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

Sep 20, 2019
Playing at Tonic Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Sep 20, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 21, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Sep 22, 2019
Playing at Windy City House Concerts (House Concert)
Sep 24, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Sep 25, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 25, 2019
Playing at The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Sep 25, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
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Sep 25, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Sep 26, 2019
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Sep 26, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Maple Street Concerts (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 2, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Oct 3, 2019
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Oct 4, 2019
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Oct 4, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 5, 2019
Playing at Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 6, 2019
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)
Sonic Woods House Concert Series (New Lenox)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Chicago)
Subterranean (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)
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)
Beatniks on Conkey (Hammond)
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)