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Rock, Pop, Etc.

Concerts

BBI Thu 7/29, 6 PM, Bank One Plaza, Davis & Orrington, Evanston. 847-328-5864.

BLUES TRAVELER Tue 7/27, 8 PM, Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

CHRIS BOTTI, JIM BRICKMAN Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

BOYZ II MEN, EN VOGUE, SILK Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

STEVE COOPER ORCHESTRA Ballroom dance concert. Sun 7/25, 2 PM, Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer, Willow Springs. 708-839-1000.

THE DEAD, WARREN HAYNES Sat 7/24, 7 PM, Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Highway D & Highway 120, East Troy, Wisconsin. 262-642-4400 or 312-559-1212.

DEL SOULS Free concert. Tue 7/27, 12:15 PM, Millennium Monument, Michigan & Randolph. 312-744-6630.

MICKY DOLENZ Fri 7/23, 6 PM, Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp, Aurora. 630-844-4396.

HILARY DUFF, HAYLIE DUFF Fri 7/30, 7 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENCROACHMENT, VAN ALLEN BELT, ARTLESS, JAGOFF perform at a benefit for "T.H.O.N.G.: Topless Humans Organized for Natural Genetics"; with body painting, naked Twister, and decreased admission for persons wearing a mask and thong. Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Buddy, 1542 N. Milwaukee. www.chicagothong.org.

FINN BROTHERS, ANGELA MCCLUSKEY See Critic's Choice; all-ages; sold out. Fri 7/23, 7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

HANSON, BEN JELEN, MICHAEL TOLCHER Sold out. Sat 7/31, 6:30 PM, Skyline Stage, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 312-595-7437 or 312-559-1212.

JOLIE HOLLAND, CATFISH HAVEN All-ages. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Open End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton. 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499.

BRUCE HORNSBY Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

IGUANAS Sat 7/24, 8 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Park & Fawell, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

JAVIER, BILAL Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr. www.neosoulexplosion.com.

DENNIS KEITH BAND performs at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM). Fri 7/30, 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

GINA KNIGHT ORCHESTRA FEATURING THE JETS Swing dance concert. Sun 7/25, 7:30 PM, Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer, Willow Springs. 708-839-1000.

AMEL LARRIEUX, ERIC ROBERSON, CREA Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr. www.neosoulexplosion.com.

NAN MASON Harold Arlen tribute. Wed 7/28, 7 PM, Maxim's, 24 E. Goethe. 312-742-1748.

JOHN MAYER, MAROON 5, DJ LOGIC Sun 8/1, 6:30 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 & Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212.

MEET THE BEETLES (BEATLES TRIBUTE) with Ed Sullivan impersonator Tim Casey. Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th. 773-445-3838.

NORA O'CONNOR performs an acoustic set following a panel discussion about "The State of the Local Music Scene" with Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot, Bob Mehr, and Sean McDonough, who also spin. Benefit for WLUW 88.7 FM. Sun 7/25, noon, Dave's Italian Kitchen, 1635 Chicago, Evanston. 847-864-6000.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS, TED ANSANI, ANNE HARRIS Fri 7/23, 6 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon. 312-742-2283.

R-GANG Free concert. Tue 7/27, 7 PM, City Park, 275 Parkway, Lincolnshire. 847-444-9600.

REBBESOUL Sun 8/1, 7:30 PM, Club Menorah, 2800 W. Sherwyn. 773-550-1543.

REEL BIG FISH, LUCKY BOYS CONFUSION, CATCH-22, RX BANDITS, SUBURBAN LEGENDS All-ages. Sat 7/31, 6:15 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO ON TOUR Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

JASON SIPE, D.D., PLOSIVE perform at an opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by Lisa Sipe and Adrian Leverkuhn. Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Texas Ballroom, 3012 S. Archer (3rd floor). www.texasballroom.com.

SONIC YOUTH, WOLF EYES, HAIR POLICE See Critic's Choice; 18+. Thu 7/29, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

SOUTH SIDE IDOL Singing competition. Fri 7/23, 7:30 PM, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th. 773-445-3838.

UNLUCKY ATLAS, ERIC LEBOFSKY & MADELINE MALKA perform at a closing reception for the art exhibit "This Thing We Do." Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Western Exhibitions, 1648 W. Kinzie, suite 2R. 312-307-4685.

VANS WARPED TOUR with New Found Glory, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rufio, Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio, Simple Plan, NOFX (see Critic's Choice), Allister, Yellowcard, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Bouncing Souls, Story of the Year, Atmosphere, Sugarcult, Tiger Army, Billy Talent, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards (see Critic's Choice), Vandals, Rise Against, Casualties, My Chemical Romance, Jackson, Briggs, Suffocate Faster, Dynamite Boy, Truth in Fiction, Break the Silence, Underminded, Bleed the Dream, Beautiful Mistake, Revolution Smile, Anatomy of a Ghost, Hidden in Plain View, From Autumn to Ashes, Matchbox Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, Motion City Soundtrack, Fear Before the March of Flames, Melee, Over It, Much the Same, Boys Night Out, 1208, Big D & the Kids' Table, Rolling Blackouts, Early Man, From First to Last, Thorn for Every Heart, Letter Kills. Sat 7/24, 1 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 & Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212.

PHIL VARCHETTA ORCHESTRA performs at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by dance lessons at 4 PM). Sun 8/1, 5 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

VIRUS, CLIT 45, COMPLETE CONTROL All-ages. Mon 7/26, 6 PM, Knights of Columbus, 15 N. Hickory, Arlington Heights. 847-255-4483.

WEISS BROTHERS perform at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by dance lessons at 4 PM). Sun 7/25, 5 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

Rock, Pop, Etc.

Clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Split Lip Rayfield (see Spot Check), Slick 57, Velcro Lewis & His 100 Proof Band. Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Cex, Make Believe, Dream Weapon, Please Please Wait (18+). Mon 7/26, 8 PM, Rainer Maria (see Critic's Choice), Engine Down, Call Me Lightning (18+). Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Sons of the Never Wrong, Dreamsicles. Fri 7/30, 9:30 PM, August, Riviera. Sun 8/1, 8 PM, Gaelic Storm, Fonnmohr. 773-478-4408 or 866-777-8932.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: Sun 7/25, noon-5 PM, Deja Vu performs at Wingfest 2004 (benefit for Woodfield Area Children's Organization). 847-397-3100.

ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT AND JAZZ CLUB 231 Douglas, Elgin: Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Harlan Jefferson & So So Tight host "Soul Night" for poets, musicians, and rappers. 847-717-6759.

THE ATTIC 320 N. Second, De Kalb: Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Patrick Elkins, Jason Voss, Justin Shay. 815-787-3875.

BAD DOG TAVERN 4535 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Mon 7/26, 9 Miles Band. Thu 7/29, BLT. 773-334-4040.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant. Fri 7/23, 9:30 PM, RedLine, Nellie Bly, Joseph Messing. Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Pedestrians, Sons of the Stage, Red Bird, Driveway Ninjas. Sun 7/25, 8 PM, Duenow & A.B. Drea perform as part of the Mish Mash variety showcase, with readings by Beth Dugan & Marc Arcuri. Mondays, 10 PM, Pat McCurdy. Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Sparring, Lacona, Willis P. Jenkins. Wed 7/28, 9 PM, Reactavox, Closet Squatters, Nouveau Broke. Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Loomis, Former Teenage Idols. Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Frank Tribes, Jonathan Kuss & the Corporation. Sat 7/31, 9:30 PM, Future Rock, Avotor, La Makita Soma. Sun 8/1, 8 PM, Park Avenue Produce perform as part of the Mish Mash variety showcase, with Patrick Plague, Yuri Lane, and Fun Club. 773-281-4444.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Sun 7/25, K'Nex, Walter Meego, It's, Myked. 312-243-1699.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music at 9 PM. Fri 7/23, WSAT, Gifted Ones. Sat 7/24, Cabbala, Seek & Destroy, Deep Fried Honey. Thu 7/29, Twin Wrecks the Memory. Fri 7/30, McGregor, Planet's Audible. 773-770-2039.

BOTTOM LOUNGE 3206 N. Wilton: Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Deal's Gone Bad, Go Jimmy Go, Drastics, Out of Line (18+). Sat 7/24, 5 PM, King Django, Dr. Ring Ding, Eastern Standard Time, Stingers ATX (all-ages); 10 PM, Lord Mike's Dirty Calypsonians, Israelites, Pressure Cooker (18+). Sun 7/25, 5 PM, Streetlight Manifesto, Eclectics, Know How, Independents, Vicious de Papa (all-ages). Mon 7/26, 8 PM, Dillinger Four, Methadones, Toys That Kill (see Spot Check), Fleshies (18+). Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Nedelle & Thom, Denise Hradecky, Helen Money, Graze, Michael Lyons. Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Big Whiskey, Interiors, the Close. Fri 7/30, 7 PM, Duvall, Snaklab All-Tsars, Velvet Velvet, Divide by Zero (all-ages). Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Baseball Furies, Functional Blackouts, Taxi, Vee Dee. Sun 8/1, 8 PM, Even in Blackouts, Sharky Doyles, Pal (18+). 773-975-0505 or 800-594-8499.

BUCK'S ROCK 'N' ROLL GRILL 183 Main, Lake Zurich: Music at 7 PM Fridays, 3 PM Sundays; no cover. Fri 7/23, Tim Nolan. Fri 7/30, Lisa Pelligrinetti. 847-550-1127.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Fri 7/23, 8:30 PM, Reluctant Aquanauts. Sat 7/24, 8:30 PM, Tumbleweed. Sun 7/25, 8 PM, Beyond Blonde. Tue 7/27, 7:30 PM, Becky Johnson. 847-256-8870.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: Sundays, 11 PM, DJ Lucky & DJ Rockstar. Thursdays, 9 PM, Mike G., DJ Hurricane. 630-830-7200.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Rockin' Billy & the Wild Coyotes. 773-384-2547.

CAL'S 400 S. Wells: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Monkey Fight, Locked Sound, Bobby Stratosphere. Sat 7/24, noon, Keith & Bryce; 12:30 PM, Alisha Corbett Band; 1 PM, Isaac Johnson & the Dirty Stank; 2 PM, Telenovela; 3 PM, Wingnuts; 4 PM, Sonnets; 5 PM, Big Buildings; 6 PM, Night Terrors; 7 PM, Dorian Taj; 8 PM, Camaro Rouge; 9 PM, Sybris; 10 PM, Thin Man; 11 PM, Siderunners. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Mabel, Delafields. 312-922-6392.

CANDLESTICK MAKER 4432 N. Kedzie: Music at 9 PM; all-ages. Fri 7/30, Williwaw. 773-463-0158.

CARLUCCI'S 1801 Butterfield, Downers Grove: Sat 7/24 and Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Gigolo Johnny. 630-512-0990.

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker: Piano bar and restaurant with music from 6-9 PM. Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays, Jim Rollins. Tuesdays, Peter Polzak. Wednesdays, Suzanne Palmer. 312-346-3500.

CHARLESTON 2076 N. Hoyne: Music at 10 PM. Sat 7/24, Mark Anderson. Sun 7/25, Tim Menard. Sat 7/31, Hats. 773-489-4757.

CIRCUIT NIGHTCLUB AND REHAB LOUNGE 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM (until 5 AM Saturdays); no cover. Fourth Friday of every month, 11 PM, Chicago Kings. 773-325-2233.

CLEARWATER THEATER 96 W. Main, West Dundee: Fri 7/23, 1 PM, Against the Rest (all-ages); 10 PM, Mr. Blotto. Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute). Sun 7/25, 7 PM, Slitheryn, Black Flood, Diesel, Driven, Fraud, Jimmy's Band (all-ages). Mon 7/26, 7:30 PM, Beneath This Ashen Sky, Illuminati, Dartanian, Indign (all-ages). Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Supermint. Sat 7/31, 8:30 PM, Sir Paul McCartney Ultimate Tribute Band, Simply Fab (Beatles tribute). 847-836-8820.

CLUB FOOT 1824 W. Augusta: Fridays through Thursdays, DJs spin rock, punk, and alternative rock 9 PM-2 AM (until 3 AM Saturdays); no cover. 773-489-0379.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 7/23, London Calling (Clash tribute), Beatallica. Sat 7/24 and Wednesdays, Blazing Saddles. Thursdays, Spazmatics. Fri 7/30, Maggie Speaks, Hat Guys. Sat 7/31, Stellar Road, Echosend, Segway, Green Street, Eddie Prez. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21661 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Music at 10:30 PM. Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Mike & Joe. Sat 7/24, Charleston Sound Machine. Sat 7/31, 16 Candles. 847-541-4700.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Fri 7/23, Sat 7/24, Fri 7/30, and Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Doug Orlyk. Fri 7/23 and Fri 7/30, 10:30 PM, Night Owls with Dan Stetzel. Mon 7/26, 8 PM, Philip Caldwell performs "My Foolish Heart." Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Trista Smith & Jason Grimm. Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Mark Oreskovich. Sun 8/1, 7 PM, Anthony Fett. 773-278-1830.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 9 PM; no cover. Sun 7/25, DJs Corey, Neil & Chris (tribute to Mick Jagger). Mon 7/26, Brian Nervous spins punk. Tue 7/27, Horizontal Action DJs Anna & Jimmy Hollywood. Thu 7/29, DJ Chuck Wren spins ska. 773-472-2771.

