Nelson Algren's House
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Nelson Algren's House information
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.