Jam Sessions, Open Stages and Song Circles

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Illinois Jams


Jams and song circles are year round unless otherwise noted.

1st Friday                         7:00 PM

Oregon Jam

VFW Club

1310 W. Washington St.                     MAP

Oregon, IL

Open Stage & Jamming


Phone: 815-973-0942   

1st Saturday              Noon-Dusk

Metamora Jam

Town Center, Park Gazebo                MAP

Metamora, IL

May to September


Open jam in the Metamora town center park gazebo for players of all skill levels.

1st Saturday                    6:00 - 10:00 PM

Harding Jam
Harding Community Center               
1800 N 4012th Road

Earlville, IL

October to May   Open Stage & Jamming


December Jam Will Be On The First Friday


Bring a dish to pass. 

Call Dan Knutson in advance at 815-674-6672 to reserve a time slot for the open stage.

1st & 3rd Saturday              1:00- 4:00 PM

Monticello Jam

Steeple Gallery

102 E. Lafayette                                  MAP

Monticello, IL

Phone Jim Gortner at 217-762-2924

1st Sunday                           1:00 - 5:00 PM

Pekin Jam

Masonic Lodge

338 Elizabeth St.                                 MAP

Pekin, IL

Nov to April        Open Stage & Jamming


Acoustic Instruments Only Please

2nd Wednesday        9:00 PM to Midnight

Montrose Jam

Montrose Saloon            773-463-7663

2933 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL                                         

Open Jam Session


Hosted By  Mad Bread   madbreadband.com


Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

2nd and 4th Friday           8:00 - 11:00 PM

Grayslake Jam
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church
607 West Belvedere Road                  
Grayslake, IL 
West end of Grayslake on RT 120

Free will donation for the use of the church.


Jeff  847-989-9634 Jazzmanjeffmusic@yahoo.com


There will be no jam on September 9th


2nd Saturday                     5:00 - 9:00pm PM

Lyon Farm Jamboree 

7842 Route 71

Yorkville, IL                                        MAP

Oct - May


Open Stage & Jamming


Bring a dish to pass. Phone: 630-897-0893

2nd Saturday                     2:00 - 6:00pm PM

Opry Jamboree 

Mount Morris Moose Lodge

101 Moose Dr. Mount Morris, IL          MAP


Opry Jamboree Is A Supporting Member of NIBA

October to May          Open Stage & Jamming


Phone: 815-978-2705  


Click Here For Jam Updates Online


Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

2nd Saturday                    6:00 - 10:00 PM

Triumph Jam
Triumph Community Building             
Triumph, IL   
Phone: 815-246-6611 or 815-730-0631
Near Mendota, East of I-39, North of Rt. 52

September to May         Open Stage & Jamming


Phone: 815-674-6672     Bring a dish to pass.


Call Dan Knutson in advance at 815-674-6672 to reserve a time slot for the open stage.

2nd Sunday                        1:00 - 4:00 PM

Evenglow Lodge

215 E Washington  St.                        MAP

Pontiac, IL

Song Circle Jam


Phone: 815-844-5053

2nd Sunday      5:30 -  8:00 pm

Atlantic Bar and Grill

5062 N. Lincoln Avenue                      MAP

Chicago, IL                                           

Song Circle Jam


Phone: 773-506-7090


Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

2nd Sunday                   1:00 - 4:30 PM

Quad City Bluegrass Association Jam
Christ UMC, 3801 7
th St.,

East Moline, IL                                     MAP

Song Circle Jam


Contact Roger Perry

Email: rperry@christchurcheastmoline.org

2nd Sunday                       1:00 - 5:00 PM

Batavia Jam
Panera Bread                                     
154 West Wilson Street,

Batavia, IL    (630) 761-1835 ‎

Song Circle Jam

Phone Tom Dearing 630-578-6575 or e-mail tomdearing@ameritech.net

2nd & 4th Sunday            7:00 -  10:00 PM

Lake County Folk Club

In-Laws Restaurant

720 Milwaukee Ave                             MAP

Gurnee, IL

2nd Sunday: Open Stage


4th Sunday: Song Circle Jam


See also www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org


3rd Friday                          7:00 PM

Franklin Grove Jam
H.I. Lincoln Building                           
Franklin Grove, IL  

Phone: 815-456-3030 or 815-456-2466

3rd Friday                          6:00 PM

Princeton Jam

First Lutheran Church

116 N. Pleasant St.                             MAP

Princeton, IL

Jam Rooms & Open Stage


Phone Owen Johnson at 815-875-2057 or  Jeanette Carothers at  815-792-8406 for more information.

