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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

CHEAP TRICK Sun 12/31, 10:30 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

COMMON GROUND Chicago Sport and Social Club party. Sun 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-883-9596.

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Fri 12/29, 6 PM (with opening act Keller Williams), Sat 12/30, 8 PM (with opening act Keller Williams), and Sun 12/31, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN' BOOGIE Sun 12/31, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

DJs JOHN CURLEY, DAYHOTA, WALSH & SOMMER, BEAR WHO?, CHARLES LITTLE, ANGELIST Sun 12/31, 8 PM-3 AM, Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan. 773-529-0220, 312-427-3800, or 312-559-1212.

WILL DOWNING, GERALD ALBRIGHT, VESTA, PHIL PERRY, REGINALD T McCANTS Tue 12/26, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

EPICYCLE Free in-store performance. Sat 12/23, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

F.M. ROB & BOB Thu 12/28, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

RON HAWKING in "His Way: A Tribute to the Man and His Music." Fridays, 8 PM, Saturdays, 6 and 9 PM, Sundays, 2 PM (also Sun 12/31, 6 and 9 PM), and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green. 312-327-2040.

IDES OF MARCH, MEGON McDONOUGH Sat 12/30, 7:30 PM, Norris Theatre, 1040 Dunham, Saint Charles. 630-584-7200, ext. 10.

B.B. KING & HIS BLUES ORCHESTRA, JOHN HIATT & THE GONERS WITH SONNY LANDRETH Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Union Station, 310 S. Canal. 312-559-1212.

TEDDY LEE ORCHESTRA Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquet Center, 8900 S. Archer, Willow Springs. 708-839-1000.

NAKED & SHAMELESS perform in the gallery as part of "Timebomb! The Annihilation of the Millennium." Fri 12/29, 8 PM, Charybdis Multi-Arts Complex, 4423 N. Milwaukee. 773-427-9970.

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

PINK FLAMINGOS, JOSEPH VESSIA BIG BAND ORCHESTRA and DJs in three separate ballrooms at the New Year's Eve Bash. Sun 12/31, 6 and 9 PM, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker. 312-552-2000 or 312-559-1212.

PLUNGING NECKLINE Free admission. Thu 12/28, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6169.

RASA, DJ JODI B perform as part of "Winter Solstice: A Celebration of Life" party, which includes performance art, fire and water ceremonies, a drum circle, and a "trance dance." Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, 8 PM-2 AM, Charybdis Multi-Arts Complex, 4423 N. Milwaukee. 773-427-9970.

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND, KANSAS, SMITHEREENS perform at the 4th annual Rock 'n' Roll Ball. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 312-836-4299 or 312-559-1212.

SMALL POTATOES Fri 12/22, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION, WHITE HASSLE See Spot Check. Thu 12/28, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

VILLAGE PEOPLE, OHIO PLAYERS Fri 12/29, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

CAROLYN WEHNER Free concert. Thu 12/28, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

H. MARK WILLIAMS & THE CULTURAL MESSENGERS perform at a free Kwanza celebration. Tue 12/26, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

4TH ANNUAL YEAR-END STEPPERS' SET with Herb Kent. Sat 12/30, 8 PM-2 AM, Holiday Inn, 4400 Frontage, Hillside. 773-448-1684 or 773-378-5326.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 9 PM. Fri 12/22, Ruby Grass, Blue Marvin. Sat 12/23, Kevin So, Miga, Jennifer Peterson. Sat 12/30, Butterside Down, Main Street Breakdown, Brother Lowdown. Sun 12/31, Mr. Blotto. 773-478-4408.

ALUMNI CLUB 15 W. Division: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays after 9 PM. 312-337-4349.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: DJs spin dance music Wednesdays through Fridays after 5 PM and Saturdays after 9 PM. 847-397-3100.

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Ed Vantage spins in the loft. Thu 12/28, Red Pop Theory. 773-348-5100.

AQUA 201 N. Green: DJs spin after 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays. 312-942-9999.

ARTFUL DODGER 1734 W. Wabansia: Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays, DJs spin music for dancing after 9 PM. Sun 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, DJ Coffee Tom. 773-227-6859.

AURA 640 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Laura B. Saturdays, DJ Maurice. Wednesdays, DJ Jeff Moyer (no cover). Thursdays, DJs Laura B & Jen Jameson. 312-266-2114.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Fri 12/22, Famous Brothers, James Schneider Band, Ingenious Whittler. Sat 12/23, Phlux, Radioslave. Thu 12/28, Thick Red Shag. Fri 12/29, Waco Brothers (see Critic's Choice). Sat 12/30, Pistolero, Mushuganas, Swampass, Black Beauties. Sun 12/31, New Duncan Imperials. 773-281-4444.

BERLIN 954 W. Belmont: "DJ/VJs" play dance music Tuesdays through Saturdays after 5 PM and Sundays and Mondays after 8 PM. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ Steve Prisma spins hip-hop, house, and old school. Saturdays, DJ Spin spins hip-hop, house, and old school. Sundays, Derrick Wize & Gene Lopez. Mondays, Metronome & Derek Jones. Tuesdays, DJs Spin & Steve Melvage. Wednesdays, DJs Mary Jane & AM/PM. Thu 12/28, Rockin' Billy & the Wild Coyotes. Sun 12/31, 10 PM, DJs Mary Jane & AM/PM, Spin, Steve Melvage & Derrick Wize. 312-243-1699.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Sat 12/23, DJ Nique. Sundays, Uncle Milty, DJ 33 1/3. Mondays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae. Wed 12/27, DJ Casper, Rees Urban. 773-235-9100.

BIOLOGY BAR 1516 N. Fremont: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Fridays and Sundays through Thursdays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Jorge Rodas & Alberto Gomez spin salsa & merengue. Saturdays, DJs spin "rock, pop, alternativo." Sun 12/31, Latin dance party (call 312-559-1212 for more information). 312-266-1234.

BIRD'S NEST 2500 N. Southport: Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, open mike. 773-472-1502.

BLACK BEETLE 2532 W. Chicago: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM Mondays and Tuesdays. 773-384-0701.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Saturdays, DJ Mike Kandell. Sundays, "Grateful Dead jam night." Tuesdays, Mos Isley. Wednesdays, DJs spin. 773-384-8600.

BRASSERIE JO 59 W. Hubbard: Sun 12/31, 9:30 PM-2 AM, DJ Ryan spins. 312-595-0800.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover Fridays. Fri 12/22, Our Little Secret. Sat 12/23, Tractor Boy. Wednesdays, open jam session. Thu 12/28, Ralph's Kind. Fri 12/29, Mercury. Sat 12/30, Elysi Bodhi. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Sat 12/23, Steve Edwards Orchestra. Fri 12/29, Jack Straw. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Go Tom. 773-528-0888.

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

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Fridays, 8 PM, Saturdays, 9:30 PM, and Mondays and Thursdays, 8 PM, DJs spin retro and progressive house. Sundays, 7-9 PM, DJs spin swing; 9 PM-4 AM, Salsa Con Cache. Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin salsa. 312-475-9800.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: DJs spin Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9 PM. 630-830-7200.

CAFE SIDECAR 801 N. Orleans: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Andre Hatchett & others. Saturdays, DJs spin hip-hop, house, and reggae. Wednesdays, DJ Brian Reaves. 312-202-0502.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Sat 12/23, Susanna & the Hollywoods. Tuesdays, DJ Hide spins acid jazz. 773-384-2547.

CARY'S LOUNGE 2251 W. Devon: Wednesdays, 9 PM, acoustic open jam with Michael Charles (no cover). 773-743-5737.

CIRCUIT 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. Saturdays, DJ Lulu. Sundays, 11 PM, Miss Foozie & Her Floozies, DJ Jeff Berry. Mondays, 10:30 PM, "Disco Bingo" hosted by Daisy Mae. Thursdays, 11 PM, Miss Ketty & Her Latina Review. Sun, 12/31, Sandy B. 773-325-2233.

CIRCUS 901 W. Weed: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays; members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas perform circus acts on weekends. Fridays, DJs Rob Thurman & Mike Pierce. Sun 12/31, "A Circus Odyssey" with members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas (call 312-409-3000 for more information). 312-266-1200.

CLUB EDEN 3407 N. Clark: DJs spin 9 PM-3 AM on two floors. Fridays, DJ Anacron spins hip-hop and soul. Saturdays, DJs Chris Gin, Shamanlove & Richard Foster. Wednesdays, "Simple Pleasures" with Insane Audio Projects DJs Justin Long, DMS, Droopy & Daryl Cura. Thursdays, DJs spin salsa. 773-327-4646.

CLUB FOOT 1824 W. Augusta: DJs spin alternative and dance music nightly at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/22, DJs Don Hedeker & Joe Wislar spin Xmas music. 773-489-0379.

CLUB MERCURY 221 W. Van Buren: Restaurant and nightclub; DJs spin Thursdays through Sundays after 10 PM. 312-427-1774.

CLUB PM 2047 N. Milwaukee: Fridays, 9 PM-4 AM, DJs Stix, Chuckee & others spin bachata, cumbia, merengue, salsa, rock en español, house, and hip-hop. 773-489-9600.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, reggae, samba, rock en español, and hip-hop. Tuesdays, 6 PM-4 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, and tango. Thursdays, 9 PM-4 AM, "Mixmaster Club Tour" DJs spin "progressive, flashback, dance beat, and underground." 312-397-0600.

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

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Wednesdays, midnight-4 AM, live reggae. 312-341-9787.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Knuckleduster. Sat 12/23, Never Enough. Fri 12/29, 2 lbs. Sat 12/30, Liquid Fire, West of Rome. 773-528-7569.

CRISTAL 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/23, Ultimate Party Band. Sat 12/30, DJs spin. Sun 12/31, Mystery Train. 847-952-8555.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Fri 12/22, DJ Steve Lawler. 312-413-7000.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, American English. Sat 12/23, Stroke 9, Freshwater Collins. Tue 12/26, 6 PM, "Holiday Horror Show" with Macabre, Five Pointe O, Avernus, Java (all-ages show). Wednesdays, Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thu 12/28, 9 PM, DJs spin. Fri 12/29, Johnny Socko, Urilians. Sat 12/30, Strain Busy Sky, Crush. Sun 12/31, Domestic Problems, Umphrey's McGee. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Restaurant with music at 10:30 PM on weekends, 8 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/22, Maggie Speaks, Cats Under the Stars. Sat 12/23, Turnstyles. Wednesdays, 6 PM, DJ spins 60s and 70s dance music. Thursdays, DJ spins dance music. Fri 12/29, Underwater People. Sat 12/30, DJs spin. 847-541-4700.

