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Rock, Pop, Etc.

Concerts

RYAN ADAMS, STILLS 18 & over. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

ALUMINUM GROUP Free in-store performance. Fri 12/19, 7 PM, the Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan. 312-981-9882.

BEYONCE, BOW WOW Fri 12/19, 6:30 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-455-4500 or 312-559-1212.

PEABO BRYSON, SHEENA EASTON, IRENE CARA, CHRISTOPHER CROSS Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-263-1138 or 312-902-1500.

BUCKINGHAMS Sat 12/13, 8 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park & Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

NEKO CASE, JOHN & LAURIE STIRRATT Sold out. Fri 12/12, 8 and 10:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

CASTRATION DJ, JOHN CIBA, COUGHS, ARCADE, AUDREYS perform at a party for the Movieside Film Festival. Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Acme Art Space, 1741 N. Western. 773-856-5220.

CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS performs "A Sassy, Brassy Christmas." Fri 12/12, 8 PM, and Sat 12/13, 5 and 8:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-296-0541.

HARRY CONNICK JR. BIG BAND Tue 12/16 and Wed 12/17, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-263-1138 or 312-902-1500.

KRISTIN COTTS Free in-store performance. Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 7100 Forest Preserve Dr., Norridge. 708-457-2111.

ARI CRUZ Free in-store performance. Sat 12/20, 4 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

DEL SOULS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

ANNA FERMIN'S TRIGGER GOSPEL Free in-store performance. Sat 12/13, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

ANNA FERMIN'S TRIGGER GOSPEL performs with Omar & Vicoy Bautista, Kay Barrett, Naughty Yauzah Ladies & others from the Filipino Arts & Music Community. Fri 12/19, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

HARVEY SID FISHER, CHEER-ACCIDENT Sat 12/13, 7 and 10 PM, Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee. 312-243-9088.

DALE FRANCIS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1500 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

AMY GRANT, VINCE GILL Wed 12/17, 7:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

HARBOR LIGHTS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/13, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

RON HAWKING performs "His Way: A Tribute to the Man and His Music" (Frank Sinatra tribute). Saturdays, 6 and 9 PM, Sundays, 3 PM, and Fridays, 8 PM, NBC Tower, 455 Cityfront Plaza. 312-222-1188.

RACHEL HOOVER performs "Christmas Memories, Christmas Dreams." Fri 12/12, 7:30 PM, Northtown Arts Center, St. James Presbyterian Church, 6554 N. Rockwell. 773-465-3973.

DIANE IZZO performs at a Movieside Film Festival screening of Melvin Goes to Dinner and other films and videos (see movie listings). Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. 773-856-5220.

JOAN OF ARC performs at a Movieside Film Festival screening of Down by Law and other films (see movie listings). Sat 12/13, 6 PM, Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. 773-856-5220.

KIT KAT HONEYS, ENVIRONMENTAL ENCROACHMENT perform at a Movieside Film Festival screening (see movie listings). Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. 773-856-5220.

LIZ LARIN Free in-store performances. Sat 12/13, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1 N. La Grange Rd., La Grange. 708-579-9660. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

CHRIS LEE Free concert. Mon 12/15, 7 PM, Concert Hall, Columbia College, 1014 S. Michigan. 312-344-6240.

LORD OF THE YUM YUM, CYCLE 60 perform as part of the ohm series, with tap dancer Reggio "the Hoofer" McLaughlin, organist Steve Munoz, and DJ Josh Werner; free admission. Tue 12/16, 6 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

LOW, HALEY BONAR See Critic's Choice on Low; all-ages. Fri 12/12, 10 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie. 773-276-3600.

LOU MALLOZZI & ROBERT METRICK, CIN SALACH & TEN TONGUES, TATSU AOKI & JONATHAN CHEN, DJ CURT perform at Chicago Filmmakers' 30th-anniversary extravaganza, which includes film screenings. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark. 773-293-1447.

DAYNA MALOW, JOHN HASBROUCK Sat 12/13, 7:30 PM, Village Square, 37 S. Main, Sandwich. 815-878-2693.

KAREN MASON Free in-store performance. Sat 12/20, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

NAN MASON Free concert. Fri 12/19, noon, Chicago Water Works Visitor Center, 163 E. Pearson. 877-244-2246.

BECKIE MENZIE & TOM MICHAEL Free concert. Fri 12/12, noon, Chicago Water Works Visitor Center, 163 E. Pearson. 877-244-2246.

NATIVE PSALMS OF CHICAGO: LOCAL ARTISTS UNBOTTLED Free in-store performance. Sat 12/20, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

FRANK ORRALL Free in-store performance. Fri 12/12, 7 PM, the Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan. 312-981-9882.

PETER SALTZMAN Free in-store performance. Sun 12/21, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

AMANDA SENA Free in-store performance. Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park. 708-460-7566.

ARAM SHELTON, BENJAMIN BALCOM, NATHANIEL JAMES Sun 12/21, 8 PM, Deadtech, 3321 W. Fullerton. 773-395-2844.

JANE SIBERRY Sun 12/14, 8 PM, Black Orchid, 230 W. North. 312-944-6200 or 312-559-1212.

Songs of Good cheer Tribune columnists Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich host a holiday singalong. Sat 12/13, 7:30PM, Old Town School of Folk Music; 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

STARS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC Sat 12/13, 11 AM, Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. 773-684-1414.

PAM STERN Free in-store performance. Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

BOBBIE & DOUG STEWART Free in-store performance. Sat 12/13, 10:30 AM, Book Stall, Chestnut Court, 811 Elm, Winnetka. 847-446-8880.

STILLS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/13, 3 PM, Tower Records, 2301 N. Clark. 773-477-5994.

LAURIE SUCHER, JIM COX, MANGURTEN perform at a Hanukkah celebration; free admission. Fri 12/19, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

TANIQ, DJ SHOCK perform at "AfroFolk Live" (preceded by a stepping workshop at 6 PM); free admission. Sat 12/13, 7 PM, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. 773-728-6000.

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

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Thu 12/18, 7:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

ANDY WILLIAMS Christmas concert. Sat 12/20, 3 and 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

MARVETTE WILLIAMS & JEREMY KAHN Free concert. Tue 12/16, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

Rock, Pop, Etc.

Clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Fridays, 7 PM, Oh! Pair (in the pub). Sat 12/13, 7 PM, Fred Holstein, Ed Holstein; 10:30 PM, Lightning & Thunder. Mon 12/15, 8 PM, Vanilla Fudge, Lizards. Wed 12/17, 9 PM, Bonnie Bramlett, Oh! Pair. Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Los Straitjackets, Pontani Sisters, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers. Sat 12/20, 10 PM, U.S. Maple, Cheer-Accident, Rope. 773-478-4408.

ALUMNI CLUB 15 W. Division: DJs spin until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays and Saturdays, Ed Vantage. Thursdays, DJ Rhythm. 312-337-4349.

ALUMNI CLUB Rte. 31 south of Rte. 14, Crystal Lake: DJs spin until 1 AM Tuesdays through Thursdays, until 2 AM Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays and Tuesdays, Pat B. 815-356-6000.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Ryan Hagen. 847-397-3100.

ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT AND JAZZ CLUB 231 Douglas, Elgin: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/13, Moods. Thu 12/18, Dub Dis. Sat 12/20, Herb Kent hosts the V103 steppers' ball. 847-717-6759.

BANDOLEROS LOUNGE 225 W. Ontario: Saturdays, 11:30 PM, Bandoleros. 312-337-8080.

BAR VERTIGO 853 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Deans, Eric Chial & Mike Coy. Sat 12/13, Dirty Things, Gidgets Ga Ga, Danger. Sundays, 10 PM-2 AM, Analog Addicts spin soul and hip-hop. Fri 12/19, Felonious Funk, Stab Atlas. Sat 12/20, Commodes, Monkey Monkey Monkey. 773-395-3002.

BARN OF BARRINGTON 1415 S. Barrington Rd., Barrington: Wed 12/17, 8:30 PM, open mike. 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 at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Western Grand, Bunnies, Harold Washing Machine. Sat 12/13, 10 PM, Slugs, Steve & Liam (benefit for H.A.V.E.: Helping Autistic Voices Emerge). Sun 12/14, Where the Moon Came From, Radiant Darling, Ben Clarke. Mondays, 10 PM, Pat McCurdy. Tue 12/16, Disposable Pets, Rubies, Duenow. Wed 12/17, Jumpsuit, Rockets Over Sweden, Helen Money. Thu 12/18, Aloe, Blaked, Deer. Fri 12/19, Woolworthy, Suffrajett, Skid Marks, Assembly. Sat 12/20, Northside, Outnumbered, Chickenwire, Ryan See. 773-281-4444.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Kaos Rising, Baskstitch, Dino, Putufaxion. Sat 12/13, Audiobon, David, Queenie, Grinchy. Sun 12/14, Sayla. Thu 12/18, 7 PM, Dan Whitaker's Country Band, Moe Black. 773-770-2039.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (8 PM-3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Mondays, 9 PM, DJ Journey spins, plus hip-hop open mike and freestyle battles. 773-235-9100.

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

BISTRO MARGOT 1437 N. Wells: Restaurant; no cover. Fridays, 9 PM-1 AM, Heather Moran. Sat 12/13 and Sat 12/20, 9 PM-1 AM, Gail Becker. 312-587-3660.

BOTTOM LOUNGE 3206 N. Wilton: Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Detholz, Ancient Greeks, Intelligent Dennis, Los Shut Up. Sat 12/13, 6 PM, Sleeping at Last, Braille, University (all-ages); 10 PM, Star Spangles (see Spot Check), Dead Electric, Waxon 7. Sun 12/14, 4 PM, Super Mercado, Organic, Emetic, Domestic Godzilla, Eighty Sick,

Locknut (all-ages). Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger (18 & over). Fri 12/19, 8 PM, MirrorAmerica, Treatment, Chris Fuller. Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Sol Reys, Diplomats of Solid Sound. Sun 12/21, 5 PM, Eclectics, Know Hows, Enemigos de Paquita, DJ Chuck Wren, DJ Superkid (all-ages). 773-975-0505.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Punsapaya. Sat 12/13, Abi Cruz. Sundays, 10:30 PM, Terrapin Flyer hosts the Dead jam. Mondays, Terry Fogell spins on karaoke night. Wed 12/17, Speargrass. Fri 12/19, Dorian Taj. 773-384-8600.

BUCK'S GRILL 183 W. Main, Lake Zurich: Music at 7 PM Fridays, 3 PM Sundays; no cover. Fri 12/12, Jim Henning & James Wayman. Sun 12/14 and Sun 12/21, Paul Allodi hosts an open mike. Fri 12/19, Steve Roth. 847-550-1127.

BUCKTOWN PUB 1658 W. Cortland: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, open mike. Mondays, DJ Sandy spins local rock and punk (local bands may bring CDs). Tuesdays, DJ Bridget hosts karaoke. 773-394-9898.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Music at 8 PM Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30 PM Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays. Fri 12/19, Big Sweaty Men. Sat 12/20, Dan Kahn Band. 847-256-8870.

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

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays, 10 PM Saturdays. Fri 12/12, Lloyd Wilson Trio. Fri 12/19, Lush Budgett. 773-384-2547.

CARY'S LOUNGE 2251 W. Devon: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover. Mondays, acoustic open mike. 773-743-5737.

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Ronnie Ross. Wed 12/17, 9 PM, Rick Saucedo. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, the Tony Smith Show. Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Twist & Shout (Beatles tribute). 847-647-8282.

CHAMPS ROCK ROOM 5728 W. 87th, Burbank: Wednesdays, 10 PM, open jam. 708-499-4140.

CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE 913 N. Milwaukee, Wheeling: Wed 12/17, 9 PM, open mike. 847-279-1199.

CLEO'S 1935 W. Chicago: Fridays, 9 PM, DJ Chapman. Saturdays, 9 PM, DJ Wes Hollywood. 312-243-5600.

CLUB FOOT 1824 W. Augusta: DJs spin alternative and rock 8 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Chuck & Lauree. Sundays, Dave Awl spins rock and new wave. Mondays, Stacy & Sigh spin punk and glam. Tue 12/16, DJs Pete, Mark & Rich spin music by Kiss. Wednesdays, DJ Jay spins punk, garage, and local rock. 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.

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Mondays, 10 PM, Big Sug hosts an open mike. 312-341-9787.

CRAVE BAR & FOOD JOYNT 1204 Rand, Arlington Heights: Thursdays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi. 847-259-2602.

CRISTAL LOUNGE at Magnum's Steakhouse, 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music at 9:30 PM. Fridays, DJ Scotty Mix. 847-952-8555.

CRUSH 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, open mike. 773-528-7569.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Rich Hardesty, Ted Wulfers & Beggar's Bridge, Scott Conine, Granian (benefit for the Greater Chicago Food Depository). Sat 12/13, 10 PM, Rubber. Wed 12/17, 8 PM, DJs spin. Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Heather Horton Band. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, Monster Trux, Gelheads, Sister Child, Team Rockit (benefit for Juvenile Diabetes research). Sat 12/20, 10 PM, Peek-a-Boo Revue, Julian's Ride. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21661 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Anxiety Society. Sat 12/13, Mr. Myers. Thursdays, 8 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/19, Friction. Sat 12/20, Maggie Speaks. 847-541-4700.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 7:30 PM, Gwen Pippen; 9:30 PM, Andrew Blendermann. Saturdays, 8 PM, Gwen Pippen; 10 PM, Daryl Nitz & George Howe. Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, George Howe. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Andrew Blendermann. In the Cabaret: Fri 12/12, 8 PM, and Sat 12/13, 7 and 9 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin perform "There's Noel in Chanukah." Fri 12/12 and Fri 12/19, 10:30 PM, Foiled Again Trio. Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Rus Rainear performs with Beckie Menzie in a tribute to Carol Channing (benefit for Healthworks Theatre Company); 5 PM, Daryl Nitz with Joan Curto, Matt Davis, George Howe, Cory Jamison, Steve Kimbrough, KT McCammond, Margaret Reeder, Kristofer Simmons, Robert Whorton; 7 PM, Scott Montgomery & Shannon Strodel perform "Christmas Flakes." Mon 12/15, 8 PM, Matthew Karrel performs "Home for the Holidays"; 9:30 PM, Beth McVey. Tue 12/16, 8 PM, Jillian Kelly & the Windy City Slickers. Wed 12/17, 1:30 PM, Margaret Reeder performs "A Holiday Retrospective." Wed 12/17 through Sat 12/20, 8 PM, and Sun 12/21, 7 PM, Karen Mason performs "Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!" 773-278-1830.

DEJA VU 2624 N. Lincoln: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays and Saturdays, Mike D, Tony K. Sundays and Mondays, Ed Vantage. Tuesdays, Johnny Price spins breakbeat. Wednesdays, Ed Vantage, DJ Bliss. Thursdays, Mike D. 773-871-0205.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 9 PM; no cover. Sun 12/14, DJ Lexi. Mon 12/15, DJ John spins punk. Tue 12/16, DJ Alex. Wed 12/17, Scott Cizek spins country & western. Thu 12/18, DJ Todd. Sat 12/20, Mike Hodgkiss. Sun 12/21, DJ Kenny Schurnstein. 773-472-2771.

