Due to COVID-19 YCA has suspended in-person programming. See our calendar for virtual programs.

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, Saba, Nico Segal, and many others!



@ Instagram Live


Join us at Instagram Live

6 – 6:30 PM – Doors open, live DJ set from DJ Ca$h Era
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Open Mic

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