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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

AMAZING INTERCEPTORS, BOOKS ON TAPE, VIOLENTLY ILL, BAD FREQUENCY, EVERYBODY . . . UH-OH perform at the "Shakedown Santa X-mas Rock Extravaganza"; proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House at Loyola Medical Center. Sat 12/22, 6 PM, Community Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. 708-583-3110.

SUSAN GRACE BURCH Free in-store performance. Fri 12/28, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700. Sat 12/29, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 101 Rice Lake Square at Danada, Wheaton. 630-871-9595.

DEL SOULS Free in-store performance. Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 336 S. Rte. 59, Naperville. 630-637-9700.

EARWIG SPECTRE, LITTLE FYODOR & BABUSHKA Fri 12/28, 7 PM, Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North. 773-342-0910.

8FATFAT8, TRS-80, CLIP, DJ NUMINOUS RADIO 18 & over show. Sat 12/29, 9 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

JACQUIE KRUPKA & MEG GUTTMAN Free admission. Fri 12/28, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

PIGFACE, GRAVITY KILLS, GODHEAD, DAMAGE MANUAL, CHRIS CONNELLY, MEG LEE CHIN, SCARLET LIFE 18 & over show. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

REO SPEEDWAGON Sat 12/29, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

SEVEN DAY RUN Free in-store performance. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

UPSY DAISY Free concert. Fri 12/21, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

LUTHER VANDROSS Fri 12/28, 7:30 PM, Sun 12/30, 7 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 312-443-1130 or 312-902-1500.

GLENN YARBROUGH sings and narrates "The Forgotten Carols." Sat 12/22, 2 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music. Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Dishes, Tallulah, Competitorr, Things That Move. Sat 12/22, 9 PM, New Duncan Imperials, Riptones, Blue Moon Boys (Christmas concert). Thu 12/27, 8 PM, Moonshine Willy, Nomad Planets, Brother Lowdown. Fri 12/28, 9 PM, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six, Danny Black's Healthy White Baby. Sun 12/30, 9 PM, Los Straitjackets, Bottletones, Honeybees. 773-478-4408.

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: Thu 12/27, 9 PM, Trippin' Billies. 773-348-5100.

ARBOR VITAE 111 W. Jackson, Naperville: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fri 12/21, Acoustic Sensations. Sat 12/22, Stephani Boesso. 630-778-9090.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Nicholas Barron/Sticky Lupree. 773-348-3665.

BAR VERTIGO 853 N. Western: No cover; music at 10 PM. Sundays, DJs Stranjah & Marcus B. spin reggae. Mondays, open mike. Tuesdays, DJs spin rock, rockabilly & punk. Wednesdays, DJ Machete & the Faded One, hip-hop open mike. Thursdays, DJs Ivan, Tim Burnz & Fuego tha Burnah. 773-395-3002.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Fri 12/21, Billhouse, Mathie, Delafields. Sat 12/22, Wayne Healy with members of Sonia Dada & the Chicago Cats, 40 Hour Sunday. Sun 12/23, 8 PM, Supermint, Spinshine. Wed 12/26, Boda, Split. Thu 12/27, Demolition Doll Rods, Clone Defects, Mistreaters. Fri 12/28, Helen Stellar, Morris Minors. Sat 12/29, Poundseven, Gaskit. Sun 12/30, Thax Douglas. 773-281-4444.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/21, Scrounge for Change, Rules of Attraction, Knockopper. Sat 12/22, Phenoms, Blue Sixteen. Thu 12/27, Vegetables, Interociter, Goodband.com. Fri 12/28, Power Knobs, Stories for Boys, Torchlily. Sat 12/29, Brown Odds, Valhala, Myopia. 773-384-0043.

BIRD'S NEST 2500 N. Southport: No cover. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, open mike. 773-472-1502.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Dry County. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Roots Rock Society. Wednesdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Matt Weber. Thu 12/27, 9 PM, Rockin' Billy & the Wild Coyotes. Fri 12/28, 10 PM, Jason. Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Naomi Ashley. 312-226-6666.

BOOKERS BACKYARD 550 S. McClean, Elgin: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/29, Selective Recall. 847-697-7311.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music after 10 PM. Sundays, "Grateful Dead jam night" with Terrapin Flyer. Wednesdays, pro funk jam with Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Herb Walker, Bernard Reid, Clyde Davis & others. 773-384-8600.

BOURGEOIS PIG CAFE 738 W. Fullerton: Fri 12/21, 8:30 PM, Maria Hines with Aoife Lyons & Vytis Nivinskas (no cover). 773-883-5282.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover. Fri 12/21, Blackmaker, Drunken Monkeys. Sat 12/22, Tractor Boy. Wednesdays, open jam session. Fri 12/28, Wombat Carnival. Sat 12/29, Ralph's Kind. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Wednesdays, acoustic jam with Arthur Lee. 773-528-0888.

BUMPERS 312 McHenry, Buffalo Grove: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/21, Tom Carey Band. Sat 12/22, Peg 7, Furry Kerry. Fri 12/28, Strange Days (Doors tribute band). Sat 12/29, 7Deez. 847-541-2500.

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

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: DJs spin Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and Tuesdays after 7 PM, Sundays after 6 PM, Wednesdays after 9 PM, and Thursdays after 8 PM. 630-830-7200.

CAL'S 400 S. Wells: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Sons of Jorel, Conscious Pool. 312-922-6392.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/21, Torturing Elvis. Sat 12/22, 8:30 PM, Urban Djin. Sun 12/23, 10 PM, Bosco & Jorge. Wed 12/26, Lindays. 773-384-2547.

CARY'S LOUNGE 2251 W. Devon: No cover. Mondays, 9 PM, acoustic open mike. 773-743-5737.

CHARLEY HORSE 39 Orland Square Dr., Orland Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Blackwater. Sat 12/22, Treeline. Thu 12/27, Anne Harris Band. Fri 12/28, Kameron Fry. Sat 12/29, Brothers in Arms. 708-460-1771.

CHICAGO SPORTS BAR & GRILL 227 W. Jackson: Fridays, 7 PM, Michael Charles (no cover). Thursdays, 6 PM, open mike hosted by Michael Charles. 312-427-2856.

CLUB FOOT 1824 W. Augusta: DJs spin alternative and rock music nightly at 10 PM; no cover. 773-489-0379.

COCOABEAN EXPRESSIONS 7007 N. Glenwood: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, open mike for music and poetry. 773-274-6057.

COFFEE & TEA EXCHANGE 1100 W. Thorndale: Thursdays, 8 PM, "Grinder" gay/lesbian music & poetry series hosted by Scott Free (12/27 with Kimi Hayes, Robert McDonald). 773-907-3500.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Lake Shore, Realm, Wall of Trees. Sat 12/22, Eric Howell & the Implants, LUV. Wednesdays, open mike. Thursdays, Acoustolingus. 773-528-7569.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Sat 12/22, 10:30 PM, Mabel Mabel, Peking Turtle. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, open jam hosted by Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Fri 12/28, 10:30 PM, Underwater People. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR LINCOLNSHIRE 21611 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire: Fri 12/21, 10:30 PM, Underwater People. Sat 12/22, 10:30 PM, American English (Beatles tribute band). Thursdays, 8 PM, DJ Retro Russ spins music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Dan Darrah Band, Stolie. 847-541-4700.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Music in the Piano Bar and in the Cabaret Room. In the Cabaret Room: Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin; 10:30 PM, Weird Sisters. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, Colleen McHugh & Miriam Plotkin. In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 8 PM, George Howe & Daryl Nitz. Saturdays, 8 PM, and Thursdays, 9 PM, Andrew Blenderman. Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, 9 PM, George Howe. 773-278-1830.

DEJA VU BAR ROOM 2624 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs spin. Thursdays, 10 PM, Bandoleros. 773-871-0205.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. Sun 12/23, DJ Bob. Mon 12/24, DJ Sickboy. Tue 12/25, DJ Dread Scott. Wed 12/26, DJ Joe Camarillo spins country & western. Thu 12/27, DJ Chuck Wren spins ska. 773-472-2771.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Cells, Moreno, Brain Rakes, Liftpoint. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Michael McDermott, Ruben Waters Loves You, Gary Stier, Emm Gryner. Wed 12/26, 9 PM, Waste, Hello Operator, Generator 9. Thu 12/27, 9 PM, RCB, Cane Corso, Growth Ltd. Fri 12/28, 10 PM, Strawberry, Flying Luttenbachers, Cheer-Accident, DJ Tommie Sunshine. Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Nicholas Tremulis Band, Gayle Ritt. 773-489-3160.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Fri 12/21, Jane Doe Band. Sat 12/22, Mary Ann & the Professors. Tue 12/25, Nobody's Romeo (no cover). Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Larry Welch (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Fri 12/28, Nobody. Sat 12/29, Remedy. 815-356-9980.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays (on two stages), 8 PM Sundays, 9 PM Mondays, and 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fri 12/21, Maggie Speaks, Biff & the Waybacks. Sat 12/22, Pimps, Synge. Sun 12/23, Felix Jones. Tue 12/25, 10 PM, Liquid Soul. Wednesdays, "Battle of the Bands" playoffs. Thu 12/27, Sofa King. Fri 12/28, Core, Drop. Sat 12/29, Underwater People. Sun 12/30, Julie Dutchak. 847-358-9150.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/21, Fuse, Gayle Ritt, Holding Mercury, Lindsie. Sat 12/22, Catfish Jenkins, Lubriphonic, Rockaway Cobra, Naked & Shameless. Sundays, Sumo. Thu 12/27, Swimmer. Fri 12/28, Rain Gods, Last of the Showmen, Mojo Filter. Sat 12/29, Chubby Nothin' & the Bone, Joe Bigsley, Aka, Eddie Mack. 773-549-5549.

