WordPlay is the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago. Every other 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. Each WordPlay Open Mic will have a special featured artist to close out the night with a 15 minute set!



@ Young Chicago Authors

WordPlay Dates for 2023-2024 program year:

Join us LIVE at Young Chicago Authors
1180 N. Milwaukee, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60642

6 – 6:30 PM – Doors open, live DJ set
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Open Mic

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

September 19th, 2023
October 3rd, 2023
October 17th, 2023
October 31st, 2023
November 14th, 2023
November 28th, 2023
December 12th, 2023
January 9th, 2024
January 23rd, 2024
April 16th, 2024
April 30th, 2024
(Short break during our festival)
May 14th, 2024
May 28th, 2024
June 11th, 2024
June 25th 2024