Chicago writers – Gwendolyn Brooks

Born June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas, Gwendolyn Brooks came to Chicago at six weeks old, her family bringing her to the city as part of the Great Migration. For the rest of her life, her identity and her work would be greatly influenced by Chicago. Brooks attended Forestville Elementary School, going on to Hyde... Continue Reading →

Chicago Literary Landmarks – Margaret Anderson’s apartment

Margaret Anderson's apartment - 837 W. Ainslie, Uptown A little while back we profiled Margaret Anderson's influential literary magazine, The Little Review. What I didn't realize was just how close the apartment she started it in is to where we live, so we headed over the other day to check it out. The apartment building... Continue Reading →

Chicago Literary Landmarks – Carl Sandburg’s home

Carl Sandburg's home - 4646 N. Hermitage, Ravenswood Other than neighborhood walks and short drives we haven't left the house for weeks. What better time to visit some Chicago literary landmarks? Yesterday we took a drive to Carl Sandburg's charming home in Ravenswood. Originally from Galesburg, Illinois, Sandburg moved to the second story apartment in... Continue Reading →

Chicago writers – Shel Silverstein

Like most kids of the last 40 or so years, I loved Shel Silverstein's poems. His books were a must buy through that glorious institution, the Scholastic Book Fair. The poems were hilarious, the artwork great, and the hardcover books themselves were beautiful. I regularly read all the classics - The Giving Tree, Where the... Continue Reading →

William Shakespeare Memorial – Lincoln Park

William Shakespeare Monument - Lincoln Park Near the Lincoln Park Conservatory sits none other than The Bard himself. Installed in 1894, the statue was created by William Ordway Partridge, who did extensive research to determine what Shakespeare actually looked like. A plaster model of the monument was displayed at the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition. It... Continue Reading →

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