EMERALD ISLE 6686 N. Northwest Hwy.: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Eric McCabe & Brian Lupo. Sat 12/22, Spinshine. Fri 12/28, Magnaphonic, Ripley's. Sat 12/29, Mind Over Matter. 773-775-2848.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Someoddpilot showcase with La Makita Soma, Timeout Drawer, K-Rad. Sat 12/22, U.S. Maple (see Spot Check), Watchers, Quatre Tete. Sun 12/23, 7 PM, Self Destruct Sequence, Aurore Rien, Dorian Gray. Thu 12/27, 9 PM, Marvelkind, Light FM, the Lust, Detholz. Fri 12/28, Dirtbombs, Organ Wolf, Baseball Furies. Sat 12/29, Gaza Strippers, Nerves, Chargers Street Gang. 773-276-3600.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8 PM. Sat 12/22, Michael Strening Jr. Sat 12/29, Jim Shannon. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY Maple & Rte. 53, Lisle: Music at 7:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Amy Luetgert. Fri 12/28, Michael Strening Jr. 630-435-5288.

ETHIO CAFE 3462 N. Clark: Fridays, 10 PM, "Hip-hop Cafe" with E3, Diz Crown, Vision & others. Thursdays, 9 PM, "Saba's Speakeasy" music and poetry open mike and open turntables. 773-929-8300.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM nightly. Sundays, DJs spin goth & industrial. Mondays, DJs spin punk rock. Wednesdays, DJs spin new wave. 773-395-2700.

FEATURES BAR & GRILL 10 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music in Club Mamalu; no cover. Fridays, 9:30 PM, Michael Heaton Band. Saturdays, 9 PM, DJs spin hits from the 70s and 80s. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 PM, dueling pianos. 630-416-3310.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Fri 12/21, 7 PM, Secret Agent Bill, Kosher, Littleman Complex. Sat 12/22, 6 PM, MU330, Student Rick, Go Generation; 10 PM, Life at Sea, Six Parts Seven, Braves. Sun 12/23, 8 PM, I Love Rich, Mashers, Mexican Cheerleader. Wed 12/26, 6 PM, Shuttlecocks, Last Man Out, Slim Jim Conspiracy, Quarters Only. Thu 12/27, 7 PM, Wesley Willis, Tub Ring, Custom On It, Grand Buffet. Fri 12/28, 6 PM, Arma Angelus, Knives Out, Definate Choice; 10 PM, An Automotive, Lynyrd's Innards. Sat 12/29, 5 PM, Throwdown, Bleeding Through, No Warning, Black Widows, Payback; 10 PM, Numbers, X27, Katzenmallets. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Brave Combo (see Spot Check). Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Off Broadway, Helen's Promise. Wed 12/26, 8:30 PM, Link Freeman's Volunteers. Thu 12/27, 8:30 PM, Saps, Blue New World, LaRaie. Fri 12/28, 10 PM, Webb Wilder, Urban Twang. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Mondays, 9:30 PM, open mike hosted by Kokapelli. Tuesdays, 8:30 PM, 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. Wed 12/26, open mike. Fri 12/28, Paula Mengarelli Band. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 9:30 PM on Fridays, 9 PM on Saturdays. Fri 12/21, Hello Dave. Sat 12/22, Big Al & the Heavyweights. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). 630-416-4898.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/21, "Todd Kelly memorial concert" with Mythic Figs, Dwain Storey, Pot Luck, J. Crofoot, Scott Parrish, and Dobro Joe Shive. Sat 12/22, Michelle's Christmas Shoe, Jim Musker. Wed 12/26, Home Kookin'. Fri 12/28, Shermans, Quatre Tete. Sat 12/29, SMG All-stars. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY 440 N. State: Cabaret acts perform nightly. Fri 12/21, 5:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Chuck Larkin. Saturdays, 10 PM, Jen Porter. Sundays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Beckie Menzie. Mon 12/24 and Tue 12/25, 9 PM, Dave Gallagher & Jeff Roscoe. Wed 12/26 and Thu 12/27, 5:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Chuck Larkin. Fri 12/28, 5:30 PM, Jen Porter; 9 PM, Ginger Tam & Chuck Larkin. 312-836-0933.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Fri 12/21, 7:30 PM, Allen Nichols; 9:30 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. Sat 12/22, 7:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 10 PM, Cissy Conner & Lex McCauley. Sun 12/23, 6 PM, Honey West & James Cebastien; 9:30 PM, Alexandra Billings & Bill Underwood. Mon 12/24, 7:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason & Terry Higgins. Tue 12/25, 9:30 PM, open mike with Dan Stetzel. Wed 12/26, 7:30 PM, Justin Hayford; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason. Thu 12/27, 7:30 PM, Geoffrey Cuellar; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason. Fri 12/28, 7:30 PM, Steve Kimbrough & John Paluch; 9:30 PM, Nan Mason. Sat 12/29, 7:30 PM, Jeff Roscoe; 10 PM, Nan Mason. Sun 12/30, 6 PM, Honey West & James Cebastien; 9:30 PM, Alexandra Billings & Bill Underwood. 773-348-1053.

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

GIRLBAR 2625 N. Halsted: Wed 12/26, 9:30 PM, Lisa Kane (no cover). Thu 12/27, Half Mad Poet. 773-871-4210.

GRIFFIN'S PUBLIC HOUSE 2710 N. Halsted: No cover. Tuesdays, 9 PM, open mike. Thursdays, 10 PM, Hack 'n' Wheeze. 773-525-7313.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Fri 12/21, Cathy Braaten Band, Automatic Shoes. Sat 12/22, Stick Fight, Turn. Thu 12/27, Mr. Blotto. 773-472-5139.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Cathy Richardson Band, Kerri Grant (benefit for Rock for Kids). Sat 12/22, 9:30 PM, Kato the Houseboy. Wed 12/26, 10 PM, Slantwise, 9mm, Crazed. Thu 12/27, 9:30 PM, Saraphine, Ashley Rhodes, Emperiam. 312-943-2252.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Sat 12/29, Family of Souls. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, Vortis, Sonic Voodoo. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Califone. Mon 12/24, 9:30 PM, Leroy Bach, Edward Burch (no cover). Thu 12/27, 9 PM, Hair Police (see Critic's Choice), Gleaming, No Doctors, Panicsville, X27. 773-227-4433.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Echosend, Blue Marvin. 773-929-0944.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Marvin Tate's D-Settlement, DJ Squeeze, Punishment. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/21, "Ice Ball Toys for Joy" benefit with Peven Everett & Seance Divine, Patty Elvis Band. Sat 12/22, Simmering, Ashley Roads. Fri 12/28, Bottle of Justus, Ophur. Sat 12/29, Better Than Ezra, Rearview Mirror, Alice Peacock. Sun 12/30, Ekoostik Hookah, Rebecca's Statue. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music after 9 PM. Sun 12/23, Aswah Greggori. Wed 12/26, Deluxury. Sun 12/30, New Flavor. 312-266-2400.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Maggie Speaks. Sat 12/22, Underwater People. Mon 12/24, 9 PM, M-80's. 312-337-3486.

KUSTOM 1997 N. Clybourn: Sun 12/23, 10 PM, Julie Dexter. 773-528-3400.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/21, Heroes, Rooster. Sat 12/22, Daily Bridge Club, Frawd. Sundays, 7 PM, Hack 'n' Wheeze. Fri 12/28, Shaking Tree, Dave Tampkin & the PPC. 773-975-0505.

