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.

Laura Doherty

Why she rocks:
This Parent’s Choice and Nappa Gold Award winner sings in a clear and gentle nurturing manner, and the result is mighty fine, breezy folk-rock. Her songs are perfect for the Pre-K set, however you'll adore the music, whether you're one year old or 99. This former Old Town School of Folk Music Wiggleworms director recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and is currently working on her third album, “In a Heartbeat,” which will come out in February, 2014.

Her favorite holiday memory:
Says Laura, "Where I grew up in New York, all us kids in the neighborhood would go Christmas caroling, followed by a party at a neighbor's house, with hot chocolate, popcorn and a piñata. It was great fun."

Her holiday gig:
If it’s Sunday morning and your kids are bouncing off the walls, channel that energy into dancing at Beat Kitchen in Lakeview. This "grown-up bar" has the most extensive kindie music series in Chicago from October to May almost every Sunday at noon. Laura will be there with a full band doing a holiday concert on Sunday, December 15. Catch it at 2100 W. Belmont Ave.

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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)