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Poetry Foundation


61 W. Superior St.


Gold Coast / Near North Side


Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible


John Ronan Architects, 2011


Designed by Chicago-based architect John Ronan, the Poetry Foundation building opened in 2011 and is the first in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry. The performance space, where over 100 free poetry events are held yearly, is acoustically designed to optimize the human voice. The minimalist building features a public garden, a 30,000-volume poetry library, an exhibition gallery, and the offices of the Foundation’s many programs including Poetry magazine, which was founded by Harriet Monroe in Chicago's Fine Arts Building in 1912. The Poetry Foundation’s mission is to create a more vigorous presence for poetry in the culture.

Behind the Scenes

Tour the only building devoted to the art of poetry.