Friday, June 29, 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 sites. In this part of the city, where skyscrapers and other iconic buildings dot the landscape, authors have made deep footprints. Chicago’s finest authors, along with prominent national writers on tour, have frequented the cultural venues and private clubs, and also used the neighborhood as a setting for a large array of stories. Our Chicago Literary Hall of Fame tour guide will meet you at the Cultural Center to begin a two-hour walking tour that includes narration about some of downtown Chicago’s literary highlights. Find out how the likes of Margaret Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, and others used downtown Chicago in their lives and literature. Gain insight into HWL’s Writers Portrait Gallery, as well as its Winter Garden; find out which famous writers stayed at the Palmer House; learn about streetcar tycoon Charles Tyson Yerkes’s relationship to Dreiser’s Trilogy of Desire; find out how the Impressionist painting collection at AI influenced Hemingway’s career; and much more. The tour will begin at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) and end at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street). Registration is $20. Limited to ten guests.
This tour is also available on August 10 and August 24.
Tour registration: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.