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

May 24, 2019
Playing at Tonic Room (Bar/Nightclub)
May 26, 2019
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
May 31, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
May 31, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jun 1, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 1, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jun 4, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 6, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Jun 9, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jun 9, 2019
Playing at Route 1 House Concerts (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
A brand-new take on old-time country, the Sapsuckers hail from back-hills Wisconsin with a lively and often funny live performance of original hillbilly/Americana music.
Jun 9, 2019
Playing at Windy City House Concerts (House Concert)
Jun 14, 2019
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Jun 14, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 14, 2019
Playing at Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Listening Room)
Jun 15, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
A native of Ohio, Cheley Tackett has been part of the Nashville music scene for roughly 20 years. "Music News Nashville" describes her as “an exceptional live performer, outstanding lyricist…and phenomenal singer.” Her music has earned Song of the
Jun 15, 2019
Playing at Black Dog House Concerts (House Concert)
Jun 19, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 20, 2019
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Jun 21, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 21, 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)
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 1 House Concerts (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)
Chicago Street Theatre (Valparaiso)
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)