Celebrate National Poetry Month with these Chicago locations and events!
The month of April is National Poetry Month! Chicago is historically known for its poetry, from Carl Sandburg to the annual Louder than a Bomb competition. Enjoy poetry readings, spoken word or browse local books stores for curated collections. Check out these Chicago events!
Stop by the Poetry Foundation, the headquarters for world-renowned poetry journal Poetry. Started in 1912 by Harriet Monroe, Poetry was an initiative to bring the art form away from the coasts and to the Midwest. Over a century later, the Poetry Foundation is now home to a 30,000 volume library, gallery space, public garden and event space. The foundation actively hosts public events and readings for the public, and their current exhibition features a photo gallery from poet Jun Fujita. Only a 7 minute walk from Grand Plaza or a 10 minute walk from AMLI River North.
Visit the Newberry Library, Chicago’s largest independent research library since 1887! Their collections include the history of the book, music, travel & exploration, and Chicago and Midwest history. The Newberry is also home to a large collection of literary magazines and journals, along with archives dedicated solely to Shakespeare. Stop by for some educational fun or attend an event, only a 4 minute walk from State & Chestnut!
Enjoy weekly poetry readings hosted by The Green Mill! Every Sunday night the jazz bar features the Uptown Poetry Slam, featuring Chicago’s own Beer Vendor Poet. Grab a drink and share your work, or just enjoy the jazz and spoken word! Only a 12 minute drive from Kent.
Explore arts and humanities with various events offered through the Chicago Humanities Festival! The Chicago Humanities Festival focuses on creativity, thoughtfulness, diversity and quality to provide a diversity of events such as readings, lectures and book signings. Attend upcoming events such as Art and Obsolescence, Caitlyn Jenner: Secrets or Roxane Gay: Hunger. Tickets available online and discounted for students/teachers, their office location is only a 3 minute walk from AMLI River North or Grand Plaza.