DIZZY'S BAR 401 S. Rte. 83, Grayslake: Music starts at 8 PM. Tuesdays, Chris Sipos hosts an open mike. 847-223-7788.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/12, 9 PM, Last Vegas (see Spot Check), High Plains Drifter, Bible of the Devil, DJ Tony McQuaid, DJ Rotten Gimmick (with a late set by Steepwater Band). Sat 12/13, 10 PM, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, M's, Head of Femur. Tue 12/16, 9 PM, Vicious, Urinal Mints, Chopper Chicks. Wed 12/17, 9 PM, Mic One, Max Soul, Reap. Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Good Goddamns, Knife of Simpson, Jackie Bangs, Heartbreak Speed, Decibators, Leroy Fix, Mojica. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, Unibrow, Superbig. Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Smoke Off Vinyl, Pulse, Malpractice Inc., Burn Rome Burn. 773-489-3160.

DUFFY'S 420 W. Diversey: Third Sunday of every month, 8:30 PM, Sway. 773-549-9090.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Sofa King. Sat 12/13, Libido Funk Circus. Mondays, 9 PM, Dave Simons (no cover). Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Larry Welch (no cover). Thu 12/18, David Sarkis. Fri 12/19, Barfunk, Carnies. Sat 12/20, Hans & the Hormones. 815-356-9980.

DUKE'S ROADHOUSE 6319 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM, DJs spin hip-hop, house, and old school (no cover). Thursdays, 9 PM-1 AM, DJs spin reggae (no cover). 708-788-4071.

DURTY NELLIE'S 180 N. Smith, Palatine: Music at 10:30 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 PM Sundays and Mondays. Fri 12/19, Bottle of Justus. Sat 12/20, Lounge Puppets. 847-358-9150.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10:30 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 PM Sundays and Mondays. Fri 12/12, Downtime, Smoke Off Vinyl. Sat 12/13, Covergurl, Sky Lion. Mondays, Paul Allodi hosts an open mike. Tuesdays, 20 Over. Wednesdays, Catfight. 847-358-9150.

EDGEWATER LOUNGE 5600 N. Ashland: Sat 12/13, 9:30 PM, Hungries. Sat 12/20, 9:30 PM, Voodoo Pilot. 773-878-3343.

85 BRINK 85 Brink, Crystal Lake: Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Night Riders. 815-788-8585.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Raised on Zenith, Regels, Serilian, Liz Larin. Sat 12/13, Fly Williams, Licks, Trelogic, Joseph Messing. Sun 12/14, Three Blind Mice, Sumo. Mondays, Chicago Rock Club. Tue 12/16, Dead Shaggy Pony, Clockpuncher, Twitch. Wed 12/17, Todd Lido & Rich Fobes, Alex Maier. Thu 12/18, Linus, Cased, Frankenpony. Fri 12/19, Pat DiNizio, Al Weber, Matt Hoffer. Sat 12/20, Daily Bridge Club, All Fours, Contriband, Singular Fashion. Sun 12/21, Deuce. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Fri 12/12, 10 PM, Dishes, This Moment in Black History (see Critic's Choice), Voltz. Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Death in June (see Spot Check), Changes, Der Blutharsch. Sun 12/14, 9:30 PM, Los Fancy Free, Twig Harper, Fashion Flesh, Peter B., Skeletons perform as part of the Shinth Tour (see Critic's Choice). Mon 12/15, 10 PM, Latest, M's, Poor Johns (no cover). Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Watchers, Joggers (see Spot Check), Changes, Disc Jockey CB. Fri 12/19, 9:30 PM, National Trust, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, DJ Supreme Court. Sat 12/20, 10 PM, Yakuza, Dave Rempis & Tim Daisy, Buried at Sea. Sun 12/21, 8 PM, Kenny Kash, Swing, Thirsty Cambodians, DJ Geno, DJ Flash G. 773-276-3600.

ESCAPE 310 Northwest Hwy., Fox River Grove: Music at 9:30 PM. Sundays, 7:30 PM, open mike. Sat 12/20, Pesz & the Dispensers. 847-516-0300.

ETHIO CAFE 3462 N. Clark: Thursdays, 9 PM, "Saba's Speakeasy" music and poetry open mike and open turntables. 773-929-8300.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM Fridays, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays, 7 PM-4 AM Sundays through Thursdays in the Cabaret Room and Club X. Thursdays, 11:30 PM, Bandoleros (12/18 is a benefit for the Greater Chicago Food Depository; doors open at 9 PM). 312-266-1944.

EXEDUS II 3477 N. Clark: Reggae nightly at 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Sun 12/14, and Fri 12/19, Dub Dis. Sat 12/13 and Wed 12/17, Hydro. Mondays, DJs spin. Thu 12/18 and Sun 12/21, Indika. Sat 12/20, Flex Crew. 773-348-3998.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly. Sundays, DJ Statikfire spins industrial, techno, goth, and darkwave. Mondays, DJs spin punk rock. Tuesdays, DJs spin music from the Fat Wreck and Epitaph labels. Wednesdays, DJ Karyn spins indie rock. 773-395-2700.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 510 S. Park, Fox Lake: DJs spin after 8 PM. Fridays, DJ 2 Much Funk. Saturdays, DJ 2 Much Funk, Pat B. Wednesdays, DJ Rich Rockin' K. Thursdays, Pat B. 847-587-9677.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mount Prospect: Music at 8 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fri 12/12, Brother Willis. Sat 12/13, Flapjacks. Wednesdays, DJ Marty B. Thursdays, live karaoke with the Durty Lounge Lizards. Fri 12/19, Fairlanes. Sat 12/20, Howard & the White Boys. 847-593-2200.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/19, Lakefront. 773-685-8083.

FAT BEAN 2959 Artesian, Naperville: Fridays, 7-11 PM, open mike hosted by Tim Tea. Sat 12/13, 10:30 AM, Happy Monkey. Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Article 57, Cobs, Set Forth, Infidelity. 630-922-9821.

FEATURES BAR & GRILL 10 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music in Club Mamalu; no cover. Fri 12/12, 9:30 PM, Remedy, DJs spin hits from the 70s and 80s. Thursdays, 8:30 PM, dueling pianos. Fri 12/19, 9:30 PM, Michael Heaton Band. 630-416-3310.

FINN MCCOOL'S IRISH PUB 15 W. Division: Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays, 10 PM-4 AM, DJs spin. 312-337-4349.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 12/12, 6 PM, Black Print, Sterling, Sleepwalker Defense, I Collide; 10 PM, Black Beauties, Headache City, Plastic Crimewave, Vee Dee. Sat 12/13, 5 PM, Stale Chofli, By Any Means, Even in Blackouts, Secret Agent Bill; 10 PM, Menthol, Bang! Bang!, It's, Office. Sun 12/14, 7 PM, Monofonika, NWC, Press, Powerknobs, Leroy Fix (benefit for Free Street Programs). Tue 12/16, 8 PM, Tight Phantomz, Jack O'Wilder & the Serrated Blades, Sorns, Early Risers (see Spot Check; benefit for the family of Matt Davis). Wed 12/17, 6 PM, Grabass Charlestons, Raise the Red Lantern, Half Stachon. Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Last Year's Man, Libido Grande, Sonnets, Lynyrd's Innards, Deadhounds. Fri 12/19, 8 PM, Sweet Cobra, HeWhoCorrupts, Gasoline Fight, Breather Resist, Russian. Sat 12/20, 5 PM, Himsa, Freya, Black Dahlia Murder, Three Inches of Blood; 9 PM, Stare, Disengage, Amps to Eleven. Sun 12/21, 5 PM, Dead Steel Mill; 9 PM, Qui, Inshi, Hospital. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/12, 10 PM, Brave Combo, Randy Erwin. Tue 12/16, 8:30 PM, Mike Plume, Andrew Bemis. Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Bonepony. Sat 12/20, 9:30 PM, Los Straitjackets, Pontani Sisters, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Saturdays, 11 PM, DJs spin in the loft. 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 12/12, Tumbleweed. Sat 12/13, Euforeum. Fri 12/19, Shards. Sat 12/20, Sleepyhead, Josh Stiver. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Fri 12/12, 9:30 PM, Hells Bells (AC/DC tribute). Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans. Fri 12/19, 9:30 PM, Trippin' Billies (Dave Matthews tribute). 630-416-4898.

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE 728 W. Grand: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Sun 12/14, 8 PM, Ursula Rucker. 312-666-1695.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/12, Genral Patton & His Privates, Rocky Galati. Sat 12/13, I/O. Wed 12/17, Nancy Connelly & Garret Lane host a songwriter showcase. Thursdays, open mike with Sara Sara. Fri 12/19, Mythic Figs (Todd Kelley memorial concert). Sat 12/20, Fred & friends. 773-489-5471.

GATOR'S PUB & GRILL NORTH 1719 N. Rand, Palatine: Sat 12/13, 10 PM, Weed Street Band. Sat 12/20, 9 PM, John Vinopal. 847-705-0555.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Fri 12/12, 7:30 PM, Catherine Smitko & Lex McCauley; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Sat 12/13, 7:30 PM, Catherine Smitko & Lex McCauley; 10 PM, Khris Francis. Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Honey West & Russ Long; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Mon 12/15, 7:30 PM, Desiree Irwin; 9:30 PM, Paul Marinaro & Russ Long. Tue 12/16, 7:30 PM, Jen Porter; 9:30 PM, Dan Stetzel hosts an open mike. Wed 12/17, 7:30 PM, Justin Hayford; 9:30 PM, Sharon Carlson. Thu 12/18, 7:30 PM, Anne Pringle & Mark Burnell; 9:30 PM, Jeremy Rill & Ben Hartman. Fri 12/19, 7:30 PM, Pamela Sue Fox & Dan Stetzel; 9:30 PM, Ginger Tam & Chuck Larkin. Sat 12/20, 7:30 PM, Jeremy Rill & Ben Hartman; 10 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. Sun 12/21, 6 PM, Honey West & Jim Cebastien; 9:30 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. 773-348-1053.

GENTRY ON STATE 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Fri 12/12 and Fri 12/19, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Paul Marinaro & John Paluch. Sat 12/13 and Sat 12/20, 10 PM, Paul Marinaro & John Paluch. Sun 12/14 and Sun 12/21, 9 PM, Beckie Menzie hosts an open mike. Mon 12/15, 9 PM, Beckie Menzie. Tue 12/16, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Beckie Menzie. Wed 12/17, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Russ Long. Thu 12/18, 5:30 PM, Kathryn Payne; 9 PM, Paul Marinaro & Russ Long. 312-836-0933.

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

GIO'S SPORTS BAR 4857 N. Damen: Every other Friday, 9 PM, open mike (no cover). 773-334-0345.

GOOSE ISLAND BREWERY 3535 N. Clark: Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike. Thursdays, 9 PM, Michael J's Karaoke Cult. 773-549-9624.

GRAPE STREET & VINE 226 E. Ontario: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fridays, Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, Arturo. 312-642-7440.

GREEN DOOR TAVERN 678 N. Orleans: Fridays, 6 PM, Gareth Wood. 312-664-5496.

GRIFFIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE 2710 N. Halsted: No cover. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Nancy Antevski. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, Jack Straw. Thursdays, 9 PM, Speargrass with Bobby Georges. 773-525-7313.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Rock Star Club, Paper Bullets, Otherworld. Sat 12/13, Redline, Favorite Saints, Scarecrow Garden. Fri 12/19, Lying in States, Quasar Wut Wut, Devin Davis. Sat 12/20, Dead Horsetail, Thin Man. 773-472-5139.

HANDLEBAR 2311 W. North: Fridays, 10 PM, DJs spin garage, funk, and R&B, Ellen Rosner Band performs at "U-Lock Rock" (no cover). Wed 12/17, 9 PM, Zach Duenow performs at "U-Lock Rock" (no cover). 773-384-9546.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/12, 9 PM, Jorge from Yard. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, Amelia Royko. Sat 12/20, 9:30 PM, Teresa Long Experience. 773-465-8005.

HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/12 and Fri 12/19, 6 PM, live karaoke with the Hootenanners. Fri 12/12, 10 PM, DJ Roxanne, DJ Pillz. Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Stet 5; 11 PM, Disc Jockey CB, DJ Mother Hubbard. Wed 12/17, 10 PM, Ladies of the Canyon (Joni Mitchell tribute). Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Pearly Sweets. Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Mr. Rudy Day, Illinois First (benefit for Bike Winter). 773-227-4433.

HOG HEAD MCDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12, Lunar Breakdown. 773-929-0944.

HOGS & HONEYS 1555 N. Sheffield: Saturdays, 9 PM-3 AM, and Fridays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJs spin. 312-377-1733.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Tue 12/16, 9:30 PM, Mass Appeal. 312-362-9707.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12, Rhino Yellings. Sat 12/13, Morris Mills. Tue 12/16, Dave Purdie. 773-486-1099.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Fri 12/12, 6:15 PM, Coheed and Cambria (see Spot Check), Straylight Run, Detachment Kit, Three (all-ages). Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Wyclef Jean, Baby Bash, Frankie J, Avant, 112, Murphy Lee (sold out). Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Squirtgun, Amazing Transparent Man, Break the Silence, Methadones, Split Habit (all-ages). Wed 12/17, 6:15 PM, Chevelle, Campfire Girls (sold out). Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, 8:30 PM, Michael Schenker Group, George Lynch, Enuff Z'nuff (12/20 with Adler's Appetite). 312-923-2000.

HOUSE OF BLUES BACK PORCH STAGE 329 N. Dearborn: Fridays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 4:30 PM, E-Mics. 312-923-2000.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/12, Jen Porter. Sat 12/13, Hot Rocks (Rolling Stones tribute). Fri 12/19, Mahp. 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 8 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Sundays, 8 PM, "You-Sing-It Sundays" live karaoke hosted by Bill Larkin. 312-863-7427.

INNER TOWN PUB 1935 W. Thomas: Sundays and Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike hosted by Jeremy Raskin; performers receive a free drink. 773-235-9795.

J.W. HOLLSTEIN'S SALOON 17358 S. Oak Park, Tinley Park: Thu 12/18, 10 PM, Dizzy Stick. 708-429-7000.

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 12/12, Mr. Blotto, Broken Glass. Sat 12/13, Something for Joey, Paramours, Rob Pierce. Thu 12/18, Too White Crew. Fri 12/19, 17th Floor, Members Only. Sat 12/20, Leonard Brothers, Gina Gonzales. 312-337-3486.

JOY BLUE 1401 W. Irving Park: Music after 10 PM. Wednesdays, open mike. 773-477-3330.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Music at 9:30 PM. Sundays, 11 AM-2 PM, Larry Hinds hosts the "Sixties Sunday Brunch." 773-348-7592.

KELLY'S PUB 11012 Rte. 47, Huntley: Fri 12/12, 9:30 PM, Night Riders. 847-669-0003.

LAVA LOUNGE 859 N. Damen: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Mondays, Greg Shirilla. 773-772-3355.

LEADWAY 5233 N. Damen: Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike. 773-728-2663.

LEG ROOM 7 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays and Thursdays, DJ Structure. Sundays, DJ Mach 1. Wednesdays, Janelle's Three, DJ Rhythm. 312-337-2583.

LETIZIA'S NATURAL BAKERY 2144 W. Division: Wednesdays, 8 PM, open mike. 773-342-1011.

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, Mike Hodgkiss. Tuesdays, DJ Scott Lucas. Wednesdays, Herb & Mike. 773-665-1110.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Sundays, 11 AM, Caribbean Castaways perform at a reggae brunch (all-ages). Wednesdays, 8 PM, "Upstarts" new-band showcase. Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Mona Corona & Ms. DeMetria host live karaoke. Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Quarterturn, Talent Show Band. 773-384-1040.

