When the weather is cold and rainy don’t stay in your hotel room. Chicago has you covered with the Uptown Poetry Slam.
As you spend time in Chicago, you’ll notice a lot of famous people, ideas, and events were born here. Make sure to add poetry slams to your list as poetry slams started in Chicago over 30 years ago at the Get Me High Lounge. The longest running poetry slam is the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge run by the originator of the slam Marc Smith. For those unfamiliar, a poetry slam is a competition where individuals either read or recite original works for judges.
At the Uptown Poetry Slam a live band always sets the mood perfectly matching a night’s and poem’s tone. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. an open mic takes place where if you get there early enough you can sign up to perform that piece you’ve had in your notebook for years. From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. a feature set takes place with some of the city’s best talent performing. On Jan. 22 you’ll experience the sultry sounds of Brooklyn Britches & The Whispers. The competition starts at 9 p.m. and waits for all your snaps and stomps. Make sure to arrive early as seats go quick, and many stand just to witness the powerful, funny, and impactful poetry.
The Uptown Poetry Slam takes place every Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway St. There is a $7 cover. For more information visit chicagoslamworks.com/uptown-poetry-slam.