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 1-3pm, Kiss the Sky Records 180 First St There will be two jam groups if needed, beginner and everyone else.  Brad Utterback 630-406-0086 brutterba@gmail.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 jgmconsult1@gmail.com 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

The Dixon Jam will not be held in Nov or Dec 2015, but will be back in Jan 2016

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 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 2nd & 4th Fri, Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvedere Rd (Rt. 120), 8-11pm, Call or email to confirm jam dates.  jazzmanjeffmusic@yahoo.com,  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 or 815-792-8402 

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, kvennig@rli-net.net

Kent 3rd Fri. 7PM Willow Valley Song Circle at Kent United Methodist Church, 831 North Kent Rd. Sharon Leib - 815-443-2740 or Louise Flannery 815-510-1830

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.
Contact: Linda Sandersen 414-961-0660

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 forrestrische@yahoo.com. 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, janwa2@aol.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





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