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"Weekly" Coffeehouses

The Nite Light
The Nite Light Cafe

7009 West Ogden
Berwyn, IL 60402     Map     12 miles from downtown Chicago.
Phone: (708) 484-4444
Email: music (at)
Hours: usually 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, check website for each event
Cost: 0 - $10
Lots and lots of events!!! Check their web site.

God's Garage
God's Garage

5450 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60639     Map     10 miles from downtown Chicago.
Host: Rocky Galati
Phone: (773) 747-7056
Email: schwirlg (at)
Every Friday night from 7:00 - 10:30 PM
A weekly open mic. A Christian venue, but all acts are welcome excepting those which include hate, violence or mock god.

Watershed Cafe
Watershed Cafe & Books

7837 Lincoln Highway
Frankfort, IL 60423     Map     36 miles from downtown Chicago.
Phone: (815) 464-5230
Email: info (at)
Live acoustic Christian music on select Saturday evenings.
Coffeehouse / Bookstore hours:
    Tues-Thurs 10am-6pm
    Fri-Sat 10am-10pm
    Sun 12-4pm
    Wed 7-8:30pm Bible study**
    Sat 9-10:30am "Drawing From The Well" Women's Bible Study**
    ** Check web site for current info
This coffee house and bookstore offers live music, movies, Bible studies, and other events.

The Edge Coffeehouse
Crete, IL
Mon-Sat: 6am - 9pm
"The Edge is happy to host LifeTree Cafe events every Sunday at 7pm."

Overflowing Cup
Josiah's Place Coffeehouse

A ministry of The Overflowing Cup
306 State Street
Beloit, WI 53512     Map     98 miles from downtown Chicago.
Phone: (608) 365-0365 (24-hour information line)
Fax: (608) 364-8971
Ministry e-mail: ofctlc (at)
Booking e-mail: ofctlcbooking (at)
Fridays: Coffeehouse Concerts. Doors open 7:00 PM Music at 8:00 PM

"Monthly", "Bi-Monthly", or "Quarterly" Coffeehouses

C-W Cafe
C-W Cafe

A ministry of Carter-Westminster United Presbyterian Church
4950 W. Pratt Ave., Skokie, IL 60077     Map     13 miles from downtown Chicago.
MC: Elliot Nott
Phone: 847-673-4441
Email: cwcafe1 (at)
Second Saturday of every month, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
"Free Coffeehouse & Open Mic: Bring your talent to Carter-Westminister for a wonderfully laid-back evening of free coffee, snacks & entertainment. Share your poetry, perfrom some songs, show, art, etc. All positive and uplifiting forms of talent are welcome."

The Chelsea Cafe
The Chelsea House

920 West Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL   60640     Map     7 miles from downtown Chicago.
Email (Ami Moss, booking): amimoss (at)
Cost: see here (maybe $5 typical?)
"The Chelsea House is an all ages venue that runs once a month on Fridays. Located in the inner city of Chicago,and dedicated to bringing you a wide variety of music and entertainment."
Note: their web site hasn't been updated since 2011.

The Fire Escape
The Fire Escape

A ministry of The Salvation Army Hammond - Munster Corps
8225 Columbia Ave
Munster, Indiana   46322     Map     29 miles from downtown Chicago.
Located approximately one block north of Ridge Rd. on Columbia Ave
Phone: (219)838-0380 ext. 210
Bookings: fireescapeinfo (at) (Bill Aldridge)
Web sites: blogspot, myspace.
Hours: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Fridays, once a month.
"Currently in the process of getting back up and running after an extended absence. Starting on Friday January 23rd, 2009, open once a month with coffee, music, and select food items."
Note: their web site hasn't been updated since 2009.

Praise Jesus Coffeehouse
Praise Jesus Coffeehouse

14N582 Bonnie Lane
Elgin, IL   60124     Map     45 miles from downtown Chicago.
In the house of Paul and Cece Ellingsen
Email: Paul (at)
Cost: $3 (singles) and $4(families) donation requested
Open quaterly the 3rd Saturdays of some months at 7:00 PM, music starts 7:30 PM
"Praise Jesus Coffeehouse is a new living room quarterly coffeehouse that is being planned for the 3rd Saturdays in Oct. (20th 2007) Jan. (19th 2008), & April (19th 2008). Since this is a living room Coffeehouse we don't plan on having large (or loud) bands, but mostly solo performers & small groups. We will have a simple drum set there, but heavy handed drummers will be asked to use soft sticks. One of the mains reasons for the coffeehouse will be Christian fellowship, so performers may be background music at times. We are planning on using mostly local talent, but if we bring in any bigger name it may be a ticketed event & we will ask for more attention to be paid to the performer. We are planning on providing some beverages, including coffee, and some snacks for a suggested donation."