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Mondays, 10 PM, Playback & friends. 773-525-2422.

LION HEAD PUB & THE APARTMENT 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin upstairs 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays through Fridays (until 3 AM Saturdays). Saturdays and Thursdays, DJ Mach 1. 773-348-5100.

LONG ROOM 1612 W. Irving Park: Sundays, 10:30 PM, Nicholas Barron's Hyperactive. 773-665-4500.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Fri 12/12, 10 PM, Burnside Bridge, Cobs, Shooting Blanks, Low Profile. Sat 12/13, 9:30 PM, Phil Angotti, Pudder Project, Hot Front. Sun 12/14, 10 PM, Melissa Ziemer, Pete Special. Tue 12/16, 9 PM, Goldman. Wed 12/17, 9 PM, Your Little Ponies. Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Liam, Madison Greene, Joseph Goetz. Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Luxury Pushers, Love Dictators, Fancy Dans. Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Joint Chiefs, the Industry, Century Rocket Building, Madahari. 773-871-3757.

MADISON AVENUE 34 N. Sheridan, Waukegan: Thursdays, 8 PM, acoustic singer-songwriter showcase and open stage with Eric Mickler, Chris Sipos, Johnny Rocker. 847-662-6090.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 225 W. Ontario: Pianists/vocalists perform after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5 PM Sundays; no cover. Tuesdays, 11:30 PM, Bandoleros. 312-337-8080.

MANHATTAN'S 415 S. Dearborn: Bar and lounge; no cover. Fridays and Thursdays, 8 PM, DJ Teflan, DJ Erica. 312-957-0460.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/12, 9 PM, Luther Wright & the Wrongs, David Zollo & the Body Electric, Charlie Pierce & James Weigel. Sat 12/13, 10 PM, Rebirth Brass Band, BS Brass Band. Sun 12/14, 8 PM, Over the Rhine, Susan Enan. Wed 12/17, 8 PM, Hillbilly Winos, Motion to Fix (no cover). Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Bleary, Kristin Shout, Mabel. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, Stone Puppet, Signified Sound System, Pancho Sancho. Sat 12/20, 10 PM, JT & the Clouds, Beatnik Turtle. 773-404-9494.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 12/12, 6:30 PM, Aquabats, Short Arm Trick (all-ages). Sat 12/13, 5:30 PM, Pigface, Dope, Professional Murder Music, Rachel Stamp (all-ages). Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Yellowcard, Matchbox Romance, Acceptance, Maxeen, Reeve Oliver (all-ages). Wed 12/17, 6:30 PM, Chimaira, Soilwork, Bleeding Through, As I Lay Dying (all-ages). Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Dwele, Slum Village, Molemen (18 & over). Sat 12/20, 6:30 PM, the Dog and Everything, Saraphine, Until Sundown, Triptii (all-ages). Sun 12/21, 6 PM, Murder by Death, Troubled Hubble, Like Young, the Show is the Rainbow (all-ages). 773-549-0203.

MICHAEL'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent, Glen Ellyn: Sat 12/13, 9:30 PM, Amy Kelly & the Underbelly. 630-446-4001.

MICKEY FINN'S 412 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/13, Betty Soul. 847-362-6688.

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

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

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: Fri 12/12, 9 PM, Phil Calkins. Sundays, 10 PM, open mike hosted by Mike Doerr & Ryan Shepherd. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Larry B. hosts "Molly's Piano Cabaret." Sat 12/20, 10 PM, Matt Scharpf. 708-366-8073.

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

MRS. P & ME 100 E. Prospect, Mount Prospect: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Wednesdays. Sat 12/20, Mike Beck Group. 847-259-9724.

MULDOON'S 133 W. Front, Wheaton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/12, Another Pint. Sat 12/13, Loose Screws. Wed 12/17, Neil Rose Band. Thu 12/18, Mike Brumfield. Sat 12/20, Rick Ardisano (Elvis tribute). 630-688-8866.

THE MUTINY 2428 N. Western: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/12, Faye Ray, Drunk Uncle, Susie Gomez. Sat 12/13, Gutter City, Twin Wrecks the Memory. Sun 12/14, "On Da Groove" open jam. Tue 12/16, Cursed at Birth, PCP Roadblock, Chopped Liver. Wed 12/17, Mark Polydoris. Thu 12/18, Junk, American Draft. Fri 12/19, Dirtbikes, Plods. Sat 12/20, Los Gatos Diablos, Stiffs, Matt Muthafucker Tyner. 773-486-7774.

MYRON & PHIL 3900 W. Devon, Lincolnwood: Restaurant. Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays, 7 PM, pianist Johnny Burnett. 847-677-6663.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Fri 12/12, 10 PM, Aswah Greggori & the Enforcers. Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Georges, My Were They, Scissors. Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Down the Line, Nine Ways Out, Tyler Nash (all-ages). Wednesdays, 10:30 PM, open mike hosted by Grey Parker. Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Bobby Stratosphere. 847-869-0450.

NEW DATING GAME 8924 S. Stony Island: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 PM, DJs spin neo-soul, deep house, and old school at an open mike for poetry and spoken word. 773-374-8883.

NITE CAP 5007 W. Irving Park: Tuesdays, 9 PM, DJ Skor & DJ Real One spin hip-hop. 773-794-1317.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Sven Soderberg, Shelley Miller, Anthony Whitaker. 773-743-3355.

NORTH PARK TAP 313 W. North: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Ripley Caine hosts a songwriter slam. 312-943-5228.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fri 12/12, 10 PM, Chris Long, Pocket, Silverman, Mike Gallagher Band. Sat 12/13, 10 PM, Dizzy Park, Skid Marks, Matador Down. Sun 12/14, 11 PM, Sunn0))). Mon 12/15, 10 PM, Danfunk Railroad, Tony Mojica (no cover), John Swift, Clash Titan with Phunk & Nevs-One. Tuesdays, 11 PM, Alo, Fuego, I-Ron, Larry Millah. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Reggaeton. Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Barron James Band. 773-489-0011.

OASIS 160 160 W. Joe Orr, Chicago Heights: Fri 12/12, 9 PM, Lacuna Coil, Dog Fashion Disco, Avernus, Inner Section (all-ages). Sat 12/13, 9 PM, No One, Factory 81, Lollipop Lust Kill (all-ages). Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Double Drive, Slaves on Dope, Wolfpac, Society 1, Second Too Late, A.D.D. (all-ages). Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Jackyl, Blackberry Smoke, American Motherload (all-ages). Fri 12/19, 9 PM, Nonpoint, Fractured, ODM, Under My Skin, Tides of Mars (all-ages). 708-756-0600.

OCEAN'S 11 RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB 18 W 333 Roosevelt, Lombard: Music in the Rat Pack Lounge at 9 PM. Saturdays, Dan Haley performs the music of Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and Dean Martin. Wednesdays and Thursdays, DJs spin. 630-629-2940.

100 SOUTH CHOP HOUSE & GRILL 100 S. York, Elmhurst: No cover. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Johnny Rome. Thursdays, 8 PM, Irene. 630-782-9091.

OTTO'S 118 E. Lincoln Hwy., De Kalb: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Mike & Joe. 815-758-2715.

PASHA 642 N. Clark: Saturdays and Tuesdays, 11 PM, Parados. 312-397-0100.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12, Broken Radio. Sat 12/13, Creepy D. Tuesdays, open mike hosted by Daddy Cat Shag & Burt Heyman. Wed 12/17, May or May Not. Thu 12/18, Mount Olympus. Fri 12/19, Specs, Matt Messiah. Sat 12/20, Julian's Ride. 773-486-9862.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Music after 10 PM. Fridays, live karaoke. Sat 12/13, Daryl (no cover). Thu 12/18, Time & Distance (no cover). Sat 12/20, Roma (no cover). 773-252-7767.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM Wednesdays. Wed 12/17, the Chris, Dave & Mack Show. Fri 12/19, Johnny Star & the Meteors. Sat 12/20, 7 Deez. 815-477-0340.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2401 N. Western: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/13, Stripped for Parts. Sundays, 10:30 PM, live karaoke. Mondays, open mike hosted by Berry LaCroix. Wed 12/17, Great Plains Gypsies, Moonshine Sway. 773-276-9730.

RED LINE TAP 7006 N. Glenwood: Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. 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; 11:30 PM, Phil Baron & Ruby Harris. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; 11:45 PM, Gary Filip. Thursdays, 8 PM, Tom Linsk & Lisa McClowry; 11:45 PM, Kenny Phelps. 312-640-1000.

RHYTHM 1108 W. Randolph: Fridays, 10 PM, and Wednesdays, 9 PM, drum circle (preceded by a beginning drum lesson an hour prior to start time). Sun 12/14, 9 PM, Ripley Caine hosts a singer-songwriter slam. 312-492-6100.

ROCK-A-TIKI 1942 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays, 10 PM, Elvisland with Mark Hussman. 773-384-8454.

RORY'S MUSIC CAFE 701 W. Lake, Addison: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Holy Moses, Paradigm Shift. Sat 12/13, Broken Vegas, Ruff House. Fri 12/19, Humpback Wail. Sat 12/20, Machete Monks, Aberrant. 630-543-3101.

RUMBA 351 W. Hubbard: Wednesdays, 10:30 PM, Parados. 312-222-1226.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sat 12/13, 7 and 10 PM, Jackopierce (see Spot Check), Kyle Riabko (sold out). Mon 12/15, 9 PM, Karaoke Dokies host live karaoke (no cover; donations benefit the Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois). Tue 12/16, 8 PM, London Calling (Clash tribute) with Jay Bennett, Sean Hulet, Brian Leach, Scott Lucas, Kristin Shout, Dave Specter, Dorian Taj, Steve Versaw, Matt Suhar (see Spot Check; benefit for the Carole Robertson Center for Learning). Wed 12/17, 8:30 PM, Steve & Liam, Mark Greenberg & John Upchurch, M's, Detholz, Charles Kim, Grand Lunar perform at the WLUW holiday sing-along and benefit (18 & over). Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Addison Groove Project, Daily Bridge Club (18 & over). Fri 12/19, 7:30 PM, Vic Chesnutt; 10 PM, Reputation, New Constitution, Runner & the Thermodynamics. Sat 12/20, 7:30 PM, Eef Barzelay; 10 PM, Katie Todd Band, Michelle Anthony. Sun 12/21, 7 PM, Mer, Pomeroy, Dave Tamkin Trio (all-ages). 773-525-2508.

SHARK CITY BILLIARDS & SPORTS BAR 2240 Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Seventh Heaven. Sat 12/13, Anxiety Society, Insomnia. Fri 12/19, Fabulous Janes. Sat 12/20, Libido Funk Circus. 630-893-9346.

602 NORTH 602 North, Glendale Heights: Mondays, 7 PM, open mike (all-ages). Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open mike (no cover). 630-790-6100.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 10:30 PM. Fri 12/12, Core. 847-991-2150.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Sundays, Torturing Elvis. Wednesdays, Felix & the Cats. Thursdays, Jesse Scinto. 773-772-6656.

SNUGGERY SALOON & DINING ROOM Union Station, Canal & Adams: Music at 3:30 PM; no cover. Thu 12/18, Wodjayla. 312-441-9334.

SPOKEN WORD CAFE 4655 S. King Dr.: Saturdays, 8 PM, House of Twang. Sundays, 8 PM, "Equilibrium" poetry open mike features a jazz band and DJs. 773-373-2233.

ST. CHARLIES PUB 312 W. Main, Saint Charles: Music starts at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/20, Night Riders. 630-587-4251.

STEVIE B'S 1401 N. Ashland: Wednesdays, midnight, DJ Jersey. 773-486-7427.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Upstairs in the Cabaret Room after 10 PM: Fri 12/12, Redwalls, the Girls, Regal Standard. Sat 12/13, Silents, Cordy, Second Sound. Sun 12/14, Lazarus James, Raised on Zenith, Ela. Wed 12/17, Syleena Johnson, Latocha Scott, K Fox, T-Babe. Thu 12/18, Arteries, Damian Rivero & El 40 Elemento, Vega Star. Sat 12/20, Bumpus, Mad Lab, Jerry DeVivo Band. 773-278-6600.

TINY LOUNGE 1814 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Wednesdays, Nicholas Barron. 773-296-9620.

TOMMY'S PLACE 12237 Western, Blue Island: Thursdays, 9 PM, DJ Val. 708-389-7810.

UFFA 1008 W. Armitage: Fridays, 9 PM, DJ Jason. Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike. 773-665-4410.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Fri 12/12, 8 PM, FM Smith, John Hasbrouck, Jeff Libman. Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Ryan Auffenberger, Tommi Zender. Sun 12/14, 8 PM, Donna Adler, Kristin Shout. Mondays, 7 PM, open mike hosted by Acousticboy, Greg Sorrell, Tim Ilg. Wed 12/17, 8 PM, Javier Mendoza, Trina Hamlin. Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Stephanie Morris, Maelee Whitman. Fri 12/19, 8 PM, Debe Welch, Melissa Adams, Samantha Twigg Johnson, Alain DeCourtenay, Christopher Sullivan. Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Tony Piscotti, Marlee MacLeod, Ernie Hendrickson. Sun 12/21, 7 PM, Kate Morrissey, Victoria, Kellie Lin Knott, John Sabal. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Gravetones, Forgotten Four, Heavies. Sat 12/13, Ben Lehl Five. Fri 12/19, Radiant Darling. Sat 12/20, Roger Lump, Pete Shukoff. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Sundays, 10 PM, Heather Horton Band; 1 AM, Steve Kouba. Mondays, 11 PM, Pete Special; 2 AM, Mark Madsen. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Heather Horton Band; 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band with Jordan Taggart. 312-266-7761.

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

WABASH TAP 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Danglers, Mississippi Cactus. Sat 12/13, Digable Cat, TV Mike. Thu 12/18, Duenow. Fri 12/19, Walkman Light, Three on the Tree, Roscoe Plush. Sat 12/20, Dayna Malow, Naked Mile. 312-360-9488.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12, Lisa Rene Band. Sat 12/13, Eleventh Hour. Fri 12/19, Arra. Sat 12/20, Elite. 630-264-2739.

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

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12, Baaro. Sat 12/13, Andrea, Indika. Sundays, Gizzae. Tuesdays, Dub Dis, Devon Brown (no cover). Wednesdays, DJ Cojo B spins dancehall. Thu 12/18, Hydro. Fri 12/19, Universal Expression. Sat 12/20, Rico, Zapology. 773-327-4273.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Clearly & the Mainstream, Chuck's Electric, Nik Krimm & the Geniuses. Sat 12/13, Homunculus, Free Wheels, Fuzz. Mon 12/15, Antje. Tuesdays, Mr. Blotto. Wed 12/17, Agents of the Sun, Digital Mindy. Thursdays, Hack 'n' Wheeze, Roast. Fri 12/19, Little Man, Memories, Bandages, Nolan. Sat 12/20, Unit. 773-929-1300.

Dance

TOM PAZEN spins; free admission. Mon 12/15, 7 PM, the Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan. 312-981-9882.

ALUMNI CLUB Rte. 31 south of Rte. 14, Crystal Lake: DJs spin until 1 AM Tuesdays through Thursdays, until 2 AM Fridays and Saturdays. Saturdays, DJ Too Smooth. 815-356-6000.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: Thursdays, 5:30 PM, DJ Spin, DJ Rhythm, MC Slim. 847-397-3100.

