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BoDEANS, WILLIE NILE Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, 7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

D-ERANIA Sat 11/25, 7:30 PM, Mars Hill Church, 5916 W. Lake. 773-287-3535.

JOHN DIGWEED, DJs WALSH & SOMMER See Critic's Choice. Sat 11/25, 9 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

FIVE BY DESIGN performs a revue of 1940s music entitled "Radio Days Christmas." Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Stage One, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

FLAMMABLE DRESS performs at the museum's "First Fridays" reception. Fri 12/1, 6-10 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-280-2660.

GOOD GIRL/BAD GIRL, FLUTTER, FLASHBULB, SPERM WHALE, DJ GREGOR MORTIS perform as part of "TechXotic" music showcase. Sat 11/25, 9 PM, Charybdis Multi-Arts Complex, 4423 N. Milwaukee. 773-427-9970.

NINA GORDON, PALOALTO See Spot Check. Fri 11/24, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

MADISON GREENE, ALATHEA, DORAN STAMBAUGH Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Cornerstone Community Center, 2942 N. Western. 773-989-2087.

SHAUNA HICKS & JEFF HARNAR Tribute to Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. 847-577-2121.

HUNGRYS Free in-store performance. Sat 11/25, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

LISA KANE Free in-store performance. Sat 11/25, 3 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

KILLING THE OLD MAN, ANTICRISIS, ANAPHYLAXIS Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Cornerstone Community Center, 2942 N. Western. 773-561-2450, ext. 6339.

LOCAL H Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Room 2800, Turner Conference Center, Student Resource Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-2712.

MAP OF JULY Free in-store performance. Sat 12/2, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

MARILYN MANSON, COLD, GODHEAD Sat 12/2, 8 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5700 or 312-559-1212.

MIDWAY RAMBLERS "American Friday Nights" concert and exhibition viewing. Fri 11/24, 5 PM, Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan. 312-664-3939.

MOE Sat 12/2, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

PATTY MORABITO & MARY MONICA THOMAS Free concert and tribute to World AIDS Day. Fri 12/1, 1 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

MUSIC 4 THE MASSES Electronic music concert with Junior Sanchez, Oliver Ho, Ben Sims, Ming & FS, Glenn Underground, Walsh & Sommer, DJ Funk, Mark Almaria & Paul Anthony, Submerge & Mumtaz, Slater Hogan, Kevin Cunningham, DJ Web & Jes One. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. 773-509-5050.

MXPX Sun 12/3, 7 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

O'JAYS, GERALD LEVERT, DELLS Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

ELLEN ROSNER, JOHN GREENFIELD & OTHERS Free concert celebrating Hanukkah. Thu 11/30, 6:30 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6569 or 312-744-6630.

PAUL SIMON Sold out. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. 312-559-1212.

SMARTECH TAGTEAM, ANAGRAM DAYDREAM, JOSH COLLINS, DJ FLOOD, DJ FOUR/4, DJ JEREMY COUTRE perform as part of "TechXotic" music showcase. Fri 11/24, 9 PM, Charybdis Multi-Arts Complex, 4423 N. Milwaukee. 773-427-9970.

SMASHING PUMPKINS Sold out. Wed 11/29, 8 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-455-4500 or 312-559-1212.

THIS IS THIS Free in-store performance. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

TRAGICALLY HIP Fri 12/1, 8 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5700 or 312-559-1212.

LUTHER VANDROSS Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

DEANNA VARAGONA Free concert. Thu 11/30, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6169.

GEORGE WINSTON Holiday piano concert and benefit for Governors State University scholarship funds. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University, Stuenkel Rd. and Governors Hwy., University Park. 708-235-2222 or 312-902-1500.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Tossers, Andrew Bird & Nora O'Connor. Wed 11/29, Cornmeal. Fri 12/1, Hi-Fi & the Roadburners, Deals Gone Bad. 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. 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. 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.

BEAN COUNTER CAFE 1932 Central, Evanston: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 11/24, Killing Cupid. 847-332-1116.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Fri 11/24, Waco Brothers, Puerto Muerto. Sat 11/25, Braam, Wotan, Bad Forum, Bamboo Grove. Sun 11/26, 9 PM, Hammerlane. Mondays, Pat McCurdy. Tuesdays, Hurricane Gumbo. Wed 11/29, Whimsical, My Delusion. Thu 11/30, Stone Jones, E-Vans. Fri 12/1, Forcefield UK, John Greenfield's Rock Band, Kiss & Ride, Timebomb Taxi. Sat 12/2, Stewed Coots, Rollover, Vibe Flight Mission. 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 Melvage 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. Wed 11/29, DJs Mary Jane & AM/PM, Jesse de la Peña, Tone B. Nimble, DJ Spin, PNS, Ethos, Cache 22, Shon Dervis & others. Thu 11/30, Blue Moon Boys. 312-243-1699.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/24, D-Generation, Stickfight. Sat 11/25, Ruck La Rou. Thu 11/30, Exurate, Veni Ficom, Coffin Cheaters. Fri 12/1, Stories for Boys, Hammerlane. Sat 12/2, Drapes, Terranauts, DJ Savage. 773-384-0043.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Saturdays, DJ Nique. Sundays, Uncle Milty, DJ 33 1/3. Mondays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae. Wed 11/29, Lion & Pollen, Justin Carlisle. Thursdays, DJs Heather, Lady D, Brenda D, Miss Bio Booster, Rebecca & Lauren Flax. 773-235-9100.

BIOLOGY BAR 1516 N. Fremont: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Jorge Rodas & Alberto Gomez spin salsa & merengue. Saturdays, DJs spin rock, pop & alternative. 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.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover Fridays. Fri 11/24, Wombat Carnival, Roadside Attraction. Sat 11/25, Hydrostatic Union. Wednesdays, open jam session. Sat 12/2, Dick Ourada Band. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Calico Cats. Sat 11/25, 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. Wed 11/29, 5 PM-4 AM, salsa dance competition with DJ Alberto "Escandalo" Gomez. 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 at 9:30 PM. Sat 11/25, Susanna & the Hollywoods. Tuesdays, DJ Hide spins acid jazz. Sat 12/2, Cash Audio. 773-384-2547.

CHAMP'S ROCK ROOM 5728 W. 87th, Burbank: Fri 11/24, 9:30 PM, I Decline, Motherlode, Lungbrush. 708-499-4140.

CIRCUIT 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. Fridays, DJ Hugo. 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. 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. Fri 11/24, DJ Mike Steele, DJs Rob Thurman & Mike Pierce. Saturdays, DJs spin drum 'n' bass. 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 11/24, DJs Joe Garza & Dave Roberts (Roxy Music tribute). 773-489-0379.

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

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.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Sat 11/25, the Tide. Fri 12/1, True Gravity, Calico Cat. Sat 12/2, We You They. 773-528-7569.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Darren Pierce. Wednesdays, Mystic Bill, Chris Gin. Fri 12/1, DJ DRC. 312-413-7000.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Los Bandoleros. Sat 11/25, 10:30 PM, Michaelangelo. Wed 11/29, Sam Cockrell & the Groove. 773-327-1662.