LIAR'S CLUB 1665 W. Fullerton: DJs spin nightly at 9 PM. Sundays, Machine Gun Etiquette DJs spin old school punk and glam. 773-665-1110.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Vitamin M, Freefall. Sat 12/22, Rattlebox, Phil Angotti & the Idea, Andalusian Dogs. Sun 12/23, 8 PM, D-Funct performs at the Edge comedy showcase. Wed 12/26, King Candy. Thu 12/27, 9:30 PM, Sonic Voodoo (no cover). Fri 12/28, Valley of the Low Men, Soulfix. Sat 12/29, Milk Plow, Suns, Timebomb Taxi. Sun 12/30, 9:30 PM, Mickey Brothers (no cover). 773-871-3757.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, J-200, Tijuana Hercules, Disaster Action Team. Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Rock Star Club (see Spot Check), National Drag, Janus, Fin. Thu 12/27, 9 PM, Audio Fauve, Meringue. Fri 12/28, 10 PM, Brother Brother, Almighty Senators. Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Rusk, Leroy Fix. 773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 122 S. York, Elmhurst: Sat 12/22, 7Deez. Sat 12/29, Eric Howell Band. 630-941-7100.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/21, Selective Recall. Fri 12/28, Smalls. Sat 12/29, Desi Brothers. 630-513-6300.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Fri 12/21, 6:30 PM, Chevelle, No One, Zero to Nine, Blaked. Sun 12/23, 6:30 PM, Alkaline Trio, Rise Against, Haymarket Riot, Gadjits (sold out). Wed 12/26, 6:30 PM, Macabre (see Spot Check), Yakuza, Jungle Rot, Veneficum. Fri 12/28, 6:30 PM, Lucky Boys Confusion, Plain White T's, the Dog & Everything, Retro Morning. Sat 12/29, 5:30 PM, Lucky Boys Confusion, Swizzle Tree, Penny & the Loafers, Close Enough, Backdrop. 773-549-0203.

MIKE DITKA'S Tremont Hotel, 100 E. Chestnut: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, John Vincent (tribute to Frank Sinatra). 312-587-8989.

MISTO 1118 W. Grand: Restaurant. Saturdays, 10 PM, Donny Greco & Gary Filip. 312-226-5989.

THE MUTINY 2428 N. Western: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/21, Half Mad Poet, Dirty Little Secret. Sat 12/22, Lab Rat, Little Man Complex, Libido Grande, Sunspot. Sun 12/23, Robin Dean. Wednesdays, karaoke hosted by Teri Garcia. Thu 12/27, DNA & friends. 773-486-7774.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Electric Medicine. 773-728-5010.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Fri 12/21, 5:30 PM, Ethan Semone & the Dark Room Chemicals (no cover). Sat 12/22, 10 PM, JT & the Clouds, Big Hello, Cal Hallow. Thu 12/27, 9 PM, DJ Teebot spins funk and soul. Fri 12/28, 5:30 PM, Ethan Semone & the Dark Room Chemicals (no cover). Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Triple Process, Mystechs. 847-869-0450.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Matthew, American Cosmonaut, Tracer. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, benefit for the Red Cross New York Relief Fund with DeMilos, Turner Joy, Phantom Drummer, Ruck La Rou, and Dana Okon. Sundays, 10 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. Mondays, 10:30 PM, DJ Ray. Fri 12/28, 10 PM, Zero to Nine, Area Man. Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Wolcott, Plain White T's, Sour Deluxe. 773-489-0011.

ORBIE'S INTERNATIONAL CAFE 525 Torrence, Calumet City: Fridays, 9 PM, Barbie Doll Patton. 708-891-3900.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Unibrow. Sat 12/22 and Sat 12/29, Creepy D. Wed 12/26, DJ Gold "D" & DJ AM. Thu 12/27, Hello Operator. Fri 12/28, Sonnets, Big Wow. 773-486-9862.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Mabel Mabel. Thursdays, Turnstyles. 847-266-1313.

PRODIGAL SON BAR & GRILL 2626 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/22, Velcro Lewis & His 100 Proof Band, Apocalypstick, Twinhaters, Tormentula. 773-248-3093.

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

REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario: Fridays, 8 PM, Gene Garcia; 11:45 PM, David Crawford. Saturdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; midnight, John Zamojcin. Sundays, 8:30 PM-2:30 AM, John Zamojcin. Mondays, 8 PM, Tom Linsk & Lisa McCloury; 11:45 PM, Peter Miletic. Tuesdays, 8 PM, John Zamojcin; 11:45 PM, Phil Baron. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; 11:45 PM, Gary Filip. Thursdays, 8 PM, Tom Linsk & Lisa McCloury; 11:45 PM, Arturo Santana. 312-640-1000.

ROCKHOUSE GRILL 2212 Algonquin, Rolling Meadows: Music at 10 PM. Wednesdays, open mike. 847-392-6446.

ROOSTER BLUES 811 W. Lake: Music after 8:30 PM. Fri 12/21, 911 Reggae Band. Mondays, open mike. 312-733-6577.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Monkey Paw, Long Division, Missile. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, J. Davis Trio, Chris Greene & the New Perspective. Sun 12/23, 9 PM, fifth annual St. Nicholas Markos Christmas Revue. Wed 12/26, 8 PM, "Thax Douglas's annual Boxing Day Spectacular" (see Spot Check) with Drekka, Mike & Tim Kinsella, Michael Cummins, Mark Shippy, Jaime Woods & Blake Zweig. Thu 12/27, 9 PM, Torben Floor, Josh Caterer. Fri 12/28, 10 PM, Starch Martins, David Singer & the Sweet Science, Quasar Wut-Wut. Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Butterfly Child, Yum-Yum, Insta. Sun 12/30, 7 and 10 PM, Cary Pierce, Alice Peacock. 773-525-2508.

SEASON TICKETS 50 N. Barrington, Streamwood: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/28, Only Sons. Sat 12/29, Stevie Starlite. 630-372-2900.

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

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Music in the upstairs Cabaret Room at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, 8:30 PM, Ellen Rosner, Little Roach, Stolie. Tuesdays, "606" hip-hop open mike and DJ-mix competition. Fri 12/28, 9 PM, Chris Rob, Chenelle Legacy, Track Team, Shay, Michelle, Red, Joseph. Sat 12/29, 9 PM, Quantum Leep, Money Shot. 773-278-6600.

THIRD BASE Rtes. 25 & 72, East Dundee: Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Salt Creek. 847-428-5438.

TIME OUT 1130 Lake, Hanover Park: Music at 9:30 PM. Sat 12/22, Blues Monk. 630-213-1006.

TRACE 3714 N. Clark: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, open mike hosted by the Polyrhythmic Arts Collective. 773-477-3400.

T'S 5025 N. Clark: Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike with Toy Band. 773-784-6000.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music after 8 PM. Fri 12/21, Pat McDonald, Melissa Rose Zeimer. Sat 12/22, Joan Anderson Band, Tim Nagle. Wednesdays, C.H.A.T. music showcase hosted by J for Jules. Thu 12/27, John Kimler, Therese Cox. Fri 12/28, Carlos Ortega, Colby Maddox Duo. Sat 12/29, Acousticboy, Donna Adler, Phil Rockrohr & the Lifters. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/21, Starball, Good Goddamns, Marium Ava. Sat 12/22, All Systems Halt, Infinite Vision, Hysterics. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Saturdays, 8 PM, Pete Special Duo. Sundays, 8 PM, Daniel Roughan; 10 PM, Heather Horton Band; 1 AM, Pete Special. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Joe Thomas; 10 PM, Joe Thomas Band; 1 AM, Koko Brunson. 312-266-7761.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Exceptions. Thu 12/27, Crying Souls, Tommy Joe. Fri 12/28, JP & the Cats. Sat 12/29, Mary Ann & the Professors. 630-264-2739.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Saturdays, open stage. 312-943-7815.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Trio Logic, Groovatron. Thu 12/27, Schaffer Street. Fri 12/28, Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. Sat 12/29, Westfall, Starcandy. 773-929-1300.

dance

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM, DJ Ed Vantage. 773-348-5100.

ALUMNI CLUB 15 W. Division: DJ Eddie & DJ Breeze spin Fridays and Saturdays after 9 PM. 312-337-4349.

ARTFUL DODGER 1734 W. Wabansia: Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays, DJs spin music for dancing after 10 PM. 773-227-6859.

AURA 640 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Thursdays, DJs Laura B & Jen Jameson. 312-266-2114.

BABALU 1645 W. Jackson: DJs spin merengue, bachata, house, and disco 9 PM-5 AM on Saturdays. 312-733-3512.

BAR THIRTEEN 1944 W. Division: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM Sundays through Fridays and 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. 773-394-1313.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM. Thursdays, DJs spin acid jazz, funk, Afrobeat, house, two-step, and soul. 773-348-3665.

BERLIN 954 W. Belmont: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM Fridays, 11 PM-5 AM Saturdays, 11 PM-4 AM Mondays and Tuesdays, and 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fridays, DJ Greg Haus spins trance, acid house, and breakbeat. Saturdays, DJ Dion. Sundays, DJs spin funk, punk, shoegazer, and glam (Sun 12/30, DJ Samnation spins music by Prince). Mondays, DJ Boa spins synthpop, hardwave, and retro music. Tuesdays, DJ Ralphi Rosario spins deep house. Wednesdays, "women's night" with DJ Dion. Thursdays, DJ Michael Serafini spins progressive house. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fri 12/21, DJ Lego, Steve Melvage. Saturdays, DJ Spin. Sundays, DJ Lil' John, DJ Derrick Wize. Mondays, DJs Brian G & BJAK. Tuesdays, DJ Brian Borden. Wednesdays, DJs Brian G & Frique. Thursdays, Hedonizm DJs spin. 312-243-1699.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Andre Harris spins hip-hop and house. Saturdays, DJ Nique spins house. Sundays, DJ Uncle Milty spins hip-hop, R&B, and house. Mondays, DJ Roki spins hip-hop. Tuesdays, DJs Defcut Don, ST3V3, and Shaka 23 spin techno and house. Wed 12/26, Kemal, Bass by the Pound DJs spin jungle and drum 'n' bass. Thu 12/27, Synesthesia DJs spin IDM and techno. 773-235-9100.

