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Spoken Word Cafe

View Map4655 S. King Dr., Chicago
Tel: (773) 373-2233
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Spoken Word Cafe is closed due to a fire.

In the tradition of “Jazz and Java” and “Some Like it Black,” both well-known South Side poetry spots, the Spoken Word Cafe continues the South Side’s love affair with literature and the arts. Located in historic Bronzeville, a neighborhood that, much like Harlem in New York, played a critical part in the cultural and social renaissance of this city’s African-American population, the cafe hosts regular poetry and literary readings where performers can perhaps channel the likes of Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks, just two of the notable writers that have called Bronzeville home. Readings aside, the cafe’s cozy space is a perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Venita Griffin

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9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday; call for event schedule

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Virtual L: 47th (Green), 11/6/08
Back on the road to Bronzeville's glory days.


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