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: Mondays, 10 PM, DJs Ray_rod & Bob (no cover). 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: Fri 11/24, 8 PM, and Fri 12/1, 10:30 PM, Michael Whelan (holiday concert). Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Jeanne Scherkenbach (holiday concert). Wed 11/29, 8 PM, Nick Foster & Margaret Reeder ("A Holiday Retrospective.") Thu 11/30, 8 PM, and Sat 12/2, 10:30 PM, Gillian Kelly & Kristofer Simmons ("The 12 Steps of Christmas.") Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin ("There's Noel in Chanukah.") Sun 12/3, 5 PM, Lori McClain Trio ("A Swingin' Holiday"); 7 PM, 3 Girls 3 ("We Need A Little Christmas.") In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 8 PM, Daryl Nitz, George Howe. Saturdays, 8 PM, Gwen Pippen, George Howe. Sundays, 9 PM, Mark Burnell. Mondays, 9 PM, George Howe. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Johnny Rodgers. Thursdays, 9 PM, Andrew Blenderman. 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. Fri 11/24, DJ Tony. Sun 11/26, DJ Chris Jern (Jimi Hendrix tribute). Mon 11/27, Victory Records DJs spin punk. Tue 11/28, DJ AKA Dread Lock Scott. Thu 11/30, DJ Chuck Wren. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 11/24, 10 PM, Ming, Squatweiler, Mega Super Ultra, Datsons. Sat 11/25, 10 PM, Harmony Riley, High Grass Dogs, Steepwater Band. Sun 11/26, 8 PM, "The Sacrifice" fetish show with DJs, performance art, and Dungeon Master Poochie's Dungeon of Hell (formal or fetish attire required). Wed 11/29, 9 PM, Blue Turtle Tea Party, Howard Levy, Umphrey's McGee. Thu 11/30, 9 PM, Autoliner, Kid Million, Bangin on the Rhine. Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Junior Brown. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Meat Puppets, Kimball-Roeser Effect. Sun 12/3, 9 PM, Mushuganas, I Love Rich, Art Loinz & the Wet Dixxx, Mexican Cheerleader. 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). 312-751-2900.

DRINK 702 W. Fulton: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, DJs Tony & Justin. Saturdays, DJs Myke T, Kid Craig & Tony. 312-733-7800.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Fri 11/24, Cats Under the Stars. Sat 11/25, Insomnia. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Aaron Aggarwal (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/1, Red Pop Theory. Sat 12/2, Garbo Swag. 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 11/24, Radioslave, Jostelen Weed (indoors); Quantum Leap, Peacefreak (in the tent). Sat 11/25, Bottle of Justus, Naughty Boy Jack (indoors); Liquid Soul, Ophur (in the tent). Mondays, open mike with Paul Allodi. Tuesdays, 45s. Wednesdays, Durty Lounge Lizards. Thursdays, Quantum Leap. Fri 12/1, International Criminals, Mr. Sparkle, G'Tar Man Dave. Sat 12/2, Remedy, Dr. Kinetic. 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM on weeknights, later on weekends. Fri 11/24, Mr. Id, Kedvales, Serilian, Chris Blisset. Sat 11/25, Soul Food, Audio ID, Hypnofugue, Team Rock-it. Sun 11/26, Sumo. Mon 11/27, Israel, 9-Fifty. Tue 11/28, Big Wow, DeMilos, Kimi Hayes Band. Wed 11/29, 9 PM, Delafields, Anne-Marie Akin, Venus Envy. Thu 11/30, Splendorlex, Hungries, Julie Frost. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/24, 90 Day Men (see Post No Bills), Sterling, We Ragazzi, Milemarker. Sat 11/25, 9 PM, Caustic Resin, L'Altra, Har Mar Superstar (see Spot Check), the Race. Sun 11/26, Casino vs. Japan, Pulseprogramming, String Theory, DJs Ken Waagner & Bob. Mon 11/27, Lupine, Atombombpocketknife, A-Set. Tue 11/28, Drowsy Birds, Frontier, Factions & Fissures Double Trio. Wed 11/29, Tri-Dim (see Critic's Choice), Eternals. Thu 11/30, Pinebender, Dianogah, Taking Pictures, Bees Are Black. Fri 12/1, Rocket From the Crypt, Oxes, American Heritage. Sat 12/2, Eleventh Dream Day, Abilene, Dishes. Sun 12/3, Salvo Beta, La Makita Soma, Timeout Drawer. 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 11/30, "Therapy" DJs spin acid jazz, trip-hop, and funk, with percussionist Leddie Garcia & DJ Oscar McMillan. Thursdays, DJ Brian Collins. 312-338-3788.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Fri 11/24, pianist Abi Demirgian. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music at 8 PM. Fri 11/24, Randy Amundsen. Fri 12/1, Skip. 847-718-9272.

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. 312-266-1944.

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

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 510 S. Park, Fox Lake: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Only Sons. Sat 11/25, Matt McBride. 847-587-9677.

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 on weekends in Club Mamalu at 9 PM. Fridays, Mike Heaton Band. Saturdays, DJs spin hits from the 70s and 80s (no cover). 630-416-3310.

FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 11/24, Miss Hollie, Christopher Robin. Sat 11/25, Harold Hiso, Peter Ramos & Jay Jay, Uncle Milty & Doo Rock. 312-226-4555.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 11/24, 7 PM, Melt-Banana (see Critic's Choice), Robert Johnson & the Browns, Kung Fu Rick, Salvo Beta. Sat 11/25, 6 PM, MU330. Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Alabama Thunder Pussy, Acid Mothers Temple (see Spot Check), the Unshown. Fri 12/1, 7 PM, Pegboy. Sat 12/2, 5 PM, Rocket From the Crypt, Hey Mercedes, Faraquet; 9 PM, Slackers, Deals Gone Bad. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 11/24, 9:30 PM, Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel, Riptones. Sat 11/25, 10 PM, Rico! Tuesdays, 8 PM, open stage hosted by Richard Burnett & Ron Lazeretti. Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Iguanas, Grandsons. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Iguanas, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. 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 11/25, Maggie Speaks. Wed 11/29, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 10 PM. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/1, Bumpus. 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 11/29, 9:30 PM, Jonny Polonsky (no cover). 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. 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 11/24, Dead Steel Mill, Geezers. Sat 11/25, Nancy Connelly, Garrett Lane. Sat 12/2, Coach Feo. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Fridays and Sundays, 9:30 PM, Saturdays, 10 PM, and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. 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 11/28, 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.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Sat 11/25, 9:30 PM, the Business. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Sun 11/26, 7 PM, "Uptown Poetry Slam" features music by Diverse with Ted Sirota. 773-878-5552.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Saturdays, midnight, DJ V. 312-943-2252.

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. Wed 11/29, 9 PM, Paul Kotheimer. Thu 11/30, 9 PM, Strange Friends. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Mon 11/27, 9:30 PM, Leroy Bach, Edward Hargrove (no cover). Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Rock*A*Teens, Kim. 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 11/24, Big Backyard. Sat 11/25, Johnny Socko. Fri 12/1, Brat Pack. Sat 12/2, Kolbe Band, Calico Cats. 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: Wed 11/29, 8 PM, Backyard Variety Show hosted by Douglas Grew. Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Keith Uchima, Route 66, Ann Chaney. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Sat 11/25, 7:30 PM, Vast, Sunna; 11 PM, Cats Under the Stars, Rubygrass. Tue 11/28 and Wed 11/29, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Doro (see Spot Check). Thu 11/30, 8:30 PM, J. Davis Trio, Red Elephant, Seven Day Run. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Aretha Franklin. 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'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Mr. Blotto, Weed Street Band. Sat 11/25, Dave & Rae, Remedy. Sat 12/2, Shoemaker. 312-337-3486.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Sat 11/25, Two From Four. Sat 12/2, Joe Higgins. 630-752-2000.

JOHNNY O'HAGAN'S 3374 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Gareth Woods. Sat 11/25, User Friendly. 773-248-3600.

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. Thursdays, DJ Lucky spins hip-hop, funk, trip-hop, and old school. 312-337-4040.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Trippin' Billies. Sat 11/25, Generations, Anne Harris Band. Fri 12/1, Mini Reubens. Sat 12/2, Hoochie Suit. 773-975-0505.

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: Live music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM, weeknights at 9 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM; no cover. Fri 11/24, Mighty Joe & the Tribe. Sat 11/25, Swerve. Sun 11/26, Arthur Lee. Tuesdays and Thursdays, open mike hosted by Alec & Anyone's Guess. 773-384-1040.

