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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

STEVE ANTHONY AND HIS BAND play "classic dance music" (Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers and Hart). Mon 12/11, 12:15 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4818.

BUCKINGHAMS Christmas concert. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Mainstage, Harold D. McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

CANADIAN BRASS in a holiday concert. Thu 12/14, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

NATALIE COLE performs at a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Lakeside Ballroom, McCormick Place, 2300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-670-0313.

COLORS OF CHRISTMAS with Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Marilyn McCoo, and Bill Medley. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

LARRY O. DEAN WITH CHAD GIFFORD & DEREK WALVOORD Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 210 W. North. 312-867-0186.

DISTURBED, ORGY, EVERLAST, DEFTONES, LIVE, INCUBUS, PAPA ROACH, CYPRESS HILL, OFFSPRING Sat 12/9, 3 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-455-4500 or 312-559-1212.

DOOBIE BROTHERS Sold out. Sun 12/10, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

EPICYCLE Free in-store performance. Sat 12/16, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

JOSE FELICIANO Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

FIRE SHOW Free performance; Sat 12/9, 2 PM, Laurie's Planet of Sound, 4703 N. Lincoln. 773-271-3569.

DONNA & ROBBIE FULKS Sat 12/16, 8 and 10:30 PM, Chris & Heather's Record Roundup, 2034 W. Montrose. 773-271-5330.

ROBBIE FULKS Thu 12/14, 6 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-341-1521 or 312-744-6630.

GREAT CRUSADES Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 3 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

RON HAWKING WITH THE ILLINOIS CHAMBER SYMPHONY & EAGLE SONG Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Norris Theatre, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham, Saint Charles. 630-584-7200, ext. 10.

HERC. performs a Sammy Davis Jr. tribute at a release party for Roctober magazine. Sun 12/10, 8 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North. 773-342-0910.

HIP NOZ Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, CONFRONTATION CAMP, NASHVILLE PUSSY Sat 12/16, 7 PM, Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212.

MELISSA MANCHESTER Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

JOHNNY MATHIS, GARY MULE DEER Holiday concert with orchestra accompaniment. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

DONNIE McCLURKIN "Christmas Glory" concert with Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir and members of the Chicago Sinfonietta. Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester. 773-256-4111.

MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

MIGHTY BLUE KINGS Free in-store performance. Wed 12/13, 7 PM, Virgin Megastore, 540 N. Michigan. 312-645-9300.

MOJO & THE BAYOU GYPSIES Benefits Serenity House. Sat 12/16, 7 PM, the Barn, Arabian Knights Farm, 6526 Clarendon Hills Rd., Willowbrook. 630-415-1405.

MOONSHINE WILLY Free concert. Thu 12/14, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

KAT PARSONS Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

RHUBARB Free in-store performance. Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

ROOTS ROCK SOCIETY Sat 12/9, 9 AM, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan. 773-994-6756. Tues 12/12, 6 PM, auditorium, Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. 773-947-6052.

WACO BROTHERS perform at a 16-mm film screening. Sat 12/9, 8 and 10:30 PM, Chris & Heather's Record Roundup, 2034 W. Montrose. 773-271-5330.

WHO-VILLE BOOGIE with Derrick May, Detroit Grand Pubahs, AK 1200 & MC Navigator, Lady Kier, Superstar DJ Keoki, DJ Assault (see Critic's Choice), DJs Jes & Justin Long on four turntables, Casper, Jes One, D.P.M., Little John, and Ryan Hagen. Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. 773-604-1644.

ANDY WILLIAMS Christmas show. Sat 12/16, 7 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 9 PM. Fri 12/8, Robbie Fulks & Band, Gaberdine. Fri 12/15, "Trunkstock Showcase" with Ellen Rosner, Jeffrey Altergott, Mark Watson, Maria Hines, Lauren Brombert, Beki Hemingway, Jonathan Rundman, Kat Parsons, Arlo Leach, and Lou Carlozo. Sat 12/16, House Band. Sun 12/17, Jeff Tweedy. 773-478-4408.

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

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

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Ed Vantage spins in the loft. Thu 12/14, Rock Candy. 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.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Fri 12/8, Dollar Love Plus, Love Kit (see Spot Check), Webstirs. Sat 12/9, Brian Whitman, Matthew, Puerto Muerto, Blanche. Sun 12/10, 7:30 PM, Urban Twang. Mondays, Pat McCurdy. Tuesdays, Hurricane Gumbo. Wed 12/13, Java. Thu 12/14, Jank, Glowbugs, Beautiful Bastard. Fri 12/15, Family Haircut, Cotton Pony, Read Letter. Sat 12/16, Naughty Boy Jack, Wish List, Snake Oil. 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. Wednesdays, DJs Mary Jane & AM/PM. Thu 12/14, 11 PM, Mississippi Heat. 312-243-1699.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/8, DeMilos, Rectangle, Space and Noise Productions. Sat 12/9, Flesh Pilgrims, Yer Mother's Lovers. 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 12/13, 9 PM-2 AM, DJ Andy C spins drum 'n' bass. Sat 12/16, DJ John Howard. 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 12/8, Van Go. Sat 12/9, Planet Groove. Wednesdays, open jam session. Fri 12/15, Thick Red Shag. Sat 12/16, O Lookie Mo. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Trippin' Billies. Sat 12/9, Zambow. 773-528-0888.

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

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

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

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

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Tuesdays, DJ Hide spins acid jazz. Sat 12/16, Nick Willette with Jimmy Sutton & Joel Peterson. 773-384-2547.

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

CIRCUIT 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. Fri 12/8, DJ Aubrey Jones. Saturdays, DJ Lulu. Sundays, 11 PM, Miss Foozie & Her Floozies, DJ Jeff Berry. Mondays, 10:30 PM, "Disco Bingo" hosted by Daisy Mae. Thursdays, 11 PM, Miss Ketty & Her Latina Review. Sun 12/17, DJ Lulu (benefit for M.O.I.P.). 773-325-2233.

CIRCUS 901 W. Weed: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays; members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas perform circus acts on weekends. Fridays, DJs Rob Thurman & Mike Pierce. 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. 773-489-0379.

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

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

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

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

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

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Phat Phunction, SugarfriedsuperO's. Sat 12/9, Dogs in the Tub, Almighty Rodgers. Tue 12/12, Hack 'n Wheeze. Fri 12/15, Cycle Something. Sat 12/16, Beatnik Turtle, Bridgeburners. 773-528-7569.

CRISTAL 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/16, Rendezvous. 847-952-8555.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Fri 12/8, DJ Gee. Fri 12/15, DJ Lisa Loud. 312-413-7000.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, URT, Turnstyles, After Grace. Sat 12/9, 10:30 PM, Underwater People. Sun 12/10, 7:30 PM, Behold! The Living Corpse. Wed 12/13, Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, DJs spin hip-hop & techno. Fri 12/15, Wish, Halfway Jane, Rubber. Sat 12/16, 10:30 PM, Liquid Soul, Robert Cornelius 7. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Restaurant with music at 10:30 PM on weekends, 8 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/8, Rubber. Sat 12/9, Dave Uhrich. Wed 12/13, 6 PM, DJ spins 60s and 70s dance music. Thu 12/14, DJ spins dance music. Fri 12/15, Wicked Garden. 847-541-4700.

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

DANNY'S 1951 W. Dickens: 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 12/8, 8 PM, Sat 12/9, 8 and 10:30 PM, and Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Karen Mason. Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Daryl Nitz; 10:30 PM, Michael McAssey. Sun 12/17, 7 PM, Daryl Nitz; 9 PM, Michael McAssey. In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 8 PM, George Howe, Daryl Nitz. Saturdays, 8 PM, George Howe, Johnny Rodgers. Sundays, 9 PM, Mark Burnell. Mondays, 9 PM, George Howe. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Gwen Pippen. Thursdays, 9 PM, Andrew Blenderman. 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 12/8, Ultimate Rock & Roll Jukebox. Sun 12/10, DJ Lexi's Rock & Roll Dance Party. Mon 12/11, DJ Mark spins punk. Tue 12/12, DJ Mike Cook spins rock. Wed 12/13, DJs Jason & Keith spin country-and-western. Thu 12/14, DJ John Almonte spins "seriously heavy" rock. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/8, 10 PM, Silos, Mason Jennings. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, 40 Below Summer, Premium, Headspace, Error Type 11. Tue 12/12, 9 PM, Mos Isley, Mike Kandel. Wed 12/13, 9 PM, Pillow Mints, Unibrow, Asher Love. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Story So Far, Textbook, Vee-Dee. Fri 12/15, 10 PM, North Mississippi All-Stars. Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Exo, Box-O-Car, Pet Engine, Missile. 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. Thursdays, Afrodisiacs. 312-733-7800.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Fri 12/8, Loose Screws. Sat 12/9, Four-Man Band. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Aaron Aggarwal (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/15, Disfunktion. Sat 12/16, Incognitos. 815-356-9980.

