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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The Poetry Foundation can accommodate groups of up to 20 to visit the building to explore our library, exhibit gallery and performance space. To ensure there are no conflicts with scheduled events, we strongly suggest you call ahead to plan a visit. In fairness to all of our visitors we do not permit guided tours or group discussions, but encourage independent, self-guided exploration throughout the entirety of our public spaces.
Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Chicago, IL 60654
The library will close early to the public at 3PM on Thursday, May 10th.
The Poetry Foundation will be closed to the public from 1 PM on May 25 and remain closed through Monday, May 28. We will reopen to the public at 11 AM on Tuesday, May 29.
The Poetry Foundation will be closed to the public on Tuesday, June 8th, Friday, June 11th, and Tuesday, June 15th.
Library Extended Hours
April 17, open until 7 PM
May 12, 11 AM to 4 PM
May 15, open until 7 PM
Directions to the Poetry Foundation
We encourage visitors to use public transportation. The Poetry Foundation can be reached via CTA Red Line or Brown Lines to the Chicago Avenue stop; 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.
For performances, hearing-assist devices are made available at the front desk. If additional assistance is required, please contact us at (312) 787-7070.