Open Mics


3rd Sundays (Sept – May): Waterline Writers – Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia, IL. – Curated readings in the beautiful gallery at Water Street Studios – Featured readers from 7 – 8:30 PM, followed by 5-minute-limit Open Mic at 8:30. (Sign-up at 7.) Contact:

3rd Wednesdays (March – December) at 6 PM: Frugal Muse Open Mic Night at Frugal Muse Books, 11 Lemont Rd, # 146, Darien, IL.

3rd Wednesdays at 6:30 PM: Modest Mic, hosted by Frank Rutledge. Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 N. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove IL.
Contact: Shannon Halikias at  or 630-466-4686. Website:

3rd Thursdays at 7 PM: Lit By The Bridge with Paul LaTour at Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL. Open Mic with a featured reader at each event. Sign-up at 6:45. 5 minute limit and limited to first 10 people.  Contact:

4th Thursdays (May – October) at 7 PM: Harmonious Howl with Frank Rutledge – Graham’s 318: 318 S 3rd St, Geneva, Illinois 60134 – Open mic for writers and musicians on the patio. Perform and get a free coffee or gelato. Sign-up at 6:45. Contact:

4th Saturdays at 7 PM: Spilled Milk – Corner House, 100 W St. Charles Rd, Lombard. For more information, see their Facebook page.

NEW! Saturdays (beginning 1/1/17) at Limestone Coffee & Tea, 8 West Wilson, Batavia, IL. Grades 8 & younger from 6-7 PM, H.S. students from 7-8 PM, everyone else 8-9 PM!