Jam Sessions, Open Stages and Song Circles
Please Note: Jam locations are smoking and alcohol-free unless otherwise noted.
Don’t see your favorite jam listed here? Email info to email@example.com
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Jam locations are alcohol-free and non-smoking unless otherwise noted. NIBA recommends that you contact the organizer listed for a jam prior to attending, to ensure that it is still occurring (especially around holidays). If you are a jam organizer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for updates to your listing.
Aurora 2nd Sat 6-9pm, Oct-May Jennings Terrace Senior Assisted Living. 275 S. La Salle. Jim Berkland, 630-897-0893
Batavia 2nd Sun, 1-5 pm, Panera Bread, 154 West Wilson Street. Contact Tom Dearing: 630-578-6575 or email@example.com
Berreman 3rd Fri, Willow United Methodist Church, Circle Jam, 7pm-????. The location is about 5 1/2 miles south on Willow road from US Highway 20, if you are coming from the east, west or north. It is about 5 1/2 miles northeast on Willow Road from US Highway 78 from the south. Louise Flannery - 815-510-1830.
Chicago A 2nd Sun, 5:30-8:00 pm Atlantic Bar and Grill, 5062 N. Lincoln Avenue, Song Circle Jam Phone: 773-506-7090
Chicago G Every Sat, Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley. Bluegrass jam (acoustic instruments only). Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location. 21+ ID required. 773-489-5471
Chicago M 1st Sun 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Judi Gibian-Mennenga’s Home, 2909 W Sherwin Ave,
For any questions, either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-508-9672
Chicago O Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue 7:00 at The Old Town School Of Folk Music. 773-728-6000 Note: OTS has 2 regular Jams: 1st Friday 6:30-7:00 after a session starts and the Sunday from 1-3 after a session ends. Check the Old Town School of Folk Music web page for dates.
Chicago BB 2nd Monday 9 pm to 12 pm at Big Bricks 3832 N Lincoln Ave (773) 525-5022 all levels welcome.
Chicago GR 4th Monday 9 pm to 12 pm at The Grafton 4530 N Lincoln Ave (773) 271-9000 all levels welcome.
Cullom 4th Sun, Cullom Community Building, 5-8pm. 815-689-2778
Dixon 4th Fri 7 PM, Post House Community Center 100 West 2nd Street,
Located two blocks South of the river on route 26. (815) 288-9236
Downers Grove 4th Sat, Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St. (across from the Downers Grove Public Library). 2-4pm. 708-579-3987 www.twowaystreet.org or www.plankroad.org
Frankfort Every Thu, 7-9pm. Down Home Guitars, 11 S. White St. Contact Steve Haberichter: 815-469-6321 or email@example.com
Franklin Grove 3rd Fri, 7pm, H.I. Lincoln Building, 815-456-3030, 815-456-2468
Glendale, WI 2nd Sun, Oct -May, Dr. Dawg, 6969 N. Port Washington Rd, 2-5 pm, 414-961-0660, www.badgerlandbluegrass .org.
Godley 2nd Sat, Jan-Nov. Godley Park District (at the park pavilion). 500 S. Kankakee St. 5pm-8pm. Circle pick & jam. For more info, call Randy Kiefling at 815-237-8139. No Jam in December
Grayslake 2nd & 4th Fri, Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvedere Rd (Rt. 120), 8-11pm, Call or email to confirm jam dates. firstname.lastname@example.org, 847-989-9634
Gurnee 2nd Sun (Open Stage), 4th Sun (Song Circle), In-Laws Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave. 7pm-10pm, 847-602-8882, www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org
Harding 1st Sat, Oct.-May. Harding Community Center, 6:00-10pm. Open stage & jamming. Bring a dish to pass. 815-792-8406
Heyworth Every Thu. 5:30PM-9:00PM. Song Circle & Jamming. American Legion Hall, 203 E. Main St. 309-473-2343
Kenosha WI 1st Fri, Andersons Art Center, 7-10pm, folk music hootenanny, 262-658-1478 or 262-654-6840, email@example.com
Lafayette IN. 1st Sat, Wells Community Center, 5-10pm, 765-538-2529
Lanark 2nd Fri, Cherry Grove Church, 7pm, Located on Rte 73 just south of rte 72. Just north of Lanark, 815-275-0854, or 815-493-2434
Long Grove 2nd Fri, Beans & Leaves Cafe, 320 Old McHenry Rd. Open mic Jun-Sep, song circle Oct-May, 6-9pm 847-821-0011
Millbrook 4th Sat, 6:00-9:00 PM. Oct-Apr. Open stage & jam. Please bring a dish to pass. Millbrook United Methodist Church, 8360 Fox River Road. Kent Svendsen (815-786-4106)
Milwaukee 2nd Sun 2-5 pm, at Dr. Dawg, 6969 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale, WI.