DON ROTH'S BLACKHAWK 61 Milwaukee, Wheeling: Fri 7/23, 7 PM, Biff & Sniff (no cover). Fri 7/30, 7 PM, Gypsy (no cover). 847-537-5800.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Paybacks (see Spot Check), Phenoms, Tall Boys, Ladies and Gentlemen. Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Shooting Blanks, Drawing a Blank, Sour Deluxe, Controller Controller, Mr. Pacman. Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Licks, Twice Pipes, Welcome to Ashley. Wed 7/28, 9 PM, 9mm, Under My Skin, Royal, Gaskit. Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Aya Sofia, the Effect, Band Called Pharisee. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Dan Darrah Band, Lowdown Brass Band, Al Weber. Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Blackmaker, Unibrow, Twin Wrecks the Memory, Evermore, Perfect Red. 773-489-3160 or 312-559-1212.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM. Fri 7/23, Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute), Crue. Sat 7/24, Libido Funk Circus. Thu 7/29, Seventh Heaven. Fri 7/30, Rubber. Sat 7/31, Cammi's NRG. 815-356-9980.

DURTY NELLIE'S 180 N. Smith, Palatine: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Hairbanger's Ball. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Mr. Blotto. Wed 7/28, 9:30 PM, Catfight. Thu 7/29, 10 PM, 16 Candles. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Dave Tamkin. Sun 8/1, 8 PM, Lou Gramm. 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Pinch, Urban Achievers, Shores. Sat 7/24, 8 PM, DJ Addyct, Pet Lover, Skyscraper. Sundays, 9:30 PM, Sumo. Tue 7/27, 8:30 PM, Kneebenders, Rob Waller. Wed 7/28, 8:45 PM, Grommits, Mike Pryzgoda, Medicine Hat. Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Sunday Morning Chameleon, Alora, Phil Circle. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, AKA, Doggybag, Void Where Prohibited. Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Hugo, Goat Motor, the Charm, Roscoe Plush, Jason Benefield. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Matthew Dear, Dabrye, Kill Memory Crash, SV4. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Split Lip Rayfield (see Spot Check), Lucero. Sun 7/25, 9:30 PM, Metalux (see Critic's Choice), Magik Markers, Burning Star Core. Mon 7/26, 9:30 PM, Test-Site, Indian, School Shooter. Thu 7/29, 9:30 PM, the Ghost, Building Press, Bear Claw. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Br. Danielson, Baby Teeth, Stanley Ross. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Oneida, No Doctors, Breaker! Breaker!, Plastic Crimewave Sound. Sun 8/1, 9:30 PM, High Speed Scene, My Left Arm. 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499.

ESCAPE 310 Northwest Hwy., Fox River Grove: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 7/24, One Armed Bandit with Hoppy Niles. Sat 7/31, Alex & the All-Stars. 847-516-0300.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM Fridays, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays, and 7 PM-4 AM Sundays through Thursdays. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, Durty Lounge Lizards host live karaoke. Thursdays, 11:30 PM, Bandoleros. 312-266-1944.

FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Katie Sullivan Band. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Hot Rocks (Rolling Stones tribute). Sun 7/25, 6 PM, and Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Jack the Lad. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Selective Recall. 312-836-0066.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 510 S. Park, Fox Lake: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Patrick B. 847-587-9677.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mount Prospect: Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Underwater People. Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Bottoms Up. Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Jane Doe. Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Backstage Pass. 847-593-2200.

FAMOUS PIZZA LOUNGE 2801 W. Chicago: Fridays, 9:30 PM, Robert Rial's Bakelite 78. 773-862-2834.

FAT BEAN 2959 Artesian, Naperville: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Lauren Shera. Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Sat 7/31, 8:30 PM, Until Sundown, Gold Bricker, Victorian Halls. 630-922-9821.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 7/23, 7 PM, the Strike, New Black, Soviettes, Fourth Rotor. Sat 7/24, 5 PM, Sex Positions, Not Enough Gold, Bottom Line, Tower of Rome; 10 PM, Xiu Xiu, David Grubbs (see Critic's Choice), Pegasvs. Sun 7/25, 8 PM, Marked Men, Lynyrd's Innards, Returnables. Tue 7/27, 6 PM, Go Betty Go, Vacation Bible School, Avoid One Thing, Waste, Rule 22. Wed 7/28, 7 PM, Since by Man, These Arms Are Snakes, Paris TX, Communique. Thu 7/29, 6 PM, Crush Kill Destroy, Grey, Bullet Conscience; 10 PM, Oldominion, More Life Experience. Fri 7/30, 6 PM, Shot Baker, Vote Quimby, Shaveks, F-Ups; 10 PM, Bang! Bang!, Safes, the Foxx. Sat 7/31, 5 PM, Dillinger Escape Plan, the Bronx, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Decahedron. Sun 8/1, 5 PM, Dillinger Escape Plan, the Bronx, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Read Yellow. 773-486-2700 or 800-594-8499.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Beausoleil. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Blazers with Skip Edwards. Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Al Kooper. Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Jack Straw with John Gram & Rob Bonaccorsi. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Radiators. 708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Wednesdays, 9 PM, live karaoke. 773-348-6000.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Fri 7/23, 9:30 PM, Michael Heaton Band. Fri 7/30, 9:30 PM, Scramble. 630-416-4898.

GATOR'S PUB & GRILL NORTH 1719 N. Rand, Palatine: Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Vintage. 847-705-0555.

GRIFFIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE 2710 N. Halsted: No cover. Fri 7/23, 10 PM, New Breed. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Hello Jack Hack. Wednesdays, 10 PM, Cornmeal. Thursdays, 10 PM, Hack 'n' Wheeze. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Starcandy. 773-525-7313.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Dick Prall, Steve Sleeve, Swimmer Missing, Rollo Tomasi. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Recent Photo, Crackpot, Rich Experience, Polymer. Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Vax Wallow, Palomine, Tribal Pyramid. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Court & Spark, Manishevitz, Willy Mason. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Slantwise, Zipperhead, Kenny Sommer & the Substitutes, Lucky Ned Peppers, comedian Michael Scott Thomas. 773-472-5139.

GUS'S PUB & GRUB 26960 N. Old McHenry, Lake Zurich: Music at 3:30 PM; no cover. Sun 7/25, Ju Ju Minstrels. 847-487-7799.

HANDLEBAR 2311 W. North: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Wed 7/28, Starring Jimmy Stewart performs at "U-Lock Rock." 773-384-9546.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Leo Sidran, Joy Dragland, Ana Laan. 773-465-8005.

HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Joy. Sun 7/25, 9:30 PM, Souled American. Wed 7/28, 9:30 PM, Pine Valley Cosmonauts. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Goldstars, Stet 5. Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Ben Weaver, Graham Lindsey; 11 PM, DJ Lil' Katie & friends. 773-227-4433.

HOG HEAD MCDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Fri 7/23, 9:30 PM, Firecrotch, Jesse Godwin. Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Shad, Black Casula, Michael Bloomberg. Fri 7/30, 9:30 PM, Just Kevin, Carla Starla, K'Nex, Lost Monkey. Sat 7/31, 8:30 PM, Adam Wyle, Lucky Jackson Band, Walk-Ins. 773-929-0944.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 7/23, 9:30 PM, Him (see Spot Check), Mice Parade, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Sat 7/31, 10:30 PM, Sidestepper, Eternals, DJ Rik Shaw. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Fri 7/23, 6:30 PM, Kottonmouth Kings, OPM, Strawman, Big B (all-ages). Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Disturbed, Escape From Earth, Perfect Red (sold out). Sun 7/25 through Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Chris Isaak, Sophie B. Hawkins (sold out). Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Sheila E. (18+). Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Don Chezina, Mala Fe, Arjelis y Su Grupo NV (18+). Sun 8/1, 9 PM, Jill Scott (sold out). 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 7/30, Red Chemist. 312-245-0333.

J.J. TWIG'S 1200 Main, Wauconda: Sat 7/31, 7:30 PM, Paul Allodi. 847-404-4111.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Denny Diamond & the Longfellows (Neil Diamond tribute). Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Hashbrowns (in the front bar). Mon 7/26, 9 PM, Enforsaken, Yakuza, Sweet Cobra, HeWhoCorrupts. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Jackson Rohm (acoustic show in the front bar), Mike & Joe. 312-337-3486.

LIBERTY PUB 2001 W. 63rd, Downers Grove: Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Neil Rose Band. 630-810-0885.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, L.P. (no cover). Thursdays, 9 PM, live karaoke with the Karaoke Dokies. 773-384-1040.

LINCOLN SQUARE LANES 4874 N. Lincoln: Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Polkaholics. 773-561-8191.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Motor City Psychos, Devil Doll, Destroy Everything, Vicki, 4 Barrell Ghosts. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Magnafux, Twice Pipes, Last Caress (Misfits tribute). Sun 7/25, 6 PM, farewell bash with karaoke and drinking. 773-871-3757.

MANHATTAN'S 415 S. Dearborn: Bar and lounge; no cover. Saturdays, 9 PM, DJ Revolver. 312-957-0460.

MARTINI RANCH 311 W. Chicago: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Dale Bozzio. 312-953-3166.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Greyhounds, Dub Is a Weapon, Freshwater Collins. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Big Wu, Bill Mike. Tue 7/27, 8 PM, Kari Nelson. Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Catsplash, Clearly & the Mainstream, Marigold Engine. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, KB, Licks. 773-404-9494.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Ojos de Brujo (see Spot Check), DJs Eduardo Calvillo & Echeverria (18+). Sun 7/25, 2:30 PM, Plain White T's, Rocket Summer, Number One Fan, Kevin Devine (all-ages); 9 PM, Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun, Spade, Jrunk Unklz, Mob Life (18+). Mon 7/26, 7 PM, Hives, Sahara Hotnights (see Critic's Choice), Reigning Sound (see Critic's Choice; sold out). Thu 7/29, 6:30 PM, Finch, Recover, Counterfit, Brazil (all-ages). Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Troubled Hubble, Caviar, Enemies, Detholz (18+). Sat 7/31, 5:30 PM, Braid, Murder by Death, Moneen, Panic in Detroit, Monday's Hero (all-ages). Sun 8/1, 6:30 PM, Tsunami Bomb, Lawrence Arms, Pipedown, Scattered Fall (all-ages). 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212.

MICHAEL'S STEAK & SEAFOOD 113 S. Emerson, Mount Prospect: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 7/24, Free Beer. Fri 7/30, Wild Rice Band. 847-222-1822.

MILL RACE INN 4 E. State, Geneva: Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Neil Rose Band. 630-232-2030.

MINX 111 W. Hubbard: Music after 10 PM. Tue 7/27, Pala. 312-828-9000.

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: No cover. Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Jimmy Cole, Brian Wilke, Andon Davis. 708-366-8073.

MORSELAND 1218 W. Morse: Supper club and bar; no cover. Sun 7/25, 10 PM, DJ Copperpot & K-Kruz. Wed 7/28, 9 PM, Brian Borden spins house, jazz, and disco. Thu 7/29, 10 PM, Postal. Fri 7/30, 9 PM, DJ Felix, Jeff Craven with percussionist Leddie Garcia. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. 773-764-8900.

MRS. P & ME 100 E. Prospect, Mount Prospect: Music at 10 PM Saturdays, 9 PM Wednesdays; no cover. Sat 7/24, Heathens. 847-259-9724.

MULDOON'S 133 W. Front, Wheaton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 7/23, Switchback. Sat 7/24, Dain Bramage. Tue 7/27, Dave Callaway. Wed 7/28, Neil Rose Band. Thursdays, Mike Brumfield. Fri 7/30, "Strange Brew." Sat 7/31, Wombats. 630-688-8866.

THE MUTINY 2428 N. Western: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Fri 7/23, Pistol Punch, After the Fight, Shooting Blanks, Ratbag Hero, Farewell Society. Sat 7/24, Your Prom Date, Thaco. Tue 7/27, Shitty Music for Shitty People. Wed 7/28, Juice Theory, Indignant. Thu 7/29, Devices. 773-486-7774.

