WordPlay is the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago. Every Tuesday night, poets aged 12-25 come through Young Chicago Authors to participate in a writing workshop, perform their original work, and listen to music and poetry by artists of all genre and skill level.

Some of the illest up-and-coming artists in Chicago have hung out and performed at WordPlay, including Chance The Rapper, Jamila Woods, Mick Jenkins, No-Name Gypsy, Saba, Nico Segal, and many others!

WordPlay Hosts

WordPlay @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee #2 / Chicago, IL 60642

Workshop @ 6pm
Open Mic @ 7pm*
Featured Artist @ 8:15pm

*Open Mic slots fill up fast -- if you’d like to perform, we recommend arriving for the Workshop @ 6pm.