/14, 10 PM, Holiday African Dance Party features DJs Ousman Doumbia & David Kakoma spinning soukous, ndombolo, salsa, makossa, soka, merengue, and highlife. 773-338-6100.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: In Club X: Thursdays, 9 PM-4 AM, Jesus Enriquez y Su Orquesta; DJ Juan Carlos spins salsa & merengue. 312-266-1944.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Wed 12/11, 7 PM, Samuel del Real. Fri 12/13, 10 PM, Vinx. Sat 12/14, 9 PM, Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt, Vinicius Cantuaria, Chicago Samba. Sun 12/15, 8 PM, Acoustic Planet. 312-362-9707.

INNJOY 2051 W. Division: Sundays, 9 PM, Magellan's Sphere. 773-394-2066.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Sat 12/7, 9:30 PM, Rembetika with Andreas Georgas, Nikos Panomitros, Andreas Kalassoundas & Nikos Lambrinatos. 773-348-7592.

LUNA MEXICANA 3565 W. Fullerton: Fridays, 9 PM, Latin jazz and salsa with Yorumba (no cover). 773-252-1639.

MAMBO 3336 N. Milwaukee: Fridays, 5 PM-midnight, Blue Son, En Clave Negra. Saturdays, 10 PM, Orquesta Sabor. 773-481-2050.

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 Johnny Rumba & El Papichulo spin salsa dura and tropical beats with Latin dance lessons by Lisa la Boriqua at 9:30 PM. 312-427-2572.

LA PENA 4212 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 PM, Tribus Futuras performs Andean music. 773-545-7022.

PLAVA LAGUNA 2610 W. Peterson: Music after 9 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Bosnian folk music. 773-465-1483.

RAS DASHEN 5846 N. Broadway: Restaurant. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, and Thu 12/12, 7:30 PM, Saful Rumba performs Afro-Latin and Latin jazz. 773-506-9601.

VOODOO 601 Mall, Schaumburg: Tuesdays, 10:30 PM, DJs El Guapo & Mercurio with Latin dance lessons by Lisa la Boriqua. Thu 12/12, 10 PM, Sammy Gonzalez, Tito Cruz & Papo Sanchez (with Latin dance lessons by Lisa la Boriqua at 8:30 PM). 847-969-1602.

ZHIVAGO 9925 Gross Point, Skokie: Fridays, 10 PM, DJ El Papichulo spins salsa and Caribbean music with Latin dance lessons by Jerome. 847-982-1400.

classical

ALBRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA in a free concert. Fri 12/13, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

MEMBERS OF THE ALICE MILLAR CHAPEL CHOIR, MILLAR BRASS ENSEMBLE, AND NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PHILHARMONIA Stephen Alltop conducts a Christmas concert (Harris, Nelhybel, and others). Sun 12/8, 11 AM (with "prelude music" at 10:35 AM), Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. 847-491-5441 or 847-467-4000.

APOLLO CHORUS OF CHICAGO Stephen Alltop conducts Handel's Messiah. Sat 12/7 and Sat 12/14, 2 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 866-468-3401.

BELLA VOCE Anne Heider conducts a Christmas concert. Fri 12/13, 8 PM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College, Lisle. Sun 12/15, 3 PM, St. Clement's Church, 642 W. Deming. 312-461-0723.

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA in a holiday concert (Palestrina, Lauridsen, Applebaum, Clemens, Heider, Miller). See Critic's Choice. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park. Sun 12/8, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. Sun 12/15, 3 PM, Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center, Naperville. 773-755-1628 or 800-746-4969.

CHICAGO BRASS BAND PLAYERS in a free concert. Sat 12/7, 4 PM, Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan. 312-742-7529.

CHICAGO CHORAL ARTISTS Bart Bradfield conducts a holiday concert. Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Ascension Church, 815 S. East, Oak Park. Sun 12/15, 4 PM, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 4412 N. Western. 773-878-6467.

CHICAGO COLLEGE OF PERFORMING ARTS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Jay Friedman, conductor, with trumpeter Mark Ridenour, English hornist Grover Schiltz, and mezzo-soprano Tracy Mould Watson (Respighi, Peaslee, Copland, Falla). Mon 12/9, 7:30 PM, Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake, Oak Park. Wed 12/11, 7:30 PM, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. 312-341-2238.