BIOLOGY BAR 1516 N. Fremont: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Saturdays, DJs spin "rock, pop, alternativo." Mondays, "House of Tut" drag night; DJs spin hip-hop, R&B, and house. Wednesdays, DJs Mustafa Rocks & Jay Too spin hip-hop, disco, soul, and R&B. Thursdays, DJs John Styles & Phat Mike, Donnie Devoe. 312-266-1234.

BLACK BEETLE 2532 W. Chicago: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM Saturdays and Thursdays. Thursdays, DJ Orin. 773-384-0701.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: DJs spin after 9 PM Fridays, 9:30 PM Saturdays, 6 PM Sundays and Wednesdays, and 10 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. 312-475-9800.

CHERRY RED 2833 N. Sheffield: DJs spin after 10 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 773-477-3661.

CHROMIUM 817 W. Lake: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fridays, DJs spin progressive house. Saturdays, DJs spin salsa, merengue, house, and hip-hop. 312-666-8106.

CIRCUIT NIGHTCLUB AND REHAB LOUNGE 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM. Saturdays, DJ Hugo, DJ Lulu. Sundays, Paula Sinclare, Miss Foozie & Her Floozies. Mondays, Disco Bingo hosted by Daisy Mae. Tuesdays, 10:30 PM, DJ Lulu hosts karaoke. Wednesdays, DJ Lulu, DJ Luis. Thursdays, 11 PM, Miss Ketty & Her Latina Review, DJ El Prieto. 773-325-2233.

CIRCUS 901 W. Weed: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays; members of the World Famous Flying Wallendas perform circus acts on weekends. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs Victor Rocha & Mike Pierce, DJ Martin "Boogieman" Luna. Sundays, DJ Lee spins drum 'n' bass. Tuesdays, Leddie Garcia. 312-266-1200.

CLUB MERCURY 221 W. Van Buren: Restaurant and nightclub; DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM on weekends. Fridays, Neural Intoxications and Soulamytes. Saturdays, Citron. Sundays, DJ Vic Lavender. 312-427-1774.

CLUB 950 2122 W. Lawrence: DJs spin new wave, industrial, and electronica 9:30 PM-2 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 9:30 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Richard. Saturdays, DJ Abe. Wednesdays, DJ Richard. Thursdays, DJ Danny. 773-878-8241.

CLUB NYX 311 S. Halsted: Wednesdays, 9 PM, "International Nite" DJs Tony T., Red Lox, Mar, and Con spin bhangra and music from Europe, South America, South Asia, and the Middle East. 312-993-0933.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 8 PM-5 AM, DJs spin house, Latin & Caribbean, rock en espanol, hip-hop, and house. 312-397-0600.

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

THE COPA 1637 N. Clybourn: DJs spin downtempo electronic music Thurdays and Fridays until 2 AM and Saturdays until 3 AM. 312-642-3449.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Dan EFX, Dave Reality, John Curley & Chad Sommer, Hiroki & Artek. Saturdays, DJs Teri Bristol & Psycho Bitch. 312-413-7000.

DIG 1551 N. Sheffield: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays through Saturdays. 312-377-1727.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays on three levels. Fridays, DJs Twilite Tone, Vince Lawrence, Jason Christopher & Wayne Williams. Saturdays, Pharris Thomas, Vince Adams, Mark Fuller, Vaughn Woods, Jay Too, D-Double, Legacy, Steele. Sundays, DJ Word & Mustafa Rocks. Thursdays, Eddie Mills, DJ Sheldon spins hip-hop, R&B, and reggae, DJ Question spins jazz and R&B. 312-751-2900.

D'VINE 1950 W. North: Restaurant and wine bar. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 PM-3 AM, DJs spin acid jazz, ambient, house, and funk. Thursdays, 7-10 PM, DJs spin Brazilian jazz. 773-235-5700.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Sun 12/23, DJs Le Beast, Supreme Court & Fred Wells. Sun 12/30, DJs Josh Abrams & Fred Wells. 773-276-3600.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: DJs spin 7:30 PM-11 PM Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 9 PM-1 AM Wednesdays. Fridays, DJ Cache 22 spins R&B, hip-hop, soul, and house (no cover). Wednesdays, "Therapy" DJs spin. 312-338-3788.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 5 PM-4 AM nightly, 5 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-266-1944.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, DJ JC. 773-248-3330.

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE 728 W. Grand: Mon 12/24, 10 PM, DJs Assassin, Aladdin, Red Lox & Joe Bryl. 312-666-1695.

GET ME HIGH LOUNGE 1758 N. Honore: DJs spin after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ AM/PM. Saturdays, DJ Hiroki. Mondays, Eric Daley. Tuesdays, Doc, Mickey International. Wednesdays, DJ Hello Kitty. Thursdays, Gary Guy & Kevin Maxey. 773-252-4090.

GIRLBAR 2625 N. Halsted: DJs spin until 2 AM Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays, and until 3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Desire (dance performance). Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, open mike. 773-871-4210.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin from 10 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Wednesdays, DJs Cedric, Flipside, Wayne Williams & Vince Lawrence. 312-587-8469.

HANGGE UPPE 14 W. Elm: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM nightly, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-337-0561.

HARRY'S VELVET ROOM 56 W. Illinois: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM Saturdays and Thursdays. 312-527-5600.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Tue 12/25, 10 PM, "X-mas Funk" dance party with DJs Rick Guerrero, Gabriel Segura, Might, Omar Perez, Miguel Herrera, Raul Virgil & Encendido (18 & over). 312-527-2583 or 312-923-2000.

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.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: DJs spin house, disco, funk, hip-hop, and techno after 10 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 773-477-3330.

KATACOMB 1916 N. Lincoln Park West: DJs spin hip-hop, old school funk, trip-hop, and acid jazz from 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays and 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs Brent, Jig & Ryan spin hip-hop, funk, soul, and R&B. 312-337-4040.

KUSTOM 1997 N. Clybourn: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Sun 12/23, 10 PM, Julie Dexter. 773-528-3400.

LAVA LOUNGE 859 N. Damen: DJs spin 10 PM-2 AM. Fridays, DJs Cache 22, Shon Dervis & Shaky Shawun spin funk, soul, old school, and R&B (no cover). Sundays, "Miles Ahead" with DJ Luke Finn. 773-772-3355.

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

LITHIUM 1124 W. Belmont: DJs spin 7 PM-2 AM Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 PM-3 AM Saturdays, and 8 PM-2 AM Mondays. Fridays, Derrick Wize spins house. Saturdays, DJ Troy spins hip-hop and dance. Mondays, "alt.mondays" with DJ Gene Lopez. Tuesdays, Uncle's Living Room (metal night). Wednesdays, Bartender's Choice. Thursdays, Leddie Garcia, DJ Gene Lopez. 773-477-6513.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Fridays, 7 PM-3 AM, DJ Kwest. Saturdays, 10 PM-4 AM, DJs spin hip-hop and reggae. Sundays, Tha Afterset Players with Marz play acid jazz. 312-649-5874.

MANHOLE 3458 N. Halsted: DJs spin nightly until 4 AM (until 5 AM Saturdays). 773-975-9244.

MASHED POTATO CLUB 316 W. Erie: Restaurant with DJs nightly after 5:30 PM. 312-255-8579.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Sat 12/22, 10 PM, DJ Sneak (see Critic's Choice), Diz, DJ Heather, J-Dub. 773-549-0203.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Sundays, 9 PM, DJ Roger Chavez/Suspect 86 spins trance. 630-446-4001.

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.

MYSTIQUE 157 W. Ontario: Sun 12/23, "EurAsia 2001: Dawn" with DJ Assassin (hip-hop and progressive), DJ Shag (progressive and trance), DJ Aladdin (hip-hop and R&B), DJ Red Lox (music from Europe and the Middle East), and DJ Rain (trance and progressive); tabla and dohl players also perform. 312-642-2582.

NEO 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin dance music 10 PM-4 AM nightly, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Rob Kokot spins synth pop. Saturdays, DJ $#&@!. Wednesdays, Jeff Moyer spins electronic dance. Thursdays, Dave Roberts spins new wave. 773-528-2622.

NIKEETA'S 633 E. Sibley, Dolton: Thursdays, 8 PM, DJ Mike D. spins hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and house. 773-377-5002, ext. 4287.

NOCTURNAL 1111 W. Lake: Saturdays, 9 PM-3 AM, DJs DVS & Mix. Thursdays, 9 PM-2 AM, DJ Earl Pleasure. 312-491-1931.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJ Tankboy spins funk and disco house late Fridays; DJ Form spins hip-hop and drum 'n' bass late Saturdays. Tuesdays, DJ Alo spins hip-hop and soul. 773-489-0011.

