Writers from Chicago – Sandra Cisneros

Growing up a fairly privileged kid in the Western Suburbs, it wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that it became very clear my experience was not the norm. In grade school my teachers were always talking about how bad off people had it in other countries (the common refrain was, "Eat your food,... 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 →

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 →

Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch) – 255 Augusta St. Recently we headed out west to check out the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. (Check out our posts profiling the main Oak Park Library and it's connection to Ernest Hemingway). The smallest of the three OPPL branches, the Dole Branch opened in... Continue Reading →

Berwyn Public Library

Berwyn Public Library - 2701 S. Harlem Ave Perhaps best known for the Spindle (RIP) and mentions on Svengoolie, Berwyn, Illinois is a nice little suburb of 56,000 people located in Cook County. Their library, the Thomas G. Shaughnessy Center, is named after the former mayor of Berwyn (serving from 1993-2005), who centralized the city's... Continue Reading →

Two Little Free Libraries in Edgewater

This relatively new project has already taught me a number of things, including just how many Little Free Libraries there are in the Chicago area! We recently moved from San Diego, which, I though, had a good number of LFLs, but now it's clear just how few they have in comparison. I work a few... Continue Reading →

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