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From the neighborhood library of Gwendolyn Brooks, to the Union Stock Yards, where Chicago became Carl Sandburg’s “Hog Butcher for the World,” to the birthplace of slam poetry, the Chicago Poetry Tour explores the city’s history through its dynamic poets and poetry.
Schedule: Every Two Weeks

The El Train

The El, or the elevated train system, is one of Chicago’s most distinctive features, “the sound of the city.” Reginald Gibbons and members of the Speak Easy Ensemble share their El-inspired poetry.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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