ARTFUL DODGER 1734 W. Wabansia: DJs spin music after 9:30 PM Wednesdays through Mondays. Saturdays, DJ DuJuan. 773-227-6859.

BABALU 1645 W. Jackson: Saturdays, 9 PM-5 AM, Frankie J. 312-733-3512.

BACCHUS 2242 N. Lincoln: DJs spin Thursdays through Sundays. Sundays, 7 PM-2 AM, DJ Slowe spins 80s, alternative, synth wave, goth, and industrial. 773-477-5238.

BAR THIRTEEN 1944 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays and Saturdays, Mike Zuaz. Tuesdays, DJ Mary Nisi, DJ Kevin McComb, Stu Helm. Wednesdays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae and world music. 773-394-1313.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: DJs spin acid jazz, funk, Afrobeat, house, 2-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: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Greg Haus spins electro, progressive, hard house, and breakbeat. Every other Saturday, DJ Larissa. Sundays, DJ Chester (no cover). Mondays, DJ Boa spins synth pop, hardwave, and retro. Tuesdays, 11 PM-4 AM, Ralphi Rosario spins deep house. Third Wednesday of every month, DJ Larissa. Thursdays, Heather Doble. Every other Saturday, DJ Chester. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Saturdays, DJ Stixx & friends spin house, R&B, and hip-hop. Sundays, DJ Ish spins downtempo lounge. Mondays, DJ BJAK, John Simmons. Tuesdays, DJ PCS. Thursdays, Dirty MF, DJ Kenwood spin hip-hop, house, and reggae. 312-243-1699.

BEVI AMO'S 1558 W. Taylor: Restaurant; no cover. Mondays, 9 PM, Greg Norwood spins deep house. 312-371-1239.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (8 PM-3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Sun 12/14, DJ Margaret Noble. 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, DJ 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.

BLU 2247 N. Lincoln: Thursdays, 10 PM-4 AM, DJ Speed. 773-549-5884.

BUNGALOW LOUNGEBAR 1622 W. Belmont: DJs spin downtempo, trip-hop, and acid jazz after 10 PM. Fridays, Gregory Dalphond. Saturdays, Andre Shakom. Thursdays, Andre Shakom with rotating guest DJs Mr. Cody Bear, Form, 8, KScape. 773-244-0400.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: DJs spin until 4 AM Sundays through Fridays, until 5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Vince Abrams spins hip-hop, old-school house, and reggae. Saturdays, Uncle Joe spins house and hip-hop. Mondays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna, Victor R., DJ Finesse, DJ Danny Boy. Wednesdays, DJs spin salsa. Thursdays, DJ Smurf spins hip-hop. 312-475-9800.

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

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

CANS BAR & CANTEEN 1640 N. Damen: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays, Chris Gin. Sundays, Ryan Flagstaff. Thursdays, Tommy Wang. 773-227-2277.

CHERRY RED 2833 N. Sheffield: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, Mike Mroz, DJ Bliss, DJ Abell. Saturdays, DJ Freddie O spins hip-hop and house until 3 AM. Wednesdays, DJs spin at "industry night," hosted by Tommy Z. Thursdays, DJ Izzi spins R&B, hip-hop, and house. 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 with 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: Saturdays, 6 PM-3 AM, and Fridays and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6 PM-2 AM, DJs spin; members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas perform circus acts on weekends. 312-266-1200.

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: Saturdays, 9 PM-5 AM, and Fridays and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 PM-4 AM, DJs spin Latin & Caribbean, hip-hop, and house. 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, Daniel Tsunami, DJeremy. Tuesdays, Michael Serafini. Thursdays, Timmy Loop. 773-477-1420.

COOBAH 3423 N. Southport: Fridays, 10 PM-2 AM, John Simmons spins downtempo, hip-hop, and deep house (no cover). Sundays, 9 PM, Jesse de la Pena spins Brazilian lounge, jungle, drum 'n' bass, bossa nova, and Afrobeat (no cover). Thursdays, 10 PM, DJ Lugo spins with percussionist Louie Louie. 773-528-2220.

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

CRISTAL LOUNGE at Magnum's Steakhouse, 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music at 9:30 PM. Saturdays, Dan Morrell, DJ Speed. 847-952-8555.

CROBAR 1543 N. Kingsbury: Saturdays, 9 PM-5 AM, Teri Bristol, Jernell Geronimo. 312-266-1900.

CRUSH 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fridays, DJs spin hip-hop, retro, and funk. Saturdays, DJ Izzi spins hip-hop, retro, funk, and house until 3 AM. Thursdays, Dino G & DJ Abell spin hip-hop and house. 773-528-7569.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Soul People, DJ Twilite Tone, open mike (upstairs). 773-327-1662.

DANNY'S 1951 W. Dickens: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Mon 12/15, DJ Jordan Zawideh, Christopher Willits, DJ Windish, DJ Ray_Rod. 773-489-6457.

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.

DARKROOM 2210 W. Chicago: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Fri 12/12, DJ Vladimir, DJ Hectissimo, Top Don spin reggae, soca, merengue, zouk, calypso, ndombolo, bachata, soukous, salsa, and cumbia. Sat 12/13, Ms. Lotus, Bear Who?, One-Eyed P spin hip-hop, neo-soul, and Latin grooves. Sun 12/14, Alex Axiom, Mili Sefic, Todd Benvegna, IKF vs. Dick Rickie, James Lauer. Tuesdays, Michael Lacey spins downtempo, dub, jazz, ska, and ethnic. Wednesdays, Doc West, Rude One. Thu 12/18, Cedric, DJ Devo (no cover), Greg Norwood & DJ FLX spin house. Third Saturday of every month, Fathom DJ, DJ K. 773-276-1411.

DIG 1551 N. Sheffield: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJs spin Top 40. 312-377-1727.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, I-Candy Productions (no cover before 11 PM). Sundays, DJ Pharris. Thursdays, Paul Blair. 312-751-2900.

DRAGONFLY 1206 N. State: DJs spin after 10 PM. Sundays, DJ Stixx, Maddhouse, Raul Vergil, Mark Matraz, Mr. Wonderful, Bobby Martinez, Ricky Bradshaw, DJ Noble (no cover). Thursdays, 9 PM-4 AM, DJ Spin Doctor, DJ Kwik, DJ Cisco spin salsa, merengue, mambo, reggae, and bachata (no cover). 312-787-7600.

D'VINE 1950 W. North: Fridays, 11 PM, Ron Troupe & Shaun T. spin house. Saturdays, 6 PM, Malik Shabazz & Beto Roxx spin hip-hop, house, and R&B. 773-235-5700.

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

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM Fridays, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays, 7 PM-4 AM Sundays through Thursdays in the Cabaret Room and Club X. Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Bad Boys of Late Night perform "Comedy You Can Dance To," with Slim, Katfish, Holland, Spankie, Pat Mann, Julian "Jumpin'" Perez, Farley Funkin' Keith, Steve Silk Hurley, Mike Hitman Wilson, Tim Spinnin' Schommer, Gino Rockin' Romo, Gabrielle Rican Rodriguez, Mike Mixin' Huerta, Tony Boom Boom Badea, Jesse de la Pena, Pumpin' Pete, DJ Boogie Boy spin at the "Back to BMX" party, with live performances by Xaviera Gold, Keith Nunnally, White Knight. Sundays, DJ Theory spins music of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Mondays and Tuesdays, Pat Mann. 312-266-1944.

EZULI 1415 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant. Tuesdays, 10:30 PM, DJ Cisco spins dancehall and Latin beats. 773-227-8200.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mount Prospect: Music at 8 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Rhythm spins downstairs. Saturdays, Scott Coyte spins downstairs. 847-593-2200.

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE 728 W. Grand: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Frique, Dirty MF. Saturdays, Lil' Mikey, DJ 33-1/3, Full Moon Percussion Ensemble. Sundays, Danny the Wildchild, DJ Frique, Phantom 45, DJ Hiroki. Mondays, DJ Hiroki, DJ Anacron (preceded by the Mental Graffiti spoken-word open mike at 7:30 PM). Tuesdays, Vince Adams, Pharris Thomas, Phat Mike, John Styles. Wednesdays, Lil' Mikey. Thursdays, DJ Hide, Vince Adams, Dirty MF. 312-666-1695.

GET ME HIGH LOUNGE 1758 N. Honore: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM (until 3 AM Saturdays) Fridays, DJ Striz, Justin Reed. Saturdays, DJ Form spins downtempo and hip-hop. Mondays, Mandorock, Larone G., Wonyupkim, Funsho with JJ Jameson & Avery B. Young. Tuesdays, Jalel spins downtempo and deep house. Wednesdays, DJ Form, DJ 8. Thursdays, RB spins B-sides, soul, funk, and hip-hop. 773-252-4090.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays (until 5 AM Saturdays); no cover. Wednesdays, Can-Can DJs Flipside, Wayne Williams, Vince Lawrence, Cedric. 312-587-8469.

GRAMERCY 2438 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Saturdays and Wednesdays, George Bates, DJ Savoir Faire. Thursdays, Paul Blair spins music of the 70s and 80s. 773-477-8880.

GUESSBAR 209 N. Green: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, B96 DJs spin hip-hop and house. Saturdays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna & others. Tuesdays, Pharris Thomas, Vince Adams, Phat Mike, Moustafa Rocks. Wednesdays, Chris Walsh & others. 312-226-4500.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music at 10 PM. Sundays, 8 PM-1 AM, Chip-Chop & RSB1000 spin electronic music at "Sample Ed1t" (tracks may be brought in to add to the mix). 773-472-5139.

HARRY'S VELVET ROOM 56 W. Illinois: DJs spin until 4 AM (until 5 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays, JustJoey, Brian Borden. 312-527-5600.

HIDDEN LOUNGE 651 W. Washington: DJs spin until 2 AM Sundays through Tuesdays, until 4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, and until 5 AM Saturdays. Wednesdays, DJ Freckles spins hip-hop and house. 312-627-0409.

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, Johnny Chaos, Agent 47, DJ Marcel. 312-440-8841.

INNJOY 2051 W. Division: Music from 9 AM-2 PM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays) Fridays, Evan Coleman spins funk, house, and hip-hop. Saturdays, Andrew YKK spins R&B, soul, disco, and funk. Mondays, DJ Rob Axis. Thu 12/18, DJ Dreidel. 773-394-2066.

JEDYNKA 5610 W. Diversey: Saturdays, 8 PM-3 AM, and Fridays, Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8 PM-2 AM, DJs spin. 773-889-7171.

JEFFERY PUB 7041 S. Jeffery: Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays, 10 PM, DJ Quentin. 773-363-8555.

JILLY'S RETRO CLUB 1009 N. Rush: DJs spin dance music of the 70s and 80s after 8 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Spillz. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Carmine Collaro. 312-664-1001.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Sundays, 8 PM, Hot Boyz Tone & Shag host "Sassy Sundays" with Lady Red, Nina Shantell, Donnie Devo, DJ R Dubb, Pharris Thomas. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Chicago DJ Explosion (no cover). 312-337-3486.

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

JOY BLUE 1401 W. Irving Park: Music after 10 PM. Fridays, DJs spin hip-hop, retro, R&B, house, and funk. Saturdays, DJs spin. Sundays, DJs spin industrial and electronica. Thursdays, DJ Bacchus. 773-477-3330.

KATACOMB 1909 N. Lincoln: DJs spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and R&B 9 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Brent, DJ Jig, DJ Ryan. Wednesdays, DJ Ffar spins house. Thursdays, Jesse de la Pena. 312-337-4040.

LAVA LOUNGE 859 N. Damen: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, General Jah Son. Saturdays, DJ Striz spins hip-hop, trip-hop, and house (no cover), Brandon spins "jazzy downtempo and underground hip-hop." Sundays, DJ Jam Sandwich, Castration DJ. Tuesdays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae. Wednesdays, Flirt with Margaret Noble, Rebecca, Janel Roland, Code Blue, Michelle Musial, Brenda D, Shaka 23, Kali. Thursdays, Shon Dervis & DJ Precyse spin hip-hop. 773-772-3355.

LION HEAD PUB & THE APARTMENT 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin upstairs 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays through Fridays (until 3 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays, 10 PM, Danny G, DJ Stixx, Mach 1 spin house and hip-hop. 773-348-5100.

MARY Y SOL 816 W. Randolph: Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM, Leddie Garcia, DJ Rick Garcia. 312-563-1763.

MORETTI'S RISTORANTE 1645 W. Jackson: Music after 9 PM. Saturdays, Club Babalou DJs spin salsa. 312-427-2572.

MY BAR 3555 N. Ashland: Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM, DJ Architektur spins downbeat, trip-hop, nu jazz, and dub. 773-296-1770.

NEO 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Razer X. Saturdays, DJ $#&@! spins industrial. Sundays and Wednesdays, Jeff Moyer spins electronic dance. Mondays, DJ Alex spins punk. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dave Roberts. 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 10 PM-2 AM nightly in the Ghost Bar (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Todd. Saturdays, DJ Sheldon. 312-575-9900.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, 1:30 AM, Shon Dervis. Sat 12/13, midnight, DJ Trew, DJ Verb, Panacea. Wednesdays, midnight, RB Green. Thursdays, 10:30 PM, Chicago Samba. 773-489-0011.

OASIS 160 160 W. Joe Orr, Chicago Heights: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Tony 2 Much, Billy the Kid. 708-756-0600.

ORLY'S 1660 E. 55th: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Fridays, DJ Stoney & DJ Corleone spin hip-hop, deep house, and reggae (no cover). Saturdays, DJ Stoney. Mondays, Leonard Part Sixx & Jam Master J spin deep house, disco, soul, and R&B. 773-638-2469.

LE PASSAGE 937 N. Rush: DJs spin 8 PM-4 AM Wednesdays, 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays, Jernell Geronimo, Eddie Mills. Saturdays, Nandi Maxx spins progressive and hip-hop (DJ Mike Pierce spins in the Yow Bar). Wednesdays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna. Thursdays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna, Jernell Geronimo. 312-255-0022.

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

QUINN II 2701 S. Archer: Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 PM-4 AM, and Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, DJs spin. 312-326-9143.

RANCHO LUNA 2554 W. Diversey: Mondays, 6 PM-2 AM, DJ Caliente & Luis Rivera spin salsa, bachata, and merengue. Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJ Elite, DJ Rico, Crazy Cut Carlos, DJ Eclipse. 773-772-9333.

RED DOG 1958 W. North: DJs spin funk, house, and dance music 10 PM-4 AM Fridays, Mondays, and Wednesdays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, (F)unktion DJs spin. Saturdays, DJ Twilite Tone, DJ 33-1/3, Steve Bravo. Mondays, Mark Grant, DJ Lego, Dave Britton. 773-278-1009.

REDLINE 228 W. Chicago: Tuesdays, 9 PM, Stop spins downtempo, electro, and breaks. 312-266-2222.

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

REUNION 811 W. Lake: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM. Saturdays, DJs spin hip-hop. Thursdays, DJs spin salsa and merengue. 312-491-9600.

RIVE GAUCHE 306 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Chris Tomasone, DJ Danny Boy. Saturdays, DJ Danny Boy. Thursdays, Erik K, Prince Masih, DJ Wizz Kid, DJ Danny Boy, DJ Logic. 312-738-9971.

