We’re Glad You’re Here!

Welcome to Chicago’s most vibrant music and arts community! Since 1957, we’ve been bringing folks from every corner of the city to play music, sing, dance, listen and wiggle together.



A daylong clinic with three seasoned songwriters: Sue Demel, Jenny Bienemann, and Steve Dawson.

(780) 746-8235

Find your groove with our next session of group classes for adults, kids & teens.

Old Town School of Folk Music seeds endowment through sale of Armitage building

We celebrate our heritage and look to the future with our latest announcement.


A great way to get more involved with Old Town School, supporting our mission providing arts education for everyone. Member benefits include class discounts, gifts and early access for concert tickets.

Hire Our Artists

Our artist engagement services offers a wide array of entertainment for any occasion by talented, professional artists. Everything from soloists to 11-piece bands, we can help take your event to the next level and help support the school at the same time!


Housed in the basement of our Lincoln Avenue campus, the Resource Center holds a collection of over 25,000 commercial and archival recordings, videos, books, photos, documents and periodicals.


You have to get here to be here! Easy access to our campuses via public transportation in both Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.

Private Lessons

Get the personal attention that benefits your growth as a musician. Weekly 30-, 45-, and 60-minute varieties available for beginners or experienced players.

(973) 653-5137

Over 250 of the most talented artists in Chicago ready to inspire you in classes and lessons!