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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. 


Blue Island 1st Wed 7-10 Blue Island Beer Company 13357 S. Old Western Ave, Steve Haberichter (815) 469-6321

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 GR 4th Monday 9pm-12pm at The Grafton 4530 N Lincoln Ave (773) 271-9000 all levels welcome. located just two doors south of the Old Town School of Folk Music at 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625. Bluegrass pickers and appreciators alike are invited to gather for an open stage showcase of the immense talent in Chicago’s bluegrass community. These evenings are led by a house band featuring John HuberColby Maddox, and Aaron Smith of the Old Town School of Folk Music, and guests are invited to join them on a rolling basis. Stick around for the circle jam to follow. Email chicagobluegrassjam@gmail.com to be added to the list.

Crete 4th Wednesday 7 PM, Northwood Hearty Home Cookin’ & Saloon, 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

Earlville Jun 29th, 6-10pm Earlville Township Building, NIBA Scholarship Jam, 1506 US-34, Earlville

Elmhurst Jun-Aug, 3rd Sat, 12:30-3pm, Redeemer Center 345 S Kenilworth Ave.

David Hanni 630.359.7403

Evanston 2nd Sun, 2-6, June-August. American Legion Post 42. 1030 Central Avenue. Jeff Burke 615 973 8039 There is a bar at the legion that serves alcohol, but the event space is all ages  

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

Geneva 2nd Sat 6:30 PM Greenfields of Geneva 0N801 Friendship Way, tomdearing@ameritech.net 630-578-6575

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 G 2nd & 4th Fri,  This jam is not held in the winter, 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.

Grayslake H 2nd Sun (Open Stage), 4th Sun (Song Circle), Grayslake Heritage Center, 164 Hawley Street, 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. 815 414-8081

Heyworth Every Thu.  5:30PM-8:00PM.  Song Circle & Jamming.  VFW Post 1559. Heyworth, IL  call Delora  217-481-0621

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 and 4th Thu 6:30-9pm Broken Earth Winery, 219 Robert Parker Coffin Road

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)

Morris-C 1st Monday Jun-Oct, 6-9, Car Show and Country Music with Norm Porter and John Pollard, contact John: 815-942-2032 willis824@comcast.net or Norm : 630-414-7626

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, Mt Morris Moose Family Center, 101 Moose Dr. Acoustic Open stage & jamming.  Ron Colson 815-973-0942

Mt Morris-O 3rd Fri, 7 PM, Song Writers Open Mike, Check in 6:30 for timeslot, Mt Morris Moose Club, 101 Moose Dr. Jerry Tice, 815-449-2660

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.

Mt. Morris-S 4th Wed 10:30-Noon (with Lunch), Senior Center is 9 E Front St, Mt Morris, IL 61054, Melissa Nicholson 815-734-6335

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. 

Rock Falls Every Thurs 10-Noon, 4th Sat 6-8 pm, Open Bible Jam, Rte 30 by Moores tires

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, 5-10pm, 708-758-2242

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

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, 815 414-8081

Urbana Every Tue, Lincoln Square South Wing, 7-9pm, Mike Kleiss 217-621-263 1


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