ROCK-A-TIKI 1942 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae and world rhythms. Saturdays, DJ Allen. 773-384-8454.

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

SEANCHAI 2345 W. Belmont: Saturdays, 10 PM, Ciro, Frankie J, Stunna, Moodswing, Seanie Mack spin drum 'n' bass & more (no cover). 773-549-4444.

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

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: Music after 9 PM. Fridays and Wednesdays, Tone B. Nimble. Fridays, 5:30-10 PM, Usual Suspectz. Saturdays, DJs spin house. Sundays, Lee Collin, Sadar, Russoul. Mondays, Eddie "Moskito" Cruz, DJ Coco. Tuesdays, Andre Harris. Thursdays, Chris Quinn. 312-932-0006.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/12, Colette, Brad Owen. Sat 12/13, Derrick May, Audiophile. Second Sunday of every month, DJs Rich & Banker spin 50s and 60s rock, punk, rockabilly, psychobilly, ska, and rocksteady. Tue 12/16, Chris Liebing, CZR, Alex Peace, Rock Dee (benefit for Toys for Tots and Hit the Decks). Wednesdays, DJ Pogo spins indie, Britpop, and new wave. Thu 12/18, Traxx, Mani, Josh Werner, Marko Katic, Christina Sheradon. Fri 12/19, Miles Maeda, Josh Werner. Sat 12/20, John Acquaviva. Third Sunday of every month, DJ Julian spins punk, garage, and mod. 773-549-4140.

SONOTHEQUE 1444 W. Chicago: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Sundays through Fridays, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Hide Sukenari spins jazz, African, Brazilian, funk, and rare groove. Saturdays and Thursdays, DJ Anthony Nicholson. Sundays, DJ Rikshaw spins reggae, dub, and dancehall. Tue 12/16, DJ Margaret Noble & DJ Noleian spin at an art exhibition. Wednesdays, Joe Bryl, DJ 4BZ, DJ Striz spin nu jazz, brokenbeat, electronica, drum 'n' bass, and fusion. 312-226-7600.

SPIN 800 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Peter Mavrik & VJ Terp. Sundays, VJ Steven Farias (no cover). Tuesdays, VJ Tech-Nick (no cover). Wednesdays, DJ Jungle Jorge & VJ Tyrone. Thursdays, "Best of the 80s" with VJ Steven Farias (no cover). Sat 12/20, Chris Eterno, VJ Boom Boom. 773-327-7711.

SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Mondays through Fridays and Sundays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Goose, Justin G. Saturdays, Andrew Vonn spins house and hip-hop. Sundays, DJ Chilliwinters. Mondays, Mike Fritz with guests. Tuesdays, Andrew Vonn spins metal. Thursdays, Andre Harris. 312-587-8779.

STAR BAR 2150 Ogden, Aurora: DJs spin after 8 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Pat Clark, Kenny "Jammin'" Jason, Billy the Kid, Tony 2 Much, Erik K, Blitz. Thursdays, Retroactive. 630-236-0900.

STEVIE B'S 1401 N. Ashland: Fridays, 9 PM, Torin Edmunds spins house and disco. Saturdays, 9 PM, Chris Underwood spins hip-hop, neo-soul, and salsa. 773-486-7427.

STREETSIDE CAFE 3201 W. Armitage: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Fridays, Michael Lacey & others spin deep house. 773-252-9700.

SUPERLOUNGE 209 W. Lake: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Matty, Chris Quinn. Saturdays, Harry the Blade, DJ Tobias. Wednesdays, Justin Reed & DJ Solace spin Brazilian and Latin house. Thursdays, Shaka 23. 312-223-9232.

LA TABERNA 3358 N. Ashland: DJs spin Wednesdays through Sundays 10 PM-2 AM (until 3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Fridays, Omar spins Latin beats and house. Saturdays, Frank Q spins jazzy house. Sundays, DJ Angel, DJ Garnetta, Rob Merrit. Wednesdays, Ralph Daniels spins progressive, tribal house, and trance. Thursdays, Hector Lopez. 773-248-5475.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/12, DJ Scratch-n-Sniff. Saturdays, Refried Beats with DJs Mass Transit, Spinello, J-Biz spinning old-school hip-hop; freestyle open mike hosted by Saayid. Sundays, DJ Superstatus spins dub, scratch, funk, and hip-hop. Tuesdays, DJ Rudy & DJ Tankboy spin alternative rock, punk, and new wave. Wednesdays, Analog Addicts. Thursdays, DJ Motorcycle Dan spins rock. 773-227-4906.

TINI MARTINI 2169 N. Milwaukee: Sat 12/20, DJ Margaret Noble. 312-269-2900.

TIZI MELLOUL 531 N. Wells: Tuesdays, 10 PM-2 AM, Disco Kitty. 312-670-4338.

TONIC ROOM 2447 N. Halsted: Music and DJs 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Mass Transit spins soul, old school, and hip-hop. Saturdays, DJ Emo spins funk and hip-hop. Sundays, Tabakin & Saayid host the "Tabakspin" open mike. Mondays, open mike. 773-248-8400.

TRACE 3714 N. Clark: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Sundays, Doug Brandt spins house. Wednesdays, DJ Real One & Jackin' Jamie spin house, disco, and breaks. 773-477-3400.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Alberto "Escandalo" Gomez, Marco Hernandez, Carlos Rodriguez spin salsa and merengue. Saturdays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna, Chris Tomasone, John Curley, DJ Goose, Flipside, Jayfunk. 312-491-9729.

TRIPLE D 1902 W. Irving Park: Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJs spin downtempo, electro breaks, and dub (no cover). Third Saturday of every month, 10 PM-3 AM, Mixology Science DJs spin underground, live PA (no cover). 773-857-5212.

U!N! CLUB 3548 N. Des Plaines River Rd., Franklin Park: DJs and live music after 9 PM; no cover. Fridays, Jimmie Page. Saturdays, DJ Markski, DJ Schim. Tuesdays, Rick Hype. Wednesdays, Pat Clark, DJ Schim. Thursdays, DJ Alexo, DJ Big Time, DJ Stoy Boy. 847-233-9091.

VISION 640 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM (until 5 AM Saturdays). DJ Theory spins Fridays in the Dome; DJ Spin spins Saturdays in the Dome. Fri 12/12, Alex Peace, Bam Bam, Jimmie Page, Johnny Chaos, James Lauer, Justin Long, Monna & FLX, Hipolito Sanchez, Tim Eb, Aaron Chase. Saturdays, DJ Spin, Scott Margolies with guests, Crystal Method, Chris Liberator, Mazi. Mondays, John Curley, Jay Prasad. Wednesdays, Chris Gin, DJ Droopy & others spin at "Lunacy: The Dark Playground." Fri 12/19, Psycho Bitch, DJ Mike Z., DJ Spin. Sat 12/20, Christopher Lawrence, Jonas Temple, Seneca. 312-266-2114.

VOODOO 601 Mall, Schaumburg: DJs spin after 7 PM Tuesdays through Fridays and after 9 PM Saturdays. Saturdays, Julian "Jumpin'" Perez, Double Impact, Paul Curtis. Tuesdays, Rick Martinez & Alex Perez spin Latin rock, pop, and alternative. Thursdays, DJs spin salsa. 847-969-1602.

WHITE STAR 225 W. Ontario: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Dan Morrell, DJ Speed. Saturdays, DJ Danny Boy & DJ Mach 1 spin progressive house, trance, hip-hop, and R&B. 312-337-8080.

XIPPO 3759 N. Damen: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays and Saturdays, Chris Walsh & Jeremy Coutre spin house. Mondays, DNS & Monna spin jazz and house. Wednesdays, DJ Vego & DJ Reggie spin progressive, house, and trance. Thursdays, George Bates & Savoir Faire spin deep house. 773-529-9135.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fri 12/12, Joe Claussell, Julius the Mad Thinker. Saturdays, Psycho Bitch. Fri 12/19, Tim Shumaker, Pat Nice, Steve Melvage. 312-787-0400.

Folk & Country

Concerts

BOHOLA performs "Nollaig: A Celtic Celebration of Christmas." Sat 12/20, 7 and 10 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

GLEN CAMPBELL with Debbie Campbell. Sat 12/20, 8 PM, the Hemmens, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

ROSS CREAN Free in-store performance. Fri 12/19, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1500 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

TOMMY MAKEM, ARRANMORE with the McNulty Irish Dancers. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Arcada Theater, 105 E. Main, Saint Charles. 630-845-8900.

BETSY NESTLE Free in-store performance. Fri 12/19, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 7100 Forest Preserve Dr., Norridge. 708-457-2111.

OAK RIDGE BOYS Christmas concert. Sun 12/21, 4 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

JAMIE O'REILLY & MICHAEL SMITH Wed 12/17, 12:30 PM, Hokin Annex, Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash. 312-344-7459.

Folk & Country

Clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Sundays, 7:30 PM, Irish session (no cover). Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Sons of the Never Wrong (no cover). 773-478-4408.

BALLYDOYLE 5120 Main, Downers Grove: Fri 12/12, 9 PM, Three Men in Kilts. Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Vernam Cipher (followed by an open stage). 630-969-0600.

BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC 1144 Lake, Oak Park: Saturdays, 9 AM, song circle. 708-386-6927.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM. Sundays, 8:30 PM, Ruby Harris, Wavey Dave & others host a bluegrass jam. 773-384-8600.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Music at 8 PM Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30 PM Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays. Fri 12/12, Meredith, Carlton & Kramer. Mon 12/15, Whistle Pig Bluegrass & Beyond. 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, 6 PM, Big John. Mondays, Big John, DJ Sux (with country dance lessons with Sharman). 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: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays, 10 PM Saturdays; no cover. Fri 12/12, Bruce Foster. Sat 12/13, Katie Sullivan. Fri 12/19, Bernie Glynn & Country Roads. Sat 12/20, Clan na Gael. 708-687-9323.

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

CHIEF O'NEILL'S PUB 3471 N. Elston: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fri 12/12, Anish. Sat 12/13, Academy of Irish Music. Sundays, 4-8 PM, and Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. Wednesdays, open mike. Fri 12/19, Sprigs. Sat 12/20, Wanderers. 773-473-5263.

COQ D'OR Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Piano bar and restaurant; no cover. Mondays, 8:30 PM, Murphy Roche Irish Music Club. 312-787-2200, ext. 26.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Sat 12/20, 6:30 PM, Whiskey Brothers (no cover). 815-356-9980.

EDGEWATER LOUNGE 5600 N. Ashland: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Chico. 773-878-3343.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Fridays, 5:30 PM, Hoyle Brothers. 773-276-3600.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Barry Fagan Band. Sat 12/13, David Dunne & Blackwater. Fri 12/19, Dalriada. Sat 12/20, John Beag. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Robbie & Donna Fulks, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, Andrew Bird, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins with Lawrence Peters, Devil in a Woodpile, Matt Miller, Scott Ligon, Jane Baxter Miller, Kent Kessler, Vernon Tonges, Chris Ligon & others perform at Chris & Heather's Country Calendar Show. Sun 12/21, 6:30 and 8:30 PM, Jamie O'Reilly, Michael Smith & friends perform Gift of the Magi. 708-788-2118.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/20, Phil Cooper & Margaret Nelson, Kate Early, Susan Urban perform at a Christmas and Winter Solstice concert. 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.

GREENLEAF GRILL 301 Greenleaf, Park City: Music at 7 PM. Second Sunday of every month, open stage. 847-949-5355.

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.

KERRY PIPER 7900 Joliet, Willowbrook: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, Irish session hosted by Murphy Roche. 630-325-3732.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Mon 12/15, 9 PM, John Daly (no cover). 773-404-9494.

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: Sat 12/13, 9:30 PM, Dooleys. Thursdays, 8 PM, Irish session hosted by Theresa & John Shine, Erin Lowery. Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Switchback. 708-366-8073.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Wed 12/17, 8 PM, Larry O. Dean, Jennifer Boeder, Ripley Caine, Steve Frisbie, Michael Heaton, Ellen Rosner, Second Hand Poets perform at "Folk You!" 847-869-0450.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Andi & I, Brian Spencer. 773-743-3355.

ONE EAST WILSON GRILL & PUB 1 E. Wilson, Batavia: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Joe James hosts an acoustic open mike. 630-761-8309.

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.

SAUSSY 1156 W. Grand: Music at 7 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM Thursdays; no cover. Thursdays, JT & the Clouds. 312-491-1122.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 12/12, 7:30 PM, Paul Thorn; 10 PM, Hackensaw Boys, Down the Line, Mieka Pauley. 773-525-2508.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:15 PM. Fri 12/12, 8 PM, open mike. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Small Potatoes, Mark Dvorak, Tricia Alexander, Darwin & Marv, Swing Blvd., Natural Bob & Micky Holdsworth with Mike Lenich (benefit for the Make-a-Wish Foundation). Fri 12/19, Jones Family Christmas show. Sat 12/20, 2 PM, song circle. 630-969-9720.

WORLD FOLK MUSIC COMPANY 1808 W. 103rd: Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Tricia Alexander, Dev Singh. 773-779-7059.

Blues, Gospel, R&B

Concerts

LONNIE BROOKS, TOM CRIVELLONE & TWO FOR THE BLUES, L.C. WALKER & TROUBLE NO MORE Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect, Park Ridge. 847-604-2234.

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY GOSPEL CHOIR in a free concert. Mon 12/15, 7 PM, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake. 847-543-2300.

ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH GOSPEL CHOIR with mezzo-soprano Santita Jackson, the F.C.B.C. Choir, Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church Choir & others in a program featuring a jazz-gospel adaptation of Handel's Messiah. Sun 12/14, 3 PM, St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash. 312-842-1919, ext. 212.

Blues, Gospel, R&B

Clubs

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.

AL'S 404 LOUNGE 404 W. 79th: Sundays, 8 PM, Elmore James Jr. & the Broom Dusters. 773-846-5467.

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.

BILL'S BLUES 1029 Davis, Evanston: Music at 9 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays. Thursdays, Mike Finnerty & the Heat Merchants. 847-424-9800.

BLUE BAYOU 3734 N. Southport: Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Brother John. 773-871-3300.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Sat 12/13, and Thu 12/18, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Mondays, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 12/16, Linsey Alexander Band with Big Time Sarah. Wednesdays, Grana Louise Band. Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater Blues Band. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Linsey Alexander Band with Nellie Travis. Sat 12/13, Linsey Alexander Band with Grana Louise. Tue 12/16, Nellie Travis. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thu 12/18, Shirley Johnson Band. Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, John Primer Band with Grana Louise. 312-661-0100.

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

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, John Primer & the Real Deal Band. Sun 12/14, Mike Wheeler. Mondays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/16, Quintus McCormick. Wed 12/17, Big Ray & Chicago's Most Wanted. Thu 12/18, Osee Anderson & the Blooze Folks. Fri 12/19, Rob Stone & the C-Notes. Sat 12/20, Nellie Travis & Her Men in Black. Sun 12/21, Chico Banks. 773-528-1012.

BOB & LOIS'S PLACE 745 E. 75th: Sundays, 9 PM, D.R. Express Band with Danny Reed. 773-488-1355.

