On November 20, 2010 Chicago welcomed the newly inaugurated Chicago Literary Hall of Fame to famous Michigan Avenue. The Hall of Fame enjoys a rent-free room at the Cliff Dwellers Club, which overlooks Lake Michigan and Millennium Park.
Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Studs Terkel, Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, and Richard Wright were the first six writers inducted into the Hall of Fame. Some of their memorabilia, including an original playbill of Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun, a framed copy of Brooks’ poem We Real Cool, and a portrait of Studs Terkel, are part of the Hall of Fame’s collection.
Donald Evans, a novelist and former sports writer for the Chicago Sun Times, proposed the idea during a Chicago Writers’ Association meeting nearly two years ago. It may have taken a while to get the Hall of Fame into existence, but the product was worth the wait.