"Miss Chicago, Lady Midwest": Fanny Butcher's Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction | Newberry

"Miss Chicago, Lady Midwest": Fanny Butcher's Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction

Chicago Studies Program
Thursday, May 11, 2017

5 pm reception and pop-up exhibition of Fanny Butcher materials: 6 pm program

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; no registration required.
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Fanny Butcher (September 13, 1888 - May 11, 1987), for four decades a writer and critic for the Chicago Tribune, will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame at the Newberry Library.


  • Liesl Olson will give the keynote presentation
  • John Bokum will accept the award on his aunt’s behalf.

Other speakers giving tributes will include:


Butcher moved to Chicago as a child and graduated from the University of Chicago. Throughout her career at the Tribune, she worked as a society editor, club editor, crime reporter, and fashion editor. Carl Sandburg called her “Miss Chicago, Lady Midwest.” She was also a praised book reviewer, and published her memoir Many Lives, One Love in 1971.


Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5 pm for refreshments and a chance to view the Butcher pop-up exhibit, including highlights from the Fanny Butcher Papers. Explore related materials in the Newberry Collection with our Quick Guide.


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This event is cosponsored with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Guild Literary Complex, Chicago Writers Association, and Illinois Woman’s Press Association.

Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.