Live Acoustic Music Near Evanston, 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 Evanston 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 Evanston 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 and around the Evanston area. Restaurants and cafes in the area 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

Dec 13, 2019
Playing at Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Dec 18, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Dec 18, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Dec 18, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Dec 26, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Dec 28, 2019
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Jan 11, 2020
Playing at FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
Jan 14, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jan 16, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jan 19, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at Oak Park Library (Library)
Jan 24, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 25, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 26, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 29, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Jan 31, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 2, 2020
Playing at Windy City House Concerts (House Concert)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Evanston, IL

House Concerts

Black Dog House Concerts (Chicago)
Windy City House Concerts (Chicago)
Two Way Street Coffee House (Downers Grove)

Listening Rooms

SPACE (Evanston)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)
City Winery (Chicago)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
Lakeside Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park (Crystal Lake)
Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Yorkville)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Route 1 House Concerts (Park Forest)
Off Square Music (Woodstock)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Beat Kitchen (Chicago)

Libraries

Oak Park Library (Oak Park)
Lisle Public Library (Lisle)

Small Theaters

Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Thalia Hall (Chicago)
Beatniks on Conkey (Hammond)

Bars & Nightclubs

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