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

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays (on two stages), 9 PM Mondays, 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/8, Umphrey's McGee. Sat 12/9, Thunder Road, Paul Allodi. Mondays, open mike with Paul Allodi. Tuesdays, 45s. Thursdays, Quantum Leap. Fri 12/15, Mr. Blotto. Sat 12/16, Mike & Joe. Sat 12/17, 3:30 PM, "Christmas Is for Giving" benefit for Catholic Charities and Toys for Tots with No Love Lost, Crazy Diamond, Fog Hill, Flathead Fillups, Thunk, Second Dimension, and Gravity (admission $5 & a new book or toy). 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/8, 9 PM, Toe, Villains, Cecilia, Gayle Ritt. Sat 12/9, 10:15 PM, Dovetail Joint, National Drag, Area Man. Sundays, 10:30 PM, Sumo. Mon 12/11, 9:15 PM, Gel Heads, Andrew Zorc. Tue 12/12, 10 PM, Delinquent Seven, Never Enough, Fusion. Wed 12/13, 9:15 PM, Steve Kouba, Plad. Thu 12/14, 9:30 PM, Anatomic, Magnesium. Fri 12/15, 9:45 PM, Kevin O'Donnell's Quality 6, East Village Project, Mercury Redstone. Sat 12/16, 10:15 PM, Bumpus, the Westfall. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Dictators, Paper Backs, Vortis (see Spot Check). Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Dylan Group, Ribbon Effect (see Critic's Choice), Angus Maclaurin (see Critic's Choice), Western Automatic. Sun 12/10, Promise Ring. Mon 12/11, Bosco & Jorge (see Critic's Choice), Shalabi Effect (see Critic's Choice), Butchershop Quartet. Thu 12/14, Mr. Rudy Day, Central Falls, Palms. Fri 12/15, White Stripes, Whirlwind Heat, Tyro. Sat 12/16, Isotope 217, Chicago Underground Duo. Sun 12/17, 7 PM, Kirk Rundstrom Band, Mike West & Myshkin; 10 PM, "Foam" with Frontier & Birth. 773-276-3600.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: DJs spin 7-11 PM, Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays. Fridays, DJ Cache 22. Tuesdays, DJ Nole. Wed 12/13, "Therapy" DJs spin acid jazz, trip-hop, and funk, with DJ Cache 22. Thursdays, DJ Brian Collins. 312-338-3788.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/9, 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 12/15, Tom Carey Band. Sat 12/16, Dawn Patrol. 847-587-9677.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mt. Prospect: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/15, Deja Vu. Sat 12/16, Five Guys with Day Jobs. 847-593-2200.

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

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

FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-226-4555.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Lozenge, Tub Ring, Motion City Soundtrack, Calibos. Sat 12/9, 6 PM, Teen Idols, Gamits, Methadones, Wednesdays; 10 PM, the Motion, We Ragazzi, Fire Show. Sun 12/10, 8 PM, Amazing Crowns, Hi-Fi & the Roadburners, Rolemodels. Mon 12/11, 8 PM, Black Heart Procession, Abilene, Purist. Wed 12/13, 6 PM, Movie Life, Supersleuth. Thu 12/14, 8 PM, Soda Jerks, Lynyrds Innards, M.O.T.O., Mighty Weapon, Ted. Fri 12/15, 8 PM, benefit for Christopher House Foundation with Paris TX, Utah!, and This Bright Apocalypse. Sat 12/16, 7 PM, the Bomb, Nymb, Story So Far, Conways. Sun 12/17, 5 PM, Good Clean Fun, Arma Angelus, Backup, Definate Choice; 9 PM, Kelly 18, Lupine, Be/Non, Rollo Tomasi. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/8, 10 PM, Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six, Old #8, Steepwater Band. Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Beatle Brothers. 708-788-2118.

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

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM. Sat 12/16, Tumbleweed. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Domestic Problems. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/15, Red Pop Theory. 630-416-4898.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: Fridays, 8 PM, DJ EKG. Saturdays, 8 PM, DJ EKG; 10 PM, Soul .45 DJs spin funk and soul. Wed 12/13, 9:30 PM, Escape from Earth (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. Fridays, Resident Gringo spins trance. Saturdays, DJ Andre Harris. Tuesdays, DJs Vince Williams, Derrick Wize & Rob Thurmond. 312-932-9289.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Wax Buddha, Growth Limited. Sat 12/9, 9 PM, 6th annual Todd Kelley Memorial concert with the Mythic Figs, Mary Godfrey, Pot Luck, Dawn O'Keefe Williams, Dwain Story, Mike Wylson, Stephanie Fletcher & Vince Dickinson, Herman Fritz & Aric Simons, Ann Ridge & Greg Bower, Scott Bailey, James Bourke, Jim Jansen, John Jandell, Scott Parrish, Joey Israel, and Jon Skor. Fri 12/15, Take 3, 50 lb. Head. Sat 12/16, Mopar, Loner Punk, Pound for Pound, Pinheads. 773-489-5471.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Guilty (no cover). 773-262-5767 or 312-409-3215.

GENTRY 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Fri 12/8, 5:30 PM, Mark Farris; 9 PM, Honey West & Alexandra Billings with Russ Long. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Tom Michael, John Mahady, Beckie Menzie. Sun 12/10, 9 PM, open mike with Beckie Menzie. Mon 12/11 and Tue 12/12, 5:30 PM, Mark Farris; 9 PM, Beckie Menzie. Wed 12/13, 5:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 9 PM, Mark Farris. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Mark Farris. Fri 12/15, 5 PM, Kate Schindle with Skip Sams & Chuck Larkin; 7 PM, Mark Farris; 9 PM, Honey West & Alexandra Billings with Russ Long. Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Mark Farris. Sun 12/17, 9 PM, open mike with Beckie Menzie. 312-836-0933.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Fri 12/8, 7:30 PM, Boris Marques; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 10 PM, Khris Francis. Sun 12/10, 6 PM, Honey West with Russ Long; 9:30 PM, Khris Francis. Mon 12/11, 7:30 PM, Russell Alan Rowe; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason with Bill Underwood. Tues 12/12, 7:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 9:30 PM, open mike with Dan Stetzel. Wed 12/13, 7:30 PM, Justin Hayford. Thu 12/14, 7:30 PM, Jared Michaels. Fri 12/15, 7:30 PM, Steve Kimbrough with Gino DeLuca; 9:30 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Sat 12/16, 7:30 PM, Boris Marques; 10 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Sun 12/17, 6 PM, Honey West with Russ Long; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason with Bill Underwood. 773-348-1053.

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

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

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

GIRLBAR 2625 N. Halsted: DJs spin Fridays and Saturdays after 9 PM; no cover. Tue 12/12, 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: Fri 12/8, 9:30 PM, Nicholas Barron & the Galaxy 5. Sat 12/9, 9:30 PM, Rico. Fri 12/15, Frank Catalano. 773-395-0066.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/8, Young Fathers, Tom Atteberry. Thu 12/14, Delafields, Stu Remley Band. Fri 12/15, Juleps, Kimmi Hayes. Sat 12/16, Cro-Fest 2000 with Split, Spa Lounge. 773-472-5139.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Fri 12/8, 11 PM, the Dog & Everything, Swizzletree. Saturdays, midnight, DJ V. Thu 12/14, 10 PM, Timebeings, Mark Watson Band. Fri 12/15, 11 PM, Sleeping at Last, Waterworks. 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. Fri 12/8, 10:30 PM, Anne E. DeChant Band. Fri 12/15, 10:30 PM,"Nicaragua Labor Benefit" with GEO Speedwagon & Jay Stanek. Sat 12/16, 10:30 PM, Guilty. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/8, Bobby Conn, Tim Kinsellas (benefit for Center on Deafness). Sat 12/9, 9 PM, "Hooray for Hanukkah" with Ellen Rosner, Kelly Kessler, Antje, John Greenfield, Eric Roth. Sun 12/10, 4 PM, "Holiday Kids' Show" with Twang Bang, Susanna & the Hollywoods, and Miss Mia & Ratso. Mon 12/11, 9:30 PM, Leroy Bach, Edward Burch Free. Thu 12/14, 9:30 PM, Robbie Fulks, Lucky Break. 773-227-4433.

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

HOB NOB NIGHT CLUB 4419 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake: Sat 12/9, 7 PM, David Paul (Frank Sinatra tribute), Peter Oprisko (Dean Martin tribute), and comedian Mark Fenske. 815-459-7234 or 877-474-6287.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, the Gruv, Rebecca's Statue. Sat 12/9, Pat McCurdy. Fri 12/15, Trippin' Billies. Sat 12/16, Roadhouse Dogs, Dogs Undecided. 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.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/8, Jill Scott (sold out). Sat 12/9, Sonia Dada, Indigenous. Sun 12/10, Jill Scott. Mon 12/11, 6:20 PM, COC (see Spot Check), Clutch, Flybanger, Sixty Watt Shaman. Tue 12/12, 8:30 PM, Hot Club of Cowtown, Squirrel Nut Zippers. Wed 12/13, Scarface. Fri 12/15, Baha Men. Sat 12/16 and Sun 12/17, Mighty Blue Kings. 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 12/8, Tim Mahoney & the Meenies, Swinger. Sat 12/9, Umphrey's McGee, Fat Apple. Wed 12/13, Scarface. Thu 12/14, Dick Holiday & the Bamboo Gang. Fri 12/15, Dave & Rae. Sat 12/16, Then Again. 312-337-3486.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/8, Bill Ward. Sat 12/9, Shawn & Jenell. Fri 12/15, Ron LaFleur Band. Sat 12/16, Heebie Geebies. 630-752-2000.

JOHNNY O'HAGAN'S 3374 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/8, Lootheads. Sat 12/9, Two Strung Out. 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.