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 11/24, Pedal Steel Transmission. Wed 11/29, Phantom Three. Thursdays, Cedarcase. 773-525-2422.

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24, BMC. Sat 11/25, the Bomb, Jeff Pezzati. Mondays, open mike hosted by Bobby Dunne. Thursdays, open mike hosted by Back in Stride. 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.

LOCAL GRIND 1585 N. Milwaukee: Thursdays, 9 PM, Hambone Hasbrouck (no cover). 773-489-3490.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Sat 11/25, 9 PM, Plad, I Decline, Soulfix, Echosend. Sundays, 9 PM, Juleps (no cover). Tue 11/28, 7:30 PM, Wendy Morgan's Local Vocal Brew. Wed 11/29, 10 PM, Bash, Kelley Clute Trio with Kurt David Phillips & Leddie Garcia. Thu 11/30, Sonic Voodoo Night, Jeff Freling. Fri 12/1, Sal Fortunato & His Fabulous Stingrays. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Sugarfriedsupero's. 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 Justin Lloyd. Sat 11/25, Lego, DJs Mel Hammond & Dayhota. Sundays, 8fatfat8, DJs Brian G & Frique. Mondays, Derrick Carter, Diz, Matty. Tue 11/28, DJ Dayhota spins at a poetry open mike for women. Wednesdays, flamenco music with Grupo Kaskara, DJ Jesse de la Peña. Thursdays, DJ Red Lox. 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. Sat 11/25, Nadine Baxter. Mondays, Peter Oprisko. Tuesdays, Dave Allen. Wednesdays, John Zamojcin. Thu 11/30, Mick Archer. 312-337-8080.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 777 Butterfield, Lombard: Live piano music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 PM on Sundays. Fri 11/24, 5 PM, Chicago Rose; 9 PM, Stan Karcz. Sat 11/25, 5 PM, Dave Allen; 9 PM, Stan Karcz. Sundays, Tom Linsk. Mondays, Peter Miletic. Tuesdays, Stan Karcz. Wednesdays, Tom Linsk. Thu 11/30, Peter Miletic. 630-543-1010.

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

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Dark Star Orchestra. Tue 11/28, Anish. Wed 11/29, MVP. Thu 11/30, Soulfix, Great Plains Gypsies, Space Rhino. Fri 12/1, Funkadesi. Sat 12/2, Derek Trucks Band. 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.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 11/24, 6:30 PM, Chevelle, Evil Beaver, Hustler, Monkey Paw; 11 PM, Banco de Gaia (DJ set), State of Bengal, TS Soundz. Sat 11/25, 9 PM, Soul Asylum, Iffy. Tue 11/28, 6:30 PM, Zen Darlings, Mary Prankster, Greedy Gretchen, Torben Floor. Fri 12/1, 6:30 PM, Antiflag, Flogging Molly, Big Wig. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Smashing Pumpkins (sold out). Sun 12/3, 7 PM, Buffalo Tom, Grant Hart. 773-549-0203.

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

MOOSE LODGE 1799 Green Bay, Highland Park: Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Eddie Barrett & the Goodman Legacy Band with vocalists Gingi & Lou Nocera. 847-446-8700.

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 11/25, Catalyst. Sundays, DJs spin goth & industrial. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Kea Lynn. 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: Tuesdays, 8 PM, "home recording" showcase (public may bring in music). Wednesdays, DJs spin "rare and unusual" records. 773-728-5010.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Fri 11/24, 9 PM, Jenny Choi, Blake Chen. Fri 12/2, 9 PM, Tommi Zender, Summer Chance. 773-743-3355.

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

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJ Tankboy spins late on Fridays. Fri 11/24, 11 PM, Baldwin Brothers, the Gruv. Sat 11/25, 10 PM, Left Undone, Shaking Tree, DJ Pocket Change. Sundays, 10:30 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. Mondays, 10 PM, DJs Mike Flow & Smoove. Tuesdays, "Spheres of Influence" with Porno & Silicon. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. Fri 12/1, 11 PM, Convulsions. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms, Youngblood Brass Band. 773-489-0011.

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.

PAPAGALLO'S RISTORANTE 246 Green Bay, Highwood: Saturdays, 7-10 PM, Eric "Pianoman" Stang. 847-432-6663.

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

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/24, Duvet Gorge, Volta Do Mar. Tuesdays, Shag's Little Thing. 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. Fridays, Cedarcase. 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. 773-252-7767.

POP'S ON CHICAGO 2053 W. Chicago: Music at 10 PM. Sat 11/25, Piehole. Tue 11/28, Motion Explosion, Forcefield UK. 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.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Thu 11/30, open jam hosted by Jen. 773-276-9730.

RAPTURE 730 N. Green: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly on two floors. Fridays, DJ Lego. Saturdays, DJ Max TC. Sundays, "Boca Music" hosted by Xavier. 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 11/24, Justin Long. Sat 11/25, Gaetano Parisio, Dave Siska, Justin Corbit, Bear Who?, Frique & Majid. Tuesdays, Frique, Mel Hammond & Jevon Jackson. 12-733-6699.

RILEY'S ROCK HOUSE 110 N. Lake, Aurora: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/2, In Flames. 630-896-1031.

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.

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

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Dolly Varden; 10:30 PM, the Read Letter. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Asylum Street Spankers; 10:30 PM, J. Davis Trio. Sun 11/26, 8 PM, John Wesley Harding & the Radical Gentlemen. Tue 11/28, 9:30 PM, Matt Tiegler Band, Tautologic. Wed 11/29, 7 and 10 PM, Cary Pierce, John Mayer. Thu 11/30, 9 PM, Sweeder, Central Falls, Hush Drops. Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Verbow, Waxwings. Sat 12/2, 7 and 10 PM, Over the Rhine. Sun 12/3, 8 PM, Rose Polenzani, Howie Day. 773-525-2508.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Mr. Myers. Sat 11/25, Rubber. Thu 11/30, Smalls. Fri 12/1, Spinshine. 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.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Fri 12/1, 10 PM, Kawabata Makoto & Tsuyama Atsushi, Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Drone Orchestra (with members of Acid Mothers Temple and the Unshown; see Spot Check), Für Saxa. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Bobby Conn, Kismet, Pope & Pony. 773-227-3617.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/1, Mr. Meyers. 847-991-2150.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Darrell Woodson, DJ V. Sun 11/26, benefit for World Evolution Project with Derrick Carter, Mark Grant, Miles Maeda, Ryan Ande, DJ Colette (see Post No Bills). Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner spins punk rock. Thursdays, DJ V. Fri 12/1, Mauricio Aviles, Darrell Woodson. Sun 12/3, DJ Sativa, Dzihan & Kamien, Numinous Radio, DJ Sativa. 773-549-4140.

SMILER COOGAN'S 5637 W. Grand: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Pissing Razors, Deep, Dirt Standing 8 & the Infamous. 773-889-0601.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Sun 12/3, 9:30 PM, Torturing Elvis. 773-772-6656.

SNUGGERY PUB 36 E. New York, Aurora: Music at 8 PM. Fridays and Thursdays, DJ Maz. 630-264-9800.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Sat 11/25, Fri 12/1, and Sat 12/2, 8 PM-midnight, Frank Lamphere sings music by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (no cover). 773-871-0990.

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). 773-327-7711.

SPUTNIK 18067 Dixie Hwy., Homewood: Fri 11/24, 8 PM, DJs spin. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Tom Daley, Not a Word, Seventies. Mondays, 7:30 PM, spoken word open mike (no cover). Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, open mike (no cover). 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. 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 Cabaret Room: Sat 11/25, Giant People. 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.