NAVY PIER BEER GARDEN 600 E. Grand: Fri 7/23, 11 AM, No Mercy Band; 8 PM, Libido Funk Circus. Sat 7/24, 11 AM, Brother John; 3:30 PM, Lisa Rene Band; 8 PM, Rico. Sun 7/25, 3:30 PM, Kimi Hayes Band; 8 PM, Jabon. Mon 7/26, 1 PM, Neverly Brothers; 5:30 PM, Balloonatic. Tue 7/27, noon, Dave Rudolph; 5:30 PM, New Constitution (no cover); 8:30 PM, Suffrajett (no cover). Wed 7/28, 3:30 PM, Gertrude; 8 PM, Trippin' Billies (Dave Matthews tribute). Thu 7/29, 11 AM, Blend; 8 PM, Bumpus. Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Mack Pherson & the Struts. Sat 7/31, 11 AM, Dooleys; 3:30 PM, New Element; 8 PM, Gertrude. 312-595-7437.

NITE CAP 5007 W. Irving Park: Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Grigori 3, Cordy, Duna Hill. 773-794-1317.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Ripley Caine & Elizabeth Whitney perform at "Homolatte: Queer Words & Music," hosted by Scott Free. 773-743-3355.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Lotus Mob, Souljah Hustlaz, D.T.O. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Dan Barron, Silvermen, Dan Whitaker, Bleary. Sun 7/25, 10 PM, Terrapin Flyer. Wednesdays, 11 PM, DJ Stooby Helmsdeep, Given With Honor, Eyes of the Betrayer. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Black Tiger, Players Club, Warm Ones, Greedy Loves. 773-489-0011.

O'MALLEY'S 11957 S. Pulaski, Alsip: Tuesdays, 9 PM, Stellar Road. 708-293-1837.

115 BOURBON STREET 3359 W. 115th, Merrionette Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 7/23, Catfight. Sat 7/24, Finneus, Eric & Coax. Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Maggie Speaks. Thu 7/29, Elevation (U2 tribute). Fri 7/30, Anxiety Society. Sat 7/31, Fabulous Janes. 708-388-8881.

PEGGY KINNANE'S 8 N. Vail, Arlington Heights: Irish pub and restaurant with popular and traditional music at 9 PM. Fri 7/23, Cirrus Falcon. Fri 7/30, Elevation (U2 tribute). 847-577-7733.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9 PM. Fri 7/23, Red Wigglers, Lady Jane. Sat 7/24, Mary. Sun 7/25, JC3. Mon 7/26 through Wed 7/28, Souled American (7/27 with Diane Izzo). Thu 7/29, Those Damn Kids. Fri 7/30, Nurv. Sat 7/31, T Bag. Sun 8/1, Trading Punches With Grandma. 773-486-9862.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Fridays, 10 PM, live karaoke. 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. Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Wishbone Ash. Wed 7/28, Denny Diamond & Stevie Sapphire (Neil Diamond tribute). Sat 7/31, Tumbleweed. 815-477-0340.

REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario: Fridays, 8 PM, Gene Garcia; 11:45 PM, Dave Johnson. Saturdays, 8 PM, Dave Johnson; midnight, John Zamojcin. Sundays, 8:30 PM, John Zamojcin. Mondays, 8 PM, Tom & Lisa; 11:45 PM, Peter Miletic. Tuesdays, 8 PM, John Zamojcin; 11:45 PM, Phil Baron & Ruby Harris. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; 11:45 PM, Peter Miletic. Thursdays, 8 PM, Tom & Lisa; 11:45 PM, Kenny Phelps. 312-640-1000.

RHYTHM 1108 W. Randolph: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM, and Wednesdays, 9 PM, drum circle (preceded by a beginner drum lesson an hour prior to start time). 312-492-6100.

RIVERS 30 S. Wacker: Fri 7/23, 4:45 PM, Brother John. 312-559-1515.

ROLLING LANES 10TH FRAME LOUNGE 6301 Joliet, Countryside: Music at 9 PM. Sat 7/31, Millions & others perform at a battle of the bands. 708-352-7262.

SANCTUARY CAFE Redeemer Church, 1006 Gillick, Park Ridge: Fri 7/23, 7:30 PM, Root Cellar (no cover). Fri 7/30, 7:30 PM, Balance. 847-823-3634.

SCHIZOCLUB GALLERY 2054 W. Chicago: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Emulsion; 10 PM, Yo-Yo Contingency. Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Sheryll Delarosa. Sun 7/25, 8 PM, Leroy Crawford. Tue 7/27, 8 PM, Bill McKay. Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Josef Levitus & David Shortino host a jam session. Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Anthony Whitaker; 9 PM, Shelley Miller. Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Black Moth Rainbow; 10 PM, Dreamend. Sat 7/31 and Sun 8/1, 9 PM, Kaif, Multivitamins, Schizowave, Mudaki Na Volge, Shurkin, Half Past Four, Mantra, Andrei Grin, Raised on Zenith, Big Foot & others perform at the Russian Rock Festival. 312-498-3547.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 7/23, 7 PM, Al Day Trio, Randy Lee; 10 PM, Webb Brothers, Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!, New Constitution. Sat 7/24, 7:30 PM, Bill Quateman; 10 PM, Duenow, the Billy Nayer Show (see Spot Check), Illinois First. Sun 7/25, 7 PM, Exo, Light FM, This Is Exploding (all-ages). Mon 7/26, 7 PM, Jon Langford performs and moderates at the forum "Globally Occupying the Attention of Chicago's Untapped Audience" on the subject of "America's Power: Wield or Yield." Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Ours, Dead Friends and Rockstars. Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Seven Day Run, Stylus, Buddy Nuisance. Fri 7/30, 7 PM, Ken Stringfellow, David Berkeley (18+); 9:30 PM, DJ Ken Stringfellow, DJ Mike Zelenko, DJ SkidMarks, DJ Poseur & DJ Mr. spin upstairs; 10 PM, Jesse Harris, Jules Shear, Paul Schneider. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Minders, Bon Mots, Plane. 773-525-2508.

7TH STREET SPACE 106 S. 7th, De Kalb: Music at 9 PM. Fri 7/30, Patrick Elkins, Jason Voss, Justin Shay. 815-787-3875.

SHARK CITY BILLIARDS & SPORTS BAR 2240 Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights: Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Mad Hornet After Hour, Bone Sugar. Sat 7/31, 9:30 PM, DownLo, Drop. 630-893-9346.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 21 E. Hubbard: Restaurant with music in the Blue Crab Lounge at 7:30 PM; no cover. Tue 7/27, Jack Straw. 312-527-2722.

602 NORTH 602 North, Glendale Heights: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Powerknobs, Cammi's NRG, Nine Spot. 630-790-6100.

SKYLARK 2149 S. Halsted: Sun 7/25, 9 PM, Sol Reys (no cover). 312-948-5275.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 10:30 PM. Tuesdays, 20 Over (no cover). Thursdays, DJ Aaron Chase. 847-991-2150.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Upstairs in the Cabaret Room: Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Danger Adventure, Darling, He Can Jog, Volcano. Sun 7/25, 9 PM, Liz Toussaint, Pearl Street Band. Wed 7/28, 9 PM, Gooey, Goner. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Pedal Steel Transmission, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, JG Everest. Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Growing, Zelienople, Instrumental Quarter, Mammal. 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499.

TASTE OF PERU 6545 N. Clark: Thursdays, 7:15 PM, Noel Rivera. 773-381-4540.

TRAXX 833 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield: Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Neil Rose Band. 847-236-0203.

TUTTO ORSI 324 S. Racine: Wednesdays, 7 PM, Ester Hana. 312-421-3636.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 10 PM. Thursdays, 8 PM, band demo showcase hosted by Jamie Duffy & Ray Baltic (bands may bring in recordings; no cover). 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays, 8 PM, Heather Horton. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Sundays, 10 PM, Heather Horton Band; 1 AM, Steve Kouba. Mondays, 10 PM, Jen Porter's Fabulous Trio. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, Lonie Walker. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Heather Horton; 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band with Jordan Taggart. Thursdays, 8 PM, Miga; 1:30 AM, Vince Willis. 312-266-7761.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 7/24, Hi Infidelity, Rebel Angels. Fri 7/30, Michael Heaton Band. Sat 7/31, Red Woody. 630-264-2739.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 7/23, Nurv. Fri 7/30, Best Kept Secret. 312-943-7815.

WEST GATE COFFEEHOUSE 924 W. Madison: Sun 8/1, 3 PM, Megan Cameron with Michael Riggins. 312-829-9378.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Fri 7/23, Miles of Empty. Sat 7/24, Middle 8, Swell, Medicine Hat. Tuesdays, Mr. Blotto. Wed 7/28, John Wasem. 773-929-1300.

Hip-Hop

Concerts

KANYE WEST, SLICK RICK perform at the Kool Mixx 2004 Battle finals, hosted by Rahzel. Sat 7/24, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

Hip-Hop

Clubs

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Tue 7/27, 9:30 PM, Quadraphonics. 312-362-9707.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Sat 7/24, 10 PM, 17th Floor. 312-337-3486.

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Will Wes & DJ Flash G. 773-525-2422.

MORSELAND 1218 W. Morse: Supper club and bar; no cover. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Organic Mind Unit, Modill, DJ Spontaneous. 773-764-8900.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Tuesdays, 11 PM, Alo, Fuego, I-Ron, Larry Millah host an open mike for MCs. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Rhyme Splitters freestyle competition. 773-489-0011.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Downstairs in the lounge: Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Tony Baines, KP & Artek, Urbanized Music. 773-278-6600.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Upstairs in the Cabaret Room: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Kool Mixx 2004 Battle semifinals. 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499.

XAVIER'S CLUB 4500 S. Western: Tuesdays, 8 PM, K-SO G hosts "Impact Night" spoken-word and slam showcase, with a hip-hop DJ between and after sets. 773-376-1992.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Wed 7/28, Lahad (spoken-word performance). 312-787-0400.

Dance

STEVE "SILK" HURLEY, DJ SKIP spin at Chicago SummerDance. Wed 7/28, 6:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

ALUMNI CLUB Rte. 31 south of Rte. 14, Crystal Lake: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM-1 AM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Too Much Funk. Saturdays, DJ Too Smooth. 815-356-6000.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: Fridays, DJ Mike G. Saturdays, DJ Too Smooth, DJ Too Much Funk. Thursdays, 6 PM, DJ OuttaControl; 9 PM, DJ Spin. 847-397-3100.

ARTFUL DODGER 1734 W. Wabansia: DJs spin music after 9:30 PM; no cover. Saturdays, DJ DuJuan. 773-227-6859.

BAR THIRTEEN 1944 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae and world music. 773-394-1313.

BERLIN 954 W. Belmont: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Greg Haus spins electro, progressive, hard house, and breakbeat. Saturdays, DJ Larissa & DJ Chester alternate. Sundays, DJ Chester spins alternative and pop (no cover). Mondays, DJ Pervy spins alternative and retro dance (no cover). Tuesdays, DJ Luis M. spins underground and tribal house. Wednesdays, 6 PM, DJ Jane hosts "Women Obsession" (with an open mike the first Wednesday of every month). Last Wednesday of every month, midnight, Ralphi Rosario & Izzy spin disco. Thursdays, Heather Doble. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ 33-1/3 spins hip-hop and house. Saturdays, DJ Stixx spins hip-hop and house. Mondays, DJ BJAK, John Simmons. Wednesdays, DJ Apocalypse, Chris Gin & Nate Manic spin techno, industrial, new wave, and house (no cover). Thursdays, Dirty MF & DJ Kenwood spin hip-hop, house, reggae, and old school. 312-243-1699.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Sundays, Tobias & Trancid spin electro and old school. 773-235-9100.

BUNGALOW LOUNGEBAR 1622 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 9 PM. Tue 7/27, 9 PM-2 AM, Frank Orrall. 773-244-0400.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: Wednesdays, 8 PM-4 AM, DJ Rockstar. 630-830-7200.

CANS BAR & CANTEEN 1640 N. Damen: Saturdays, 11 PM, Sundays and Tuesdays, 9 PM, and Fridays, 10:30 PM, Chris Gin. 773-227-2277.

CASTAWAYS 1603 N. Lake Shore Dr.: Sat 7/31, 8:30 PM, Andre Solaris, Nosmo, Avex Axiom. 773-281-1200.

CHERRY RED 2833 N. Sheffield: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Abell, DJ Bliss, Dino G. Thursdays, DJ Agent X & Adibwoy. 773-477-3661.

CHROMIUM 817 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJs spin hip-hop. Saturdays, Dino Latino & Tim Spinnin Schommer spin house, hip-hop, reggae, and old school in the main room; DJs spin salsa, merengue, house, and hip-hop in the Red Room. Sun 7/25, DJ Hot, DJ VDub & DJ Phantom spin at "Nelly's 2005 Pimp Juice Model Search & Afterparty." 312-666-8106.

COCKTAIL 3359 N. Halsted: DJs spin in the bar after 9 PM. Saturdays, Daniel Tsunami, DJeremy. 773-477-1420.