KERRIGAN'S 2 5355 N. Clark: Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Thrillhouse Collective (no cover). 773-784-8700.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/8, Bad Cat, the Neighborhood. Sat 12/9, Crying Souls, Naked Voodoo. Fri 12/15, Common Ground. Sat 12/16, Something for Joey. 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: Music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM, weeknights at 9 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM; no cover. Sat 12/9, Tom Beeyachski Band. Sat 12/16, "How Stolie Stole Xmas" with Cornmeal, Anne Harris Band, Stolie, Cara Johnson-Hirsh & After Grace. 773-384-1040.

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

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, open mike hosted by Bobby Dunne. Thursdays, open mike hosted by Back in Stride. 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.

LUCIANO'S 6431 W. Cermak, Berwyn: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/15, Midnight Renegades. 708-863-2000.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Johnsons. Sat 12/9, Fusion, Second Seed, Spin Psycle. Sun 12/10, Juleps. Tue 12/12, Almighty Rogers. Fri 12/15, Phil Angotti, the Idea, Beatle Brothers. Sat 12/16, Milk Plow, Soulfix, the Convulsions. 773-871-3757.

MAD BAR 1640 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 9 PM Fridays and Sundays, 10:30 PM Saturdays, and 10 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Mark Grant with percussionist Leddie Garcia, DJ Jevon Jackson. Sat 12/9, Lenny Fontana, DJs Mel Hammond & Dayhota. Sundays, 8fatfat8, DJs Brian G & Frique. Mondays, Derrick Carter, Diz, Matty. Tuesdays, DJs Ron Carroll and Mazi. Wednesdays, flamenco music with Grupo Kaskara and DJ Jesse de la Peña. Thursdays, DJ Red Lox. Sat 12/16, Solar House, DJs Mel Hammond & Dayhota. 773-227-2277.

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

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

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

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Brother Brother, Peking Turtle, Tom McCarthy. Sat 12/9, Cee Knowledge & the Cosmic Funk Orchestra, DJs Hamster & Bunnyhug. Wed 12/13, MVP. Thu 12/14, Last Drag, Turnerjoy, Torben Floor. Fri 12/15, Brad Peterson. Sat 12/16, Pedal Steel Transmission, Old #8, Quazar Wut Wut. 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 12/8, 6:30 PM, Showoff, Sig Transit Gloria, Backdrop, Off Yourself. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, St. Germain (see Critic's Choice), DJ Heather. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Crazy Town, Union Underground. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Novasonic Down Hyperspace, Forty Piece Choir, Tom Spacey, Operation Supersound. Fri 12/15, 9 PM, Man or Astroman?, Rock*a*Teens, Sweep the Leg Johnny. Sat 12/16, 6:30 PM, Catch 22, Sum 41, Bowling for Soup, Swizzle Tree. Sun 12/17, 6:30 PM, Plain White T's, Penny and the Loafers, Split-Habit, Amazing Transparent Man. 773-549-0203.

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

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

MORSELAND MUSIC ROOM 1218 W. Morse: Bar and restaurant; music at 10 PM. 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, 8 PM, DJs spin "rare and unusual" records. Fri 12/15, Tiny Hairs, Jason Soliday. Sat 12/16, 9 PM, Fetal Position. 773-728-5010.

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 12/8, 10 PM, Forty Piece Choir, Scarlet Life, Milkbaby. Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Gertrude, Lovelies, Wes Hollywood Show, DJ Shon Dervis. Sundays, 10:30 PM, Dirty

MF & the Smoking Section. Mondays, 10 PM, DJ Ronnie spins jazz & hip-hop. Tuesdays, "Spheres of Influence" with Porno & Silicon. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, DJ Papichulo spins salsa & Latin grooves. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. Fri 12/15, 11 PM, SugarfriedsuperO's, Helen Stellar. Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Breaking Ranks, Deals Gone Bad. 773-489-0011.

OASIS 160 160 W. Joe Orr, Chicago Heights: Wed 12/13, 7:30 PM, Nickelback, Blank Theory, Dust for Life. 708-756-0600.

ORBIE'S INTERNATIONAL CAFE 525 Torrence, Calumet City: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/9, Ken Chaney Experience. 708-891-3900.

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: Sat 12/9 and Sat 12/16, 7-10 PM, Eric "Pianoman" Stang. 847-432-6663.

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

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Backwash. Sat 12/9, Wellstones. Sun 12/10, Brad Bouten. Tue 12/12, Academy Records Christmas Showcase, DJ Mr. Wiggles. Wed 12/13, Atransmission. Thu 12/14, DJ Gold "D." Fri 12/15, Bible of the Devil, Descendro Allegro, Peralta. Sat 12/16, Sonnets, RUR. Sun, 12/17, Smilin' Bobbie & His Blues Machine. 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. Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Magnaphonic, Van Go, Telstar. 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. Sat 12/16, DJ Rikshaw. 773-252-7767.

POP'S ON CHICAGO 2053 W. Chicago: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/9, Apocalypstick, the Shame, Puta-pons, Art Loinz & the Wet Dixxx. 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: Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Polkaholics. 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. Sat 12/9, DJs Behrouz, Walsh & Sommer, Frique, Majid & Bear Who? Tuesdays, Frique, Mel Hammond & Jevon Jackson. Thu 12/14, DJs Sven Vath, John Curley, Dayhota, Bear Who? Sat 12/16, DJs D:Fuse, Walsh & Sommer, Frique & Majid. 312-733-6699.

REILLY'S DAUGHTER 4010 W. 111th, Oak Lawn: Fri 12/15, 10 PM, Shades of Grey. 708-423-1188.

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

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

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

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

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

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 12/8, 10 PM, Handsome Family (see Spot Check), Blanche. Tue 12/12, 9 PM, Black Heart Procession, Octant (see Spot Check), Dirty Old Man. Wed 12/13, Deanna Varagona, Nadine, Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, David Mead. Fri 12/15, 10:30 PM, Monkey Paw, Brain Rakes, Janis Figure. Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Great Crusades, Kid Million, Royal City. Sun 12/17, 10 PM, Cat Power. 773-525-2508.

SEAN KALEY'S 10900 Rte. 83, Lemont: Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Shades of Grey. 630-257-6383.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 21 E. Hubbard: No cover. Sun 12/10, 6 PM, Roots Rock Society. 312-527-2722.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 1900 E. Higgins, Schaumburg: No cover. Fri 12/8, 6 PM, Roots Rock Society. 847-517-2722.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Johnny Socko. Sat 12/9, Wunderlich. Fri 12/15, Love Monkeys. Sat 12/16, Alex & the Allstars. 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.

602 NORTH NIGHT CLUB 602 North, Glendale Heights: Fri 12/15, 10 PM-1 AM, Guilty. 630-790-6100.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Firebird Band, Defender, La Makita Soma, D.M.S., Garo. 773-227-3617.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/16, Roots Rock Society. 847-991-2150.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Neil Aline, Darrell Woodson. Sat 12/9, DJs Heather & J-Dub, Scott Allyn. Sun 12/10, DJ Louie Santoro. Mondays, Kelechukwu. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner spins punk rock. Thursdays, DJ V. Fri 12/15, Marques Wyatt, Darrell Woodson. Sat 12/16, Miles Maeda, DJ Synergy. 773-549-4140.

SMILER COOGAN'S 5637 W. Grand: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/9, October 31. Fri 12/15, Joe Stump. Sat 12/16, Disinter, Bludgeon, Standing 8, Among the Living. 773-889-0601.

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

SNUGGERY PUB 36 E. New York, Aurora: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/15, Seven Deez. 630-264-9800.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/8, 8 PM-midnight, Frank Lamphere sings music of 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: 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. Fridays, DJ Mood. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Mood. Thursdays, DJ Andre Harris. 312-587-8779.

STRAND CAFE 103 Stephen, Lemont: Fri 12/8, 7 PM, On the Mainline. 708-257-2112.

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: Mon 12/11, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Jennifer Peterson with Tony Calderisi; 11 PM, Stunt Cat. 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.

TIMPANO ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE 1695 E. Golf, Schaumburg: Tue 12/12, 6:30-9:30, "85th Birthday Tribute to Frank Sinatra" with Jimmy Damon. 847-517-8866.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/8, DJ Heather, Superjane. Saturdays, DJs John Curley, Marc Buxton & Jernell Geronimo. Thursdays, DJs Jernell Geronimo & Marc Buxton. 312-491-9729.

TUCKAWAY TAVERN 2545 Plainfield, Joliet: Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/16, 5 PM, Dae (no cover). 815-436-9259.

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

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/8, the Me Decade, Grant Langston (see Spot Check). Wed 12/13, C.H.A.T. music showcase with Carey Ott, J for Jules, and Beki Hemingway. Thu 12/14, Kevin So. Fri 12/15, "First Words" young poets' and musicians' showcase and "soft slam" (sign-up at 6:30 PM). Sat 12/16, 9 PM, Verbow. Sun 12/17, Mark Denardo, Dale Petersohn, Julie Frost. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/8, DJ Greg Harris, DJs Andre Morant & Tim Javier. Sat 12/9, Four Fi. Sun 12/10, Jordan Zawideh, Jeff Sfire, Benoit. Sun 12/17, Feed the Machine. 773-327-2739.

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

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

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

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

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

WATERLOO TAVERN 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/8, Swinging Love Hammers. Sat 12/9, Jocelyn Weed, Zipper. Tue 12/12, Hello Dave. Fri 12/15, Royal Brown, Bryter. Sat 12/16, Rubber, King Super. 773-929-1300.

