The One That Started Them All!

Every Sunday Night!

Now in its 29th year, The Uptown Poetry Slam is the not only the longest running show in Chicago, but the original poetry slam on the planet. Every week, slam originator Marc Smith takes the stage with co-host, J.W. Basilo to bring a raucous performance poetry show to standing room only audiences. That’s right, what has been called “the most important literary movement of our time,” all began with one show and that show is still running every Sunday at the Green Mill.This isn’t your everyday poetry reading; the slam is an engaging, interactive, free-for-all that has to be seen to be understood. A live band sets the mood for the show and never fails to impress. The show begins with an open mic at 7PM and is followed by a “feature set” at 8PM, spotlighting some the hottest talent in the country. Once the crowd is good an warmed up, the world famous slam competition kicks off at 9PM. Want to sign up to perform a poem and brave the notorious snaps and stomps? Get there early, as the lists are usually full by the time the show starts. Want to come and check it out? Get there early, as the joint is frequently at capacity. So what are you waiting for? Come see the show that started them all!

The Uptown Poetry Slam will be sending a team to National Poetry Slam 2016. Congrats to the winners of the first final, Rik Vasquez and Hillary Kobernick!

 


 

 

 

 

 



The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
Right off the Lawrence CTA Red Line and several major bus lines
Sign-up starts at 6PM
Show starts promptly at 7PM and ends at 10PM
$7 cover
21+, strictly enforced

When What Where
07/03/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
07/10/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
07/17/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
07/24/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
07/31/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
08/07/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
08/14/2016, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL