Notable Chicago 1/19–1/25

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Sunday 1/19: Catch Bill Larkin featuring at the Uptown Poetry Slam! As always, come early for the open mic and stay late for the slam itself! 7 p.m., $7, The Green Mill.

Monday 1/20: Come in from the cold and warm up with a night of readings! Essay Fiesta is featuring Jeff Miller, Tania Richard, Amy Sumpter, Ellen Blum Barrish, and Troy Nee. 7 PM, Free, but donation to 826CHI requested, The Book Cellar.

Tuesday 1/21: Stop by The Poetry Foundation for The Open Door, a reading series featuring writing instructors and their students. This mont, we’ll hear from Kathleen Rooney, John Wilkinson, Mark Magoon, and Gwen Muren. 7 p.m., free, The Poetry Foundation.

If you’re not in the mood for poetry, you can meet author Scott Sigler as he reads from his latest book, Infected. 6 p.m., free, Barnes and Noble (DePaul).

If neither poetry nor novels are doing it for you tonight, the correct answer is clearly Story Club: South Side. Hosts Andrew Marikis and Willy Nast guide you through an evening of curated stories and open mic slots. BYOB. 8 p.m., donations suggested, Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Thursday 1/23: Local author Joel Greenburg is going to be reading from his book, A Feathered River Across the Sky. Stop in and join him as explores the history of passenger pigeons. 6 p.m., free, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


Pie baker, soup maker. Petter of cats, wrestler of dogs. Road trip queen. Pedaler of bicycles. Visiter of grandmothers. Harbinger of cheer. Devourer of books. Ellen Lekostaj aspires to get her motorcycle license, teach her old dog new trick #38, and tell you a story about that one time where everything fell to pieces and all she could do was laugh. More from this author →