D'VINE 1950 W. North: Restaurant and wine bar. Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 PM-3 AM, DJs spin acid jazz, ambient, house, and instrumental funk. 773-235-5700.

DANNY'S 1951 W. Dickens: Mon 12/25, 10 PM, DJ Daniel Givens (see Spot Check). 773-489-6457.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Music in the Piano Bar and in the Cabaret Room Wednesday through Sunday nights. In the Cabaret Room: Wed 12/27, Thu 12/28, and Fri 12/29, 8 PM, Tammy Meneghini & Eric Svejcar. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Chuck Larkin. In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 8 PM, George Howe, Daryl Nitz. Saturdays, 8 PM, George Howe, Johnny Rodgers. Sundays, 9 PM, Mark Burnell. Mondays, 9 PM, George Howe. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Gwen Pippen. Thursdays, 9 PM, Andrew Blenderman. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Vernon Larsen. 773-278-1830.

DEJA VU BAR ROOM 2624 N. Lincoln: No cover Sunday through Wednesday or before midnight Friday and Saturday; DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays after 10 PM. Thursdays, 9 PM, Bandoleros. 773-871-0205.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Five Horse Johnson, Steepwater Band, Last Vegas. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Kiss 'n' Ride, Buddy Revelles, National Drag. Wed 12/27, 9:30 PM, Bobby Stratosphere & the Bloodclub, Fawns. Thu 12/28, 9:30 PM, Poundseven, File Underwater, Swizzle Tree, the Mumble. Fri 12/29, 10 PM, Nicholas Tremulis Band, Clare Massey, Attention Span. Sat 12/30, 10 PM, Whodini, Fynal Syn. Sun 12/31, 10 PM, Local H, Frontier. 773-489-3160.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays on three floors (with drum 'n' bass in the Underground Lounge Fridays and Saturdays). Sun 12/31, DJs spin on all three floors. 312-751-2900.

DRINK 702 W. Fulton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/22, Hystorie's End. Saturdays, DJs Myke T, Kid Craig & Tony. Sun 12/24, Afrodisiacs (benefit for the Jewish Children's Bureau). Thursdays, 10 PM, Afrodisiacs. Fri 12/29, DJs Justin & Tony. Sun 12/31, 7 PM, Afrodisiacs. 312-733-7800.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Fri 12/22, Video Stars. Sat 12/23, Decades. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Aaron Aggarwal (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/29, Pretty Mouth. Sat 12/30, Artificial Flavor. Sun 12/31, 9:30 PM, Pirates Over 40. 815-356-9980.

DULCE VIDA CAFE 1338 W. Madison: Fridays, 7 PM-midnight, DJs spin with MCs Neo Nate & Gypsy (open mike starts at 9 PM; no cover). 312-666-1920.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays (on two stages), 9 PM Mondays, 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/22, Pimps, Mr. Mackey. Sat 12/23, Afrodisiacs. Mon 12/25, Liquid Soul. Tuesdays, 45s. Thursdays, Quantum Leep. Fri 12/29, Bottle of Justus, Calico Cats, Kimi Hayes. Sat 12/30, Core, Drop. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Quantum Leep. 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/22, 9:45, Homage Sun, Audio ID, Viery Peel. Sat 12/23, 10:15 PM, Mercury, Mabel Mabel, Twist on Friday. Wed 12/27, 9:15 PM, Voodoo Pilot, My Delusion. Thu 12/28, 9:30 PM, Spinshine, Jenny Choi Band. Fri 12/29, 9:30, Sumo, the Dog & Everything. Sat 12/30, 10:15 PM, Java, Deja Voodoo, Phil Rockrohr & the Lifters. Sun 12/31, Chubby Nothin' & the Bone. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Chic-a-Go-Go "Christmas Spectacular" with T. Valentine (see Post No Bills), Goblins, Hoodoo Hoedown, Magas, Cynthia Plaster Caster, and Miss Mia & Ratso. Sat 12/23, Daniel Givens (see Spot Check) with Josh Abrams, Seth Hitsky, Niki Mitchell & Fred Lonberg-Holm, David Boykin's Expanse, John Herndon. Thu 12/28, Cash Audio, Immortal Lee County Killers (see Critic's Choice), Drapes, Deans. Fri 12/29, 9 PM, Atombombpocketknife, Phantom Three (party for The2ndHand also features readings). Sat 12/30, Daniel Givens (see Spot Check) with Josh Abrams, Seth Hitsky, Niki Mitchell, Jeff Parker & Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chicago Underground Quartet, Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. Sun 12/31, Calexico, Giant Sand. 773-276-3600.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: DJs spin 7-11 PM, Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays. Fridays, DJ Cache 22. Tuesdays, DJ Nole. Wed 12/27, percussionist Leddie Garcia & DJ Oscar McMillan. Thursdays, DJ Brian Collins. 312-338-3788.

ETHIOPIAN VILLAGE 3462 N. Clark: Fridays, 10 PM, DJ Assa spins reggae, hip-hop, and R&B (no cover). 773-929-8300.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM Sundays through Fridays, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Gil Burns. Saturdays, DJ Laura B. Thursdays, DJ Juan Carlos. Sun 12/31, Libido Funk Circus. 312-266-1944.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin music from 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 773-395-2700.

FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand: Sun 12/31, 8 PM, DJs spin at a masquerade ball. 312-836-0066.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 510 S. Park, Fox Lake: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/22, the Blast. Sat 12/23, Seven Deez. Fri 12/29, Deja Vu. Sat 12/30, Selective Recall. Sun 12/31, 10 PM, Four Story. 847-587-9677.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mt. Prospect: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/22, J.P & the Cats. Sat 12/23, Only Sons. Wed 12/27, Seven Deez. Thu 12/28, Dawn Patrol. Fri 12/29, the Blast. Sat 12/30, Four Story. Sun 12/31, 10 PM, Kato the Houseboy. 847-593-2200.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Fridays, 9:30 PM, Fantasy Lounge House Band. Sundays, 7-11 PM, open mike. 773-685-8083.

FEATURES BAR & GRILL 10 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music Tuesdays through Saturdays in Club Mamalu at 9 PM. Fridays, Mike Heaton Band. Saturdays, DJs spin hits from the 70s and 80s (no cover). Tuesdays, Mike Heaton. Wednesdays, 45s. Thursdays, Acoustic Aspirations. 630-416-3310.

FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/22, Dan Fijolek. Sat 12/23, Frique & Majid. Sat 12/30, DJs Dave Ralph, Walsh & Sommer, Bear Who?, Frique & Majid. 312-226-4555.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Sun 12/31, 7 PM, Central Sun. 773-282-7035.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 12/22, 6 PM, Authority Abuse, Perps, Defeat of Me, Kids Need Heroes. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, "XXX-Mas Show" with I Love Rich, Mushuganas, Mexican Cheerleader. Wed 12/27, 7 PM, Firebird Band, Defender, Volta Do Mar. Thu 12/28, 7 PM, 18 Visions, Synnecrosis, Killing Tree. Fri 12/29, 7 PM, Bitchy, Climber, Seventies. Sat 12/30, 6 PM, Shuttlecocks, Last Man Out, Blue Bottle, the Mode Progress. Sun 12/31, Vic Vacume & the Attachments, Apocalypse Hoboken, Traitors, Cooler by the Lake. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/22, 9 PM, benefit for Gary Olson Scholarship Fund with Joe Cantafio, Jade 50's, Cliff Johnson & others. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans (no cover). Thu 12/28, 7:30 and 9:30 PM (early show is for kids), Hip Fetish. Fri 12/29, 10 PM, Cathy Richardson Band. Sat 12/30 and Sun 12/31, 10 PM, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Music after 10 PM. Mondays, open mike. Tuesdays, Steve Z. sings the songs of Frank Sinatra. 773-348-6000.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM. Sat 12/23, Mind Over Matter. Thu 12/28, Boatbuilders. Sun 12/31, Paula Mengarelli. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Blind Roosevelts. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/29, Halfway Jane. Sat 12/30, Cave Catt Sammy. 630-416-4898.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: Fridays, 8 PM, DJ EKG. Saturdays, 8 PM, DJ EKG; 10 PM, Soul .45 DJs spin funk and soul. Wed 12/27, 9:30 PM, the Tide. 773-248-3330.

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE 728 W. Grand: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJ Eric Williams spins underground house. 312-278-7130.

FUSE 738 N. Clark: DJs spin Tuesdays through Saturdays after 10 PM. Fridays, Resident Gringo spins trance. Saturdays, DJ Andre Harris. Tuesdays, DJs Vince Williams, Derrick Wize & Rob Thurmond. 312-932-9289.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Melk Wegon. Sat 12/23, Christmas party with Garret Lane & Nancy Connelly. Fri 12/29, Blind Dreams, 911. Sat 12/30, Heavy Mental, Dopamine. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Naked & Shameless, Brian McKnight, Pregnant Chad Posse. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Fri 12/22 and Fri 12/29, 5:30 PM, Mark Farris; 9 PM, Honey West with Russ Long. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Michael McAssey. Sun 12/24 and Mon 12/25, 9 PM, Dave Gallagher. Tue 12/26, 5:30 PM, Boris Marques; 9 PM, Beckie Menzie. Wed 12/27 and Thu 12/28, 5:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 9 PM, Mark Farris. Sat 12/30, 10 PM, Mark Farris. 312-836-0933.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Fri 12/22, 7:30 PM, Allen Nichols; 9:30 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Sat 12/23, 7:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 10 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Sun 12/24, 9:30 PM, Mark Farris. Mon 12/25, 7:30 PM, Russell Alan Rowe; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason with Bill Underwood. Tue 12/26, 7:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 9:30 PM, open mike with Dan Stetzel. Wed 12/27, 7:30 PM, Justin Hayford. Thu 12/28, 7:30 PM, Rick Aiello. Fri 12/29, 7:30 PM, Boris Marques; 9 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Sat 12/30, 7:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 10 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. 773-348-1053.

GET ME HIGH LOUNGE 1758 N. Honore: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, "If You C Kay" open mike hosted by Roco. Wednesdays, DJs spin "retro classics." 773-252-4090.

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

GIORGIO'S BANQUETS 276 E. Irving Park, Wood Dale: Sundays, 10 AM-3 PM, members of Stage Right Dinner Theatre perform show tunes. 630-766-4626.

GIRLBAR 2625 N. Halsted: DJs spin Fridays and Saturdays after 9 PM; no cover. Tue 12/26, open mike. Wednesdays, Venus Envy. 773-871-4210.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin nightly from 10 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-587-8469.

