Stay home. Keep Playing...Online!

We can’t wait to get back to making music and dancing on campus. In the meantime, many of our classes and lessons are currently running online. Thank you to our members, friends, students, and the supportive arts community in Chicago for persevering with us during this time.

New Classes Start August 31

3-Week Online Classes at Old Town School

Celebrate summer with a super fun, short-and-sweet, 3-week session of new, online music and dance classes. Let’s keep strumming, moving, and grooving together until Old Town School goes on summer break!

Join Us Outside, Safely

Join us for small, outdoor Wiggleworms and Kids Dance & Movement classes in the shade of our tented parking lot in Lincoln Square!

Standing in Solidarity Against Racism

We at the Old Town School of Folk Music share in the outrage over the senseless murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and too many others. We stand in solidarity with the protestors, activists, and advocates who are working to end this enduring pattern of systemic racism and abuse of power.


A great way to get more involved with Old Town School, supporting our mission providing arts education for everyone. Member benefits include class discounts, gifts and early access for concert tickets.

Hire Our Artists

Our artist engagement services offers a wide array of entertainment for any occasion by talented, professional artists. Everything from soloists to 11-piece bands, we can help take your event to the next level and help support the school at the same time!

Resource Center

Housed in the basement of our Lincoln Avenue campus, the Resource Center holds a collection of over 25,000 commercial and archival recordings, videos, books, photos, documents and periodicals.

Directions & Campuses

You have to get here to be here! Easy access to our campuses via public transportation in both Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.

Private Lessons

Get the personal attention that benefits your growth as a musician. Weekly 30-, 45-, and 60-minute varieties available for beginners or experienced players.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

Over 250 of the most talented artists in Chicago ready to inspire you in classes and lessons!