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!

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WordPlay @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee #2 / Chicago, IL 60642

EVERY TUESDAY
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.

Featured Event
Jan 19

GALLERY OPENING: SAY MY NAME BY Mercedes Zapata

6pm-9pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642

Upcoming Event
Jan 26

Open Gallery Hours

12pm-4pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642

YCA's galleries on the first floor feature artwork by a rotating ensemble of Chicago's top visual artists. Join us during open gallery hours to check out the art. Artwork and books will be available for sale.

Upcoming Event
Feb 2

Open Gallery Hours

12pm-4pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642

YCA's galleries on the first floor feature artwork by a rotating ensemble of Chicago's top visual artists. Join us during open gallery hours to check out the art. Artwork and books will be available for sale.

Upcoming Event
Feb 23

#LTAB19 Preliminary Bouts

10am-5pm @ Columbia College (Various Locations)

No pre-sales for prelims, tickets available for purchase at venue day of.

February 20 - March 2
This first round of our slam-style poetry competition features performances by hundreds of youth poets from schools and community organizations from all sides of the city & beyond. Preliminary Bouts will be held at various times on Wednesdays - Saturdays.