BOSSMAN BLUES CENTER 3500 W. Lake: Sundays, 6 PM, Nuwki Nu. 773-722-8744.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM; early acoustic shows Fridays and Saturdays (no cover); Harmonica Hinds hosts an acoustic jam Sundays at 6 PM. Fri 12/12, 5:30 PM, Joel Paterson; 9:30 PM, Tab Benoit, Lurrie Bell. Sat 12/13, 6 PM, Harmonica Hinds; 9:30 PM, Billy Branch, Sharon Lewis & the Mojo Kings. Mon 12/15, Brother John hosts the jam. Tue 12/16, Willie Kent & the Gents. Wed 12/17, Joanna Connor. Thu 12/18, Phil Guy. Fri 12/19, 5:30 PM, John Primer; 9:30 PM, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers, Wailin' Walter & the Blues Screamers. Sat 12/20, 6 PM, Devil in a Woodpile; 9:30 PM, Duke Tumatoe, Jim Greene Trio. Sun 12/21, Doug McDonald. 312-427-0333.

CHICAGO BLUES EXCHANGE Tourism Center, 72 E. Randolph: Fri 12/12, 5:30 PM, Diamond Jim Greene. Mon 12/15, noon, Johnnie Mae Dunson. Wed 12/17, noon, Robert Perkins. Fri 12/19, 5:30 PM, Aron Burton Band. 312-744-6630.

CHICAGO PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1370 Bank, Schaumburg: Music in the lounge at 8 PM Wednesdays, 8:30 PM Thurdays through Saturdays; no cover. Thu 12/18, Bob Davis Trio. 847-969-9900.

ESCAPE 310 Northwest Hwy., Fox River Grove: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/13, Kevin Purcell & the Night Burners. 847-516-0300.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, Madman Blues Band. Tuesdays, open mike with $3 Blues Band. Wednesdays, open jam with Dirty Dog. Thursdays, open jam with Madman Blues Band. Sat 12/20, Backstreet Blues Band. 773-685-8083.

FAT BEAN 2959 Artesian, Naperville: Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Tastes Like Chicken. 630-922-9821.

FIRKIN 515 Milwaukee, Libertyville: Thursdays, 9 PM, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 847-367-6168.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/19, 10 PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks. 708-788-2118.

FLAMINGO 6644 S. Cottage Grove: Mondays, 9 PM, Jimmy Pryor & the Double J Band with Crumar. 773-684-0600.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wed 12/17, 9 PM, Rhythm Rockets (preceded by swing dance lessons at 7:30 PM). Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Phil Guy. 630-416-4898.

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.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Fri 12/12, 7 PM, Gloria Shannon. 773-262-5767.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 12/19, 9:30 and 11:30 PM, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. 773-395-0066.

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Music at 8:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 PM Saturdays. Sat 12/13, Pat Smillie Band. Tue 12/16, Doug & Lee's Blues Family (no cover). Thu 12/18, Sam Cockrell hosts an open jam (no cover). Sat 12/20, Joanna Connor Band. 708-484-3610.

HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Devil in a Woodpile. 773-227-4433.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Sundays, 9:30 AM and noon, gospel brunch featuring local choirs. 312-923-2000.

HOUSE OF BLUES BACK PORCH STAGE 329 N. Dearborn: Fri 12/12, 9:30 PM, Big G & the Real Deal. Sat 12/13, 9:30 PM, No Mercy Band. Sun 12/14, 9:30 PM, Matthew Skoller. Mondays, 9:30 PM, Joanna Connor. Tue 12/16, 9:30 PM, Nick Moss & the Fliptops. Wed 12/17, 9:30 PM, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Thu 12/18 and Fri 12/19, 9:30 PM, Chicago Playboys. 312-923-2000.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM; Detroit Junior plays piano at 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, John Lee Hooker Jr. Sundays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Linsey Alexander. Mondays, J.W. Williams & the Chi-Town Hustlers, Sammy Fender. Tuesdays, Osee Anderson & the Blooze Folks, Rob Stone & the C-Notes. Wednesdays, Jimmy Burns Band, Andre Taylor & the Blues Alley Cats. Thursdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band. Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, Eddie Shaw. 773-477-4646.

LEE'S UNLEADED BLUES 7401 S. South Chicago: Music after 9:30 PM Fridays, Sundays through Tuesdays, and Thursdays, after 9 PM Wednesdays, and after 10 PM Saturdays; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Johnny Drummer & the Starlighters. Sundays and Mondays, New Orleans Beau & the Big Easy Band. Tuesdays, Jimmy Pryor & the Double J Band with Crumar. Thursdays, Shorty Mack. 773-493-3477.

LINDA'S LOUNGE 1044 W. 51st: Mondays, 9:30 PM, L-Roy & the Bulletproof Band. 708-335-1271.

MAIN STREET INN 225 E. Main, Round Lake Park: Thursdays, 8:30 PM-1 AM, Bruce Williams Orkestra hosts an open jam. 847-740-4625.

MARY'S 501 W. 55th: Sundays, 6 PM-midnight, Pete's All-Stars. 773-846-7374.

MR. BILL'S 1246 W. 127th, Calumet Park: Sundays, 8 PM, Lucky Price & the Superstitions. 708-388-9760.

MULDOON'S 133 W. Front, Wheaton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/19, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 630-688-8866.

NEW MAXWELL STREET MARKET 1600 S. Canal: Sundays, 8 AM-3 PM, Piano C. Red & the Flat Foot Boogie Blues Band. 312-437-0808.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/13, Nicholas Barron's Hyperactive. Sat 12/20, Dave Specter. 773-252-1155.

100 SOUTH CHOP HOUSE & GRILL 100 S. York, Elmhurst: No cover. Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Noonday Darkness. 630-782-9091.

PENELOPE 230 S. Ashland: Fridays, 8:30 PM, Pat Smillie Band. 312-243-3600.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, Gloria Shannon. 708-848-4250.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay Rd., Highwood: No cover Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Sat 12/20, 8:30 PM, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers. 847-266-1313.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM Wednesdays. Fri 12/12, Casey Jones. Sat 12/13, Nellie Travis. 815-477-0340.

PUFFER'S 3350 S. Halsted: Sat 12/13, 10 PM, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 773-927-6073.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2401 N. Western: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/12, Q Blue. 773-276-9730.

REALTO LOUNGE/VISIONZ 8038 S. Ashland: Second Sunday of every month, 5-9 PM, Sydney Joe & the Just Kicking It Rhythm & Blues Band (no cover). Third Sunday of every month, 5 PM, Lucky Price & the Superstitions (no cover). 773-651-3197.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music at 9:30 PM. Tuesdays, Fri 12/12, and Sat 12/13, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Thu 12/18, Eddie Taylor Jr., Ariyo. Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, Pinetop Perkins. 773-342-0452.

SATISFIED FROG 29 W 012 Butterfield, Warrenville: Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 630-393-2300.

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

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 10:30 PM. Sat 12/13, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Fri 12/19, Eddie King. Sat 12/20, Liz Mandville Greeson. 847-991-2150.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Mondays, John Brumbach/Dave Specter Organ Quartet. 773-772-6656.

TOMMY'S PLACE 12237 Western, Blue Island: Tuesdays, 9 PM, jam hosted by Biscuit & the Mix. 708-389-7810.

WALLACE'S CATFISH CORNER 2800 W. Madison: Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9 PM, Cyrus Hayes with Lady Lee & others. 773-638-3474.

WIDOW MCLEARY'S 400 E. Margaret, Thornton: Sundays, 4-8 PM, jam session hosted by Little Johnny. 708-877-7011.

Jazz

Concerts

JACKIE ALLEN & JUDY ROBERTS, TWO FOR BRAZIL, GREG FISHMAN & PAULINHO GARCIA Tue 12/16, 7 PM, Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest. 847-295-8640.

SCOTT ANDERSON Free in-store performance. Sat 12/13, 1 PM, Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash. 312-222-1467.

DAVID BOYKIN, JEROME BRYERTON, ASIMINA CHREMOS, CAROL GENETTI, ANDREW LAFKAS perform on a program with performance art group Local Infinities. Fri 12/12, 7:30 PM, Spareroom, 2416 W. North. 773-862-2447.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE performs Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite in the lobby; free admission. Thu 12/18, 12:30 PM, Concert Hall, Columbia College, 1014 S. Michigan. 312-344-6240.

HAMID DRAKE & MICHAEL ZERANG 13th-annual Winter Solstice percussion concerts. Sat 12/20 and Sun 12/21, 6 AM, Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. 773-871-5318.

SCOTT HALL QUINTET Free concert. Thu 12/18, 5 PM, Concert Hall, Columbia College, 1014 S. Michigan. 312-344-6240.

STEVEN HASHIMOTO TRIO Sun 12/14, noon-3 PM, Gethsemane Garden Center, 5801 N. Clark. 773-878-5915.

DAVE KOZ Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-263-1138 or 312-902-1500.

DOUG LOFSTROM, FRANK DONALDSON, THOMAS GUNTHER Free performance. Tue 12/16, 7 PM, Concert Hall, Columbia College, 1014 S. Michigan. 312-344-6240.

ROBERTA MILES Free concert. Tue 12/16, noon, Chicago Water Works Visitor Center, 163 E. Pearson. 877-244-2246.

JAMES MOODY, BURGESS GARDNER ORCHESTRA with Everett Greene & Aisha de Haas. Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, 7:30 PM, DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. 773-947-0600, ext. 250.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE performs under the direction of Doug Bratt. Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ BAND performs under the direction of Theresa Lams; free concert. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Footlik Theater, Oakton Community College, 1600 Golf, Des Plaines. 847-635-1900.

OPEN JAM hosted by Ernest Dawkins & Steve Berry with percussionist Isaiah Spencer and pianist Justin Dillard (no cover). Sundays, 3-7 PM, AACM Nu Beginnings, 7051 S. Crandon. 773-752-2212.

JOANIE PALLATTO, BOBBY LEWIS Sat 12/13, 3 PM, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4501 Main, Downers Grove. 630-968-6231.

JOANIE PALLATTO, BOBBY LEWIS, BOBBY SCHIFF, JOHN WHITFIELD, JERRY COLEMAN, KEN JANDES, NANCY HAGEN, ANDY TECSON perform "Holy Night: A Jazz Celebration of Christmas"; free admission. Sat 12/20, 4 PM, Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, 1500 W. Belmont. 773-472-3383.

DUKE PAYNE & KEN CHANEY with Frank Russell & Charles Heath; benefit concert. Second Sunday of every month, 4 PM, Love Foundation, 553 E. 75th. 773-846-2566.

WILLIE PICKENS TRIO Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773-363-6063.

DAVE REMPIS & TIM DAISY Free concert. Mon 12/15, 7:30 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee. 773-862-4882.

KELLI RICH Sat 12/13 and Sat 12/20, 8 and 9:30 PM, Some Like It Black, 4500 S. Michigan. 773-374-2660.

TAO SU Free in-store performances. Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1500 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800. Fri 12/19, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park. 708-460-7566.

TRI-DIM See Critic's Choice; free concert. Sat 12/13, 2 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

Jazz

Clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/12, noon, Franz Jackson Quartet. Fridays, 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet; 9 PM, Alejo Poveda. Saturdays, 6 PM, Martin Bany River North Quartet. Sat 12/13, 9:30 PM, Von Freeman. Sundays, 7 PM, Alejo Poveda. Mondays and Tuesdays, noon, Tom Hope. Mondays, 5 PM, Chuck Hedges Swingtet; 9 PM, "No Am/Pro Jam" with Art Davis, Don Stille, John Bany, Charlie Braugham. Tue 12/16, 5:30 PM, Ron Friedman Quintet. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Men of Note. Wednesdays, noon, Dan Saura & Aaron Krueger; 5 PM, John Brumbach Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Thursdays, noon, Bernard Alcorn; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All-Stars; 9 PM, Mike Smith Quintet. Fri 12/19, noon, Kim Cusack & Franz Jackson. Sat 12/20, 9:30 PM, Snatch. 312-642-6805.

ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT AND JAZZ CLUB 231 Douglas, Elgin: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/19, Lady T. 847-717-6759.

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

ARMY & LOU'S 422 E. 75th: Restaurant. Fridays, 7-10 PM, Rudy Jackson & Toby Wallace. 773-483-3100.

ART OF SPORTS 2444 W. Diversey: Every other Sunday, 7 PM, Joe Rendon. 773-276-7298.

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, Bobby Lewis. Sun 12/14 and Mon 12/15, Detour. Tue 12/16 through Sat 12/20, Jasper Stone. Sun 12/21, Carlos Cannon. 312-751-2433.

BANDERA 535 N. Michigan: Restaurant with music at 7 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fridays and Wednesdays, Bob Dogan/Mark Beringer/Joe Adamik. Saturdays and Thursdays, Miguel de la Cerna Trio. Sundays through Tuesdays, Dip Trio. 312-644-3524.

BAR THIRTEEN 1944 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Sundays, 10 PM, Tommy Bradford Band. 773-394-1313.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, 8 PM, Shara. 312-243-1699.

BIG HOUSE 2354 N. Clybourn: Music upstairs in the show lounge: Sat 12/13, 9:30 and 11:30 PM, Frank D'Rone Trio. 773-435-0130.

BISTRO MARGOT 1437 N. Wells: Restaurant; no cover. Thursdays, 8 PM-midnight, Elaine Dame Duo. 312-587-3660.

BUNGALOW LOUNGEBAR 1622 W. Belmont: DJs spin downtempo, trip-hop, and acid jazz after 10 PM. Sundays, 8:30-11:30 PM, Lesley Byers & the Jazz Cats (no cover). 773-244-0400.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Music at 8 PM Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30 PM Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays. Tue 12/16, Al Keeler. 847-256-8870.

CAFE BACI 225 W. Wacker: Thu 12/18, 5:30 PM, James Beck Quartet. 312-251-0135.

CAFE CAPPUCCINO 5 N 105 S. Rte. 53, Itasca: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Toscanellie "Lady T" Marcelain & friends. 630-285-1020.

CAFE LAGUARDIA 2111 W. Armitage: Tuesdays, 9 PM, Andres Castillo & Son Trinidad. 773-862-5996.

CAFE MESTIZO 2123 S. Ashland: Sat 12/13, 9 PM, David Boykin Expanse. 312-942-0095.

CAFE SHINO 211 E. Ontario: Music at 9 PM. Fridays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, Chieko Kurauchi. Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, Vickie Tsunozai. 312-266-2280.

CANDLESTICK MAKER 4432 N. Kedzie: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/12, Alan Kushan with Michael Zerang, Nicole Mitchell, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, and Guillermo Gregorio (see Critic's Choice). Sat 12/13, David Stackenas, Ingar Zach, Hakon Kornstad (see Critic's Choice on Tri-Dim). 773-463-0158.

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Judy Roberts. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 PM, Jack Carr. Thursdays, 9 PM, jazz jam session with John Bany, Charlie Braugham, Don Stille. Sun 12/21, 5 PM, Arlene Bardelle Duet. 847-647-8282.

CHASE CAFE 7301 N. Sheridan: Thursdays, 7 PM, Razzemetazz. 773-743-5650.

CHIAVA BARLOUNGE 1575 Ellinwood, Des Plaines: Wednesdays, 7-10:30 PM, Mike Jeffers Trio with Dan Ferris. 847-768-3000.

CHICAGO PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1370 Bank, Schaumburg: Music in the lounge at 8 PM Wednesdays, 8:30 PM Thurdays through Saturdays; no cover. Fri 12/12, Greg Vasquez Duo. Sat 12/13 and Sat 12/20, Ed Coward Trio. Wed 12/17, Dan Meyers. Fri 12/19, Dave Simone Trio. 847-969-9900.

