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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:

Group Tours

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.

Hours

Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

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 library@poetryfoundation.org.

Visit Us

Address
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Hours

Monday–Friday
11AM – 4PM
Please Note

The building will be closed to the public on Friday, November 17th due to building maintenance. 

The building will close at 1PM on Wednesday, November 22nd and will remain closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.

The building will be closed to the public on Monday, December 25th and Monday, January 1st.

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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.

Accessibility
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.