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.

Dreamtree Shakers

Why they rock:
This vibrant folk-rock band is made up of mostly Chicago-based members and has floated out three great kids' CDs. Several band mates are also employed at Chicago’s gem, the Old Town School of Folk Music. Often, shows include puppetry and creative movement. The music has lots of instrumentation and harmony, with a very laidback feel that kids and grownups dig.

Their favorite holiday memory:
Says band member, Jeremy," When I think of the holidays, I tend to head straight for the memories made in my grandma's kitchen. Christmas carols skipping on the record player, the smell of cookies, coffee and pine filling the air -- and so much love. The love was heavy and glow-y ... you could feel it from the driveway before the door swung open and the much anticipated hug was the gift that I still carry around like a coat."

Their holiday gig:
Your kids can make like mini eskimos at Polar Adventure Days on Saturday, December 7, from noon-2 p.m. at the Northerly Island Field House. The free event hosted by the Chicago Park District features not only a Dreamtree Shakers family concert, but also animals like huskies and wolves, nature-inspired winter crafts, snowshoeing, hot chocolate and bird-watching hikes. Bundle up! But don’t worry there’s also an indoor area to warm up too. Catch it all at 1400 S. Linn White Dr.

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What is your favorite local kindie rock act? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Ann Torralba (aka: Little Miss Ann)