GOODBAR 2512 N. Halsted: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays (no cover). Wednesdays, acoustic jam session. Thursdays, DJ Michael Walker spins "bad 80s funk & house." 773-296-9700.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/22, Uniform, Callahan. Sat 12/23, Milkbaby, Stroller. Thu 12/28, Chris Devins, Loomis. Fri 12/29, Riptones. Sat 12/30, Forty Piece Choir, Kevin Branigan, Turner Joy. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Anish. 773-472-5139.

HANGGE UPPE 14 W. Elm: DJ Winter Wolski spins nightly until 4 AM. 312-337-0561.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: All-ages shows; no cover. Fri 12/22, 11 PM, Muchacha, Tom Daily. Saturdays, midnight, DJ V. Thu 12/28, Split-Habit, Allister. Fri 12/29, Atrixo, File Underwater. 312-943-2252.

HARRIGAN'S 2816 N. Halsted: Fri 12/22, 8:30 PM, Waco Brothers (see Critic's Choice), Peterbilts & others. 773-248-5933.

HARRY'S VELVET ROOM 56 W. Illinois: Thursdays, 11 PM-4 AM, DJ Touch, DJ Mood & DJ Kenny. 312-527-5600.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Sat 12/23, 10:30 PM, Lion One Band. Tue 12/26, 9 PM, Al Day & friends. Thu 12/28, 9 PM, Minna Bromberg & friends. Sat 12/30, 10:30 PM, Mos Isley. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, DJ Esperanto. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/22, 9 PM, "Kelly Hogan's Holiday Special" with Kelly & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts and Tijuana Hercules. Mon 12/25, 9:30 PM, Leroy Bach & Edward Burch (no cover). 773-227-4433.

HI-TOPS 3551 N. Sheffield: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ Mario (no cover). Thursdays, DJ Michael T. 773-348-0009.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Flapjacks, 56 Hope Road. Sat 12/23, Left Undone. Fri 12/29, Weed Street Band, Remedy. Sat 12/30, Four Letter Story, Villains, Dreaming Tree. 773-929-0944.

HOLIDAY CLUB 1471 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after 10 PM. Sundays, DJs spin "extra zesty surf guitar & garage" music. 773-486-0686.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/29, 9 PM, Marvin Tate & D-Settlement. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/22, Marty Lloyd Band, Wayne, Kameron Fry. Sat 12/23, Days of the New, Diffuser (see Spot Check), Bender (see Spot Check). Mon 12/25, 10:30 PM, DJs spin at the "Christmas Jingle." Wed 12/27, Ekoostik Hookah, Blue Turtle Tea Party. Thu 12/28 and Fri 12/29, Ted Nugent, Mad Mortigan (12/28 sold out). Sat 12/30, Willy Porter, Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel. Sun 12/31, Third Eye Blind, Jayhawks, Nina Gordon (sold out); 10 PM, G. Love & Special Sauce (on the Back Porch Stage; sold out). 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

IVAN'S 3358 N. Ashland: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Fridays through Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 773-525-2140.

JILLY'S RETRO CLUB 1009 N. Rush: DJs play dance music of the 70s and 80s after 8 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. 312-664-1001.

JOE BAILEY'S 10854 S. Western: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/23, Soulfix. 773-238-1313.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Underwater People, Bahama Llama. Thu 12/28, Dave & Rae. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Mike & Joe. Sun 12/31, Michaelangelo, Nadas. 312-337-3486.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/22, Arbor Avenue Station. Sat 12/30, Tony & Larry. 630-752-2000.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: DJs spin after 10 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays, 8 PM, Dan Darrah. Thursdays, DJs Slick Lick & Izzi. 773-477-3330.

JUB JUB CLUB 2447 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Saturdays through Thursdays. Saturdays and Tuesdays, DJ Polish Sausage. Sundays, "Garbage Sundays" with DJ Redneck Ed spinning garage, punk, country & blues. Wednesdays, DJ Uncle Doughnutz. 773-665-7557.

KATACOMB 1916 N. Lincoln Park West: DJs spin 8 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Wednesdays, "Evolution" with DJ Chris Bacchus. Thursdays, DJ Lucky spins hip-hop, funk, trip-hop, and old school. 312-337-4040.

LEG ROOM 7 W. Division: DJs spin Thursdays through Sundays after 8 PM. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Sam Post. 312-337-2583.

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

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM, weeknights at 9 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM; no cover. Fridays, DJs Nikolas & Joe B. Sat 12/23, Roots Stems & Branches. Tuesdays and Thursdays, open mike hosted by Alec & Anyone's Guess. 773-384-1040.

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Music after 9:30 PM. Thursdays, Cedarcase. 773-525-2422.

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, open mike hosted by Bobby Dunne. Thursdays, open mike hosted by Back in Stride. Fri 12/29, Rattlebox. 708-388-6755.

LINCOLN RESTAURANT 4008 N. Lincoln Ave: Mondays, 8 PM, Windy City Jammers. 773-248-1820.

LINDA & LAWRENCE'S 1044 W. 51st: DJs spin club music Friday and Saturday nights. 773-373-1260.

LIQUID 1997 N. Clybourn: Thursdays, 10 PM, live swing bands (preceded by dance lessons at 7:30 and 8:30 PM). 773-528-3400.

LUCIANO'S 6431 W. Cermak, Berwyn: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/29, Sex-Quila. 708-863-2000.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Brother Brother. Sat 12/23, Differents. Thu 12/28, Sonic Voodoo Night, Jeff Freling. Fri 12/29, David Polk Project. Sat 12/30, Seers Poncho, Dan Darrah. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Shakes, Kiss-n-Ride. 773-871-3757.

MAD BAR 1640 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 9 PM Fridays and Sundays, 10:30 PM Saturdays, and 10 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Mark Grant with percussionist Leddie Garcia, DJ Jevon Jackson. Sat 12/23, David Alvarado, DJs Mel Hammond & Dayhota. Sundays, 8fatfat8, DJs Brian G & Frique. Tuesdays, DJs Ron Carroll and Mazi. Wednesdays, flamenco music with Grupo Kaskara and DJ Jesse de la Peña. Thursdays, DJ Red Lox. Sat 12/30, John "Breakitdown" Simmons, DJs Mel Hammond & Dayhota. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Playin' 4 the City with vocalist Janice and percussionist Leddie Garcia, DJ Frique. 773-227-2277.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 225 W. Ontario: Live piano music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 PM Sundays; no cover. Fridays and Sundays, Scott Holman. Saturdays, Chicago Rose & Nadine Baxter. 312-337-8080.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 777 Butterfield, Lombard: Live piano music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 PM on Sundays. Fridays and Saturdays, Stan Karcz. Sundays, Tom Linsk. 630-543-1010.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays. Fridays, Nadine Baxter. Saturdays, Scott Holman. 847-952-8755.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Jay Bennett, Leroy Bach, Nora O'Connor. Sat 12/23, Telstar, the Help. Wed 12/27, MVP. Thu 12/28, 9:30 PM, Marigold Engine, Lank Fame, Viery Peel. Fri 12/29, Toe, Frank Catalano Threesome. Sun 12/31, Ulele, Eddie Dixon Grapeshot, DJ Will Be Eye. 773-404-9494.

MASHED POTATO CLUB 316 W. Erie: Restaurant with DJs nightly after 5:30 PM; dance floor Fridays and Saturdays from 10 PM until 2 AM. Mondays, 10 PM, "Ultra Glam" female impersonators perform. 312-255-8579.

MATILDA LOUNGE & BABY ATLAS 3301 N. Sheffield: Restaurant and bar. Sun 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Denise La Grassa Duo. 773-883-4400.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 12/22, 6:30 PM, Relative Ash, Chevelle, Red River, Milk Plow; 11:30 PM, the Pharcyde, Mudkids. Sat 12/23, 6:30 PM, Blue Meanies (see Spot Check), Tossers (see Spot Check), Arrivals, Lawrence Arms; 11 PM, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, DJ Heather, J-Dub. Wed 12/27, 10 PM, DJ Sheldon Slusher. Thu 12/28, 6:30 PM, Hot Stove Jimmy, First Grade Crush, Logan's Loss, Shuttlecocks. Fri 12/29, 9 PM, the Elvi, Shifter, Vacation Bible School, Myrium Ava, Overtone. Sun 12/31, 10 PM, Flaming Lips, Hum. 773-549-0203.

MICKEY'S 2450 N. Clark: Sun 12/24 and 12/31, noon and 2 PM, "Christmas with the King" brunch with Elvis impersonator and singer Mark Hussman, 'Cilla impersonator Amy Hohimer, and "Elfis." 773-435-0007.

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

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

MORSELAND MUSIC ROOM 1218 W. Morse: Bar and restaurant; music at 10 PM. Sat 12/23, 9 PM, Project .44, Terminal Bliss, Empire Day, Odd*is*he, DJ Waxey. 773-764-6401.

NANA'S CAFE 7 W. Kinzie: Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 PM, Gigolo Johnny. 312-527-0300.

NEO 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin dance music 10:30 PM-4 AM Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 773-528-2622.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Sat 12/23, 9 PM, Little Fyodr & Babushka, Earwig Spectre, Williwaw. Tuesdays, 8 PM, "home recording" showcase (public may bring in music). Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin "rare and unusual" records. 773-728-5010.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/22, Ellen Rosner. Sat 12/23, Minna Bromberg. Thu 12/28, Rick Canning. Fri 12/29, David & Marion. 773-743-3355.

NOCTURNAL 1111 W. Lake: DJs spin after 10 PM. Wednesdays, "Unity" with DJ Squeekynutts. 312-491-1931.

NORTH BEACH 1551 N. Sheffield: Sun 12/31, 8:30 PM, DJs spin. 312-266-7842.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJ Tankboy spins late on Fridays. Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Peking Turtle, Punsapaya. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Josh Richter Band, Evidence, E-Mics (benefit for Council for Disability Rights). Sundays, 10:30 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. Mondays, 10 PM, DJ Ronnie spins jazz & hip-hop. Tuesdays, "Spheres of Influence" with Porno & Silicon. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, DJ Papichulo spins salsa & Latin grooves. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. Fri 12/29, midnight, Fat Time. Sat 12/30, 10 PM, DJ Sole's "Old School Reunion Party." Sun 12/31, Bumpus, Ghettobillies, DJ Tankboy. 773-489-0011.

O'MALLEY'S 11957 S. Pulaski, Alsip: Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Shades of Grey (farewell show). 708-371-0802.

THE ORIGINAL MOTHER'S 26 W. Division: Open at 8 PM Tuesdays through Sundays. Thursdays through Sundays, DJ Dan "the Man" Arias. 312-642-7251 or 312-642-7252.

PALM COURT Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30-5 PM, harpist Dawn Punches. Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7:30-11 PM, pianist Chad Willetts. 312-787-2200.