THURSTON'S 1248 W. George: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Life Blood, No One, Lo-Tek, Dago Red, Smoke, Muchacha. Sat 11/25, Pound Seven, Swerve. 773-472-6900.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fri 11/24, DJs Derrick Carter & Diz, DJ Lego, DJ Frique. Saturdays, DJs John Curley, Marc Buxton & Jernell Geronimo. Thursdays, DJs Jernell Geronimo & Marc Buxton. 312-491-9729.

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 11/24, 8 PM, Lisa Kane, Miga. Wed 11/29, C.H.A.T. music showcase with Jonathan Rundman, Beki Hemingway, Tasha Christiansen. Thu 11/30, 7 PM, Anne O'Meara Heaton, Deirdre Flint (see Spot Check). Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Rebecca Riots. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Milkbaby, Magnesium. Sat 11/25, Pinheads, Hotlips Messiah. 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.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Rico. Sat 11/25, Smalls. 630-264-2739.

WATERLOO TAVERN 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Generations. Sat 11/25, Pinch, Dan Darrah. Tuesdays, Hello Dave. Fri 12/1, Wright Walleys, Butterside Down. Sat 12/2, Halfway Jane. 773-929-1300.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 11/24, Mashers. Sat 11/25, open stage. 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 GOOSE 4265 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 11/24, We You They. Sat 11/25, Pursuit, Slaveship. 773-281-7112.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/24, Dub Dis, Devon Brown, Michael Black. Sat 11/25, Dub Flex. Sun 11/26, Dub Flex. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis, DJ Slacky J. Wed 11/29, Carl Brown. Thu 11/30, Belizean Vibes. Fri 12/1, Roots Stems Branches, Tchacka. Sat 12/2, Indika, Ras Kelly. 773-327-4273.

WILLOW COFFEE & TEA 1100 W. Thorndale: Music at 8 PM. Thursdays, "Grinder" gay/lesbian music & poetry series hosted by Scott Free (Thu 11/30 with Ripley Caine and Brian Kirst). 773-907-3500.

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 Sundays. Fri 11/24, DJs Spin & Joe Glover. Sat 11/25, DJs Lee Farmer & Joe Glover. 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

MURIEL ANDERSON WITH RACHEL BARTON & STANLEY JORDAN Benefit for Music for Life Alliance. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main, Downers Grove. 630-968-4984.

BERRYMAN'S Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Lake Street Church, 607 W. Lake, Evanston. 847-475-6165.

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS with William Coulter, Deby Benton Grosjean, and Todd Denman, dancers from the Murray School of Irish Dance, and storyteller Tomaseen Foley. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Ramsey Auditorium, Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Kirk & Pine, Batavia. 630-840-2787.

DECLAN & SIOBHAN perform at an Irish buffet. Sun 11/26, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM, Palos Country Club, 13100 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park. 708-448-6550.

FOREST VIEW XPRESS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/2, 9 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

HELLO DALI: FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SURREAL Folk music revue with Jamie O'Reilly, Michael Smith, Beau O'Reilly & Jenny Magnus; directed by Paul Amandes. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Sat 11/25, 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 11/26, 3 PM, Tue 11/28 through Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Sat 12/2, 5 and 8:30 PM, and Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln. 773-871-3000.

TIM McGRAW & FAITH HILL Tue 11/28, 7:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 847-635-6601 or 312-559-1212.

LEE MURDOCK & THE BLUE WATER BAND Annual "Christmas Ship" concert and musical tribute to sailors of the Great Lakes. Sat 11/25, 7 PM, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. 847-673-6300.

PATCHOULI Free in-store performances. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1540 Golf, Schaumburg. 847-330-0031. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595. Wed 11/29, 5 PM, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis. 773-794-6146.

COLLIN RAYE Christmas concert. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

SARAH RIDGE Free performance. Sat 11/25, 7:30 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 31 Town Square, Wheaton. 630-690-2746.

KENNY ROGERS Christmas concert. Sun 11/26, 4 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

WINDHAM HILL'S WINTER SOLSTICE with Sean Harkness, Liz Story, and Lia Lynne. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 8 PM. Fri 11/24, Tossers, Andrew Bird & Nora O'Connor. Sat 11/25, Turnstiles & Kolbe. Sundays, Irish jam session. Mondays, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, open stage. Sat 12/2, Larry Nugent, Aiofe Clancy. Sun 12/3, 6:30 PM, Max Zbiral-Teller. 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.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Sun 11/26 and Sun 12/3, Can-Ky-Ree. 773-384-2547.

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, traditional Irish session; 9 PM-2 AM, Gareth Woods (no cover). Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-583-3066.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. Wed 11/29, DJ Daniel spins country music. 773-472-2771.

FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand: Sat 11/25, 10 PM, the Ride. Sun 11/26, 6 PM, Joey Edwin. Tue 11/28, 9 PM, Napper Tandy. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Lootheads. Sun 12/3, 6 PM, Morgan. 312-836-0066.

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

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Kathleen Keane & friends. Sat 11/25, Dooley Brothers. Fri 12/1, Burren Ceili Band performs for a "Ceili Mor" traditional Irish social dance. Sat 12/2, Dyed in the Wool. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Wed 11/29, 8:30 PM, Paddy Keenan, Tommy O'Sullivan. 708-788-2118.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar. Thu 11/30, 9 PM, Chicago Bluegrass Band. 847-821-1234.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Sat 11/25, Eric Lugosch. 630-393-1247.

FRONT PORCH MUSIC 505 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/2, Friedlander & Hall. 219-464-4700.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Sundays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Fred. 773-489-5471.

HACKNEY'S 1514 E. Lake, Glenview: Music at 7 PM; no cover. Fri 11/24, Peter Brady & Kathleen Keane. Wednesdays, Whitey O'Day. 847-724-7171.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Restaurant and bar with live music. Sat 11/25, 10:30 PM, Kevin Leeds, Ruvane Kurlane. Sat 12/2, 10:30 PM, Michael Kelsey. 773-465-8005.

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.

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Mondays, 7:30 PM, open mike hosted by Bobby Dunne. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, open mike hosted by Back in Stride. 708-388-6755.

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

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Tue 11/28, 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.

NEWPORT COFFEEHOUSE 1121 Half Day Rd., Bannockburn: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/2, Andi & I. 847-940-7134.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Sat 11/25, Tricia Alexander, Alpha Steward Jr. & Bill Camplin. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. Sat 12/2, Marty Winkler, Tate Ferguson. 773-743-3355.

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

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Wed 11/29, 7 and 10 PM, Cary Pierce, John Mayer. Sun 12/3, 8 PM, Rose Polenzani, Howie Day. 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 11/24, Andrew Calhoun. Thu 11/30, 7 PM, open mike for high school and college students. Fri 12/1, open mike. 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Lisa Kane, Miga. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Andrew Calhoun, Kat Hood. Sun 11/26, 7 PM, Julie Frost, Dale Petersohn. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Mon 11/27, 8-10 PM, K.C. Crystal. Wednesdays, 8-10:30 PM, John Lawler. 312-266-7761.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Sat 11/25, 9:30 PM, Shana. Tuesdays, BLT & Mayo. 773-271-0401.

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. Tuesdays, open blues jam with Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thursdays, blues jam with A.C. Reed. 847-776-9850.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Wed 11/29, James Wheeler Band with Grana' Louise. Thursdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Maurice John Vaughn Band with Shirley Johnson. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater Band. Sundays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Mon 11/27, Zora Young Band. Tue 11/28, Allen Batts Band with Grana' Louise. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Mary Lane. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Johnny B. Moore Band with Patricia Scott. 312-661-0100.

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

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Jimmy Johnson. Sun 11/26, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers. Mon 11/27, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 11/28, Vino Louden. Wed 11/29, Rockin' Johnny & Willie Buck. Thu 11/30, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Sat 12/2, John Primer & the Real Deal Band. 773-528-1012.

