Chicago Christian Music: coffeehouses, concerts, musicians, radio, festivals, events, news


Chicago Gospel Music Festival - Israel Houghton, Tye Tribbett, and many others
Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Friday May 29 - Sunday May 31, FREE!
Millennium Park, Chicago

The Justice Conference -many speakers and David Crowder, Rend Collective, Michah Bournes
Friday June 5 - Saturday June 6, $169
The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Shuree, Jordan Engelhardt Project, Citizen Way, Mike & Joe
Sunday June 6, Family Activities 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Concerts 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM, FREE!
Poplar Creek Church, 300 E Schick Rd, Bartlett, IL 6010

Leon Pantillo
Sunday June 7
Grace Family Church, Rockford, IL 61114

Lost and Found - farewell tour
Sunday June 7, 4:00 PM, FREE!
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter St, Downers Grove, IL, 60515

Ron McGehee - Christian Comedian
Married for more than nine years to actress and comedian Kerri Pornarolli and with two daughters, Ron McGehee is known as the world's funniest "half Korean, half Irish" comedian. A finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing 2 and a headliner at The Comedy Store and the Improv Comedy Clubs, Ron is a stand-up comedy veteran with a hilarious and family friendly act. He even produced and featured the first Christian comedy show, "Non-Toxic Comedy," at top comedy clubs nationwide.
Friday June 12, 7:00 PM. $24
St. Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Hts., IL 60004

Plumb, Citizen Way - Administer Justice Benefit Concert
Thursday June 25, 7:30 PM, $23
The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL

Gospel Crusade with Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, PlanetShakers, Ingrid Rosario
Friday June 26 (7:00 PM), Saturday June 27 (6:00 PM), Sunday Jun 28 (6:00 PM), FREE!
Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Rd. Rosemont, IL

Citizen Way with 4th Point
Saturday July 4 @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM, $15 - $20
Stade's Farm and Market, 3709 Miller Rd, McHenry, IL

Karitos Retreat

Provides Biblically-based artistic & technical growth experiences to Christian artists, $120 - $252
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, July 9-11, 2015

The Patriot Tour
The Patriot Tour features retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Taya Kyle, retired Army Special Operations Capt. Chad Fleming, former Navy SEAL David Goggins and former Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, who will share his personal story through music.
Friday July 10 @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM, $45 and up
Vic Theatre, 3145 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, 60657

K-LOVE Outcry Tour: Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Passion, Lauren Daigle, Trip Lee, DJ Promote, Nick Hall, Shaun Groves
Friday July 24 @ 7:00 PM, $30 and up
FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island, 1300 Linn White Dr, Chicago, 60605

Icon For Hire, While She Sleeps, Palisades, and Family Force 5
Saturday July 25 @ 11:00 AM
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60477

The Global Leadership Summit
Thurday August 5 - Friday August 6, $189
Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL (and simulcast at many other locations)

Switchfoot with Needtobreathe, Jon Foreman
Wednesday August 19
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL

Lost and Found - farewell tour
Saturday Sepetember 5, 6:00 PM, Price: TBD
Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 S Ardmore Ave, Villa Park IL 60181

Michael W. Smith, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Mark Lowry
Friday September 25, 7:30 PM, $24 - $74; Dinner & Theatre: $40 - $90
Shipshewana Event Center, 760 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 (134 miles from Chicago)

Toby Mac, Britt Nichole, Colton Dixon, Hollyn
Friday October 23, 7:00 PM, $15 - $76
Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

"Full-Time" Coffeehouses

Everybody's Coffee
Everybody's Coffee

935 W. Wilson Avenue (near JPUSA)
Chicago, IL 60640     Map     7 miles from downtown Chicago.
Not necessarily a "Christian coffeehouse" but a full-time coffeehouse that often has Christians performing there.
Phone: (773) 303-6220
Facebook page:
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30 am - 8pm, Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm

Wilson Abbey
Wilson Abbey

935 W. Wilson Avenue (near JPUSA)
Chicago, IL 60640     Map     7 miles from downtown Chicago.
Related to the above "Everybody's Coffee". Lots of artist events.
Wilson Abbey includes a 496-person auditorium, perfect for concerts, receptions, church worship services, conferences, and other large-scale events as well as several gathering rooms available for poetry slams, book launches, workshops, and classes. The live-performance theater also doubles as a film screening room and meeting space. Wilson Abbey is a place for everybody.

The Edge
The Edge Coffeehouse

1366 Main St.
Crete, IL     Map     36 miles from downtown Chicago.
Mon-Sat: 6am - 9pm
"The Edge is happy to host LifeTree Cafe events every Sunday at 7pm."

"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.

Ground for Hope Cafe
Grounds for Hope Cafe
- Open mic web site
A ministry of Trinity Green Hills Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
2701 Maple Ave.
Lisle IL 60532
Chicago, IL 60639     Map     29 miles from downtown Chicago.
Phone: 630.386.1717
Bring your instrument, or just come out to listen at the Grounds for Hope Cafe open microphones.
6:30 PM - 9:15 PM, Saturday nights:
March 28
April 25
May 9
May 23
June 6
June 20
July 4
July 18
August 1

Encouter Worship Service

A ministry of Kingdom Sending Center
New Covenant Fellowship
865 Parkway Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120     Map     39 miles from downtown Chicago.
Second and Fourth Fridays of the month, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Not a coffeehouse, but have experienced some high quality extended charismatic worship, a good opportunity to soak in the presence of the Lord.

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

Overflowing Cup
Lifetree Cafe
    "An hour of stories and conversation to feed your soul"
A ministry of Group Publishing
You probably won't find any music at these venues, but you will find a weekly one hour gathering with videos covering today's issues as well as lively discussions.
Check out their web site, you'll find locations at:
    South Holland, IL
    Palatine, IL
    Gurnee, IL
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Minooka, IL
    Huntley, IL
    La Porte, IN
    Marengo, IL
    Milwaukee, WI
    Roscoe, IL

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

Crossroads Coffee House

Mendota Civic Center
1901 Tom Merwin Drive (North Route 251 by Lake Mendota)
Mendota, IL 60545     Map     95 miles from downtown Chicago.
"Crossroads Coffee House is a non-denominational Christian coffee house providing fellowship, music, and beverages in a safe, relaxing environment."
Email: see web site
Hours: Some Fridays or Saturdays - see web site, doors open 6:00 PM, performances start at 7:00 PM, end 9:30 PM

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."
Note: they are changing from a monthly to a quarterly schedule.

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!"


Abel's Offering

Agape Ringers
Agape Ringers
The Agape Ringers


Autumn War
Autumn War
Free MP3's!

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"

Joe Cirafici
Joe Cirafici
Joe Cirafici

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

The Crossing

"Standing Stones"

Debbie K

"Debbie K"

Paul Ellingsen

"As A Child"


"I Usually Keep That to Myself"




"Gray Matters"

Flatfoot 56

"Knuckles Up"

Green Choby

"Hold The Line"
Free MP3's!


"If Only"

J. Brian Hill

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


Glenn Kaiser


Seth Lamb


Matt McCoy

"Heaven Calling"

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

The M...

"Face The Music"

Remember Rome

"Carpe Diem"

Denny Rockey

"My Anthem"

Ken Rothacker

Ken Rothacker

Jade Sholty

"One Breath At A Time"

Sleeping At Last
Sleeping At Last: Ghosts

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

Damon Stuart

"You Reign"

Phillip Telfer

"Beyond The Threshold"
Free MP3's!


Free MP3's!

Lisa Weyerhaeuser

"Faith Journey"
Free MP3's!

Pierre Williams

"New Life"

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