Plan A Visit

61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Please Note:
In recognition of Memorial Day, the building will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, and will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

The building will be closed for maintenence June 1 and June 10-11.

Also, in recognition of Independence Day, the building will be closed from Thursday, July 2, until Monday, July 6.

Special Saturday Hours:
May 30, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
June 27, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 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.

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Events at the Building

Thursday, May 28, 6:30PM

Harriet Reading Series: Lecture by Jon Leon

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street  
Free Admission

Jon Leon discusses "In the Metaphysical Streets" in his Harriet Reading Series lecture.

The Harriet Reading Series features talks, performances, and...

Friday, May 29, 7:30PM

Music/Words: Inna Faliks & Jesse Ball at PianoForte

PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Avenue
Free Admission

Created by pianist Inna Faliks, Music/Words is an interdisciplinary performance series that explores the connections between poetry and music in the form of...

Saturday, May 30, 10:00AM–3:00PM

Poetry Foundation Library: Special Saturday Hours

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission

The Poetry Foundation Library is open to the public on select Saturdays. Young children and their parents/guardians are also invited to join us for Saturday...

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