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

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Thursdays, Sugar Blue. 773-384-8600.

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 11/24, 5:30 PM, Joe Moss; 9:30 PM, Bob Margolin, Fred Johnson & the Checkmates. Sat 11/25, 6:30 PM, Fruteland Jackson; 10 PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jay Stulo. Sun 11/26, 6 PM, Harmonica Hinds; 9:30 PM, Brother John. Mon 11/27, jam hosted by the Buzz. Tue 11/28, Mississippi. Wed 11/29, Studebaker John & the Hawks. Thu 11/30, Michael Burks. Fri 12/1, 5:30 PM, Sharrie Williams, Joanna Connor; 9:30 PM, Joanna Connor. Sat 12/2, 6:30 PM, Steve Arvey; 10 PM, Larry McCray, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. 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 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Willie White Blues Band. Sun 11/26, Mon 11/27, and Thu 11/30, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Pat Smillie Band. 773-624-3240.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. First, Saint Charles: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Thursdays. Sat 11/25, Howard & the White Boys. 630-513-0074.

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

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Live jazz and blues at 10 PM, midnight, and 2:30 AM on weekends. Mondays, 7 PM-midnight, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. Wednesdays, 8 PM-2 AM, Killer Ray & the Killer Players. 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 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Scott Nev. 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 11/24, Eddie King. Sat 11/25, Bonnie Lee. Sun 11/26, 11 AM, Eric Noden; 9 PM, Studebaker John. Mon 11/27, Rob Stone Duo. Tue 11/28, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Wed 11/29, Roy Hytower. Thu 11/30, Matthew Skoller. 312-266-2400.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 10 PM. Fri 11/24, Howard & the White Boys. Sat 11/25, Phil Guy & the Chicago Blues Machine. Sat 12/2, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 630-416-4898.

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

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Sat 11/25, 9:30 PM, Skip Towne & the Greyhounds. Tue 11/28, 8:30 PM, Dawn O'Keefe Williams Band (no cover). Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam with Big Ray (no cover). Sat 12/2, 9:30 PM, Sam Cockrell & the Groove. 708-484-3610.

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

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Mon 11/27, 9 PM, Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues (benfit for the family of Sonny Seals). 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Fri 11/24, 9 PM, R.L. Burnside (see Critic's Choice); 10 PM, Joanna Connor (on the Back Porch Stage). Sat 11/25, Joanna Connor. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller. Mondays, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Tue 11/28, Joanna Connor, Joe Bonamassa. Wed 11/29, Phil Armetta. Thu 11/30, No Mercy Band. Fri 12/1, Pete Special. Sat 12/2, Elmo Bliss & Cold Sweat. 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.

JB LOUNGE 5959 W. Chicago: Sundays, 6-11 PM, Z.Z. Hill Jr. & the Bad Influence. 773-261-8228.

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. Fri 12/1, Chicago Red Hots. 630-752-2000.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, 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. Thursdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band (live radio broadcast). 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 11/24, Laretha Weathersby, Delores Scott, Zanne Mack. Sat 11/25, Willie Kent & Patricia Scott. Sundays, noon-3 PM, gospel buffet; 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Wednesdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band. Thu 11/30, Nellie Travis. 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 11/25, Z.Z. Hill Jr. & the Bad Influence. Sat 12/2, Calvin Harrington. 773-525-2422.

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 11/24, Jeff Zak & the Cold Shot Band. 708-863-2000.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 11/25, Big Sweaty Men. Sat 12/2, Little Al Thomas & the Crazy House Band. 773-252-1155.

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

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Tue 11/28, Billy Flynn Trio. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 11/24, Ken Saydak Trio. Sat 11/25, Mississippi Heat. 847-266-1313.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM Wednesdays. Fri 11/24, Rhythm City. Sat 11/25, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. Wed 11/29, Pete Special. 815-477-0340.

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. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Carl Weathersby, Dion Payton & the 43rd Street Blues Band. Sun 11/26, Carlos Johnson, Joanna Connor Blues Band. Mon 11/27, Carl Weathersby, Masheen Company. Tue 11/28, Billy Branch, Michael Coleman. Wed 11/29, Carl Weathersby, King Corey. Thu 11/30, Oysters Rockefeller. 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 11/24, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Sat 11/25, Kinsey Report. Tuesdays, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Chico Banks, Jesse Cross. Thu 11/30, blues jam with Eomot RaSun. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Pinetop Perkins with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith & Bob Stroger. 773-342-0452.

SAMMY K'S 335 N. McLean, South Elgin: Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Howard & the White Boys. 847-695-6666.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/2, Lonnie Brooks. 708-526-7174.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Fri 11/24, Studebaker John & the Hawks. Sat 11/25, Bumblebee Bob. Sat 12/2, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. 847-991-2150.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/1, Rising Sun Blues Band. Sat 12/2, Scott Dirks & the Chicago Bound Blues Band. 773-772-6656.

SPUTNIK 18067 Dixie Hwy., Homewood: Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Steepwater. 708-922-9950.

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

TOWNHALL PUB 3340 N. Halsted: Wednesdays, 10 PM, 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.

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

BERNARD ALCORN Free in-store performance. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

MURIEL ANDERSON WITH RACHEL BARTON & STANLEY JORDAN Benefit for Music for Life Alliance. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main, Downers Grove. 630-968-4984.

PATRICIA BARBER Wed 11/29, 6:30 PM, ballroom, Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. 312-944-6250.

MARGARET CARLSON Free in-store performance. Sun 11/26, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

RYAN COHAN GROUP Free concert. Tue 11/28, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

COLLEGE OF DuPAGE ARTS CENTER JAZZ ENSEMBLE performs songs by Billy May. Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

SVEN-AKE JOHANSSON & ALEX VON SCHLIPPENBACH Sat 11/25, 7 PM, Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, University of Chicago, 5811 S. Ellis. 773-702-8670.

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

LUCKY 7 Swing concert and dance. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, New Orleans Ballroom, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main, Saint Charles. 630-584-6300.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE under the direction of Tim Aubuchon. Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

ERIC NODEN TRIO Free admission. Tue 11/28, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

FRANK RAVEN & THE BLUE WATUSIS Free in-store performance. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, Rte. 83 & 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

BUTCH THOMPSON & the DuPAGE CHORALE "Yulestride" holiday concert. Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, Mainstage, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO JAZZ X-TET under the direction of Mwata Bowden. Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Fulton Recital Hall, University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th. 773-702-8069.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 11/24, noon, Franz Jackson, Peter Roothaan, Tom Hope, Dan DeLorenzo & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 11/25, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9 PM, Guy Fricano Sextet. 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 11/29, noon, Bernard Alcorn; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Thu 11/30, noon, Steven Hashimoto; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Ron Friedman Quintet. Fri 12/1, noon, Kim Cusack, Sonny Turner, Rob Amster, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/2, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9 PM, Everett Green Quartet. 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.

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM nightly. Fri 11/24 through Sat 12/2, Bobby Lewis Quartet. 312-751-2433.

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 11/29, 8 PM, Paul Abella (no cover). 630-406-0008.

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

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.

BRICK HOUSE 2649 W. Walton (back house): Music at 8 PM. Thu 11/30, Misha Feigin & Toshi Makihara (see Spot Check), Seth Cluett with Carol Genetti, Fred Lonberg-Holm & Adam Sonderberg. 773-782-9133.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Thu 11/30, Dave Clark & the Jazz Jivers. 773-384-2547.

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.

CHARLESTON 2076 N. Hoyne: Music at 10 PM. Sat 11/25, Maralyn Gaza Trio. 773-489-4757.

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. Mondays, 7 PM-midnight, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. Thursdays, 8 PM-2 AM, Kevin Chandler Band. 312-341-9787.

