Born: 1905 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: 1972 in Chicago Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Dubkin lived and worked in the Chicago area all of his life. There is a small quarter acre park located along Ashland Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago named after him. Biography: Leonard Dubkin was an urban naturalist and Chicago writer who immersed himself in Chicago’s natural history. He wrote several books on nature in the city, wrote a widely read nature column for Lerner Newspapers in Chicago for many years, and published frequently in major national newspapers Chicago Tribune and New York Times.