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. 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

May 31, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
May 31, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 1, 2019
Playing at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jun 1, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
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 Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Jun 21, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 22, 2019
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 29, 2019
Playing at Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Listening Room)
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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)
Sonic Woods House Concert Series (New Lenox)

Listening Rooms

SPACE (Evanston)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
Subterranean (Chicago)
City Winery (Chicago)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
The Outta Space (Berwyn)
Long Grove Arts and Music (Long Grove)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
Hootenanny House (Geneva)
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)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

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

Libraries

Oak Park Library (Oak Park)

Small Theaters

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

Bars & Nightclubs

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