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. 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 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

Apr 5, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 6, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 7, 2020
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.
Apr 8, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Apr 11, 2020
Playing at Acorn Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Evocative songs of place from the deep northwoods of Wisconsin.
Apr 14, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Apr 15, 2020
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 16, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
An American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at Front Porch Music (Listening Room)
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at Tonic Room (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
An American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Original music featuring heartfelt lyrics, lush harmonies, and intertwining guitar parts. Matt & Charlie have performed together since 1996 at coffeehouses, clubs, colleges, & concert halls throughout the Midwest, earning new fans at each show.
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Apr 19, 2020
Playing at Chicago Street Theatre (Small Theater)
Apr 21, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Apr 23, 2020
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Apr 25, 2020
Playing at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Listening Room)
Apr 26, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 26, 2020
Playing at Davenports Piano Bar (Listening Room)
Apr 28, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Apr 29, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
May 1, 2020
Playing at FitzGerald's Nightclub (Bar/Nightclub)
May 2, 2020
Playing at Route One House Concerts (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
May 3, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
May 3, 2020
Playing at Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
May 8, 2020
Playing at Two Way Street Coffee House (House Concert)
Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a fingerstyle guitarist, a story sculptor, and a truth teller.
May 9, 2020
Playing at Tonic Room (Bar/Nightclub)
May 10, 2020
Playing at Windy City House Concerts (House Concert)
May 16, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
May 30, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
May 30, 2020
Playing at The Berkshire Sessions (House Concert)
Jun 3, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 7, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 10, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Jun 13, 2020
Playing at Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Jun 14, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
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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)
The Berkshire Sessions (Wheeling)

Listening Rooms

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

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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)

Libraries

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

Small Theaters

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

Bars & Nightclubs

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