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Cozy, Minimalist Mediterranean Restaurant with Communal Seating
  • $300/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Our private dining room draws from the warm, intimate design of avec’s main dining room, and evokes the feeling of a rustic Mediterranean wine cave.
Fast Casual Vegan Restaurant in Chicago
  • $400/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Our space is a fast casual vegan restaurant serving plant-based cuisine. As a nod to their African heritage and rural upbringing, our chefs develop every recipe with fresh local ingredients with mouth watering spices. A sustainable restaurant and catering company specializing in soulful plant-based cuisine. Perfect venue for your special occasions/ photoshoots etc, We serve starters, tacos, burger and wraps, salads and beverages. Inquire for pricing and menu.
Lincoln Park Hidden Oasis Patio and Cafe
  • $115/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (5)
  • 5
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
Magical outdoor oasis in the middle of Lincoln Park. Visited by Julia Child when it was the legendary Edith’s Barbeque, known across Chicago for their famous smoked ribs and renowned BBQ sauce. Today space houses in this Cafe, a 100% vegan cafe serving smoothies, protein shakes, and açaí bowls. Located in the Ranch Triangle, our space is truly a hidden oasis on the bustling Clybourn Avenue, between North Avenue and Armitage. Surrounded by local boutiques, restaurants, and residential housing, our space is centrally located with easy parking options and close proximity to the Armitage and North Ave “EL” stops. Outdoor patio seating up to 40 guests. Flexible seating arrangements. Indoor seating accommodates an additional 30 guests. Indoor bathroom. Available for holiday and evening bookings and all day Tuesdays. Ability to have catered food/drinks/snacks from the Cafe or BYOB all-natural frozen boozy pitchers (Margaritas, Mojitos, Piña Coladas, Daiquiris, etc). Perfect as an outdoor meeting space during COVID-19. Great for work meetings and conferences or birthdays, reunions of family/friends, or private events! ***During business hours (11-7) only the outdoor patio will be privately reserved. The indoor cafe will be open as well but we will also be open for customers. The indoor space can be reserved for an additional fee depending on if it is during business hours or after hours.
Enterprise-Level Event Space with Brick Walls
  • $175/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Chicago, IL
The Venue is a historic building in the South Loop of Chicago. It features original brick walls and our recent renovation was designed by Gensler Design. Overflow features high ceilings with exposed beams and brick. The design is inspired by the rich history of our building which was once owned by VeeJay Records, at one point the largest Black-owned record label in the world. The space is perfect for music nights, art shows, networking events, and book signings. The event space can fit up to 80 people. Mox.E Coworking, on the 2nd floor, features an event space for up to 70 people, depending on the configuration of the event. There are more business-related amenities in this space, so if your event needs TV projection screens, video conferencing technology, or meeting space options, this area would work well for you. Mox.E is perfect for workshops, conferences, networking, fundraising functions, and board meetings. Our feature conference room overlooks Michigan Avenue and has floor-to-ceiling glass walls (front and street level) with 15 foot ceilings. The table is custom-made and hand carved by Chicago Fire Furniture, and Black-owned custom wood shop. Their custom woodwork is also featured in our coffee shop. In addition, the building has 2 kitchens, an elevator, small private offices and meeting rooms, and a Mother's Room.

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About Chicago

Chicago is one of America’s largest cities, amassing over one million residents and millions of visitors and tourists each year. It is located on Lake Michigan in the upper northeast area of Illinois. A hub for art and culture, Chicago just might have to be the place you choose for your next poetry venue.

Slam Poetry (the competition of performance poetry) was invented in the 1980’s by a Chicago construction worker and reached its mainstream popularity when it moved to the Green Mill, an Al Capone jazz club that is still active to this day. But that is not the only Chicago poetry space you will find in the area. Chicago is beaming with art and poetry, and there is always room for more. So whether you are looking to read at an already existing poetry venue or wish to start your own, Chicago has you covered!

Poetry Space Options in Chicago

While it may not take much to start a Chicago poetry reading, there are a few essentials that may help you get started on the right foot.