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

CITE 70th floor, 505 N. Lake Shore Dr.: Saturdays, 7:30 PM, Jonathan Menchin. 312-644-4050.

CLUB ALPHONSE 1351 S. Michigan: Fridays and Saturdays, 3 PM-2 AM, Andre Scorpoi hosts an after-work set. Third Wednesday of every month, 8 PM, Zsa Zsa performs with a live jazz band. Third Thursday of every month, 8 PM, Herbie Baby & the Bronzeville Network. 312-697-0975.

COQ D'OR Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Piano bar and restaurant; no cover. Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Craig Lannigan & Arlene Bardelle. Sundays, 8:30 PM, Tom Muellner. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Tom Muellner & Arlene Bardelle. 312-787-2200, ext. 26.

CYRANO'S BISTRO 546 N. Wells: Music at 8:30 PM. Fridays, Joe Iaco & Richie Pardo. 312-467-0546.

CY'S CRAB HOUSE 3819 N. Ashland: Fridays, 8 PM, Minor Third Quartet. 773-883-8900.

DELANEY & MURPHY'S 3400 W. Euclid, Arlington Heights: Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30-11 PM, and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-10 PM, Scott Earl Holman (no cover). 847-394-3090.

D'VINE 1950 W. North: Fridays, 8 PM, Truth. 773-235-5700.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Sundays, 4 PM, avant-garde jazz jam session hosted by David Boykin, Karl E.H. Seigfried, Mike Reed. Tue 12/16, 9:30 PM, Triage. Wed 12/17, 9:30 PM, Tri-Dim (see Critic's Choice) with Nate McBride and Ken Vandermark. 773-276-3600.

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

FAMILY DEN 8940 S. Stony Island: Sundays, 6-10 PM, jam session with Crosswind (no cover). 773-734-8545.

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

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 12/14, 6 PM, Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band. Wed 12/17, 8 PM, Rob Parton's Jazz Tech Big Band. Sun 12/21, 6 PM, Chicago Grandstand Big Band. 708-788-2118.

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3400 N. Clark: Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM, Barrett & Erenberg Group. Sundays through Wednesdays, 6 PM, Bob Henderson. Thursdays, 6 PM, Mark Barrett. 773-528-4033.

GIBSON'S 5464 River, Rosemont: No cover. Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-8 PM, Scott Earl Holman. 847-928-9900.

GOURMAND 728 S. Dearborn: No cover. Fridays, 8:30 PM, What's Going On. 312-427-2610.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 12/12, 9:30 PM, Detour. Sun 12/14, 8 PM, Tom Muellner Trio with Sonny G (no cover). Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, Jose Valdes Trio (no cover); 10 PM, DJs spin mambo and salsa. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli. Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Ari Brown hosts a jam session (no cover). Sat 12/20, 9:30 PM, Terisa Griffin. 773-395-0066.

GREEN DOOR TAVERN 678 N. Orleans: Thursdays, 9 PM, Jimijon Jazz Experience. 312-664-5496.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/12, 5 PM, Jonathan Mastro (no cover); Fri 12/12, 9 PM, and Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Paul Wertico Trio. Fridays, 1:30-4 AM, Green Mill Quartet (no cover). Saturdays, midnight-5 AM, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Chicago Jazz Composers Collective with Steve Ramsdell Quintet, Lloyd King Quartet; 7 PM, Weird Sisters & Strange Brothers perform at the Uptown Poetry Slam. Sundays, 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Trio. Mondays, 9 PM, Patricia Barber Quartet. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Deep Blue Organ Trio. Wed 12/17, 9 PM, Kurt Elling Quartet. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, and Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Mike Jones Trio. Sun 12/21, 1 PM, Chicago Improvisers Group. 773-878-5552.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Ted Hogarth Quintet. 773-465-8005.

HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL 505 N. Michigan: Music in the salon and bar. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM-midnight, and Thursdays, 7-11 PM, Judy Roberts (with Greg Fishman on Fridays and Saturdays; no cover). 312-944-4100.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/12, 9 PM, Ed Wilkerson Ensemble performs the work-in-progress Harold in Chicago (see Critic's Choice). Sat 12/13, 7 PM, Michael Zerang with Alan Kushan, Nicole Mitchell, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, and Guillermo Gregorio perform Ecstatic Dissent (see Critic's Choice). Sun 12/14, 7:30 PM, Jim Baker performs the work-in-progress Approximation and Compliance (see Critic's Choice). Mondays, 8 PM, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. Wed 12/17, 8 PM, Trio Braam/De Joode/Vatcher (see Critic's Choice). 312-362-9707.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Music at 9:30 PM. Mondays, open mike. 773-486-1099.

HOUSTON'S 616 N. Rush: Restaurant with music after 5:30 PM. Fridays, JoAnn Daugherty Trio. Saturdays, Tom Muellner, Dave Marr, Tim Davis. Mondays and Tuesdays, Bob Dogan, Joe Adamic, Paul Martin. Wednesdays and Thursdays, David Williams. 312-649-1121.

HUGO'S FROG BAR 1024 N. Rush: Sundays, 5-9 PM, Jonathan Menchin. 312-640-0999.

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 12/12 through Sun 12/14, Dave Holland Quintet. Tue 12/16 through Sun 12/21, Benny Golson Quartet. 312-670-2473.

JC'S PUB & RISTORANTE 13101 Cicero, Midlothian: Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, Jackie Manfree & Vibrations. 708-388-7755.

JERRY'S 4838 W. 183rd, Country Club Hills: Tuesdays, 7 PM, Bob Guthrie Quartet, Tammie McCann. 708-647-6519.

JIMMY'S PLACE 13822 S. Indiana, Riverdale: Sundays, 6-10 PM, Senabella & Jazz Deluxe. 708-849-1990.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant with music after 5 PM. Fridays, Skinny Williams. Saturdays, Bopology. Mondays, Kelly Brand. Tuesdays, Ken Chaney. Wednesdays, Ken Saydak Trio. Thursdays, Tim Tobias Trio. Sun 12/21, 4 PM, Steven Hashimoto Quartet. 312-595-5299.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12, Jade Maze Quartet. Fridays, 6 PM, Kimberly Gordon & Chris Foreman (no cover). Sundays, 7 PM, Spider Saloff & the Uptown String Trio. Mondays, George Fludas, Scott Burns, Jodie Christian, Dennis Carroll. Thursdays, John Brumbach Quartet. Fri 12/19, Carol Kagy Quartet. Sat 12/20, Elaine Dame Trio. 773-348-7592.

LA DONNA 5146 N. Clark: Restaurant. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, Joanna Ashley & John Beard. 773-561-9400.

LEE'S UNLEADED BLUES 7401 S. South Chicago: Music after 9:30 PM Fridays, Sundays through Tuesdays, and Thursdays, after 9 PM Wednesdays, and after 10 PM Saturdays; no cover. Wednesdays, Ron Salter & the Most Wanted Jazz Quartet host an open mike. 773-493-3477.

LEOPARD LOUNGE 1645 W. Cortland: Third Tuesday of every month, 10 PM, Nicole Kessler (no cover). 773-862-7877.

LUCIANO'S ON RUSH 871 N. Rush: Restaurant and piano bar with music nightly at 7 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Lenny Perrata Trio. 312-266-1414.

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

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Sat 12/20, 7 PM, Howard Levy Acoustic Express. 773-404-9494.

MELANGE BLUE 2809 Butterfield, Oak Brook: Restaurant and tapas bar. Saturdays, 8 PM, Revolutionary Swing Orchestra. 630-571-3600.

MICHAEL'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent, Glen Ellyn: Fri 12/12, 9 PM, BMR4. Wed 12/17, 7 PM, Three Free. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, and Sat 12/20, 9:30 PM, Henry Johnson Organ Express. 630-446-4001.

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

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: Tuesdays, 9 PM, "Jazz Jam Adventure" with Paul Kogut, Joe Policastro, Tim Davis. 708-366-8073.

MONTAGE 3124 S. Rte. 59, Naperville: Saturdays, 8 PM, Doug Rosenberg Trio. 630-904-7401.

MOOD CAFE 446 E. 43rd: Saturdays, 9 PM, and Sundays, 6 PM, Trace Ellington. 773-624-8002.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Healing Force with William Perry, Billy Brimfield, Avreeayl Ra, Derek Polk. 773-743-3355.

NOODLE'S 5956 W. Higgins: Sundays, 7 PM, Gina Gibson with Wallace Burton & Bill Yancey. 773-775-7525.

O'BRIEN'S 1528 N. Wells: Fri 12/12 and Fri 12/19, 7 PM, Linda Tate Trio. Thursdays, 7 PM, Rob Zettl Trio. 312-787-3142.

100 SOUTH CHOP HOUSE & GRILL 100 S. York, Elmhurst: No cover. Sundays, 10 AM-2 PM, and Wednesdays, 7 PM, Sketches in Blue. Tuesdays, 7 PM, Peter Oprisko Duo. 630-782-9091.

PALM COURT Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Fridays through Sundays, 8:30 PM, and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Chad Willetts Trio. 312-787-2200.

PENINSULA HOTEL 108 E. Superior: Music in the Lobby Lounge. Fridays, 8:30 PM, Eric Remschneider Trio with Alison Ruble. Saturdays, 8:30 PM, Eric Remschneider Trio with Stephanie Browning. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Brian Patti Orchestra with Greta Pope. 312-337-2888.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fri 12/12, Ragtime Ramblers. Sat 12/13, Kimberly Gordon Quartet. Mondays, Mike Kocour Trio. Tuesdays, Ron Perrillo Trio. Wednesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Thu 12/18, Bob Perna & Persistance. Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. 847-328-0399.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 412 N. Milwaukee, Wheeling: Music at 8:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays; no cover. Wed 12/17, BMR4. 847-243-3700.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 8 PM, King Fleming Trio. Saturdays, 9 PM, Rankinfyle. Sundays, 7 PM, Sami Scot. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Holly McGuire. Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Jackie Allen & Judy Roberts. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, John Wright Trio. 708-848-4250.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Sun 12/14, Square Root of 5 Quartet. Mondays, Corey Radford/Scott Anderson Quartet. Sun 12/21, 8 PM, Tom Jasek Group. 773-486-9862.

PIECE 1927 W. North: Restaurant with live music. Sundays, 6:30 PM, and Wednesdays, 8 PM, Taku Akiyama, Matthew Ulery, Frank Rosaly, Andrew Lautenbach. 773-772-4422.

POLO CAFE AND CATERING 3322 S. Morgan: Music in the Old Eagle Private Room at 8 PM. Tuesdays, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. 773-927-7656.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/12, 6 PM, Yoko Noge (no cover); 9 PM, Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan. Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Nicole Kestler Quartet. Sundays, Russell Alan Rowe Trio (no cover). Mondays, Typhanie Monique Trio (no cover). Tuesdays, Alison Ruble & JoAnn Daugherty. Wednesdays, Ryan Cohan. Thursdays, Frank Russell Trio. Fri 12/19, 6 PM, Yoko Noge (no cover); 9 PM, George McRae Quartet with Jim Gailloreto. Sat 12/20, 9 PM, Corky McClerkin Quartet. 773-472-1000.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2401 N. Western: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Tue 12/16, D. Bayne Septet. 773-276-9730.

RED PEPPER LOUNGE 428 E. 87th: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Snatch Inc. 773-873-5700.

RODAN 1530 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant; no cover. Thursdays, 11:30 PM, Jason Ajemian, Jeff Parker, Nori Tanaka. 773-276-7036.

SAUSSY 1156 W. Grand: Music at 7 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM Thursdays; no cover. Sat 12/13, Elaine Dame Duo (no cover). 312-491-1122.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 21 E. Hubbard: Restaurant with music in the Blue Crab Lounge at 7 PM; no cover. Sun 12/14, Elaine Dame Duo. 312-527-2722.

SHEBEEN KING 6501 S. Saint Lawrence: Fridays, 8 PM, Ancestral Resurrection Ensemble performs at an open mike for poets and musicians. 312-263-1649.

SIGNATURE ROOM 95th floor, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan: Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Chris Bernhardt & Neal Alger. 312-787-9596.

SIMON'S TAVERN 5210 N. Clark: Third Sunday of every month, 9 PM, Steven Hashimoto Quartet. 773-878-0894.

SMITH & WOLLENSKY 318 N. State: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-10 PM, Jonathan Menchin. 312-670-9900.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Tuesdays, Sam Burckhardt Trio. 773-772-6656.

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

SOUK 1552 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant. Thu 12/18, 9 PM, BMR4 (no cover). 773-227-1818.

STETSON'S CHOP HOUSE & BAR Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker: Saturdays, 7 PM, and Fridays and Mondays through Thursdays, 5:30 PM, Marshall Nelson. Saturdays, 8 PM, and Fridays and Mondays through Thursdays, 7 PM, Marshall Nelson Duo. 312-565-1234, ext. 4490.

3030 3030 W. Cortland: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/13, Greg Davis, Christopher Willits. Thu 12/18, 9:45 PM, Tri-Dim (see Critic's Choice) with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, and Michael Colligan. Fri 12/19, Peter Brotzmann & Hamid Drake. 773-862-3616.

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

TONY PAISON'S 5101 Washington, Gurnee: Tuesdays, 5-8 PM, Scott Earl Holman (no cover). 847-625-1500.

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

TULLER'S CHOPHOUSE 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights: Restaurant. Fridays, 6:30 PM, Elaine Dame Duo (no cover). 847-577-5151.

UFFA 1008 W. Armitage: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Jeff Morrison & friends (no cover). 773-665-4410.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, Lonie Walker; 10:30 PM, Kimberly Gordon Quartet with Lorna Boston. Thursdays, 1 AM, Vince Willis. 312-266-7761.

VELVET LOUNGE 21281/2 S. Indiana: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, Douglas Ewart & the Inventions perform "Justice, Love, and Then Peace." Sundays, 6:30 PM, jam session with saxophonist Dennis Winslett and percussionist Kobie Watkins. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Greg Ward & friends. Thu 12/18, Maghostut Trio with Malachi Favors, Vincent Davis, Hanah Jon Taylor. Fri 12/19 and Sat 12/20, AACM Large Ensemble. 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.

XIPPO 3759 N. Damen: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, 8 PM, Denise La Grassa Quartet. 773-529-9135.

International

Concerts

ESTEBAN Fri 12/19, 8 PM, Paramount Arts Center, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. 630-896-6666.

FRULA Sat 12/20, 11 AM, Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. 773-684-1414.

LA FUERZA BORINQUEN Sat 12/20, 1:30 PM, Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. 773-684-1414.

MIORITA Sat 12/20, 2:45 PM, Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. 773-684-1414.

TARIK performs at "AfroFolk Live"; free admission. Wed 12/17, 8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

TIBETAN ALLIANCE OF CHICAGO with members of the Tibetan community perform music and dance at a commemoration of the 1989 awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama. Fri 12/12, 6:30 PM, Flatfile Galleries, 118 N. Peoria. 773-275-7454.

International

Clubs

ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT AND JAZZ CLUB 231 Douglas, Elgin: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/12, DJ Pingui. 847-717-6759.

ARKADASH CAFE 5721 N. Clark: Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Yagmur performs Turkish music (belly dancers also perform). 773-506-2233.

BARBA YIANNI GRECIAN TAVERNA 4761 N. Lincoln: Restaurant. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 PM, Mosaic. 773-878-6400.

