Cup & Spoon

Coffee, Community, & Art

Mon-Fri: 6:30-6 Sat-Sun: 8-6

2415 W North Ave Chicago, IL

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Surviving the Mic

Surviving the Mic is a safe space performance series for survivors of trauma. It is open to anyone with mic priority given to survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence. We're open to folks 14 and up.

Surviving the Mic is a safe space, meaning that the audience is expected to listen with compassion and all boundaries must be respected, especially physical. Consent should never be presumed, especially when it comes to touching. It’s better to ask and feel awkward, than not ask and trigger.

We have volunteer first responders that attend every open mic. Nikki Patin, the founder of Surviving the Mic, hosts it every month and she is an Illinois state-certified Crisis Counselor. 

We want this to be a space where people can be vulnerable but we also want to care for and respect that vulnerability. The intention is to give space to people speaking poetry to power, telling the truths they need to tell.

We are LGBTQ friendly and accessible.