Getting Here - Lincoln Square

Getting Here & Chicago Info

Old Town School of Folk Music is hosting the Fretboard Summit at the Lincoln Square campus on Chicago's northside, just 9 miles north of downtown. Old Town School of Folk Music is located at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.

Located just 4 blocks from "The L" Brown Line - Western stop. Easily accessible via bus and rideshare from anywhere you may be staying in the Chicagoland area. Public parking is available throughout the neighborhood.


We've asked some of our friends for their favorite hangs and eats in Chicago:

I always take the easy way out and eat wherever is convenient. Though it is non-gourmet and inelegantly spicy/barely healthy fare, I love Taco Max. I think there are two, both on the west side. Fine (as in costly haute-style) cuisine: Next and Proxi. In Andersonville: Anteprima

Nels Cline @wilco @nelscline

“The La Scarola to Richards Pipeline” My favorite [Chicago] restaurant is La Scarola and my favorite bar is Richards bar, right next door. It’s the La Scarola to Richards pipeline. I recommend the grilled octopus.

Colleen Fazio @fazioelectric


In a city well-known for diversity, Lincoln Square stands out as an especially vibrant cultural crossroads. This European-style neighborhood is host to many one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and cafés that reflect the neighborhood’s wide appeal as an unforgettable place to shop, eat, drink, and visit.


Limited accommodations are available at our hotel partner, Hotel Zachary. This charming boutique hotel is located at Gallagher Way across the street from Wrigley Field. Special rates available for Fretboard Summit attendees following the link below.

About Hotel Zachary: Inspired by Zachary Taylor Davis — legendary Chicagoan and the world-renowned 1914 architect behind Wrigley Field — Hotel Zachary blends new and old, refined and comfortable, unique and familiar, all at once. A boutique hotel in the heart of the iconic Wrigleyville neighborhood, it's an authentic experience that brings Davis' vision to life in thoughtful and surprising ways. Just minutes from downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, surrounded by unique shopping, dining and live music destinations, Hotel Zachary is the perfect home base for baseball fans, business travelers, curious vacationers and in-the-know locals. An unforgettable stay awaits!

Hotel space at Hotel Zachary is limited and may sell out. Old Town School is accessible from most hotels in the Chicagoland area via public transportation, rideshare, or taxi.


Many guests opt to stay in the surrounding neighborhoods and make a longer trip to explore all Chicago has to offer. Search for these neighborhoods to be in walking distance to Old Town School: Lincoln Square, North Center, Ravenswood, St. Ben's. Surrounding neighborhoods with access to public transportation or short rides to Lincoln Square: Andersonville, Roscoe Village, Lakeview, Albany Park, Budlong Woods, North Park, Wrigleyville.

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