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

Aug 13, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Aug 14, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Aug 16, 2020
Playing at Lake County Folk Club (Listening Room)
Aug 16, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Aug 17, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Aug 18, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Aug 18, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Aug 19, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Aug 19, 2020
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Aug 21, 2020
Playing at Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Award-winning, Detroit-based, Americana/Bluegrass group featuring the talents of Aaron Markovitz and Emily Burns.
Aug 21, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Aug 25, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Sep 13, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Sep 23, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Sep 25, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Sep 28, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 8, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Oct 11, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 26, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 27, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Shawn is an American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music and is best known for the 1998 single "Lullaby", which hit number one on the Adult Top 40.
Oct 30, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Chicago, IL

House Concerts

Windy City House Concerts (Chicago)
Two Way Street Coffee House (Downers Grove)
The Berkshire Sessions (Wheeling)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Chicago)
Davenports Piano Bar (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
SPACE (Evanston)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
Front Porch Music (Valparaiso)
Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Yorkville)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
Route One 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)

Bars & Nightclubs

The Hideout (Chicago)
Tonic Room (Chicago)
The Elbo Room (Chicago)
Schubas Tavern (Chicago)
FitzGerald's Nightclub (Berwyn)