Several major American writers came from Illinois. Walking where they did, you will leave with a lump in your throat because of all the incredible things you will see. But, Illinois also stirs emotions, with its spiritual roots, its notorious taverns, and the heated events that drove writers to, well, write. Try the Illinois Author Adventures Trail, and you will see what all this means.
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A. Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park
B. Studs Terkel, Chicago
C. Gwendolyn Brooks, Chicago
D. George Cleveland Hall Library (Bronzeville), Chicago
E. Abraham Lincoln, Springfield
F. Edward Beecher, Jacksonville
G. Carl Sandburg, Galesburg
H. Ray Bradbury, Waukegan
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.