COOBAH 3423 N. Southport: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Saturdays and Wednesdays, DJ Ish. 773-528-2220.

CRISTAL LOUNGE Magnum's Steakhouse, 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ OuttaControl. 847-952-8555.

CROBAR 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays through Sundays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fri 7/23, Felix da Housecat, Chris Holmes & the Virgin Tears. Saturdays, Marc Ryan, Teri Bristol, Nathan Scott. Sun 7/25, Teri Bristol. Thu 7/29, 11 PM, Marc Ryan, Alex Peace, Andrew Vonn spin at "Trainwreck," a benefit for Hit the Decks where club owners battle on the turntables. Fri 7/30, Marc Ryan, DJ Speed, Dan Morrell, Victor R. (benefit for Rock for Kids). 312-266-1900.

DANNY'S 1951 W. Dickens: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Mon 7/26, Meiotic Soundsystem, Reverend Bob Sinewave, DJ Ray_Rod. 773-489-6457.

DARKROOM 2210 W. Chicago: No cover. Sat 7/24, 10 PM-3 AM, Red Lox & Slacky J. Sun 7/25, 5 PM-2 AM, Bear Who? & Sheik spin hip-hop, R&B, salsa, and merengue. Tuesdays, 10 PM-2 AM, Michael Lacey spins downtempo, dub, jazz, and ethnic. Wednesdays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJ I-Ron & DJ Alo spin hip-hop with weekly guests. Fri 7/30, 10 PM-3 AM, Jesse de la Pena & others spin at "1985." 773-276-1411.

DEJA VU 2624 N. Lincoln: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Ghost spins hip-hop, R&B, and house upstairs; Mike D spins on the main floor. Saturdays, DJ Ghost spins hip-hop, R&B, and house upstairs; DJ Hurricane spins on the main floor. Wednesdays, DJ Structure & Mach 1. Thursdays, Mike D. 773-871-0205.

DOOR 21 151 W. Ohio: Fridays, 10 PM-4 AM, DJs spin hip-hop, salsa, and reggae. 312-458-9079.

ESCAPE 310 Northwest Hwy., Fox River Grove: Music at 9:30 PM. Fridays and Wednesdays, Tommy Hanus spins. 847-516-0300.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM Fridays, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays, and 7 PM-4 AM Sundays through Thursdays. Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Bad Boys of Late Night perform "Comedy You Can Dance To," with Slim, Katfish, Spankie, Pat Mann. Sundays, DJ Theory. Mondays, Pat Mann. Tuesdays, DJ Slim Maybe. Thursdays, Ed Vantage spins in Club X; DJs spin salsa and merengue upstairs (with dance lessons at 9:30 PM). 312-266-1944.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Pascal & Jeff Moyer. Saturdays, Jeff Moyer. Sundays, DJ Sergio spins new wave and Britpop. Mondays, DJ Mohawk Sam & Joe P. spin punk. Tuesdays, DJ Fat Arnold & Joe P. spin music from the Fat Wreck and Epitaph labels. Wednesdays, DJ Andy. Thursdays, DJ Pascal spins industrial. 773-395-2700.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mount Prospect: Fridays, 9 PM, DJ Hurricane spins downstairs. Saturdays, 9 PM, 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, Dirty MF spins hip-hop. Saturdays, DJ 33-1/3, Full Moon Percussion Ensemble. Sundays, DJ SupaMan spins hip-hop, soul, reggae, and house. Wednesdays, Carnaval de Soul with Peven Everett, DJ Hugo H, 816. Thursdays, Vince Adams & Lil' Mikey spin hip-hop, house, reggae, R&B, and dancehall. 312-666-1695.

HYDRATE 3458 N. Halsted: Fridays, 5-10 PM, DJ Steve K. spins lounge, electro, and new jazz. Fri 7/23, 10:30 PM, Susan Morabito. Saturdays, 10:30 PM-5 AM, Ralphi Rosario. Sundays, 7 PM, Teri Yaki hosts karaoke. Sun 7/25, 11 PM, DJ FLX, DJ Monna. Mondays, 8 PM-4 AM, DJ Laura B. (no cover). Tuesdays, 10 PM-4 AM, DJ Jeremy (no cover). Wednesdays, 8 PM-4 AM, Chris Eterno (no cover). 773-975-9244.

INNJOY 2051 W. Division: Music from 9 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fri 7/23, DJ Tankboy, DJ Rudy. Thursdays, DJ Mass Transit. 773-394-2066.

LEG ROOM 7 W. Division: DJs spin 7 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Structure. Saturdays, DJ Hitman. Sundays and Thursdays, Mach 1. 312-337-2583.

LELIA JANE'S 1008 W. Armitage: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM (3 PM-3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Fri 7/23, Sunny D. spins old school, dub, and hip-hop. Sat 7/24, Lady D, Sunset Trip with DJs Mel Hammond & Dave Rabdel, Ayrun. Tue 7/27, Bjak & Brian G. Thu 7/29, Bjak & Silver present "Degrassi High." Sat 7/31, Sean Alvarez. 773-665-7885.

LENNOX LOUNGE 3032 N. Lincoln: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Thursdays, Droots, Rik Shaw & Soljah spin reggae. 773-281-9900.

LION HEAD PUB & THE APARTMENT 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin upstairs 10 PM-2 AM Wednesdays, 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Mach 1. Saturdays and Thursdays, DJ Structure. Wednesdays, Mach 1 & DJ Structure spin hip-hop and house (no cover). 773-348-5100.

THE LOFT 15 W. Division: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursdays, Ed Vantage. 312-337-4349.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Sat 7/24, 11 PM, DJ Hype, DJ SS, MC GQ, Freaky Flow, Danny the Wildchild, Poolside, Flipside, Glyde, Carbide (18+). Sat 7/31, 11 PM, DJ Scary Lady Sarah (18+). 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212.

MINX 111 W. Hubbard: Music after 10 PM. Saturdays, DJ Shaun T. spins hip-hop, R&B, house, and funk. 312-828-9000.

MODA 25 W. Hubbard: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Fri 7/23, Andre Solaris, Dmitry Lovebone, Keith Lotta, Boris the Blade, VDK. 312-670-2200.

MORETTI'S RISTORANTE 1645 W. Jackson: Saturdays, 10 PM, DJ Frankie J. spins salsa and merengue. 312-427-2572.

NEO 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Razer X & Ryan Bedlam spin electroclash and industrial. Saturdays, DJ $#&@!. Sundays and Wednesdays, Jeff Moyer spins electronic dance. Mondays, DJ Eleven spins glam, thrash, heavy rock, and metal. Tuesdays, Dave Roberts & Kristine spin shoegazer and Britpop, Depeche Mode night. Thursdays, Dave Roberts spins new wave. 773-528-2622.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, 1:30 AM, Shon Dervis. Saturdays, 1:30 AM, DJ Trew, DJ Verb, Panacea. Thursdays, midnight, DJ Form. 773-489-0011.

LE PASSAGE 937 N. Rush: Fridays, 10 PM-4 AM, Jernell Geronimo, Vic Trevino. Saturdays, 10 PM-5 AM, Vic Trevino, Frankie Rodriguez. Wednesdays, 7 PM-4 AM, Nandi Maxx, Vic Trevino. Thursdays, 9 PM-4 AM, DJ Frank Orrall, Jernell Geronimo, Vic Trevino. 312-255-0022.

RANCHO LUNA 2554 W. Diversey: Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM, DJ Caliente spins tropical music, with live bands (no cover). Mondays, 6 PM-2 AM, DJ Caliente & Luis Rivera spin salsa (no cover). 773-772-9333.

RODAN 1530 N. Milwaukee: No cover. Last Tuesday of every month, 10 PM, DJ Anon, DJ Swizzle, DJ Amputee. Last Wednesday of every month, 10 PM, DJ Madrid. 773-276-7036.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 7/23, JT Donaldson, Lance de Sardi. Sat 7/24, Miles Maeda, Dan Leone. Sundays, DJ Madd Crates spins underground hip-hop, breaks, reggae, and old-school jams. Tuesdays, DJ Chilliwinters spins EBM, industrial, noise, and synth pop. Wednesdays, DJ Pogo spins indie, Britpop, new wave, and alternative. Thu 7/29, Colette, DJ Heather, Lady D, Diz, Sista Stroke, DJ Monna, DJ Devo (benefit for Elisa Ridley). Fri 7/30, DJ Pierre, Adonis, Mike Dearborn, Tim Baker spin acid house. Sat 7/31, Random Factor, Heather Doble. 773-549-4140.

SONOTHEQUE 1444 W. Chicago: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Sundays through Fridays, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fri 7/23, Andrew Jervis vs. Joe Bryl. Saturdays and Thursdays, Anthony Nicholson. Sundays, DJ Rik Shaw spins reggae, dub, and dancehall. Last Monday of every month, DJ Nice Station Zebra, DJ Yves St. LeRoc. Tue 7/27, Joel Kriske, Ken Waagner, DJ Ray_Rod, DJ Courtland hosts guest DJs for the "Supreme Court Hearings." Wednesdays, Joe Bryl & 4BZ, DJ6X. Thu 7/29, Lele Sacchi. Sat 7/31, 7 PM, Anna Chou, Mike Kim, Chien Yuan spin drum 'n' bass at "Rock the Boat, Rock the Vote." 312-226-7600.

SOUND-BAR 226 W. Ontario: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fri 7/23, Paul Van Dyk, Jerry Bonham, John Curley. Saturdays, John Curley, Chris Tomasone, Jernell Geronimo, Shaka 23, Jay Prasad. Sun 7/25, David Knapp. Fri 7/30, James Zabiela. 312-787-4480.

SPIN 800 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Peter Mavrik & VJ Terp. Sundays, VJ Steven Farias (no cover). Mondays, VJ Tyrone (no cover). Tuesdays, VJ Tech-Nick (no cover). Wednesdays, DJ Jungle Jorge & VJ Terp. 773-327-7711.

SPOT6 3343 N. Clark: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays; no cover. Sat 7/24, Slak, M50, John Simmons, Burst, DJ Droopy, Nanotech, Pipeline, MF, Vijay, Renan, 40 Oz. Sat 7/31, General Malice, DJ Tense, Chamberweed, Regge, Noleian. 773-388-0185.

STREETSIDE CAFE 3201 W. Armitage: Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM, David Chavez, Caswell James, Paul Harris (no cover). 773-252-9700.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Downstairs in the lounge: Sundays, 9 PM-2 AM, Caswell James. Thu 7/29, Hitman, D.T.O., P.K., Infennessy, V.I.R.U., D Double. 773-278-6600.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM (until 3 AM Saturdays). Saturdays, Refried Beats with DJs Mass Transit, J-Biz & Spinello. Sundays, DJ Rich Rock. Mondays, DJ Dan Ryan. Tuesdays, DJ Rudy & DJ Tankboy spin alternative rock, punk, and new wave. 773-227-4906.

TRACE 3714 N. Clark: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Sundays, Doug Brandt spins house. 773-477-3400.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fridays, Frankie J, Marco Hernandez, Carlos Rodriguez, DJ Green Eyes, DJ Juan Predator spin salsa and merengue. Saturdays, Martin "Boogieman" Luna, DJ Goose, Jay Funk. 312-491-9729.

UPTOWN LOUNGE 1136 W. Lawrence: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM; no cover. Saturdays, Sean Patrick spins funk, soul, disco, hip-hop, and acid jazz. Wednesdays, Trew & Verb spin funk, soul, disco, hip-hop, and old school. Thursdays, DJ Spin. 773-878-1136.

VERMILION 10 W. Hubbard: Saturdays, 10 PM-2 AM, Sergio Pires spins Latin American and Indian dance music (no cover). 312-527-4060.

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 7/23, Tone Loc, C&C Music Factory, DJ Laura B. Saturdays, Julian "Jumpin'" Perez, James Holden, Jay Tripwire, Mazi. Sun 7/25, 10 PM, Ingrid (French/English Euro dance music). Fri 7/30, DJs spin hip-hop and dance music at "Operation Getdown." Sat 7/31, Oliver Ho, Blake Baxter, Josh Werner. 312-266-2114.

VOODOO 601 Mall, Schaumburg: DJs spin after 7 PM Tuesdays through Fridays, after 9 PM Saturdays. Saturdays, Julian "Jumpin'" Perez, Double Impact, Paul Curtis. 847-969-1602.

WHITE STAR LOUNGE Magnum's Steakhouse, 225 W. Ontario: Fridays, 10 PM-4 AM, Dan Morrell, DJ Speed. Saturdays, 10 PM-5 AM, DJ Structure, John Borto & DJ Mach 1 spin progressive house, trance, hip-hop, and R&B. 312-337-8080.