DILLIGAF'S 5401 W. Addison: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Revolutionary Swing Orchestra (preceded by dance lessons at 8 PM). 773-202-9209.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Wed 11/29, Tri-Dim (see Critic's Choice), Eternals. 773-276-3600.

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

ERIK & ME 1 W. Illinois, Saint Charles: Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Airborne (no cover). 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Sat 11/25, Trio Du Jour. Fri 12/1, pianist Larry Kenzal. Sat 12/2, Airborne. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music after 8 PM. Sat 11/25, Pat Brady Duo. Sat 12/2, Matt Erion Trio. 847-718-9272.

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

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 11/26, 6 PM, Guy Fricano Big Band. Thu 11/30, 8 PM, John Moulder Quartet. Sun 12/3, 6 PM, Chicago Grandstand Big Band. Sat 12/2, 10 PM, Iguanas, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. 708-788-2118.

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

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

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

FRENCH QUARTER Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, jazz musicians perform. 312-726-7500.

FUTUREWORLD 1744 E. 55th: Cyber cafe and deli. Sat 12/2, 7 PM, Andrew Basa & His Hyde Park Hot Jazz Group. 773-256-1570.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 9 PM. Mon 11/27, Tim McNamara. Wed 11/29, Lou Marini & Michelle. Fri 12/1, Pepper Showcase. 773-489-5471.

GERRI'S PALM TAVERN 446 E. 47th: 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 DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 11/24, 9 PM, Bill Dickens & Mike Manson. Sun 11/26, 8 PM, Juli Wood Quartet (no cover). Mon 11/27, 8 PM, David DeCosta Trio (no cover). Wed 11/29, 9 PM, Bill Porter/Rich Fudoli Quintet. Thu 11/30, 9 PM, Bob Perna & Persistance. Fri 11/24, 9 PM, Bill Dickens & Mike Manson. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 11/24, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, John McLean Quintet; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Sueños; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 11/26, 11 PM, Grazyna Auguscik Trio. Mondays, 9 PM, Patricia Barber Trio. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Kurt Elling Quartet. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra with Kimberly Gordon. Fri 12/1, Jennifer Graham Quintet. Sat 12/2, Grazyna Auguscik Quintet. Sun 12/3, Two for Brazil. 773-878-5552.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Mondays, 9 PM, all-ages jam session hosted by Fareed Haque (no cover). Fri 12/1, 10:30 PM, Healing Force with William Perry, Billy Brimfield, Tatsu Aoki & Vincent Davis. 773-465-8005.

HECKY'S JAZZ CLUB 1623 Simpson, Evanston: Music at 8 PM. Fri 11/24, Kelly Brand Quintet. Fri 12/1, Robert Lee Quartet. 847-869-3811.

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: Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, 9 PM, Baritone Nation (see Critic's Choice). Fri 12/1, 9 PM, Dee Alexander. Sat 12/2, 4 PM, Vinko Globokar, Gene Coleman, Nic Colins, Erik Lund, Guillermo Gregorio, Jeff Parker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Cameron, Kevin Drumm, and Michael Zerang. 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.

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 11/24 through Sun 11/26, Roy Hargrove Quintet. Tue 11/28 through Sun 12/3, Heath Brothers. 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.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Restaurant with music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Mondays, JoAnn Daugherty & Tadao Shigematsu. Tue 11/28, Marie Alexandre. Wednesdays, Two for Brazil. Thu 11/30, 7 PM, Don Cray Duo; 8:30 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. 312-649-5874.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Sundays, 9:30 PM, Bobby Broom Trio. 773-404-9494.

MIA CUCINA 56 W. Wilson, Palatine: Restaurant with music at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Fri 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Atomic Martini. 847-358-4900.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Live music Wednesdays through Sundays. Fri 11/24, 9:30 PM, Tim Green Trio, Leftover Turkey. Sat 11/25, 9:30 PM, Bobby Broom Trio. Wed 11/29, 7:30 PM, MMS Trio. Thu 11/30, 7:30 PM, Ron Perrillo. Fri 12/1, Neal Alger Trio. Sat 12/2, Mike Lee Trio. 630-446-4001.

MILK PAIL Rte. 25 north of I-90, East Dundee: Sun 12/3, 10 AM-2 PM, brunch with music by Studebacker Spatz. 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.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Sun 11/26, 7 PM, Laurie Lee Moses. Sun 12/3, 7 PM, David Boykin's Expanse. 773-743-3355.

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 11/24 and Sat 11/25, Ryan Cohan Sextet with Orbert Davis. Mondays, Ron Perillo Trio. Tuesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Thu 11/30, Doug Lawrence Organ Trio with Dan Trudell. 847-328-0399.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 9:30 PM, King Fleming Trio. Saturdays, 9:30 PM, Rankinfyle. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Chicago Rose. Tuesdays, 8 PM, John Erickson Trio. Wednesdays, 8 PM, John Barclay Trio. Thursdays, 8 PM, Nova Bossa. 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. Fri 11/24, Yoko Noge & the Jazz Me Blues Band. 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 11/24, 6 PM, Yoko Noge; 9 PM, Katherine Davis Quartet. Sat 11/25, Brienn Perry Quartet. Sun 11/26, Denise La Grassa Trio. Mondays, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Wednesdays, Scott Stevenson Trio. Thu 11/30, Typhanie Monique Quartet. Fri 12/1, 6:30 PM, Yoko Noge; 9 PM, Henry Johnson Quartet. Sat 12/2, Redd Holt Quartet. Sun 12/3, Elaine Dame Trio. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 11/25, Ken Chaney Trio. Tue 11/28, Steve Frisbie & Liam Davis. Wed 11/29, Mark Madsen Trio. Thursdays, Suede & Blue Roy. Fri 12/1, Rankinfyle. Sat 12/2, Ken Chaney Trio, Yoko Noge. 847-266-1313.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Live jazz at 6:30 PM Sundays. Sun 11/26, Ron Mills & Kate Rafferty. 815-477-0340.

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.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Fri 11/24, 10 PM, Le Quan Ninh & Guillermo Gregorio (see Critic's Choice). 312-666-4412 or 773-227-3617.

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

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 244 Main, Naperville: Music at 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays; no cover. Fridays, Kevin Kizer Trio. Sat 11/25, John Beard Trio. Wednesdays, Rob Denty Trio. Thursdays, Mark O'Connor 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, Saturdays, Mondays, and Thursdays, Donny DeMarco Trio. Tuesdays, Mark O'Connor Trio. Wednesdays, Juli Wood 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 LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, Steve Ramsdell Quintet (no cover). 773-327-2739.

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 11/24, Andy Goodrich Afrocentric Quintet. Sat 11/25, Fred Anderson with Hamid Drake & Tatsu Aoki. Sundays, 6 PM, jam session with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Josh Abrams, saxophonist Dennis Winslett, and percussionist Colby Watkins. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Edwin Daugherty Group. Thu 11/30, Andy Goodrich. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, Douglas Ewart. 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. 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.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Thu 11/30, Jazz Temple Trio. 312-943-7815.

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

MARCIO FARACO, ALFONSO PONTICELLI & SWING GITAN See Critic's Choice. Fri 11/24, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

GRUPO CA--AVERAL, LOS LLYRAS, SOCIOS DEL RITMO, SONIDOS LA CHANGA perform at a regional Mexican-music dance celebrating Thanksgiving. Sat 11/25, 7 PM, Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212.

LIRA ENSEMBLE presents its annual "Polish-American Christmas Gala." Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect, Park Ridge. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Morton East Auditorium, 2401 S. Austin, Cicero. 773-508-7040 or 773-539-4900.

