The Old Town School of Folk Music
Founded in 1957 by a Chicago blues giant, a folk singer and a socialist baritone turned children’s TV personality, the Old Town School of Folk Music favors an ethos of participation, community and inclusion. Students range demographically from infants in Wiggleworms classes to members of the Beatles Ensemble who are old enough remember when the songs they knit their graying brows to cover first topped the charts.
4544 North Lincoln, 773.728.6000, oldtownschool.org
—Ian Morris, co-founder and editor, Fifth Star Press (Lit 50)
Best of Chicago 2015