Spoken Word & Poetry

Organization Name
Address
1630 Sherman Avenue, Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Ask for manager on duty
Phone Number
847-424-0848
Description

Full service book store. Offers children’s storytime every Tuesday morning at 11:00 am.

Organization Name
Address
500 Main Street Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Brian Kim and John Kim
Phone Number
847-328-7940
Description

Rhino poetry reading last Friday of the month 6-8 p.m.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
626 Church Street, Evanston IL
60201
Phone Number
847-864-1679
Fax
847-864-3079
Description

Live music and storytelling in pub setting:

Mondays – Bluegrass/Roots music at 8 pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays – Moira’s Afternoon Tea (2 to 4 pm)
Saturdays – Live and Local Music at 9:30 pm
Sundays – Live Irish Music Session 3 pm to 6 pm
Second Sunday of the month – “Do Not Submit” (open mic storytelling) and “Fresh Meat” (long form storytelling)
First and Third Sunday of the month – Wild Comedy Club (stand up comedy)

Public Notes

Event schedule
Mondays: Bluegrass Music
Tuesdays: Traditional Irish Music
Wednesdays and Saturdays: Moira’s Afternoon Tea, 2-4 p.m.
Sundays: Storytelling in the Snug

Organization Name
Phone Number
847.448.8260
Description

Web calendar listing cultural events in or near Evanston. Searchable by date, keyword, or type of event, (e.g. music, literary dance). List of arts venues in Evanston.

Address
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Vernon Clark, Department Chair
Phone Number
847-424-7130
Parent Organization
Description

High quality productions in Dance, Music, Speech Arts, and Visual Arts throughout the academic year. Open to the public. Call the Box Office 847-424-7848 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Fine Arts Calendar

Organization Name
Address
1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Dylan Pager, Artistic Director
Parent Organization
Description

Produces plays and musicals on Jewish themes for the Northwestern and Evanston community. Affiliated with Northwestern University Hillel.

Organization Name
Address
1621 Chicago Ave., Evanston IL
60201
Phone Number
847-491-1621
Description

Open Mic Nights on Mondays: music, comedy, poetry, readings.  Signup at 8:30, show at 9.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
651 West Lake St, Chicago, IL,
60611
Contact Person
Dominic Loise
Phone Number
312-475-1355 ext.100
Description

Open Books is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote literacy by operating a bookstore, tutoring and mentoring, sponsoring educational programs and community events. Open Book Buddies, a reading mentoring program, operates in several local elementary schools. Volunteers are always needed. Open Books also offer Book grants where they give away kids and adult books. Open Books’ colorful River North bookstore and Literacy Center are available for rental and private events.

Open Books accepts donations of:

  • All Children’s Books
  • Books in almost all genres that are in good, resellable condition
  • CDs, DVDs, and LPs in playable condition

The following items cannot be accepted as donations:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Older Textbooks
  • Books with significant damage
  • Magazines
  • VHS Tapes or Audio Books on Cassette

See https://www.open-books.org/donate-books/ for more information on book donations.

Book store is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Public Notes

Associated with the Chicago Literacy Alliance (Not really a parent organization though)

Organization Name
Address
The Poetry Forum, Inc. P.O. Box 591, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Helen Degen Cohen, Coordinator
Description

Poetry Forum for working poets and serious beginners who are ready to hear feedback on a specific poem. Hosts community poetry readings and workshops.
RHINO Poetry is an award-winning literary annual journal which invites traditional or experimental work for submission.

Meets on the fourth Sunday of every month (except August and December) at Evanston Public Library from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is free to the public, though a donation is encouraged. Bring 17 copies of a poem to be critiqued.
Monthly Open Mike readings at The Brothers K, 500 Main Street, 847-328-7940.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

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