Chicago Choro Club



Fall Registration

is open now!

Classes start on
Sunday, September 10

Visit our Registration page.


SEPTEMBER 17 - 10:00 AM

with visiting Brazilian
members of
Choro de Lá pra Cá
Diogo and Caio
Workshop fees are included in Choro
tuition for Fall Session I.

Advance cost of the workshop is $30.
Reserve your spot here!

   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.
Keep an eye on the CCC and Sketchbook Facebook pages for all upcoming dates.
The next choro night is Tuesday, September 5th.  Music starts at 7:30 PM.
This gathering will feature Brazilian musicians Diogo and Caio
of MO faculty member Julie Koidin's Choro de Lá pra Cá group. 

Stop by for great music and great local beer!

Roda de Choro 

The final summer
Roda de Choro
at Kale Burger


See below for
regular Fall Roda dates


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 FALL SESSION I
begins September 10

Register here




Roda de Choro
(Jam Session)


October 8
October 29
November 19
January 14







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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