Are you in for a treat or what! Chicago has a great slam/spoken word scene. Look into Louder Than a Bomb, a yearly slam going on in the next few weeks. It is the largest youth slam in the known universe. more info available at youngchicagoauthors.org. YCA also runs a youth (read high school to twenty somethings) open mic every Tuesday. The stuff there is usually quite good. There are several other places that I can tell you about if you want but those are the best. If you want more info, just pm me. best of luck. peace.
try Lill Street (http://www.lillstreet.com/). They teach a lot of jewelry classes. not sure if it is exactly what you are looking for, but if not, there are tons of tools there and tons of really knowledgeable people. good luck!