XIPPO 3759 N. Damen: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM nightly (until 3 AM Saturdays). Fridays, DJ Storm. Saturdays, DJ Phatman. Mondays, DNS & Monna spin jazz and house. Tuesdays, DJ Kenny spins house. Wednesdays, Mike Pierce & St. Marc spin underground dance. 773-529-9135.

ZELLA 1983 N. Clybourn: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, DJ Karlito. 773-549-2910.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays (until 5 AM Saturdays). Fri 7/23, Yousef, Sativa, Jay Funk, Jon Huang. Sat 7/24, Psycho Bitch & Josh Werner, Andre Harris, DJ PNS, Boy Wonder, Chris Mix. Mondays, Derrick Carter, Diz, Hiroki. Fri 7/30, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Sativa, Jay Funk, Jon Huang. Sat 7/31, Psycho Bitch & Pulz-8. 312-787-0400.

ZERO GRAVITY 22 W 613 75th, Naperville: DJs spin 8 PM-4 AM Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays, D Double J, Triple X, Brett Lee, DJ Night, DJ Angel, Hollywood Bob. Saturdays, Billy the Kid, DJ Markski, Brett Lee, Hollywood Bob, DJ Angel, D Double J, Phanta C, DJ Night. 630-985-1111.

Folk & Country

Concerts

BANJO BUDDIES DIXIELAND BAND Free concert. Thu 7/29, noon, Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp, Aurora. 630-844-4396.

INTEGRATED COOKBOOK Free concert. Fri 7/23, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

TOM & CHRIS KASTLE Free concert. Sun 7/25, 8 PM, Ravenswood Manor Park, 4626 N. Manor. 312-742-7529.

TOBY KEITH, TERRI CLARK, SCOTTY EMERICK Sat 7/31, 7:30 PM, Tweeter Center, I-80 & Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212.

MONEY CREEK BOYS perform string-band music for square and contra dancing, with caller Bill Sudkamp. Mon 7/26, 8 PM, Park View Lutheran Church, 3919 N. Monticello. 773-777-7822 or 847-329-9173.

PINE VALLEY COSMONAUTS perform at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM). Sat 7/31, 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

SUNNYSIDE UP Free concert. Tue 7/27, 6:30 PM, Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside. 312-742-7511.

WINTER LIGHT Free concert. Sun 7/25, 7 PM, Ravenswood Manor Park, 4626 N. Manor. 312-742-7529.

Folk & Country

Clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Sundays, 8 PM, Irish session with Kieran O'Hare & John Daley (in the pub). Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Sons of the Never Wrong, Dreamsicles. Sat 7/31, 9:30 PM, Allison Moorer, Jim White, Swamp Sugar. Sun 8/1, 8 PM, Gaelic Storm, Fonnmohr. 773-478-4408 or 866-777-8932.

BAD DOG TAVERN 4535 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Tue 7/27, Tangleweed. 773-334-4040.

BAR VERTIGO 853 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Thursdays, Twang Night hosted by Chuck Pinney, with music by Chuck's Wagon. 773-395-3002.

BILL'S BLUES 1029 Davis, Evanston: Music at 9 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays. Sun 7/25, Jamie O'Reilly. 847-424-9800.

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

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Mon 7/26, 7:30 PM, Half Day Bluegrass Band. Sat 7/31, 8:30 PM, Merideth, Carlton & Kramer. 847-256-8870.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM, DJ Chris B spins country (with dance lessons with Julie, Don & Larry on Fridays). Sundays, 6-11 PM, Big John. 630-830-7200.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Fallen Angels. 773-384-2547.

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

CHIEF O'NEILL'S PUB 3471 N. Elston: No cover. Sun 7/25, 4-7 PM, traditional Irish session with Marty Fahey & Brendan McKinney. Tue 7/27, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session with Brendan Bulger, Billy Knox, Brendan McKinney. 773-473-5263.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 9 PM; no cover. Wed 7/28, Nate Van Allen (Willie Nelson tribute). 773-472-2771.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Sundays, 3:30 PM, and Fridays, 5:30 PM, Hoyle Brothers. 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM; no cover. Fri 7/23, Dalriada. Sat 7/24, Tony Leonard. Fri 7/30, Johnny Gleason & Ted Healy. Sat 7/31, Katie Sullivan Band. 773-282-7035.

FIREHOUSE GRILL 750 Chicago, Evanston: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Bluegrass Advocates. 847-733-1911.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 7/30, 10 PM, BR549. 708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212.

HUNGRY BRAIN 2319 W. Belmont: Wed 7/28, 9 PM, Larry O. Dean, Gina Gunderman, Jeremy Keen, Mark Meisinger perform at "Folk You!" 773-935-2118.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Fri 7/23, 11 PM, Well Hungarians. Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Mustang Sally. 312-337-3486.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Mondays, 6 PM, Irish session with John Daly (no cover). Mon 7/26, 9:30 PM, Errigal (no cover). Wed 7/28, 8:30 PM, Hillbilly Winos, Motion to Fix (no cover). Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Hoyle Brothers, Gin Palace Jesters. 773-404-9494.

METROPOLIS COFFEE COMPANY 1039 W. Granville: Sundays, 6 PM, Tangleweed. 773-764-0400.

MOJOE'S CAFE LOUNGE 2256 W. Roscoe: Tue 7/27, 7:30 PM, John Hasbrouck. 773-388-1236.

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: No cover. Sun 7/25, 4 PM, Clodagh & Sean Ryan lead a children's Irish session. Thursdays, 8 PM, Irish session hosted by Theresa Shine & John Shine. Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Old Plank All-Stars. Sat 7/31, 9:30 PM, Dooleys. 708-366-8073.

RED LINE TAP 7006 N. Glenwood: Tue 7/27, 8:30 PM, Back Porch Ramblers (no cover). 773-274-3239.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Fri 7/23, 8:15 PM, Grasslands Quintette. Fri 7/30, 8:15 PM, Kristin Lems. 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Tue 7/27, 8 PM, Four Shillings Short (see Spot Check), Mark Ambrose. 773-929-3680.

Blues, Gospel, R&B

Concerts

BIG JAMES & THE CHICAGO PLAYBOYS Free concert. Tue 7/27, 6:30 PM, Legion Park, between Peterson & Foster at the Chicago River. 312-742-7516.

HALF & HALF Free concert. Sat 7/24, 3 PM, Paschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt. 312-742-7865.

ROSA'S LOUNGE BLUES CRUISE with Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band featuring Nellie Travis. Sat 7/31, 12:30 AM, aboard Spirit of Chicago, departing from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 773-342-0452 or www.rosaslounge.com.

Blues, Gospel, R&B

Clubs

ABEL'S 125 Center, Grayslake: Sat 7/31, 7:30 PM, King Robinson & the Housewreckers with Bruce Williams. 847-548-2003.

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. Fri 7/23, Fabulous Fish Heads. Sat 7/24, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers. Tue 7/27, Liz Mandville Greeson hosts the jam. Thu 7/29, Chainsaw Dupont. Fri 7/30, Frank Bang. Sat 7/31, Joanna Connor. 847-424-9800.

B.J. MCMAHON'S 5432 W. 95th, Oak Lawn: Wed 7/28, 8:30 PM, Nuwki Nu (see Critic's Choice). 708-422-3111.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 7/23 and Sat 7/24, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater Blues Band. Mondays, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 7/27, Charlie Love Band with Nellie Travis, John Primer Band with Big Time Sarah. Thursdays, Fri 7/30, and Sat 7/31, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 7/23, Sat 7/24, Sundays, and Thursdays, Shirley Johnson Band. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Fri 7/30 and Sat 7/31, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. 312-661-0100.

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 7/23 and Sat 7/24, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. Sun 7/25, Mike Wheeler. Mon 7/26, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 7/27, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers. Wed 7/28, Pistol Pete. Thu 7/29, Linsey Alexander. Fri 7/30, Joanna Connor. Sat 7/31, Jimmy Johnson. 773-528-1012.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM; free acoustic shows at 5:30 PM Fridays and 6 PM Saturdays. Fri 7/23, 5:30 PM, Scott Nev; 9 PM, Larry McCray, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Sat 7/24, 6 PM, Harmonica Hinds; 9:30 PM, Carlos Johnson, Stan Skibby & the Love Souldiers. Sun 7/25, John Primer. Mon 7/26, Brother John hosts the jam. Tue 7/27, Doug McDonald. Wed 7/28, Linsey Alexander. Thu 7/29, Lurrie Bell. Fri 7/30, 5:30 PM, Diamond Jim Greene; 9 PM, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, Byther Smith. Sat 7/31, 6 PM, Fruteland Jackson; 9:30 PM, Long John Hunter, Devil in a Woodpile. Sun 8/1, Vino Louden. 312-427-0333.

CHARLESTON 2076 N. Hoyne: Music at 10 PM. Fri 7/30, Eric Noden. 773-489-4757.

CHIAVA BARLOUNGE 1575 Ellinwood, Des Plaines: Fri 7/23, 7 PM, Pat Smillie Band. 847-768-3000.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. First, Saint Charles: Music at 10 PM. Sat 7/24, Groove Hogs. Fri 7/30, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets with Sam Myers. 630-513-0074.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Sun 7/25, 5 PM, "Stop by the Church: A Gospel Cabaret" with KT McCammond, Daryl Nitz, Jimmy Odom, Carla Parker. Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. 773-278-1830.

DELL RHEA'S CHICKEN BASKET 645 Joliet, Willowbrook: Music at 8 PM. Fridays, Motor City Josh. 630-325-0780.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Music after 9:30 PM. Tuesdays, open mike with Eric Lauren. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by the Innocents. Thursdays, open jam with Madman Blues Band. 773-685-8083.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Roy Bookbinder (in the SideBar). 708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212.

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

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Rhythm Rockets (preceded by swing dance lessons at 7:30). Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Skip Towne & the Greyhounds. 630-416-4898.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 7/23, 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 (no cover), 9:30 PM Saturdays. Sat 7/24, Slam Allen Band. Tue 7/27, Pistol Pete. Thu 7/29, Mike Wheeler hosts the blues jam. Sat 7/31, Frank Bang's Secret Stash. 708-484-3610.

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

HOUSE OF BLUES BACK PORCH STAGE 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 7/23, Big Al & the Heavyweights. Sat 7/24 and Sun 7/25, Blue Mirror Band. Mondays, Joanna Connor. Tue 7/27, No Mercy Band. Thu 7/29, Chicago Red Hots. Fri 7/30, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Sat 7/31, Chicago Playboys. 312-923-2000.

JERRY'S 4838 W. 183rd, Country Club Hills: Sundays, 7-11 PM, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 708-647-6519.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Erwin Helfer & Skinny Williams. 773-348-7592.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM; Detroit Junior plays piano at 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fri 7/23 and Sat 7/24, John Lee Hooker Jr. Sundays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Linsey Alexander. Mondays, J.W. Williams & the Chi-Town Hustlers, Sam Goode. Tuesdays, Les Getrex, Joanna Connor, Quintus McCormick. Wednesdays, Andre Taylor & the Blues Alley Cats, Jimmy Burns. Thursdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Phil Guy. Fri 7/30 and Sat 7/31, Byther Smith. 773-477-4646.

MR. BILL'S 1246 W. 127th, Calumet Park: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Howard Scott & the World Band. 708-388-9760.

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: No cover. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Ted Parrish Trio. 708-366-8073.

NAVY PIER BEER GARDEN 600 E. Grand: Fri 7/23, 3:30 PM, Pete Special Band. Wed 7/28, 11 AM, Molasses. Thu 7/29, 3:30 PM, Keith Scott Band. Fri 7/30, 3:30 PM, Rhythm City. 312-595-7437.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM. Sat 7/24, Big Sweaty Men. Sat 7/31, Lurrie Bell. 773-252-1155.

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC 4544 N. Lincoln: Wed 7/28, 8:30 PM, Big James & the Chicago Playboys perform as part of the "AfroFolk Live" series (no cover). 773-728-6000.

OTTO'S BAR & GRILL 433 Crescent, Lombard: Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Chainsaw Dupont. 630-495-2222.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fri 7/30, Keith Scott Trio, Mississippi Heat. 847-328-0399.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 412 N. Milwaukee, Wheeling: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays; no cover. Sat 7/24, Dave Specter Band. Thu 7/29, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames. Fri 7/30, Keith Scott Trio. Sat 7/31, Mississippi Heat. 847-243-3700.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay Rd., Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 7/24, Mojo Kings with Little Al Thomas. Wed 7/28, Barrelhouse Chuck Duo. 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. Sat 7/24, Howard Scott & the World Band. 815-477-0340.

REDFISH 400 N. State: Music in the Voodoo Lounge at 9:30 PM. Fri 7/23, Dave Weld. Sat 7/24, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. Fri 7/30 and Sat 7/31, Howard Scott & the World Band. 312-467-1600.

