Ernest Hemingway and the Oak Park Public Library

Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch) – 834 Lake Street Yesterday we looked at the beautiful main library in Oak Park. Today I want to highlight some of the Ernest Hemingway related materials there. Hemingway, a literary hero of mine, grew up in Oak Park and lived there through the end of high school. While... Continue Reading →

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Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch) - 834 Lake Street The main Oak Park Library is one of the nicest public libraries I've ever visited. It's clean and modern, with quotes on the floors and walls, and has a beautiful glass enclosed stairway. I was surprised to discover Oak Park was the first public library... Continue Reading →

The Book Cellar

The Book Cellar - 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave When we were still working for that giant chain bookstore (that will not be named) there was talk of experimenting with wine bars in the stores. Under their corporate auspices it sounded obnoxious and pretentious. The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, however, perfectly melds the two into... Continue Reading →

Eugene Field Memorial – Lincoln Park

Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo last week we came across a beautiful memorial to writer Eugene Field. Most well know for his children's poem, "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," Field moved to Chicago in 1883, writing a popular column for the Chicago Daily News called, "Sharps and Flats." The 1922 monument, known as "The Dream Lady," features... Continue Reading →

CPL – Austin-Irving Branch

CPL - Austin-Irving Branch - 6100 W. Irving Park Rd Hello fellow book friends! Today we're checking out the Austin-Irving branch of the Chicago Public Library. Opened on December 8, 2001, the 15,500 square foot building serves the residents of Portage Park. They seem to have a train theme, with a model railroad in the... Continue Reading →

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