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

Mar 22, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Mar 24, 2019
Playing at The Elbo Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Original pop-tinged folk-rock from the American midwest. If you squeezed Bryan Adams, The Indigo Girls and Warren Zevon into one person, it might sound something like this.
Mar 24, 2019
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Mar 24, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Mar 24, 2019
Playing at Windy City House Concerts (House Concert)
Mar 27, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Mar 27, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Mar 28, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Mar 28, 2019
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Mar 31, 2019
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 2, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Apr 6, 2019
Playing at Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 6, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Apr 12, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Ex-Park Ranger Dan Weber is a gifted storyteller & performer who’s received accolades from the prestigious Woody Guthrie & Kerrville contests. "Insightful, engaging and awfully funny" and “reminiscent of early John Prine"
Apr 12, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 12, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground - Clark (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Ex-Park Ranger Dan Weber is a gifted storyteller & performer who’s received accolades from the prestigious Woody Guthrie & Kerrville contests. "Insightful, engaging and awfully funny" and “reminiscent of early John Prine"
Apr 14, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Apr 14, 2019
Playing at Lake County Folk Club (Listening Room)
Ex-Park Ranger Dan Weber is a gifted storyteller & performer who’s received accolades from the prestigious Woody Guthrie & Kerrville contests. "Insightful, engaging and awfully funny" and “reminiscent of early John Prine"
Apr 16, 2019
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 17, 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 Edgewater (Chicago)
The Outta Space (Berwyn)
SPACE (Evanston)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
Long Grove Arts and Music (Long Grove)
Hootenanny House (Geneva)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
Edgar's Place Coffee House (Park Forest)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground - Clark (Chicago)

Libraries

Oak Park Library (Oak Park)

Small Theaters

Thalia Hall (Chicago)
Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Canterbury Theatre (Michigan City)

Bars & Nightclubs

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