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 12/8, Weebles. 773-281-7112.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Ark Band. Sat 12/9, Carl Brown, Dansika. Sun 12/10, Gizzae. Mondays, DJ Red Lox. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis. Wed 12/13, Carl Brown. Thu 12/14, Zeleke, Ska One. Fri 12/15, Michael Black, Aswah Greggory. Sat 12/16, Zeleke, Pelvic Delta. Sun 12/17, Gizzae. 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 12/14, Rick Powell and Chris Piss. 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. 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

AENGUS CHRISTMAS SHOW with Sean Cleland, Pat Broaders, Robbie O'Connell, and Jimmy Keane. Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

SAWYER BROWN Sun 12/17, 4 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

CHICAGO BLUEGRASS BAND Dulcimer and acoustic guitar. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, David Adler Cultural Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville. 847-367-0707.

CHICAGO SPELMANSLAG performs Scandinavian folk music. Wed 12/13, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

DECLAN & SIOBHAN perform at an Irish buffet with Santa. Sun 12/10, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM, Palos Country Club, 13100 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park. 708-448-6550.

DAVE FLETCHER Free performance in the cafe. Sat 12/9, 1 PM, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 720 Hawthorne Center, Vernon Hills. 847-247-1157.

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 12/8, 8 PM, Sat 12/9, 5 and 8:30 PM, and Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln. 773-871-3000.

HERDMAN/HILLS/MANGSEN Sat 12/16, 7:30 PM, Lake Street Church, 607 W. Lake, Evanston. 847-475-6165.

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN, JOHNNY GIMBLE Fri 12/8, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

MOONSHINE WILLY Free concert. Thu 12/14, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

NOB HILL BOYS Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy., Barrington. 847-382-1300.

OAK RIDGE BOYS Sun 12/10, 4 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

ODETTA Sat 12/16, 11 AM and 2 PM, Arthur Rubloff Auditorium, Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams. 630-268-1111 or 312-443-3600.

PHIL PASSEN AND TOM CONWAY perform American, Celtic, and Christmastime music. Fri 12/15, 7 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

KEN SOMMER Free performance in the cafe. Fri 12/8, 7 PM, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 720 Hawthorne Center, Vernon Hills. 847-247-1157.

SONES DE MEXICO Sat 12/16, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG, TRICIA ALEXANDER Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd. 773-779-7059.

ANNA STANGE AND JOYCE MILLER-BEAN Family Christmas concert. Sun 12/17, 8 PM, Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd. 773-779-7059.

SALLY TIMMS AND ROBBIE FULKS perform classic country accompanied by vintage films of country stars. Thu 12/14, 6:30 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

YULETIDE CELEBRATION with Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern, Karen Mooney, Dennis Hult, Evie Barton, Fran Zell, Jim Simonis, Bob & Micky Holdsworth, and Susan Urban. Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry. 773-271-7127.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 8 PM. Fri 12/8, Robbie Fulks & Band, Gaberdine. Sat 12/9, Hooligans. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Street Corner Blue; 8 PM, Seven Nations. Mondays, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, open stage. Fri 12/15, "Trunkstock Showcase" with Ellen Rosner, Jeffrey Altergott, Mark Watson, Maria Hines, Lauren Brombert, Beki Hemingway, Jonathan Rundman, Kat Parsons, Arlo Leach, and Lou Carlozo. Sun 12/17, Jeff Tweedy. 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. Tue 12/12, 8:30 PM, Ty Herndon. 630-830-7200.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Sun 12/10, "Country Music Holiday" & country DJ. Sun 12/17, 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. Fridays and Saturdays, Randall Bays, Leo McNamara & Jim Dewan. Sundays, 4-7 PM, and Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-583-3066.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Sun 12/17, 8 PM, Whitey O'Day (no cover). 847-358-9150.

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 12/8, "Celtic Christmas Concert" with the Poor Clares. Sat 12/9, Dooley Brothers. Fri 12/15, Murphy's Law. Sat 12/16, Fast Eddie. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Dale Watson's Honky-Tonk Christmas with Joy Lynn White and Earl Pool Ball. Tue 12/12, 8 PM, open stage with Richard Burnett & Ron Lazzeretti. Wed 12/13, 8 PM, "Waygood Christmas Party" with Switchback and Scott Momenthy & the Tuesday Night Allstars. Thu 12/14, 8:30 PM, Special Consensus. 708-788-2118.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Half Day Bluegrass Band. 847-821-1234.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/9, Craig Champlin. Fri 12/15, Bittersweet Christmas Band. Sat 12/16, Kat Eggleston. 630-393-1247.

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

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

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

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Sat 12/9, 10:30 PM, Leah Galyean Band. 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: Music at 9 PM. Tues 12/12, 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 12/9, Kindred Spirits. 847-940-7134.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. Fri 12/8, 9 PM, "Women's Coffee House" hosted by Trish Alexander. Sat 12/16, Mark Edwards. 773-743-3355.

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

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Wed 12/13, Deanna Varagona, Nadine, Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, David Mead. 773-525-2508.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Thu 12/14, Big Back Yard. 708-526-7174.

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

TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/8, Bittersweet Christmas Band. Fri 12/15, Tom & Chris Kastle. 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Jen Erb, Ashley Peacock, Steph Fletcher, Vince Dickinson. Wed 12/13, C.H.A.T. music showcase with Carey Ott. Fri 12/15, "First Words" young poets' and musicians' showcase. Sat 12/17, Mark Denardo, Dale Petersohn, Julie Frost. 773-929-3680.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/9, Mitchell Turner. Fri 12/15, Mark Dvorak & Chris Walsh. Sat 12/16, 9:30 PM, Jim Fine. 773-271-0401.

blues, gospel, r&b

concerts

BISHOP T.D. JAKES, TRAMAINE HAWKINS, RICKY DILLARD & THE NEW GENERATION CHORALE, CHICAGO MASS CHOIR perform at "An Evening of Inspiration and Music" gospel extravaganza. Fri 12/15, 7 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 773-247-6514, 312-413-5700, or 312-559-1212.

FRANK RAVEN & THE BLUE WATUSIS Free in-store performance. Fri 12/15, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 909 N. Elmhurst, Mount Prospect. 847-342-6421.

JO SERRAPERE & THE HOT TAIL SECTION Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 17 W. Maple, Hinsdale. 708-802-0236.

blues, gospel, r&b

clubs

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

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

BEALE STREET BLUES CAFE 1550 N. Rand, Palatine: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Dawn O'Keefe Williams. Sat 12/9, Kinsey Report. Tuesdays, open blues jam with Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thursdays, blues jam with A.C. Reed. Fri 12/15, Dan Temple. Sat 12/16, John Primer. 847-776-9850.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: Thu 12/14, 11 PM, Mississippi Heat. 312-243-1699.

BISTRO AMERICA 12 N. River, Batavia: Wed 12/13, 8 PM, Greg Boerner (no cover). 630-406-0008.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, James Wheeler Band with Grana' Louise and Shirley Johnson. Mondays, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 12/12, Zora Young Band. Wed 12/13, James Wheeler Band with Grana' Louise. Thursdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater Band. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Lindsey Alexander Band with Zora Young. Sundays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Tue 12/12, Allen "Doctor Al" Batts Band with Grana' Louise. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Mary Lane. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Willie Kent & the Gents 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 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Carlos Johnson. Sun 12/10, Joe Moss. Mon 12/11, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/12, Carlos Johnson & Jimmy Burns. Wed 12/13, Pistol Pete. Thu 12/14, Jimmy Burns. 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. Fri 12/8, Frank Raven & the Blue Watusis. 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 12/8, 5:30 PM, Bucktown BBQ Boys; 9:30 PM, James Cotton, Dave Specter. Sat 12/9, 6:30 PM, Fruteland Jackson; 10 PM, John Mooney, the Buzz. Sun 12/10, Jimmy Johnson. Mon 12/11, jam hosted by the Buzz. Tue 12/12, Willie Kent & the Gents. Wed 12/13, Joe Moss. Thu 12/14, Grana' Louise Band. Fri 12/15, 5:30 PM, Ken Saydak; 9:30 PM, James Solberg, Bill Lupkin Blues Band. Sat 12/16, 6:30 PM, Joe Moss; 10 PM, Kim Wilson Blues Allstars, Mondo Blues Angels. 312-427-0333.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Fridays, Erwin Helfer & Barrelhouse Chuck. Sat 12/9, Devil in a Woodpile. Mondays, DJ Steve. Wednesdays, DJ Brian. 773-384-2547.

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

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

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Lee Morris Blues Band. Mon 12/11 and Thu 12/14, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

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

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

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

CRAWDADDY BAYOU 412 Milwaukee, Wheeling: Restaurant and bar with zydeco and blues at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. 847-520-4800.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Deerfield: Sat 12/16, 9 PM, Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine. 847-541-4700.