PAPARAZZI 826 W. Blackhawk: No cover. Fridays, DJ Jesse de la Peña. Saturdays, Dave Britton. 312-335-0081.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Creepy D. Wed 12/27, Raven House. Thu 12/28, Genuine Goat. Fri 12/29, Crackpot, Nationwide. Sat 12/30, Creepy D. 773-486-9862.

PIANO MAN 3801 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Thursdays, "Cabaret Night" with Scott & Matt. 773-472-2956.

POLLY ESTHER'S & CULTURE CLUB 213 W. Institute: DJs spin disco music of the 70s and 80s after 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 312-664-0777.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Saturdays, DJ Rikshaw. Sundays, Tom Waits tribute night features movies and music. Mondays, Soul Foundation DJs with Bjaxx & Traxx. Wednesdays, Garden Foundation DJs with Alo, C-Side, IRON, PasQuale, W01 & others. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Cedarcase, Tarts, Great Crusades, Motor. 773-252-7767.

POP'S ON CHICAGO 2053 W. Chicago: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Conformists. Wed 12/27, 9:30 PM, open mike hosted by Hardley Parton & G-Spot Willie Jones. 312-243-1246.

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

RAINBO 4836 N. Clark: Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Hello Dave, Swinging Love Hammers, Underwater People. 773-243-0020.

RAPTURE 730 N. Green: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly on two floors. Fridays, DJ Lego. Saturdays, DJ Max TC. Sundays, DJs Vaughn Woods & Malik Shabazz. Tuesdays, DJ Subzero. Wednesdays, DJs Subzero, No Doubt & Papa G spin reggae. Thursdays, DJ Spin. 312-409-7777.

RED DOG 1958 W. North: DJs spin a mix of funk, house, and dance music 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Mondays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 773-278-1009.

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

REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario: Music 8:30 PM-2:30 AM Fridays and Sundays through Thursdays and 8 PM-4 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Gene Garcia. Saturdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; 1 AM, John Zamojcin. Sundays, John Zamojcin. Mondays and Thursdays, Tom Linsk & Lisa McCloury. Tuesdays, John Zamojcin. Wednesdays, Kenny Phelps. 312-640-1000.

REDNOFIVE 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Mushroom DJ, Scott Song. Sat 12/23, Mistress Barbra, Charles Little, Bear Who? Tuesdays, Frique, Mel Hammond & Jevon Jackson. Thu 12/28, Angelist, John Patterson, Vygo, Scott Allyn, Julius. Sat 12/30, DJs Dave Ralph, Walsh & Sommer, Bear Who?, Frique & Majid. 312-733-6699.

REILLY'S DAUGHTER 4010 W. 111th, Oak Lawn: Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Dae. 708-423-1188.

RIVE GAUCHE 306 N. Halsted: DJs Meza & Xavier Temple spin "high energy dance music" 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-738-9971.

RIVER SHANNON 425 W. Armitage: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Louis & Scharpf. 312-944-5087.

ROADHOUSE 1653 N. Wells: Music after 10 PM; DJs spin dance music Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays; live bands on Wednesdays. 312-440-0535.

ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY 1 W. Grand: Music in the rooftop beer garden. Sun 12/31, 8 PM-1 AM, DJs spin. 312-755-9339.

ROSARIO'S RESTAURANT 5956 W. Higgins: Music after 7 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Mix Band. 773-775-7525.

SAUCE 1750 N. Clark: Restaurant. Thursdays, 10 PM, Sam Post. 312-932-1750.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Robert Cornelius 7. Sat 12/23, 8 PM, Erin McKeown; 10 PM, "St. Nick" Markos. Tue 12/26, 8 PM, Thax Douglas's "Boxing Day Spectacular" with Galaxy of Mailbox Whores, the Shiv, Bric-a-brac, T-bag & Richie. Wed 12/27, 8 PM, benefit for Sweet Relief Musicians' Fund with Kelly Hogan & Neko Case with Tom V. Ray, Archer Prewitt & Mark Greenberg, Colin Bunn & Jason Adasiewicz, Chris Mills & Charles Kim, Carlos Ortega & Joe Cassidy, and DJ John Herndon. Thu 12/28, 9:30 PM, Casolando, Butterfly Child. Fri 12/29, 10 PM, Califone, Sweeder, On Fillmore. Sat 12/30, 10 PM, 12Rods, Atomic Numbers, Plastics Hi-Fi. Sun 12/31, 10 PM, Michael McDermott. 773-525-2508.

SEDGWICK'S BAR & GRILL 1935 N. Sedgwick: Sun 12/31, 9 PM, DJs spin. 312-337-7900.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Crystal Eye. Sat 12/23, DJs spin house, disco & hip-hop. Thu 12/28, Big Backyard. Fri 12/29, Boyz. Sat 12/30, Rex Carroll Band. 708-526-7174.

SINIBAR 1540 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM, 9 PM-2 AM Mondays. Fridays, DJ Shon Dervis. Saturdays, guest DJs spin. Mondays, DJ Madrid. Tuesdays, Diz. Wednesdays, Tone B. Nimble. Thursdays, DJ Bjak & the Soul Foundation Crew. 773-278-7797.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/22, Wave. 847-991-2150.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. Northbranch: Sat 12/23, 10 PM-5 AM, Peven Everett & Seance Devine, DJs Anthony Nicholson, Oscar MacMillan & Cordell Johnson (no cover). 773-278-7130.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Darrell Woodson, Hector Lopez, DJ Shani. Sat 12/23, Ron Trent, Brett Haynes. Sundays, DJs Louie Santuro. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner spins punk rock. Thursdays, DJ V. Fri 12/29, Darrell Woodson, V. Sat 12/30, Kenny Hawkes, Sativa. Sun 12/31, Darrell Woodson, Oscar MacMillan, Greg Norwood. 773-549-4140.

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

SNUGGERY PUB 36 E. New York, Aurora: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/22, Scramble. Fri 12/29, Rhythm City. Sun 12/31, DJ Maz. 630-264-9800.

SPIN 800 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Timmy Loop & VJ Ken (no cover). Saturdays, DJ Jungle Jorge & VJ Nickole. Mondays, "Revival" with VJ Tyrone (no cover). Tuesdays, VJ Whon (no cover). Wednesdays, DJ Freddie Bain & VJ Ken. Thursdays, "best of the 80s" with DJ Billy Seagrave & VJ Steven Farias (no cover). Sun 12/31, 9 PM, DJ Timmy Loop & VJ Nikole. 773-327-7711.

SPUTNIK 18067 Dixie Hwy., Homewood: Fri 12/22, 7 PM, benefit for Aunt Martha's Youth Services with Your Dad, Summer League, Reverb Injection, Emily Shrine. Sat 12/23, Christmas carol sing-along. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, spoken-word open mike (no cover). Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, open mike (no cover). Thu 12/28, 7 PM, Bob & the Boobs, Far From Empty. Fri 12/29, 7 PM, Conways, Indecisives, First Grade Crush. Sat 12/30, God's Reflex, East of Rutherford. 708-922-9950.

SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin: DJs spin 10:30 PM-4 AM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Mood. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Mood. Thursdays, DJ Andre Harris. 312-587-8779.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Music at 10 PM in the upstairs Cabaret Room; DJs spin nightly in the Lounge. In the Lounge: Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Verb. Sundays, Maryjane, AM/PM & Cache 22. Tuesdays, "606" hip-hop open mike with DJs Artek, Norm, Maryjane & Verb. 773-278-6600.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, Scratch & Sniff. Saturdays, Refried Beats with Mass Transit & J-Biz. Wednesdays, DJ Daddy Slacks. 773-227-4906.

TK'S 5115 N. Lincoln: Fridays, 10 PM, Ronnie Revenge & Vengeance. 773-728-8084.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/22, DJ Diz. Thursdays, DJs Jernell Geronimo & Marc Buxton. Fri 12/29, DJ Justin Long. Sun 12/31, DJs John Curley, Marc Buxton & Jernell Geronimo (call 312-491-8600 or 312-559-1212 for reservations). 312-491-9729.

TRATTORIA GIANNI 1711 N. Halsted: Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Mythic Figs. 312-266-1976.

THE U!N! CLUB 3548 N. River Rd., Franklin Park: DJs and live music after 9 PM; no cover. Fridays, DJ Jimmy B. spins music from the 50s to the present. Saturdays, DJ Wild Bill spins dance music. Sundays, DJs Seba & Erik K. spin Polish progressive music. Tuesdays, Dr. Hortex spins Euro dance music. Wednesdays, DJ Wild Bill spins old school. Thursdays, DJ Frankie Perez, salsa & merengue dance lessons with Manny Lopez. 847-233-9091.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/22, Anne Deming, Shimmer. Sat 12/23, Greenchoby, Randy Didderich. Wed 12/27, C.H.A.T. music showcase hosted by Beki Hemingway with Mark Sheehy & Al Rose. Thu 12/28, Bohni Kempton & friends. Fri 12/29, Mark McKay, Jenny Choi. Sat 12/30, Waterworks, John Kimler. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/22, DJs Charles Little & John Patterson, DJ Craig Harris. Sun 12/24, Jordan Zawideh, Jeff Sfire, Benoit. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Sundays, 10 PM-1 AM, Heather Horton Band; 1-4 AM, Pete Special. Mondays, 10 PM-1 AM, Joe Thomas Band; 1-4 AM, Pete Special. Thursdays, 10 PM-1 AM, Pete Special Band. 312-266-7761.

VAUGHAN'S PUB 2917 N. Sheffield: Tuesdays, 10 PM, open jam with Anthony & Tony C. 773-281-8188.

VIOLET 3423 N. Southport: Restaurant and bar. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Stockboy. 773-528-2220.

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

VOYEUR 151 W. Ohio: Sundays, 10 PM-4 AM, "Soul Casa" with DJs Paul Johnson, Glenn Underground, Vic Lavendar; in the VIP Room, DJs Subzero, Phonic Bombers, Delphi, Justin Reed. Wednesdays, 10 PM, Bandoleros. 312-832-1717.

WATERLOO TAVERN 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/22, Urb. Sat 12/23, Jaked, Lost in Lodi. Tue 12/26, Mr. Blotto. Thu 12/28, Satya Graha. Fri 12/29, the Gruv. Sat 12/30, Reboot. 773-929-1300.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/22, Wax Buddha. Sat 12/23, open stage. Sat 12/30, Cleo Cats. 312-943-7815.

WHITE STAR 225 W. Ontario: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Jernell Geronimo and percussionist Miro. Saturdays, DJs Freddie, Mike Z. & Jernell Geronimo. Thursdays, DJ Joe Glover. 312-337-3223.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Dub Dis, Devon Brown. Sat 12/23, Swamp, Melaku. Sun 12/24, jam session. Mondays, DJ Red Lox. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis. Wed 12/27, Andria. Thu 12/28, Belizean Vibes. Fri 12/29, Flex Crew. Sat 12/30, Innocent, Baaro. Sun 12/31, "Irie" bash with Gizzae & others. 773-327-4273.

