Plan A Visit

61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Special Saturday Hours
April 19, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Group Tours
The Poetry Foundation does not permit independent group visits for the purpose of conducting a class or guided tour of the building. Other small groups of no more than 10 visitors are strongly encouraged to call ahead to plan a visit.

Educational Visits
The library supports scheduled visits for K-12 class field trips as well as interactive, guided visits for adult groups. To schedule a field trip or group educational visit, please see the library page for more information and contact the librarian at

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Directions to the Poetry Foundation

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We encourage visitors to use public transportation. The Poetry Foundation can be reached via CTA Red Line or Brown Lines to Chicago; CTA Bus Route 22 to Huron and Clark (Southbound) or Huron and Dearborn (Northbound).

For visitors arriving by car, InterPark Parking Garage is located at 750 N. Dearborn St. and Standard Parking is located at 1 W. Superior St. Metered street parking is also available in the vicinity of the building.

Ramp access is available on Dearborn Street. All public spaces are located on the ground-level and are accessible. For further assistance, please contact us at (312) 787-7070.

Hearing-Assist Devices
For performances, hearing-assist devices are made available at the front desk. If additional assistance is required, please contact us at (312) 787-7070.

A Home For Poetry

The first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry, the Poetry Foundation building realizes Harriet Monroe’s dream, set out in her very first editorial, that the magazine would help poets pursue their art, increase public interest in poetry, and raise poetry’s profile in our culture. It also is Poetry’s first permanent home in its 100-year history. Designed by the Chicago firm John Ronan Architects, the building helps the Foundation to carry out its mission: to discover and celebrate the best poetry and place it before the largest possible audience. Since its opening in June 2011, it has been praised widely; the November 2011 issue of Architectural Record notes, “In keeping with the art form it serves, the new Poetry Foundation is a respectful, restrained building that employs an economy of means and methods, just as a good poem employs an economy of language.” The building complies with the Silver Level of the US Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System.

The Poetry Foundation houses:

Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago

Currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago until March 30, 2014 is "Iterations: John Ronan's Poetry Foundation," an architectural exhibition and exploration that details the thoughtful process and iterative approach used throughout the development and final building of the Poetry Foundation. Completed in 2011, the building was recognized with a national design award from the American Institute of Architects. More >

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Events at the Building

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00PM

The Open Door Reading Series

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free Admission

The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs on a monthly basis. Each...

Wednesday, April 16, 10:00AM

Wednesday Poemtime

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free Admission

The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a weekly storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and...

Thursday, April 17, 7:00PM

Fifth Wednesday Journal: Michael Anania, Jeffery Renard Allen, and Elise Paschen

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free Admission

Jackie K. White will introduce a reading by Michael Anania, Jeffery Renard Allen, and Elise Paschen, all poets with a strong Chicago connection. The program...

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