CHICAGO STRING QUARTET in a free concert. Sun 12/8, 4 PM (Haydn, Turina, Brahms), Bryan Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Rd., Grayslake. 847-543-1202.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS (Gorecki, Respighi, Chausson, Brahms). Sun 12/15, 2 PM, Fullerton Auditorium, Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 12/6, 1:30 PM, and Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Pierre Boulez, conductor, with pianist Daniel Barenboim (Haydn, Schoenberg, R. Strauss). Thu 12/12 through Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Pierre Boulez, conductor, with tenor Charles Castronuovo and the Chicago Symphony Chorus in a performance of Berlioz's Requiem. Preconcert talks are given one hour and 15 minutes before each performance. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO TEMPLE CHOIR in a free holiday concert. Sun 12/15, 2 PM, Chicago Temple/First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington. 312-236-4548.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY BAND in a free Christmas concert (Tchaikovsky, Franck, Shostakovich, Ployhar, and others). Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Werner Auditorium, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-209-3060.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY KAPELLE, SCHOLA CANTORUM, AND HANDBELLS in a Service of Lessons and Carols. Free admission. Sat 12/7, 7 PM, and Sun 12/8, 4 and 7 PM, Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-771-8300.

DU PAGE CHORALE Lee Kesselman conducts a holiday concert (Mozart, Stroope, Adler). Sun 12/8, 7:30 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

WILLIAM EDDINS piano (Ginastera, Debussy, Albright, Beethoven). Sun 12/15, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Hanson conducts a holiday concert. Fri 12/13 and Sat 12/14, 8 PM, and Sun 12/15, 2 and 5 PM, Hemmens Theatre, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-888-4000.

TOM FARRELL AND JIM BAUR guitars, in a free concert (Aguado, Bach, Mertz, Tarrega, Takemitsu). Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Remy Bumppo Theatre rehearsal space, 3717 N. Ravenswood. 773-244-8119.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHOIRS John W.W. Sherer and Mary Theresa Reed conduct an Advent Festival of Lessons and Music (Palestrina, Tavener, Piccolo, Proulx, and others). Free admission. Sun 12/8, 6:30 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NOONDAY CONCERTS Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut: Fri 12/6, 12:10 PM, Quintet Attacca (Steinmetz, Tamusuza, Faure). Fri 12/13, 12:10 PM, Milwaukee String Quartet (Schubert, Smetana). 312-787-4570.

RACHEL GALAY AND JUNICHI STEVEN SATO cello and piano, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Schubert, Sato, Kreisler). Free admission. Wed 12/11, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630 or 312-346-3278.

HIGHLAND PARK STRINGS Francis Akos, conductor, with bassoonist David McGill, violinist Yuan-Qing Yu, oboist Michael Henoch, and cellist Stephen Balderston in a free concert (J.C. Bach, Vivaldi, Marcello, Haydn). Sun 12/8, 3 PM (with preconcert lecture at 2 PM), Elm Place School, 2031 Sheridan, Highland Park. 847-831-3810.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash: Free admission. Sun 12/8, 4 PM, Matthew Walsh conducts Advent vespers (with organ recital by Ricardo Ramirez at 3:30 PM). 312-664-6963.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITALS Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash: Free admission. Sun 12/8, 3:30 PM, Ricardo Ramirez (Leighton, Bach, Ramirez). Each recital is followed by an Advent vespers sung by the Cathedral Gallery and Chamber Singers at 4 PM. 312-664-6963.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Sundays, 2-4 PM, guitarist Matt Faunce (Albeniz, Barrios, Kleynjans, and others). 773-486-4093.

INTIMATE OPERA (Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors). Fri 12/6, 7:30 PM, and Sat 12/7 and Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Grace United Methodist Church of Logan Square, 3325 W. Wrightwood. 773-342-0602.

LAKESIDE SINGERS Robert Bowker conducts a holiday concert. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Lake Street Church of Evanston, 607 Lake, Evanston. Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 200 N. Plum Grove, Palatine. Thu 12/12, 7:30 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park. 847-446-3822.

LINCOLNWAY HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGALS Free in-store performance. Fri 12/6, 5:30 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange, Orland Park. 708-460-7566.

