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 →

Purple Little Free Library in West Ridge

Little Free Library - N. Maplewood Ave & W. Arthur Ave Anyone else getting to know their neighborhood better these days? We've been in West Ridge about 10 months now and I thought we knew all the nearby streets but yesterday we stumbled onto a Little Free Library that was totally new to us -... Continue Reading →

The Chicago origins of The Little Review

Hi all! Seeing as how we're unable to visit bookstores, libraries, and the like, we thought we'd look at other aspects of Chicago literature, starting with The Little Review. Running from 1914 to 1929, Margaret Anderson began The Little Review from her house at 837 W. Ainslie Street in Uptown, with the magazine's offices at... Continue Reading →

Cook Park Library (Libertyville)

Cook Park Library - 413 N. Milwaukee (Libertyville) Located at 413 N. Milwaukee Ave, Cook Park Library is part of the Cook Memorial Public Library District. It has a huge, inviting, extremely well organized children's section. In fact, the whole place is very user friendly, and may just be the nicest library of its size... Continue Reading →

Uncharted Books

Uncharted Books - 5140 N. Clark Street Unique among used book stores, Uncharted Books​ in Andersonville bills itself as "A used and rare bookstore, secret club, and event space in Chicago." While on the smaller side, plan on having some time when you visit as the selection of books is highly cultivated and the unique... Continue Reading →

CPL – Bezazian Branch

CPL - Bezazian Branch - 1226 W. Ainslie St. Serving Uptown and Edgewater, the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library​ opened at 1226 W. Ainslie Street on January 26, 1957. It features a display of photos of the neighborhood in the 1970s, as well as a mural painted by local children. Our favorite feature,... Continue Reading →

Kibbitznest

Kibbitznest - 2212 N. Clybourn Simply put, Kibbitznest is one of the coolest places that we've inadvertently stumbled on. While out and about the other day we weren't ready to go home yet so I was scanned Google Maps for somewhere to go. After looking at a couple places Kibbitznest in Lincoln Park popped up.... Continue Reading →

Novels set in Chicago: Sister Carrie

Being one of the great cities of the world, many novels have been set in Chicago. This is the first of a series looking in how the city has been portrayed/described in novels. While it would be difficult to find anyone shocked by Theodore Dreiser's novel Sister Carrie nowadays, it almost never made it to... Continue Reading →

Amazon Books

Amazon Books - 3443 N. Southport Ave Out of sheer curiosity we stopped in at the Amazon bookstore in Lakeview yesterday. The whole idea of the online retailer who put many small businesses out of business, including bookstores, opening brick-and-mortar stores, is bizarre. The store was everything one would expect – cold, uninviting, sterile. What... Continue Reading →

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