chicago's only bonfire cypher


Jun 28 | Jul 26 | Aug 30 | Sep 27

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Art Is Bonfire, Chicago's only bonfire cypher by and for poets, cultural workers, friends, and family gathers every last Sunday June-September to burn and build in Promontory Point Park since 2011.


This event is accessible, free, and open to the public.

Please do not contact the park.  This is not an official park event.



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Daytime: Volunteers  (various shifts)

Sunset: Open Cypher 

11 PM  | Park closes 


Google Promontory Point Park  (or scroll up) on 55th St. 

Walk east under Lake Shore Dr.  

Take 3 long breaths.

At the fork in the path. 

Walk left or right AND east.

Look for "Art Is Bonfire" written 

in chalk near one of 4 fire pits.

What's a bonfire cypher?

An open and inclusive performance including rap, spoken word poetry, song, claps, snaps, and more. No list, no features, no sets, no intros.

Just peace, love, poetry, + fire.

what if I arrive early or another day?

Check out the park views! Go right  (south) to 57th St. Beach, & 63rd St Beach,  where a drumming circle meets Jamaican street food, and rum punch sold out the trunk. Go left (north) for more luscious lakefront, scattered with thriving people, nature, and art, and of course, the famous Chicago skyline.

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credit: Jovan Landry