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Sidewalk Prophets Great Big Family Room Tour
Thursday February 26 @ 7:00 pm, $11.50
Calvary Church, 16100 South 104th Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60467

Seekers of His Heart Praise and Worship Conference - Harp & Bowl - Intense prayer and worship with instruction
Thursday, Feb 26 @ 7:30 PM
Calvary Community Church, 16341 South Park Avenue, South Holland, IL 60473

Seekers of His Heart Praise and Worship Conference - Bob Sorge guest speaker
Friday, Feb 27 @ 7:30 PM
Calvary Community Church, 16341 South Park Avenue, South Holland, IL 60473

Casting Crowns
Friday February 27 @ 7:00 pm, $30 - $65
Northern Illinois Convention Center, 525 West Lincoln Highway, Dekalb, IL 60115

The Brilliance
Friday February 27 @ 7:00 pm, $21
Deer Grove Covenant Church, 225 E Helen Rd. , Palatine, IL 60067

Women of Faith “From Survival to Revival 2015"
Saturday February 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, $30 - $45
Safe Haven, 2750 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608

Natalie Grant & Danny Gokey
Saturday March 7 @ 7 PM, $16 and up
Spring Creek Church, N35W22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Rhett Walker Band with Anu Alphonse and Ethan Butler
Sunday March 8 @ 7:00 pm, $12, 17 and older only
Abbey Pub, 3420 W Grace St , Chicago, IL 60615

An Evening with C.S. Lewis - By David Payne
"C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford and they are about to be treated to his compelling fireside manner, the engaging warmth of his humor and the tender story of a man who found romance in his fifties. As one of the most influential thinkers of the day, he recalls the people and events that served to inspire his thought and shape his life. With an Off Broadway run scheduled for the Spring of 2016, An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience. Discover the insights of a man whose collected works made him a literary giant of the 20th Century. Join British actor David Payne in his remarkable portrayal of the highly-revered author who gave us the Narnia Chronicles." Rated PG
Preview Perfromances: March 12-15, $30
Regular Run: March 19-April 12, $38

Chris Tomlin with Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective
Friday March 13 @ 7:00 pm, $25
Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010

Disciple with Seventh Day Slumber, Decyfer Down, and Nine Lashes
Friday March 13 @ 7:00 pm, $20
Discovery Church, 200 South Prairie Street, Elgin, IL

Newsboys & Audio Adrenaline with Finding Favor: We Believe...God's Not Dead Tour
Friday March 20 @ 7PM, $19 and up
Elmbrook Church, 777 South Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 53045

7EVENTH Time Down with Cloverton and Mass Anthem
Monday March 23 @ 7:00 pm, $16
Judson University Chapel, 1151 N State S, Elgin, IL 60123

Tim Hawkings and John Branyan
Thursday March 26 @ 7:00 PM, $22 - $35
Olivet Nazarene University, 1 University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Big Daddy Weave featuring Jason Gray, Citizen Way and Lauren Daigle
Saturday March 28 @ 7:00 pm, $25
Harvest New Beginnings, 5315 Douglas Rd , Oswego, IL 60543

Matthew West with Colton Dixon
March 29 @ 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm (please confirm time), $20 - $30
Centennial Chapel, Olivet Nazarene University, 1 University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL

All Sons & Daughters
Wednesday April 8 @ 7:30 pm, $15
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

The Afters, Hawk Nelson and Dan Bremnes
Saturday April 11 @ 7:30 pm, $21
Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 Rush Street, Roselle, IL 60172

KLOVE Bible Tour: Steven Curtis Chapman, Francesca Battistelli , Brandon Heath, and Danny Gokey
Tuesday April 14 @ 7:00 pm, $37
Calvary Church, 16100 South 104th Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60467

Third Day with Ellie Holcomb
Friday April 17 @ 7:00 pm, $25 - $75
Copernicus Center, 5216 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60630

David Crowder Neon Steeple Tour with Tim Timmons and Dan Bremnes
April 18 @ 7:00 pm, $20
Olivet Nazarene University, 1 University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Matt Maher with I Am They
Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, $23
Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL 60540

I Am Enough- A Salute To Single Parents
Saturday May 2, 4:00 PM, $25 adults, $12.50 teens
Dove Church 424 10th Street Waukegan, IL 60085,

"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

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.

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

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."

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


Meredith Andrews
Meredith Andrews
"The Invitation"

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"

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

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


Lindsay McCaul

"If It Leads Me Back"

Matt McCoy

"Heaven Calling"

Nod Arvefel


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

Frank Paul

"The Journey"

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"