Ray Bradbury is one of our heroes, and Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books. In it, Bradbury lyrically describes growing up in Waukegan, Illinois. I wrote about Bradbury and his childhood home in my book Literary Chicago. Waukegan isn’t the idyllic place it once was, but to its credit, the town holds a Dandelion Wine arts festival every year. Lucy and the Academy of Irish Music were one of the entertainers.

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