September 15-December 1, 2020
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Fit/Lit returns for the fall and early winter, and the new session is open to all ages. After a successful inaugural session (and requests from the adults to be included) we decided to expand the program.
What It Is: A community of Chicago book lovers reading Chicago literature and plotting excursions based upon local writers and their books. The idea is to read about and see more of Chicago to deepen our appreciation of our city’s history (literary and otherwise) while reaping the health benefits of some good walks (or bike rides).
How it Works: Register for the session (it is one small fee for your entire family). Use our Discord Channel to post reactions (in writing, pictures, or video form) to what you’re reading and seeing. View and respond to the posts of others. In other words, engage with others in our community. Join us on our weekly socially distanced outings to places like the Eugene Field Memorial in the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Gwendolyn Brooks statue in Brooks Park. Let others know about your own outings and if you feel comfortable inviting group members to meet up. (We always wear masks). Then, once a week, on Sunday evening, join our Zoom session to talk about the week behind and ahead.
Where to Find Ideas: We will use the Discord Channel to post resources, like suggested reading lists, that will help you shape your self-guided reading and touring activities. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame website is a primary source of materials on literary sites, authors, and books.
Why You Should Do It: This is a way to set goals and focus on activities that are both enrichening and entertaining. Just as some people record their steps as a way to monitor their fitness activity, we will (optionally) record our pages read and steps taken. For example, a daily goal might be 100 pages and 10,000 steps.
Signing Up: Use this Eventbrite page to register. Or else email Don Evans and he'll tell you where to send a check. Cost is $40 for the entire family. As always, the CLHOF does not want to exclude anybody because of cost: if the cost is prohibitive, or you just cannot rationalize the expense, especially during these difficult times, just send Don an email. Your fee will be waived and we will welcome you into our community. If you can afford the registration fee, know that it allows us to administer this and other similar programs.