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Top Poetry spaces in Chicago, IL

Open Concept Bakery in South Shore
  • $60/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (3)
  • 3
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
Redline VR
  • $225/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (1)
  • 1
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Chicago, IL
River North Bi-Level Tavern Space w/ Full Kitchen
  • $199/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
Elegant Bucktown Studio Bar and Event Space
  • $200/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (17)
  • 17
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
Minimalist Speakeasy located in the West Loop
  • $100/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
Lincoln Park Hidden Oasis Patio and Cafe
  • $115/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (8)
  • 8
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Chicago, IL

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What people are saying about Poetry on Giggster

Celeste W.
$ 400
4 hours
20 people
5 months ago
Aileen and Jose, along with their team was amazing. I am thankful for their level of professionalism and ensuring a successful event. My family and friends really enjoyed the environment along with everyone who they came in contact with. Thank you.
Marrisha H.
$ 800
4 hours
30 people
5 months ago
This place is beautiful to host any event! Nick and his team were friendly and great with communication throughout our rental process. I would highly recommend this place!
$ 400
5 hours
25 people
9 months ago
Rented the place for my daughter’s Quince. We love the space…perfect for our party size and location! The amenities, decor and staff are outstanding. My guests were impressed…bar tender made excellent cocktails. There’s a special mock tail/cocktail designed for the birthday girl, which tasted delicious! Overall fantastic experience!
Eliud C.
$ 400
2 hours
60 people
11 months ago
This place is a hidden gem. The team was super responsive and great before & during our whole event. A charming space!

Frequently Asked Questions about Poetry venues

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Chicago?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Chicago on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in Chicago?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in Chicago at, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Poetry spaces are available in Chicago?
Right now, there are 260 Poetry spaces available in Chicago.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for Chicago bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for Chicago guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for Chicago locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near Chicago?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in Chicago. Just start a search at and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Chicago booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Chicago?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Chicago is $624 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in Chicago?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Concierge service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Poetry spaces in Chicago, IL?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $60 to $2480.
Which Poetry spaces are most popular in Chicago, IL in 2023?
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How do I cancel a Chicago reservation request?
You can contact our team to request a cancellation. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

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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!