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DAN COONEY Benefit for Pyewacket Theatre Co. Sun 12/17, 7:30 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-275-2201.

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

CAST MEMBERS OF "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" sing excerpts from the Shubert Theatre production in a free "Under the Picasso" menorah lighting ceremony on the plaza. Mon 12/18, 3:30 PM, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

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

PJ HARVEY, BRICK LAYER CAKE See Critic's Choice; sold out. Fri 12/15, 9 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

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

HOLIDAY BELLES Free sing-along concert. Thu 12/21, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, NASHVILLE PUSSY See Spot Check. Sat 12/16, 7 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212.

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.

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

SAVANNAHS perform at the Lake Shore Ski Club's Winter Fest party. Fri 12/15, 6:30 PM, Monastero's Ristorante and Banquets, 3935 W. Devon. 312-951-6508.

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

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE Cabaret concert with Stephen Rader & Peter Reynolds; benefit for HealthWorks Theatre. Mon 12/18, 7:30 PM, Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont. 773-929-4260.

THURSTY FOX 104 E. Main, Saint Charles: Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Voodoo Kings. 630-584-3378.

TRAGEDY, PRETENTIOUS ASSHOLES, THE AWAKENING, AUDIENCE OF THE END Fri 12/15, 8 PM, Infant Island, 1800 W. Huron. 312-494-5869.

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

Y'ALL Sun 12/17, 7 PM, Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry. 773-549-0260.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 9 PM. Fri 12/15, "Trunkstock Showcase" with Lauren Brombert, Joy Eden Harrison, Lou Carlozo, Mark Watson, Ellen Rosner, Jonathan Rundman, Kat Parsons, Jeffrey Altergott, Maria Hines, Beki Hemingway, and Arlo Leach. Sun 12/17, Jeff Tweedy. Fri 12/22, Ruby Grass, Blue Marvin. Sat 12/23, Kevin So, Miga, Jennifer Peterson. 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 12/21, Victoria & the Character Defects. 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 12/15, Family Haircut, Cotton Pony, Read Letter. Sat 12/16, Naughty Boy Jack, Wish List, Snake Oil. Mondays, Pat McCurdy. Wed 12/20, 12ax2, Wake-up Call. Thu 12/21, Myrium Ava, Beloved Wringers. Fri 12/22, James Schneider Band, Famous Bros., Ingenious Whittler. Sat 12/23, Phlux, Radioslave. 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. 312-243-1699.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/15, I Decline. Sun 12/17, Crystal Skull Persuasion, Jindra (see Spot Check). Thu 12/21, 10 PM, Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. 773-384-0043.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Sat 12/16, DJ John Howard, DJ Nique. Sundays, Uncle Milty, DJ 33 1/3. Mondays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae. Wed 12/20, Kevin Cunningham. Sat 12/23, DJ Nique. 773-235-9100.

BIOLOGY BAR 1516 N. Fremont: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Fridays and Sundays through Thursdays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Jorge Rodas & Alberto Gomez spin salsa & merengue. Saturdays, DJs spin rock, pop & 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 12/15, Thick Red Shag. Sat 12/16, O Lookie Mo. Wednesdays, open jam session. Fri 12/22, Our Little Secret. Sat 12/23, Tractor Boy. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Cats Under the Stars. Sat 12/16, Dogs in the Tub. 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.

CAL'S 400 S. Wells: Fri 12/15, 10 PM, Bleary, Stewed Tomatoes. 312-922-6392.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Sat 12/16, Nick Willette with Jimmy Sutton & Joel Peterson. Tuesdays, DJ Hide spins acid jazz. Sat 12/23, Susanna & the Hollywoods. 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. Sun 12/17, DJ Lulu (benefit for M.O.I.P.). Saturdays, DJ Lulu. Sundays, 11 PM, Miss Foozie & Her Floozies, DJ Jeff Berry. Mondays, 10:30 PM, "Disco Bingo" hosted by Daisy Mae. Thursdays, 11 PM, Miss Ketty & Her Latina Review. 773-325-2233.

CIRCUS 901 W. Weed: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays; members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas perform circus acts on weekends. Fridays, DJs Rob Thurman & Mike Pierce. Sat 12/16, DJs Mike Steele, Dr. Groo, Pulz-8, Harold Hiso, Colin Olgilvy, Josh Werner & Dirty MF. 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. Tue 12/19, DJs spin KISS. Thu 12/21, DJs Ben & Aret spin northern soul, freakbeat, and 60s groove. Fri 12/22, DJs Don Hedeker & Joe Wislar spin Xmas music. 773-489-0379.

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

CLUB PM 2047 N. Milwaukee: Fridays, 9 PM-4 AM, DJs Stix, Chuckee & others spin bachata, cumbia, merengue, salsa, rock en español, house, and hip-hop. Fri 12/15, midnight-2 AM, Noche Rockera. 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 12/15, Cycle Something, Trading Brains. Sat 12/16, Beatnik Turtle, Bridgeburners. Sat 12/23, Never Enough. 773-528-7569.