RESERVATION BLUES 1566 N. Milwaukee: Mondays, 9:30 PM, Carlos Johnson & friends. 773-645-5200.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Fri 7/23, 9:30 PM, Toni Lynn Washington. Sat 7/24, 10 PM, Travis Haddix. Tuesdays, 10 PM, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Eddie Taylor Jr. with Ariyo & Tony Manguillo. Fri 7/30, 9:30 PM, and Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Willie Davis & the All-Star Band with Brian Lupo. Sat 7/31, 12:30 AM, Rosa's Lounge Blues Cruise with Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band featuring Nellie Travis, aboard Spirit of Chicago, departing from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 773-342-0452.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 21 E. Hubbard: Restaurant with music in the Blue Crab Lounge at 7:30 PM; no cover. Thu 7/29, Jon McDonald. 312-527-2722.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 10:30 PM. Fri 7/23, Quintus McCormick. Sat 7/24, Bumblebee Bob. Fri 7/30, Vance Kelly. Sat 7/31, Jimmy Burns. 847-991-2150.

TIME-OUT LOUNGE 8216 S. Vincennes: Wednesdays, 7 PM, Eric Davis & His New School Blues Band. 773-224-8430.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 7/23, Acoustic Hangover, Howard & the White Boys. 630-264-2739.

Jazz

Concerts

DAVID BOYKIN, KARL E.H. SEIGFRIED, MIKE REED, NICOLE MITCHELL Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Spareroom, 2416 W. North. www.spareroomchicago.org.

MAGGIE BROWN & SENEBELLA perform with Robert Irving II; an exhibit by Dayo Laoye will be on display. Sun 8/1, 7:30 PM, Steele Life Art Gallery, 4655 S. King (2nd floor). 773-536-6555.

CHICAGO GRANDSTAND BIG BAND performs at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM). Fri 7/23, 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

ELAINE DAME DUO Free concert. Fri 7/30, 12:10 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-4570.

DETOUR Thu 7/29, 5-10 PM, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-939-2438.

HORNER PARK JAZZ BAND Free concert. Fri 7/30, 6:30 PM, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. 773-478-2889.

HOT JAZZ, 6 COOL NIGHTS with Janice Borla, Madeline Eatman, and Judy Niemack. Fri 7/23, Sat 7/24, and Mon 7/26 through Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Heininger Auditorium, Larrance Academic Center, North Central College, 309 E. School, Naperville. 630-416-3911.

DAVE KOZ Fri 7/23 and Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Skyline Stage, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 312-595-7437 or 312-559-1212.

NICOLE MITCHELL TRIO Free concert. Tue 7/27, 5:30 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-280-2660.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE JAZZ COMBOS Free admission. Thu 7/29, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

JOHN NIEMAC ALL-STARS Free concert. Thu 7/29, 6:30 PM, Gill Park, 825 W. Sheridan. 312-742-7802.

VICTOR PARRA'S MAMBO EXPRESS Free concert. Sat 7/31, 6:30 PM, Avondale Park, 3516 W. School. 312-742-7581.

BILL PORTER ORCHESTRA Free concert. Thu 7/29, 2 PM, Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside. 312-742-7511.

SPYRO GYRA Thu 7/29, 6:30 PM, Park Grill, Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan. 312-521-7275.

TRITONE ENSEMBLE Sun 7/25, 5 PM, Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood. 773-702-0200.

JIM WALKER & FREE FLIGHT Preceded by a preconcert talk by Jim Walker at 7 PM. Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Kirk & Pine, Batavia. 630-840-2787.

LIBBY YORK Free concert. Fri 7/23, 12:10 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-4570.

Jazz

Clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 7/23, noon, Franz Jackson Quartet with Kim Cusack. Fridays, 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet; 9 PM, Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble. Saturdays, 6 PM, and Sundays, 7 PM, Martin Bany River North Quartet. Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Curtis Robinson Quartet. 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. Tuesdays, 5 PM, Bobby Lewis/Jim Ryan Quintet; 9 PM, Men of Note. Wednesdays, noon, Rich Moore & Aaron Krueger; 5 PM, John Brumbach Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson with Peter Roothaan, Chris Foreman, Greg Rockingham. Thursdays, noon, Bernard Alcorn; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All-Stars; 9 PM, Mike Smith Quintet. Fri 7/30, noon, Franz Jackson. Sat 7/31, 9:30 PM, Eric Schneider. 312-642-6805.

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM. Sun 8/1, Cathy Davis. 312-751-2433.

BANDERA 535 N. Michigan: Restaurant. Fridays, 7 PM, and Wednesdays, 6:30 PM, Bob Dogan, Joe Adamik & Mark Beringer. 312-644-3524.

BILL'S BLUES 1029 Davis, Evanston: Music at 9 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 7 PM Sundays. Wed 7/28, Steven Hashimoto & Pat Fleming host a jazz jam. 847-424-9800.

BISTRO MARGOT 1437 N. Wells: Restaurant; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Heather Moran. 312-587-3660.

BURGUNDY INN 2706 N. Ashland: Sundays, 5-9 PM, Albert G./Paul Basa. 773-327-0303.

C.J. ARTHUR'S 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette: Fri 7/30, 8:30 PM, Matt Pinizotto Trio. 847-256-8870.

CAFFE DE LUCA 1721 N. Damen: Thursdays, 8 PM, Sam Macy & Dan Effland. 773-342-6000.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Lloyd Wilson Trio. Sat 7/31, 9:30 PM, Deep Chicago Rhythm Owls. 773-384-2547.

CANDLESTICK MAKER 4432 N. Kedzie: Music at 9 PM; all-ages. Fri 7/23, Mazen Kerbaj (see Critic's Choice) with Jim Baker & Fred Lonberg-Holm. Sat 7/24, Mazen Kerbaj (see Critic's Choice) with Guillermo Gregorio & Michael Zerang. Sat 7/31, Nick Fryer Quartet. 773-463-0158.

CARLUCCI'S 250 Marriott, Lincolnshire: Fri 7/23 and Fri 7/30, 7 PM, Elaine Dame Duo (no cover). 847-478-0990.

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Sundays, 5 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. 847-647-8282.

CHARLEMAGNE LOUNGE Hotel Baker, 100 Main, Saint Charles: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 7/23, Mike Frost Trio. Sat 7/24, Grasslands Light. Sat 7/31, Barry Winograd Duo. 630-584-2100.

CHARLESTON 2076 N. Hoyne: Music at 10 PM. Fri 7/23, Jazz Conspiracy. 773-489-4757.

CHICAGO BEACH CAFE Theater on the Lake, Fullerton & Lake Shore Dr.: Sundays, 1 PM, Tony Morrison Quartet. 773-404-3600.

CHICAGO PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1370 Bank, Schaumburg: Music in the lounge after 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays, 6:30 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays; no cover. Fri 7/23 and Thu 7/29, Bob Davis Trio. Sat 7/24 and Sat 7/31, Dave Simone Trio. Tue 7/27, Dave Allen. Wed 7/28, Dan Myers. Fri 7/30, Greg Vasquez Trio. 847-969-9900.

COQ D'OR Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Piano bar and restaurant; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM, Vince Willis; 9:30 PM, Craig Lanigan & Arlene Bardelle. Saturdays, 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, Sami Scot. Sundays, 8:30 PM, Colleen McNabb & Tom Muellner. Mondays, 7 PM, Bob Moreen; 9:30 PM, Sami Scot. Tuesdays, 7 PM, Bob Moreen; 9:30 PM, Colleen McNabb, Tom Muellner, and Bill Klewitz. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 PM, Elizabeth Doyle; 9:30 PM, Craig Lanigan & Arlene Bardelle. 312-932-4623.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. 773-278-1830.

LA DONNA 5146 N. Clark: Restaurant. Tuesdays, 7 PM, Joanna Ashley & John Beard. 773-561-9400.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Tue 7/27, 10:30 PM, John Paris Quartet hosts a jazz jam session (no cover). 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Tue 7/27, 9:30 PM, Flutexperience with Nicole Mitchell, Avreeayl Ra, Ari Brown. Wed 7/28, 9:30 PM, Kite. 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499.

ERIK & ME 1 W. Illinois, Saint Charles: Music on the deck at 7 PM; no cover. Fri 7/23, Scott Lies Trio. Sat 7/24, Paul Abella Group. Fri 7/30, Andy Meacham Trio. Sat 7/31, WesBound Trane. 630-377-9222.

FAT BEAN 2959 Artesian, Naperville: Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Concerned Citizens, Scantily Clad. 630-922-9821.

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

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 7/25, 6 PM, Chicago Grandstand Big Band. Sun 8/1, 6 PM, Prohibition Orchestra of Chicago. 708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212.

GALE STREET INN 4914 N. Milwaukee: Fri 7/23, 9 PM, John Mose Quartet. Fri 7/30, 9 PM, Eldee Young Trio. 773-725-1300.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Music at 7:30 PM. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Ken Shiokawa. 773-262-5767.

GENESIS NIGHTCLUB 4838 W. 183rd, Country Club Hills: Music at 7:30 PM; no cover. Fourth Wednesday of every month, O.N.E. Band with Maggie Brown. 708-647-0509.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Sat 7/24, 9:30 and 11:30 PM, Nicholas Barron's Hyperactive. Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, Jose Valdes Trio (no cover); 9:30 PM, Edgar Marroquin, Luis Rivera & Carlos Latalladi spin mambo, salsa, cha-cha, bachata, and merengue. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli. 773-395-0066.

GREEN DOOR TAVERN 678 N. Orleans: Thursdays, 9 PM, Jimijon Jazz Experience (no cover). 312-664-5496.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fridays, 5-8 PM, Ben Rudolph (no cover). Fri 7/23, 9 PM, John McLean Quintet. Fridays, 1:30-4 AM, Green Mill Quartet (no cover). Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Jim Gailloreto's Split Decision. Saturdays, midnight-5 AM, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 7/25, 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Trio (Cole Porter tribute). Mon 7/26, 9 PM, Patricia Barber Quartet. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Deep Blue Organ Trio. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. Fri 7/30, 9 PM, and Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Greg Osby Four. Sun 8/1, 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Trio. 773-878-5552.

HAPPY VILLAGE 1059 N. Wolcott: Bar with beer garden. Mondays, 9 PM, Louis Stockwell Organ Quartet (no cover). 773-486-1512.

HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Mon 7/26, 9:30 PM, Second Class Citizens. Thursdays, 9:45 PM, Kelly Hogan & the Wooden Leg. 773-227-4433.

HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL 505 N. Michigan: Music in the salon and bar; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Thursdays, 8 PM, Judy Roberts. 312-944-4100.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sat 7/24, 10:30 PM, Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban Ensemble. Mondays, 8:30 PM, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. 312-362-9707.

HOUSTON'S 616 N. Rush: Restaurant with music after 5:30 PM. Tuesdays, Bob Dogan, Joe Adamik & Paul Martin. 312-649-1121.

HUNGRY BRAIN 2319 W. Belmont: Sun 7/25, 9:30 PM, Unstable Ensemble, Aram Shelton Group (no cover). Sun 8/1, 9:30 PM, David Boykin Expanse (no cover). 773-935-2118.

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 7/23 through Sun 7/25, Eric Reed Trio. Tue 7/27 through Sun 8/1, Junior Mance Trio. 312-670-2473.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant with music after 6 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 5 PM Mondays through Thursdays, and 4 PM Sundays. Wednesdays, John Kattke Trio. 312-595-5299.

JULIUS MEINL COFFEEHOUSE 3601 N. Southport: Music at 8 PM. Sat 7/24, Musicaverde. Fri 7/30, Damian Espinosa Duo. 773-868-1857.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Fridays, 6:30 PM, Kimberly Gordon (no cover). Fri 7/23, 10 PM, Carl Leukaufe Quartet. Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Ken Karlson with the Peter Polzak Trio; 10 PM, Ken Karlson Quartet. Sundays, 8:30 PM, Spider Saloff & the Uptown String Trio. Mon 7/26, 9 PM, Linda Tate & Bradley Williams, Joanie Pallatto & Sparrow. Tue 7/27, 9 PM, Erwin Helfer & Skinny Williams. Thursdays, 9 PM, John Brumbach Quartet (no cover). Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Zach Brock & the Coffee Achievers. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. 773-348-7592.

LELIA JANE'S 1008 W. Armitage: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM (3 PM-3 AM Saturdays); no cover. Fri 7/30 and Wednesdays, Fat Boy Clark. 773-665-7885.

MICHAEL'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent, Glen Ellyn: Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Elaine Dame Trio (no cover). Wed 7/28, 7 PM, Ron Smith Duo (no cover). 630-446-4001.

MINX 111 W. Hubbard: Fridays, 6 PM, Around 3. 312-828-9000.

MORSELAND 1218 W. Morse: Supper club and bar; no cover. Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Goran Ivanovic Group. Sun 7/25, 7 PM, D. Bayne Septet. 773-764-8900.

