Jam Sessions, Open Stages and Song Circles

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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 niba@nibaweb.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 1st Sat 3-5pm, Kiss the Sky Records 180 First St. 630-406-0086 All levels are welcome. Brad Utterback 630-301-0273 brutterba@gmail.com

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 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.

Crete 4th Wednesday 7 PM, Northwood, 968 E Steger Rd. 708-672-1167, Steve Haberichter

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

Earlville 5th Sat of Apr 6 PM, Earlville Township Office, 1506 E US Hwy 34, Earlville

Frankfort Every Thu, 7-9pm.  Down Home Guitars, 11 S. White St.  Contact Steve Haberichter: 815-469-6321 or steve@downhomeguitars.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 (Not being held in January or Feburary) 2nd & 4th Fri, Mar-Dec, Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvedere Rd (Rt. 120), 8-11pm, Call or email Jeff to confirm jam dates.  jazzmanjeffmusic@yahoo.com, 847-989-9634

Green Oaks 2nd Sun (Open Stage), 4th Sun (Song Circle), Fatman Bowl, 13860 Rockland Rd (Rt 176 E of tollway), 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 or 815-792-8402 

Heyworth  Every Thu.  5:30PM-9:00PM.  Song Circle & Jamming.  American Legion Hall, 203 E. Main St.  309-473-2343

Kankakee 3rd Sun 2-4PM, Folk & Bluegrass jam Westwood Oaks Independent Living Center, All levels and all instruments welcome. Contact John Jurica atjohnjurica@aol.com 815-263-3486

Kenosha WI 1st Fri, Andersons Art Center, 7-10pm, folk music hootenanny, 262-658-1478 or 262-654-6840, kvennig@rli-net.net

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. Jeff Spang (630-661-1144)

Milwaukee 2nd Sun 2-5 pm, at Dr. Dawg, 6969 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale, WI.
Contact: Linda Sandersen 414-961-0660

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-P 1st Fri, 7 PM, Pine Grove Theater, 500 Evergreen Lane. Directions from highway 64 in 

Mt. Morris turn south on Mckendrie and go 6 blocks. Open stage & jamming.  815-973-0942

Mt. Morris-M 2nd Sat, 2pm-6pm Oct-May. The Opry Jamboree, 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 it’s 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) For latest info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NapervilleAcousticPickers/

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 

Pontiac 2nd Sun, Circle Jam Evenglow Lodge 215 E Washington  St, 1-4PM. 815-844-5053. 

Putnam 4th Sat, Lake Thunderbird Clubhouse, 6-10pm  815-437-9026

River Forest 2nd Sun 1-3pm, Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave, Adam Kessel (708) 366-6530

Sauk Village Every Sun, 21801 Torrence Ave., Community Room, 6-10pm, 708-758-2242

Streator 3rd Sat, 201 N. Vermillion St., Presbyterian Church  6:00-10pm, Oct-Apr, 815-882-2415,  815-674-6672

Stockton 3rd Fri, Willow United

 Methodist Church, Circle Jam, 7pm-????. 6522 South Willow Road.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. Sharon Lieb - 815-443-2740. 

Tinley Park Every Mon, 7-10:00 PM, Tribes Beer Company,9501 W 171st St,

Steve Haberichter  815-469-6321

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





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