LINCOLNWAY YOUTH STRINGS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/7, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange, Orland Park. 708-460-7566.

LIRA ENSEMBLE in its annual "Polish-American Christmas Gala." Sat 12/7, 8 PM, auditorium, Maine East High School, 2601 Dempster, Park Ridge. 773-508-7040.

LOYOLA ACADEMY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND CHAMBER SINGERS in a free holiday concert (Britten, Handel). Sat 12/14, 2 PM, St. James Chapel, Quigley Preparatory Seminary, 103 E. Chestnut. 312-787-3532.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Fri 12/6, 6:30 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with baritone James Morris, sopranos Jane Eaglen and Deborah Voigt, tenor Thomas Studebaker, and mezzo-soprano Marjana Lipovsek (Wagner, Die Walkure). Sat 12/7, Tue 12/10, and Fri 12/13, 7:30 PM, Paul Gemignani, conductor, with bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, baritones Timothy Nolen and Nathan Gunn, sopranos Celena Shafer and Sheri Greenawald, mezzo-soprano Judith Christin, and tenor David Cangelosi (Sondheim, Sweeney Todd). Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with soprano Renee Fleming and baritone Thomas Hampson (Massenet, Tha•s). 312-332-2244.

JENNIFER MARLAS AND BAIRD DODGE violins, with pianist Andrea Swan. Fri 12/6, 7 PM, Gallery 415, 415 N. LaSalle. 847-304-5467.

MAVERICK ENSEMBLE (Xenakis, Cage, Henze, Tipei, Levin, Martirano, Lopez, Thomas). Sun 12/8, 7 PM, Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago. 312-666-4916.

METROPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with the Old St. Patrick's Church Holiday Choir in a Christmas concert. Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams. 312-831-9355.

MUSIC INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO CHORALE Daniel Wallenberg conducts "A Celebration of Brahms." Sun 12/8, 7:30 PM, Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine, Winnetka. 847-446-3822.

MUSICAM SACRAM CHOIR with countertenor Christopher Chroniak in a holiday concert (Bach, Palestrina, Praetorius, Holst, Rachmaninoff, Rutter, Leontovich, and others). Fri 12/13, 7:30 PM, Notre Dame of Chicago Church, 1334 W. Flournoy. 815-806-0066.

NAPERVILLE CHORUS, NAPERVILLE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, AND YOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS Jeordano Martinez conducts a Christmas program (Honegger, Pinkham, Bass, traditional). Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. 630-637-4019.

NEW CLASSIC SINGERS perform holiday music. Sat 12/14, 1 PM (children's concert), and Sun 12/15, 4 PM, Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park and Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

NILES CONCERT CHOIR Timothy Woods conducts a holiday concert (Rutter, Corelli, Mozart, Vaughan Williams). Fri 12/6, 7:30 PM, St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem, Niles. 847-965-3155.

NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY SANTA LUCIA PAGEANT features Christmas carols, folk music, and other "special vocal and instrumental musical selections." Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster. 773-244-5592.

NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY CHOIR, ORCHESTRA, WOMEN'S CHORUS, CHAMBER SINGERS, AND BRASS ENSEMBLE with others in a holiday concert (Bach, Vivaldi, Bass, Handel). Fri 12/6 and Sun 12/8, 7:30 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster. 773-244-5625.

NORTHBROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Lawrence Rapchak, conductor (Dvorak, Martinu, Janacek). Sun 12/8, 4 PM (with preconcert lecture at 2:30 PM), Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer, Northbrook. 847-272-0755.

NORTHWEST CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Michael Holian, conductor (Bach, Shostakovich, Humperdinck, Delibes, R. Strauss, Offenbach). Sun 12/15, 3 PM, north campus, Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. 773-481-8863.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CHORALE with orchestra (Handel, Messiah). Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY FOR WINDS AND VOICES University Singers and others perform in Northwestern's annual holiday concert. Fri 12/6, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-491-5441 or 847-467-4000.

ORION ENSEMBLE in a free concert (Bartok, Beethoven). Mon 12/9, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630 or 312-346-3278.