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

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Fri 12/15, DJ Lisa Loud. Fri 12/22, DJ Steve Lawler. 312-413-7000.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Wish, Halfway Jane, Rubber. Sat 12/16, 10:30 PM, Liquid Soul, Robert Cornelius 7. Sun 12/17, Sig Transit Gloria, Honor System, Notaword, Allister, First Grade Crush. Fri 12/22, American English. Sat 12/23, Stroke 9, Freshwater Collins 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Restaurant with music at 10:30 PM on weekends, 8 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/15, Wicked Garden. Wednesdays, 6 PM, DJ spins 60s and 70s dance music. Thursdays, DJ spins dance music. Fri 12/22, Maggie Speaks, Cats Under the Stars. Sat 12/23, Turnstyles. 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: 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. Sun 12/17, DJ Jim Jones. Mon 12/18, DJ Gregor spins punk. Tue 12/19, Artist Formerly Known as Dreadlock Scott spins rock. Thu 12/21, DJ Tony. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/15, 10 PM, North Mississippi Allstars (see Critic's Choice). Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Exo, Box-O-Car, Pet Engine, Missile. Wed 12/20, 9 PM, Rock Star Club, the Motion, N.Y.R. Thu 12/21, 9:30 PM, Bleed, Havox, Vax Wallo, Hamicks. Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Five Horse Johnson, Steepwater Band, Last Vegas. 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 12/15, Disfunktion. Sat 12/16, Incognitos. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Aaron Aggarwal (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/22, Video Stars. Sat 12/23, Decades. 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 12/15, Mr. Blotto. Sat 12/16, Mike & Joe. Sun 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). Tuesdays, 45s. Wednesdays, Durty Lounge Lizards. Thursdays, Quantum Leap. Fri 12/22, Pimps, Mr. Mackey. Sat 12/23, Afrodisiacs. 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/15, 9:45 PM, Kevin O'Donnell's Quality 6, East Village Project, Mercury Redstone. Sat 12/16, 10:15 PM, the Westfall, Bumpus (see Spot Check). Sundays, 10:30 PM, Sumo. Mon 12/18, 9:15 PM, Lexie Bloor Band, Pinch Acoustics. Tue 12/19, 9 PM, Lack, Sickside, Pedal. Wed 12/20, 9:15 PM, Urban Rock Stars, Rust. Thu 12/21, 9 PM, benefit for Children's Memorial Hospital with Cosmic Rays, Stray Toasters & Mike Heaton. Fri 12/22, 9:45, Homage Sun, Audio ID, Viery Peel. Sat 12/23, 10:15 PM, Mercury, Mabel Mabel, Twist on Friday. 773-549-5549.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, White Stripes, Whirlwind Heat. Sat 12/16, Isotope 217, Chicago Underground Duo. Sun 12/17, 7 PM, John Doe Thing (see Spot Check), Kirk Rundstrom Band (see Spot Check) with Mike West & Myshkin; 10 PM, Birth. Mon 12/18, Forty Piece Choir, Plastics Hi-Fi, Post Office, NU. Thu 12/21, Grant Hart, Fast Collapse, Tenki. Fri 12/22, Chic-a-Go-Go "Christmas Spectacular" with T. Valentine, Goblins, Hoodoo Hoedown, Magas, Cynthia Plaster Caster, and Miss Mia & Ratso. Sat 12/23, Daniel Givens, David Boykin's Expanse, John Herndon. 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. Thursdays, DJ Brian Collins. 312-338-3788.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/23, 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 12/22, the Blast. Sat 12/23, Deja Vu. 847-587-9677.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 1799 S. Busse, Mt. Prospect: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/22, J.P & the Cats. Sat 12/23, Only Sons. 847-593-2200.

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

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

FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/15, Dave Brock, Christopher Robin. Sat 12/16, DJ Jesse de la Peña, Uncle Milty, Mark Grant & Andre Harris. 312-226-4555.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 12/15, 8 PM, benefit for Christopher House Youth Program 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. Mon 12/18, 8 PM, Tom Sawyer, Rules of Attraction, Stifle, Frontside, Crossed Out Heirs. Tue 12/19, 7 PM, East of Rutherford, Knuckleduster, Sleeping at Last, All Else Fails, the Emily Shrine. Wed 12/20, 6 PM, Martyr, Brother's Keeper, Poison the Well. Thu 12/21, 8 PM, Dorks, Runarounds, TV14, Wayside. Fri 12/22, 6 PM, Four Squares, Authority Abuse, Defeat of Me, Kids Need Heroes. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, I Love Rich Sex-Mas, Mexican Cheerleader, Mushuganas. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Beatle Brothers. Tuesdays, open stage with Richard Burnett & Ron Lazzeretti. Fri 12/22, 9 PM, benefit for Gary Olson Scholarship Fund with Joe Cantafio, Jade 50's, Cliff Johnson & others. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans. 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. Thu 12/21, open mike with Paul Allodi. Sat 12/23, Mind Over Matter. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Red Pop Theory. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Fri 12/22, Blind Roosevelts. 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 12/20, 9:30 PM, Wes Hollywood Show, Gayle Ritt. 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 12/15, Take 3, 50 lb. Head. Sat 12/16, Mopar, Loner Punk, Pound for Pound, Pinheads. Wed 12/20, Laura Brown's Christmas Special. Fri 12/22, Melk Wegon. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Fri 12/15, 5 PM, Kate Shindle 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. Tue 12/19, 5:30 PM, Mark Farris; 9 PM, Beckie Menzie. Wed 12/20 and Thu 12/21, 5:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 9 PM, Mark Farris. Fri 12/22, 5:30 PM, Mark Farris; 9 PM, Honey West with Russ Long. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Michael McAssey. Sun 12/24, 9 PM, Dave Gallagher. 312-836-0933.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: 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. Mon 12/18, 7:30 PM, Russell Alan Rowe; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason with Bill Underwood. Tue 12/19, 7:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 9:30 PM, open mike with Dan Stetzel. Wed 12/20, 7:30 PM, Justin Hayford; 9:30 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Thu 12/21, 7:30 PM, Rick Aiello; 9:30 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Fri 12/22, 7:30 PM, Allen Nichols; 9:30 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Sat 12/23, 7:30 PM, Michael McAssey; 10 PM, Cissy Connor with Lex McCauley. Sun 12/24, 9:30 PM, Mark Farris. 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. 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 12/15, 9:30 PM, Frank Catalano. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Sun 12/17, 7 PM, "Uptown Poetry Slam" features music by Dave's Tune. 773-878-5552.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/15, Juleps, Kimi Hayes. Sat 12/16, Cro-Fest 2000 with Split, Spa Lounge. Thu 12/21, Audio ID, Dragonfly. Fri 12/22, Uniform, Callahan. Sat 12/23, Milkbaby, Stroller. 773-472-5139.