 3rd Friday                          6:30 - 10:00 PM

 Warren Jam

 Warren Community Building

 110 E. Main St.                                   MAP

 Warren, IL                           

Song Circle Jam


Phone:  Dianne Rosine 815-232-5655 or  Louise Flannery 815-990-6882 for more information.

 3rd Friday                          8:00 pm

 Lockport Jam

 William Alexander Wine Studio

 900 S. State Street

 Lockport, IL                                        MAP


Song Circle Jam    Acoustic Instruments Only


Phone: 815-834-9463


Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

3rd Saturday          6:30 - 10:00 PM

Sycamore Jam
Sycamore Baptist Church                  
302 Somonauk Dr
Sycamore, IL   

Open Stage & Jamming


Call Jan at 815-895-6837 or send email to



Bring a dish to pass.

3rd Saturday                        6:00 - 10:00 PM

Streator Jam
Park Presbyterian Church                  
201 N Vermillion
Streator, IL   

September to May       Open Stage & Jamming


Phone: 815-882-2415 or 815-674-6672 ahead of time to reserve an open stage time slot.


Bring a dish to pass.

4th Friday   7:00 PM

Polo Senior Center

103 E Mason St                                   MAP

Polo, Illinois 61064

Open Stage & Jamming


Lottery draw for time slots starts at 6:30 PM


Phone: 815 595-4460

4th Saturday  September   6:00 - 9:00 PM

Millbrook Jam

Millbrook United Methodist Church

8360 Fox River Rd., Millbrook, IL         MAP

October thru May       Open Stage & Jamming


More Info: Kent Svendsen 815-786-4106


4th Saturday                          6:00 PM

Putnam Jam
Lake Thunderbird Clubhouse

2 Lake Thunderbird Drive                     MAP

Putnam, IL

Phone: 815-437-9026

4th Saturday                     2:00 - 4:00 PM

Plank Road Folk Music Society Bluegrass Jam
The Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss St                                   
Downers Grove, IL

Song Circle & Jamming

Phone: 708-579-3987



4th Sunday                     5:00 - 8:00 PM

Cullom Jam
Cullom Community Building                 MAP
Corner of Oak and Jeffery St.
Cullom, IL   

Phone: 815-689-2778

Last Friday Of The Month    7:00 PM

Down Home Guitars

11 S. White St.

Frankfort, IL                                         MAP


Open Stage & Jamming


Phone: 815-469-6321



Every Monday      7:00 PM

New Lenox Jam

Charleston's Bar & Grill                       MAP

2101 Calistoga Dr.

New Lenox, IL

Song Circle & Jamming


Phone: 815-462-2000


Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.

Every Tuesday         7:00 PM

Urbana Jam

Lincoln Square Mall                            MAP

South Entrance

Urbana, IL

Song Circle & Jamming


Acoustic instrument players of all skill levels welcome.

Bluegrass, old time, country & folk music.

Every Thursday                 5:30PM to 9:00PM

Heyworth Jam

American Legion Hall

203 E Main St                                     MAP
Heyworth, IL 61745

Song Circle & Jamming

Pot Luck Dinner, Bring a dish to pass.

Phone: 309-473-2343

Every Thursday                 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Down Home Guitars Jam

11 S. White St. Frankfort, IL               MAP

(815) 469-6321


Down Home Guitars is a Sponsoring Member

of the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association.


Song circle slow jam for beginners.


Every Saturday Morning   7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Oak Park Jam              

905 S. Lombard Ave.                         MAP

Oak Park, IL


Phone: 708-524-2899

Song Circle        


May Thru Oct at Oak Park Farmer’ s Market


Nov thru April indoors at the Buzz Café

Every Sunday                   6:00 to 10:00 PM

Sauk Village Jam
Sauk Village Community Center       

21801 Torrence Ave.
Sauk Village, IL

Phone: 708-758-2242   Open Stage & Jamming

Behind the police station.


Bring a dish to pass.

Every Sunday                 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Charlies Bar & Grill

123 W. Market St                               MAP

Mt. Carroll, IL

Open Stage

More Info Phone Forrest at 815-990-0540

or email forrestrische@yahoo.com


Alcoholic beverages are for sale at this location.


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