Chicago Choro Club




Sunday Jan. 21

11:30 AM

Special Workshop in Brazilian Music

with visiting Brazilian musicians Ian Coury & Ebinho Cardoso

The Chicago Choro Club invites you to a special workshop with renowned Brazilian musicians Ian Coury & Ebinho Cardoso.

Tuition for the workshop is included in registration for the Winter/Spring I session starting that Sunday. However, the workshop is open to the public. Registration is $30 in advance; $40 at the door.

Sign up here.


Sunday Jan. 21

7:00 PM

Special Performance by:

Duo Mandolim & Bass

with visiting musicians
Ian Coury & Ebinho Cardoso

The Chicago Choro Club and The Musical Offering welcome this amazingduo of representing two generations of masters of Brazilan music – Ian Coury and Ebinho Cardoso. The duo tackles the rigor and spontaneity of classical Choro and Brazilian Samba, as well as original compositions. Their combined sound is marked in its uniqueness -- a blend of15-year-old Ian’s staggering virtuosity coupled with Ebinho’s unique voice on the bass.

Come warm up your January Sunday with some hot Brazilian music!


Advance tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at the door.

General Admission -- $20
Non-Students (with photo ID) -- $15
MO Students, Chicago Choro Club students -- $10


Phone 847-866-6260 or email  




is open.
Click the button to download
the Registration Form!

The first eight-week Winter/Spring
Session starts on
Sunday, January 21



   Beers and Brazil!


Neighboring "nano-brewery Sketchbook Brewing holds
regular Trad Tuesdays that feature local musicians
playing acoustic music in Sketchbook's
nearby Chicago Avenue tap room.

Among them are instructors Julie Koidin & John Beard
from the Chicago Choro Club.

Check the CCC and Sketchbook Facebook pages
for more info. 

Stop by for great music and great local beer!

NEXT Roda de Choro 



The Musical Offering

11:30 AM




Chicago Choro Club


What is “Choro”?

Choro is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre that originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. It’s a close cousin of samba.

Despite its name – which in Portuguese is “cry” or “lament” - choro often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music.

In recent years, choro has been starting to take hold in countries outside of Brazil. Chicago’s venerable Jazz Showcase presented choro for the first time in 2015. Following suit with the worldwide spread of choro clubs, we are calling our community gathering and instruction the “Chicago Choro Club.”

Come to The Musical Offering on Sundays and be part of the wave! 


Choro Classes


About the Classes


The Musical Offering, Evanston’s Community Music School, is hosting weekly classes in Brazilian choro on Sundays from 10:30am – 11:30am. Classes are coordinated by flutist, choro researcher, and member of the MO’s Ondas Ensemble, Julie Koidin.

Classes are open to students of all ages and available for woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion players. Classes are taught by notable Chicago area Brazilian musicians and musicians fluent in Brazilian styles. Music will be provided but students must provide their own instruments.

For information on obtaining a cavaquinho or pandeiro, click here.


About the Monthly Roda de Choro
(Monthly Community Jam)

Students of the Chicago Choro Club will be coached on the music to  be played at the Roda de Choro. It will be an opportunity for the students to not only play with each other but to also meet and perform with musicians from the broader community.

As is typical in so many Brazilian communities, the Roda de Choro is a not so much a performance but rather a relaxed atmosphere where students can experiment with their skills and socialize.

Come join us!



The eight -week
January 21

Register here




Roda de Choro
(Jam Session)


January 14
February 18
March 18
May 6
June 3







If you missed the recent Booster fundraiser, don't worry! 

There are still a few extra shirts for sale!
Contact Julie Koidin of the CCC to see what size/color combinations are available.  


The Chicago Choro Club - How choro is coming to the Windy City and its airwaves
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