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

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Fri 12/15, 11 PM, Sleeping at Last, Waterworks. Saturdays, midnight, DJ V. Fri 12/22, 11 PM, Muchacha. 312-943-2252.

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

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

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. 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: Mon 12/18, 9:30 PM, LeRoy Bach & Edward Burch Free. Fri 12/22, 9 PM, "Kelly Hogan's Holiday Special" with Kelly & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts and Tijuana Hercules. 773-227-4433.

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

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Trippin' Billies. Sat 12/16, Roadhouse Dogs, Dogs Undecided. Fri 12/22, Flapjacks, 56 Hope Road. Sat 12/23, Left Undone. 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 12/15, Baha Men, Hall of Fame, Mixmaster Maurice Joshua. Sat 12/16, Mighty Blue Kings. Sun 12/17, Mighty Blue Kings, Casolando. Wed 12/20, 8:30 PM, Frizzy Lid, Satya Graha, Echosend. Thu 12/21, 8:30 PM, Acumen Nation, Flaw, Premium. Fri 12/22, Marty Lloyd Band, Wayne, Kameron Fry. Sat 12/23, Days of the New, Diffuser, Bender. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

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

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

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

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Dave & Rae. Sat 12/16, Then Again. Thu 12/21, John Eddie. Fri 12/22, Underwater People, Bahama Llama. Sat 12/23, Underwater People. 312-337-3486.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/15, Ron LaFleur Band. Sat 12/16, Heebie Geebies. Fri 12/22, Arbor Avenue Station. 630-752-2000.

JOHNNY O'HAGAN'S 3374 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/15, User Friendly. Sat 12/16, O'Doyle Rules. 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. Wednesdays, "Evolution" with DJ Chris Bacchus. Thursdays, DJ Lucky spins hip-hop, funk, trip-hop, and old school. 312-337-4040.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 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. Fridays, DJs Nikolas & Joe B. Sat 12/16, "How Stolie Stole Xmas" with Cornmeal, Stolie, Cara Johnson-Hirsh, and After Grace. Tuesdays and Thursdays, open mike hosted by Alec & Anyone's Guess. Sat 12/23, Roots Stems & Branches. 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. Fri 12/15, Electric Socks. 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: Thu 12/21, 8 PM, Stardust (David Bowie tribute band). 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 12/15, Phil Angotti, the Idea, Beatle Brothers. Sat 12/16, Milk Plow, Soulfix, the Convulsions. Tue 12/19, Almighty Rogers. Thu 12/21, Sonic Voodoo Night, Jeff Freling. Fri 12/22, Brother Brother. 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 12/16, Solar House, Fresh & Low, 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 12/23, David Alvarado. 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 12/15, Brad Peterson. Sat 12/16, Pedal Steel Transmission, Old #8, Quasar Wut Wut. Wed 12/20, MVP. Thu 12/21, 9:30 PM, Carraways, Fuse, Joe Armstrong. Fri 12/22, Jay Bennett, Leroy Bach, Nora O'Connor. Sat 12/23, Telstar, the Help. 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 12/15, 9 PM, Man or Astro-man? (see Spot Check), Schadenfreude, Rock*a*Teens. 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 & the Loafers, Split-Habit, Amazing Transparent Man. Tue 12/19, Gravity Kills, Factory 81, Tinfed. Thu 12/21, 9 PM, Land of the El Caminos (see Spot Check), the Firebird, Moreno (see Spot Check), Yakuza (see Spot Check). Fri 12/22, 6:30 PM, Relative Ash, Chevelle, Red River, Milk Plow; 11:30 PM, the Pharcyde, Mudkids. Sat 12/23, 6:30 PM, Blue Meanies, Tossers, Arrivals, Lawrence Arms; 11 PM, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, DJ Heather, J-Dub. 773-549-0203.

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

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

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

MORSELAND MUSIC ROOM 1218 W. Morse: Bar and restaurant; music at 10 PM. Sat 12/16, 9 PM, I Love Rich, MK Ultra, Human Monster, Monkeys With Handguns, Chainsaw Johnny, Front. Sat 12/23, 9 PM, Project .44, Terminal Bliss, Empire Day, Odd*is*he, DJ Waxey. 773-764-6401.

THE MUTINY 2428 N. Western: Thu 12/21, 10 PM, Booker Noe, Reagan National Crash Diet, Winthropes. 773-486-7774.

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: Fri 12/15, 9:30 PM, Tiny Hairs, Jason Soliday. Tuesdays, 8 PM, "home recording" showcase (public may bring in music). Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin "rare and unusual" records. Thu 12/21, 9:30 PM, Seth Hitsky & Daniel Givens. Sat 12/23, 9 PM, Little Fyodr & Babushka, Earwig Spectre, Williwaw. 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 12/15, 11 PM, SugarfriedsuperO's, Helen Stellar. Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Deals Gone Bad, Ultra Maxx. 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 12/22, 10 PM, Peking Turtle, Punsapaya. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Josh Richter Band, Evidence, E-Mics (benefit for Council for Disability Rights). 773-489-0011.