SONIDOS CALIENTES, MAMBO 911 ORCHESTRA Free concert preceded by Latin dance lessons at 6 PM. Fri 12/1, 7 PM, Avondale Park, 3516 W. School. 312-742-7529.

international

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Sun 12/3, 6:30 PM, Max Zbiral-Teller. 773-478-4408.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Sundays, 7-9 PM, DJs spin swing; 9 PM-4 AM, Salsa Con Cache. Wed 11/29, 5 PM-4 AM, salsa dance competition with DJ Alberto "Escandalo" Gomez. 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. Tuesdays, 6 PM-4 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, and tango. 312-397-0600.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: Thu 11/30, 9 PM, Jesus Enrique y Su Orquesta, DJ Juan Carlos. 312-266-1944.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Tue 11/28, 9 PM, salsa music with Rico. 773-395-0066.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Fri 12/1, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (call 312-559-1212 or 312-491-9111 for tickets). 312-943-2252.

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

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.

LULA CAFE 2537 N. Kedzie: Sundays, 7 PM, violinist Elisabeth Johnson & accordionist Robert Cruz-Orofino perform contemporary tango. 773-489-9554.

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. 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.

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

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

ALICE MILLAR CHAPEL CHOIR, BRASS ENSEMBLE, AND PHILHARMONIA Steven Alltop conducts "music for Advent and Christmas" (Howells, Gorecki, Praetorius, Taverner, Handel). Sun 12/3, 11 AM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

DANIEL BARENBOIM AND RADU LUPU pianos, in an all-Schubert program. See Critic's Choice. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

DANIEL BARENBOIM piano (Liszt, Schoenberg, Albeniz). See Critic's Choice. Sun 11/26, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

GILDA BARSTON AND DAVID DUNFORD cello and piano (Beethoven, Falla, Barber). Fri 12/1, 7 PM, Thoresen Performance Center, Music Institute of Chicago, 300 Green Bay, Winnetka. 847-446-3822.

BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA Keith Lockhart conducts a Christmas concert. Sun 12/3, 6:30 PM, Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont. 312-559-1212.

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA Jonathan Miller conducts a holiday concert (Palestrina, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Sykulski, Jansons, Clemens, Eriksson, Sigurbjornsson, Miller, Giles, Heider, and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park. 773-755-1628 or 800-746-4969.

CHICAGO CHAMBER CHOIR Timm Adams conducts a program of "international carols and folk music." Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1335 W. Flournoy. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Unity Lutheran Church, 5409 N. Magnolia. 312-409-6890.

CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSICIANS Sun 11/26, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630 or 312-346-3278.

CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR Josephine Lee conducts a holiday concert (Barber and others). Sun 11/26, 5 PM, Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine, Winnetka. Sat 12/2, 8 PM, St. Barnabas Church, 101st and Longwood. Sun 12/3, 5 PM, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake, Oak Park. 312-849-8300, ext. 222.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS (Arensky, Shostakovich). Tue 11/28, 8 PM, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 11/24, 1:30 PM, and Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor, with violinist Nikolaj Znaider (Sibelius, Dvorak). Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, 8 PM, and Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor and piano, with violinist Robert Chen, flutist Mathieu Dufour, and harpist Sarah Bullen in an all-Mozart program. Preconcert talks are given one hour and 15 minutes before each performance. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Alistair Willis, conductor, with the Magic Circle Mime Company in a family concert (Prokofiev, Suppe). Sat 12/2, 11 AM, 12:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Rossen Milanov, conductor, with violinist Dylana Leung (Wagner, Vieuxtemps, Tchaikovsky). Sat 11/25, 2 PM (with preconcert lecture at 1:15 PM), Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-939-2207, ext. 29.

CHORAL ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO Scott Arkenberg conducts a holiday concert (Rutter, Victoria, traditional, and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, St. Josaphat Church, 2311 N. Southport. 773-935-3800.

CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (Tchaikovsky and others). Free admission; tickets required. Wed 11/29, 7:30 PM, Grainger Ballroom, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

COMBINED CHURCH CHOIR OF ITASCA with the Salt Creek Sinfonietta in a Christmas benefit for Itasca-area charities. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, St. Peter's Church, 524 N. Rush, Itasca. 630-773-8518.

COMPETITION WINNERS FROM THE 16TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN HONOR OF CONFUCIUS perform music of Western and Chinese composers in a free concert (Bach, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Grieg, MacDowell, Chow, Li, Fan, Ting, Wang, Yang, and others). Sat 11/25, 2 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 847-564-0357, 773-955-1595, 312-913-0979, or 312-744-6630.

DU PAGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Barbara Schubert, conductor, with cellist Katinka Kleijn (Prokofiev, Glazunov, Elgar). Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 N. Benton, Naperville. 630-690-8644.

ELMHURST COLLEGE GUITAR ENSEMBLE (Albeniz, Brouwer, Granados, Lauro, Machado, Morel, Pick, Sagreras, Tarrega). Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Buik Recital Hall, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect, Elmhurst. 630-617-3515.

FLEUR DE LYS CHORALE Stephen Blackwelder conducts a Christmas concert (Poulenc, Paulus, Mechem, and others). Sun 11/26, 4 PM, Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, 1500 W. Belmont. 773-281-2107.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NOONDAY CONCERTS Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut: Fri 11/24, 12:10 PM, harpist Stephen Hartman. Fri 12/1, 12:10 PM, harpist Alison Attar. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

MARC-ANDRE GAUTHIER violin (Mendelssohn, Szymanowski, Schumann, Paganini/Szymanowski, Wieniawski). Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

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

VINKO GLOBOKAR trombone, with bass clarinetist Gene Coleman and Ensemble Noamnesia in a program of music by Globokar. Thu 11/30, 6:15 PM, Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. 312-787-3997 or 312-787-8664.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS in an Advent vespers (Phillips, traditional, and others). Sun 12/3, 4 PM (with organ recital at 3:30 PM), Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash. 312-664-6963.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITALS Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash: Sun 12/3, 3:30 PM, Samuel Soria (Dupre, Soria). 312-664-6963.

NANCY HUMPHREY, JOHN ROBINSON, AND RICHARD YEO harpsichord, violin, and cello (Bach, Telemann). Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 330 Laurel, Highland Park. 847-432-4459.

IN THE PENAL COLONY Court Theatre performs Philip Glass's opera. Fri 11/24, 8 PM, Sat 11/25, 3 and 8 PM, Sun 11/26, 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Wed 11/29 and Thu 11/30, 7:30 PM, Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Sat 12/2, 3 and 8 PM, and Sun 12/3, 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Court Theatre, University of Chicago, 5535 S. Ellis. 773-753-4472.

LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL SINGERS AND BEL CANTO SINGERS Timothy Haskett conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. James Lutheran Church, 1380 N. Waukegan, Lake Forest. 847-234-4859.

LIRA ENSEMBLE presents its annual "Polish-American Christmas Gala" (Paderewski, traditional, and others). Sat 12/2, 8 PM, Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect, Park Ridge. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Morton East Auditorium, 2401 S. Austin, Cicero. 773-508-7040 or 773-539-4900.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Sat 11/25, Tue 11/28, and Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with sopranos Patricia Racette and Kathryn Harries and tenors Hugh Smith and Patrick Denniston (Janacek, Jenufa). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Renato Palumbo, conductor, with bass Samuel Ramey and soprano Andrea Gruber (Verdi, Attila). 312-332-2244.

MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC CHOIRS AND SMALL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in a holiday concert (Handel and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR Sat 11/25, 8 PM, Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. 708-524-6942.

MUSICIANS CLUB OF WOMEN presents soprano Michelle Areyzaga and pianist Corinth Dela Cruz in a free concert. Mon 11/27, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 708-442-9453.

NAPERVILLE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL ENSEMBLES in a free performance. Wed 11/29, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

NEW HORIZONS BAND Charles B. Hawes conducts a free concert (Brahms, Prokofiev, Copland, Bernstein, and others). Thu 11/30, 7:30 PM, North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago, Evanston. 847-446-3822.

