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Literary Illinois

Illinois literary places stir emotion, with their early religious roots, their grappling with problems of racism and poverty, their notorious taverns, and heated historical events that motivated writers and brought them nationwide attention. Visit the sites on the Illinois Author Adventures Trail, to experience what all this means.

Click any link below for author and place information.

A. Ray Bradbury, Waukegan
B. Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park
C. Studs Terkel, Chicago
D. Gwendolyn Brooks, Chicago
E. George Cleveland Hall Library (Bronzeville), Chicago
F. Abraham Lincoln, Springfield
G. Edward Beecher, Jacksonville
H. Carl Sandburg, Galesburg
I. Chester Gould (formerly Woodstock, now online only)

A museum with exhibits focused on literary landmarks opened in Chicago in 2017 (americanwritersmuseum.org). Though not an historic landmark itself, it can easily be added before or after Stop B of our Illinois Author Adventures Trail for those who want to see an overall tribute to past and present American writers.