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

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

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

PAPAGALLO'S RISTORANTE 246 Green Bay, Highwood: 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 12/15, Bible of the Devil, Descendro Allegro, Peralta. Sat 12/16, Sonnets, R.U.R. Sun 12/17, Smilin' Boobie & His Blues Machine. Thu 12/21, 9 PM, Thrillhouse Collective. Fri 12/22, Creepy D. 773-486-9862.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

REDNOFIVE 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fri 12/15, John Hawley, Matty, DJ Silver. Sat 12/16, DJs D:Fuse, Walsh & Sommer, Frique & Majid. Tuesdays, Frique, Mel Hammond & Jevon Jackson. 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 12/15, 10:30 PM, Monkey Paw, Brain Rakes, Janis Figure. Sat 12/16, 10 PM, Great Crusades (see Spot Check), Kid Million, Royal City. Sun 12/17, 7 and 10 PM, Cat Power, Songs: Ohia. Mon 12/18, 9 PM, Cat Power, Good Life. Tue 12/19, 9 PM, Zack (see Critic's Choice), Joan Hutcheson. Wed 12/20, 9 PM, Descendro Allegro, John Greenfield's Rock Band, Cats & Jammers, Garage de Trois. Thu 12/21, 9 PM, benefit for P.L.A.Y. (Possibilities in Life: Art for Youth) with Dolly Varden, Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel, Cath Carroll. Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Robert Cornelius 7. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, "St. Nick" Markos. 773-525-2508.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Love Monkeys. Sat 12/16, Alex & the Allstars. Fri 12/22, Crystal Eye. Sat 12/23, DJs spin house, disco & hip-hop. 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.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/16, Roots Rock Society. Fri 12/22, Wave. 847-991-2150.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Marques Wyatt, Darrell Woodson. Sat 12/16, Miles Maeda, DJ Synergy. Sundays, DJs Louie Santuro. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner spins punk rock. Thursdays, DJ V. Fri 12/22, Darrell Woodson, Hector Lopez, DJ Shani. Sat 12/23, Ron Trent, Brett Haynes. 773-549-4140.

SMILER COOGAN'S 5637 W. Grand: Music at 10 PM. 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 12/22, Scramble. 630-264-9800.

SNUGGERY SALOON & DINING ROOM Union Station, Canal & Adams: Thu 12/21, 3:30 PM, Joan Baby. 312-441-9334.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/22, 8 PM, 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: Fri 12/15, 7 PM, benefit for Project Share with Gels, Culligan, Trundle, Poem Book, Matics. Sat 12/16, 7:30 PM, benefit for Project Share with Wolcott, Stillwell, 70s, M.P.H.S. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, spoken word open mike (no cover). Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, open mike (no cover). Fri 12/22, 7 PM, benefit for Aunt Martha's Youth Services with Your Dad, Summer League, Reverb Injection, Emily Shrine. Sat 12/23, Christmas carol sing-along. 708-922-9950.

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

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Music at 10 PM in the upstairs Cabaret Room; DJs spin nightly in the Lounge. In the Cabaret Room: Mon 12/18, Jindra (see Spot Check). In the Lounge: Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Verb. Sundays, Maryjane, AM/PM & Cache 22. Tuesdays, "606" hip-hop open mike with DJs Artek, Norm, Maryjane & Verb. 773-278-6600.

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

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

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Lego & Mike Steele, DJ Frique. Saturdays, DJs John Curley, Marc Buxton & Jernell Geronimo. Thursdays, DJs Jernell Geronimo & Marc Buxton. 312-491-9729.

TUCKAWAY TAVERN 2545 Plainfield, Joliet: 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 12/15, 7 PM, "First Words" young poets' and musicians' showcase and "soft slam" (sign-up at 6:30 PM) with Richard Fammaree, Magnuson Brown, Carrie Ingrisano, Wendy Warnimont, Deana K., Sheila O'Donnell, Deana's House, Tara Betts, Bob Salzman, Rio Jam & others. Sat 12/16, 9 PM, Verbow. Sun 12/17, Mark Denardo, Dale Petersohn, Julie Frost. Wed 12/20, C.H.A.T. music showcase hosted by Beki Hemingway with Hap Harriman & F.M. Smith. Thu 12/21, Telstar. Fri 12/22, Anne Deming, Shimmer. Sat 12/23, Greenchoby, Randy Didderich. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Sun 12/17, Feed the Machine. Sun 12/24, Jordan Zawideh, Jeff Sfire, Benoit. 773-327-2739.

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

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

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

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

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

WATERLOO TAVERN 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Royal Brown, Bryter. Sat 12/16, Rubber, King Super. Tue 12/19, Mr. Blotto. Wed 12/20, Underwater People. Fri 12/22, Urb. Sat 12/23, Jaked, Lost in Lodi. 773-929-1300.

WEBSTER WINE BAR 1480 W. Webster: No cover. Mon 12/18, 10 PM, Sticky Lupree. 773-868-0608.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fri 12/15, Reality Swings. Sat 12/16, Wingnuts, Brother Lowdown. Fri 12/22, Wax Buddha. Sat 12/23, open stage. 312-943-7815.

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

WILD GOOSE 4265 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, the Neighborhood. 773-281-7112.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/15, Michael Black, Aswah Greggori. Sat 12/16, Zeleke, Pelvic Delta. Sun 12/17, Gizzae. Mondays, DJ Red Lox. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis. Wed 12/20, Indika, Ras Kelly. Fri 12/22, Dub Dis, Devon Brown. Sat 12/23, Swamp, Melaku. 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 12/21, Timothy Rey, Apartment. 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. Fridays, DJs Spin & Joe Glover. Saturdays, DJs Lee Farmer & Joe Glover. Wednesdays, DJs Spin, Lee Farmer & Ben Greene (no cover). Thursdays, DJ Jesse de la Peña, DJ Ben Greene (no cover). 312-255-0022.