THE ORIGINAL MOTHER'S 26 W. Division: DJ Joe spins pop, hip-hop, and house 8 PM-4 AM Tuesdays through Sundays (5 AM Saturdays). Wednesdays, DJ El Papichulo & DJ Lugo Rosado. 312-642-7251 or 312-642-7252.

LE PASSAGE 1 Oak Place: DJs spin nightly 10:30 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:30 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/21, DJ Junior, DJs Mood & Lady D. Saturdays, DJs Mood & Carvajal. Wednesdays, DJ V. Thursdays, DJs Mood & Oscar McMillan. Fri 12/28, DJs Woody Levin & David Goldberg, DJs Mood & Lady D. 312-255-0022.

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

RED DOG 1958 W. North: DJs spin funk, house, and dance music 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Mondays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Jesse de la Pena, Lil' John. Saturdays, DJs Twilite Tone, 33-1/3 & Steve Bravo. Mondays, DJs Mark Grant, Lego, Dave Britton & Psycho Bitch. 773-278-1009.

REDNOFIVE & FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Mondays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Sat 12/22, DJ Heaven. 312-733-6699.

RHYTHMATIC 6007 W. Grand: Fri 12/28, 11 PM-4 AM, DJs Wreck, Big Boy Garcia, Exta-C & Loki. 773-514-2253.

RIVE GAUCHE 306 N. Halsted: Thu 12/27, 10 PM-4 AM, "Shattered Thursdays" with DJ Casper, Frankie J. 312-738-9971.

ROOSTER BLUES 811 W. Lake: Music after 8:30 PM. Sundays and Wednesdays, DJ Khaaliq & DJ Papa G spin hip-hop, reggae, deep house, and R&B. 312-733-6577.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: Fridays, 7-10 PM, DJ INC spins soul, funk, and disco; 10 PM-4 AM, DJ Tone B. Nimble spins hip-hop. Saturdays, 7 PM-7 AM, DJs Justin Long & Sativa spin house. Sundays, 7 PM-midnight, DJs Lee Collins & Sadar spin disco & house; midnight-4 AM, DJs Tone B. Nimble, Norman Rockwell & Shon Dervis spin hip-hop, dancehall, house, and soul. Tuesdays, 7 PM-4 AM, DJs Derrick Carter, Diz & Matty spin house. Wednesdays, 7 PM-4 AM, DJ Hiroki spins house, hip-hop, and progressive. Thursdays, 11:30 PM-4 AM, DJ David Balquiedra spins soulful house. 312-932-0006.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Fred Everything, Darrell Woodson. Sat 12/22, Gryphon, Jason Hodges, Bear Who? Sun 12/23, Brett Haynes, J-Digz & Juice. Mondays, "Abstract Sessions" with DJs LSE, Chris Widman, Warp & Anacron. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins goth, ethereal, and electro. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner & DJ Brendan spin mod, 70s and 80s metal, and New York punk & new wave. Thursdays, DJs Stax, Chris Bacchus, Justin Reed & Striz. Fri 12/28, DJ Dayhota, DJ V. Sat 12/29, Bernard Badie, Shaka 23. 773-549-4140.

SPIN 800 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Timmy Loop & VJ Ken (no cover). Saturdays, DJ Jungle Jorge & VJ Nickole. Sundays, DJ Timmy Loop & VJ Whon. 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 Julian & VJ Steven Farias (no cover). 773-327-7711.

SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin: DJs spin 10:30 PM-4 AM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays, and 9 PM-2 AM Wednesdays. Sundays, 10 PM-3 AM, "Whiplash" fetish night with Scary Lady Sarah, DJ Chilli Winters. 312-587-8779.

SQUAREONE 1561 N. Milwaukee: Fridays, 9 PM, DJ Mellow Man; 10 PM-5 AM, dancehall and hip-hop night hosted by Kwesi. Saturdays, midnight-6 AM, DJs spin house. Sundays, 9 AM-3:30 PM, DJ JC spins soul. Mondays, 8 PM, DJ Papa G spins reggae. Tuesdays, 8 PM, DJ Joseph spins broken beat and nu jazz. 773-227-7111.

STREETSIDE CAFE 3201 W. Armitage: Sun 12/30, 8:30 PM, Ambivert, DJs Mike Rosey & Dave Z. 773-252-9700.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: DJs spin nightly in the Lounge. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs Verb & Pure spin Motown, old school, and funk. Sundays, DJ J.B. Mondays, open mike with Greg Golden. Tuesdays, DJs Artek, Norm, Mary Jane & Verb. Wednesdays, Electrix DJs spin drum 'n' bass, house, and electronic music. Thursdays, DJ Minnesota Fabric spins rare groove. 773-278-6600.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fridays, DJ Karlito. Saturdays, DJ Mass Transit. Sundays, RB & Ronny. Mondays, DJ Dan. Tuesdays, DJ Springa. Wednesdays, DJ Mystr E. Thursdays, Doyonne & Gina Spandex spin goth. 773-227-4906.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Saturdays, DJs Goose, Jimmie Page & Jernell Geronimo. 312-491-9729.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Sundays, DJ Mungo spins R&B, funk, and old school. 773-327-2739.

VENUE 738 N. Clark: Mondays, 10 PM, DJ EN Green spins trance and breaks. 312-932-0202.

VOODOO NIGHTCLUB 601 Mall, Schaumburg: DJs spin "high energy dance music" after 7 PM Tuesdays through Fridays and after 9 PM Saturdays. Tuesdays, DJ Alex Perez, DJ Mercurio. Thursdays, salsa and merengue with DJ El Papichulo & DJ Ric Martinez. 847-969-1602.

WATUSI 1540 W. North: Restaurant. Sun 12/23, 9 PM, DJ "Maestro" Joe Bryl spins rare Italian lounge, bossa nova, French chansons, easy listening jazz, and cinematic sound tracks. 773-862-1540.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fri 12/21, Ron Trent. Sat 12/22, John Selway, John Patterson. Thursdays, DJ Jesse de la Pena, Vince Adams, D-Double, Jay Too, DJ Steele. Fri 12/28, Carl Craig. Sat 12/29, Juan Atkins. 312-787-0400.

folk & country

concerts

OAK RIDGE BOYS Holiday concert. Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

PHIL PASSEN AND TOM CONWAY perform American, Celtic, and Christmastime music. Sat 12/22, 1 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909. Sat 12/22, 4 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564. Sun 12/23, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th. 773-445-5471.

LEE ANN WOMACK with the Duke Ellington Orchestra; holiday concert. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music. Sundays, 8 PM, Irish jam session. Mondays, 8 PM, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, 8 PM, open stage. Wed 12/26, 8 PM, Daghda. Sat 12/29, 9 PM, Cornmeal, Paulina Hollers, Sons of the Soil. 773-478-4408.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Sat 12/22 and Sun 12/30, 11 AM, Chris Walz. 312-226-6666.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Fri 12/28, All Hat No Cattle. 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.

CHIEF O'NEILL'S PUB 3471 N. Elston: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM on weekends. Sundays, 4-8 PM, and Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-473-5263.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/21, Pat Finnegan & Brendan Loughrey. Sat 12/22, John Bog Flaherty. Fri 12/28, Dal Riada. Sat 12/29, Velvet Green. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Wayne Hancock. 708-788-2118.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Sat 12/22, "Christmas and Winter Solstice Holiday Concert" with Phil Cooper, Margaret Nelson, Kate Early, and Susan Urban. 630-393-1247.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM on weeknights. Sundays, open mike hosted by Fred. 773-489-5471.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Wed 12/26, Gan Bua (no cover). 773-472-5139.

HIDDEN SHAMROCK 2723 N. Halsted: Sundays, 3-6 PM, traditional Irish jam session. Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Whiskey Hollow Bluegrass Band (no cover). 773-883-0304.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Fri 12/28, 10 PM, Wayne Hancock. 773-227-4433.

HOTTI BISCOTTI 3545 W. Fullerton: Music at 7:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Chicago Songwriters Collective with Ron Hayden. Sat 12/22, Leslie Hunt. Thursdays, 7 PM, spoken-word and music open mike with Soul People. Fri 12/28, Flaming Red. Sat 12/29, Poetic Odysseys. 773-486-4093.

INNER TOWN PUB 1935 W. Thomas: Sundays, 9 PM, and Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike. 773-235-9795.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Wed 12/26, 8:30 PM, St. Stephen's Celtic Music Concert with Martin Dowling, Christine Dowling & Jim DeWan.

773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 122 S. York, Elmhurst: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/28, Salthill Mines. 630-941-7100.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Music at 9 PM. Sat 12/22, O'Briens. 630-513-6300.

SEANCHAI 2345 W. Belmont: Sundays, 8 PM, Chicago Rovers. 773-549-4444.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Urban Hog Wranglers. 773-772-6656.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/21, Jones Family Christmas Show. Fri 12/28, Pete Norman. 630-969-9720.

blues, gospel, r&b

concerts

ARBOR AVENUE STATION Free in-store performance. Sat 12/29, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 3539 E. Main, Saint Charles. 630-443-8160.

blues, gospel, r&b

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fridays, 9 PM, Katherine Davis Group. 312-642-6805.