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

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

FAMOUS DAVE'S 739 N. Clark: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Sundays through Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/8, Lynne Jordan. Sat 12/9, Little Slim. Sun 12/10, 11 AM, Studebaker John; 9 PM, Dave Weld Duo. Mon 12/11, Joanna Connor Duo. Tue 12/12, King Corey. Wed 12/13, Mississippi Heat. Thu 12/14, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Fri 12/15, Jan James. Sat 12/16, Jimmy Johnson. Sun 12/17, 11 AM, Steve Arvey; 9 PM, Nick Moss Duo. 312-266-2400.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/15, 9:30 PM, Siegel-Schwall Band. 708-788-2118.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM. Sat 12/9, Steve Avery & West Side Heat. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 10 PM. Sat 12/9, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Sat 12/16, A.C Reed & the Sparkplugs. 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 12/9, 9:30 PM, L.C. Walker & Trouble No More. Tue 12/12, 8:30 PM, Joanna Connor & Mike Wheeler (no cover). Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam with Big Ray (no cover). Sat 12/16, 9:30 PM, Pistol Pete. 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: Mondays, 8 PM, Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, No Mercy Band. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller. Mondays, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. 312-923-2000 or 312-527-2583.

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

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

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, John Primer. Sundays, 4-8:30 PM, blues jam with Zanne Mack Band; 9:30 PM, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Casey Jones. Mondays and Wednesdays, Howard Scott & Chick Rodgers, Andre Taylor & Nellie Travis. Tuesdays, Zanne Mack Band, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Thu 12/14, Elmore James Jr. & Charlie Love (live radio broadcast). Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Sandra Hall. 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Delores Scott. Sat 12/9, John Primer & the Real Deal. Sundays, noon-3 PM, gospel buffet; 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Wednesdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band. Thu 12/14, Nellie "Tiger" Travis. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Howard Scott & the World Band. 312-566-0555.

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

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Music after 9:30 PM. Sat 12/9, Jumpin' Willy Cobbs & the Fireballs. Sat 12/16, Z.Z. Hill & Bad Influence. 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 12/8, Mark Z Blues Band. 708-863-2000.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/9, Dave Specter. Sat 12/16, Rockin' Johnny. 773-252-1155.

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

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Billy Flynn. Sat 12/9, Ken Saydak Trio. 847-266-1313.

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.

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

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Super Chikan. Sat 12/9, Billy Branch & Sons of Blues. Tuesdays, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Chico Banks, Jesse Cross. Thu 12/14, blues jam with Eomot RaSun. Fri 12/15, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Sat 12/16, Johnny Bassett. 773-342-0452.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/8, Rockin' Johnny Band. Sat 12/9, Little Arthur Duncan & the Back Scratchers (see Critic's Choice). Mon 12/11, Rockin' Johnny Band. Wed 12/13, Steve Cushing & the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Mark Naftalin & friends with Little Smokey Smothers. 773-772-6656.

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

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

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

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

MARGARET CARLSON Free in-store performance. Sun 12/10, 1 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS "Cool Yule" holiday concert, with Patrick Sinozich & His Snowmen of Swing. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 5 and 8:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-275-7294 or 312-902-1500.

DISTRICT 203 JAZZ ENSEMBLES Tue 12/12, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

ARTHUR DIXON ELEMENTARY JAZZ BAND Wed 12/13, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

JOHNNY FRIGO & JOE VITO Free concert. Tue 12/12, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

DONALD HARRISON WITH CHRISTIAN SCOTT See Critic's Choice. Tue 12/12, 8 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. 847-577-2121. Wed 12/13, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds. Highland Park. 847-266-5100. Thu 12/14, 7:30 PM, DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl. 773-947-0600.

STEVEN HASHIMOTO TRIO Free in-store performance. Sun 12/10, 1-4 PM, Gethsemane Garden Center, 5739 N. Clark. 773-878-5915.

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

JEFF LASKY GROUP Free in-store performance. Sun 12/17, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, Rte. 83 & 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

PETER LERNER Free in-store holiday concert. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

REGINALD McCANTS Sun 12/10, 6 PM, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, 1801 S. Indiana. 773-651-0188.

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND Mayo Tiana, director; NEIU Concert Band also performs. Wed 12/13, 7:30 PM, Northside College Preparatory High School Auditorim, 5501 N. Kedzie. 773-794-2787.

WILLIE PICKENS TRIO with Bunky Green, Kurt Elling & Ingrid Wallace (Christmas benefit for Centers for New Horizons). Fri 12/15, 8 PM, Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773-363-6063.

KEVIN PIKE Free in-store performance. Sun 12/10, 7:30 PM, Coffee Chicago, 5256 N. Broadway. 773-784-1305.

LONNIE PLAXICO Free in-store performance. Sat 12/9, 1 PM, Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash. 312-222-1467.

KEN ROBERTS ORCHESTRA performs at a "big band dance." Sun 12/17, 1:30-4 PM, Building K, College of DuPage, 22nd and Lambert, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

DAN SAURA Free in-store holiday concert. Sun 12/17, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

ARTIE SHAW ORCHESTRA Dick Johnson, conductor. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

JOE VAJARSKY, NATHANIEL BRADDOCK, JASON AJEMIAN, ERIC ROTH improvisation workshop. Mon 12/11, 8 PM, Myopic Bookstore, 1648 N. Milwaukee. 773-862-4882.

PAUL WERTICO TRIO Sun 12/17, 7:30 PM, Beth Hillel Congregation, 3220 Big Tree, Wilmette. 847-256-0755.

CASSANDRA WILSON Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/8, noon, Franz Jackson, John Watson, Dan DeLorenzo, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/9, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9:30 PM, Von Freeman Quintet with Bettye Reynolds. Sundays, 7:30 PM, Ellington Dynasty. Mondays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Chuck Hedges Swingtet; 9 PM, No Am/Pro Jam with Art Davis, Don Stille, John Bany & Charles Braugham. Tuesdays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Wallace Burton Group; 9 PM, Men of Note. Wed 12/13, noon, Steve Sandner; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Thu 12/14, noon, Steve Hashimoto; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Ron Friedman Quintet. Fri 12/15, noon, Kim Cusack, Rob Neighbor, Rob Amster, Tom Hope, Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/16, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9:30 PM, Redd Holt Quintet. 312-642-6805.

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

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

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

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Sun 12/10, Skin Tones, Bob Garrett. Sun 12/17, Crystal Skull Persuasion, John Jindra. 773-384-0043.

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 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.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Thu 12/14, 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.

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. Tue 12/12, Vandermark Five. Wed 12/13, Erhard Hirt. 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 12/14, 8 PM, Paul Abella Trio (no cover). 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Fri 12/8, pianist Pat Brady. Sat 12/9, Paul Abella Trio. Fri 12/15, Justin Dillard. Sat 12/16, Ron Smith Duo. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music after 8 PM. Fri 12/8, pianist Larry Kenzal. Fri 12/15, Michael Strening Jr. Sat 12/16, Airborne. 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 12/10, 6 PM, Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band. Sun 12/17, 6 PM, Lenny King's Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. 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.

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. Live music Fridays and Saturdays after 7 PM. 773-256-1570.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 9 PM. Mon 12/11, Tony Morrison. Wed 12/13, Pepper & the Red Hots. 773-489-5471.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Fri 12/15, 7:30 PM, Kolette Stim's A-Sharp Chicago Band. 773-262-5767.

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 12/8, 9:30 PM, Gerey Johnson. Sat 12/9, 9:30 PM, the Business. Sun 12/10, 8 PM, Marc Pompe Trio. Mon 12/11, 8 PM, Hinda Hoffman Quartet. Wed 12/13, 9 PM, Bob Perna & Persistance with Josie Falbo. Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Guy Fricano 16-piece Big Band. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/8, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Mike Lee Quintet; 1 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Lonnie Plaxico Group; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Chicago Improvisers Group; 11 PM, Two for Brazil. Mon 12/11, 9 PM, Jo Ann Daugherty Trio. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wed 12/13, 9 PM, Kurt Elling Quartet. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra with Kimberly Gordon. Fri 12/15, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Union Trio. Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Union Trio; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/17, 11 PM, "Green Mill Christmas Show" with the Weird Sisters. 773-878-5552.

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 12/1, 9 PM, Dee Alexander. Fri 12/8, 9 PM, ESP with Savoire Faire & friends. Sat 12/9, 9 PM, Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio with Pharoah Sanders (see Spot Check). Sun 12/10, 7:30 PM, Trio ARC, Kevin Drumm, Ensemble Noamnesia. Mondays, 8 PM, Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues. Fri 12/15, 9 PM, Cuba LA. Sat 10/16, 10 PM, William Gomez con Cache Orquestra. 312-362-9707.

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

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

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

JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand: Music at 9 and 11 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 4, 8, and 10 PM Sundays; 8 and 10 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/8 through Sun 12/10, Pat Martino Trio. Mon 12/11, 8 PM, David Bloom School of Jazz. Tue 12/12 through Sun 12/17, Louis Bellson & DePaul Big Band. 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. Fri 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Two for Brazil Christmas. Mon 12/11, Kelly Brand. Tue 12/12, Vocal Bop with Marie Alexandre. Wed 12/13, Hinda Hoffman & Dennis Luxion. Thu 12/14, Kelly & Kelly Duo. Fri 12/15, Jude Duo. Sat 12/16, Jeremy Kahn Duo. 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 12/8 and Sat 12/9, Dan Farris Quartet. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Kurt Yost & Jazz Conceptions. 847-358-4900.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Live music after 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fri 12/8, Tim Green Trio. Sat 12/9 and Wed 12/13, Steve Ramsdell Trio. Thu 12/14, Steve Million. Fri 12/15, Ryan Shultz Trio. Sat 12/16, Marlene Rosenberg Trio. 630-446-4001.