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

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

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

folk & country

concerts

MURIEL ANDERSON Thu 12/21, 8 PM, Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren, Woodstock. 815-338-5300.

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, RUNNING FOX BLUEGRASS BAND, CEDAR CREEK BLUEGRASS, HALF-DAY BLUEGRASS, WHISKEY HOLLOW, BLUEGRASS OUTFIELDERS "Chilly-Chili Bluegrass Christmas Festival" with guests Steve Rosen, Miss Rita Ruby, and Chirp Tibbington. Fri 12/15, 7 PM, American Legion Hall, 1030 Central, Evanston. 847-251-0574.

DECLAN & SIOBHAN perform at an Irish buffet with Santa. Sun 12/17, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM, Palos Country Club, 13100 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park. 708-448-6550.

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

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

ODETTA Free concert. 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.

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.

Y'ALL Sun 12/17, 7 PM, Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry. 773-549-0260.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 8 PM. Fri 12/15, "Trunkstock Showcase" with Lauren Brombert, Joy Eden Harrison, Lou Carlozo, Mark Watson, Ellen Rosner, Jonathan Rundman, Kat Parsons, Jeffrey Altergott, Maria Hines, Beki Hemingway, and Arlo Leach. Sat 12/16, House Band. Sun 12/17, Jeff Tweedy. Mondays, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, open stage. Sat 12/23, Kevin So, Miga, Jennifer Peterson. 773-478-4408.

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

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

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

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Sun 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.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. Wed 12/20, DJ Rob spins country music. 773-472-2771.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Sun 12/17, 8 PM, Whitey O'Day (no cover). Mondays, 9 PM, open mike with Paul Allodi. 847-358-9150.

FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand: Sat 12/16, 10 PM, the Lash. Sun 12/17, 6 PM, Morgan. Tue 12/19, 9 PM, Gareth Woods. Wed 12/20, 9 PM, Anish. Thu 12/21, 9 PM, Napper Tandy. 312-836-0066.

FAST EDDIE McATEER IRISH PUB 5943 N. Northwest Highway: Fri 12/15, 9 PM, Fast Eddie. Sat 12/16, 9 PM, Finbar Fagan. Sundays, 8 PM, North & South. 773-763-0095.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/15, Murphy's Law. Sat 12/16, Fast Eddie. Fri 12/22, Printer's Rogue. Sat 12/23, Velvet Green. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Tue 12/19, open stage with Richard Burnett & Ron Lazzeretti. 708-788-2118.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. 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. Sat 12/23, Christmas show with Garrett Lane & Nancy Connelly. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Tue 12/19, 9 PM, Anish. Fri 12/22, 10 PM, Jay Bennett, Leroy Bach, Nora O'Connor. 773-404-9494.

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

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. Sat 12/16, 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: Thu 12/21, 9 PM, benefit for P.L.A.Y. (Possibilities in Life: Art for Youth) with Dolly Varden, Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel, Cath Carroll. Sat 12/23, 8 PM, Erin McKeown. 773-525-2508.

SIDEOUTS 4018 Roberts, Island Lake: Music after 10 PM. Thu 12/21, Whitey O'Day. 708-526-7174.

TOMMY NEVIN'S PUB 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Sundays, 2-5:30 PM, traditional Irish music with John Williams. Wed 12/20, 9 PM, Whiskey Hollow Bluegrass Band. 847-869-0450.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/15, Tom & Chris Kastle. Fri 12/22, "Jones Family Christmas Show" with Anne, Tom & Kathy Jones and others. 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music at 8 PM. Fri 12/15, 7 PM, "First Words" young poets' and musicians' showcase and "soft slam" (sign-up at 6:30 PM) with Richard Fammaree, Magnuson Brown, Carrie Ingrisano, Wendy Warnimont, Deana K., Sheila O'Donnell, Deana's House, Tara Betts, Bob Salzman, Rio Jam & others. Sat 12/16, Mark Denardo, Dale Petersohn, Julie Frost. Sat 12/23, Greenchoby, Randy Didderich. 773-929-3680.

WINNERS 4530 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/15, Mark Dvorak & Chris Walsh. Sat 12/16, 9:30 PM, Jim Fine. Tuesdays, Brickey, Levitt, Tomisello & Miles. Thursdays, acoustic open mike with Ben Porter. 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.

SAM LAY, BUGSY MAUGH, MARK NAFTALIN & LITTLE SMOKEY SMOTHERS Mon 12/18, 8 PM, Hilton Arts Gallery, 400 S. Green. 312-226-1118.

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.

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 12/15, Dan Temple. Sat 12/16, John Primer. Tuesdays, open blues jam with Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thursdays, blues jam with A.C. Reed. Fri 12/22, Willie Cobbs. Sat 12/23, Howard & the White Boys. 847-776-9850.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: Thu 12/21, 11 PM, Mississippi Heat. 312-243-1699.

BISTRO AMERICA 12 N. River, Batavia: Wed 12/20, 8 PM, Ron Smith Duo (no cover). 630-406-0008.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Eddy "the Chief" Clearwater Band. Mon 12/18, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. Tue 12/19, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang. Wed 12/20, Grana' Louise Band. Thursdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Sun 12/17, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Tue 12/19, Lindsey Alexander Band with Grana' Louise. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Mary Lane. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Allen "Doctor Al" Batts Band with Patricia Scott. 312-661-0100.

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

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/15, Eddie King. Sat 12/16, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings with Ernie Penniston. Sun 12/17, Rockin' Johnny. Mon 12/18, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Tue 12/19, Elmore James Jr. Wed 12/20, Big Ray. Thu 12/21, J.W. Williams. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. 773-528-1012.

