Everyone who walks to the train at Waukegan’s Metra Station passes the historic beaux arts building at 1 N. Sheridan Road. It’s where Waukegan native son and world-renowned author Ray Bradbury spent countless hours feeding his “hungry imagination” as a boy.

The Bradbury Carnegie Center

Ray Bradbury celebrated the Carnegie Library in books like Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He came back to Waukegan many times, visiting the Carnegie Library, the ravines, and other sites that are now so familiar to millions of readers throughout the world.

The building is now vacant and neglected, but it has a brilliant future! In 2015, the Ray Bradbury Waukegan Carnegie Library, Inc. was formed with this mission:

  • Renovate “Ray Bradbury’s Library,” the long-vacant Carnegie Library at 1 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL.
  • Establish the Bradbury Carnegie Center in the building in celebration of Bradbury’s life, works, and brilliant imagination. It will be a highly interactive experience museum designed to attract local, national, and international fans and visitors.

Ray Bradbury’s legacy and the Carnegie Library belong to Waukegan—and to the world! Come to our monthly Bradbury Carnegie Pop Up Exhibits at 13 N. Genesee during ArtWauk. Visit bradburycarnegie.org for more information.

Help us make Bradbury Carnegie Center dream become reality.

The Ray Bradbury Waukegan Carnegie Library, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization.