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Poetry Out Loud: Chicago Regional Finals

Thursday, February 14th – Thursday, February 14th, 10:30 AM–1:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior
Free admission

Champions from Chicago high schools recite poems for the chance to represent Illinois at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, in April. Last year 365,000 students around the country participated. More than $100,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends is at stake.


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