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

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Wed 12/26, Grana Louise Band. Thursdays and Fri 12/28 and Sat 12/29, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Charlie Love Band with Patricia Scott. Sundays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band. Fri 12/28 and Sat 12/29, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. 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 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Michael Coleman & the Backbreakers. Sat 12/22 and Mon 12/24, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Sun 12/23, pro jam hosted by Big Ray. Tue 12/25, Frank Pellegrino & friends. Wed 12/26, Pistol Pete. Thu 12/27, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings with Ernie Peniston. 773-528-1012.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Fri 12/21, Devil in a Woodpile. Thursdays, 10:30 PM, Sugar Blue (no cover). 773-384-8600.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, 5:30 PM, Fruteland Jackson (no cover); 9:30 PM, Howard & the White Boys (Christmas show). Sat 12/22, 6:30 PM, Steve Arvey (no cover); 9:30 PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Joe Moss. Sun 12/23, Willie Kent & the Gents. Wed 12/26, Charlie Love. Thu 12/27, Pistol Pete. Fri 12/28, 5:30 PM, John Primer (no cover); 9:30 PM, Otis Clay, Nick Moss. Sat 12/29, 6:30 PM, Lil' Ed (no cover); 9:30 PM, Carl Weathersby, Doug McDonald. Sun 12/30, John Primer. 312-427-0333.

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

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Sat 12/22, and Thursdays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. First, Saint Charles: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays. Fri 12/21, Kinsey Report. Sat 12/22, Matthew Skoller Band. Fri 12/28, Howard & the White Boys. Sat 12/29, Howard Scott & the World Band. 630-513-0074.

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

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

CRAWDADDY BAYOU 412 Milwaukee, Wheeling: Music at 7 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 5 PM Sundays, 6:30 PM Thursdays. No cover. Sun 12/30, Pat Smillie Band. 847-520-4800.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Eddie C. Campbell, Elmore James Jr. 773-327-1662.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Tuesdays, 9 PM, open mike with Liberty Blues Band. 773-685-8083.

FLAMINGO 6644 S. Cottage Grove: Mondays, 8 PM, Killer Ray Players with Jimmy Pryor, Crumar with Harmonica George. 773-684-6800.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 9:30 PM on Fridays, 9 PM on Saturdays. Sat 12/29, Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio. 630-416-4898.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: Thursdays, 10 PM, Stank Willie (no cover). 773-248-3330.

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

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Thursdays, 8:30 PM, open jam with Big Ray (no cover). 708-484-3610.

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

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Fri 12/21, Chicago Red Hots. Sat 12/22 and Thu 12/27, Chicago Playboys. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller Band. Wed 12/26, No Mercy Band. Fri 12/28, Pete Special. Sat 12/29, Eddie Burks. 312-923-2000 or 312-527-2583.

ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark: Music after 9 PM. Sat 12/22, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Fri 12/28 and Sat 12/29, Preston Shannon. 312-266-2400.

JERRY'S NITE LIFE 12303 S. Halsted: Fridays, 9 PM, Super Percy & His Soul Clique Band with Pamela Zachery. 773-821-1427.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 PM, pianist Detroit Jr. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Sandra Hall, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers with Kid Dynamite. Sundays, Charlie Love & Lindsey Alexander. Mondays, blues jam hosted by Frank Pellegrino Band. Tuesdays, Sam Cockrell & the Groove with Nellie Travis. Wednesdays, Andre Taylor & the Blues Alley Cats, Howard Scott. Thu 12/27, Joanna Connor (live radio broadcast). Fri 12/28 and Sat 12/29, John Primer. 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Sundays, 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose Band. 312-566-0555.

LADY BLUE LOUNGE 2953 W. Madison: Sundays, 8 PM, Super Percy & His Soul Clique Band with Pamela Zachery. 773-826-0317.

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

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Steepwater Blues Band. Sat 12/29, 10 PM, Blue Plate Special. 630-446-4001.

MY FRIEND LOUNGE 10815 S. Michigan: Sundays, 6 PM, Elmore James Jr. & the Broom Dusters. 773-624-6336.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/22, Rhythm City. Sat 12/29, Barclays. 773-252-1155.

111 CLUB 111 W. 111th: Sundays, 9 and 11 PM and midnight, Killer Ray, Jimmy Pryor & Crumar with Harmonica George. 773-821-9165.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/22, Billy Flynn. Fri 12/28, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. Sat 12/29, Ken Saydak. 847-266-1313.

PUSH RODS 15600 S. Dixie Hwy.: Thursdays, 10 PM, midnight, and 1 AM, Killer Ray Allison, Jimmy Pryor, Crumar, Mr. Shorty Mack. 312-719-3094.

FRANK RAVEN BAND Free in-store performance. Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 49 S. Waukegan, Deerfield. 847-559-1999.

REDFISH Voodoo Lounge, 400 N. State: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM; no cover. Sat 12/29, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 312-467-1600.

RESERVATION BLUES 1566 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM Fridays through Sundays and 9:30 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Phil Guy. Sundays, blues jam hosted by Tom Holland's Big Blue (no cover). Wed 12/26, Shirley Johnson. Thu 12/27, Eddie King. Fri 12/28 and Sat 12/29, Eddy Clearwater. 773-645-5200.

ROOSTER BLUES 811 W. Lake: Music after 8:30 PM. Tuesdays, Nick Peraino & Blue Moon Rising. Thursdays, Al Harris & the New Generation. 312-733-6577.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21, Lurrie Bell. Sat 12/22, Sugar Blue. Wednesdays, Sugar Blue. Thursdays, pro jam hosted by Eddie Taylor Jr. Fri 12/28, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Sat 12/29, Billy Branch & Sons of Blues. 773-342-0452.

SEASON TICKETS 50 N. Barrington, Streamwood: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/22, Howard & the White Boys. 630-372-2900.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Big Chicago Christmas R&B Revue with Matt Lucas (see Critic's Choice) with the Brumbach Brothers, Sam Lay, and Little Arthur. Fri 12/28, Rockin' Johnny Band. Sat 12/29, Scotty & the Bad Boys. 773-772-6656.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Fri 12/28, Pete Norman. 630-969-9720.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Sat 12/22, 9:30 PM, Chicago Express. 630-264-2739.

jazz

concerts

STEVEN HASHIMOTO TRIO Sun 12/23, 1-4 PM, Gethsemane Garden Center, 5801 N. Clark. 773-878-5915.

PETER LERNER TRIO "Six String Christmas" concert. Sat 12/22, 2 PM, Hear Music, 932 N. Rush. 312-951-0242.

PATCHOULI Free in-store performance. Sat 12/29, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 161 Weber, Bolingbrook. 630-771-9560.

BRIENN PERRY Free in-store performances. Sat 12/22, noon, Borders Books & Music, 3539 E. Main, Saint Charles. 630-443-8160. Sat 12/29, noon, Borders Books & Music, 161 Weber, Bolingbrook. 630-771-9560.

BOBBI WILSYN performs at a candlelight Christmas service. Mon 12/24, 7 PM, Center for Creative Living at the Days Inn, 644 W. Diversey. 773-935-3776.

MICHAEL ZERANG percussion, and puppeteer Blair Thomas, perform 108 Ways to Nirvana: #12, #27, and #36. Fri 12/28, 9 PM, Sat 12/29, 6 and 9 PM, and Sun 12/30, 3 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 312-902-1500.

MICHAEL ZERANG & HAMID DRAKE 11th annual winter solstice percussion concerts; see Critic's Choice. Sat 12/22 through Mon 12/24, 6 AM, Link's Hall Studio, 3435 N. Sheffield. 773-281-0824 or 773-871-5318.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/21, noon, Franz Jackson, John Watson, Dan DeLorenzo, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/22, 6 PM, Rich Pardo with Joe Iaco & Chuck Christiansen; 9:30 PM, Art Hoyle Quintet. Sundays, 7 PM, Sam Burckhardt Combo. Mondays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Chuck Hedges Swingtet; 9 PM, No Am/Pro Jam with Art Davis, Don Stille, John Bany & Charlie Braugham. Tuesdays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Wallace Burton Group; 9 PM, Men of Note. Wed 12/26, noon, Steve Hashimoto; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Thu 12/27, noon, Bernard Alcorn; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Mike Smith Quintet. Fri 12/28, noon, Kim Cusack, Bob Neighbor, Rob Amster, Tom Amster, Tom Hope & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Sat 12/29, 6 PM, Rich Pardo with Joe Iaco & Chuck Christiansen; 9:30 PM, Kelly Brand Quintet. 312-642-6805.

ARMY & LOU'S 422 E. 75th: Restaurant. Fri 12/21, 6-10 PM, keyboardist and vocalist Fred Barr & guitarist Toby Wallace. 773-483-3100.