PRAIRIE BRASS BAND Dallas Niermeyer conducts the annual holiday concert. Sun 12/8, 7 PM, John Hersey High School, 1900 E. Thomas, Arlington Heights. 847-398-1732 or 847-392-9565.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Joseph Glymph conducts a free concert (Kabalevsky, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, and others). Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-341-1521 or 312-744-6630.

REMBRANDT CHAMBER PLAYERS in an all-Bach program. Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University, 357 E. Chicago. 773-929-7277.

ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CHAPEL CHOIR AND MOTET CHOIR Randi Von Ellefson conducts Advent vespers. Sun 12/8, 5 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-7059.

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

ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH CONCERT CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA with the Chicago Children's Choir in a Christmas concert (Vivaldi and others). Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, St. Michael's Church, 1633 N. Cleveland. 312-642-2498.

SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY GUITAR ENSEMBLE Sat 12/7, 4 PM, McGuire Hall, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd. 773-298-3421.

FLORENCE SCHWARTZ, JELENA DIRKS, AND ROBERT SWANN violin, piano, and viola (Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms). Sun 12/8, 4 PM, private residence (call for location). 773-442-4978.

GLENETTE SHURNEY, SARAH STERN, BILL GORDON, CHRIS RICHARD, AND ROGER BINGAMAN soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and piano, in a Christmas concert. Sun 12/8, 2 PM, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. 773-267-1666.

JEFFREY SIEGEL piano, in a lecture-concert (Beethoven, Schubert, Weber). Fri 12/13, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-491-5441 or 847-467-4000.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Matthew Wolka conducts the St. Benedict Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, St. Benedict Church, 2215 W. Irving Park. 773-588-6484.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sasha Gerritson Brauer, conductor. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Park Ridge Community Church, 100 S. Courtland, Park Ridge. 847-823-3164.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Stephen Alltop, conductor. Free admission. Sun 12/8, 4 PM, North Shore United Methodist Church, 213 Hazel, Glencoe. 847-835-1227.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH James Mack conducts the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Sun 12/8, 4 PM, Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan. 312-922-5570.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Willard Thomen, conductor. Sun 12/8, 4 PM, Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center, Naperville. 630-355-1483.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Theresa DuSell conducts in a benefit for area nonprofit organizations. Sun 12/8, 7:30 PM, St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood. 773-274-4480.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sat 12/14, 4 PM, St. Joseph Church, 1107 N. Orleans. 847-895-2608.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Barbara Schubert conducts the DuPage Symphony Orchestra. Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, St. Raphael Church, 1215 Modaff, Naperville. 630-830-2237.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Free admission; advance tickets required. Sun 12/15, 3 PM, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. 888-880-9701.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH with organist Michael Shawgo and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Sun 12/15, 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 Michael Poulos, conductor. Benefit for Lake County PADS. Sun 12/15, 4 PM, Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest. 847-234-4150.

SOUTHPORT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Scott Arkenberg, conductor, with soprano Marie Michuda and members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in a "Holiday Pops Concert." Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, St. Josaphat Church, 2311 N. Southport. 708-327-8955.

SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY BAND in a holiday concert. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

SYMPHONY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST Jay Friedman, conductor, with violinist Robert Chen and cellist John Sharp (Sibelius, Brahms). Sun 12/8, 3:30 PM (with preconcert talk at 2:45 PM), Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake, Oak Park. 708-488-4101.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO CONCERT BAND AND WIND ENSEMBLES Gene Collerd and Andrew Carpenter conduct the annual holiday concert (Dello Joio, Bach, Gabrieli, Byrd). Free admission. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake, Oak Park. 312-996-8746.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CHORUS Randi Von Ellefson conducts Handel's Messiah. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, and Sat 12/7, 3 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-9075.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Barbara Schubert, conductor (Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Bartok). Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th. 773-702-9075.

VOX CAELESTIS Paul Carey conducts a holiday concert (Rutter, Britten, Poulenc, Schalk). Sat 12/7, 7:30 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter, Downers Grove. Sun 12/15, 3 PM, First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake, Oak Park. 630-375-7709.

WHEATON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Peter Lipari conducts a Christmas concert. Sat 12/14, 8 PM, Hubble Middle School, Roosevelt and Naperville Rds., Wheaton. 630-790-1430.

WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE Paul French conducts a holiday concert (Kronsteiner, Tye, Phillips, Hassler, Reger, Sousa, Tucker, Bouman, Edwards, traditional). Fri 12/6, 8 PM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 690 W. Belmont. 773-325-2000.

WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE in a free "concert of seasonal music." Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

YOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS in a holiday concert. Sun 12/15, 2 and 4:30 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. 630-369-9679.

fairs & festivals

ILLEGITIMATE ARTS FESTIVAL 3340 N. Clark: Fri 12/13, 8 PM, DJ David Cuthright & others. 773-529-4458, ext. 10.

JULMARKNAD HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Clark between Winnemac and Bryn Mawr: Fri 12/6, 6 PM, holiday caroling. Sat 12/7, 1:30 PM, Lakeside Pride Sax Ensemble; 2 PM, Svenska Skolan; 3:30 PM, Spelmanslag. Sun 12/8, 11 AM, Allegro Music Studio musicians; noon, Jennifer Trowbridge with students; 12:30 PM, Varblomman; 1 PM, Sweet Adelines; 4 PM, Upsy Daisy. 773-728-8111.

miscellaneous

BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM in a holiday concert. Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in a free holiday concert. Wed 12/11, 12:15 PM, main lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS 21st annual holiday extravaganza. Fri 12/13, 8 PM, and Sat 12/14, 5 and 8:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-935-6860 or 312-559-1212.

DAVE COULIER Free in-store children's performances. Sun 12/8, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471. Tue 12/10, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

CURIE METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED MIXED CHORUS Free concert. Mon 12/9, 12:15 PM, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

CURIE METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED GIRLS' CHORUS Free concert. Thu 12/12, 12:15 PM, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

JAMES & PAIGE DAGUE perform songs for children and read from their book ScribbleMonster and the Broken TV. Sat 12/7, 1:30 PM, Barbara's Bookstore, 1100 Lake, Oak Park. 708-848-9140.

EDGEWATER SINGERS Diane Aitken conducts a free holiday concert. Sat 12/14, 7:30 PM, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1244 W. Thorndale. 773-561-4766.

EXALTATION! FOX VALLEY COMMUNITY HANDBELL ENSEMBLE in a holiday concert. Fri 12/6, 8 PM, First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson, Crystal Lake. 815-206-0733.

JOEL FRANKEL Free holiday concert. Thu 12/12, 6:30 PM, West Addison branch, Chicago Public Library, 7536 W. Addison. 312-746-4704.

HOLIDAY MUSIC AT CITY HALL City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle: Fri 12/6, noon, Les Finch Learning Tree School Choir. 312-744-3370.

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT with organists David Wickerham & Jelani Eddington, pianist David Harris, Rialto Children's Choir, Joliet High School Choir & Joliet Alumni Choir. Sat 12/7, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

KIDS FARE: MUSIC FOR KIDS BY KIDS Children's program features Fred Koch and the Midwest Young Artists Pop Orchestra. Sat 12/7, 10:30 AM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

MELODEERS CHORUS A cappella barbershop harmony chorus performs "Holiday Magic." Sun 12/8, 3 PM, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire. 800-222-7552.

MORAINE VALLEY SUZUKI VIOLINISTS in a free holiday concert. Sat 12/7, 10:30 AM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

ORR COMMUNITY ACADEMY GIRLS CHORUS AND MIXED ENSEMBLE Free holiday concert. Fri 12/6, 12:15 PM, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

PORTAGE PARK CENTER FOR THE ARTS STUDENT MUSIC RECITAL Sun 12/8, 2:30 PM, Portage Park Center for the Arts, 5801 W. Dakin. 773-205-0151.

RESURRECTION HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE & SINGERS Tue 12/10, 7 PM, Resurrection High School, 7500 W. Talcott. 773-775-6616.

ST. JULIANA HANDBELL CHOIR Free holiday concert. Fri 12/13, 12:15 PM, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sun 12/15, 4 PM, children's show with Ralph's World (all-ages). 773-525-2508.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS perform music from their recent children's album; sold out. Sat 12/7 and Sun 12/8, 2 and 4 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

UNDER THE PICASSO Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington: Free noontime programs. Mon 12/9, Lane Technical High Scool Madrigals. Fri 12/13, Portage Park Elementary Choir. 312-346-3278.

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