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Community Programs & Events

Get Together at Old Town School!

Whether you have two hours or two months to spend with us, you’re invited to be part of a vibrant community filled with people from all walks of life to make music, dance and the arts part of their lives every day. You belong here no matter what you like, what you already know or what you want to do! Many of our jams and showcases are free of charge and open to the public.

Green Line Exchange

Old Town School seeks to celebrate the Green Line’s important cultural heritage, and bridge neighborhood segregation through collaborative residencies featuring local, national, and international artists. The residencies of The Green Line Exchange include a variety of performance and educational activities held at Old Town School’s campuses as well as with the School’s current and emerging partners on the South and West sides.

Upcoming Workshops

Don't miss out on our exciting workshops with Nikki O'Neill, Hubby Jenkins, Dom Flemons, Michael J. Miles & more.

Old Town School Student Advisory Council

Learn about the Old Town School Student Advisory Council – a student group that serves to support and extend the School's mission.

The Second Half

Our free daily jam. A tradition from the early days of Old Town School, gather together with other core guitar students after class for a jam led by teachers featuring songs from the songbook and pop classics. Location and times change depending on the day of the week and is free of charge.

Second Half Schedule

Student Showcases

Most classes in our catalog end the session with a performance onsite at the school or offsite at some of Chicago’s finest venues, bars, restaurants and community centers. It’s a chance for students and ensembles of all skills and types to show off what they’ve been working on.

This Session’s Showcase Schedule

School Partnerships

Bringing the joy and power of the arts to over 2,500 school children each year through programs like Artists-In-Residence, Wiggleworms-In-Residence and Guitars For Growth. Your support through classes and concerts help provide quality arts education for Chicagoland students of all ages.

About Our School Partnerships & Sponsors

Music Moves Chicago

Old Town School’s Arts & Community Wellness Initiative. This youth-focused, intergenerational program aims to provide individuals and organizations with creative resources necessary to build healthy, intentional arts-based communities across Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods.

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Teen Open Mic

An open mic just for teenagers, Ages 13-19. Join a supportive and fun atmosphere to celebrate everyone’s contributions and welcome new performers to the community. All are welcome, whether you’re a singer-songwriter, spoken work artist, vocalist or a full-fledged band, we’d love to have you on stage!

Teen Open Mic Schedule & Info


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.

Songs Of The Session

A tradition since 1957, each session two songs are chosen, one from the songbook and one from the general repertoire. All classes are encouraged to learn these tunes and apply the skills they are working on at their individual levels.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

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