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

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

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/15, 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. Mon 12/18, jam hosted by Brother John. Tue 12/19, tribute to Jimmy Rogers. Wed 12/20, Sam Burckhardt Combo. Thu 12/21, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang. Fri 12/22, 5:30 PM, Diamond Jim Green; 9:30 PM, Howard & the White Boys. Sat 12/23, 6:30 PM, Dr. Rabbitfoot; 10 PM, Kinsey Report, Steepwater Band. 312-427-0333.

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

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

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

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, JoJo Murray & the Top Flight Band. Tue 12/20 through Thu 12/21, 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. Thu 12/21, Pat Smillie Band. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Dan Temple. 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.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/15, 10 PM, North Mississippi Allstars (see Critic's Choice). 773-489-3160.

FAMOUS DAVE'S 739 N. Clark: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Sundays through Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/15, Jan James. Sat 12/16, Jimmy Johnson. Sun 12/17, 11 AM, Steve Arvey; 9 PM, Nick Moss Duo. Mon 12/18, Devil in a Woodpile. Tue 12/19, Phil Guy. Wed 12/20, Carl Davis. Thu 12/21, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Fri 12/22, A.C. Reed. Sat 12/23, Roy Hytower. Sun 12/24, 11 AM, Roy Hytower. 312-266-2400.

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

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

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

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/16, Rodney Brown & Hot Rod. 773-395-0066.

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Sat 12/16, 9:30 PM, Pistol Pete. Tue 12/19, 8:30 PM, Felix & the Cats with Elmo Bliss (no cover). Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam with Big Ray (no cover). Sat 12/23, 9:30 PM, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. 708-484-3610.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Tue 12/19, 9:30 PM, Devil in a Woodpile with David "Honeyboy" Edwards. 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. 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.

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

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Sandra Hall. 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 12/21, Sammy Fender, Charlie Love (live radio broadcast). Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Sugar Blue. 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Howard Scott & the World Band. Sundays, noon-3 PM, gospel buffet; 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Wednesdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band. Thu 12/21, Joe Barr. Fri 12/22, Delores Scott & Her Revue. Sat 12/23, Shirley Johnson Blues Revue. 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 12/16, Z.Z. Hill & Bad Influence. Sat 12/23, Calvin Harrington. 773-525-2422.

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

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

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

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

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/16, Rockin' Johnny. Sat 12/23, Chicago Catz. 773-252-1155.

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

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

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 12/15, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Sat 12/16, Johnnie Bassett (see Critic's Choice). Tue 12/19, Sugar Blue. Wednesdays, Chico Banks, Jesse Cross. Thu 12/21, blues jam with Lorenzo Thompson. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. 773-342-0452.

SLICE OF CHICAGO 36 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/15, Tremblors. Sat 12/23, Jimmy Burns. 847-991-2150.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Mark Naftalin & friends with Little Smokey Smothers. Mon 12/18, Rockin' Johnny Band. Wed 12/20, Scott Dirks & the Chicago Bound Blues Band. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Billy Flynn Blues Band. 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.

WHATEVER IV 3101 S. Central: Sat 12/16, 9:30 PM, Pat Smillie Band (no cover). 708-863-4224.

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

jazz

concerts

NATHANIEL BRADDOCK, JEN PAULSON, KYLE BRUCKMANN improvisation workshop. Mon 12/18, 8 PM, Myopic Bookstore, 1648 W. Milwaukee. 773-862-4882.

STEVEN HASHIMOTO TRIO performs at "After Hours" museum tour and party. Thu 12/21, 5:30-8:30 PM, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. 312-575-8000.

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 TRIO Free concert. Tue 12/19, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

TOSCANELLIE "T." MARCELAIN Free performance in the cafe. Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, Rte. 83 & 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

911 MAMBO BAND, DEJA VU perform at the "World's Largest Office Party" benefit for Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust. Mon 12/18, 4-11 PM, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker. 312-552-2000.

OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ BAND, OAKTON GUITAR ENSEMBLE Free concert. Tue 12/19, Mainstage, Performing Arts Center, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines. 847-635-1842.

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.

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.

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

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

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

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. 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. 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 12/20, noon, Bernard Alcorn; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Thu 12/21, noon, Max Hook; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Ron Friedman Quintet. Fri 12/22, noon, Franz Jackson, Sonny Turner, Dan DeLorenzo, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/23, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9:30 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. 312-642-6805.

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

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

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

BELLA VISTA RISTORANTE 6063 W. Dempster, Morton Grove: Bar and restaurant; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Milt Trenier & Co. with Bubba. 847-470-1405.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Sun 12/17, Crystal Skull Persuasion, Jindra (see Spot Check). 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. Sun 12/17, 7 PM, Ted Hogarth, Tom Knific. 773-784-8755.

BISTRO ULTRA 2239 N. Clybourn: Tuesdays, 8:30 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 12/21, Sam Burckhardt Combo. 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.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/16, Isotope 217, Chicago Underground Duo. Tue 12/19, Vandermark Five. Wed 12/20, Dave Pavkovic Band. 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 12/21, 8 PM, Scott Stevenson Duo (no cover). 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Fri 12/15, Justin Dillard. Sat 12/16, Ron Smith Duo. Fri 12/22, Michael Strening Jr. Sat 12/23, Kevin Higgins Trio. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music after 8 PM. Fri 12/15, Michael Strening Jr. Sat 12/16, Airborne. Fri 12/22, Paul Abella Trio. 847-718-9272.

