“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
An extension to the Old Town School of Folk Music, this full-service music store is staffed by extremely knowledgeable staff, whether you’re looking to buy a guitar, sell a banjo, rent a vintage mountain dulcimer, or need repairs on a violin. All proceeds from the store go directly to the school so by buying their products, you are helping others learn the gift of music.
When you have over 50 years of music education under your belt, you tend to know what you’re talking about. The Old Town School Music Store is the perfect place to find instruments, books, and other educational materials.
Old Town School of Folk Music was founded in 1957 with just over 150 students in Melrose Park and was in response to the burst in popularity of folk music. Today, the school averages over 6,000 students a week in their new 43,000 square foot building in Lincoln Square, offering adult and child lessons in guitar, ukulele, accordion, dance, voice, and so many more. If you don’t want to commit to classes, the school frequently offers one-day workshops in songwriting, music, and dance by visiting and touring artists. Of course, what kind of music school wouldn’t feature concerts? Old Town is a fantastic venue to hear music that is often forgotten in the modern age of pop, rock, and hip hop. World Music Wednesdays is a weekly series that showcases music and dance from around the world featuring both local and touring artists. Most shows start at 8:30 PM and almost all World Music Wednesday events are free with a suggested donation of $10.