  • Amplification Equipment
    There needs to be some sort of stage from which the readers will stand and from that stage needs to be some amplification. This means you need a sound system. Your sound system may not need to be top-of-the-line (though that wouldn’t hurt), but it does need to have, at minimum, a microphone, a stand, a cord, and a speaker to plug it into.

  • Seating
    Some poetry readings have tall intimate tables and chairs, some have long communal seating, and others have bean bag chairs for seats. Choose the style, quality, and amount of seating your reading will need so the audience can feel comfortable and all fit in the venue.

  • Pens and Paper
    There must be an open mic list or the reading will fall into utter chaos. Bring a notepad or scrap piece of paper along with a few pens or pencils so they can write their names down if they wish to perform.

  • Venue
    Finding the right venue is very important. The type of audience you wish to attend will play a role in this decision. If you wish it to be an all-ages reading, a coffee shop in the early evening might be best. If you expect a more grown-up vibe, a local bar is always a good option.

Poetry Space Companies in Chicago

A Chicago poetry space is the ideal place for local talent to get their start in the field. Make the venue perfect, keeping these points in mind.

  • Concert Sound Systems
    Whether you need a few replacement cords or you are starting from scratch and need all of the amplification equipment, Concert Sound Systems has just about anything you could need. From festivals to small and personal events, this team has lighting, staging and more.

  • Frost
    This local company offers services to every gathering from weddings to fashion shows to entertainment events. Northwestern University and American Airlines are two companies that regularly call on Frost to make use of their expert technicians and equipment.

  • Chicago Party Place
    Provided your venue doesn’t come equipped with seating, you can get all of your chairs and tables here at great prices. They also have audiovisual equipment and red carpets for rent, among many other items.

Pros and Cons of Poetry Spaces in Chicago

Like any city or town, there are good reasons to start or not start a project in the area. Here is a small list of pros and cons to help you decide if you should start a poetry reading in Chicago.


  • Resident diversity
    Diversity makes the world more interesting and that much more beautiful. With all these different histories and points of view, your poetry reading will be filled with a litany of unique voices.

  • Public transportation
    The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) has fine-tuned their public transport to be one of the best in the country. Get wherever you need to go quickly and efficiently with any of their many transportation options.

  • Cultural hotspot
    So many backgrounds, so many stories to tell, Chicago is a cultural hotspot, making it a great place to start a poetry reading.


  • Get ready for traffic
    If you have a car and plan to drive through the city, get ready for some traffic. The Dan Ryan Expressway and Lakeshore Drive are teeming with heavy traffic at rush hour, so be aware.

  • Crime rates
    Like any city, there is always going to be the danger of crime. However, Chicago has one of the highest crime rates in the country and since most poetry readings happen in the evening, this could prove to be a major factor if you aren’t careful.

  • Poverty is everywhere
    Unfortunately, when a community is plagued with poverty, it makes it difficult for them to make it to extracurricular activities like poetry readings.

Famous Locations in Chicago

  • Millennium Park
    Catch a glimpse of the wonder that is Millennium Park as you stroll the green paths and admire the lovely artwork erected all around. Marked by the titanic “Cloud Gate” sculpture, striking architecture, manicured landscape design, and famous Lurie Garden, there is no shortage of beauty to discover at Millennium Park. Make sure to check their calendar to see what free events are being held during your stay.

  • Navy Pier
    This is the place to be! This 50-acre piece of magic located on the shores of Lake Michigan is flush with things to do like rides and games, amazing restaurants and bars, great shopping, and even historical tours. Whether you are riding the Ferris Wheel with your date or watching the fireworks with your family, Navy Pier is a terrific place to have some fun.

  • Museum of Science and Industry
    If you have ever found yourself enamored with science or even just some good old fashioned immersive exploration, MSI is a must-see for you. With around 14-acres of exhibits, films, and events, there is always going to be something fascinating to learn and discover. See a real WWII submarine or experience what it feels like to see a real tornado!