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


Responsible Adults Book Launch

Sunday, January 3, 2021
6 p.m.

Virtual Via CrowdCast
Sponsored by Women & Children First

Join us for the virtual book launch celebrating Patricia Ann McNair's Responsible Adults. For this event, Patricia will be in conversation with Eric May.


“Responsible Adults is…

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The Chicago Writers Association presents its annual Book of the Year Awards in a virtual ceremony Saturday, January 16, starting at seven p.m. Elizabeth Wetmore (Valentine, Traditional Fiction), Katey Schultz (

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Today A Reader, Tomorrow A Leader

Monday, January 18, 2021
12:30-4 p.m.

Via Zoom
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AmeriCorps Project YES!, a program of the Northwestern Settlement House, connects caring adults with youth in the West Town community through mentorship, including educational, service, artistic, and recreational activities, to support academic achievement. Its 14th…

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Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in Our Schools

Wednesday, January 27 through Wednesday, March 21
3:30-5 p.m.

University of Chicago Charter School: Woodlawn Campus
6300 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 
Via Zoom

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame pilots its program to bring Chicago literature and writers to young people. This 10-week workshop, led by Jerakah Greene, is designed to inspire and instruct select Chicago Charter…

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This interactive seminar is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $25 for those who want to contribute. We want you to attend whether you decide to donate or not. Register through…

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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 to…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Here’s what we’re asking:
Give a minimum of $10. (Give more if you’re able, but understand that lots of small donations WILL make a difference)
Most importantly, we’d like to hear from you!…
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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.…

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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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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…

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