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Poetry Foundation


61 W. Superior St.
Enter at corner of Superior & Dearborn


Near North Side


Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


John Ronan Architects, 2011


Poetry is a place in Chicago. The Poetry Foundation, the AIA Award-winning home for poetry in downtown Chicago, is a serene minimalist building designed by Chicago-based architect John Ronan. When it opened in 2011, it became the physical embodiment of Poetry magazine founder Harriet Monroe’s Open Door policy. The inviting tree-lined courtyard leads into the building, which includes the Library, containing more than 30,000 volumes of poetry, and the Gallery, which hosts seasonally rotating exhibitions. The Foundation’s adaptable and acoustically perfected performance space hosts over 100 free poetry events annually.

Visitor Experience

Tour the main spaces of the only building in Chicago wholly devoted to the art of poetry, including the Library, the Gallery (displaying The Life of Poetry in Morden Tower exhibition); and the Performance Space, which will house a new soundscape by Chicago interdisciplinary artist Jared Brown.

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