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

CAFE LAGUARDIA 2111 W. Armitage: Tuesdays, 9 PM, Andres Castillo & Son Trinidad. 773-862-5996.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Thu 12/18, 8 PM, DJs spin salsa. 630-416-4898.

GRIFFIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE 2710 N. Halsted: No cover. Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Orquesta Ranura. 773-525-7313.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Sat 12/13, 9 PM, Ajoite. 773-465-8005.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sat 12/13, 10:30 PM, Angel Melendez & Angelle. Fri 12/19, 9 PM, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Morikeba Kouyate & the Jaliya Ensemble. Sat 12/20, 10 PM, Joe Rendon & friends. Sun 12/21, 7 PM, Raiz Viva performs at a winter solstice celebration. 312-362-9707.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/13, Carlos Ortega, Zach Brock, Dan Abu-Absi, Katerina. Wednesdays, Carlos Ortega Trio. 773-348-7592.

MINX 111 W. Hubbard: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Hector Silviera y Su Orquesta. 312-828-9000.

RHYTHM 1108 W. Randolph: Thu 12/18, 9 PM, Orquesta Ranura. 312-492-6100.

SUSHI SAMBA RIO 504 N. Wells: Sundays, 2-6 PM, Chicago Samba. 312-595-2300.

Classical

AMERICAN CHAMBER STRINGS Roland Vamos conducts a free concert. Sat 12/13, 7:30 PM, Evanston campus, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago, Evanston. 847-905-1500.

APOLLO CHORUS Stephen Alltop, conductor, with soprano Ellen Hargis, mezzo-soprano Angela Horn, tenor Calland Metts & bass-baritone Thomas Barrett (Handel, Messiah). Tue 12/16, 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000. Sat 12/20, 7 PM, Paramount Arts Center, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. 630-896-6666. Sun 12/21, 3 PM, Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph. 312-334-7777.

ASSUMPTION CHURCH CHOIR with cantors & instrumentalists in a celebration of lessons & carols. Sun 12/14, 6:30 PM, 323 W. Illinois. 312-644-0036.

ALISON ATTAR & JOEL SPEARS harp & lute (Landini, Canova da Milano, Johnson, Weiss & others). Sun 12/21, 4 PM, Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Rd., Grayslake. 847-543-1202.

RACHEL BARTON & MATTHEW HAGLE violin & piano (Beethoven, McEwen, Sarasate, Mackenzie). Fri 12/19, 8 PM, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Northeastern Illinois University, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr. 773-442-4636.

BEL SONORE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE in a holiday concert. Thu 12/18, 7 PM, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

BELLA VOCE Anne Heider conducts a holiday concert (Bizet, Howells, Barber, Part, Zielenski & others). Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. Sat 12/13, 7:30 PM, St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College, Lisle. Sun 12/14, 7:30 PM, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 312-461-0732.

CAFFE DE LUCA 1721 N. Damen: Wed 12/17, 7-9 PM, guitarist Matt Faunce. 773-342-6000.

CHANCEL BELLRINGERS Carolyn McBurney conducts a free holiday concert. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar, Northbrook. 847-272-6224.

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA in a holiday concert (Barber, Poulenc, Moore, Applebaum, Rogers, Miller, Clemens, Lindberg, Busto, Oweggi, Jennings). Sun 12/14, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 773-755-1628 or 800-746-4969.

CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION VOCAL ENSEMBLE Corey Berman conducts a free holiday concert. Wed 12/17, noon, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

CHICAGO CHAMBER CHOIR Timm Adams conducts a sing-along holiday concert. Sun 12/21, 7:30 PM, Unity Lutheran Church, 5409 N. Magnolia. 312-409-6890.

CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSICIANS with soprano Valdine Anderson (Varese, Carter, Webern, Birtwistle). Sun 12/14, 7:30 PM, Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph. 312-629-8696.

CHICAGO CHORALE Bruce Tammen conducts Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Sun 12/14, 8 PM, Episcopal Church of St. Paul & the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester. 773-667-4571.

CHICAGO MASTER SINGERS with string players from the the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra in a program of traditional Christmas carols. Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, 8 PM, and Sun 12/14, 7 PM, Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan, Techny. 877-825-5267.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 12/12 and Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Pierre Boulez, conductor, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Matthew Polenzani, bass Robert Holl & the Chicago Symphony Chorus (Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet). Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Fri 12/19, 1:30 PM, and Sat 12/20, 8 PM, David Robertson, conductor, with tubist Gene Pokorny (Beethoven, Stevens, Nielsen). Preconcert talks are given one hour and 15 minutes before each performance. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Duain Wolfe, conductor, with members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus & Children's Choir in a holiday concert. Fri 12/19, 7 PM, Sat 12/20, 3 PM, and Sun 12/21, 3 and 7 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGOLAND POPS ORCHESTRA Lloyd S. Butler conducts a Christmas concert featuring the Lakeside Singers. Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. 847-825-7677 or 312-559-1212.

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY CONCERT BAND in a free concert. Sun 12/14, 4 PM, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake. 847-543-2300.

CORIOLIS chamber choir in a holiday concert (Poulenc, Sweelinck, Applebaum & others). Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Parish Church of St. Luke, 939 Hinman, Evanston. 847-869-0223.

CURIE HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED GIRLS CHORUS Fri 12/12, noon, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

EDGEWATER SINGERS Diane Aitken conducts a free holiday concert. Sat 12/13, 7:30 PM, Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. 773-561-4766.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Hanson, conductor, with soprano Kimberly Jones, vocal ensemble An Octave Above & the Elgin Children's Chorus in a holiday concert. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, and Sun 12/14, 2 and 5 PM, the Hemmens, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-888-4000.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Hanson, conductor, with soprano Patrice Michaels, mezzo-soprano Michelle Wright, tenor James Doing & the St. Charles Singers (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/21, 3:30 PM, the Hemmens, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-888-4000.

EMERITUS ORCHESTRA Frank Winkler conducts a free concert (Beethoven, Puccini, Ravel, Tucker). Fri 12/12, 10 AM, Evanston campus, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago, Evanston. 847-905-1500.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF EVANSTON CHANCEL CHOIR in a free performance (Saint-Saens, Christmas Oratorio). Sun 12/21, 10 AM, First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman, Evanston. 847-864-8332.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NOONDAY CONCERTS Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut: Fri 12/12, 12:10 AM, flutist Hideko Amano & guitarist Brian Torosian. Fri 12/19, 12:10 PM, Evanston Township High School Choir. 312-787-4570.

DARA HOBBS, GENEVIEVE LECHNER, CAROL WATKINS, JANET MENSEN-REYNOLDS, KEN DONOVAN & RONALD WATKINS sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor & baritone, with orchestra (Handel, excerpts from Messiah). Sun 12/21, 10:30 AM, Lake Street Church, 607 Lake, Evanston. 847-864-2181.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITALS Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State: Sun 12/14, 3:30 PM, Joseph Burgio (Clarembault, McGrath, Liszt). Sun 12/21, 3:30 PM, John Clodig (Dupre, Bach). 312-664-6963.

ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Carmon DeLeone, conductor, with the Grande Prairie Singers, Cantate Children's Choir & Grande Prairie Children's Choir in a holiday concert. Sat 12/20, 7 PM, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University, Stuenkel Rd. & Governors Hwy., University Park. Sun 12/21, 3 PM, Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado, Frankfort. 708-481-7774.

JULIANI ENSEMBLE in a holiday program. Mon 12/15, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630 or 312-346-3278.

JULIUS MEINL COFFEEHOUSE 3601 N. Southport: Saturdays, 8 PM, Oistrach Ensemble. 773-868-1856.

CARLYN LLOYD & JON WARFEL flute & piano, in a holiday program. Tue 12/16, 7 PM, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 Roselle, Schaumburg. 847-923-3186.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Fri 12/12, Mon 12/15, and Sat 12/20, 7:30 PM, Mark Elder, conductor, with tenor Marcus Haddock & bass Samuel Ramey (Gounod, Faust). Sat 12/13, Tue 12/16, Thu 12/18, and Sun 12/21, 7:30 PM, Emmanuel Villaume, conductor, with mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, tenor Jose Cura & baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont (Saint-Saens, Samson et Dalila). 312-332-2244.

MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS JUNIOR CHORALE & SYMPHONY, READING, CADET & PREP ORCHESTRAS Pat Pearson & Allan Dennis, conductors (Beethoven & others). Sat 12/13, 3 and 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-926-9898.

MOSE VINES PREPARATORY ACADEMY MIXED ENSEMBLE in a free holiday concert. Mon 12/15, noon, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

MUSIC INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO CHORALE Daniel Wallenberg conducts a holiday concert (Bach, Charpentier, Tucker). Sun 12/14, 7:30 PM, Evanston campus, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago, Evanston. 847-905-1500.

MUSIC INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO ORCHESTRA Frank Winkler conducts a free concert (Holst, Haydn, Beethoven, Bruckner, Applebaum). Fri 12/12, 7:30 PM, Evanston campus, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago, Evanston. 847-905-1500.

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE Edward Zelnis conducts a holiday concert. Wed 12/17, 8 PM, St. Michael's Church, 1633 N. Cleveland. Thu 12/18, 8 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division, River Forest. Sat 12/20, 8 PM, Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan, Techny. 312-551-1414.

NAPERVILLE CHORUS & FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Jeordano Martinez, conductor, with soprano Michelle Areyzaga & the Young Naperville Singers in a holiday concert (Rutter, Hanson, Susa). Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. 630-357-4019.

NEW CLASSIC SINGERS Lee R. Kesselman conducts a children's holiday program. Sat 12/13, 1 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park & Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

NEW CLASSIC SINGERS Lee R. Kesselman, conductor, with harpist Steve Hartman, flutist Donna Milanovich & the Robert Shaw Chorale in a Christmas concert. Sun 12/14, 4 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park & Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

NEWBERRY CONSORT performs music of Renaissance Germany & Italy in a holiday concert. Sun 12/21, 3 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3700.

NORTHWEST CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Events Building, Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. 773-481-8535.

OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHOIR & GUITAR ENSEMBLE with others in a free holiday concert. Wed 12/17, 8 PM, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf, Des Plaines. 847-635-1900.

OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE GUITAR ENSEMBLE with other student ensembles in a free concert. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Footlik Theater, Oakton Community College, 1600 Golf, Des Plaines. 847-635-1900.

KURT OLLMANN baritone, with pianist Jeffrey Peterson in a free concert (Mahler, Poulenc, Ives, Bowles, Britten, Nin, Falla). Mon 12/15, 7 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

PHOENIX CAMERATA in a program of Renaissance-era Christmas music. Sun 12/14, 4 PM, Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents, 425 Illinois, Hoffman Estates. 847-885-7900.

PRESSENDA TRIO (Handel-Halvorsen, Ravel, Mendelssohn). Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Joseph Glymph conducts a free concert (Copland, Offenbach, Borodin, Sviridov, Anderson & others). Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-341-1521.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Joseph Glymph, conductor, with clarinetist Wojtk Mrozek & the AMU Academic Choir in a Christmas concert (Borodin, Sviridov, Anderson & others). Sun 12/21, 3 PM, Copernicus Cultural & Civic Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. 312-341-1521.

ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CHURCH CHOIR, MEN'S & WOMEN'S CHANT GROUPS & CHILDREN'S CHOIR with chamber orchestra & others in a Christmas Festival of Carols, Lessons & Lights. Sun 12/21, 7:30 PM, St. Gregory the Great Church, 5545 N. Paulina. 773-561-3546.

ST. LUKE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & BACH CHOIR Andrew Schulze conducts a Bach cantata program. Free admission. Sat 12/20, 4 PM, Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, 1500 W. Belmont. 773-472-3383.

SCHURZ HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER GROUP in a free holiday concert. Fri 12/19, noon, grand lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

SHERWOOD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC WIND QUINTET, GALLERY 37 ADVANCED VOCAL ARTS STUDENTS & OTHERS in a free holiday concert. Sat 12/13, 3 PM, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, 1312 S. Michigan. 312-427-6267, ext. 100.

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

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Thomas Weyland conducts the Orchestra of St. Vincent's with sopranos Aruna Serbanescu & Kathryn Cunningham, tenor Paul Wood & bass Rodney Stapleton. Sat 12/13, 2 PM, St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter. 847-895-2608.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Barbara Schubert conducts the DuPage Symphony Orchestra with soprano Linda Ogden Hagen, alto Buffy Baggott, tenor Harold Brock & bass Jeffrey Ray. Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville. 630-690-8644.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Michael Poulos conducts the North Suburban Symphony. Sun 12/14, 4 PM, Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest. 847-234-4150.

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE CHORALE, VOICES & SYMPHONIC BAND with others in a free holiday concert. Fri 12/12, 7:30 PM, Kindig Performing Arts Center, South Suburban College, 15800 S. State, South Holland. 708-596-2000, ext. 2316.

SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND in a holiday concert. Sat 12/13, 8 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

SOUTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Linda Gervain & Alice Maguire, conductors, with the Music Ministry & Children's Spirit Choir of St. Linus Church & the Oak Lawn Park District Voices of the Valley in a Christmas concert (Vivaldi, Handel & others). Sun 12/14, 4 PM, St. Linus Church, 10300 S. Lawler, Oak Lawn. 708-802-0686.

TOWER BRASS in a Christmas concert. Sat 12/20, 5 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-4570.

CHRISTOPHER UNGERER piano, in a free Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Chopin, Leighton, Beethoven). Wed 12/17, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630 or 312-346-3278.

WHEATON COLLEGE SUZUKI STRINGS in a free Christmas concert. Sat 12/13, 10 AM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington & Franklin, Wheaton. 630-752-5567.

WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE Paul Nicholson conducts a program of traditional carols. Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

YOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS in holiday concerts (Boyce, Brahms, Brunner, Hairston & others). Sun 12/14, 2:30 and 5 PM, Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th, Naperville. 630-369-9679.

Miscellaneous

ALL VILLAGE SINGERS Holiday concert; free admission. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt, Lincolnwood. 847-677-5277.

CAT CATALANI leads a holiday sing-along. Sun 12/14, 2 PM, Petty Auditorium, Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton, Skokie. 847-673-7774.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sun 12/21, 1-4 PM, Devi 2000, Firefly perform at the 1st annual Kirtan Winter Solstice Celebration of the Spirit (no cover). 312-362-9707.

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE STEEL BAND under the direction of Steve Butters. Sun 12/14, 3 PM, Harry and Phyllis Blizzard Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

JOHNSE HOLT, LLOYD BRODNAX KING Free performance as part of the Illegitimate Arts Festival. Fri 12/12, 8 PM, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 3340 N. Clark. 773-529-4458.

NAHUI-OLLIN CEREMONIAL DANCERS OF MEXICO perform at a tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe; free admission. Fri 12/12, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

SCRIBBLEMONSTER & HIS PALS Children's show. Sun 12/14, 4 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. 773-525-2508.

UNDER THE PICASSO Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington: Free noontime programs. Fri 12/12, Saint Lucia Swedish Queen of Light Ceremony and Performing Arts Program. Mon 12/15, Cary Grove High Show & A Cappella Choirs. Tue 12/16, St. Ignatius High School Concert Band. Wed 12/17, Lenore Lutheran Talented Kids Co. 312-346-3278.

THOMAS WRIGHT Free performance. Mon 12/15, 7 PM, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 Roselle, Schaumburg. 847-923-3186.

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