Live Acoustic Music Near Waukegan, Illinois

If you've never experienced hearing talented musicians perform in a small, intimate environment, you are in for a treat.

Churches and non-profit community groups around Waukegan 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 several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Waukegan area. Local restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes host nationally touring musicians as well.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

September 29
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
September 29
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 6
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 7
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
October 7
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
October 8
Please join St Tim's Coffeehouse concert series! Our next concert is Saturday, October 8, 2022
St Tim's Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Skokie, IL
October 8
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
October 9
AHI
AHI is the stage name of Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, whose album In Our Time was named as a Juno Award nominee for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2019
Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
October 12
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 12
Golden Dagger (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
October 13
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 14
Epiphany Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
October 14
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 14
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
October 15
Lincoln Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
October 15
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 15
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 16
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Listening Room)
Chicago, IL
October 16
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 17
Oak Park Library (Library)
Oak Park, IL
October 18
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 19
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 19
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 20
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 21
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
October 21
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 23
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 23
Thalia Hall (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
October 26
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 26
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 27
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 29
Golden Dagger (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
October 29
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
October 29
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
October 30
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
November 3
Sleeping Village (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
November 5
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
November 5
Golden Dagger (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
November 6
Golden Dagger (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
November 9
Leigh is best known as the lead singer for the band Six Pence None the Richer. But she mixes in those memorable hits with more recent work that hark back to her days growing up in Texas Hill Country - songs with a Texas twang & heatbroken lyrics.
Hey Nonny (Listening Room)
Arlington Heights, IL
November 10
Schubas Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
November 12
Old Town School of Folk Music (Small Theater)
Chicago, IL
November 12
His musical career has brought to all 50 states and beyond. Along the journey, he's released 11 CDs and authored Beads on One String (in its 8th printing) and performed in concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
St Tim's Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Skokie, IL
November 19
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Hinsdale, IL
December 1
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
December 1
Lincoln Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
December 2
The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
December 3
The Hideout (Bar/Nightclub)
Chicago, IL
December 5
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
December 6
SPACE (Listening Room)
Evanston, IL
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Waukegan, Illinois

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Chicago)
Gorton Center (Lake Forest)
Hey Nonny (Arlington Heights)
Lake County Folk Club (Grayslake)
SPACE (Evanston)
Subterranean (Chicago)
The Outta Space (Berwyn)
Uncommon Ground Edgewater (Chicago)
Uncommon Ground Lakeview (Chicago)

Folk Music Societies

Irish American Heritage Center (Chicago)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Acorn Coffeehouse (Wheaton)
Acoustic Renaissance Concerts at Hinsdale Unitarian Church (Hinsdale)
Lincoln Square House Concert Series (Chicago)
Maple Street Concerts (Lombard)
St Tim's Coffeehouse (Skokie)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Adelle's Fine American Fare (Wheaton)
Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
Durty Nellie's (Palatine)

Libraries

Oak Park Library (Oak Park)

Small Theaters

Epiphany Center for the Arts (Chicago)
Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago)
Open Door Theater (Oak Park)
Thalia Hall (Chicago)

Bars & Nightclubs

FitzGerald's Nightclub (Berwyn)
Golden Dagger (Chicago)
Lincoln Hall (Chicago)
Schubas Tavern (Chicago)
Sleeping Village (Chicago)
The Hideout (Chicago)
The Store (Chicago)
Tonic Room (Chicago)