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.

Many 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.

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

Oct 20, 2021
Playing at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Listening Room)
Oct 20, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 21, 2021
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Oct 21, 2021
Playing at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Listening Room)
Oct 22, 2021
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Oct 23, 2021
Playing at Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Evocative songs of place from the deep northwoods of Wisconsin.
Oct 23, 2021
Playing at FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
Oct 24, 2021
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Oct 24, 2021
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Oct 26, 2021
Playing at FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
Oct 27, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 28, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 29, 2021
Playing at Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Listening Room)
Oct 29, 2021
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Oct 30, 2021
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Oct 30, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 30, 2021
Playing at Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Listening Room)
Oct 30, 2021
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Oct 31, 2021
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Nov 2, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Shawn is an American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music and is best known for the 1998 single "Lullaby", which hit number one on the Adult Top 40.
Nov 3, 2021
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Nov 4, 2021
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Nov 5, 2021
Playing at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Listening Room)
Nov 5, 2021
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Nov 5, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Nov 6, 2021
Playing at Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone i
Nov 6, 2021
Playing at Tonic Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Nov 7, 2021
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Nov 7, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Nov 9, 2021
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Nov 10, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Nov 11, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Nov 12, 2021
Playing at The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Nov 12, 2021
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Nov 14, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Nov 14, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Nov 14, 2021
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Nov 14, 2021
Playing at FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
Nov 16, 2021
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Nov 19, 2021
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Chicago, IL

House Concerts

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

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Chicago)
Subterranean (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
The Outta Space (Berwyn)
SPACE (Evanston)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
Front Porch Music (Valparaiso)
Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Yorkville)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

St Tim's Coffeehouse (Skokie)
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
Acorn Coffeehouse (Wheaton)
Route One House Concerts (Park Forest)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
Durty Nellie's (Palatine)

Small Theaters

Thalia Hall (Chicago)
Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Open Door Theater (Oak Park)
Chicago Street Theatre (Valparaiso)

Bars & Nightclubs

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