Live Acoustic Music Near Evanston, 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 Evanston 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 Evanston 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 several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Evanston area. 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

December 2
The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
December 2
FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
Berwyn, IL
December 2
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
December 3
The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
December 4
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
December 5
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
December 6
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
December 7
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
December 9
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
December 10
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
December 10
This is a rare and priceless concert to be a part of. We are so honored to present these two legends together on one stage!
St Tim's Coffeehouse (Listening Room)
Skokie, IL
December 11
Golden Dagger (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
December 13
The frontman, founder, and driving force behind The Black Lillies
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
December 14
FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
Berwyn, IL
December 14
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
December 17
Songwriter, banjo-piano-uke-guitar player, Rachael Davis is as renowned for her expressive–and explosive–voice as she is for uniting the often disparate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop.
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
December 29
Durty Nellie's (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Palatine, IL
January 8
Maple Street Concerts (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Lombard, IL
January 14
Chris Rawlins is an indie-folk singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL. The Midwestern native creates his intimate, modern folk tales with hauntingly beautiful, noir-like imagery.
Golden Dagger (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
January 15
Wheaton Public Library (Library)
Wheaton, IL
January 17
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
January 20
Ruth and Max have performed their style of Acoustic Americana 40 years, with roots in Folk, Bluegrass, and traditional Country music. Ruth is known for her songwriting as well as her strong alto voice
Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Downers Grove, IL
January 22
Skokie Library (Library)
Skokie, IL
January 25
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
January 26
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
January 27
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
January 28
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
January 29
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
February 9
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
February 10
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
February 11
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
February 14
Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
February 16
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
February 16
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
February 24
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
February 24
Epiphany Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
March 1
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Evanston, Illinois

House Concerts

Molly's House Concert (Lincolnwood)
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)
St Tim's Coffeehouse (Skokie)
Subterranean (Chicago)
The Venue Aurora (Aurora)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)

Folk Music Societies

Irish American Heritage Center (Chicago)
Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) (Lisle)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Acorn Coffeehouse (Wheaton)
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Lincoln Square House Concert Series (Chicago)
Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Adelle's Fine American Fare (Wheaton)
Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
Durty Nellie's (Palatine)

Libraries

Oak Park Library (Oak Park)
Skokie Library (Skokie)
Warrenville Public Library (Warrenville)
Wheaton Public Library (Wheaton)

Small Theaters

Epiphany Center for the Arts (Chicago)
Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Thalia Hall (Chicago)
Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center (Naperville)

Bars & Nightclubs

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