Mokena Every Mon, 7-10:00 PM, Tribes Beer Company,11220 W Lincoln Highway(Rt 30),
Steve Haberichter 815-469-6321
Momence Every Wed, Community House, 1:30-4:30pm, 815-472-2724
Monticello 1st & 3rd Sat, Steeple Gallery, 102 E. Lafayette. 1-4 pm. Jim Gortner: 217-762-2924
Montrose 2nd Wed,8:30 PM-Midnight Montrose Saloon 2933 W Montrose Ave Chicago, IL
Mt. Carroll Every Sun, 4pm-7pm. Charlie’s Bar & Grill, 123 W. Market St. Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location. 21+ ID required. 815-244-0777
Mt. Morris 2nd Sat, 2pm-6pm Oct-May. The Mt Morris Moose Lodge will be cooking and serving refreshments, come out and share in the fun. Mt. Morris Moose Family Center #1551 and Chapter 485. located on the east side of town, just south of Hitt St. at 101 Moose Drive.
Naperville Every Sat 8ish-noon If its warm along the river (across from the Naperville Library). In the cold weather it will be at the Rubin Community Center (Across from the library)
Oak Park Every Sat, 7:00am-11:00am. Year-round. May-Oct at Oak Park Farmer’s Market. Nov-Apr indoors at the Buzz Café (905 S. Lombard Ave). 708-524-2899
Oregon 1st Fri, VFW Club, 1310 W. Washington St. 7pm Open stage & jamming. 815-973-0942
Pontiac 2nd Sun, Circle Jam Evenglow Lodge 215 E Washington St, 1-4PM. 815-844-5053.
Princeton 3rd Fri, First Lutheran Church, 116 N. Pleasant St. 6:00-10:00pm. 815-875-2057
Putnam 4th Sat, Lake Thunderbird Clubhouse, 6-10pm 815-437-9026
Sauk Village Every Sun, 21801 Torrence Ave., Community Room, 6-10pm, 708-758-2242
Savanna Every Sun, Hog and Dog on rte 84. 6:00 till 10:00 presented by Cowboy and the Lady.
Contact is firstname.lastname@example.org. Alcoholic beverages served at this location.
Streator 3rd Sat, 201 N. Vermillion St., Presbyterian Church 6:00-10pm, Oct-May, 815-882-2415, 815-674-6672
Stoughton Wi Every Sun, 12-5. Oct-Jun. Except Dec. VFW post 328, 200 Veterans road, 1 block south of highway 51. 608 873 9042. Donna and Fritz Jaggi. 608 214 4286
Sturtevant, Wi Circle Jam, 1st and 3rd Thurs, 14001 Washington Ave, Route 20 Outhouse, 6-830 PM Alcoholic beverages served at this location. 262-898-7900
Sycamore 3rd Sat, Sep thru May, Sycamore Baptist Church, 302 Somonauk St., 6:30-10pm, 815-895-6837, email@example.com (Note: may not occur during bad weather situations).
Triumph 2nd Sat, Ophir Community Center, 6-10pm, Sep-May, 815-674-6672
Urbana Every Tue, Lincoln Square South Wing, 7-9pm, Mike Kleiss 217-621-2631