MILK PAIL Rte. 25 north of I-90, East Dundee: Sundays, 10 AM-2 PM, brunch with Santa and music. Sun 12/10, West End Jazz Band. Sun 12/17, Studebaker Spatz. 847-742-5040.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Lothars, Eric Leonardson. Sat 12/9, Silver Measure. 773-728-5010.

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 12/10, 8 PM, Tomato Box (see Critic's Choice). Sun 12/17, Shelton/Dibblee Quartet. 773-743-3355.

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

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

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

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Mondays, Chris Greene & New Perspective. Tuesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Wed 12/13, Tim Aubuchon Quartet. Thu 12/14, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Ken Chaney Quartet. 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, Jackie Allen Duo. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Jack Zara Trio. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Typhanie Monique Trio. Thursdays, 8 PM, Ryan Schultz Trio. 708-848-4250.

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

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

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/8, 6:30 PM, Elizabeth Doyle; 9 PM, Eddie Johnson/Michael Raynor Quartet. Sat 12/9, Elijah Levi Quartet. Sun 12/10, Bradley Williams & His 21st Century Review. Mon 12/11, Judy Roberts/Greg Fishman Duo. Tue 12/12, Billy Flynn Trio. Wed 12/13, Scott Stevenson. Thu 12/14, Kari Nelson Quartet. Fri 12/15, 6:30 PM, Peter Z.; 9 PM, Don Stiernberg Quartet. Sat 12/16, Corky McClerkin Quartet. Sun 12/17, Typhanie Monique. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/8, Billy Flynn. Sat 12/9, Redd Holt Trio, Ken Saydak Trio. Sun 12/10, "Christmas Concert" with Judy Roberts and Jackie Allen. Tue 12/12, Steve Frisbie/Liam Davis Duo. Wed 12/13, Mark Madsen Quartet. Thursdays, Suede & Blue Roy. Fri 12/15, Sam Burkhardt Trio. Sat 12/16, Franz Jackson Quartet, Carl Davis Trio. 847-266-1313.

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

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

SIMON'S TAVERN 5210 N. Clark: Sun 12/17, 9 PM, Steven Hashimoto Quartet. 773-878-0894.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Tuesdays, Taku Akiyami Quartet. Thu 12/14, 9:30 PM, Paul Cosino Jazz Organ Trio. 773-772-6656.

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

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 244 Main, Naperville: Music at 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/8, Eric Allen Trio. Sat 12/9, Juli Wood Trio. Wed 12/13, Eric Allen Trio. Thu 12/14 and Fri 12/15, Mark O'Connor Trio. Sat 12/16, Mark O'Connor. 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. Wed 12/13, 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. Mon 12/11, Steve Ramsdell Quintet. 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. 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. 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.

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

CHICAGO SPELMANSLAG performs Scandinavian folk music. Wed 12/13, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

KONOJEL JUNAM Mayan marimba music ensemble in a benefit for Inspiration Cafe, Casa Guatemala, and Ta Spol Be. Fri 12/15, 7 PM, Inspiration Cafe, 4554 N. Broadway. 773-334-9101.

LIRA SINGERS perform Polish and American carols. Sat 12/9, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

HASHA MUSHA & THE KIEV KLEZMERS "A Klezmer Hanukah" concert also features performances by the Congregation Beth Shalom Choir, the Gan Yeladim Dancers, and Rabbi Michael Remson. Sun 12/10, 4 PM, Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Ave., Naperville. 630-961-1818.

SONES DE MEXICO Sat 12/16, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

WEI YANG & BETTY XIANG perform traditional Chinese music on the pipa and erhu. Fri 12/8, noon, McGuire Hall, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd. 773-298-3421. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Regenstein Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. 312-443-3600.

international

clubs

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

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

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, DJs spin salsa and merengue, cumbia, reggae, samba, rock en español, and hip-hop. Fri 12/8, 9 PM-4 AM, Omega Delta Toy Drive with DJs Eddie Perez, Julious Oliver, Andy Lopez, Do Dat, Dinamico & Omar Perez. Tue 12/12, 9 PM, Joaquin Amenabar. 312-397-0600.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Jesus Enrique y Su Orquesta, DJ Juan Carlos. 312-266-1944.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Sat 12/9, 9:30 PM, Rico. Tue 12/12, 9 PM, Eliezer y Su Combo. 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.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Azucena Vega flamenco ensemble. Fri 12/15, 9 PM, Cuba LA. 312-362-9707.

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

LULA CAFE 2537 N. Kedzie: Sat 12/9, 10 PM, Jim Becker Dream Team. 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.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Fri 12/15, 9 PM, "Noche Latina" music and poetry showcase. 773-743-3355.

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

ALBRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND in a free concert. Mon 12/11, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

ALBRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA in a free concert. Fri 12/15, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State, 312-362-6700.

AMERICAN CONCERTO ORCHESTRA Stephen Burns conducts a "holiday candlelight concert" (Bach, Harbison, Hanson, spirituals). Wed 12/13, 8 PM, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. 773-722-5463.

APOLLO CHORUS OF CHICAGO Stephen Alltop, conductor, with soprano Patrice Michaels, bass-baritone Jeffrey Strauss, mezzo-soprano Julia Fischer, tenor Thomas Dymit, harpsichordist David Schrader, and others (Handel, Messiah). Sat 12/16 and Sun 12/17, 2 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. Preconcert discussions take place at 1 PM each day. 630-960-2251.

ARIOSO CHAMBER PLAYERS in a program exploring "why artists in all disciplines look to the past for inspiration" (Stravinsky, Beethoven). Works of painter Georgio De Chirico will be considered in an introductory discussion and a postconcert Art Institute tour. Sun 12/17, 2 PM, Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

BERLIN STAATSKAPELLE Daniel Barenboim, conductor and piano (Beethoven). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CANADIAN BRASS in a holiday concert (Bach, Gershwin, and others). Thu 12/14, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

JOSE CARRERAS, PLACIDO DOMINGO, AND LUCIANO PAVAROTTI "The Three Tenors" sing Christmas music. Sun 12/17, 7 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 312-559-1212.

CHANCEL BELLRINGERS in a free concert of holiday music. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar, Northbrook. 847-272-6224.

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA Jonathan Miller conducts a holiday concert (Palestrina, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Sykulski, Jansons, Clemens, Eriksson, Sigurbjornsson, Miller, Giles, Heider, and others). Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. Sun 12/10, 4 PM, First Congregational Church, 1445 Hinman, Evanston. 773-755-1628 or 800-746-4969.

CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in a free holiday concert. Thu 12/14, 12:15 PM, main lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR performs holiday music. Fri 12/8, noon, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams. 312-849-8300, ext. 222.

CHICAGO CHORAL ARTISTS Bart Bradfield conducts and Andi Lamoreaux narrates a concert exploring "the historical roots of many Christmas traditions" (Hovhaness, Holst, Burt, Howells, traditional, and others). Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge, Evanston. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Ascension Church, East and Van Buren, Oak Park. 773-549-7751.

CHICAGO CLASSIC BRASS in a holiday concert. Mon 12/11, 7 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA QUARTET with the Little Angels from Holy Angels School in a "holiday breakfast" benefiting Chicago Sinfonietta Southside Friends programs. Sat 12/9, 8:30 AM, Crystal Gardens, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 312-236-5078.

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA STRING QUARTET Fri 12/15, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 12/8, 1:30 PM, and Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Franz Welser-Möst, conductor, with violinist Gil Shaham (Adès, Brahms, Schumann). Thu 12/14, Fri 12/15, and Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Lorin Maazel, conductor (Berlioz, Maazel, Sibelius). 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 perform as part of the Music Now contemporary music series. See Critic's Choice. Tue 12/12, 8 PM, Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CHICAGO TEMPLE CHANCEL CHOIR performs a free Christmas concert (Vivaldi, Holst, Revicki, and others). Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington. 312-236-4548.

CHICAGO YOUTH CONCERT ORCHESTRA Terrance Gray, conductor, with violinist Ayane Kozasa (Offenbach, Haydn, Saint-Saens, Dvorak, Sowande, Williams). Wed 12/13, 7 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-939-2207, ext. 24.

CHORAL ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO Scott Arkenberg conducts a holiday concert (Rutter, Victoria, traditional, and others). Sun 12/10, 3:30 PM, St. Pauls United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard. 773-935-3800.

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS "Pageantry, music, dance, and drama evoking Old English Yuletide and Winter Solstice traditions" with Solstice Singers, Polished Brass, Greenwood Consort, Evanston Morris Men, and Village Waifs. Fri 12/8, 2 and 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 2 PM, Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, 600 Emerson, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

CITYWIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Chung Y. Park conducts a holiday concert (Offenbach, Dvorak, Anderson, Edelson). Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Jefferson Park Auditorium, 4822 N. Long. 312-742-7609.

CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Mozart, Ives, Scott, Hely-Hutchinson). Sat 12/9, 3 PM, chapel, DePaul University, 801 W. Belden. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

CLASSICAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-341-1521.

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY CONCERT BAND in a free concert. Sun 12/10, 4 PM, Mainstage Theatre, Performing Arts Building, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake. 847-543-2300.

CONCERTANTE DI CHICAGO Hilel Kagan, conductor, with soprano Jonita Lattimore (Diamond, Corigliano, Barber, Gould). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Concert Hall, DePaul University, 800 W. Belden. 312-658-6050.