BACINO'S 2204 N. Lincoln: Mondays, 6-9 PM, Famous Pizza Gig Quartet with John Lewis, Steve Hashimoto, Heath Chappell & others. 773-472-7400.

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

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM. Fri 12/21 through Sun 12/23, Carlos Cannon. Wed 12/26 through Sun 12/30, Carmen Stokes. 312-751-2433.

BAR 3 2138 N. Halsted: Tuesdays, 8 PM, Matt Geraghty Project (no cover). 773-348-3665.

BIG JOE'S 1818 W. Foster: No cover. Sundays, 8 PM-midnight, open jam session with Darren Scorza Quartet. 773-784-8755.

BISTRO AMERICA 12 N. River, Batavia: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Wed 12/26, Steve Koerber Trio. 630-406-0008.

BISTRO ULTRA 2239 N. Clybourn: Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Denise La Grassa Duo. 773-529-3300.

BONE DADDY 551 N. Ogden: Sun 12/23, 8 PM, Nicole Kestler. Sun 12/30, 8 PM, Gingi Lahera. 312-226-6666.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM. Wednesdays, pro funk jam with Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Herb Walker, Bernard Reed, Clyde Davis & others. 773-384-8600.

SPIRIT CAFE 131 Dundee, Buffalo Grove: Thursdays, 8 PM, Nick Tesker Quartet. 847-465-1526.

BROWN ROOM 7150 S. Exchange: Cafe with live jazz; no cover. Sat 12/22, 2-4 PM, Room Service Jazz Ensemble with Mike Donaby, Thadeus Gaines, Robert Wilkens & Marcus Burks. 773-731-9801.

BURKHART STUDIOS 2845 N. Halsted: Music and spoken-word performances at 9 PM on Sunday nights (followed by an open mike). Sun 12/23, Saturo Iga & friends. 773-348-8536.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Sat 12/22, Sam Burckhardt Combo. Thu 12/27, Gina McLaughlin Quartet. 773-384-2547.

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker: Piano bar and restaurant. Fridays, 5:30-9 PM, Libby York. 312-346-3500.

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Fri 12/21, 9 PM, Bob Centano Quartet. Saturdays, 9 PM, Lou DiGangi Swing Band. Sun 12/23, 5 PM, Greg Fishman, Paulinho Garcia, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen. Tuesdays, 7 PM, Jack Carr. Wednesdays, 7 PM, Jerry Owings. Thursdays, 6:30 PM, Jack Carr; 9 PM, jazz jam session with John Bany, Charles Braugham & John Stille. Fri 12/28, 9:30 PM, Bob Perna. 847-647-8282.

CHARLESTON 2076 N. Hoyne: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/22, Maralyn Gaza Trio. 773-489-4757.

CHEF'S STATION 915 Davis, Evanston: Sundays, 11 AM-2 PM, John Kregor/Alex Bednarke Duo. 847-570-9838.

CHICAGO PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1370 Bank, Schaumburg: Music at 8 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Les Walton Trio. Thursdays, Scott Stenten Duo. 847-969-9900.

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 AM on weekends. Sundays, 8 PM, East Winds. Mondays, 8 PM, open mike with Carolyn Albritten. 312-341-9787.

DEEP BLUE Prairie Rock Brewing Company, 1385 N. Meacham, Schaumburg: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Kirk Works. 847-605-9900.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Wed 12/26, Fred Lonberg-Holm/Glenn Kotche/Jason Roebke (performing the music of Fred Katz). 773-276-3600.

ENTRE NOUS Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus: Restaurant with music at 6:30 PM; no cover. Sat 12/29, Elaine Dame. 312-565-7997.

ERIK & ME 1 W. Illinois, Saint Charles: Music at 7 PM; no cover. Thu 12/27, Airborne. 630-377-9222.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY Maple & Rte. 53, Lisle: Music at 7:30 PM. Sat 12/22, Jazz Vertigo. Sat 12/29, Jeff Gilmore Group. 630-435-5288.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sun 12/23, 6 PM, Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Sun 12/30, 6 PM, Chicago Grandstand Big Band. 708-788-2118.

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3400 N. Clark: Sundays and Thursdays, 8 PM, Quiet Storm with Ishma Durah & Nate Griffin. 773-528-4033.

FRANK'S PLACE Hilton Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee, Northbrook: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Milt Trenier & Company with Bubba. 847-480-7500.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wednesdays, 9 PM, Rhythm Rockets. 630-416-4898.

GATEWAY BAR & GRILL 7545 N. Clark: Music at 8 PM on weekends, 7:30 PM on weeknights; no cover. Fri 12/21, Taku Akiyama Quartet. Sat 12/22, Andy Meacham Trio with Layni Katz. Thursdays, Temple Schultz with Vijay Tellis Nayak. Fri 12/28, Upbeat Trio with Chris Siebold. 773-262-5767.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, Eddie Harrison Jump Stars. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, the Business. Sun 12/23, 8 PM, Rich Pardo Quartet (no cover). Wednesdays, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Fri 12/21, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Trio New; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/22, 8 PM, Trio New; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/23, 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Trio. Wed 12/26, 9 PM, Franz Jackson & His Jazz Entertainers. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. Fri 12/28, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Von Freeman & Ed Peterson; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Sat 12/29, 8 PM, Von Freeman & Ed Peterson; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sun 12/30, 11 PM, Kimberly Gordon Organ Quartet. 773-878-5552.

HAPPY VILLAGE 1059 N. Wolcott: Mondays, 9 PM, DJs spin swing dance music (preceded by dance lessons at 7 and 8 PM). 773-486-1512.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Fri 12/21, 10 PM, Ted Hogarth. 773-465-8005.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Fri 12/21, 6 PM, "In the Spirit of Ujima" benefit for Dee Parmer Woodtor with Kahil El'Zabar & Malachi Thompson. Wed 12/26, 8 PM, David Boykin's Expanse, Tanya Reed & the Jazz Continuum. Thu 12/27, 8 PM, Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque (see Critic's Choice). Sun 12/30, 7 PM, Dee Alexander. 312-362-9707.

JAMADA 241 Lake, Bloomingdale: Restaurant with music at 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Thursdays. Thu 12/27, Frank Liptrot's Jazzbo. 630-893-0300.

JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand: Fri 12/21, 9 and 11 PM, Judy Roberts Trio, Two for Brazil. Sat 12/22, 9 and 11 PM, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen, Two for Brazil. Sun 12/23, 4 PM, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen, Two for Brazil; 8 and 10 PM, Two for Brazil. Wed 12/26 and Thu 12/27, 8 and 10 PM, Fri 12/28 and Sat 12/29, 9 and 11 PM, and Sun 12/30, 4 and 8 PM, Henry Johnson's Organ Express with Red Holloway. 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. Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM, Katherine Davis; 5 PM, Sonny Turner Quintet. Mondays, Ken Chaney. Tuesdays, Franz Jackson & His Jazz Entertainers. Wednesdays, Ken Saydak. 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: Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Jason Loveall & friends. Sun 12/23, noon, Tim McNamara Quartet. Thursdays, 9 PM, John Brumbach Quartet. 773-348-7592.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Fridays and Thursdays, 9 PM, Anne Pringle & Mark Burnell. 312-649-5874.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 225 W. Ontario: Sundays, 5:30 PM, Scott Holman. 312-337-8080.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM, and Mondays, 5 PM, Scott Holman. 847-952-8755.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Sundays, 8 PM, Bobby Broom Trio. 773-404-9494.

METROPOLE ROOM Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus: Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Nick Colionne. Thu 12/27, 9 PM, Erin McDougald. Fri 12/28, 9 PM, Elaine Dame. Sat 12/29, 9 PM, Marshall Vente. 312-565-6665.

MICHAELS'S JAZZ BISTRO 530 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn: Music at 9 PM. Fri 12/21, Mike Finnerty & the Heat Merchants. Wed 12/26, Marshall Vente Trio. Fri 12/28, Marlene Rosenberg Quartet. 630-446-4001.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, Lincoln, Silver Measure. 773-728-5010.

NEVIN'S LIVE 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Wednesdays, 9 PM, the Ken & Jim Show. 847-869-0450.

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

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Thu 12/27, 7 PM, Cosmic Cabaret hosted by Brian Imig with Mwata Bowden, Isaiah Jackson. 773-743-3355.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Maurice Brown Quartet. Mondays, Typhanie Monique Duo. Wednesdays, Frank Catalano Trio. Thursdays, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Fri 12/28 and Sat 12/29, Jim Gailloreto Quartet. 847-328-0399.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 9:30 PM, King Fleming Trio. Saturdays, 9:30 PM, Rankinfyle. Sundays, 5:30 PM, Kara Kesselring. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Sami Scot. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, Mark Stevens. Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Jackie Allen & Judy Roberts. Thursdays, 7:30 PM, John Wright Duo. 708-848-4250.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Mondays, 9 PM, Corey Radford/Scott Anderson Quartet. 773-486-9862.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Fri 12/21, 6 PM, Donny Nichilo; 9 PM, Tuey Connell Quartet. Sat 12/22, 9 PM, Jimmy Ellis Quartet. Sundays, 8:30 PM, Russell Rowe Trio with McKinley Carter. Mon 12/24, 8:30 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Thu 12/27, 8:30 PM, Tito Carrillo Quartet. Fri 12/28, 6 PM, Donny Nichilo; 9 PM, Dave Hildebrand Trio. Sat 12/29, 9 PM, Redd Holt Quartet. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/22, Leslie Byers & the Jazz Cats. Sat 12/29, Rick Shandling Trio. 847-266-1313.

