Chicago is a music city — especially for families. Nearly every weekend you can find a kindie rock concert everywhere from libraries to play spaces to museums. Things really come alive during the holidays. Chicago kindie-folk starlet Little Miss Ann put together this photo album, which is full of picks for the season’s best shows and gives you an inside look at the local musicians who will rock them. Flip through the album and jam out.

Jim Gill

Why he rocks:
This Chicago musician, author and child development specialist is known for engaging, energetic performances. Jim's concerts are very interactive so be prepared for original and active "music play" -- songs to clap, dance, jump and giggle along with.

His favorite holiday memory:
Says Jim, "True story: I received a small portable record player as a child and used it to play -- over and over again -- a big stack of old children's records that were in the house. Many of them were 78 rpm. I still have them!"

His holiday gig:
Catch Jim in a solo performance on Saturday, November 30, at 2 p.m. in Downers Grove. The gig is combined with a CD and book signing to celebrate the release of the 20th Anniversary Edition of his first recording, Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes. While this concert isn’t specifically holiday themed, wouldn’t your child love a signed CD and book in his stocking? Hear him at Anderson's Bookshop, 5112 Main St. in Downers Grove.

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— Ann Torralba (aka: Little Miss Ann)