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American Writers Museum, Chicago

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The American Writers Museum:

- Educates the public about American writers – past and present

- Engages visitors to the Museum in exploring the many exciting worlds created by the spoken and written word

- Enriches and deepens appreciation for good writing in all its forms

- Inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to discover, or rediscover, a love of reading and writing

-Through innovative and dynamic state-of- the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, The American Writers Museum educates, enriches, provokes and inspires the public. We invite you to visit us, and experience American literature in a new, unique way!
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  • Great interactive museum. Good for a couple hours if you're a reader. The list of writers and their presentation is very well done. 
    Great interactive museum. Good for a couple hours if you're a reader. The list of writers and their presentation is very well done.  more »
  • Engaging with the variety of displays which peak the interest of the viewer and provides wonderful information about some of our nation's greatest writers. 
    Engaging with the variety of displays which peak the interest of the viewer and provides wonderful information about some of our nation's greatest writers.  more »
  • We went into this small museum not sure what to expect. We didn't leave nearly enough time, so had to leave way before we would have wanted to. Very nicely done biographies and stories about the... 
    We went into this small museum not sure what to expect. We didn't leave nearly enough time, so had to leave way before we would have wanted to. Very nicely done biographies and stories about the...  more »
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  • Somehow I got lucky enough to visit during the inaugural American Writer's Festival. The exhibits were informative, interactive, and overall a wonderful exhibit. They had several speakers throughout the day in-person and online streaming their presentations or live Q&A. I'm not sure if this is normally the case, but while I was there they had the festival split in two museums, the American Writers Museum and Design Museum of Chicago, so you got to enter both for free. Overall had a fun time and highly recommend to my fellow bookworms.
  • This place brought so many memories, so many emotions!! Loved every single detail. The Word waterfall, the exhibition of the day. There is so much to do and it is a very interactive visit. My only negative issue was that I had a hard time finding it since there are no proper signs outside and this is in a second floor of what looks like an appartment building. I enjoyed every minute spent.
  • The American Writers Museum is a must for any living in Chicago an or visitor to the city. I was very impressed with the museum. I had no idea what to expect, but the space was beautiful, interactive, and most of all fun. The museum had a special exhibit called "The Day the World Changed" that focuses on the impact of Chicago's writers. This is a must-see for anyone who loves books and reading! It offers a wealth of information. I highly recommend!!
  • Lots of interactive pieces in this museum, which keep things engaging. As a copywriter by trade, I really appreciate the representation of different forms of writing here. There’s also a diverse array of representation for writers across gender and cultural backgrounds here which is great to see. The Ray Bradbury section was a lot of fun.
  • Absolutely loved my museum visit! So much to look at, had many hands-on activities, and offered a positive look at how writing helps the community. Front desk staff is awesome!

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