Live Acoustic Music Near Crystal Lake, 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 Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake 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

Oct 26, 2020
Playing at SPACE (Listening Room)
Oct 27, 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.
Oct 30, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Nov 13, 2020
Playing at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Nov 14, 2020
Playing at Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Nov 21, 2020
Streaming in partnership with Windy City House Concerts (House Concert)
Friction Farm combines storytelling, social commentary, and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations.
Dec 27, 2020
Playing at Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Crystal Lake, IL

House Concerts

The Berkshire Sessions (Wheeling)
Two Way Street Coffee House (Downers Grove)
Windy City House Concerts (Chicago)
Rockford Listening Room (Rockford)

Listening Rooms

Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
SPACE (Evanston)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)
Davenports Piano Bar (Chicago)
City Winery (Chicago)
Law Office Pub & Music Hall (Yorkville)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

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


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

Small Theaters

Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Thalia Hall (Chicago)
Janesville Performing Arts Center (Janesville)

Bars & Nightclubs

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