Live Acoustic Music Near Chicago, Illinois

If you've never experienced hearing talented musicians perform in a small, intimate environment, you are in for a treat.

House concerts are a growing trend across the country, where people invite friends and neighbors into their homes for an up-close concert experience. And there are house concerts being held in and around the Chicago area that you can check out - you just need to contact the host and ask to be invited.

Churches and non-profit community groups around Chicago host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in Chicago. Local restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes host nationally touring musicians as well.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

May 21
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
May 21
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Hinsdale, IL
May 24
Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
May 26
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
May 26
City Winery (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
May 27
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
May 27
The Rough & Tumble is a thrift store Americana two person, two dogged, multi instrumental duo who live in a 16' camper around the country. Math isn't their strong suit, but the music is pretty good.
Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Downers Grove, IL
May 27
City Winery (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
May 28
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
May 28
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
May 29
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
May 31
City Winery (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
June 1
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
June 1
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
June 2
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
June 3
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
June 5
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
June 5
City Winery (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
June 6
City Winery (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
June 8
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
June 10
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
June 10
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
June 10
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
June 10
Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Downers Grove, IL
June 10
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
June 11
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
June 17
I have been invited by the warm and wonderful Two-Way Street Coffeehouse to sing for an evening. I'm so excited to do even this tiny bit of touring again.
Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Downers Grove, IL
June 18
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
June 25
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
June 26
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
June 27
Sleeping Village (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
July 1
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
July 7
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
July 14
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
July 15
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
July 17
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
July 23
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
August 3
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
August 6
The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
August 13
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
August 13
The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
August 13
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
August 14
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Chicago, Illinois

House Concerts

Two Way Street Coffee House (Downers Grove)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Chicago)
Gorton Center (Lake Forest)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
SPACE (Evanston)
Subterranean (Chicago)
The Outta Space (Berwyn)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)

Folk Music Societies

Irish American Heritage Center (Chicago)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Acorn Coffeehouse (Wheaton)
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
Route One House Concerts (Park Forest)
St Tim's Coffeehouse (Skokie)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
Durty Nellie's (Palatine)

Small Theaters

Epiphany Center for the Arts (Chicago)
Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Open Door Theater (Oak Park)
Thalia Hall (Chicago)

Bars & Nightclubs

FitzGerald's Nightclub (Berwyn)
Golden Dagger (Chicago)
Schubas Tavern (Chicago)
Sleeping Village (Chicago)
The Hideout (Chicago)
Tonic Room (Chicago)