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Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Events and News


Fuller Award for Harriette Gillem Robinet

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
6-8 p.m.

Dominican University Performing Arts Center
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
Event and registration are free, but registration is required.

Harriette Gillem Robinet, the acclaimed author of 11 historical novels for young adults, will receive the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's Fuller Award at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 14. The ceremony will take place…

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Opening Day: A Benefit for Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Friday, March 31, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Mrs. Murphy & Sons
3905 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL

Come help out the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame while celebrating the arrival of a new baseball season and spring with Opening Day, a festive themefest of song, story, poetry, and comedy at Mrs.…

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Poetry Month at the Cliff Dwellers

Thursday, April 13, 2023
6-8 p.m.

Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan Ave.
Penthouse (22nd Floor)
RSVP before April 11 by phone at 312-922-8080, or by email Cliff Dwellers for reservations. 

For more than a century, the Cliff Dwellers Club has promoted and celebrated fine arts in Chicago. It's fitting that the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will partner with the Cliff Dwellers to put on…

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Independence Poetry

Thursday, April 20, 2023
6-8 p.m.

Independence Branch
Chicago Public Library
4024 N. Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618

Carlos Cumpian will emcee a reading centered around our Chicago poetry anthology, Wherever I'm At. Cynthia Gallaher, Yolanda Nieves, Raúl Niño, Paul Martínez Pompa, Mike Puican and

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Adjacent: Oak Park’s Place in the Chicago Poetic Landscape

Thursday, April 27, 2023
6:30-8 p.m.

Oak Park Public Library
Main Branch
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301

Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry features a large variety of artists from throughout the Chicago area. The poems move around, from Hyde Park to the West Side to the Gold Coast…

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After Hours at Harold Washington Library Poetry Festival

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Noon-1 p.m.

Harold Washington Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL

After Hours Press, co-publisher of Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, will be hosting a one-hour reading at the Harold Washington Library Poetry Festival, April 29, 12-1 pm. The reading will also…

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Randall Albers Young Writers Award Ceremony

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Multi-Purpose Room (lower level)
Chicago, IL 

In keeping with our commitment to encouraging and promoting young writers in and around the city, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will host an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Randall Albers Young…

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Induction Ceremony: Nella Larsen, Bette Howland, Finley Peter Dunne

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
6-8 p.m.

Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60642

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's 13th class will officially join the canon of our city's all-time literary greats at an induction ceremony and reception hosted by the stupendous Chopin Theatre. Nella Larsen,

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CLHOF Backyard Appreciation Party with Anne-Marie Akin

Sunday, August 6, 2023
2-7 p.m.

Private Residence
Oak Park, IL

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame survives and thrives because of our wonderful army of supporters, including volunteers, board members, associate board members, our advisory council, and donors. Throughout the year, speakers and writers and…

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Printers Row Lit Fest

Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dearborn between Ida B. Wells and Polk

Printers Row Lit Fest returns for its 38th year. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will again be active throughout the weekend under our tent and as part of the programming. More details to come.

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Fuller Award for Scott Turow

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Harold Washington Public Library
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Scott Turow, the acclaimed author of 13 fictional and three non-fiction books, will receive CLHOF's highest honor for living writers, the Fuller Award. The Chicago born and bred bestselling author rocketed onto the literary scene…

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Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Year-End Fundraiser Party

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL
Cover: $15

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will againt host its end-of-the-year Fundraiser Party on Saturday, December 2 at Roscoe Village’s Beat Kitchen, “home to every genre of music, hosting some of the biggest names…

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The Chicago Community Trust recently awarded the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame $5,000 to support our efforts to create robust and diverse programming related to Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry. The…

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Gregory Leifel, Executive Director of the Sanfilippo Foundation, talks with Donald Evans, Founding Executive Editor of the CLHOF, about the beginnings of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame and the decade following their award ceremony…

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The board of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation has approved a three-year grant to the Chicago Literary Hall Of Fame to support general operations. The Donnelley Foundation makes "multi-year, general operating grants…

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Chicago Community Trust Acting Up Award

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Chicago, June 20, 2018 – The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame (CLHOF) has been awarded a Chicago Community Trust (CCT) Acting Up grant to help fund its proposed “From the Porch of Gwendolyn Brooks” program.…

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CLHOF Installs Sculpture of Gwendolyn Brooks in Brooks Park.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gwendolyn Brooks Park
4542 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, in partnership with sculptor Margot McMahon, Chicago Park District, the Poetry Foundation, and Brooks Permissions, celebrated the landmark installation in Brooks Park. The installation…

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