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


Sometimes dates and performers change on short notice. It's a good idea to check the venue website before attending shows.

Carrollton, Jason Gray, Jonny Diaz - Christmas Stories Tour
Friday, December 4, 7:00 PM, $20 and up
Calvary Church, 16100 South 104th Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60467

Sara Groves
Friday, December 11, 7:00 PM, $15
Calvary Community Church, N2620 Harris Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Calvary Community Church warmly welcomes Sara Groves; a mom, wife, singer/songwriter and recording artist. She has been nominated for 7 Dove Awards and has produced a string of successful albums."

Aaron Shust
Sunday, December 13, 7:00 PM, $7, $10 at door
Harvest New Beginnings, 5315 Douglas Rd, Oswego, IL 60543

"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:
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.

"Youth" Coffeehouses

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
Abels Offering

Agape Ringers
Agape Ringers
The Agape Ringers

Anti-World System

Christian D-beat punk band

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"

Lexi Elisha
Lexi Elisha
"Drowning in Love"

"Live, Laugh, and Love"

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!

J. Brian Hill

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


Glenn Kaiser


Matt McCoy

"Heaven Calling"

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

Remember Rome

"Carpe Diem"

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"