Evanston East

Welcome to the Evanston East Campus. For more than 90 years, we have offered a wide range of private lessons and group classes to students of all ages. You can learn from our expert, supportive faculty in person - or online.


Please contact Campus Director Patrick O'Malley if you want to start studying with an amazing teacher.


Private Lessons

  • Bowed Strings: violin, viola, cello, viola da gamba
  • Plucked Strings: harp, classical guitar, jazz guitar, pop/rock/bass guitar, ukulele, lute, theorbo
  • Keyboard: classical piano, jazz piano, organ, harpsichord
  • Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, recorder
  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Percussion: drum kit, xylophone, timpani
  • Voice: classical, broadway/musical theater
  • Suzuki Method: violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, harp, flute, recorder

Located in the heart of vibrant downtown Evanston, MIC’s Evanston East Campus (located at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Grove Street) is a cultural hub for the community. With teaching studios and rehearsal rooms, students of all ages are engaged in weekly private lessons, group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and many other musical activities.


Our friendly reception staff is ready to assist with registration, billing, and room scheduling questions. They also can provide parking meter change and restaurant recommendations. The Evanston East Campus is also the home of Nichols Concert Hall, an elegant performance venue that presents concerts featuring not only MIC students and faculty, but numerous other Chicago-area artists and ensembles.


1490 Chicago Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201

Front Desk: 847.448.8325



Monday:  9:15am - 9:00pm

Tuesday:  9:15am - 9:30pm

Wednesday:  9:15am - 8:00pm

Thursday:  9:00am - 9:00pm

Friday:  9:15am - 8:00pm

Saturday:  9:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 6:30pm


Getting Here


We are easily accessible by public transportation, with the Davis Street Purple Line CTA and Metra stations located within walking distance. Street parking is available, some spots are metered, accepting coins or credit cards. Please check local signs, which vary block by block. This PARKING & TRANSPORTATION MAP shows nearby train stations and parking garages.



Evanston Campus Director, Patrick O'Malley

Phone: 847.448.8324


Fall Semester Building Hours

Monday   9:00am - 9:30pm

Tuesday   9:00am - 10:00pm

Wednesday   9:00am - 9:00pm

Thursday   9:00am - 9:00pm

Friday   9:00am - 8:00pm

Saturday   8:00am -6:00pm

Sunday   closed except for special events

Summer Guitar Camp and Ukulele Classes

Be a hit around the campfire this summer >>