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

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 12/17, 6 PM, Lenny King's Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Wed 12/20, 7 PM, Rob Parton's Big Band, NIU Jazz Band. Thu 12/21, 8:30 PM, David Polk Project, Big Roy. 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. Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Equinox 5. 773-256-1570.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 9 PM. Mon 12/18, Brian O'Hern & the Model Citizens Band. 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 12/15, 9:30 PM, Frank Catalano. Sun 12/17, 8 PM, Bobbi Jordan Quartet (no cover). Mon 12/18, 8 PM, Michele Thomas Quartet (no cover). Wed 12/20, 9 PM, Bob Perna & Persistance. Thu 12/21, 9 PM, Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/15, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Union Trio; 1 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/16, 8 PM, Union Trio; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/17, 11 PM, "Green Mill Christmas Show" with the Weird Sisters, Famous Bros., Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen & others. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wed 12/20, 9 PM, Kurt Elling Quartet. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra with Kimberly Gordon. Fri 12/22, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms; 1 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/23, 8 PM, Bill McFarland & the Chicago Horns; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. 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 12/15, 9 PM, Cuba L.A. (see Spot Check). Wed 12/20, 8 PM, Jazz Unlimited Orchestra. Thu 12/21, 7 PM, benefit for saxophonist Vandy Harris with Ernest Dawkins & New Horizons Ensemble, AACM Large Ensemble, and Ultimate Unity. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Mambo Express. 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 12/15 through Sun 12/17, Louis Bellson & DePaul Big Band. Tue 12/19 through Sat 12/23, Marian McPartland, Willie Pickens Duo (Sun 12/24, 4 and 8 PM only). 312-670-2473.

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

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

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

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

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

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Restaurant with music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fri 12/15, Jude Duo. Sat 12/16, Jeremy Kahn Duo. Mon 12/18, Jo Ann Daugherty. Tue 12/19, Peter Lerner Duo. Wed 12/20, Hinda Hoffman & Dennis Luxion. Thu 12/21, Mark Colby Quartet. Fri 12/22, Jeremy Kahn Duo. Sat 12/23, Jude 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 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Kurt Yost & Jazz Conceptions. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Valentino. 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 12/15, Ryan Shultz Trio. Sat 12/16, Marlene Rosenberg Trio. Wed 12/20, Spats & His Dixie Cats. Thu 12/21, Ron Perillo. Fri 12/22, Toni Moore Trio. Sat 12/23, Steve Million Trio. 630-446-4001.

MILK PAIL Rte. 25 north of I-90, East Dundee: Sundays, 10 AM-2 PM, jazz brunch with Santa. Sun 12/17, Studebaker Spatz. Sat 12/23, 7 PM, Frank Pisani. Sun 12/24, West End Jazz Band. 847-742-5040.

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

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Sun 12/17, Shelton/Dibblee Quartet. 773-743-3355.

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

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

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

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/15 and Sat 12/16, Ken Chaney Quartet. Mondays, Chris Greene & New Perspective. Tuesdays, Bobby Broom Trio. Wed 12/20, Jesse Scinto Quartet. Thu 12/21, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames. Fri 12/22, Dave Onderdonk Trio. 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 12/15, 6:30 PM, Peter Z.; 9 PM, Don Stiernberg Quartet. Sat 12/16, Corky McClerkin Quartet. Sun 12/17, Typhanie Monique Trio. Mon 12/18, Elizabeth Doyle Duo. Tue 12/19, Dave Specter Trio. Wednesdays, Scott Stevenson Trio. Thursdays, Alison Ruble Quartet. Fri 12/22, 6:30 PM, Yoko Noge; 9 PM, Peter Roothann Quartet. Sat 12/23, Jimmy Ellis Quartet. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/15, Sam Burkhardt Trio. Sat 12/16, Franz Jackson Quartet, Carl Davis Trio. Tuesdays, Steve Frisbie/Liam Davis Duo. Wednesdays, Mark Madsen Quartet. Thursdays, Suede & Blue Roy. Fri 12/22, Jesse Scinto Trio. Sat 12/23, Ken Chaney Trio, Ken Saydak 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 12/21, 9:30 PM, Dave Clark & the Jazz Jivers. 773-772-6656.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 244 Main, Naperville: Music at 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays; no cover. Fri 12/15, Mark O'Connor Trio. Sat 12/16, Mark O'Connor. Wed 12/20, Tim McNamara Trio. Thu 12/21, Mark O'Connor Trio. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, Kevin Kizer Trio. 630-305-0230.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 415 N. Dearborn: Music at 6:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM on weeknights. Fridays, Saturdays, and Mon 12/18 through Wed 12/20, Mark O'Connor Trio. Thursdays, Donny DeMarco Trio. 312-527-3510.

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

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Mon 12/18, Zach Brock 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.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Thu 12/21, Jazz Temple Trio. 312-943-7815.

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

international

concerts

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.

MELODIA Russian Jewish Women's Choir in a free "Under the Picasso" program celebrating Hanukkah. Mon 12/18, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

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

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

international

clubs

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

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

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

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: Thu 12/21, 9 PM, Orquesta Isla. 312-266-1944.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Tue 12/19, 9 PM, Orquesta 911. 773-395-0066.

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

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/15, 9 PM, Cuba L.A. (see Spot Check). Sat 12/16, 10 PM, William Gomez Con Cache Orquesta. Fri 12/22, 9 PM, Tchaka. Sat 12/23, 10 PM, Mambo Express. 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: 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.

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

WHAM BONGO BAR 111 W. Hubbard: Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM, Dr. Brad & Company (no cover). Fri 12/16, 10 PM, Ivory Coast with Dr. Brad. Thursdays, 9 PM, open percussion jam. 312-396-9426.

classical

AMERICAN CONCERTO ORCHESTRA Stephen Burns, conductor, with soprano Jonita Lattimore (Bach, Burleigh, Harbison, Hanson, spirituals). Tue 12/19, 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.

