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Address: 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-2103
Phone Number: 773-728-6000
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Fame! I wanna live forever!

Remember the 80s movie and spin off tv show "Fame"? Well here you can live the dream. While I lived in Chicago I took classes here in acting, singing, dancing, and several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Remember the 80s movie and spin off tv show "Fame"? Well here you can live the dream. While I lived in Chicago I took classes here in acting, singing, dancing, and several instruments. I really got to explore my artistic liberal arts side after spending my life studying science and medicine. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Their main theater on the west side of the street is a great small venue for a concert. There are good views of the stage downstairs and up. Very good acoustics. Just went there for the first time but will be sure to go again even though I don't live all that close.

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Martinsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

The venue is ran by music lovers. I think most of the people running the place are volunteers and are thrilled to be there. There is not a bad seat in the house. I wish I lived closer so I could go to more shows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You never know who will be at the Old Town School's main auditorium. One week, it's slack key guitar artists from Hawaii, and the next, it's a great Bluegrass group from North Carolina. Excellent acoustics and sight lines at this venue. (I have not visited the newer hall for the school across the street, which apparently plays lesser known artists.)... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The school of folk music offers regular concerts. Some are worthwhile, and some have very good performers. John McCutcheon, Tom Paxton, and other greats from the folk era of the 60s and 70s still perform. What's more, they can still song! Last Saturday's performance with Anais Mitchell was a joke. Not only does she sing like Tinkerbelll as she tries... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Great acts, acoustics, history! They have all sorts of jams and classes available, in addition to wonderful shows!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Old Town School of Folk Music has contributed volumes to the American and World Folk music scene in Chicago and beyond. The support and appreciation that it provides not only for seasoned performers but for up and coming performers and students is beyond measure. Go to a performance, take a class, support this wonderful venue and school!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A wonderful little venue with great acoustics. We saw Hugh Masekela who had everyone on their feet and dancing at the end of the show.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Old Town School hosts several concerts every week and the acts are very diverse. Recently we saw The Maxwell Street Klemzer Band, Sweet Honey and the Rock, and a concert of Hawaiian Slide Guitar music. Each concert was a great pleasure for us and the rest of the audience. The auditorium is not large, and there are no bad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of hearing the folk trio Red Molly at this terrific place. The theatre is intimate and comfortable, and the acoustics are great. The audience really loved the music, and the musicians felt it and expressed their gratitude. I was visiting Chicago only for a few days, but if I lived there, I would be at... More 

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