WILLOW COFFEE & TEA 1100 W. Thorndale: Music at 8 PM. Thursdays, "Grinder" gay/lesbian music & poetry series hosted by Scott Free (12/28 with Tom Yore and Robert McDonald). 773-907-3500.

WOODEN NICKEL 327 Waukegan, Highwood: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Cats Under the Stars. Sat 12/23, Oucho Sparks. Wed 12/27, Hello Mr. Arthur. Thu 12/28, Jack Straw. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Anne Harris Band. Sun 12/31, Cornmeal, Doc Ellis. 847-432-6430.

WRIGHTWOOD TAP 1059 W. Wrightwood: Live music on Thursdays after 9 PM. 773-549-4949.

YOW BAR Le Passage, 1 Oak Place: Nightclub and restaurant; DJs spin after 10 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Spin, Joe Glover & Lee Farmer. Saturdays, DJs Lee Farmer & Joe Glover. Wednesdays, DJs Spin & Lee Farmer & Ben Greene (no cover). Thursdays, DJ Jesse de la Peña, DJ Ben Greene (no cover). 312-255-0022.

YVETTE 1206 N. State: Restaurant with music nightly after 8 PM. 312-280-1700.

ZEBRA LOUNGE 1220 N. State: Piano bar with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Tom Oman. Sundays, open jam session with Gary Filip & friends. Mondays, pianist Ruth Allen. Tuesdays, pianist Gary Filip. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Tom Oman. 312-642-5140.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Lady D & Sativa. Saturdays, DJ Sean Kozak spins house, DJ Jason Christopher & percussionist Miro (downstairs). Sundays, hip-hop and soul with DJs and live guest appearances. Thursdays, 3 Degree DJs. 312-787-0400.

folk & country

concerts

JOHNNY GLEESON, TED HEALY, BART McMAHON New Year's Eve dinner dance. Sun 12/31, 8:30 PM, auditorium, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. 773-282-7035.

TOM & CHRIS KASTLE perform as part of the "Peacable Kingdom" festival. Tue 12/26 through Sat 12/30, noon and 2 PM, Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore. 312-922-9410.

DAN LEMONNIER Sat 12/23, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 8 PM. Sat 12/23, Kevin So, Miga, Jennifer Peterson. Tuesdays, open stage. 773-478-4408.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Bluegrass Outfielders. 773-281-4444.

BLACKHAWK LODGE 41 E. Superior: Sundays, 11 AM-2 PM, bluegrass music with the Bashful Brothers during brunch. 312-280-4080.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: Country music at 6 PM Sundays and 7 PM Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. 630-830-7200.

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

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

CHIEF O'NEILL'S PUB 3471 N. Elston: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Sundays, 4-7 PM, and Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-583-3066.

FAST EDDIE McATEER IRISH PUB 5943 N. Northwest Highway: Sundays, 8 PM, North & South. 773-763-0095.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/22, Printer's Rogue. Sat 12/23, Velvet Green. Fri 12/29, Pat Daley & the Sound of the Green. Sat 12/30, Jimmy Moore & Pat Broaders. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Tuesdays, 8 PM, open stage with Richard Burnett & Ron Lazzeretti. Wed 12/27, 8:30 PM, Kathy O'Hara, Diana Laffey & Mary Furlong. 708-788-2118.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Sat 12/23, Christmas show with Garrett Lane & Nancy Connelly. Sundays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Fred. 773-489-5471.

GALWAY BAY PUB 500 W. Diversey: Thursdays, 9 PM-midnight, Irish session hosted by the Galway Ramblers. 773-348-3750.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Sun 12/31, Anish. 773-472-5139.

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

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/22, 9 PM, "Kelly Hogan's Holiday Special" with Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Tijuana Hercules. 773-227-4433.

INNER TOWN PUB 1935 W. Thomas: Sundays, 8 PM, songwriter showcase. Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike. 773-235-9795.

IRISH MILL INN 26592 N. Highway 83, Mundelein: No cover. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Whitey O'Day. Thursdays, 8 PM, open stage. 847-566-7044.

IRISH OAK PUB 3511 N. Clark: Wednesdays, 9 PM-midnight, live Irish music. 773-935-6669.

KEEGAN'S PUB 10618 S. Western: Thursdays, 9 PM, live Irish and folk music. 773-233-6829.

LAKEVIEW LOUNGE 5110 N. Broadway: No cover. Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 PM, Nightwatch. 773-769-0994.

LIQUID 1997 N. Clybourn: Country music and dancing 6 PM-2 AM Wednesdays (no cover). 773-528-3400.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Jay Bennett, Leroy Bach, Nora O'Connor. Tue 12/26, Laurence Nugent, Jim DeWan, Brendan Bulger & Jackie Moran, Anish. 773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Sundays, 1-4 PM, Irish session hosted by Declan Binninger & John Shine (no cover). 630-513-6300.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. Sat 12/30, Tricia Alexander with Alpha Steward Jr. & Sue McClelland. 773-743-3355.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Tuesdays, Can-Ky-Ree. 773-252-7767.

POP'S ON CHICAGO 2053 W. Chicago: Wed 12/27, 9:30 PM, open mike hosted by Hardley Parton & G-Spot Willie Jones. 312-243-1246.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Sat 12/23, 8 PM, Erin McKeown. 773-525-2508.

TOMMY NEVIN'S PUB 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Sundays, 2-5:30 PM, traditional Irish music with John Williams. 847-869-0450.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/22, "Jones Family Christmas Show" with Anne, Tom & Kathy Jones and others. Thu 12/28, 7 PM, open mike for high school and college students. 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/23, Greenchoby, Randy Didderich. Wed 12/27, C.H.A.T. music showcase hosted by Beki Hemingway with Mark Sheehy & Al Rose. Thu 12/28, Bohni Kempton & friends. 773-929-3680.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Tuesdays, Brickey, Levitt, Tomisello & Miles. Thursdays, acoustic open mike with Ben Porter. 773-271-0401.

blues, gospel, r&b

concerts

GOSPEL JOY Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Wed 12/27, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

B.B. KING & HIS BLUES ORCHESTRA, JOHN HIATT & THE GONERS WITH SONNY LANDRETH Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Union Station, 310 S. Canal. 312-559-1212.

blues, gospel, r&b

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fridays, 9 PM, Peter Dames & the Rhythm Flames. 312-642-6805.

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

BEALE STREET BLUES CAFE 1550 N. Rand, Palatine: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Willie Cobbs. Sat 12/23, Howard & the White Boys. Tuesdays, open blues jam with Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thursdays, blues jam with A.C. Reed. Sat 12/30, A.C. Reed. Sun 12/31, Ronnie Baker Brooks. 847-776-9850.

BLARNEY STONE 15400 S. Cicero, Oak Forest: Sat 12/30, 10 PM, Howard & the White Boys. 708-535-4800.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Tue 12/26, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater Band. Wed 12/27, Grana' Louise Band. Thursdays and Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Allen Batts Band with Patricia Scott. Tue 12/26, Allen Batts Band with Grana' Louise. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Mary Lane. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. 312-661-0100.

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

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. Sun 12/24, Frank Pellegrino & friends. Mon 12/25, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/26, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers. Wed 12/27, Pistol Pete. Thu 12/28, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Fri 12/29, Sat 12/30, and Sun 12/31, Jimmy Johnson. 773-528-1012.

BONANZA LOUNGE 552 E. 47th: Sundays, 8 PM, the Godfather & His Blues Band. 773-583-3000.

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

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, 5:30 PM, Diamond Jim Green; 9:30 PM, Howard & the White Boys. Sat 12/23, 6:30 PM, Dr. Rabbitfoot; 10 PM, Kinsey Report, Steepwater Band. Tue 12/26, Maurice John Vaughn. Wed 12/27, Matthew Skoller. Thu 12/28, Pistol Pete. Fri 12/29, 5:30 PM, Peter Keane; 9:30 PM, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Marty Sammon & the Midnight Street Jam. Sat 12/30, 6:30 PM, Harmonica Hinds; 10 PM, Magic Slim, Phil Guy. Sun 12/31, Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Burns. 312-427-0333.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Fridays, Erwin Helfer & Barrelhouse Chuck. Mondays, DJ Steve. Wednesdays, DJ Brian. 773-384-2547.

CARMICHAEL'S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe: Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, 6 PM, Professor John. 312-433-0025.

CELEBRITY LOUNGE 4830 S. Cottage Grove: Music after 9:30 PM. Saturdays, Fred Johnson & the Checkmates with Pee Wee Madison. 773-548-4812 or 773-285-8353.

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, John Primer & the Real Deal Band. Tue 12/26 through Thu 12/28, and Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

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

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Live jazz and blues at 10 PM, midnight, and 2:30 AM on weekends. Mondays, 7 PM-midnight, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. Wednesdays, 8 PM-2 AM, Killer Ray & the Killer Players. Thursdays, 8 PM-2 AM, R&B Band (in the Cab Calloway Room). 312-341-9787.

COTTON'S LOVER'S LOUNGE 7253 S. Ashland: Fridays, 8 and 10 PM and midnight, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. 773-488-9807.

CRAWDADDY BAYOU 412 Milwaukee, Wheeling: Restaurant and bar with zydeco and blues at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Dan Temple. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Pat Smillie Band. 847-520-4800.

DATING GAME 8926 S. Stony Island: Sundays, 8 PM, Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers. 773-374-8883.

DICK'S LAST RESORT 435 E. Illinois: No cover. Sundays, 10 AM-2:30 PM, Gospel Supremes. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 PM, Professor John & His Band. 312-836-7870.

FAMOUS DAVE'S 739 N. Clark: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Sundays through Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/22, A.C. Reed. Sat 12/23, 9:30 PM, and Sun 12/24, 11 AM, Roy Hytower. Tue 12/26, Phil Guy. Wed 12/27, Jay Stulo. Thu 12/28, Matthew Skoller. Fri 12/29, John Primer. Sat 12/30, Sam Cockrell. Sun 12/31, 11 AM, Pete Special; 9 PM, Carl Weathersby. 312-266-2400.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM. Sat 12/30, Keith Scott. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/23, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. 630-416-4898.

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

GATOR'S PUB & GRILL 962 S. Milwaukee, Wheeling: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/30, Pat Smillie Band. 847-541-7530.

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Sat 12/23, 9:30 PM, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/26, 8:30 PM, Jimmy Burns (no cover). Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam with Big Ray (no cover). Sat 12/30, 9:30 PM, Studebaker John & the Hawks. 708-484-3610.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/22, 10:30 PM, Evidence. 773-465-8005.