NILES CONCERT CHOIR AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Scott James Arkenberg conducts a holiday concert. Sun 12/3, 7 PM, St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem, Niles. 847-289-4484.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Eric Townell, conductor, with horn soloist Gail Williams (Mozart, Haydn). Thu 11/30, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC BAND AND SINGERS Bruce Hall and John Lynch conduct a holiday concert. Fri 12/1, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CHORALE, SINGERS, AND CHORUS in a holiday concert (Finzi, Rutter, and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000.

ORIANA SINGERS in a free program of madrigal and choral music. Sat 12/2, 3 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

PRAIRIE BRASS BAND Dallas Niermeyer conducts a holiday concert (Prokofiev, Britten, Andersen). Sun 12/3, 3 PM, First United Methodist Church, 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. 847-523-4467.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC in a public rehearsal. Sat 12/2, 2 PM, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

CARL REFSAL tenor, with pianist Alan Darling in a free concert (Verdi, Grieg, Ravel, Hundley). Sun 11/26, 2 PM, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar, Northbrook. 847-272-6224.

ST. CLEMENT CONCERT CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA Randall Swanson conducts music from Handel's Messiah. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/3, 4:30 PM, St. Clement's Church, 642 W. Deming. 773-281-0371.

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL CHOIR performs an "Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols." Free admission. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 312-751-6724.

SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY GUITAR ENSEMBLE (Tchaikovsky and others). Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, McGuire Hall, St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd. 773-298-3448.

ZINA SCHIFF violin, performs music of Jewish composers. Sun 12/3, 2 PM, Spertus Insitute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan. 312-322-1769.

SCHOLA CANTORUM CHORAL GROUP J. Michael Thompson conducts an Advent vespers service. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. Columba Church, 3400 E. 134th St. 773-646-2660.

SCHOLARS OF CAMBRAI perform music of the Elizabethan and late Renaissance era in a Christmas concert. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood. 773-667-1618.

JEFFREY SIEGEL piano, in a lecture-concert. Tickets available in advance only. Wed 11/29, 7:30 PM, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. 312-280-8220.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Willard Thomen, conductor, with orchestra and vocal soloists. Sun 12/3, 4 PM Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center St., Naperville. 630-355-1483.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH featuring the Janus Ensemble. Free admission. Sun 12/3, 7 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake, Evanston. 847-866-6260.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Sun 12/3, 7:30 PM, St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood. 773-274-4480.

SOUTHSIDE FAMILY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Jacob Haywood, conductor, with community choir (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/3, 3:30 PM, Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 11056 S. Longwood. 773-779-3355.

SOUTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, ST. BARNABAS CHOIRS, CANTICUM NOVUM CHAMBER CHOIR, AND VOICES OF THE VALLEY in a joint Christmas concert. Sun 12/3, 4 PM, St. Barnabas Church, 101st and Longwood. 708-802-0686.

KAZUHIRO TAKAGI, JANNE TATENO, YUKIKO OGURA, AND ADRIEN ZITOUN violins, viola, and cello, perform Britten's Quartet no. 2 in a free concert. Sun 11/26, 3:30 PM, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar, Northbrook. 847-272-6224.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CHOIRS Sun 12/3, 4 PM, Peace Memorial Church, 10300 W. 131st, Palos Park. 708-239-4827.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ENSEMBLES Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights. 708-239-4827.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CHORUS AND ROCKEFELLER BACH SOLOISTS Randi Von Ellefson conducts Handel's Messiah. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, and Sat 12/2, 3 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-3427, 773-702-7300, or 773-702-8068.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MOTET CHOIR AND ROCKEFELLER CHAPEL CHOIR Randi Von Ellefson conducts a Christmas concert. Sun 12/3, 5 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-702-8068.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MUSIC STUDENTS in a free chamber music concert. Thu 11/30, 12:15 PM, Fulton Recital Hall, University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th. 773-702-8068.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Barbara Schubert, conductor (Shostakovich, Glazunov, Dvorak). 12/2, 8 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th. 773-702-8068 or 773-702-9075.

WAUKEGAN SYMPHONY CONCERT CHORUS Stephen Blackwelder, conductor, with the Greenwood Choir in a holiday concert (Britten, Mechem). Sunday, 4 PM, St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 604 Douglas, Waukegan. 847-360-4740.

WHEATON COLLEGE MUSIC ENSEMBLES in a Christmas concert. Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton. 630-752-5099.

WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE Michael Teolis conducts a Christmas concert (Gabrieli, Victoria, Tye, Villa-Lobos, Near, Ferris, traditional, and others). Fri 12/1, 8 PM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 690 W. Belmont. 773-325-2000. Sun 12/3, 3 PM, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

WINDY CITY STRINGS in a free performance. Sat 12/2, 7 PM, Borders Books & Music, Rte. 83 & 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

fairs & festivals

CHICAGO WALDORF SCHOOL HOLIDAY FAIR Chicago Waldorf School, 1300 W. Loyola: Sat 12/2, 9 AM-5 PM, Chad Willets Trio, Big Smith, Max the Dulcimer, Waldorf Community Chamber Choir. Festival also features dance performances, crafts exhibits, and activities for children. 773-465-2662.

WINTER WONDERLAND Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park: Sat 12/2, Martin Theatre: 11 AM, Half Day Elementary School Choir; 11:30 AM, Glenbrook North High School Choir; 12:15 PM, Warren Township High School Choir; 1:30 PM, Chute Middle School Choir; 2 PM, Springman Middle School Choir. Bennett-Gordon Hall: 11:15 PM, Avalon Brass Quartet; 12:30 PM, Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Ensemble; 2 PM, Eileen Boevers Traveling Troupe. 847-266-5100.

miscellaneous

ALL-CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND in a free holiday concert. Fri 11/24, 12:15 PM, main lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

FRANZ BENTELER & THE ROYAL STRINGS Sun 11/26, 2:30 PM, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert, Arlington Heights. 847-718-7700.

CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION VOCAL ENSEMBLE in a free holiday concert. Mon 11/27, 12:15 PM, main lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

ELMWOOD PARK CIVIC CHORUS Laura Manning conducts a Christmas program. Sat 12/2, 7:30 PM, auditorium, Elmwood Park Parks and Recreation Center, 2 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park. 708-453-5847.

FRANKLIN FINE ARTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHORUS Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Fri 12/1, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

GREEN LIGHT PERFORMING CO. performs "The Baker & the Gingerbread Man" and "The Gingerbread Rag" in an interactive sing-along concert for children. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM and 1 and 3 PM, Chicago Children's Museum, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand. 773-935-9380.

KIDS FARE: HOLIDAY EXPRESSIONS Children's concert features a Northwestern University student ensemble and Niles West High School Show Choir Expressions in a holiday concert directed by Paula Bachman. Sat 12/2, 10:30 AM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

NOAH'S ARK 1704 W. 69th: Sat 12/2, 4 PM, "Gospel Poetry" open mike hosted by the Christian Poet Society. 708-865-7981.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Fri 11/24, 10 PM, Le Quan Ninh & Guillermo Gregorio (see Critic's Choice). 312-666-4412 or 773-227-3617.

STEEL EXPRESS Steel drum concert. Thu 11/30, 12:15 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4300.

WEST TOWN CHORUS, OAK BROOK BRASS QUINTET, CHICAGO BRONZE, CATHY LANE, SKINKERS, SCRAMBLED CRAIGS, TIVOLI ORGAN QUARTET Holiday concert and benefit for the West Town Chorus. Fri 12/1, 8 PM, and Sat 12/2, 2 and 8 PM, Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland, Downers Grove. 888-982-2616.

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