The celebrated and festive sound of ukulele

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You really haven’t lived until you’ve heard Christmas songs on a ukulele.  Once a year, ukulele fanatics in the Chicago area don their flashing lights and felt accessories and head to a quaint café right off the Eisenhower.

They say it’s a happier way to spread a little holiday cheer.

Every Thursday night- year round- the Eastgate Café in Oak Park hosts the Harrison Street Ukulele players.

WGN sent it’s resident guitar player Steve Sanders to check it out.

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  • GiGi Wong-Monaco

    On behalf of the Harrison Street Ukulele Players aka the Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group, MAHALO (thank you) WGN TV for coming out and doing this story on us! We had so much fun playing with Steve Sanders and cameraman Mike! Join us! We get together and play every Thursday night at Eastgate Cafe. People come from all over to play with us. And now, our new 'sister' group, Ukulele Suburbia – The Ukulele Group of Chicago's South Suburbs will start up in January 2013! This is 'serious fun'!

    GiGi Wong-Monaco
    Founder of the Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group aka The Harrison Street Ukulele Players

    • GiGi Wong-Monaco

      FYI: The Harrison Street Ukulele Players aka the Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group moved in 2013 to its current location at Tiki Terrace Restaurant in Des Plaines. Thus, the name changed to Wonderwall’s Ukulele Meetup Group. We now meet on the first Tues of each month in a very Hawaiian ‘tiki’ atmosphere.

  • sewe

    Don't you think the sound of the ukulele is marvelous during the festive seasons? Is that really making you much happier than before? Yeah to be frank I feel there is a big change happening in my mind whenever I heard that music, it gives me more power and energy. It makes me more healthier than before. I would like to share my experience with ukulele music and I believe these suggestions would be helpful for you to make a healthy mind from the ukulele music.

  • Arthur Cahill

    There's just something about the little instrument that sets it apart from everything else. I don't know if it's the aesthetic or the unique sound it makes, but whatever it is sure gives the ukulele an appeal all its own.

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