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

O'BRIEN'S 1528 N. Wells: Thursdays, 7 PM, Rob Zettl Trio. 312-787-3131.

100 SOUTH CHOP HOUSE & GRILL 100 S. York, Elmhurst: No cover. Tuesdays, 7 PM, Peter Oprisko Duo. 630-782-9091.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fri 7/23, Nicholas Barron's Hyperactive. Sat 7/24, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. Mondays, Mike Kocour Trio. Tuesdays, Ron Perrillo Trio. Wednesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Sat 7/31, Curtis Robinson. 847-328-0399.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 412 N. Milwaukee, Wheeling: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays; no cover. Fri 7/23, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. Tue 7/27, Jim Barclay Trio. Wed 7/28, Birdwatch. 847-243-3700.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, Don Tisch Quintet. 773-486-9862.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 7/23 and Sat 7/24, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Sundays, Russell Alan Rowe Trio (no cover). Mondays, Alison Ruble & Jeremy Kahn (no cover). Tuesdays, Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger (no cover). Wednesdays, Steve Evans Quartet. Thursdays, Frank Russell Trio. Fri 7/30, Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan. Sat 7/31, Jazz Conspiracy. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay Rd., Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Tuesdays, Mark Madsen (no cover). 847-266-1313.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2401 N. Western: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Fourth Tuesday of every month, Suenos. 773-276-9730.

RAMADA INN 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr.: Fridays, 7 and 8:30 PM, Jazz Masters with Gina Gibson. 773-288-5800.

RENAISSANCE CHICAGO HOTEL 1 W. Wacker: Fridays and Saturdays, 5-7:30 PM, Denise LaGrassa. 312-372-7200.

SALA CAFE 4202 W. Irving Park: Mondays, 8 PM, Around 3. 312-804-1846.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 21 E. Hubbard: Restaurant with music in the Blue Crab Lounge at 7:30 PM; no cover. Sun 7/25, BMR4. 312-527-2722.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 415 N. Dearborn: Fridays, 5:30 PM, Tim Tobias Trio. Wednesdays, 5:30 PM, Tim Tobias Duo. 312-527-3510.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Matt Geraghty Project. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Sat 7/24 and Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Lorna Boston Band. Mondays, 1 AM, Mark Madsen. Tuesdays, 10:30 PM, Lorna Boston, Lorna Boston Band hosts the pro jam. Thursdays, 10:30 PM, Luiz Ewerling & A Cor do Brasil; 1:30 AM, Vince Willis. 312-266-7761.

VELVET LOUNGE 21281/2 S. Indiana: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 7/23, Mose Musa Hollins & Healing Force. Sat 7/24, Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake. Sundays, 6:30 PM, jam session with saxophonist Dennis Winslett & percussionist Kobie Watkins. Wednesdays, Greg Ward & friends. Thursdays, Vincent Davis Quartet. Fri 7/30, Greg Ward, Jason Ajemian & Isaiah Spencer. Sat 7/31, David Boykin Expanse. 312-791-9050.

VINCITORI 14 N. Cass, Westmont: Fri 7/30, 7 PM, John Mose Quartet. 630-663-9467.

ZZA ZZO 551 N. Ogden: Saturdays, 10 PM, Denise La Grassa Quartet with John Kregor, Alex Bednarke, and Dave Beegan. 312-733-9000.

Experimental

Concerts

DAVID BOYKIN performs improvised music while writers engage in stream-of-consciousness writing projected for viewing, with Duriel Harris, Nicole Mitchell, Thaione, Jennifer Karmin, Natasha Tarpley, and Heather Ireland. Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Spareroom, 2416 W. North. www.spareroomchicago.org.

HIERONYMUS ENSEMBLE performs two sets; Jennifer Karmin performs "Revolutionary Optimism." Sat 7/24, 9:30 PM, Spareroom, 2416 W. North. www.spareroomchicago.org.

Experimental

Clubs

CANDLESTICK MAKER 4432 N. Kedzie: Music at 9 PM; all-ages. Fri 7/23, Mazen Kerbaj (see Critic's Choice) with Jim Baker & Fred Lonberg-Holm. Sat 7/24, Mazen Kerbaj (see Critic's Choice) with Guillermo Gregorio & Michael Zerang. 773-463-0158.

International

Concerts

DJS SPIN tropical music in three studios, with dance performances by La Rueda de Casino Salsa Team and Orville Small. Sat 7/31, 9 PM, Latin Street Dancing Studios, 540 N. LaSalle (5th floor). 312-427-2572.

KEKELE performs at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM). See Critic's Choice. Thu 7/29, 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

MINIANKA AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE ENSEMBLE Free concert. Fri 7/30, 12:15 PM, Millennium Monument, Michigan & Randolph. 312-744-6630.

REBBESOUL Sun 8/1, 7:30 PM, Club Menorah, 2800 W. Sherwyn. 773-550-1543.

HECTOR SILVIERA Y SU ORQUESTA perform at Chicago SummerDance (preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM). Sat 7/24, 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison & Balbo. 312-742-4007.

SUR SUDHA MUSICAL GROUP Nepali music concert and benefit for construction of a senior residence facility in Nepal. Sat 7/31, 7 PM, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago. 312-953-7192 or 773-334-7101.

International

Clubs

ARKADASH CAFE 5721 N. Clark: Belly dancing show with Khazna at 10:30 PM and 12:30 AM Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Yagmour performs Turkish music (with a belly dancing show). Fri 7/23, 9 PM, Tony Murtishi performs Albanian music (with belly dancing by Nigrita). 773-506-2233.

BLACK FOREST 8840 N. Waukegan, Morton Grove: Sat 7/24, 6 PM, Die Lustigen Musikanten perform German music. 847-965-3113.

CHROMIUM 817 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM (until 3 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays, DJ Cojoe B spins reggae and dancehall. 312-666-8106.

CLEARWATER THEATER 96 W. Main, West Dundee: Thu 7/29, 7:30 PM, Yabba Griffith. 847-836-8820.

EXEDUS II 3477 N. Clark: Reggae nightly at 10 PM. Fri 7/23, Hydro. Sat 7/24, Yard Squad. Sun 7/25, Indika. Wed 7/28, Dub Dis. 773-348-3998.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Sat 7/24, 9 PM, Banda Rika. Thursdays, 8 PM, DJs spin salsa. 630-416-4898.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Kekele (see Critic's Choice). Fri 7/30, 10 PM, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Treologic. Sat 7/31, 10 PM, Sidestepper, Eternals, DJ Rik Shaw. 312-362-9707.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Wednesdays, 10 PM, Carlos Ortega Combo. 773-348-7592.

LALO'S 500 N. LaSalle: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Carlos Latalladi, DJ Kimani & El Papichulo spin salsa dura and tropical music (no cover). 312-427-2572.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Sundays, 11 AM-5 PM, Caribbean Castaways perform at the reggae brunch. 773-384-1040.

MORSELAND 1218 W. Morse: Supper club and bar; no cover. Tue 7/27, 10 PM, DJ Cojoe B spins reggae. 773-764-8900.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Sundays, midnight, Papa G spins reggae. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba (with dance lessons). 773-489-0011.

RHYTHM 1108 W. Randolph: Thu 7/29, 9 PM, Yves Francois et Rocambu Jazz, Chicago Djembe Project. 312-492-6100.

TASTE OF PERU 6545 N. Clark: Fridays, 7:15 PM, Trio Peru. 773-381-4540.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Sundays, 8 PM, Roots Revival with Joe Thomas & Elliot Taggart. 312-266-7761.

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. Sun 7/25, 10 PM, Ingrid (French/English Euro dance music). 312-266-2114.

VOODOO 601 Mall, Schaumburg: DJs spin after 7 PM Tuesdays through Fridays, after 9 PM Saturdays. Tuesdays, DJ Charly & Jr. Lopez spin Latin rock, pop, and alternative. Tue 7/27, 9:30 PM, Planeta de Crystal. Thursdays, DJ El Papichulo spins salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata. 847-969-1602.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 7/23, Gizzae. Sat 7/24, Zeleke, Aswah Greggori. Sundays, Gizzae. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis (no cover). Wednesdays, Wicked Face & Shock Wave spin dancehall. Thu 7/29, Cee-Lo. Fri 7/30, Soulfyah. Sat 7/31, Flex Crew. 773-327-4273.

Classical

NINA ASSIMAKOPOULOS & WILLIAM NEWBROUGH flute & piano, in a free Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Briccialdi, Reinecke, Debussy, Schoenfeld). Wed 7/28, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

CAFFE DE LUCA 1721 N. Damen: Wed 7/28, 6:30-8:30 PM, guitarist Matt Faunce. 773-342-6000.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park: Fri 7/23, 8 PM, James Conlon, conductor, with baritone Sergey Murzaev, soprano Harolyn Blackwell, tenor Donald Kaasch, bass Rodney Gilfry & the Chicago Symphony Chorus (Shostakovich, Orff). See Critic's Choice. Sun 7/25, 7 PM, James Conlon, conductor, with violinist Miriam Fried, soprano Deborah Voigt, tenor Clifton Forbis & bass Eric Halfvarson (Bach, Wagner). Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Apollo Chorus Chicago, the Chicago Children's Choir & vocal soloists (Mahler, Symphony No. 8). Sat 7/31, 7 PM, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, with sopranos Renee Fleming & Heidi Grant Murphy, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, pianist Lang Lang & narrator Studs Terkel (R. Strauss, Chopin, Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Higdon). Sun 8/1, 7 PM, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, with soprano Renee Fleming (Handel, Massenet, Puccini, Rodgers). 847-266-5100.

CLASSICAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Joseph Glymph conducts a free joint concert (Mussorgsky, Sibelius, Griffes, Thomas, Mendelssohn, Liszt). Sun 8/1, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-341-1521.

MEMBERS OF THE CLASSICAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO with violinist Joseph Glymph in a free concert (Bach, Beethoven, Danner, Spohr). Sun 7/25, 3 PM, Classical Symphony Hall, 218 S. Wabash. 312-341-1521.

G-STRINGS Mon 7/26, 8 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

ARIANNA GOLDINA & REMY LOUMBROZO duo pianos (Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Copland, Gershwin). Fri 7/23, 7:30 PM, Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago, Evanston. 847-905-1500.

GRANT PARK ORCHESTRA Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 100 N. Michigan: Fri 7/23, 6:30 PM, and Sun 7/25, 3 PM, Nicholas Kraemer, conductor, with soprano Karina Gauvin & baritone Thomas Meglioranza (Rameau, Handel, Faure). Wed 7/28 and Fri 7/30, 6:30 PM, James Paul conducts Bruckner's Symphony no. 9 in D minor. Sat 7/31, 6:30 PM, James Paul conducts a Venetian Night program of movie music (Rodgers, Arnold, Rosza, Williams & others). 312-742-4763.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITALS Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State: Sun 7/25, 4 PM, H. Ricardo Ramirez & friends. Sun 8/1, 4 PM, Alan Hommerding. 312-664-6963.

JULIUS MEINL COFFEEHOUSE 3601 N. Southport: Music at 8 PM. Fri 7/23, lutenist Jack Scott. Sat 7/31, Sharon Chung & Herine Coetzee. 773-868-1857.

JESSE LANGEN guitar, in a free concert (Donatoni, Da Milano, Dowland, Frescobaldi, Gifford, Narvaez, Palestrina). Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

JAMES MARTIN baritone, in a free concert (Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, Bernstein, Sondheim, Porter). Sun 7/25, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

MAVERICK ENSEMBLE (Messiaen, Lucier, Wolff). Sun 7/25, 7 PM, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago. 773-227-5522.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE COMPOSITION RECITAL Free admission. Thu 7/29, 1:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE EVENING OF STRINGS Free admission. Tue 7/27, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE HONORS SOLO RECITAL Free admission. Mon 7/26, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE PIANO RECITAL Free admission. Wed 7/28, 7:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE SOLO & CHAMBER RECITAL Free admission. Sun 7/25, 3 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

STUDENTS OF NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE in a "gala finale" program (Mozart, Shostakovich, Tull, Owens). Fri 7/30, 2 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE VOICE RECITAL Free admission. Wed 7/28, 1:30 PM, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC INSTITUTE WIND ENSEMBLE & HONORS CHAMBER ENSEMBLES Don Owens & Phil Peters conduct a free concert (Shostakovich, Owens). Sat 7/24, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SUMMER BAND Mallory Thompson, conductor (Brahms, Bernstein, Margolis, Goldman, Walters). Wed 7/28, 7 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SUMMER CHORUS & ORCHESTRA Robert G. Hasty & Robert A. Harris, conductors (Faure, Franck). Tue 7/27, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

MELINA PYRON soprano, in a free concert. Mon 7/26, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

RAVINIA STEANS INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS Fri 7/23, 5:45 PM, Sun 7/25, 4:45 PM, Fri 7/30, 5:45 PM, and Sat 7/31 and Sun 8/1, 4:45 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

RAVINIA STEANS INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS features soprano Patricia Rozario, pianists Margo Garrett & Alon Goldstein & the Corigliano String Quartet (Tavener, Grier). Thu 7/29, 8 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

DEBORAH VOIGT & BRIAN ZEGER soprano & piano. Wed 7/28, 8 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

WHEATON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Peter Lipari conducts the Carpenter completion of Mahler's unfinished Symphony No. 10. Tue 7/27, 8 PM, Glenbard South High School, Butterfield & Park, Glen Ellyn. 630-790-1430.

