Summer (2021) Fit/Lit
Friday, June 4 through Saturday, September 4
Evenings and Weekends, Mostly
Discord Channel Link
Registration is free and open to the public; donations to help fund the program are welcome.
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Fit/Lit returns for the summer, and the new session is open to all ages.
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 (there is a totally optional suggested donation; donate for yourself, donate for your family, or just join our group). 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). Once, every other week, usually on a Sunday evening, join our Zoom session to talk about some of what we've seen and read.
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: Click here to go to the Eventbrite page.