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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 Poetry 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. The facility includes a 30,000-volume poetry library, an exhibition gallery, a performance space for the Foundation's extensive roster of public events and the Poetry Foundation's programming offices, including those of Poetry magazine.
Since 2006, Cobra Lounge has been Chicago’s best kept secret for showcasing regional underground and emerging music talent. National touring bands choose to play Cobra Lounge for its dynamic sound, intimate feel and unpretentious attitude. Located next door to Union Park in Chicago, Cobra Lounge is an official host venue for many of Chicago’s premier summer and fall outdoor music festivals including Riot Fest & Carnival in September. The vibe here is pure Rock & Roll mixed with freshly prepared food, great hospitality and a live energy that is uniquely Cobra Lounge Chicago.