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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
March 19-April 12, $38

All Sons & Daughters (Praise & Worship) with Sandra McCracken (folk)
Wednesday April 8 @ 7:30 pm, $15
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Randy Stonehill with Lisa Weyerhaeuser
Wednesday April 8 @ 7:00 pm
Weyerhaeuser House, 6298 Winchester Ct. Gurnee, IL 60031 847-922-1021

Ken Medema: Stories and Songs
Wednesday April 8 @ 7:30 pm, $20, students $5
Wheaton College, Coray Alumni Gymnasium, 421 N. Chase Street, Wheaton, IL 60187, call: 630-752-5010

Messianic Passover Seder
Thursday April 9 @ 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Seder meal and singing, points to Yeshua our Passover Lamb. Sign Language interpreters provided. Adults $33, children 5-12 $22, children 0-4 (no meal) $5. Space is limited; registration deadline is March 14th.
European Crystal Banquets, 519 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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

Randy Stonehill
Sunday April 12 @ 6:00 pm
Bethany Presbyterian, 5403 N 2nd St, Loves Park (Rockford area), Illinois 61111, 815-988-7798(Don) or (815) 877-8001

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

Girlfriends’ Event
Recording artist Shuree will perform three of her hit songs, including "Be the Change.” DSW will present a spring shoe and accessory fashion show. Spotlight Youth Theater will present a scene from "Aladdin." We'll learn how to make over our closets on a budget with “The Organizer” and experience a "Best Shoe Ever” competition with prizes. Afterward, we'll enjoy live coffeehouse music in our lobby with dessert and coffee for purchase. Each attendee will receive a free gift.
Friday April 17 @ 7:00 pm, $5
Calvary Church, 9S200 IL-59, Naperville, IL 605640

Remedy Drive
Friday April 17 @ 7:00 pm
Trinity Green Trails, 2701 Maple Ave, Lisle, IL

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

Randy Stonehill with Lisa Weyerhaeuser
Sunday April 19 @ 6:30 pm, FREE (offering will be taken during the concert)
Bethel Lutheran Church, 5110 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL, 847-244-9647

Original Women's Conference with Natalie Grant and Michelle Williams
Thursday April 23 - Saturday April 25, $69 - $119
Rockford First Church, 5950 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL 61114

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

Steve Green
Friday, April 24 @ 6:30 pm, $5 per person or $25 per family
The Moody Church, 820 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Michael Card
Sunday April 26 @ 7:00 pm, $10 per person or $5 for students
Judson University, Herrick Chapel, 1151 N. State Street, Elgin, IL 60123

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

Chonda Pierce - It's A Girl Thing
Friday May 8, 7:00 PM, $25
Heartland Christian Center, 170 South State Road 49, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Lost & Found - Hi energy, innovative, legendary Christian band on their farewell tour
Friday May 15 @ 7:00 PM, $24
St. Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Hts., IL 60004, call: 847-259-4114

Aaron Shust - At Moody Pastor's Conference
Monday May 18 - Thursday May 21, 7:00 PM
Moody Bible Institute, Torrey-Gray Auditorium, 820 N. La Salle Blvd., Chicago

Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Chicago Gospel Music Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Michael W. Smith
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)

"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.

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"

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"




"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"