PRODIGAL SON BAR & GRILL 2626 N. Halsted: Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike with Brian K. Abraham, Bob Lovecchio, and Will Sadler (no cover). 773-248-3093.

REDFISH Voodoo Lounge, 400 N. State: Bar and restaurant. Fri 12/21, 9:30 PM, Peter Lerner Group. 312-467-1600.

ROSARIO'S RESTAURANT 5956 W. Higgins: Music after 7 PM. Thursdays, Frank Lamphere Trio. 773-775-7525.

RUMORS 4500 N. Lincoln: Saturdays, 10 PM, guitarist Scott Stenten & His Group. 773-271-9944.

SAUSSY 1156 W. Grand: Restaurant. Fridays, 7:30 PM, Denise La Grassa Trio. 312-491-1122.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: Thursdays, 8 PM, Vince Green & 7th Avenue. 312-932-0006.

SOME LIKE IT BLACK COFFEE CLUB 4500 S. Michigan: Saturdays, 7-9:30 PM, jazz jam session (no cover). 773-377-5004, ext. 2228.

SOPRANOS 2901 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant. Saturdays, 9 PM, Frank Lamphere Quartet performs music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (no cover). 773-871-0990.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays, 8 PM, Kimberly Gordon Duo; 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Saturdays, 11 PM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Lonie Walker; 10 PM, Kimberly Gordon Quartet; 1 AM, Mark Madsen. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Brian O'Hern; 10:30 PM-4 AM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. 312-266-7761.

VELVET LOUNGE 21281/2 S. Indiana: Music after 9:30 PM. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Fred Anderson Trio with Jeff Parker (see Critic's Choice). Sundays, 6:30 PM, jam session with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Josh Abrams, saxophonist Dennis Winslett, and percussionist Colby Watkins. Thu 12/27, East Side Project with Savoir Faire. Fri 12/28, Greg Ward Quartet. Sat 12/29, David Boykin's Expanse. 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.

WISE FOOLS PUB 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Sat 12/22, Frank Catalano Band. 773-929-1300.

international

concerts

CHORUS SHALOM in a free performance of Russian choral music. Sat 12/22, 4 PM, Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton, Skokie. 847-673-7774.

MAXWELL STREET KLEZMER BAND performs as part of the Jewish Community Festival; free admission. Tue 12/25, 11 AM-2 PM, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan. 312-322-1747.

international

clubs

BLACK FOREST 8840 Waukegan, Morton Grove: Saturdays, 6 PM, cimbalom player Alex Udvary. 847-965-3113.

CAFE DOLCE 749 N. Clark: Fridays, 10 PM, "Mediterrano" night: bands perform music from the Middle East and Europe. 312-397-0000.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 9:30 PM on Fridays, 9 PM on Saturdays. Fri 12/28, Banda Rika. 630-416-4898.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Ernesto Tiburcio y Punto Siete. 773-465-8005.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Sat 12/22, 10 PM, Mambo Express (preceded by dance lessons at 9 PM). Thu 12/27, 8 PM, Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque (see Critic's Choice). 312-362-9707.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Sundays, noon-2 PM, flamenco guitarist Eugenie Danilov. 773-348-7592.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. 773-489-0011.

LA PENA 4212 N. Milwaukee: Restaurant with music at 7 PM. Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, Valerie Booker & Luciano Antonio play Latin jazz. Thursdays, Ecuadoran vocalist Alex Silva. 773-736-9498.

ROOSTER BLUES 811 W. Lake: Music at 8:30 PM. Sat 12/22, Chicago Samba. 312-733-6577.

SLICK'S LOUNGE 1115 N. North Branch: Mondays, 7 PM-2 AM, DJ Eddie "Mozkito" Cruz spins salsa (with dance lessons by Manny Lopez). 312-932-0006.

TANGO SUR 3763 N. Southport: Wednesdays, 8 PM, Argentine pianist Mauro Frosio plays tango. 773-477-5466.

classical

APOLLO CHORUS Stephen Alltop, conductor, with orchestra (Handel, Messiah). Sat 12/22, 2 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 630-960-2251.

AMY SUE BARSTON AND MARTA AZNAVOORIAN cello and piano, in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Debussy, Barber, Chopin). Wed 12/26, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

CANTATE a cappella ensemble in a free Christmas program (Britten and others). Sat 12/22, 2 PM, Cross and Crown, 3707 W. Ainslie. Sun 12/23, 6 PM, Christian Hills Church, 9001 159th, Orland Hills. 847-475-8606.

CHICAGO CHILDREN'S CHOIR Josephine Lee, conductor, with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists (Handel, Messiah). Sat 12/22, 7:30 PM, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan, Evanston. Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt. 312-849-8300, ext. 233.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Fri 12/21 and Sat 12/22, 8 PM, and Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor, with jazz soloists Orbert Davis, Rob Parton, Mike Kocour, Mark Colby, and Jim Gailloreto (Tchaikovsky and others). See Critic's Choice. "Pre-concert conversations" take place one hour and 15 minutes before performances. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF EVANSTON CHANCEL CHOIR in a religious service. Sun 12/23, 10 AM, and Mon 12/24, 11 PM, First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman, Evanston. 847-864-8332.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MORNING CHOIR performs David Hurd's Gloria in religious services. Sun 12/23, 9:30 and 11 AM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-4570.

HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CHAMBER AND GALLERY SINGERS sing Advent vespers at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash: Sun 12/23, 4 PM (Sweelinck and others, Pinkham; with organ recital by Frank Ferko at 3:30 PM). 312-664-6963.

STEVEN HONIGBERG AND CAROL HONIGBERG cello and piano (Beethoven, Chopin, Stern, Weiner). Fri 12/21, 8 PM, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis. 773-442-4636.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Thu 12/27, 8 PM, guitarists Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque. 312-362-9707.

LAKE STREET CHURCH CONCERT CHOIR and vocal soloists perform Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Sun 12/23, 10:30 AM, Lake Street Church, 607 W. Lake, Evanston. 847-864-2181.

TRICIA MELZER-SWAYDRAK soprano, and others in a holiday benefit for Toys for Tots. Sat 12/22, 7 PM, Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm, Glenview. 847-724-2210.

MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS ALUMNI in a "Mid-Holiday Blues Concert" (Brahms, Verdi, Debussy, Mahler, and others). Fri 12/28, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-926-9898.

MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE CHORUS AND BRASS ENSEMBLE Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Schutz, Hildegard von Bingen, Gabrieli, Praetorius). Sat 12/22, 8 PM, and Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan Rd., Techny. 312-551-1414.

MUSICIANS CLUB OF WOMEN TRIO COMPOSITIONS COMPETITION WINNERS in a free recital. Mon 12/24, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

NEWBERRY CONSORT with soprano Ellen Hargis in a holiday concert (Badalla, Buxtehude, Cozzolani, Merula, Simpson, traditional). See Critic's Choice. Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. 312-255-3700.

PROTEGE PHILHARMONIC Joseph Glymph, conductor, with soprano Judith Partipilo Marth in a Christmas concert (Ponchielli, R. Strauss, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and others). Sun 12/23, 3 PM, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. 847-341-1521.

ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CHURCH CHOIR AND CHILDREN'S CHOIR with string quartet and brass quintet in a Christmas concert (Handel and others). Sun 12/23, 7 PM, St. Gregory the Great Church, 5505 N. Paulina. 773-907-8456, 773-282-8206, or 773-561-3546.

TOWER BRASS OF CHICAGO (Miller, Gabrieli, Scheidt, Handel, Kent, Marks, Hanby, and others). Sat 12/22, 5 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729.

STEVE VASQUEZ guitar. Fri 12/21, 12:10 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 252.

miscellaneous

FESTIVE SINGERS host a holiday sing-along. Sun 12/23, 11 AM, Borders Books & Music, 1660 Randall, Geneva. 630-262-8747.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Sun 12/23, 7 PM, "Uptown Poetry Slam" with Gina Oswald & the Zeitgeist Singers. 773-878-5552.

MICHAEL STRENING JR. "Christmas Piano." Fri 12/21, noon, Borders Books & Music, 150 N. State. 312-606-0750. Sun 12/23, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

UNDER THE PICASSO Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington: Free noontime programs. Fri 12/21, Northside Youth Symphony Orchestra. Fri 12/28, members of Loraine Grey Dance Studio perform. 312-346-3278.

MICHAEL ZERANG & HAMID DRAKE 11th annual winter solstice percussion concerts; see Critic's Choice. Sat 12/22 through Mon 12/24, 6 AM, Link's Hall Studio, 3435 N. Sheffield. 773-281-0824 or 773-871-5318.

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