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 several 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.

Several 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. Local libraries also host free concerts that are open to the general public.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in many listening rooms and small theaters in Chicago. Restaurants and cafes around town sometimes also host nationally touring musicians.

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

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

Jun 15, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
An old soul from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, twenty-year-old Trae Sheehan writes from a place of honesty with an understanding of people and culture gained through his travels and performances.
Jun 17, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Jun 19, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 20, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Jun 21, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Jun 21, 2019
Playing at The Store (Bar/Nightclub)
Original pop-tinged folk-rock from the American midwest. If you squeezed Bryan Adams, The Indigo Girls and Warren Zevon into one person, it might sound something like this.
Jun 21, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 22, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Jun 22, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 23, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Jun 23, 2019
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Jun 26, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jun 26, 2019
Playing at Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Listening Room)
Jun 29, 2019
Playing at Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Listening Room)
Jul 6, 2019
Playing at FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
Jul 7, 2019
Playing at Black Dog House Concerts (House Concert)
Jul 11, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jul 11, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Jul 12, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jul 12, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Chicago, IL

House Concerts

Windy City House Concerts (Chicago)
Black Dog House Concerts (Chicago)
Two Way Street Coffee House (Downers Grove)
Sonic Woods House Concert Series (New Lenox)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Chicago)
Subterranean (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
The Outta Space (Berwyn)
SPACE (Evanston)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
Long Grove Arts and Music (Long Grove)
Hootenanny House (Geneva)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
Front Porch Music (Valparaiso)
Lakeside Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park (Crystal Lake)
Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Yorkville)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
Route 1 House Concerts (Park Forest)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Beat Kitchen (Chicago)

Libraries

Oak Park Library (Oak Park)

Small Theaters

Thalia Hall (Chicago)
Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Chicago Street Theatre (Valparaiso)
Memorial Opera House (Valparaiso)

Bars & Nightclubs

The Store (Chicago)
The Hideout (Chicago)
Tonic Room (Chicago)
The Elbo Room (Chicago)
Schubas Tavern (Chicago)
FitzGerald's Nightclub (Chicago)
Wire (Berwyn)
Hard Rock Cafe - New Buffalo (New Buffalo)