ARCHDIOCESAN BOYCHOIR, THE CANTORES MINORES CHICAGO Free holiday concert under the direction of James Brian Smith. Thu 12/21, 7:30 PM, Our Lady of Victory Church, 5212 W. Agatite. 773-286-2950.

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.

CANTATE performs a cappella selections. Wed 12/20, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

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.

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 12/16, 8 PM, Ascension Church, East and Van Buren, Oak Park. 773-549-7751.

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALL CITY HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA in a free concert. Mon 12/18, 12:15 PM, main lobby, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4050.

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 12/15 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, CHICAGO SYMPHONY CHORUS, AND CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR Duain Wolfe, conductor, in a Christmas concert (Vaughan Williams, Fry, Tchaikovsky, and others). Wed 12/20 and Thu 12/21, 7:30 PM, Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23, 3 and 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

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.

DE PAUL WIND FACULTY CONCERT Donald DeRoche, conductor (Jacob, Grainger, Rodrigo, Ives, Wagner, Holst, and others). Thu 12/21, 3 PM, Merle Reskin Theatre, DePaul University, 60 E. Balbo. 312-922-1999.

DO-IT-YOURSELF MESSIAH Stanley Sperber, conductor, with soprano Tamara Matthews, mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, tenor Rodrick Dixon, baritone William Powers, and orchestra. Tue 12/19 and Wed 12/20, 7 PM, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. 888-880-9701.

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 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.

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.

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

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FESTIVAL CHOIR John W.W. Sherer conducts a "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Advent." Sun 12/17, 6:30 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MORNING CHOIR John W.W. Sherer conducts Bach's Magnificat in a religious service. Sun 12/17, 9:30 and 11 AM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NOONDAY CONCERTS Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut: Fri 12/15, 12:10 PM, Chute Middle School Chorus and Handbell Choir. Fri 12/22, 12:10 PM, Larry Long, organ. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

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.

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

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. Sat 12/23, 8 PM, Mallinckrodt Chapel, 1041 Ridge, Wilmette. 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 12/17, 4 PM (with organ recital at 3:30 PM), Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash. 312-664-6963.

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

KOL ZIMRAH and cantor Deborah Baird sing "Psalms, Miracles, and Light: A Chanukah Concert" (Applebaum and others). Wed 12/20, 7 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

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

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

LYRI-CAROLLERS Thu 12/21, 7 and 8 PM, auditorium, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847-835-5440.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Fri 12/15 and Mon 12/18, 7:30 PM, Renato Palumbo, conductor, with bass Samuel Ramey, tenor Hugh Smith, baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore, and soprano Andrea Gruber (Verdi, Attila). 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). 312-332-2244.

MAINE WEST CONCERT CHOIR Mon 12/18, 12:30 PM, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

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

INBAL MEGIDDO cello, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Sarasate, Franck, Bloch). Free admission. Wed 12/20, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1430 or 312-744-6630.

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). Sat 12/16 and Sun 12/17, 3 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. 847-577-2121.

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.

WARREN MOULTON AND LARRY RAPCHAK tenor and piano, with soprano Michelle Areyzaga, bass Rodney Stapleton, and mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott, sing and discuss opera. Thu 12/21, 6:30 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE CHORUS AND BRASS ENSEMBLE Thomas Wikman, conductor. Mon 12/18, 8 PM, St. Michael's Church, 1633 N. Cleveland. Thu 12/21, 8 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division, River Forest. Fri 12/22, 8 PM, and Sat 12/23, 3 PM, Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan Rd., Techny. 312-551-1414.

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.

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

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

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Joseph Glymph, conductor. Sat 12/16, 2 PM, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700. Sun 12/17, 3 PM (Wagner, Copland, Anderson, Tchaikovsky, carol sing-along), Copernicus Cultural and Civic Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. 312-341-1521.

GARY REBHOLZ & JOSEPH LOBAN tenor and guitar, perform art songs inspired by botanical images. Mon 12/18, 12:15 PM, Exhibit Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

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.

SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Leo Henning conducts 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.

SUZUKI STRINGS in a Christmas concert. Sat 12/16, 10 AM, Pierce Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton. 630-752-5567.

OLEG TIMOFEYEV AND ANNE HARLEY seven-string guitarist and soprano, perform a tribute to Russian composer Andrei Osipovich Sychra. Sun 12/17, 3 PM, First Free Evangelical Church, 5255 N. Ashland. 773-324-3214.

VISIONS in a holiday concert (international carols and others). Sat 12/16, 3:30 PM, Palm Court, Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton. 847-864-4531.

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.

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

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

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

CARY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL A CAPPELLA AND SHOW CHOIR Free "Under the Picasso" program. Mon 12/18, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

CHRISTMAS BRASS ENSEMBLE Free "Under the Picasso" concert. Fri 12/15, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

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.

HOLIDAY BELLES Free sing-along concert. Thu 12/21, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

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

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

JACKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA Mon 12/18, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

LOCKPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL ENSEMBLES Tue 12/19, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

LYCEE FRANCIS DE CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR Wed 12/20, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

MELODIA Russian Jewish Women's Choir in a free "Under the Picasso" program celebrating Hanukkah. Mon 12/18, noon, Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. 312-346-3278.

MUSICHORALE ARTS CENTER MINIATURE AND MINICHERUBS CHILDREN'S 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. 115th. 773-471-9083.

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

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

OSCAR MAYER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHOIR in a free concert. Thu 12/21, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

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

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

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

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