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Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Events and News
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Events and News


Now I Lay Me Down: Hemingway in Paris

Sunday, September 8, 2019
7-9 p.m.

Hamburger Mary's
155 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Ernest Hemingway, native of Oak Park and inaugural inductee into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, recounted in A Moveable Feast his legendary travels and acquaintances as a struggling young author in 1920s…  read more

Fuller Award: Sterling Plumpp

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7-9 p.m.

Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior Street
Chicago, IL

Free; registration recommended.

Sterling Plumpp will receive the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement at a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Poetry Foundation. The event is free and…  read more

Bye-Bye Summer Picnic

Saturday, September 21, 2019
2-7 p.m.

Gwendolyn Brooks Park
4532 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653

On the cusp of the September equinox, we will gather for a proper send off to another summer—in literary style. This is an informal gathering—bring your own blankets, grills, food, etc.; I know there will…  read more

Detecting Chicago: Exhibit Opening

Saturday, September 28 through Saturday, November 23
6-9 p.m.

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

In nearly two hundred years of Chicago life, so much has been done—and undone. Even in our own lifetimes, we’ve seen iconic buildings razed, cherished institutions rebranded, beloved neighborhoods completely overhauled, famous and infamous events…  read more

Great Chicago Books Club: Rene Rosen

Sunday, September 29, 2019
5-7:30 p.m.

Private Home


Our Great Chicago Books Club on Sunday, Sept. 29, will feature Renee Rosen's Windy City Blues the author’s historical novel exploring Chicago’s legendary Chess Records.

The event will be held in a…  read more

2019 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Thursday, October 24, 2019
6-9 p.m.

Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan Ave.
Penthouse (22nd Floor)
Chicago, IL 60604

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will induct its newest class of three writers on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Cliff-Dwellers, this event will be held at Cliff Dwellers. Though this is a private club, the event…  read more

CLHOF Appreciation Party: Board Members, Volunteers, Partners and Friends

Saturday, December 7, 2019
7-10 p.m.

Invitation Only

Venue TBA

A party  to show our gratitude for all the support we've received throughout the year, from volunteers, to partners, to board members, to authors and scholars. There will be food, drink, and a plenty of conversation. At the party, we'll recap our 2019 accomplishments and unveil our 2020 calendar.


CHLOF Named Finalist for Oak Park and River Forest Spotlight Award

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
5:00 - 7:00pm

Nineteenth Century Club
178 Forest Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois

Decal sent to the CHLOF by the Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame has been selected as a finalist for the Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce Spotlight Award in the Community Character category. The winners will be announced at the OPRF Chamber of Commerce's annual Spotlight Awards ceremony, October 9, 5:00pm at the historic Nineteenth Century Club on Forest Ave., just north of Lake Street in Oak Park. For more information about the event, click here.

The OPRF Chamber of Commerce describes the awards on their website:

“The 3rd Annual Business Spotlight Awards recognizes and celebrates businesses and community organizations across six categories of leadership. The program is open to all businesses in the Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities.

Community Character

This is a business or organization reflective of our community - unique, creative, smart, one-of-a-kind, supportive, fun, successful. The kind that epitomizes the spirit of who we are.”

Representatives of the CLHOF will attend the October 9 event.

“The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is honored to be named a finalist for an Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce Spotlight Award,” said Donald G. Evans, Founding Executive Director of the CLHOF. “We work hard to celebrate and preserve Chicago's great literary heritage through our events, website, literary tours, and outreach programs such as sponsoring Margot McMahon's Gwendolyn Brooks sculpture in Brooks Park, and the “From the Porch” poetry workshops for children, inspired by that sculpture.”

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.…  read more

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 read more

CLHOF Receives IACA Support Grant

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) has awarded the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame a grant of $1,000 from Federal funds for general operating support. The Illinois Arts Council Agency is a government…  read more

1001 Donors in Chicago

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
641 W. Lake Street, Suite #200
Chicago, IL 60661

Fundraising Initiative to Sustain CLHOF's Work

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame has very little money; it’s been this way for eight years. We’ve never received major support, in terms of grants or endowments or big donors. We scrimp and scheme and scrounge. Despite this, we’ve inducted (or are in the process of doing so) 42 CLHOF writers in beautiful, memorable ceremonies that included many living descendants of the inductees, as well as world class presenters that ranged from biographers to star authors to theatre groups to renown actors to gifted singers. We’ve presented four Fuller Awards for lifetime achievements. We’ve administered multiple youth literary contests. We’ve participated in major festivals, from Printer’s Row Lit Fest to AWP’s annual conference to the Carl Sandburg Festival to the Chicago Book Expo to the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature’s annual symposium. We’ve put on programming at bookstores and libraries and art galleries and bars and private clubs. We’ve run a monthly book club featuring Chicago’s greatest books. And so much more.

How we’ve done this all with so little money, I don’t know. But it sure cannot go on.

We need your help.

As the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame enters another full season of programming (see our events calendar), we need funding: to support these events, solidify our administrative capabilities, and build toward a bright future as the primary source of Chicago literature.

Here’s what we’re asking:

Give a minimum of $10—more would be better, sure, but participation is important and ten dollars is nothing to sneeze at. Some donors have set up repeat payments, either monthly or yearly, and that is ideal for us. You can do this by using the Donate button on our website, or sending a check to:

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
641 W. Lake Street, Suite #200
Chicago, IL 60661

The second part is, SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT US. Write a very short blurb along with your donation—25 to 50 words. Send that to Founding Executive Director Donald G. Evans.

We will publish the blurbs and blurbers, though, in the name of discretion, not the dollar amounts. A thousand and one is a big number. Ben Hecht, who set out to write a column a day for 1001 days, only made it a little more than halfway to his goal. We want to get all the way to our goal, at which point we’ll be in great shape to keep doing what we’ve been doing, plus build toward an expanded database of Chicago literature and, eventually, our own home. 

Thanks in advance: we need and appreciate whatever you can offer.

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
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