Second Saturday
Second Saturday Sing

Kruse's Big Blue Barn
40 W 785 Bowes Bend Drive
Elgin,  IL 60124     Map     47 miles from downtown Chicago.
"We offer an Open Mic session for musicians of all talent ranges to share how their love for Jesus is glorified in the use of their musical talents. We have been blessed with many visiting talented musicians over the years.

We ask visitors to bring a dish to share as we fellowship between music sessions. We supply the drinks.

We have been glorifying God at our house for over 10 years each Second Saturday (almost all.)
Your hosts are Len and Claudia Kruse."

Jesus Alive Coffeehouse
Jesus Alive Coffeehouse

A ministry of Jesus Alive Church
219 N. Pine Lance
Bensenville, IL 61104     Map     24 miles from downtown Chicago.
2 blocks west of Route 83 and 1 block North of Irving Park Rd. (R. 19)
Tickets: (630) 766-5559 or (800) 965-9324
Email: andrews_ct (at)
Booking: (708) 453-9419 (Mark Carini)
$1 off for groups 20+

"Youth" Coffeehouses

Souled Out
Souled Out

609 West Dempster Street
Des Plaines, IL   60016   Map     23 miles from downtown Chicago.
Email: info (at)
Cost: free

Loft Night
The Barn

12640 S. Sacramento Ave
Blue Island, IL   60406   Map     19 miles from downtown Chicago.
Across from Eisenhower High
More info: 708-503-8572
Every 4 months on the last Saturday night from 7 - 10 PM.
Cost: free
Age: Students 12 - 18
"It's your time to hang out at the Barn and get a fresh fill for your life. There's live music, billiards, foose ball, air hockey, food, and friendship, and it all costs NOTHING. Come and get a vertical spin on your life in a place that is set up for YOU!"


ShoutLife and MySpace also have many listings.

Abel's Offering

Agape Ringers
Agape Ringers
The Agape Ringers


Meredith Andrews
Meredith Andrews
"The Invitation"

Autumn War
Autumn War
Free MP3's!


The Blamed

"Noisetoys Split"

Blud Bros

"Not What You Think"
Free MP3's!

John Boda
John Boda
"The Magnificent Mundane"

Josh Caterer
Josh Caterer
"The Light of Christ"

Chevelle: This Type of Thinking
"This Type of Thinking"

Citizen Way
Citizen Way: Love Is The Evidence
"Love Is The Evidence"

Cruise Machine


Debbie K

"Debbie K"

Paul Ellingsen

"As A Child"


"I Usually Keep That to Myself"



Flatfoot 56

"Knuckles Up"

Green Choby

"Hold The Line"
Free MP3's!


"If Only"

J. Brian Hill

"Life, Love & Worship"
Free MP3's!


Seth Lamb


Living Oasis

Living Oasis

Lindsay McCaul

"If It Leads Me Back"

Matt McCoy

"Heaven Calling"

New Heir Bluegrass Band

"The New Heir Bluegrass Band"
Free MP3's!

No Reputation

"No Reputation"
Free MP3's!

Nod Arvefel




On Tyme

On Tyme
Free MP3's!

Tina Osborn
Tina Osborn: With The Morning's Dawn
"With The Morning's Dawn"
Free MP3's!

Parable 51


Frank Paul

"The Journey"

Prince Luc


The M...

"Face The Music"

Remember Rome

"Carpe Diem"

Denny Rockey

"My Anthem"

Ken Rothacker

Ken Rothacker

Andi Rozier

"Songs for Sinners"

Saved By Grace

Saved By Grace



Jade Sholty

"One Breath At A Time"

Sleeping At Last
Sleeping At Last: Ghosts

Slipstream: Waiting For The Sound
"Waiting For The Sound"

The Spares

"Hand Me Down"

Nicol Sponberg


Damon Stuart

"You Reign"

Phillip Telfer

"Beyond The Threshold"
Free MP3's!


Free MP3's!

Two Cent Offering

So Much Down The Road
Free MP3's!

Vanessa E.

"Streams In The Wasteland"

Walking Limbs

"1635 Sessions"

Lisa Weyerhaeuser

"Faith Journey"
Free MP3's!

Pierre Williams

"New Life"

38 Acres
38 Acres: Live God Loud
"Live God Loud"