HEAVEN ON SEVEN 3478 N. Clark: Sundays, noon-2 PM, Devil in a Woodpile. 773-477-7818.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Tue 12/26, 9:30 PM, Devil in a Woodpile (no cover). 773-227-4433.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller. Sat 12/23, Big James & the Chicago Playboys (see Critic's Choice). Mondays, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Tuesdays, Durty Lounge Lizards. Wed 12/27, Phil Guy & the Chicago Machine. Thu 12/28, Pete Special. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. 312-923-2000 or 312-527-2583.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar 9 PM-1 AM. Saturdays, Debbie & the Elite Blues Band. 312-245-0333.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant with music at 6 PM. Thursdays, Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble. 312-595-5299.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Sat 12/23, Half-Blind Mike & the Seeing Eye Dogs. Fri 12/29, Kingsnakes. 630-752-2000.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Sugar Blue. Sundays, 4-8:30 PM, blues jam with Zanne Mack Band; 9:30 PM, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Casey Jones. Mondays and Wednesdays, Howard Scott & Chick Rodgers, Andre Taylor & Nellie Travis. Tuesdays, Zanne Mack Band, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Thu 12/28, Nellie Travis. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater. 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Delores Scott & Her Revue. Sat 12/23, Shirley Johnson Blues Revue. Sundays, noon-3 PM, gospel buffet; 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Wednesdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band. Thu 12/28, Joe Barr. Fri 12/29, Pat Smillie Band. Sat 12/30, Bobby "Slim" James. Sun 12/31, Koko Taylor & Artie "Blues Boy" White. 312-566-0555.

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

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Music after 9:30 PM. Sat 12/23, Calvin Harrington. Sat 12/30, Z.Z. Hill. Sun 12/31, Jumpin' Willy Cobbs. 773-525-2422.

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/23, Blues Fever. 708-388-6755.

LINDA & LAWRENCE'S 1044 W. 51st: Music after 7 PM. Sundays, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. Mondays, Fantastic L'Roy & His Blues Revue. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, DJs spin blues. Thursdays, In Tent City Band, Grandmaster & the Unbelievable Band. 773-373-1260.

LONE STEER 7601 S. Cicero: Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Masheen Company. 773-838-8383.

LUCIANO'S 6431 W. Cermak, Berwyn: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/22, Margo & the Strictly Southside Blues Band. 708-863-2000.

MR. RICKY'S NOTE 118 E. Cermak: Restaurant and bar. Tuesdays, Fernando Jones Trio (no cover). 312-842-0400.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/23, Chicago Catz. Sun 12/31, Big Sweaty Men. 773-252-1155.

111 CLUB 111 W. 111th: Fridays, 8 PM, L.V. Banks & His Swinging Blues Band. 773-821-9165.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/23, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues. Thu 12/28, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames. 847-328-0399.

POP'S SPORTS BAR 817 E. Neagle, Roselle: Fri 12/29, Howard & the White Boys. 630-924-9368.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, open jam hosted by Blues Effect. 773-276-9730.

RITZ HOTEL BALLROOM 39th & King Dr.: Saturdays, 8 and 10 PM and midnight, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. 773-538-4271.

ROOSTER BLUES 811 W. Lake: Music on two stages nightly at 7:30 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Dion Payton & the 43rd Street Blues Band, Barbara LeShoure. Sundays, Joanna Connor Blues Band, Carlos Johnson. Mondays, Carl Weathersby, Masheen Company. Tuesdays, Billy Branch. Wednesdays, Carl Weathersby. Thursdays, A.C. Reed. 312-733-6577.

RORY'S MUSIC CAFE 701 W. Lake, Addison: Mondays, 8:30 PM, open blues jam hosted by Blue Heat. 630-543-3101.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Sat 12/23, and Tue 12/26, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Chico Banks. Thu 12/28, blues jam with Eomot RaSun. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Billy Branch & Sons of Blues. Sun 12/31, Melvin Taylor & the Slack band. 773-342-0452.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/23, Jimmy Burns. Fri 12/29, Pete Special. Sat 12/30, Bumblebee Bob & the Stingers. Sun 12/31, Pistol Pete. 847-991-2150.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Billy Flynn Blues Band. Wed 12/27, Steve Cushing & the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Fri 12/29, Blue Angels Blues Band with Moonshine Kate. Sat 12/30, Scotty & the Bad Boys. 773-772-6656.

STARLITE 605 S. Pulaski: Sundays, 7 PM-midnight, Jumpin' Willie Cobbs & the Fireballs. 773-826-5676.

TOWNHALL PUB 3340 N. Halsted: Music after 10 PM. Wednesdays, Brothers K Band. 773-472-4405.

290 SPORTS & JUICE BAR 3457 W. Harrison: No cover. Fridays, 10 PM, and Sundays, 9 PM, Willie D. & the All-Stars. 773-533-9208.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/29, Pete Norman. 630-969-9720.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Sun 12/31, 10 PM, Howard & the White Boys. 630-264-2739.

WAVELAND CAFE 3817 N. Recreation Dr.: Sundays, 3 PM, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 773-868-4132.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, open blues jam with Matthew Skoller Band. 773-271-0401.

jazz

concerts

PAUL BASA & BASANOVA Free concert. Fri 12/29, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

STU HIRSH ORCHESTRA, JERRY PETERS SWING QUARTET, 911 MAMBO ORCHESTRA perform at a a "Gala New Year's Eve Celebration." The evening includes a program with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra featuring soprano Sylvia McNair (J. Strauss, Rossini, Gillis, Weill, and others). Sun 12/31, 11:30 PM (Classical program begins at 9 PM), Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000.

DENISE LA GRASSA TRIO Fridays, 5-7 PM, Homewood Suites, 40 E. Grand. 312-644-2222.

DAN SAURA QUINTET Free concert. Fri 12/22, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595.

UPTOWN RHYTHM CLUB Swing concert and dance. Fri 12/22, 8 PM, New Orleans Ballroom, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main, Saint Charles. 630-584-6300.

MICHAEL ZERANG & HAMID DRAKE perform their tenth annual "Winter Solstice Percussion Concerts." Sat 12/23 through Sun 12/31, 6 AM, Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. 773-281-0824 or 773-871-5318.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/22, noon, Franz Jackson, Sonny Turner, Dan DeLorenzo, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/23, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9:30 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Sundays, 7:30 PM, Ellington Dynasty. Mondays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Chuck Hedges Swingtet; 9 PM, No Am/Pro Jam with Art Davis, Don Stille, John Bany & Charles Braugham. Tuesdays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Wallace Burton Group; 9 PM, Men of Note. Wed 12/27, noon, Steven Hashimoto; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Thu 12/28, noon, Steve Sandner; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Ron Friedman Quintet. Fri 12/29, noon, Peter Roothaan, Jeremy Bieber, Tom Hope, Rob Amster & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/30, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9:30 PM, Earma Thompson Quintet. 312-642-6805.

ARTIS'S 1249 E. 87th: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Latin/jazz jam session hosted by Crosswind. 773-734-0491.

BACINO'S 75 E. Wacker: Mondays, 6-9 PM, Famous Pizza Gig Quartet with John Lewis, Carter Luke, Steven Hashimoto & Heath Chappell. 312-263-0700.

BACINO'S 15256 S. La Grange, Orland Park: Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM, Steve Flowers Trio performs at brunch. Thursdays, 6:30-10 PM, Ray Bailey Trio. 708-403-3535.

BELLA-VIA RISTORANTE 6063 W. Dempster, Morton Grove: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sun 12/31, Milt Trenier & Company with Dave "Bubba" Mitchell. 847-470-1405.

BIG JOE'S 1818 W. Foster: No cover. Sundays, 8 PM, Big Joe's Jazz Masters Trio with vocalist Michele Thomas; 9 PM-midnight, jam session with Darren Scorza, Neil Alger, and Alex Bednarke. 773-784-8755.

BISTRO AMERICA 12 N. River, Batavia: Wed 12/27, 8 PM, Paul Abella Trio (no cover). 630-406-0008.

BISTRO ULTRA 2239 N. Clybourn: Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, Denise LaGrassa Duo. 773-529-3300.

BRANDON'S CHAR HOUSE 713 E. Ogden, Naperville: Sat 12/29, 7:30 PM, Frank Lamphere sings music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (no cover). 630-428-1900.

BRAXTON SEAFOOD GRILL 3 Oak Brook Center Mall (Rte. 83 & 22nd), Oak Brook: Fridays, 7:30-10:30 PM, and Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 PM, Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz with Judi K (no cover). 630-574-2155.

CARMICHAEL'S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 PM, Donny Nichilo. 312-433-0025.

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker: Piano bar and restaurant. Fridays, 5:30-9 PM, Libby York. Saturdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, Beckie Menzie. Tuesdays, 5-8 PM, Elizabeth Doyle. Wednesdays, 5-8 PM, Beckie Menzie. 312-346-3500.

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

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

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Live jazz and blues at 10 PM, midnight, and 2:30 AM on weekends. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Ray Silkman. Mondays, 7 PM-midnight, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. 312-341-9787.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/23, Daniel Givens (see Spot Check) with Josh Abrams, Seth Hitsky, Niki Mitchell & Fred Lonberg-Holm, David Boykin's Expanse, and John Herndon. Tue 12/26, Vandermark Five. Wed 12/27, Fred Lonberg-Holm with Guillermo Gregorio & Glenn Kotche. Sat 12/30, Daniel Givens (see Spot Check) with Josh Abrams, Seth Hitsky, Niki Mitchell, Jeff Parker & Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chicago Underground Quartet, Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. 773-276-3600.

ENNUI CAFE 6981 N. Sheridan: Music after 7 PM; no cover. Sundays, Bopzilla. Wednesdays, Jazz Hippies Power Trio. 773-973-2233.

ENTRE NOUS Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus: Restaurant. Sun 12/31, 5:30 PM, Don Bennett. 312-565-7997.

ERIK & ME 1 W. Illinois, Saint Charles: Thu 12/28, 8 PM, Baglione/Gessner Duo (no cover). 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Michael Strening Jr. Sat 12/23, Kevin Higgins Trio. Fri 12/29, pianist Larry Kenzal. Sat 12/30, Jeff Lasky & Steven Hashimoto. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music after 8 PM. Fri 12/22, Paul Abella Trio. Sat 12/30, Pat Brady Duo. 847-718-9272.

EVERGREEN PLAZA 9500 S. Western, Evergreen Park: Thursdays through Saturdays, noon-6 PM, pianist Dave Green. 708-636-2800.

