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The One That Started Them All!

Every Sunday Night at 7pm!

Now in its 30th 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 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!

Representing Chicago Slam Works at the National Poetry Slam

At this time the team selection tournament is being re-worked. Details will be announced ASAP.

Upcoming Features

  (see Calendar page for full descriptions and house musicians)

 

APRIL 16

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith

Special Guests: Green Mill favorite and Chicago native performance poet, WIL GIBSON returns home to bring us his unique brand of honest, insightful storytelling; plus the music of FUTZ — Patrick Mulcahy on bass, Zack Marks on drums, Brad Macdonald on piano and Aaron Rybski on the horn.

OPEN SLAM: Read or recite your poem and maybe win $10. Wow!

APRIL 23

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith

Special Guests: Singer/songwriter AL DAY accompanied by Bob Long (piano), Steven Hashimoto (bass), and Heath Chappell (drums).

Open Slam

APRIL 30

Hosted by Marc Kelly Smith

Special Guests: Chicago’s own Beer Vendor Poet (who happens to one of the finest writers of verse in the city) BOB CHICO.

Open Slam


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
04/30/2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam feat. BOB CHICO & NPS Team Semi-Final The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/07/2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam Team Selection FINALS! The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/14/2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/21/2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
05/28/2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
06/04/2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
06/11/2017, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Uptown Poetry Slam The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL