53 Years of Operation

Located in the beautiful Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois, the Two Way Street Coffee House has been in operation since 1970. 

Internationally recognized, the Friday Night Concert Series at the Two Way Street Coffee House hosts the finest folk and acoustic artists in an intimate listening room, providing an excellent musical experience. 

Additionally, in partnership with our friends at the Plank Road Folk Music Society, we provide outstanding community events–sing alongs, song circles, workshops, barn dances, and more!


1407 Curtiss Street

Downers Grove, IL  60515

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Interested in volunteering and joining our community?

Thank you to all the volunteers for 53 years of operation!  Quite literally, none of it would be possible without dedicated volunteers.  

Immediately, we have openings for counter help and several audio/visual operators at the concerts, a volunteer coordinator, and digital marketing volunteers.  Additionally, we will be occasionally looking for extra help for special events as they arise. If you are interested in any of these roles please sign up below and we will provide training and scheduling information.

Want to perform at the Two Way Street Coffee House?

We are a 60 seat intimate, listening room booking primarily folk and acoustic solo, duo and trio performers. 

We are proud to be a member of Local 1000 Travel Musicians Union, guaranteeing our performers scale pay.

From The Directors


Dear valued patrons and folk music enthusiasts,

As we step into the promising realms of 2024, we are thrilled to extend our heartfelt greetings and warmest wishes to each one of you. It is with immense pleasure that we reflect upon the journey we’ve undertaken together at Two Way Street Coffee House.

At Two Way Street Coffee House, our commitment has always been to provide not just a cup of coffee, but an enriching community experience—a momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. As we navigate through the intricacies of each concert and community event, from planning to execution, we are reminded that every event is a testament to the dedication and passion of the volunteers, the venue Directors, the artists and you, our dedicated patrons. 


This year, we aspire to elevate your experience even further. Our team has been hard at work, exploring new and exciting avenues to bring you unique concerts as well as featuring local artists and all-time favorite artists. We are proud to bring you an outstanding lineup of artists to present in concert and understand that the relationship between our patrons and our venue is truly a two-way street.  We are committed to ensuring that every concert at the Two Way Street Coffee House provides the consistent, high-quality listening experience that comes with 53 years of present weekly Friday Night Concerts.

In 2024, we aim to deepen our connection with you, our cherished patrons. Your feedback has been invaluable, and we are eager to continue this journey of mutual growth. Whether you visit our venue for a live concert, watch virtually or enjoy one of our co-sponsored community events, we want every interaction to resonate with the warmth and richness that defines Two Way Street Coffee House.

As we embark on this new chapter, we remain dedicated to our continued goals of providing diversity in the artists we present, ensuring our venue is a safe and welcoming place while continuing to support our local artists. Our commitment to the communities that nurture our venue is unwavering. We will continue cooperative projects and block booking with local festivals, radio DJs, like-minded folk societies, and nearby concert series. We believe that a responsible approach to our concerts not only enhances the quality of our concerts but also contributes to a better world.

I invite you to join us in celebrating our venue, the camaraderie it fosters, and the moments it enriches. Thank you for being an integral part of the Two Way Street Coffee House family. Here’s to a year filled with delightful concerts, shared laughter, and the joy that comes with savoring life one cup at a time.

Warm regards,

Joel Simpson and Jennifer Ashley


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1047 Curtiss Street

Downers Grove, IL