He may have spent only the first six years of his life there, but Ernest Hemingway called it home. And who knows how much the Victorian house in the near west suburb inspired the youngster to take up paper and pen?
To wit, applications are still being accepted (through June 1) by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park for any writer, of any age, to apply for the chance at a yearlong residency in which the winner gets to write in a specially appointed room in the home's attic. It could be a book, a poem, a collection of essays --- anything that could use a little inspiration from the late author's earliest environment.
The winner will be selected by the foundation and will be announced at the Hemingway Birthday Celebration on July 21 in Oak Park.