WOODSTOCK MOZART FESTIVAL Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren, Woodstock: Sat 7/31, 8 PM, and Sun 8/1, 3 PM, Catherine Comet, conductor, with hornist Ross Beacraft, the Vienna Piano Trio, and the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra (Mozart, Beethoven). 815-338-5300.

YUAN-QING YU, MARLENA TURESKI & DEBORAH SOBOL violin, cello & piano, perform music of Dvorak in a free concert. Tue 7/27, 5:45 PM, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 312-787-7360.

in-stores

JONATHAN CRAWFORD Mon 7/26, 7:30 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee. 773-862-4882.

FRANK TRIBES Sat 7/24, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

BETH GILLIS Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1 N. La Grange Rd., La Grange. 708-579-9660. Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park. 708-460-7566.

BEN HOLLIS Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 15160 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park. 708-460-7566. Fri 7/30, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1 N. La Grange Rd., La Grange. 708-579-9660.

JOHN KIMSEY Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 7100 Forest Preserve Dr., Norridge. 708-457-2111.

LORD OF THE YUM YUM Fri 7/23, 8 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North. 773-342-0910. Sat 7/24, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

LOW DOWN BROWN & THE 409'S Sat 7/31, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

NELLIE BLY Sat 7/24, noon, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

DYLAN RICE Sun 7/25, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1700 Maple, Evanston. 847-733-8852.

RUNNER & THE THERMODYNAMICS Sat 7/24, 3:30 PM, Virgin Megastore, 540 N. Michigan. 312-645-9300.

SEVEN DAY RUN Sat 7/31, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

CHRIS TRAPPER Fri 7/23, 7 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

Open Mikes & Jams

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Tuesdays, 8 PM, open mike with Home Cookin' (in the pub). 773-478-4408 or 866-777-8932.

AJ'S HORSE AROUND LOUNGE 114 W. Washington, Round Lake Park: Mondays, 7:30 PM, blues jam hosted by King Robinson & the Housewreckers. 847-546-3314.

AUSTIN'S 481 Peterson, Libertyville: Wednesdays, 8 PM-1 AM, blues jam hosted by the Bruce Williams Blues Orkestra. 847-549-1972.

BARN OF BARRINGTON 1415 S. Barrington Rd., Barrington: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Scottish McMillan & Don Maloney. 847-381-8585.

BUCK'S ROCK 'N' ROLL GRILL 183 Main, Lake Zurich: Music at 7 PM Fridays, 3 PM Sundays; no cover. Sun 7/25, Paul Allodi hosts an open mike. 847-550-1127.

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

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Mondays, 7:30 PM, open mike with George Howe. 773-278-1830.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM. Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike (no cover). 815-356-9980.

DURTY NELLIE'S 180 N. Smith, Palatine: Mondays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi (no cover). 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Mondays, 8 PM, Chicago Rock Club open mike and band showcase hosted by Karla. 773-549-5549.

FAT BEAN 2959 Artesian, Naperville: Fridays, 7-11 PM, open mike hosted by Tim Tea, with a featured artist at 9 PM (3rd Friday of the month is unplugged). 630-922-9821.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Tuesdays, 9 PM, open mike (in the SideBar). 708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day, Lincolnshire: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Wed 7/28, open mike. 847-821-1234.

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

GRIFFIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE 2710 N. Halsted: No cover. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Nancy Antevski. 773-525-7313.

HOG HEAD MCDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Wed 7/28, 9 PM, Sam Gjokaj hosts an open mike (no cover). 773-929-0944.

INNER TOWN PUB 1935 W. Thomas: Sundays, 10 PM, open mike hosted by Susie Gomez; performers receive a free drink. Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike hosted by Erin Jordan. 773-235-9795.

KAFEIN 1621 Chicago, Evanston: Mondays, 8:30 PM, open mike. 847-491-1621.

MOLLY MALONE'S 7652 W. Madison, Forest Park: No cover. Sun 7/25, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Ryan Shepherd. 708-366-8073.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after live shows until 4 AM nightly (until 5 AM Saturdays). Mondays, 10 PM, Danfunk Railroad & Tony Mojica host an open jam with guest DJs (no cover). 773-489-0011.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9 PM. Tuesdays, open mike hosted by Daddy Cat Shag & Burt Heyman. 773-486-9862.

PIZZA PALACE 117 Addison, Elmhurst: Sat 7/31, 9 PM, open mike. 630-834-5900.

TASTE OF PERU 6545 N. Clark: Saturdays, 7:30 PM, open mike. 773-381-4540.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Thu 7/29, 7 PM, open mike for high school and college students (no cover). 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Mondays, 7 PM, open mike hosted by Greg Sorrell, Tim Ilg & Paul Stauffer. 773-929-3680.

VAUGHAN'S PUB 2917 N. Sheffield: No cover. Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, acoustic open jam hosted by Anto & Tony (21+). 773-281-8188.

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

VILLAGE SQUARE 37 S. Main, Sandwich: Fri 7/23, 7 PM, open stage for instrumentalists, singers, poets, and storytellers. 815-878-2693.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Sat 7/24 and Sat 7/31, open stage. 312-943-7815.

Fairs & Festivals

BELIZE DAY IN THE PARK Washington Park, 57th & Payne: Sun 8/1, 4:30-9:30 PM, Belizean Vibes, Nelson Gill & the Caribbean Rhythm Band, Rhodee, Bootsie Rankin, Klean Off Krew, Survivors, Original Bamboo. 773-881-0412.

GHANAFEST Washington Park, 5400 S. Cottage Grove: Sat 7/31, 11 AM-10 PM, Dansika, Ghanatta Internationale. 773-425-7318.

ST. STANISLAUS BISHOP & MARTYR PARISH FAMILY CARNIVAL on the grounds of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church, 5352 W. Belden: Tue 7/27, 7:30 PM, Ampol-Aires. Wed 7/28, 7:30 PM, Music Company, Gennie O & the Next Step. Thu 7/29, 7:30 PM, Casey Homel & the World's Honkiest Polka Band, Billy Ray Valentine Band. Fri 7/30, 7:30 PM, Just 4 Kicks, Adam's Band. Sat 7/31, 7:30 PM, Downtown Sound; 8 PM, Bialo Czerwoni. Sun 8/1, 7:30 PM, One More Tyme, Polonaise Band. 773-237-5800.

STS. PETER & PAUL GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH GREEK FESTIVAL Lake & Wagner, Glenview: Fri 7/23, 6-11 PM, Hellenic Five. Sat 7/24, 5-11 PM, Hellenic Five. Sun 7/25, 3-11 PM, Hellenic Five. 847-729-2235.

SANTA LUCIA SUMMERFEST 30th & Wells: Fri 7/30, 7-10 PM, and Sun 8/1, 5-9 PM, Bob Immundo & the Hi-Line Band. 312-842-6115.

SUMMER ON SOUTHPORT Southport between Byron & Waveland: Sat 7/24, 10 AM, Wiggleworms; 11 AM, Justin Roberts; 2 PM, Ralph's World, Southport Allstars; 4 PM, Kristin Shout & Smoking Kitty; 4:30 PM, Woolworthy; 5:15 PM, Dorian Taj; 5:45 PM, Rockets Over Sweden; 6:30 PM, Punsapaya; 7 PM, the Reputation; 7:45 PM, Air This Side of Caution; 8:30 PM, Michael McDermott; 9 PM, Sleeping at Last. Sun 7/25, 10 AM, John Storms-Rohm; 11 AM, Deliverance Singers; noon, Joel Frankel; 2 PM, Tim Adams, Ella Jenkins; 4 PM, Radiant Darling; 4:30 PM, Burn Rome Burn; 5:15 PM, Brother Lowdown; 5:45 PM, Giant Step; 6:30 PM, Katie Todd Band; 7 PM, Andrew Bird; 7:45 PM, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter; 8:45 PM, Alice Peacock; 9 PM, Kelly Hogan & the Wooden Leg. 773-665-4682.

TASTE OF LINCOLN AVENUE Lincoln between Fullerton & Wrightwood: Sat 7/24, noon, Entrinzic, Ken Saydak, Carbon Four, Chicago Youth Summer Pops; 1:30 PM, Jerry DeVivo, 56 Hope Road, Slam Allen, Hudson Chase; 3 PM, Bartley Fritzsche, J. Davis Trio, Dave Specter & the Bluebirds, Too White Crew; 4:30 PM, Goran, Pomeroy, Chico Banks & Mike Wheeler, Elevation (U2 tribute); 6 PM, Nicholas Tremulis, Nellie Travis, Underwater People; 6:30 PM, Paris Delane & Hyper Harp; 7:30 PM, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials; 8 PM, Dickey Betts, Hello Dave; 8:30 PM, Whild Peach; 9 PM, Carl Weathersby. Sun 7/25, noon, Dona Oxford, Rock & Roll Kitchen, One Hit Wonders; 1 PM, Voodoo Kings; 1:30 PM, Trevor Matthews, Paramours; 3 PM, Mad Lab, Lonie Walker, Rico; 3:30 PM, Forbes Brothers; 4:30 PM, Frank Bang's Secret Stash, Afrodisiacs; 5 PM, Pistol Pete, Epicycle; 6 PM, Mike & Joe; 6:30 PM, Wishbone Ash, Vance Kelly, Abstract Giants; 8 PM, Hairbanger's Ball; 8:30 PM, Indigenous, Trippin' Billies (Dave Matthews tribute), Ronnie Baker Brooks. Festival also includes children's entertainment. 773-868-3010.

TASTE OF MIDWAY 55th St. & Lorel: Fri 7/23, 7 PM, Shortcuts. Sat 7/24, 1-5 PM, Anxiety Society; 7:30 PM, Rick Saucedo. Sun 7/25, 1-5 PM, One More Tyme; 6-9:30 PM, Now & Then. 773-767-8183.

29TH WARD PICNIC & GOSPEL FEST Columbus Park, 5701 W. Jackson: Sat 7/24, 10 AM-6 PM, Rising Sun Baptist Church Choir, Christ Tabernacle Church Choir, Sunrise M.B. Church Choir, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Choir, Freedom Baptist Church Choir, Mount Olive M.B. Church Choir, Greater St. John Holiness M.B. Church Choir, Inspirational Church of God in Christ Choir, Trinity Community Baptist Church Choir, Original Providence Baptist Church Choir & others. 773-261-4646.

UPTOWN UNITY FESTIVAL Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson: Sat 7/24, 11:45 AM, Barney Lewis; noon, Astectick Sence; 1 PM, Johnathon Scales; 1:45 PM, Mac Miller; 2:45 PM, Sound Investment; 3:30 PM, Livingston's Reggae All-Stars; 4:15 PM, Urban Sounds. 773-878-4646.

WICKER PARK SUMMERFEST Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen: Sat 7/31, 1 PM, Empyrean; 2 PM, Black Box; 2:45 PM, Life at Sea; 4 PM, Down the Line, Canasta; 5:15 PM, Sybris; 6 PM, Troubled Hubble; 6:30 PM, M's; 7:45 PM, Sights; 8 PM, Wheat; 9 PM, Posies. Sun 8/1, 11 AM, Deliverance Singers; 1 PM, Spread; 2 PM, Ted Wulfers & Beggar's Bridge; 2:45 PM, Quiver Lip; 4 PM, Velvetron, Gelheads; 5:15 PM, the Changes; 6 PM, Bumpus; 6:30 PM, Bob Log III; 7:45 PM, Ponys; 8 PM, Liquid Soul; 9 PM, French Kicks. 773-384-2672.

Miscellaneous

CHICAGO STUDIO OF PROFESSIONAL SINGING performs under the direction of Janice Pantazelos; free admission. Fri 7/23, 12:15 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4850.

JOEL FRANKEL Free children's concert. Thu 7/29, 6:30 PM, Hollywood Park, 3312 W. Thorndale. 312-742-7578.

NELSON GILL & THE CARIBBEAN RHYTHM BAND Free children's concert. Sun 8/1, 2 PM, Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell. 312-742-7594.

PAUL'S BACKYARD Free children's concert. Sun 8/1, 4 PM, Wrightwood Park, 2534 N. Greenview. 312-742-7816.

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