The Wizard of Humboldt Park

Lyman Frank Baum lived in Chicago from 1891-1910. Baum wrote more than sixty books in his lifetime, the most famous of which was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written in 1899 when he lived at 1677 North Humboldt Boulevard. Most of his books were children-oriented, including the dozen or so Oz books, Father Goose, American Fairy Tales and Dot of Merriment. Baum’s stories of fantasy and whimsy continue to delight readers of all ages. He highly deserves to claim his rightful place among the most creative writers that have called Chicago their home.

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