We’re Glad You’re Here!

Welcome to Chicago’s most vibrant music and arts community! Since 1957, we’ve been bringing folks from every corner of the city to play music, sing, dance, listen and wiggle together.


Old Town School at Columbia College Chicago

A new partnership begins in the South Loop as Old Town School assumes responsibility for the Sherwood Community Music School. Returning Sherwood students can now register for private lessons and select classes and a full catalog of Old Town School at Columbia College Chicago classes and private lessons will be on sale this winter.

Old Town School Celebrates World Music

Join us on Tuesday, November 5 for a fundraiser to benefit our education and concert programs at Old Town School Celebrates World Music, showcasing Old Town School’s vital role in sharing, presenting and teaching world music to all Chicagoans.

Wiggleworms® Mixtape

A new weekly drop-in Wiggleworms class featuring a rotating cast of Wiggleworms teachers for children under 5 and their grown-ups! Come sing, shake and dance through Wiggleworms greatest hits on Monday mornings in Lincoln Park.


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!