CORIOLIS chamber choir in a holiday concert (Lauridsen, Wishart, Howells, Applebaum, Willcocks, and others). Fri 12/8, 8 PM, St. Martha Parish, 8523 Georgiana, Morton Grove. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Parish Church of St. Luke, 939 Hinman, Evanston. 847-869-0223.

CURIE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR in a free holiday concert. Wed 12/13, 12:15 PM, main lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

EDGEWATER SINGERS Diane Aitken conducts a free holiday concert. Sat 12/16, 7:30 PM, Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. 773-878-7513.

ELGIN CHORAL UNION Richard Zielinski, conductor, with the Indiana State University Percussion Ensemble and others in a holiday concert (Bach, Fraser, Rutter, and others). Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE STEEL BANDS perform music from "Classics to Calypso" (Copland, Stravinsky, Dvorak, and others). Sun 12/10, 3 and 6:30 PM, Stage One, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan, Elgin. 847-622-0300.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in a holiday concert. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, 8 PM, and Sun 12/17, 2 and 5 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

KRISTIN AND TRACY FIGARD violin and piano (Beethoven, Janacek, Liebermann, Vivaldi, Stenhammar). Winners of the Vincent Skowronski Music Foundation Team Competition. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616 or 847-491-9155.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF EVANSTON CHANCEL CHOIR David Lornson, conductor, and soloists and an instrumental ensemble perform part one of Handel's Messiah in a religious service. Sun 12/17, 10 AM, First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman, Evanston. 847-864-8332.

FLEUR DE LYS CHORALE Tues 12/12, 680 N. Lake Shore Dr. (private residence). 773-667-1618.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NOONDAY CONCERTS Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut: Fri 12/8, 12:10 PM, flutist Pamina Blum and organist Scott Kemmer. Fri 12/15, 12:10 PM, Chute Middle School Chorus and Handbell Choir. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

LUIS ANTONIO GALVEZ ALCANTARA tenor, performs music "reflecting on the mysteries of the rosary." Fri 12/8, 7 PM, Immaculate Conception Church, 2944 E. 88th. 773-768-2100.

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

GREATER BETHESDA BAPTIST CHURCH CHOIR Janet Underwood, conductor, with soprano Alfreda Burke, mezzo-soprano Gloria Spencer Brown, tenor Jeffrey L. Burish, and baritone Gary Roebuck (Handel, Messiah). Sat 12/16, 4 PM, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3600 W. Cermak. Free admission. 847-266-5000.

GRIFFITH VOICE STUDENTS perform holiday songs. Sun 12/17, 2 PM, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst. 630-834-0202.

HARDART GROUP performs a free holiday concert (Machaut, Messiaen, and others). Mon 12/11, 7:33 PM, Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster. 773-275-6492.

HIGHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT BAND in a free concert. Thu 12/14, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

HIS MAJESTIE'S CLERKES Anne Heider conducts a holiday concert (Leone, Fernandez, Charpentier, Haydn, Wolf, and others). Sat 12/16, 8 PM, St. Procopius Abbey Church, 5601 College, Lisle. Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-461-0723.

DAVID HOLLOWAY baritone (Schubert, Die Winterreise). Sun 12/17, 7 PM, Thoresen Performance Center, Music Institute of Chicago, 300 Green Bay, Winnetka. 847-446-3822.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS in an Advent vespers. Sun 12/10 and Sun 12/17, 4 PM (with organ recital at 3:30 PM both days), Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash. 312-664-6963.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITALS Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash: Sun 12/10, 3:30 PM, Stephen Betancourt (Bach, Distler, Reger, Daquin). Sun 12/17, 3:30 PM, Douglas C. Schneider (Bach, Dupre). 312-664-6963.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Vincent Royer, Kevin Drumm, Guillermo Gregorio, Ensemble Noamnesia (Scelsi, Radelescu, Spahlinger, Coleman, and others). Wed 12/13, 8 PM, Christopher Laughlin (Tarrega, Sor, Mendelssohn, Dyens, Bellinati, Rodrigo, and others). 312-362-9707.

IN THE PENAL COLONY Court Theatre performs Philip Glass's opera. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, Sat 12/9, 8 PM, and Sun 12/10, 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Court Theatre, University of Chicago, 5535 S. Ellis. 773-753-4472.

IRVING PARK LUTHERAN CHURCH CHANCEL CHOIR Roger Bingaman conducts a Christmas concert featuring Perfect 5th. Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding. 773-267-1666.

JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE CHAMBER SINGERS AND BRASS QUINTET perform at a "madrigal dinner." Benefit for Joliet Junior College music scholarships. Fri 12/8, 6:30 PM, Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottowa, Joliet. 815-280-2223.

JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHORALE Lynette Kesten Mulder conducts a free holiday concert (Bach, traditional, and others). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Fine Arts Theatre, Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt, Joliet. 815-729-9020, ext. 2787.

JULIANI ENSEMBLE in a free concert (Bach). Mon 12/11, 1:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6169.

LAKE FOREST COLLEGE CHORUS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Keith Hampton and Rami Levin, conductors, with double bassist Mark Kobe in a holiday concert (Beethoven, Gounod, Dragonetti, and others). Tue 12/12, 7:30 PM, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan, Lake Forest. 847-735-5169.

LAKESIDE SINGERS Robert Bowker conducts a holiday concert (Distler, Rachmaninoff, Taverner, Handel, and others). Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Lake Street Church, 607 Lake, Evanston. Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 847-446-3822.

LANG LANG piano (Handel, Brahms, Granados, Chopin). Fri 12/8, 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 3 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

LINCOLN QUARTET (Haydn, Bartok, Borodin). Wed 12/13, 7:30 PM, Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET Fri 12/15, 8 PM, Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis. 773-794-2787.

LOYOLA ACADEMY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND CHAMBER SINGERS in a free concert (Grieg, Bach, Mozart, Rutter). Sat 12/9, 2 PM, St. James Chapel, Quigley Preparatory Seminary, 103 E. Chestnut. 312-787-8625.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Fri 12/8 and Wed 12/13, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/17, 2 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with sopranos Patricia Racette and Kathryn Harries and tenors Hugh Smith and Patrick Denniston (Janacek, Jenufa). Sat 12/9, Tue 12/12, and Fri 12/15, 7:30 PM, Renato Palumbo, conductor, with bass Samuel Ramey and soprano Andrea Gruber (Verdi, Attila). 312-332-2244.

DAVID MALITO clarinet, in a free concert (Poulenc, Brahms, Bernstein). Tue 12/12, 12:15 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-939-2207, ext. 29.

ANTHONY McGILL clarinet. Fri 12/15, 8 PM, Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park. 847-266-5100.

METROPOLIS YOUTH SYMPHONY Robert Ian Winstin, conductor, with soprano Mary Ringstad and the Lutheran Choir of Chicago in a Christmas concert (Handel, Tchaikovsky, Winstin, and others). Wed 12/13, 7:30 PM, and Sat 12/16 and Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. 847-577-2121.

ROBERT MOCKUS organ, with vocal soloists (Handel and others). Fri 12/8, 7:30 PM, Pullman United Methodist Church, 112th and Saint Lawrence. 708-785-3828.

MONUMENTAL BAPTIST CHURCH MASS CHOIR George M. Williams, conductor, with the Southside Family Chamber Orchestra (Handel, Messiah). Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Monumental Baptist Church, 729 E. Oakwood. 773-924-5267.

MUSICIANS CLUB OF WOMEN presents soprano Jonita Lattimore in a free concert. Mon 12/11, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 708-442-9453.

NAPERVILLE CHORUS AND FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA with the Young Naperville singers, in a holiday concert (Rutter, Miller, Bennett, and others). Sat 12/9, 8 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. 630-637-7469 or 630-357-4019.

NEW CLASSIC SINGERS Lee Kesselman conducts a "tribute to the animals of Christmas" (Levine and others). Sun 12/10, 4 PM, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

STUDENTS OF NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY SCANDINAVIAN STUDIES PROGRAM "Swedish Christmas Festival and Santa Lucia Pageant." Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster. 773-244-5592.

NORTH SIDE YOUTH SYMPHONY in a free concert. Fri 12/15, 12:15 PM, main lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CONCERT BAND AND JAZZ BAND in a free concert. Wed 12/13, 7:30 PM, auditorium, Northside College Preparatory High School, 5501 N. Kedzie. 773-794-2787.

NORTHWEST CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Michael Holian, conductor. Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Wilbur Wright College, 3400 N. Austin. 773-481-8143.

OAKTON GUITAR ENSEMBLE (Schubert, Telemann, Russian folk music arrangements, and others). Sun 12/10, 2 PM, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood, Des Plaines. 847-827-5551.

CHARLES PIKLER, LI-KUO CHANG, RICHARD YOUNG, AND RAMI SOLOMONOW violas, in a concert benefiting the Highland Park Strings (Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Verdi). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Elm Place School, 2031 Sheridan, Highland Park. A preconcert lecture is given at 2 PM. 847-831-3810.

POCKET OPERA COMPANY OF CHICAGO Carmen Tellez conducts John Eaton's Peer Gynt, Golk, and Youth. Thu 12/14 and Fri 12/15, 8 PM, and Sat 12/16, 2:30 and 8 PM, Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts, 1001 W. Roosevelt. 773-702-8577.

