Nelson Algren's House

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Nelson Algren's House information

Location
Chicago , USA
Address
1958 W Evergreen Ave
Getting there
Metro: Blue Line to Damen
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You can’t go inside, but on the 3rd floor of this apartment building writer Nelson Algren created some of his greatest works about life in the once down-and-out neighborhood. A plaque marks the spot. Algren won the 1950 National Book Award for his novel The Man with the Golden Arm, about a drug addict hustling on Division St near Milwaukee Ave (a half-mile southeast).

Other insights Algren picked up in the 'hood: ‘Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own’ – classic advice he relayed in A Walk on the Wild Side . His short Chicago: City on the Make summarizes 120 years of thorny local history and is the definitive read on the city’s character.