Stay home. Keep Playing...Online!

We can’t wait to get back to making music and dancing together. In the meantime, many of our classes and lessons are currently running online including new workshops and 4-week classes. Thank you to our members, friends, students, and the supportive arts community in Chicago for persevering with us during this time.


COVID-19 Community Update

Following guidance from local and state officials, Old Town School of Folk Music campuses are closed to the public and all jams, community events, and public gatherings are canceled until further notice. Scheduled concerts through April 30 will be rescheduled or canceled.

Many classes are currently running online for current students and there are plenty of 4-week classes and one-time workshops to keep you busy during the shelter-in-place available to anyone in the US.

We have answers available about your classes, rescheduled or cancelled concert tickets, ways to help the organization and more on our COVID-19 Crisis alert page.

Support The Staff & Faculty Assistance Program

While our community continues to navigate these unprecedented times, we share in love and concern for all the amazing people that make up the staff, faculty and administration of Old Town School. We must work to build a financial bridge that will help, as much as possible, all employed members of our community have a safety net in these times of uncertainty.

Please consider a donation of whatever you can afford. Help us continue to care, as best we can, for our people and unite our folks during this difficult time. 100% of these proceeds will create a staff and faculty assistance program to provide critical benefits and financial support for those within our employee community in this time of need.

Online Classes at Old Town School

Even in these uncertain times, we can still gather together virtually and learn some new things! We have created a special selection of 4-week classes and workshops in both music and dance tailored specifically for all of you staying at home. There are lots of great, new choices!


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!