FOND DE LA TOUR 40 N. Tower, Oak Brook: No cover. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Frank D'Rone. 630-620-1500.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Rhythm Rockets (preceded by dance lessons at 7:30 PM). 630-416-4898.

FRENCH QUARTER Palmer House Hilton, 55 E. Monroe: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, jazz musicians perform during dinner. 312-621-7363.

FUTUREWORLD 1744 E. 55th: Cyber cafe and deli. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Robert Minal Duo. 773-256-1570.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 9 PM. Wed 12/27, Marco Polo. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Naked & Shameless, Brian McKnight, Pregnant Chad Posse. 773-489-5471.

GERRI'S PALM TAVERN 446 E. 47th: Saturdays, 1-5 PM, "Sounds for Seniors" hosted by Gil Daspit. Wednesdays, 9 PM, David Boykin's Expanse. 773-373-6292.

GIANNI V. 550 Green Bay, Highwood: Restaurant with music in Club 550. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Joey Duna Trio (no cover). 847-433-5515.

LINCOLNWOOD RADISSON HOTEL 4500 W. Touhy, Lincolnwood: Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 PM, Gina Gibson. 847-677-1234.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/22, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms; 1 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/23, 8 PM, Bill McFarland & the Chicago Horns; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wed 12/27, 9 PM, Kurt Elling Quartet with Brad Wheeler & Laurence Hobgood. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra with Kimberly Gordon. Fri 12/29, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Von Freeman & Edward Peterson; 1 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/30, 8 PM, Von Freeman & Edward Peterson; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. 773-878-5552.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/29, 10:30 PM, Healing Force with William Perry, Billy Brimfield, Tatsu Aoki & Vincent Davis. 773-465-8005.

HOTEL INTER-CONTINENTAL 505 N. Michigan: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM, Judy Roberts Trio. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5:30 PM, Judy Roberts. 312-944-4100.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Mambo Express. Tue 12/26, 8 PM, Tatsu Aoki's Myumi Project. Wed 12/27, 8 PM, Jazz Unlimited Orchestra. Thu 12/28, 8 PM, Toe 2000 with Yoko Noge, Griffin Rodriguez, Phil Mosberg & David Pavkovic. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar. Fridays, 5:30-8:30 PM, Elaine Dame. 312-245-0333.

HUDSON CLUB 504 N. Wells: Restaurant and bar. Music after 7 PM; no cover. Tuesdays, Sherri Riley Trio. Wednesdays, Donnie DeMarco Trio with Robyn Alexis. 312-467-1947.

JACK'S 3201 N. Halsted: Sundays, 11 AM-2:30 PM, John Paris/Eric Sitnen Duo. 312-339-6861.

JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand: Music at 9 and 11 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 4, 8, and 10 PM Sundays; 8 and 10 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/22 through Sun 12/24, Marian McPartland, Willie Pickens Duo (Sun 12/24, 4 and 8 PM only). Tue 12/26 through Sun 12/31, Houston Person/Etta Jones Quintet (Sun 12/31 at 4, 8, and 11 PM). 312-670-2473.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant. Music after 6 PM; matinee performances on Sundays. Fridays, Skinny Williams. Saturdays, Bopology. Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM, Katherine Davis; 5 PM, Sonny Turner Quartet with Ray Bailey. Mondays and Tuesdays, Franz Jackson & His Jazz Entertainers. Thursdays, Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble. 312-595-5299.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: Mondays, 9 PM, Long Count Quartet. 773-477-3330.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM, Mike Ferro. Thursdays, 8-11 PM, John Brumbach Quartet. 773-348-7592.

LITTLE LOUNGE Maggiano's Little Italy, 240 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook: Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 PM, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5:30-9:30 PM, Michael Laird. 630-368-0300.

LOCAL GRIND 1585 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/23, Hunter & the Jazz Hounds. 773-489-3490.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Restaurant with music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fri 12/22, Jeremy Kahn Duo. Sat 12/23, Jude Duo. Tue 12/26, Marie Alexandre. Wed 12/27, Two for Brazil. Thu 12/28, Greg Fishman Duo. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Two for Brazil. 312-649-5874.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Sundays, 9:30 PM, Bobby Broom Trio. Fri 12/29, 10 PM, Toe, Frank Catalano Threesome. 773-404-9494.

METROPOLE ROOM Fairmont Hotel, Illinois Center, 200 N. Columbus: Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Spider Saloff Trio. 312-565-6665.

MIA CUCINA 56 W. Wilson, Palatine: Restaurant with music at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Valentino. Fri 12/29, Sat 12/30, and Sun 12/31, Atomic Martini. 847-358-4900.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Live music after 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fri 12/22, Toni Moore Trio. Sat 12/23, Steve Million Trio. Wed 12/27, Kelly Brand Trio. Thu 12/28, Dennis Luxion. Fri 12/29, Tim Green Trio. Sat 12/30, Jon Menges Trio. 630-446-4001.

MILK PAIL Rte. 25 north of I-90, East Dundee: Sundays, 10 AM-2 PM, jazz brunch with Santa. Sat 12/23, 7 PM, Frank Pisani. Sun 12/24, West End Jazz Band. 847-742-5040.

NEW APARTMENT LOUNGE 504 E. 75th: Tuesdays, 10 PM, open jam with Von Freeman & friends. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Clarence Wheeler. 773-483-7728.

O'FAMÉ 750 W. Webster: Fridays, 8:30 PM, Denise LaGrassa Trio. 773-929-5111.

THE PALACE 4128 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, Matt Ross & Jason Wick. 773-525-4906.

PALM COURT Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM, Chad Willetts Trio. 312-787-2200.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Dave Onderdonk Trio. Mondays, Chris Greene & New Perspective. Tuesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Wed 12/27, Scott Anderson Trio. Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, Ernest Dawkins Quartet. 847-328-0399.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 9:30 PM, King Fleming Trio. Saturdays, 9:30 PM, Rankinfyle. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Jack Zara Trio. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Typhanie Monique Trio. Thursdays, 8 PM, Ryan Schultz Trio. Sun 12/31, 8 PM, Kara Kesselring Quintet (in the ballroom); 9:30 PM, Michele Thomas (in the club). 708-848-4250.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Mondays, Our Thing. 773-486-9862.

PIANO MAN 3801 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, open mike. Thursdays, "Cabaret Night" with Scott & Matt. 773-472-2956.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/22, 6:30 PM, Yoko Noge; 9 PM, Peter Roothann Quartet. Sat 12/23, Jimmy Ellis Quartet. Tue 12/26, Ken Saydak Trio. Wednesdays, Scott Stevenson Trio. Thursdays, Alison Ruble Quartet. Fri 12/29, 6:30 PM, Yoko Noge; 9 PM, Kelly Brand/Suzanne Palmer Quartet. Sat 12/30, Bobby Lewis Quartet. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Jesse Scinto Trio. Sat 12/23, Ken Chaney Trio, Ken Saydak Trio. Tuesdays, Steve Frisbie/Liam Davis Duo. Wednesdays, Mark Madsen Quartet. Thursdays, Suede & Blue Roy. Fri 12/29, Rankinfyle. Sat 12/30, Dave Gordon Trio, Rockin' Johnny Band. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Judy Roberts Quartet, Rankinfyle. 847-266-1313.

PUMP ROOM Omni Ambassador East Hotel, 1301 N. State Parkway: No cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 PM, live piano music; 8:30 PM, Dan Merrigan Trio. Sundays through Thursdays, 6:30-10:30 PM, live piano music. 312-266-0360.

RED 1958 W. Roscoe: Mondays, 10 PM, John Airo's Kung Fu Jazz, John Paris/John Irabagon Quartet (no cover). 773-248-9523.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Tuesdays, Taku Akiyami Quartet. Thu 12/28, 9:30 PM, Paul Cosino Organ Trio. 773-772-6656.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/22 and 12/29, 8 PM, Frank Lamphere sings music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (no cover). 773-871-0990.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 244 Main, Naperville: Music at 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Kevin Kizer Trio. Wed 12/27, Tim McNamara Trio. Thu 12/28, Mark Maegdlin Trio. Fri 12/29, Kevin Kizer Trio. Sat 12/30, Rob Denty Trio. 630-305-0230.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 415 N. Dearborn: Music at 6:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM on weeknights. Fridays and Saturdays, Donny DeMarco Trio. Tue 12/26, Leandro Varady Trio. Wed 12/27, Scott Burns Trio. Thursdays, Donny DeMarco Trio. 312-527-3510.

TORTILLA FLATS 116 Schiller, Elmhurst: Sundays, 5-7:30 PM, and Thursdays, 7-9:30 PM, Essence of Jazz Trio (no cover). 630-832-9797.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 8-10:30 PM, Lorna Boston & friends (no cover); 11 PM-4 AM (5 AM on Saturdays), Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Tuesdays, 8-10 PM, Lonie Walker; 10 PM-1 AM, Kimberly Gordon Quartet; 1-4 AM, Vince Willis. Wednesdays, 10:30 PM-4 AM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. 312-266-7761.

VELVET LOUNGE 21281/2 S. Indiana: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/22, Ernest Dawkins & Tatsu Aoki. Sat 12/23, vocalist Pippi & Her Ensemble. Sundays, 6 PM, jam session with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Josh Abrams, saxophonist Dennis Winslett, and percussionist Colby Watkins. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Orion Collective. Thu 12/28, Dan Phillips Trio. Fri 12/29, Black Earth Ensemble with Niki Mitchell & Hamid Drake. Sat 12/30, Fred Anderson with Tatsu Aoki & Hamid Drake. 312-791-9050.

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

VILLA KULA 4518 N. Lincoln: Tearoom and cafe features jazz pianists. Fridays, 6 PM, Eric Lugosch; 9 PM, Buddy Charles. Saturdays, 9 PM, Erwin Helfer & John Brumbach. Sundays, 8:30 PM, John Campbell. Sun 12/31, 11 PM, Dan Cray & Clark Sommers. 773-728-3114.

VILLA VERONE RISTORANTE ITALIANO 416 Hamilton, Geneva: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fridays, Amber Dawn Trio. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Peter Miletic. 630-232-2201.

WILLOW COFFEE & TEA 1100 W. Thorndale: Music at 8 PM. Sundays, 4-6 PM, vocalist Gina McLaughlin; 8 PM, open mike. 773-907-3500.

international

concerts

SAM GLASER performs at the Family Hanukkah Festival. Mon 12/25, 1 PM, Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere, Northbrook. 847-205-9480.

ORQUESTA ARALLUE Salsa concert. Sat 12/23, 8:30 PM (preceded by dance lessons at 7:30 PM), Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquet Center, 8900 S. Archer, Willow Springs. 708-839-1000.