PRAIRIE BRASS BAND Dallas Niermeyer conducts a holiday concert (Prokofiev, Britten, Anderson). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, John Hersey High School, 1900 E. Thomas, Arlington Heights. Thu 12/14, 8 PM, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. 847-523-4467.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Joseph Glymph, conductor. Sat 12/9 and Sat 12/16, 2 PM, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

REMBRANDT CHAMBER PLAYERS (Bach, Leighton). Sun 12/10, 7:30 PM, Church of the Ascension, 1133 N. LaSalle. Mon 12/11, Parish Church of St. Luke, 939 Hinman, Evanston. 847-328-4883.

ROCKFORD COLLEGE MUSIC ACADEMY PIANO STUDENTS Sat 12/9, 2 PM, Fisher Chapel, Rockford College, 5050 E. State, Rockford. 815-226-4168.

ANDREW RUSSO piano, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Chopin, Crumb, Borodin). Free admission. Wed 12/13, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1430 or 312-744-6630.

SAINT CLEMENT CONCERT CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA Randall Swanson conducts Handel's Messiah played on period instruments. Sat 12/9, 7:30 PM, and Sun 12/10, 4:30 PM, St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming. 773-281-0371.

SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, CHAMBER SINGERS, CHORALE, AND CONCERT BAND in a "seasonal concert for the jubilee" (Beethoven, Mahr, Reed, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, and others). Sun 12/10, 4 PM, St. Linus Church, 10300 S. Lawler, Oak Lawn. 773-298-3448.

SERAPHIM Terry Sullivan, conductor (Charpentier, Bassett, Rorem, Reese, Thompson, and others). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 773-472-4502.

JEFFREY SIEGEL piano, performs Russian music in a lecture-concert. Fri 12/8, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Michael Poulos, conductor, with the North Suburban Symphony of Lake Forest and the Liberty-Fremont Chamber Singers in a benefit for the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund. Sun 12/17, 4 PM, Gorton Community Center, 400 Illinois, Lake Forest. 847-604-6776.

SING-ALONG MESSIAH featuring the Du Page Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists. Sat 12/16, 7:30 PM, St. Raphael Church, 1215 Modaff, Naperville. 630-830-2135.

SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITY CHORUS AND CHILDREN'S CHORUS Keith Hampton and Ina Allen, conductors, with members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, perform a holiday concert (Saint-Saens and traditional). Sat 12/9, 2 PM, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. 312-294-3145 or 312-747-2536.

SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY BAND in a holiday concert. Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th, Palos Hills. 708-974-5500.

SYMPHONY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST Jay Friedman, conductor (Borodin, Smetana, Hunsberger, Sibelius, Ravel). Sun 12/10, 3:30 PM (with preconcert discussion at 2:45 PM), Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake, Oak Park. 708-488-4101.

BRIAN TOROSIAN guitar, with flutist Hideko Amano and soprano Diane Ragains. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. 773-667-1618.

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE COLLEGIATE SINGERS in a "Lessons and Carols" service (Britten, Handel, Willcocks, and others). Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2330 W. Sunnyside. 312-589-3267.

MARK VALENTI piano (Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy). Sun 12/10, 3 PM, North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan. 773-743-4477.

VISIONS in a holiday concert (international carols and others). Fri 12/10, 7:30 PM, Hemenway United Methodist Church, 933 Chicago, Evanston. Sat 12/16, 3:30 PM, Palm Court, Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton. 847-864-4531.

WEST SUBURBAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA John Lynch, conductor (Stamp, Barber, R. Strauss, Respighi). Sun 12/10, 3:30 PM, Lyons Township High School, Brainard and Cossitt, La Grange. 630-887-7464.

WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE AND TOWER BRASS Benefit concert for Saint Ignatius College Prep. Sun 12/10, 3 PM, Torrey-Gray Auditorium, Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle. 312-421-5900, ext. 404.

WILLOWS ACADEMY CHAMBER CHOIR Sun 12/10, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

WINDY CITY GAY CHORUS Sat 12/16, 8 PM and Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 773-404-9242.

WINNETKA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHANCEL CHOIR Royce Eckhardt, conductor, with chamber orchestra and brass ensemble in a free concert of Advent and Christmas music (Bach, Pergolesi, Mendelssohn, Rutter, and others). Sun 12/10, 5 PM, Winnetka Presbyterian Church, 1255 Willow, Winnetka. 847-446-7777.

WRIGHT COLLEGE SINGERS Richard Gersten conducts a holiday concert. Mon 12/11, 7:30 PM, North Theatre, Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett. 773-481-8143.

YOUNG NAPERVILLE SINGERS in a holiday concert. Sun 12/10, 2 and 4:30 PM, Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton, Naperville. 630-369-9679.

fairs & festivals

ILLEGITIMATE ARTS FESTIVAL ACM Chicago Arts Program, third floor, 3340 N. Clark: Fri 12/8, 9-11 PM, Rachel Abarbanell, Bianti Curry, James DeFrain, Zane Goff, Jing He, Lloyd Brodnax King, Katherine Poe Quigley, John Sponberg, Adam Yoffe. Festival also features theater, dance, film, and visual art between 6 PM and midnight. 773-529-4458, ext. 10.

WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski: Sat 12/9, 6-9 PM, North Park University Brass Quintet. Festival also includes children's activities and "moonlit walks." 312-744-5472.

miscellaneous

A CAPPELLA CAROLER QUARTET AND MEMBERS OF THE GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON COMMUNITY CHORALE sing carols during an open house. Sun 12/10, 1-5 PM, Spring Avenue Recreation Center, 185 Spring, Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2462.

AGAPE RINGERS English handbell ensemble. Sun 12/17, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS "Cool Yule" holiday concert, with Patrick Sinozich & His Snowmen of Swing. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 5 and 8:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-275-7294 or 312-902-1500.

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS "pageantry, music, dance, and drama evoking Old English Yuletide and Winter Solstice traditions" with Solstice Singers, Polished Brass, Greenwood Consort, Evanston Morris Men, and Village Waifs. Fri 12/8, 2 and 8 PM, and Sat 12/9, 2 PM, Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, 600 Emerson, Evanston. 847-467-4000.

CURTIN CALLS performs "Songs in the Spirit of the Season." Thu 12/14, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

EXALTATION! FOX VALLEY COMMUNITY HANDBELL ENSEMBLE holiday concert with the Crystal Brass. Fri 12/8, 8 PM, First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson, Crystal Lake. 815-455-3325.

JOEL FRANKEL Children's holiday concert. Sat 12/16, 2 PM, Thomas Hughes Children's Library, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4780.

GREAT AMERICAN CHORUS All-male barbershop chorus directed by Dr. Greg Lyne in a holiday show. Sat 12/16, 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire. 888-494-8705.

GREEN LIGHT PERFORMING CO. performs "The Baker & the Gingerbread Man" and "The Gingerbread Rag" in a 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.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Sun 12/10, 4 PM, "Holiday Kids' Show" with Twang Bang, Susanna & the Hollywoods, and Miss Mia & Ratso. 773-227-4433.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Thu 12/14, 9 PM, Azucena Vega flamenco ensemble. 312-362-9707.

LAKEMINSTER RINGERS perform seasonal handbell music. Fri 12/8, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

LAKESIDE PRIDE with Rev. Greg Dell, Artemis Singers, and Lakeside Pride Clarinet Choir. Sun 12/10, 7 PM, Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence. 773-381-6693.

LIRA SINGERS perform Polish and American carols. Sat 12/9, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

MELODEERS CHORUS Barbershop music concert directed by Jim Arns. Sun 12/10, 3 and 7 PM, Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 W. Central, Rolling Meadows. 800-222-7552.

MUSICHORALE ARTS CENTER MINIATURE AND MINICHERUBS CHILDRENS CHOIRS "44th Noel" program directed by Arthur Silhan with accompanist Doris Slouber. Sun 12/17, 6:20 PM, Marist High School Little Theater, 4200 W. 115. 773-471-9083.

MY FAVORITE INN 11 Highwood Ave., Highwood: Mon 12/11, Wed 12/13, and Thu 12/14, members of Camerata Singers perform holiday fare. 847-432-5121.

NEW CLASSIC SINGERS perform "A Child's Christmas." Sat 12/9, 1 PM, Mainstage, McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd St., Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

NOAH'S ARK 1704 W. 69th: Sat 12/16, 4 PM, "Gospel Poetry" open mike hosted by the Christian Poet Society. 708-865-7981.

STUDENTS OF NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY SCANDINAVIAN STUDIES PROGRAM "Swedish Christmas Festival and Santa Lucia Pageant." Sat 12/9, 7 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster. 773-244-5592.

OAK BROOK TERRACE SALVATION ARMY BAND & SINGING COMPANY Christmas concert and sing-along. Sat 12/9, 8 PM, St. Michael's Church, 1633 N. Cleveland. 312-642-2498.

REAVIS HIGH SCHOOL GERMAN CLUB Free "Under the Picasso" holiday variety program. Thu 12/14, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

SUSAN SALIDOR & DENISE BERRY-HANNA Holiday concert and storytelling for children. Sun 12/10, 2-4 PM, Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. 312-944-6250.

SHOW BIZ KIDZ Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Fri 12/8, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

SOLSTRALEN SWEDISH CHOIR performs at the annual Luciafest celebration. Sun 12/10, 1 PM, Oak Lawn Hilton, 9300 S. Cicero. 773-239-3689.

STORMY WEATHER performs "Doo-Wop Yule Pop." Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE COLLEGIATE SINGERS perform carols and holiday music. Fri 12/8, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700. Sat 12/9, 10:30 AM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 312-589-3267.

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