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. Several 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

Jan 19, 2020
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Jan 19, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at Oak Park Library (Library)
Jan 24, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 25, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 26, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 29, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 31, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Tonic Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Feb 2, 2020
Playing at Windy City House Concerts (House Concert)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Feb 14, 2020
Playing at Beat Kitchen (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 14, 2020
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
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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)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
SPACE (Evanston)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
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)
Acorn Coffeehouse (Wheaton)
Route 1 House Concerts (Park Forest)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

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

Libraries

Oak Park Library (Oak Park)
Lisle Public Library (Lisle)

Small Theaters

Thalia Hall (Chicago)
Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Beatniks on Conkey (Hammond)
Chicago Street Theatre (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)