WEI YANG & BETTY XIANG perform traditional Chinese music on the pipa and erhu. Sun 12/31, 2 PM, Regenstein Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. 312-443-3600.

international

clubs

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Sundays, 7-9 PM, DJs spin swing; 9 PM-4 AM, Salsa Con Cache. Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin salsa. 312-475-9800.

CLUB RITMO LATINO 2554 W. Diversey: Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 PM, salsa & merengue, bachata, and mambo dancing (no cover). 773-276-5762.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, reggae, samba, rock en español, and hip-hop. 312-397-0600.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: Thu 12/28, 9 PM, DJ Juan Carlos, DJ Prieto. 312-266-1944.

HOLLYWOOD EAST 5650 N. Broadway: Fridays, 10 PM, Angel D'Cuba & His Sugarcanes. 773-271-4711.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/22, 9 PM, Tchaka. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Mambo Express. Sat 12/30, 10 PM, Hi-Tec Band. Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Orquesta Latira, Tomas de Utrera. 312-362-9707.

LITTLE BUCHAREST & EURO CAFE 3001 N. Ashland: Restaurant & cafe. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Valerie Booker performs Latin jazz. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Breno Sauer plays Brazilian tango and jazz. 773-929-8640.

MAD BAR 1640 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 9 PM Fridays and Sundays, 10 PM Saturdays and Mondays through Thursdays. Wednesdays, flamenco music with Grupo Kaskara, DJ Jesse de la Peña. Thursdays, DJ Red Lox. 773-227-2277.

EL NANDU 2731 W. Fullerton: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8:30 PM, South American music. 773-278-0900.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, DJ Papichulo spins salsa & Latin grooves. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. 773-489-0011.

ONCE UPON A THAI 3705 N. Southport: Restaurant. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM, Thai classical music and dance. 773-935-6433.

PASHA 642 N. Clark: Music at 10 PM. Tuesdays, Bandoleros. Wednesdays, Chicago Samba. 312-397-0100.

RANCHO LUNA 3357 W. Peterson: Fridays, 7 PM, Caesar Fuentes; 10 PM, DJ Storm spins salsa & merengue. Saturdays, 7 PM, Rancho Luna Orchestra Tropical; 10 PM, DJ Storm spins salsa & merengue. 773-509-9332.

REZA'S 432 W. Ontario: Restaurant. Nightly at 6:30 PM, cimbalom player Alex Udvary & violinist Jovan. 312-664-4500.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Thu 12/28, 9:30 PM, Casolando, Butterfly Child. 773-525-2508.

SKADARLIJA 4024 N. Kedzie: Restaurant featuring eastern European music. Wednesdays through Sundays, 8 PM, Skadarlija Ensemble. 773-463-5600.

TANGO . . . NADA MAS 6137 Northwest Highway: Argentine tango dance club. Saturdays, 10 PM, Joaquin Amenabar. 773-792-2099.

WHAM BONGO BAR 111 W. Hubbard: Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM, Dr. Brad & Company (no cover). Thursdays, 9 PM, open percussion jam. 312-396-9426.

classical

ANTIOCH BRASS QUINTET Fri 12/29, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY CHORUS, CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR, AND MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Duain Wolfe, conductor, in a Christmas concert (Vaughan Williams, Fry, Tchaikovsky, and others). Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, 3 and 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA David Alan Miller conducts a "Gala New Year's Eve Celebration" featuring soprano Sylvia McNair (J. Strauss, Rossini, Gillis, Weill, and others). Sun 12/31, 9 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF EVANSTON CHANCEL CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA in a service of "Nine Lessons and Carols" (Rutter). Sun 12/24, 11 PM, First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman, Evanston. 847-864-8332.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NOONDAY CONCERTS Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut: Fri 12/22, 12:10 PM, Larry Long, organ. Fri 12/29, 12:10 PM, organist John W.W. Sherer accompanies a Christmas carol sing-along. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

GIA MIA 324 Burr Ridge, Hinsdale: Restaurant. Fridays and Saturdays, guitarist Goran Ivanovic. 630-734-0300.

FAREED HAQUE guitar, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Tarrega, Marcello, Saint-Saens, Giuliani). Free admission. Wed 12/27, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1430 or 312-744-6630.

HIS MAJESTIE'S CLERKES Anne Heider conducts a holiday concert (Leone, Fernandez, Charpentier, Haydn, Wolf, and others). Sat 12/23, 8 PM, Mallinckrodt Chapel, 1041 Ridge, Wilmette. 312-461-0723.

LAKE STREET CHURCH CONCERT CHOIR Alice Lane, conductor, with sopranos Carol Watkins and Dara Hobbs, mezzo-soprano Janet Mensen Reynolds, tenor Ken Donovan, baritone Ron Watkins, and chamber group (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/24, 11 AM, Lake Street Church, 607 Lake, Evanston. 847-864-2181.

LIGHT OPERA WORKS performs The Great Waltz, an operetta based on the life and music of Johann Strauss II. See Critic's Choice. Tue 12/26, 8 PM, Wed 12/27 and Thu 12/28, 2 PM, Fri 12/29 and Sat 12/30, 8 PM, and Sun 12/31, 2 and 8 PM, Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, 600 Emerson, Evanston. 847-869-6300.

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE CHORUS AND BRASS ENSEMBLE Thomas Wikman, conductor. Fri 12/22, 8 PM, and Sat 12/23, 3 PM, Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan Rd., Techny. 312-551-1414.

ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CHAPEL CHRISTMAS CHOIR Randi Von Ellefson, conductor, with flutist Christina Andrews and harpist Alyson Auton in a service of "Lessons and Carols for Christmas." Sun 12/24, 4 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-2100.

TICK TOCK HARP DUO Sun 12/31, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

TRIO VIVANT performs as part of the "Peacable Kingdom" holiday festival at the Field Museum (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Ibert, Tchaikovsky, and others). Sun 12/31, noon and 2 PM, Stanley Field Hall, Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore. 312-922-9410.

VIBRANT STRINGS QUARTET Sat 12/30, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

WINDY CITY STRING ENSEMBLE AND STRING STUDENTS OF MICHAEL L. HINING with pianists Barbara Ekholm and Tim Lenihan in a benefit concert for the Oak Park Animal Care League (Saint-Saens, Debussy, Ibert, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov). Sat 12/23, 7 PM, Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake, Oak Park. 708-383-2025.

fairs & festivals

FIRST NIGHT EVANSTON features music performances on various indoor stages in downtown Evanston. Sun 12/31, Rotary Building Cafe, 1560 Sherman: 9:30 PM, Dooley Brothers Band. First Bank and Trust of Evanston, 820 Church: 6:30 and 7 PM, On Stage!; 7:30 and 8:30 PM, Universal Mystic; 9:30 and 10:30 PM, Linda M. Smith. Evanston Bible Fellowship, 1702 Sherman: 7 PM, Joan Collaso & Larry Hanks; 9:30 PM, Wan Afrika with Kwame. Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington: 10 PM, Chicago Bluegrass Band. Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan: 9:30 PM, Conall Walsh Band, J. Bell. Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan: 6 and 7 PM, Heirs of Joy; 8 PM, True Voices of Christ; 9:30 and 10:30 PM, Grana' Louise. First United Methodist Church, great hall, 1630 Hinman: 7:30 PM, Zambra Gitana; 9:30 PM, Havana. Levy Center, 1629 Chicago: 6 PM, Levy Center Choraleers; 7 PM, One Drum: World Tour; 10 PM, Mariachi America. North Shore Hotel, 1611 Chicago: 6 and 7 PM, Aaron Weinstein; 10 PM, Bob Perna Orchestra. Mather Gardens, 1615 Hinman: 6 and 7 PM, Bel Canto Singers; 8 and 9 PM, Kelly Brand & Pangaea Quartet; 10 and 11 PM, Ars Viva Quartet. First Congregational Church, 1417 Hinman: 8 and 9 PM, David Young's New Republic Quintet; 10 PM, Todd Herbert Quartet with Willie Pickens. First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago: 7 and 8 PM, African village folktales with music and dance; 9 PM, Daniel Grove Band. Lake Street Church MacLeish Hall, 607 Lake: 6:30 PM, Midway Ramblers Cajun Band; 9:30 PM, Flashback Chicago. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood: 7, 8, and 9 PM, J-200; 10 and 11 PM, Chicago Voice Exchange. St. Mary's Church, 1421 Oak: 9 PM, Weavermania!. McGaw YMCA Member Room, 1000 Grove: 6 PM, Steven Suvada; 8:30 and 9:30 PM, Minna Bromberg; 10:30 PM, Peter Demuth. St Mark's Church, 1509 Ridge: 6 and 7 PM, Horizon Brass Quintet; 8 and 9 PM, Pan Go Steel Band; 10 PM, Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band. Board of Pensions building, 1201 Davis: 6:30 PM, Anish; 8 PM, Rockin' Johnny Band; 10 PM, Small Potatoes. YWCA gymnasium, 1215 Church: 6 PM, Punjabi Cultural Society; 7 PM, Culture Shock Chicago; 10:30 PM, Split-n-Image. Bank One Plaza, 1603 Orrington (outdoor stage): 11 PM, Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Other attractions include children's activities, ice sculpture, bike races, an art-oriented scavenger hunt, a poetry slam, puppets, dancing, and the Midnight Circus. 847-289-4248.

miscellaneous

ALL-VILLAGE SINGERS Wed 12/27, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

GREEN LIGHT PERFORMING CO. performs "The Baker & the Gingerbread Man" and "The Gingerbread Rag" in a sing-along concert for children. Sat 12/30 and Sun 12/31, 11 AM and 1 and 3 PM, Chicago Children's Museum, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand. 773-935-9380.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/22, 9 PM, Tchaka. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Mambo Express. 312-362-9707.

ILLINOIS CHAMBER SYMPHONY Terrance Gray, conductor, with soprano Alexia Kruger in a sing-along, "Santa, Cider, and Singing." Fri 12/22, 7:30 PM, Norris Theatre, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham, Saint Charles. 630-584-7200, ext. 10.

NOAH'S ARK 1704 W. 69th: Sat 12/30, 4 PM, "Gospel Poetry" open mike hosted by the Christian Poet Society. 708-865-7981.

PRIMAVERA RISTORANTE Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus: Sun 12/31, 5:30 PM, Primavera Singers. 312-565-7997.

MICHAEL STRENING JR. "Christmas Piano." Fri 12/22, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

H. MARK WILLIAMS & THE CULTURAL MESSENGERS perform at a free Kwanzaa celebration. Tue 12/26, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

MICHAEL ZERANG & HAMID DRAKE perform their tenth annual "Winter Solstice Percussion Concerts." Sat 12/23 and Sun 12/24, 6 AM, Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. 773-281-0824 or 773-871-5318.

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