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Literary Fest at The Lot

A Literary Fest for all ages is coming to the City of Highland Park’s new alfresco entertainment space The Lot (523 Central) in downtown Highland Park on Saturday, September 10 from 12 PM-6 PM.  This free event welcomes bibliophiles and literature lovers to the North Shore to celebrate the written word with a full schedule of events.

Two stages of literary entertainment will include interactive live storytellers, the Poetry Pentathlon North Shore, known as the “Olympics for Poets”, 35+ authors onsite signing and selling books, author panels/conversations, a “Book Club Bonanza” talk and Q&A presented by Lauren Margolin, the Good Book Fairy, new and used books for sale, historical displays, and more! 

About The Lot

The Lot is the City of Highland Park’s new alfresco dining and entertainment space located at 523 Central Ave. at the intersection of St. Johns and Central Avenues in the heart of downtown Highland Park. From food and music festivals to all-ages game nights, there’s something for everyone this season at The Lot! During its first season from June – December, 2022, The Lot will host concerts, fairs, and food festivals. The season will conclude with Heart of the Holidays, a festive weekly celebration during the heart of the holiday season, with plenty of events to entice all ages in between from Oktoberfest to Stews & Brews, a vintage market and more. Information about the 2022 season at The Lot is available at

Ample parking surrounds the Lot, including nearby surface lots, a two-level parking deck south of Central on First St. and St. Johns, and the Port Clinton parking garage. The City encourages guests to use non-motorized transportation where available. Bike racks are available at The Lot and in the immediate vicinity. Information about parking in the City of Highland Park is available at 


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