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Events

36th Annual Printers Row Lit Fest

Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Chicago, IL
Printers Row neighborhood (Congress Expressway to Polk Street and Federal to State Streets)

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will again make camp under the Poetry Foundation's tent at one of our country's finest book weekends, Printers Row Lit Fest. Headlining this year's fest is Harold Washington…  read more


Great Chicago Books Club: Timuel D. Black

Saturday, June 13, 2020
4-6 p.m.

Private Residence
Chicago, IL (Hyde Park neighborhood)

Timuel D. Black, at 101 years old, continues to add to his legacy as a remarkable Civil Rights activist, oral historian, educator, and writer. His 2019 memoir, Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of…  read more


Bughouse Square Debates 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Washington Square Park
901 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610

The Newberry Library again celebrates the history of the radical free speech space that was Washington Square Park, a.k.a. Bughouse Square, with a day of soapboxing, heckling, and honoring our marketplace of ideas. The Chicago Literary…  read more


Induction Ceremony (Class of 2019)

Thursday, September 24, 2020
6:30-7:45 p.m.

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660

Since our inaugural ceremony in 2010, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame has annually inducted a class of new authors. In this, our 10th season, we will induct and honor four authors into the pantheon…  read more


Fuller Award: Reginald Gibbons

Thursday, October 29, 2020
5-7:30 p.m.

Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Reginald Gibbons's prolific writing career has included publication of ten full-length poetry collections; a short story collection and a novel; numerous essays, reviews, columns, and translations; and as editor a myriad of anthologies. His…  read more


Great Chicago Books Club: Kathleen Rooney

POSTPONED: RESCHEDULED DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Private Residence

Chicago, IL (Streeterville neighborhood)

The Great Chicago Books Club kicks off its 2020 calendar with another.....great Chicago book. Kathleen Rooney's O, Democracy! is not only a contemporary classic, but it touches on so many themes percolating in…  read more


Fuller Award: Luis Alberto Urrea

POSTPONED: RESCHEDULED DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
6-8:30 p.m.

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Luis Alberto Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his…  read more


Nighthawks

POSTPONED: RESCHEDULED DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
7 p.m.

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

Edward Hopper's painting Nighthawks, which hangs in the Art Institute, has been the subject of much literary exploration. Stuart Dybek and Joyce Carol Oates are among the authors who've used…  read more


News

1001 DONORS IN CHICAGO

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!   Share…  read more

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


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