Novels set in Chicago: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Being one of the great cities of the world, many novels have been set in Chicago. This is the fourth of a series looking at how the city has been portrayed/described in novels. A classic of muckraking journalism turned into fiction, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle led to a slew of public interest in food safety... Continue Reading →

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 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 →

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 →

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