Evanston Little Free Library – Forest Avenue

Little Free Library - Forest Ave & Keeney Street, Evanston Walking along Forest Avenue in Evanston the other day we came across this very cute Little Free Library packed with books. Plus, it was in the front yard of a very cool looking old house. Bonus 🙂 Keep circulating the books! Love all things literary?... Continue Reading →

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 →

Chicago literary magazines – Chicago Review

CHICAGO REVIEW Since we're still unable to go out and about in the city, I thought we'd look at some local publications, beginning with Chicago Review. Started by two grad students at the The University of Chicago in 1946, the magazine has been publishing contemporary poetry, fiction, and criticism ever since, releasing its latest issue... 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 →

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 →

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