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.

Grave Robber (Horror punk from Fort Wayne, IN), Anti-World System (D-beat punk from Chicago), Leper (Goth-alternative from Chicago)
Friday, February 12, 7:00 PM, $10 at the door
Wilson Abbey 935 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago, IL 60640

Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman
Saturday, February 19, 7:30 PM, $20 and up
NIU Convocation Center, 1525 Lincoln Highway, Dekalb, IL 60115

The Afters, Unspoken, Chris August & Among The Thirsty in Concert
Saturday, March 12, 7:00 PM, $7, $20 and up
Yellowbox - Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, Il

Rend Collective & Urban Rescue
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:00pm, $24 general admission and $40 deluxe
House of Blues Chicago, 329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
DELUXE includes a concert ticket, early access to venue, and a unique pre-show experience with the band. Please arrive for the Deluxe Experience at 5:00pm. Preferred access/seating is not guaranteed after 6pm.

Rend Collective & Urban Rescue
Thursday, March 17, 2016 7:00pm, $20 general admission and $40 deluxe
Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, Saint Charles, IL 60175
DELUXE includes a concert ticket, early access to venue, and a unique pre-show experience with the band. Please arrive for the Deluxe Experience at 5:00pm. Preferred access/seating is not guaranteed after 6pm.

MercyMe, Citizen Way
Thursday and Friday, April 7th & 8th, 7:00 PM, $28 and up
The Compass Church, 1551 East Hobson Road, 60540, Naperville, IL

Toby Mac, Britt Nicole, Building429, Colton Dixon, Capital Kings, Finding Favour & Hollyn
Saturday, April 9, 7:00 PM, $15 and up
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, 400 W Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203

Tenth Avenue North, Hawk Nelson & I Am They
Saturday, April 16, 7:00 PM, $21 and up
Harvest New Beginnings, 5315 Douglas Rd, Oswego, IL 60543

Outcry 2016: Brian Houston, Elevation Worship, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Martin Smith
Sunday, April 17, 7:00 PM, $30 and up
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road Rosemont, Illinois 60018

Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Ryan Stevenson, and OBB
Friday, April 22, 7:00 PM, $27 and up
BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm Street, Rockford, IL 61101

"Worship Night in America" Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Matt Redman, Matt Maher, Israel Houghton, and Phil Wickham
Saturday, July 16
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.

ALSO: "Caffeinated confessions open mic poetry" the second Saturday of every month, $3.

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.

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 a great place to experience 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

Matt Beckler

"Standing Like The Immigrant"

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"