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


Nelson Algren and Wicker Park Literary Tour

Sunday, July 22, 2018
4:00 pm

Meet: Nelson Algren Statue, Polish Triangle at Division, Ashland, and Milwaukee Aves.
End:  Lottie’s, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago

The author of Chicago: City on the Make and The Man with the Golden Arm spent much of his life near the Polish Triangle, and both he and his characters bopped about the Wicker Park…  read more

Pilsen Literary Walking Tour

Sunday, August 5, 2018
11:00 to 1:00 pm

Meet and end at the 18th Street Pink Line Stop

Stuart Dybek, Ana Castillo, and Sandra Cisneros are among the legendary living Chicago writers with strong associations to the Pilsen neighborhood. On this tour we'll place their lives and literature, along with other notable figures,…  read more

Oak Park Literary Walking Tour

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Meet at the Oak Park-River Forest High School, 201 Scoville Avenue.

End: Hemingway's Birthplace, 339 North Oak Park Avenue.

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Oak Park Avenue

Oak Park, a sleepy conservative village when Ernest Hemingway was a child, has evolved in the last century to become a bedrock of liberal thought. This tour explores Oak Park's significance in litreature for more…  read more

Downtown Chicago Literary Tour

Friday, August 10, 2018
10 a.m. to Noon

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Downtown Chicago, with important cultural institutions like the Chicago Cultural Center, Harold Washington Library, Art Institute, and the Fine Arts Building, features a wide array of historic literary…  read more

Chicago’s Gold Coast Literary Walking Tour

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
2:00 to 4:00

Meet: Newberry Library, 80 West Walton Street

End: Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street

In its heyday, when debates raged in Bughouse Square and ideas bounced about the Dil Picke Club, Chicago's Gold Coast featured a wide array of vibrant, joyous, and culturaly significant literary spots. Even today, the…  read more

Trivia Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser

Saturday, September 15, 2018
5-8 p.m.

1700 Building
1700 E. 56th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

On Sept. 15, 2018, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will host a fundraiser in the fabulous penthouse party room of the 1700 Building. All proceeds from the evening will go to fund programming throughout…  read more

Fuller Award Ceremony: Stuart Dybek

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7-9 p.m.

Poetry Foundation

61 W. Superior Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Stuart Dybek, considered among the best short story writers of his generation and also acclaimed for his poetry, will be honored with a Fuller Award for lifetime achievement at the Poetry Foundation on…  read more


2018 Chicago Literary Tours

Friday, June 15, 2018


brochure cover image

This summer the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is presenting a series of tours of locations rich in literary history. The tours :

  • Nelson Algren and Wicker Park
  • Downtown Chicago
  • Pilsen
  • Oak Park
  • Chicago's Gold Coast
  • Chicago's Black Literary Renaissance
  • The Chicago Journalists

Download a calendar of tour locations and dates.


Tour registration:, 773.414.2603.

Groups (8 or more walking tour: 40 or more bus tour) can arrange a date and time for any of the available tours.


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
641 W. Lake Street, Suite #200, Chicago, IL 60661
773.414.2603 © 2017 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is a federally registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Hannah Jennings Design