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.
Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Chicago, IL
|Windy City House Concerts (Chicago)|
|Black Dog House Concerts (Chicago)|
|Two Way Street Coffee House (Downers Grove)|
|City Winery (Chicago)|
|Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)|
|Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)|
|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)|
|Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)|
|Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)|
|Acorn Coffeehouse (Wheaton)|
|Route 1 House Concerts (Park Forest)|
|Beat Kitchen (Chicago)|
|Durty Nellie's (Palatine)|
|Oak Park Library (Oak Park)|
|Lisle Public Library (Lisle)|
|Thalia Hall (Chicago)|
|Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)|
|Beatniks on Conkey (Hammond)|
|Chicago Street Theatre (Valparaiso)|
|The Store (Chicago)|
|The Hideout (Chicago)|
|Tonic Room (Chicago)|
|The Elbo Room (Chicago)|
|Schubas Tavern (Chicago)|
|FitzGerald's Nightclub (Chicago)|